Cleaning Tips for Your Bathroom, Kitchen, and Common Area

Bathroom Tips from Kiran Bhinder, Founder of Got It Maid:

  1. Using Bar Keepers Friend on Shower Door- Bar Keepers Friend is a trade secret cleaning solution. It is available at places like Lowe's and Home Depot. It is even available at some grocery stores and definitely online. However, not a lot of people know about it. You can use it on scummy shower surfaces, countertops, and sinks. It's great for the bathroom, but you can use it in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage as well.
  2. Getting Rid of Shower Mold- Your shower surfaces can be covered in mold! My easy solution is to take oxygenated bleach (this is much less toxic than regular bleach), and apply it to a cotton ball. Apply it directly to the mold, let it sit for 1 hour, remove, and flush with hot water! The mold should just slip right off! If it doesn't, use a toothbrush to remove stubborn mold!
  3. Placing Vinegar and Baking Soda in Shower Door Track- The mold and slime that collects in the tracks of the shower door is so difficult to get rid of. The timeless use of vinegar gets to work here. Let it sit in the track of the door for at least 1 hour. Using hot water, flush out the solution and the grime along with it.
  4. Tying a Sandwich Baggie with Vinegar/Baking Soda Mixture Around a Showerhead- Scummy showerheads reduce water flow and is just plain gross. You don't need a harsh chemical to clean and clear your showerhead. Take ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, place it in a sandwich baggie, and with a rubber band, tie the baggie around the showerhead. Leave it for an hour. After removing the baggie, run hot water through the showerhead!

Kitchen Tips from Mark Newman-Kuzel, President/CEO Maid in the U.S.A., Inc.

  1. Microwave a ½ Lemon in Water to Rid Microwave of Smells– Take a microwavable safe bowl, ½ a lemon, and ½ cup of water. Microwave it on high for 1 minute. Let the oven cool down for five minutes before taking the bowl out and smells will disappear. That nasty burnt popcorn smell? – GONE! As an added bonus, take that same ½ lemon and place it down the disposal to clear away grime and leave a fresh scent in the kitchen!
  2. Stained Coffee Pot - White Distilled Vinegar is readily available, cheap, and can be used in so many ways. One of my favorite ways to use it is with a stained coffee pot. Fill the coffee pot with vinegar and cut it with water. Let it sit overnight and the coffee pot stains lift away. Vinegar is a miracle natural cleaning agent. Add some as a rinse additive to your dishwasher and watch your dishes come out spot free.
  3. Baking Soda and Water as a Way to Unstop a Clogged or Slow Sink- Scoop out any standing water in the sink. Combine equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Pour the mixture down the drain. Let it sit for about an hour, then flush with warm water. It is environmentally safe and works like a charm!
  4. Spray Essential Oils on a Paper Towel Roll to Fill the Kitchen With Bright Scent– Many households have paper towel rolls under their sinks in the same cabinet where they keep their cleaning products and trash cans. A great way to keep a fresh scent in there at all times is to spray some essential oils (lavender or orange essence works great) on the inside of the cardboard ring. The oils will soak through the ring. Every time you unfurl the paper towel, the scent will permeate the cabinet. This works beautifully for paper towel rolls no matter where you store them!

Common Room Tips from Marlo Struve of Homejoy
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You want to feel relaxed at the end of the day. A really clean home is a happy home. Also, when having people over in any common room, it's important to make sure it is clean so guests feel at home, too! Always start at the top, work your way down, and then finish off with a good vacuum!

  1. Broom Handle With Micro-Fiber Cloth to Get Rid of Cobwebs– Don't strain your back or risk falling off of a stepladder. Just tie a micro-fiber cloth to the end of a broom handle with a rubber band and wipe away cobwebs! The micro-fiber cloth will make sure no lint is left behind on your walls. There is no need to use a dusting agent; the cloth is enough!
  2. Cleaning Windows– Take a micro-fiber cloth and give the window a general wipe down. For those nasty, hard to reach crevasses in the windows, I recommend dipping a Q-tip in white distilled vinegar. The Q-tip will get into those tough to reach spaces and the vinegar will virtually disintegrate the dirt and grease that can collect. Use the Q-tips with a longer stick for a longer reach! Also, when you clean the window, use your preferred glass cleaning agent and newspaper to wipe! The newspaper won't leave any lint behind!
  3. Using Lint Rollers on Lampshades– No more leaving lint and dirt balls on the lampshade! This works equally as well for curtains!
  4. Big Tooth Comb on a Fringe Rug– It's the little details that tie a room together. Finish the room off right! After you have worked your way to the bottom of the room, vacuum away any fallen dust. Plump your cushions and pillows and straighten any throw blankets. If you have a rug with a fringe trim, take a big tooth hair comb and comb out the fringe!
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