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Blog: Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning
10 Easy Cleaning Recipes for Unusual Items

1)      Spots in your dishwasher:  
May be caused by iron or manganese in the water. To remove, start the empty dishwasher on the rinse and hold cycle; while the machine is filling, open the door and add 1/2 cup rust remover from a janitorial supply store to the water; then allow the cycle to finish.
From Jenny in Colorado
2)  Ants
Put cinnamon in the doorways and windows, it won't harm children or pets and the ants won't cross the cinnamon
Jan Hayner
3)  Glue
Heat vinegar full strength and put it on a rag and lay the rag on top of the glue. Re-wet as needed and glue will wipe right off.
Goo-off also works for this
From Kim in Wisconsin
4)  Bad Odor 
Heat lemon juice or slices of lemon in a pan on the stove and bring to a boil, let boil 10 minutes. Remove and throw lemon slices away and get rid of water. Your home will be lemony fresh.
Jan Hayner
5) Rust and Discoloration on Enamel Sinks or Tubs
Use the best there is; Barkeepers friend. Just wet the stain, pour on and spread over the stain, let sit I minute and wipe with a cloth. Repeat if necessary, but it usually takes most stains out the first time.
Jan Hayner
6)  Black Marks on Tile
Use a tennis ball to rub off those unsightly marks. Put a small "X" in the tennis ball big enough to stick a broom handle through. Place the hand in the hole and rub the marks away. Works great and saves on the back too!
7)  Stains on Clothes that won't come out
Add a little Dawn dish soap to the stain and rub gently then wash as usual. I use it on all of the stains on my white and am never disappointed.
From Cathy in California
8)  Room deodorizer
Something fast before visitors come. Put a little perfume, Lysol, pine sol or lemon juice on a cotton ball and stick in the cushions of your furniture and it will smell as if you just cleaned your house.
From Rosie in Illinois
9)  Streaky Windows
Clean with anything you want (I use vinegar and water) but wipe the windows with newspaper and you won't get streaks on your glass.
10)  Shine Up Your Plants Leaves
Wipe over the leaves on your plants with baby oil. Its good for the leaves and makes your plants really shine.
From Candace in Arizona
Jan Hayner
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posted on: 7/25/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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by Julie from Australia on 10/3/2008 10:07:32 AM:

cleaning windows one one side clean horizontally (left to right or vise versa)and on the other side verticaly (up and down). That way if there is a missed spot or a streak you know which side its on.

by Julie from Australia on 10/3/2008 10:09:38 AM:

cleaning leaves on plants wipe over with milk makes them shine without putting a barrier on the leaves.

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Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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  • Fishing Lake Michigan
    Whether it is by boat or off the pier, there is nothing like getting that first Coho or King.
  • Grandchildren are fun
    Making memories for your grandchildren of all of the fun times they had with grandma and grandpa is one of the best memories you will make for yourself too.
  • Camping
    A tent, a firepit and sitting in the woods is a campers dream. We spend a lot of time camping in Northern Wisconsin and I have tons of camping recipes to share.

TV Shows

  • American Idol
    I am hooked on this show, nothing interrupts me when this is on. By the time they get to Hollywood, I already have the top ten picked out.
  • Last Comic Standing
    I love to see how these people, take the judges advice and change their tactics to become great comics, instead of just a comic.
  • House
    Now really, isn't he the kind of doctor you want on your side? He always has a reason for his actions, he looks until he finds the cure and he has flaws just like the rest of us.
  • Any home make over show
    I get some of my best ideas off of these shows and I also find things that I wouldn't dream of doing to someone elses home. I will admit, there are times that I wish they would call me and ask for my help!

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