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Cleaning Techniques That Save/Time/ Money And A Miracle Odor Destroyer!

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How many of us enjoy a quiet Sunday spending the entire day doing our own thing? How many of us would cherish an opportunity to do just that? This tutorial might be the answer you are looking for. Here are some ideas to help you get more benefits from your hard labour and help your products work better for you. Organizing your cleaning schedule can be very beneficial in helping you to do the things you enjoy so much . . . . a little more often.

 

 
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Step 1: Organizing Your Time

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Here is a list of things you might consider doing.  Find short cuts to what you are already doing. 



•Pick one fifteen minute or half hour thing you can do two or three days a week during the week.
•Crock pot cooking has helped me a lot.
•Do a load of laundry in the evenings and fold the clothes while watching TV.
•Clean the refrigerator before you buy groceries. Maybe the night before.
•Clean rooms that are not used very much during the week.
•When cooking during the week cook extra for 1or 2 meals on the weekend and put it in the freezer.
•Have family members spend 15 minutes picking up the house every night during the week and reward them for their efforts.
•Make a grocery list and buy groceries after work during the week.


 It really helps to be organized and committed.








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joffler2 years ago
Vinegar and baking soda are excellent cleaners. I bought a child's desk from a seller on craigslist offering for $10. I was a nice honey color in the photo. When I arrived to pick it up, I realized why. It was originally a light, sunny yellow but was honey-colored due to tar deposits from heavy cigarette use in the home. It STUNK!!! Driving it home in the back of my pick-up did nothing to help. When I got home, I got out my trusty vinegar, poured some in a bowl and gave it a vinegar bath with some old rags. In some areas, the tar stain came off easily, in others, a little elbow grease was required. But, still, in an hour, I was satisfied it was clean enough but it still had some smell. I poured vinegar in old bowls and set them in the drawers and left them there for a couple days til the weekend came around. When I was ready to get back to that project, the smell was entirely gone! Stripping and sanding the desk gave off nothing but a wooden smell. I refinished it and it turned out beautiful! We got about 4 years use out of it before we decided to sell it in a garage sale--for $40!
sunshiine (author)  joffler2 years ago
Thanks so much for your input! It is a great miracle cleaner and deodorizer! I enjoyed reading your comment! Have a splendorous day! Sunshiine
22tpring2 years ago
For all the suggestions of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together, I've had the same results with just using a spray bottle of peroxide. The ONLY caution I have is do not use peroxide for stains on whites - turns them a pretty yellow, forever. I have 4 cats (litter mates) and one has an issue with peeing on areas (he's very insecure) and even pooing right outside the box for various psycho-kitty reasons. We love him just the same and peroxide in a bottle comes to the rescue every time. Even male cat PEE my friends! Now with some peepee applications, he can be challenging (on our very expensive california king mattress) but I literally POURED bottle upon bottle of quart sized peroxide onto the bed because we had nothing to lose at that point....it actually worked! We did flip and pour for several days and we do live in the desert (so evaporation was much quicker than in greener parts of the country) but it worked! And every time he does some peeing, I pulled out of the peroxide.
I use a combination of spray bottle peroxide, activated carbon (I bought it in bulk) and silica sand for catboxes to keep their smells under control (it is hard because BOTH my males are very proud of their poo and refuse to cover it when they do their business in the catbox).
robbim 22tpring10 months ago
I do cat rescue-and just a little tip for you...there is a product called "Comfort Zone" and another called "Feliway" (both available at most pet care stores, and even Walmart) which comes in a plug-in diffuser form. It is a pheromone that calms cats when they are stressed and it is just amazing how well it works to ELIMINATE the peeing problem. The males that do not cover their feces may need a little reminder training. When you catch them after doing their business, gently take a paw and 'teach' them to cover their business. It doesn't happen overnight, you will have to do it several times, but eventually they will get the message (along with the pheromone therapy). Good Luck! I've bee very successful with this for years!
sunshiine (author)  robbim10 months ago
Thanks for sharing! Do you happen to know of something that works for dogs marking their territory?

The reason dogs mark their territory is because they are worried about another dog encroaching on it. A sure-fire way to eliminate the spraying is to neuter your dog, as the reason for the spraying is to eliminate competition for his chance of procreation. Another way, if you are breeding your dog, is to install obstructions to other dogs coming too close to his territory. You can eliminate other dogs coming into your yard by getting a motion-controlled sprinkler (I saw this on "The dog whisperer", and no, I don't know where you can get them) and a motion-controlled noise-maker. You can, however, make them yourself. Go online and get a 5 volt motion sensor (about $3-4), and a 5 volt 2-relay board (also about $3-4), and from the same source. Then get an electric water valve for a washing machine ($10-15 new, much less used. You could also get one from a recycler for a couple of dollars if you remove it yourself from an old washing machine he has. Cut off as much of the wires to it as you can reach and keep them.). Connect the motion sensor to the input of the relay board. You will need a 5 volt wall wart for the motion sensor and the relay board ( about $3-5 new, $1-2 at Goodwill, probably free from your junk box). Connect 110 volts to the relay contacts of one of the relays. Connect a pair of wires from the relay to the wires of one of the electric water valve, or connect the wires on the valve directly to the relay, if you can run the water hose to the electronic package you are constructing. In any case, ensure there are no exposed wire connections, and the electronics are securely water-tight. A little plastic box with sealant on the holes for the wires would be ideal. Run a water hose in to and out from the water valve, and plug in the 110 volt cord. Place the sprinkler so that it covers the largest area near the house, and turn on the water. You probably will want to put a switch into one of the 110 volt wires, so you can turn it off when you want to go in the yard. The valves are double, so you could either make a separate motion control box, or just connect the 2 valves together so that they both come on at the same time, if you want a second sprinkler to come on. The effective coverage of the motion sensor is up to about 30 feet, I believe. The same source as the electronics above carries 5 volt buzzers (5 for about $5). If you want everything to come on at the same time, get a 4-relay board instead for a few bucks more, then run the 5 volt wall wart through one of the relays and out to the buzzers, which are tapped into a wire running from the relay output. I hope this was helpful.

sunshiine (author)  22tpring2 years ago
Thanks for sharing!
sunshiine
crystif3 months ago
Don't know if you know, but vinegar & baking soda is FANTASTIC for white socks with black, dirt stains on the bottoms. I walk around all day with just my socks, & they get filthy (obviously). I just unfold all of my dirty socks (because I fold my socks prior to putting them in the hamper to reduce strays), & put them in the bath tub. Then, add cool water until socks are covered. Add about a half gallon of vinegar, and about 2 cups of baking soda. Let them soak for about 30 minutes, drain tub, quick, light rinse. Put them in a bucket or hamper, & put them into the washing machine. I always add vinegar & soda to the washing machine also just to make sure. (I have a tendancy to over do things).
sunshiine (author)  crystif3 months ago

Thanks so much for sharing your techniques! I hope your day shines!

sunshiine

Botanikas3 years ago
Nice instructable, i have very same problem with odor in my country house. What % peroxide you use? Because i heard you can find 3%, 6%, 12% and so on.
sunshiine (author)  Botanikas3 years ago
I use 3% proxide. If someone here would know if one could use a strong % please do let us know. It might be nice to try the stronger solution for really serious pet odors. Thanks for asking a great question.

Yep you cab but read my longer message first Cheers

john mantova4 months ago

Peroxide ts sold here as Vol, numbers i.e.1 vol up to about 40 vol from hair=dressers supplies. BUT TEST AREAS FIRST AS IT WILL BLEACH in the higher strengths/ I had a friend whose wife ordered a new carpet. but decide to shampoo the carpet so that the carpet fitters didn't think badly about her housekeeping. We sold various environmentally safer products. One of which was Peroxide based. Raiding hubby's samples she loaded the shampooer with the neat product. Shampooed the carpet last thing at night while we were working an out of town patch. She came down next morning early to check drynes before the kids got up. She found a lovely clean sweet smelling light grey carpet. She was delighted and very surprised. Why ? Because the carpet was originally very dark brown.. She was so pleased she cancelled the new carpet. O.K. for her but be careful. when you have done the patch test ( over night at least ) put about 30 mil ( depending on strength to start with) into a litre spray bottle and top up with water until almost full then ad 3 or 4 drops of washing up liquid . quick shake and you are ready/ This will clean body fats from showers and shower curtains . and baths etc. Worktops, bread boards, cutting boards, cookers you name it. Blood and other body fluids in mattresses responds very well to hair shampoo and a soft tooth brush. Or try the mixture I just described. I tgink this is what is called a synergised material. Strong drain cleaner 98 % Sulphuric acid use with extreme care thick industrial strength rubber or vinyl gloves goggles . Pour acid into water with no plug iv hole. The acid will shoot straight for the drain and start eating through the blockage. It well neutralise as it clears the debris. Biodegradable stuff is what is left as it goes down the drain sorry so long but felt warnings important. kohn

crazycloud3 years ago
I use white vinegar to get rid of urine smell from carpet, walls etc. in rentals. One house was so bad I used a garden sprayer and sprayed the walls and floors before I could even start other work.
sunshiine (author)  crazycloud3 years ago
Thanks for commenting. Yes, my grandson told me he knew someone who used it because they had a fire in the house. They placed saucers around the house with vinegar and after a week the smell was gone.

I purchased a dresser that had been in a fire with a horrible smoke smell. I read in a quilt magazine that to get the smell of smoke out of a quilt to put it in a garbage bag with a few bars of Zest soap. I did the same thing - put bars of Zest in each of the dresser drawers. Took a week or so but no more odors.

sunshiine (author)  housepony435 months ago

Thank you for sharing this! I will have to give it a try. I have never heard of this technique before. I hope your spring shines!

sunshiine

jbaer855 months ago
I am looking for a instructable to make my own vacuum attachment for cleaning ceiling fans, dryer lint trap, etc. I searched but I could not find anything similar, I also could not find where to post a comment unless to a specific person. Do you know if anyone has made an Instructable for this? I greatly appreciate any help
sunshiine (author)  jbaer855 months ago
Sorry, I have not seen anything like that either. I did a quick search and did not find anything. I am not sure what type of vacuum you have but if I were to make an attachment I would purchase a Sears round brush attachment which is not very expensive ( 10- 12 dollars) or contact the company that makes yours and ask if they have an attachment, or use pvc pipe to convert a Sears or other brand to fit. I normally clean my lint filter every time I use my dryer and I clean my ceiling fans weekly, not so much the light fixture but the fan blades. I use a damp cloth and oil them if needed. It has served me well to do that. As far as the dryer lint filter I don't know why a person couldn't remove the layer of lint and just rinse it under water and dry it with a towel. I hope this is helpful and I answered your question if not please let me know. I am happy to share what I can
Thank you for commenting and do have a splendorous week!
sunshiine.
rowinghome8 months ago
Great tips and enjoy all the ideas that follow. My one tip that I use because I use to work in hospital. Straight peroxide will take blood stains out of just about anything. Be sure to place old cloth underneath material so there is no "bleed through". (no pun intended)
EvilDefman2 years ago
Great tips, thanks.
sunshiine (author)  EvilDefman2 years ago
Thanks for commenting!
22tpring2 years ago
Where are my manners, I LOVED your household tips, some I have never heard of before and others reinforced the reason I was doing them (without really thinking about the methodology). THANKS :)
sunshiine (author)  22tpring2 years ago
Thank you for commenting! Have a great day!
Sunshiine
green tea2 years ago
Thank you so much for this article! I'm so excited, I can't wait to start using baing soda to clean things! I have a question tho, I have a blood stain on one of the seats in my car. Would I let the solution sit for some time, or would I soak up any excess moisture with a towel, and then clean it with a wet cloth?
sunshiine (author)  green tea2 years ago
I have had best results using peroxide for removing blood stains. I suggest testing an area that won't be noticeable if it has a reaction to the fabric first. I have used peroxide on carpets before but there are so many variables to consider. Here is a place to start: http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS387US387&gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=removing+blood+stains+with+peroxide+ . If that don't work then try baking soda.  Again always test an area.  Thanks for commenting!  Hope this helps! Have a beautiful day!
Sunshiine
sunshiine (author) 2 years ago
I hear you about that! My brother bought one a while back and we thought it would work in the washer but it was cheesy. You have to pay the extra bucks for a good one but it pays off in the long run. Thanks for sharing! Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
cdonté2 years ago
Regarding plastic shower curtain liners: I love the clear ones but hate the visibility of the soap scum build up. So I spent a little more money and bought an extremely thick clear one (about $25.00) that is sturdy enough that i can toss it in the washing machine on low cycle with some bleach and soap! No need to dry (the spin cycle takes care of that) and there you go! Clean liner! Before my splurge i had been replacing my liner every 4 months or so. Now i have had the same one for almost 2 years! :)
Silver Diva3 years ago
Your sister has a beautiful country home! ::::jealous ;=|::::
sunshiine (author)  Silver Diva3 years ago
She does! It is so nice going there, I never want to leave. Thanks for your comment.
tinker2343 years ago
wow love the method i
sunshiine (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Thanks!
your welcome
Anodean3 years ago
Excellent advice - thank you! You probably won't be surprised to hear that sousing with 3% peroxide and baking soda is the only household remedy that actually stops skunk scent. But to those who wondered about "stronger" peroxide - it's not as nice as it sounds. It will burn you and cause damage.

I discovered peroxide years ago when I had a couch covered in what was called "Haitian cotton" - rough spun, unprocessed stuff supposed to be dry-clean only. The reason for those directions was a natural yellow-brown discoloration that would come out of the chaff in the fiber and stain it all to heck once it was wet. I discovered that, if I humped the thing outside in strong sunlight, saturated it with 50-50 water and 3% peroxide, ran a steam/suction cleaner over it, and let it bake out there - turning all the cushions and such so they'd get sun as they dried - it would actually come lighter than it was. Woot. Glad those days are behind me. ;)
sunshiine (author)  Anodean3 years ago
Yes, I was going to add that but I had entered it in the contest and did not think I should shange it. Thanks so much for sharing this!
mary candy3 years ago
I liked the tips.
Is your cat fat or pregnant ..
by the way it is very sweet.
sunshiine (author)  mary candy3 years ago
Thanks, neither she is a he! And it is my sister cat. The dog is also. My sister lives in the country and it is so peaceful and wonderful there. I love visiting her.
well than he is a little fat lol but cute!
sunshiine (author)  mary candy3 years ago
Thanks, she spoils her animals. It took a long time for him to warm up to me. I took this picture for that reason. It was like haha I got ya!
pecospearl3 years ago
I learned so much from this instructable. You inspire me to try your method of cleaning so I have more time for me!
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