How to Clean Your Washing Machine

One would think that the interior of a washing machine would be the cleanest place in a home since it’s continually being filled with soap and water. However, over time the interior of your washing machine can build up hard water film. Additionally, it can harbor mold and bacteria.

To remedy these problems, pour a quart of white vinegar into the wash tub and run the machine through a hot wash cycle. Do this about every three months to keep the tub of your machine in tip top shape.




How to Remove Burnt-On Foods (the easy way!)

Life happens. We put something in the oven or on top of the stove and forget about it. Removal of baked and burnt-on foods can be a time consuming task if we turn to scrubbies or sponges.

Instead, relax and let baking soda come to the rescue. Sprinkle a generous amount on the pot, pan, or casserole dish (but not aluminum) and add hot water to a level that covers the burnt food residue. Let the mixture soak for about 15 minutes and check to see if the food has softened. Finish cleaning as usual.

If the food is really stuck, let it soak overnight. This method has worked for me every time and made cleanup super easy.



How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Since most American homes have some degree of hard water, mineral deposits build up in coffee makers over time. Here is a safe and effective way to remove deposits. Fill your coffee maker with equal parts white vinegar and water. Run this solution through one brew cycle and then run plain water through one cycle.

Do this every few months to keep your coffee maker working efficiently.




Quick Tips (12) – How To Quickly Remove Stains From Clothing


Some household products do double-duty, performing beyond their intended purpose. Dawn dishwashing liquid is one of those products. (Other brands do not work as well.)

Mixed half-and-half with tap water, Dawn becomes a powerful stain remover for clothing. Simply mix in a small spray bottle and use on stains, especially greasy ones. I like to keep a mixture in the laundry area and treat stains immediately. Give it a try.




Quick Tips (11) – How To Leave Your Dishes Sparkling Clean

In a previous post I stated that Jet Dry can also be used for hand washed dishes, providing the same spot-free results for your dishes as it does in the dishwasher.

There is another common household product that renders the same results plus has the added benefit of cutting through grease – white vinegar. Simply add a little to your rinse water and enjoy spotless, grease-free dishes the natural way.



Time versus Task

I’m preaching to myself here. I look around at all the things that need to be done and wonder where I will ever find the time to do them. My problem is this: I’m thinking in the macro. In my mind, I figure this task will take at least 2 hours to complete and that task will take 4 hours, and I simply don’t have such large chunks of time available to me. Therefore. . .

That “therefore” can go two ways. Either “therefore, it will just have to go undone” or “therefore, I will have to tackle it a little at a time and eventually get it all done.” The latter is certainly the best choice and will be full of surprises when you actually develop that mindset.

Take laundry for example. Do you have a weekly laundry day? If you allow the laundry to pile up all week, what does the task look like at the end of the week? How do you feel when you look at that huge pile knowing what your day ahead is going to be like?

I adopted the philosophy when my children were small that one load at a time is easy, two is doable, but three or more is overwhelming, so one it is! As soon as there was enough clothing for one load, I quickly started the washer and went about my day. At my convenience I put the clean load in the dryer. I purchased baskets for each member of the family and put their clothing into the baskets right out of the dryer. By doing laundry “on the fly” so to speak, it was as if I never really did laundry.

Applying the micro approach to other time intensive tasks works just as well. Who says you have to complete every job to perfection in one fell swoop? So take a look around you and choose one large task upon which to focus. Set a time limit, say 10-15 minutes, and go at it. As soon as the time is up, stop and return to your normal routine. Do this every day and at the end of the week look at what you have accomplished.

Macro time is hard to find, but micro time is available to all of us. Begin small and start enjoying the rewards of accomplishment.



Quick Tips (10) – A Clean Bathroom in Under 5 Minutes a Day

With your countertops all clean and tidy, keeping your bathroom clean on a daily basis is easy to do. Using Clorox wipes or a similar product, wipe down your sink every time you use it. Then with the same wipe, give the tub a quick swirl. Before throwing it away, wipe down the toilet seat. Next, use a soft cloth to wipe the mirror and faucets. (Plain rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth makes faucets shine!) Spray your shower after every use with my germ killing formula.

These simple actions turned into a daily habit will keep your bathroom in tip top shape.