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Smart Dishwashing Tip - Fold up cuffs on your dish gloves and water won't soak your elbows & sleeves - your skin is protected!

Fill especially dirty pots that have coated, baked-on food with water and 1/4 cup powdered dishwasher detergent or baking soda. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat, and let soak for an hour. Scrape the pot with a spoon or rubber spatula and finish up washing as you normally would.

Dishwashing Secrets

Baking soda has scrubbing power but won't scratch surfaces. Mix a paste of 3 parts warm water to 1 part baking soda to scrub kitchen stains or clean the oven. Make a bathroom cleanser by mixing dishwashing liquid with baking soda until you have a thick

Follow the top-to-bottom rule of cleaning every room, and knock dust and debris from curtains, bookshelves, lampshades and mantles onto the floor as you work your way down.

9 Timesaving Tips From Professional House Cleaners

Household cleaners are necessary tools in the battle against grime, but germophobia doesn’t come cheap. Purchasing even rudimentary cleaning supplies rapidly becomes costly over time. According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

The FundamentalsStart with gentle cleansers before working up to strong chemical ones. Lemon and distilled white vinegar help deodorize, and baking soda is a good scrubbing agent. Designate sponges for specific tasks -- washing dishes, wiping counters, and the like. Sterilize sponges regularly by dampening, then microwaving them on high for one minute, or by tossing them in a dishwasher. Keep instruction manuals for appliances in a binder stashed in a drawer. Refer to manuals for...

A Clean Kitchen, Top to Bottom

Many modern cleaning products don't just remove dirt -- they leave harsh chemicals behind. Take an old-fashioned approach to cleaning, using gentle soaps and simple products you can find in your kitchen, such as baking soda or white vinegar.

With the right tools and basic instructions, you can solve most minor plumbing problems in your home.

How to Fix Plumbing Problems

Plumbing Basics - When the sink is clogged or the toilet runs, don't rush to phone the plumber. With the right tools and basic instructions, you can solve most minor plumbing problems in your home.

"Tricks for Dealing With a Hairy Home" Watch out, Buddy -- we're going to get your fur under control!

Tricks for Dealing With a Hairy Home

so this brush thing actually works for human hair, not just pet hair! i have a lot of hair so it ends up on the carpet so i used stain remover (didnt have fabric softener) and found a brush and it gets up all the hair better than a dryer sheet!

Turkey Hill, Martha Stewart's first home was and will always be my dream home.

Turkey Hill: Martha's First House

Our Readers' Favorite Kitchen Cleaning Tools — Reader Intelligence Report

Our Readers' Favorite Kitchen Cleaning Tools

37 Hacks To Make Dish Washing Easier - BuzzFeed Mobile

37 Hacks To Make Dish Washing Easier

37 Hacks To Make Dish Washing Easier - The first section of this is a great how-to for the kids. (The dishwasher thing is good, too, for the same purpose, although we do a couple things differently for specific reasons.

Lubricate the clog with half a cup of dish soap.

10-Minute Home Repairs

NO MORE PLUNGER! Unclog toilet with dish soap - pour in about cup of liquid dish soap and let it sit for a while. Apparently, liquid soap reduces friction and allows the contents of the bowl to slide on through. From The Family Handyman

Cleaning Tip Tuesday: Cleaning A Microfiber Couch - Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Cleaning Tip Tuesday: Cleaning A Microfiber Couch

Just 2 things needed, and the last really made all the difference! Cleaning Tip Tuesday: Cleaning A Microfiber Couch - Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Cleaning your bed pillows is simple to do and should be done at least every three months to ensure that they are rid of skin cells, oil and dust mites.

How to Clean Bed Pillows

Dust mites, sweat stains, and odors can keep you up at night. Get a good night's sleep with these mattress cleaning hacks!

Make-my-own foaming soap with Empty Foaming Soap Dispenser and Baby Wash: Put one inch of soap/body wash in bottom of bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water leaving a little room at the top, then gently turn side to side to mix together (no shaking!) That's it!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap ■Clean out your empty foaming soap dispenser ■Add 1 inch of Baby Wash to the dispenser ■Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water ■Gently turn side to side to mix together (no shaking… that makes it too bubbly)

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