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Ways To Make Your Car Cleaner Than It’s Ever Been

1. Use a cheap foam brush or paint brush to dust between the AC vents.

Use a cheap foam brush or paint brush to dust between the AC vents.

2. Vacuum up the dust as you brush it off, so it doesn’t immediately settle somewhere else in the car.

Vacuum up the dust as you brush it off, so it doesn't immediately settle somewhere else in the car.

3. The vacuum+brush duster combo also works to clean all your car’s knobs and buttons.

4. Remove and replace your cabin’s air filter to get rid of stinky smells.

Remove and replace your cabin's air filter to get rid of stinky smells.

You’ll have to check your owner’s manual to see if your make and model has a removable air filter first.

5. Get all of the trash out from every nook and cranny.

Get all of the trash out from every nook and cranny.

Slide all of your seats all the way forward and pull out your floor mats, so nothing escapes your notice. Use a plastic grocery bag to collect trash as you go.

6. Use a Magic Eraser to scrub gross sticky things off of vinyl and leather.

Gently rub dried on gunk with the Magic Eraser — don’t rub too hard, because you don’t want to damage the fabric. From here.

7. If dirt has embedded itself in the textures of your vinyl, some detail scrubbing with a toothbrush may be necessary.

If dirt has embedded itself in the textures of your vinyl, some detail scrubbing with a toothbrush may be necessary.

8. Use olive oil to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard.

Use olive oil to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard.

9. Banish animal hair from your upholstery with a spray bottle of water and a squeegee.

Banish animal hair from your upholstery with a spray bottle of water and a squeegee.

10. Use a fine-bristled brush (like a toothbrush) to get dirt and crumbs out from the seams of your seat cushions.

Use a fine-bristled brush (like a toothbrush) to get dirt and crumbs out from the seams of your seat cushions.

11. Use paper and an iron to remove melted wax (like crayons) from your upholstery.

Use paper and an iron to remove melted wax (like crayons) from your upholstery.

12. Shampoo the seats in your car with diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush, and washcloths.

Elbow grease FTW. Use white or un-dyed washcloths, though, so the color dyes in the cloth don’t rub off onto your car’s fabric. See the full step-by-step here, and a recipe that uses dish soap and washing soda instead of all-purpose cleaner here.

13. Spray your dirty floor mats with stain remover and throw them in the washing machine.

Spray your dirty floor mats with stain remover and throw them in the washing machine.

14. Or, scrub them with a DIY upholstery cleaner.

Or, scrub them with a DIY upholstery cleaner.

15. Enlist a lint roller, bristle brush, toothbrush, dish soap, steam cleaner, and baking soda if you need to clean a kiddo’s car seat.

16. When everything’s fresh and clean, keep it smelling that way with a baking soda air freshener.

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17. ~Super clean~ your windshield using steel wool and glass cleaner, then treat it to a coat of Rain X.

~Super clean~ your windshield using steel wool and glass cleaner, then treat it to a coat of Rain X.

18. Wipe down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol to prevent a smeared windshield.

19. Get stubborn bugs out of your grille (and off of your bumper) with the help of dryer sheets.

Get stubborn bugs out of your grille (and off of your bumper) with the help of dryer sheets.

20. Shine up cloudy headlights with toothpaste and water.

Shine up cloudy headlights with toothpaste and water.

Read the tutorial here.

21. Remember to roll down your windows before you start wiping them with glass cleaner.

Remember to roll down your windows before you start wiping them with glass cleaner.

22. Use a cleaning powder and water to clean your wheels.

Use a cleaning powder and water to clean your wheels.

See how here. You can also just pick up some wheel cleaner, although that can be tough on the wheel’s finish — read more about that here.

23. After washing your car, use a clay bar to pick up bits of grime that water doesn’t rinse off.

After washing your car, use a clay bar to pick up bits of grime that water doesn't rinse off.

How to clean your kitchen Hood Filter

sexy cleanerWhen was the last time you peeked underneath your stove hood and checked out the exhaust fan filters? If it’s been awhile or you’ve never done this, let me warn you: it’s not going to be pretty. The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect grease, so if it’s doing its job correctly, it’s going to look and feel, well, greasy.

Over time the the filter may become so blocked with grease and thickness that it loses its effectiveness, which is why it’s important to clean these filters periodically. Thankfully, cleaning them isn’t hard at all!

This tutorial shows how to clean the filter in your sink with just boiling water, baking soda, and a good de-greasing dish soap. (I prefer Dawn.) Some hood filters can actually be washed in the dishwasher, but depending on how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned yours, I wouldn’t recommend that without at least cleaning them this way first. (You don’t want too much grease to end up in your dishwasher!)

So, let’s de-grease those filters now, shall we?

How To Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter

What You Need

Ingredients
Very hot or boiling water
Degreasing dish soap (Dawn works very well)
Baking soda
Non-abrasive scrub brush
Paper towels or dish cloth

Instructions

  1. Remove the filters from the hood: Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood. Mine had a metal loop I could grab to push the filter up and slide it out.
  2. Fill a sink or bucket with boiling water: The hotter the water, the more effective. Depending on how hot you can get the water from your tap, that might be good enough. For me, I boiled water in my electric tea kettle, and poured that into the sink. Most effective if you put a pot with water  and let it boiled, if it is big enough to soaked the filter, the better, atleast you could soak two hood filter, or three, then soaked it in boiling water like 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour in baking soda and dish soap: Pour a good squirt of de-greasing dish soap and 1/4 cup baking soda into the hot water. Swish around with a brush (not your hand because it’s too hot!) until the water is nice and soapy.
  4. Put greasy filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.
  5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for 10 minutes.
  6. Scrub the filters: After soaking, take a non-abrasive scrub brush and scrub the filters. Add more dish soap to your brush if required while you scrub.
  7. Rinse and dry: Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  8. Replace the filters and repeat as needed: Put the filters back into the hood, and repeat as needed! Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

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Cleaning your floor rugs

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Since I move to England in 2008, I have to deal these carpet rugs, which to me no know how to clean it, apart from my husband doing it using a vacuum cleaner every summer.

Now, as the years pass by, I am waiting for that time and one time, the rugs got really dirty and need cleaning, I could not stop myself but be brave to clean it. I did it in the bath tub, but then it is so uncomfortable scrubbing it with brush using bleach, and you have to bend as you could not sit down properly. It is okay if only one or two, but even two I am struggling to clean it.  So the next time it got dirty, I put it to the washing machine, nobody had told me that it will ruin the back side of the rugs, and so two of my beautiful design rugs damage!!

So, okay, I will just wait for another summer time….

But as I go along cleaning my kitchen, drawers, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher, it leaves only the rugs remains my problem.

There must be a way of out it!

And when somebody had told me that soaking baking soda makes those old whites looking new whites! I could not help but to try.  So I did try the white clothes of my son, and it works great!

Now, looking at the rugs, I just took one of it, and soaked it for the whole night in the bath tub, but to my amazement, every time I went to the bathroom, I can see the water gets brown, and my rugs turns like lighter…. I almost want to get the brush and scrub it, but i hold myself, the whole night must be followed to have a best result, if I want.

Believe me or not, the next morning, just few scrubs, and rinse, my rugs totally clean, and even lighter than the one being cleaned by vacuum cleaner!

Wow, amazing! Cleaning Solution!!

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How to clean your Kitchen Hood Filter

 

How to clean your kitchen Hood Filter

When was the last time you peeked underneath your stove hood and checked out the exhaust fan filters? If it’s been awhile or you’ve never done this, let me warn you: it’s not going to be pretty. The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect grease, so if it’s doing its job correctly, it’s going to look and feel, well, greasy.

Over time the the filter may become so blocked with grease and thickiness that it loses its effectiveness, which is why it’s important to clean these filters periodically. Thankfully, cleaning them isn’t hard at all!

This tutorial shows how to clean the filter in your sink with just boiling water, baking soda, and a good de-greasing dish soap. (I prefer Dawn.) Some hood filters can actually be washed in the dishwasher, but depending on how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned yours, I wouldn’t recommend that without at least cleaning them this way first. (You don’t want too much grease to end up in your dishwasher!)

So, let’s de-grease those filters now, shall we?

How To Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter

What You Need

Ingredients
Very hot or boiling water
Degreasing dish soap (Dawn works very well)
Baking soda
Non-abrasive scrub brush
Paper towels or dish cloth

Instructions

  1. Remove the filters from the hood: Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood. Mine had a metal loop I could grab to push the filter up and slide it out.
  2. Fill a sink or bucket with boiling water: The hotter the water, the more effective. Depending on how hot you can get the water from your tap, that might be good enough. For me, I boiled water in my electric tea kettle, and poured that into the sink. Most effective if you put a pot with water  and let it boiled, if it is big enough to soaked the filter, the better, atleast you could soak two hood filter, or three, then soaked it in boiling water like 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour in baking soda and dish soap: Pour a good squirt of de-greasing dish soap and 1/4 cup baking soda into the hot water. Swish around with a brush (not your hand because it’s too hot!) until the water is nice and soapy.
  4. Put greasy filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.
  5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for 10 minutes.
  6. Scrub the filters: After soaking, take a non-abrasive scrub brush and scrub the filters. Add more dish soap to your brush if required while you scrub.
  7. Rinse and dry: Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  8. Replace the filters and repeat as needed: Put the filters back into the hood, and repeat as needed! Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

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