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Household Clean-Up Made Easier

Household Clean-Up Made Easier

Mildew on Shower Curtain Liners

Forget trying to spray liquid cleaners on a shower curtain liner to get rid of mildew and other gunk. Just take down the liner and put it in a washing machine with ordinary detergent. Add some chlorine bleach when laundering plastic liners and you’ll annihilate the mildew. Some liners have even been known to survive being dried in a dryer, but the best suggestion is to hang them on a line outside to dry.

Congealed Food on Interior Refrigerator and Freezer Surfaces

Because it’s cold in those places, it’s hard to use regular cleaners to remove stuck-on mess. The secret is to carefully scrape it off with a sharp single edge razor blade in a blade holder. Remember that handling unsheathed razor blades, even those with a blunted side, is a recipe for “filet o’ fingers.” Visit the hardware store instead and buy a holder.

Burnt Food in the Center of a Pot, Ruining Chili, Spaghetti Sauce, etc.

Food often sticks and burns in the center of inexpensive pots and pans or at other “hot spots.” Inexpensive heat diffusers–which fit between a burner and a pot–can solve the problem by evenly diffusing the heat. Don’t have one? You can improvise by using a “pan-in-a-pan” technique. If you happen to own a high-quality frying pan, fill that with water and place the cooking pot in the water. A cast iron grill placed beneath the pot will also work well.

Household Cleaning Tools That Don’t Work

Sometimes scrub brushes and scouring pads just don’t cut it. The answer–once again–is the hardware store. Your list of “must-have” tools should include an old toothbrush (for scrubbing in tiny spaces), a small wire brush of the same size, stainless steel pads (the type used for preparing surfaces for paint), a paint scraper, and–as mentioned–single edge razor blades and a blade holder. Armed with this equipment, you’ll be able to really remove baked-on grease.


1 kate { 10.05.10 at 10:30 pm }

vinegar in a bowl about 1/8 cup run, til boiling, 1-3 min. depending on microwave, remove everything(micro plate,ring) wash in dishwasher
let bowl of vinegar sit overnight in mw. Next day… spray down microwave with window cleaner, wipe with papertowels & let stand open for awhile(1-2 hours)

2 Katie Lussier { 10.04.10 at 5:34 pm }

I need to know HOW to get the smoke smell out of my microwave oven after my daughter burnt her baked potato in it…I’ve tried, bleach, vinegar, baking soda and ordinary kitchen cleaner…NOTHING is still stinks every time I turn it on….Thanks, Ciao

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