Your One-stop Shop for House Cleaning Tips.

One-stop shop? Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but Bev and I are both involved in cleaning and we both enjoy researching ways to get jobs done without falling prey to the latest Madison Avenue Hype. If you have a question or cleaning problem, you are more than welcome to contact us and we'll sure try to help.

Bev runs a house cleaning service for several elderly ladies and I run an odd-job business for whoever will hire me. Usually the same elderly ladies.

My history with house cleaning tips goes clear back to when I was in high school in the early 60's. I used to hang out at the local diner, Hanson's Cafe , and I was impressed with a couple of the tricks that the ladies behind the counter taught me.

One was to use vinegar and water for cleaning glass and mirrors and then using wadded up newspaper to dry with. It really made the mirrors and windows sparkle.

Another house cleaning tip that I have used over the years is for cleaning coffee makers. Just put a hand-full of crushed ice and a dash of salt into a glass coffee pot, swirl for a minute and then rinse. This also works for glass jars and carafes.

You can also put a saltine cracker in your sugar dispenser to keep the sugar from lumping up, but that's a different subject.

Bev has always been concerned with avoiding the harsh chemicals that most modern cleaners rely on. So most of our house cleaning tips are based around household products such as vinegar. Not only for the possible effects on the family, but also the environment. Our house is on a septic system, not a central sewer, and as such, we have to be aware of what we put in the ground.

Enough history for right now, let's get back to the house cleaning tips. Needless to say, we can compile a very extensive house cleaning list, such as furniture, floors, hardwood floors, stainless steel , leather, computer, bathrooms, kitchens, blinds, tile and grout, and that's just some to the things inside the house.

We can go outside and look at windows, awnings, brick, siding, concrete, chimney, the deck and roof.

Then there are other things like eyeglasses, aquariums, jewelry and coins .

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