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Cleaning Tips

Household Cleaning Tips

Cleaning stains on carpets:

Clean the stains immediately don’t give them time to get dry. Your chances of removing them will be better. Use dish detergent for stains on the carpet. Dish detergent doesn’t contain chlorine; it can dissolve dirt very well and does not whiten the carpet. Only use a white duster to remove stains.


After you have had a bath or a shower, clean the bathroom, as it is already heated by the steam. The walls, the tiles, and the grit stone will be easier to clean because the steam softens soil. To remove light colored stains, the wash basin must be rubbed with a fresh sliced lemon. Dark stains such as rust stains, can be removed using a solution made of borax and lemon.


You should clean your windows on a cloudy day but you shouldn’t clean your windows on a rainy day. Also if you clean the windows in the direct light of the sun, traces might appear on the window, because the cleaning solution gets dry before being cleaned. Use cold and clean water, if the windows are very dirty, you might want to add 2-3 spoons of vinegar for a liter of water. In order to dry the windows you can use newspaper pages instead of paper towels which are very expensive. You should protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves.

Eco-Friendly Facts

If every house in America changed ONE light bulb to a fluorescent light we could power 3 million houses in America for a year.

Did you know that recycling one aluminum can will save enough energy to power a TV for three hours?

Did you know that 14 recycled plastic bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket?

Every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees.

Recycling one ton of paper saves 682.5 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Many institutions do not commonly use chlorine bleach products because they:

1. Lack detergency – Contain no wetting agents to allow the disinfecting agent to penetrate soils, so surfaces MUST be pre-cleaned before the chlorine bleach will effectively kill germs.

2. Very caustic to human tissues – Can burn skin and eyes

3. React with other chemicals to create toxic byproducts and gases – Incompatible with products that contain ammonia, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid and acetic acid (vinegar).

4. Fumes can be irritating – Occupants of buildings frequently complain about bleach and bleach related odors migrating into their work areas.

5. Can emit a carcinogenic gas if it comes in contact with formaldehyde, or is hyper-chlorinated by hot water.

6. Extremely corrosive to metals – Chlorine bleach can attack and corrode metal surfaces as well as permanently discolor countertops.

7. Discolor fibers and colored surfaces – Carpets, entrance matting and clothing are just a few of the fibers that can be damaged when contacted by chlorine bleach solutions.

8. Damage floor finishes – Chlorine bleach can attack the floor finish coatings on the floor requiring them to be removed and replaced. This is an expensive process.

9. Rapidly inactivated by organic debris (blood, tissue, saliva, microbes)

10. Diluted solutions quickly lose their effectiveness. Chlorine bleach is unstable and can lose its oxidizing and disinfecting strength rapidly compared to “quat” based disinfectant-cleaners and/or sanitizers.

11. Are expensive to use – The recommended dilution ratio for proper disinfecting of surfaces is 1:10 (13 ounces of chlorine bleach per gallon of water) while “quat” based disinfectant-cleaners are effective when diluted up to 1:256 ( 1/2 ounce per gallon of water).

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