THE DIRT IS IN THE DETAILS

 The secret to maintaining a deeper clean is as much in the details as it is in the broad strokes. So while Rug Doctor rentals and solutions can help make and keep your home refreshed and stain-free, a few simple tricks will take your deep clean one step further. Here’s how to keep clean in some of the most-used rooms in your home:

BATHROOM

Detachable showerheads can be run through the dishwasher. But if you can’t detach your showerhead, fill a sandwich baggie with vinegar and secure it over the showerhead overnight with a rubber band.

Got hard water stains and rust on your stainless steel fixtures? Cut a lemon in half and rub them away. And enjoy the citrusy scent.

Tough toilet stains? Pour a can of soda around the rim of the bowl and let it sit for at least an hour (or better yet, overnight). Then flush. Repeat as necessary.

KITCHEN

De-gunk and de-odor your garbage disposal by dropping in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. Then run it.

 Make a simple oven-cleaning paste with 5 Tbsp baking soda, 4 Tbsp white vinegar and 5 drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Spread the mixture over your oven with a sponge, let sit for 15 minutes, and then sponge it clean. Scrub grease with a sliced lemon and a bit of coarse salt. 

After removing any visible grime from your dishwasher, place a dishwasher-safe cup of vinegar on the top shelf and run the hottest cycle. After that, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the

What good is a dirty dishwasher? After you remove any visible grime, place a (dishwasher safe) cup of vinegar on the top shelf and run the hottest cycle your dishwasher has. After that, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom and run it through a short but complete cycle using the hottest water.

LIVING ROOM

Wash your windows with equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Clean while clouds are in the sky; sunshine causes quick drying and leaves streaks.

Get rid of water rings on your coffee table by holding a blow dryer on high close to them. They should disappear after a few minutes. Use mineral or olive oil to recondition the wood.

Use coffee filters to gently wipe television and computer screens.

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