Tips and Tricks

A Brilliant Idea

Always keep several get well cards on the mantle.. 

So if unexpected guests arrive, 
They will think you’ve been sick and unable to clean.

A Microfiber Cloth Just for Glass

These cloths are great for no streaks or lint residue.  Just dampen and wipe! From Rubbermaid.  I got this at

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink

If you have a Stainless steel sink and don’t want to scratch it, use a drop of Dishwasher Machine Soap and a sponge to remove the coffee stain build up.  Apply, let it rest a couple of minutes, scrub with non scratch sponge, then rinse.


If you have a white textured refrigerator, give some Dishwasher Soap a try on a sponge to clean the handle.  Works great!!  Apply, then wipe

Making Foam Soap

Wouldn’t it be nice to save some money on soap?  I have tried different soaps to use in the foam soap dispenser I have at home.  Dish soap does not work.  Soaps are too thick or thin.

I have found that body wash works best to make foam soap.  I like St Ives.  Experiment with the ratio of soap to water because different body washes need different mixes.  I suggest adding some water first so heavy soap does not lodge in the uptake tube.


Neem Leaf Oil for Lice


Neem leaf oil is said to be good for your hair and scalp.  It can also be used to be rid of lice.  It is not a poison.  It acts as something that interferes with an insect’s ability to reproduce, and insects are all about reproducing!  They avoid it like the plague!  

​Well at least the ants in my garden ran away.  I did not have any lice to test it on.  I am testing it on the fleas on my pets.

Caution.  Do not use if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.

Replace Many Paper Towels with Sponge Cloths

These reusable sponge cloths are by “If You Care”.  I bought them at a grocery store called Ingles.  They work well, dry out between use so less chance of mildew, and you can put them in the washer 300 times it is claimed.

The dirt and dust rinse right off so you can continue using them.

I like them very much.  Stop wasting paper towels!  I use them for: 
– Dishes,
– Counters,
– as a face cloth,
– Cleaning rag for my bathroom sink.

The only thing I need to have changed is a larger size, perhaps an inch or two.  They are a little stiff when dry so you need to wet and squeeze them for use.

Remove Staples From Carpet


Don’t you hate it when you are vacuuming and the staples just do not come up with the vacuum.  People walk on them and they get ground into the fibers.  Very irritating!  

This is the tool that I use to remove them.  There are 2 kinds of staple removers.  The other one looks like a claw, but that will grab the carpet fibers

You want to use this one, otherwise your nails will break trying to get the staples out of the carpet fibers.  Quick and easy.


Cleaning a Mouse


Some of the offices I clean have been neglected.  Not only are phones very dirty, but the computer mice are filthy!

The problem is that people leave their computers on at night and you do not want to activate or change anything on people’s computers.  The problem is lessened if you pick up the mouse in your hand off the desk to clean it.  Make sure that you are not touching the bottom of the mouse.  Keep it off any surfaces.  Watch the monitor to see if you are affecting anything.  It is safer if the computer is powered off of course.

I use a damp microfiber cloth, not wet, with a little Simple Green to rub clean the surface.  You may want to use a small toothbrush for crevices.

Of course wireless keyboards and mice are easier to clean.  Just find the power button and slide it to off before you clean. 

Ant Repellant

We put in a new sink in the bathroom and the ants found a way in.  So I applied this “3 in One” oil to the surface of the counter and the ants went away.  You may have to reapply in a few days until they learn not to come back.  You can also use Liquid Gold.

Homemade Window Cleaner

I have a house that I clean that looks great until late afternoon when the sun shines into the kitchen through the windows and on the glass kitchen table and the stainless steel appliances.

So for the stainless steel appliance I changed to a 409 cleaner.  It seems to work well.  As for the glass table top and windows, I will be trying this recipe I got from another blog.  Here it is:

Alvin Corn Homemade Glass Cleaner

  • 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 c. warm water

Combine everything in a spray bottle, and shake well. Shake well before using, too, as the cornstarch might settle at the bottom (and subsequently plug the spray mechanism if it’s not mixed in well). Crunchy Betty blog

Here is an option for OUTDOOR windows

The proportions:

2 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dish detergent

What you’ll need:

scrub brush with optional, extension pole
water hose with optional sprayer attachment

See more at:

or try this simple cleaner:
Add a spray top to a bottle of club soda

To Clean a Toaster

This lady has a lot of info