In a 32 oz spray
bottle add 1/3-cup white (clear) vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing
alcohol. If you absolutely must have another cleaner add
1 tablespoon automatic dishwashing detergent.
and Shower Stalls
Alkaline in the
water causes those not-so-pretty spots on your glass doors
and shower walls. Apply a car wax to the walls and doors.
Not the floor or it gets real slick. Both fiberglass and
glass are porous. The car wax seals those pours, which makes
cleaning easier and keeps water spots away. Reapply twice
Squeegee or wipe
down your shower after each use to further prevent buildup.
If your tire of fighting the soap scum buildup switch to
liquid soap, natural soap or Dove. Its the talc in
most bar soaps that causes the buildup. Changing soap eliminates
the buildup. You still need to clean the shower once a week,
but the job is easier.
Clean the showers
once a week with an orange citrus-based cleaner. Spray on
and give it ten minutes to dissolve the dirt. Why do all
that scrubbing when your product does it for you?
OK, so the soap
scum refuses to budge and friends are coming for a visit.
Use your orange-based cleaner concentrated. Pour plenty
on an old dishrag and wipe on the walls and doors. Use can
use boiling hot white vinegar (wear gloves) but you must
keep applying it as the white vinegar dries. It takes time
to dissolve that buildup
becomes a virtue. Wait and wait and wait some more. Go clean
the rest of the house. If the cleaner starts dripping down
the walls wipe it back on. Check the walls with a fingernail.
If the residue removes easily, round one is about over.
Use a white bristle
pad to scrub. They look like fibers and are glued to a sponge.
Use the white ones only. The colored scrubbers are courser
and do scratch. Test a spot to make sure it wont scratch
the fiberglass. Dampen the pad keeping it good and wet and
gently scrub. This removes the soap buildup and most of
the white mineral deposits on the glass doors. Nothing removes
the etch marks themselves but further damage is halted.
Reapply the orange citrus cleaner if necessary.
curtains can be machine-washed. Remove, spray with your
diluted orange-based cleaner and wait about 10 minutes. Wash
with your rags and they come out quite clean. Air dry. If
the curtain is long enough cut off the seam at the bottom
to prevent mildew buildup down there.
Ring around your
toilet? Again, alkaline causes those nasty rings. Depending
on the hardness of your water, pour one or two cups of white
vinegar into the toilet once a month to eliminate the problem.
Toilet bowl rings
Here I take a deep breath and plead with you to follow
these instructions. Repeat. Follow these instructions. Do
not deviate or you will scratch the inside of your toilet
Turn off the
water flow to the toilet and flush to remove the water.
Saturate a couple of heavy-duty paper towels with white
vinegar or the Orange Citrus Cleaner. Place around the edges
making sure all areas are covered. Keep the towels damp
for several hours, even overnight, until the water spots
start dissolving. Then scrub with a stiff nylon brush.
If the white
vinegar does not dissolve the whole ring, go to a janitorial
supply store or a hardware store and purchase a pumice stone
and a stiff toothbrush. Dampen one end of the pumice stone
and keep it wet.
gently, rub the pumice stone across the lines. When enough
pumice builds on the sides, switch to a stiff bristle brush
to continue working. Rub gently until the deposit disappears.
Pumice will scratch the toilet. Use it only one time and
Once a month
pour one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of white
vinegar down the drain. Wait an hour and flush with warm
water. The combination fizzles away most of the buildup.
Works for shower, tub and kitchen sink drains as well. Remember
to keep your sink drains clean with a strainer.
build up around faucets
and drain areas. Use a paper towel soaked in white vinegar
and place around the faucet. Plug the drain and pour 1/2-cup
white vinegar in the sink and wait. It takes time for the
white vinegar to dissolve the alkaline. Scrub using a stiff
bristled nylon toothbrush.
Do not use orange-based
or powdered cleansers on brass or gold-plated faucets. These
fixtures corrode and scratch quickly. Dry these faucets
after each use to prevent water spot damage.
Keep ahead of mildew so it doesnt
become a problem. Every six months spray your bathroom ceiling
with a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Peroxide
is a safe bleach and wont harm the environment or your
lungs. Find larger quantities of peroxide at beauty or medical
Spray the mixture
on and leave it. No need to rinse or scrub. If you currently
have mildew, follow the above directions. Wait two hours
and respray. Then wait 24 hours and spray a third time if
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