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
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 yearly.
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
Patience now 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
Plastic shower 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 bowl.
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
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, very 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 cautiously.
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
Water deposits 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 supply stores.
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 necessary.
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