Hints & HELP!
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the November
30, 2003 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
season for holiday entertaining and parties is here. Getting
the home ready for these occasions can cause stress and
anxiety for family members. The Soap and Detergent Association
suggests the following ideas when getting ready for entertaining
and cleaning up after its over.
Wipe up spills. Spills are inevitable in the fridge. Clean
theses spills with disinfecting wipes.
Microwave must. Clean baked on foods in your microwave with
heat-activated microwave wipes.
Filter fresh. Your kitchen range may have trapped smelly,
oily cooking material in its filter screen. Place the permanent
metal filter in the dishwasher. Use an automatic dishwasher
detergent, which now comes in tablet and gel/liquid forms.
Clean rinse. To help avoid having to wipe spots and film
from glassware, use a rinse aid.
Blend on. If you dont have a dishwasher, an easy way
to clean your blender is to add hot water and a small amount
of hand dishwashing liquid. Replace the cover securely,
and turn the blender on at a slow speed.
Dust-free. Use a disposable dust cloth to capture dust on
Lively drapes. To give your draperies a fresh look, toss
them into the clothes dryer. Use the air fluff setting on
your dryer with no heat. Rehang drapes immediately.
Freshen up. Spray carpets with a fabric refresher to neutralize
odors that may have built up over time.
Add fragrance. Freshen your toilet by cleaning it with a
scented toilet tablet. Theyre easy to useno
measuring, no spills and no mess!
Reach up. Place a stepladder in the middle of each room
and climb up as high as you safely can. See if areas like
ceiling fans, refrigerator tops, light fixtures and trim
moldings need dusting. Use special dusting mitts designed
for reaching and dusting these hard to reach surfaces.
with these tips remember safety is also important during
this time of year. Check your smoke detector batteries.
Use caution with candles and holiday lights. Enjoy the holiday
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