Do-It-All Cleaning Guide

How to Clean Acrylic and Glass Surfaces

Dust the surface with a clean, damp cloth or chamois, wiping gently. The damp cloth cuts down on friction, helping reduce static electricity, which holds the dust. Wash with a mild detergent and water solution for acrylic or with an ammonia and water solution or glass cleaner for glass. Use a soft cloth or a clean sponge; acrylic scratches easily. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

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How to Clean Appliance Surfaces

Product: All-purpose (nonabrasive) cleaners (powder, liquid).
How To Use: Mix with water or use liquids full-strength according to package directions; generally no rinsing required, except for no-wax floors or when used full-strength.

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How to Get Rid of Baked-On Food

Product: Baking soda.
How To Use: Paste: Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water Solution: Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda per 1 quart water Dry: Sprinkle straight from box. Rub with damp sponge or cloth; rinse and dry.
Product:Abrasive cleaner (powder).
How To Use: Wet surface and apply cleanser; rub/scour gently as needed and rinse

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How to Clean Barbecue Grills

To clean the rack at the end of the season, use an oven cleaner or soak it in a household ammonia and water solution; then scrub and rinse. For gas-fueled grills, follow the directions in the owner’s manual. To clean permanent briquettes, flip them occasionally, ignite the grill, and, with the cover closed, allow it to burn at a high setting for about 15 minutes.

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How to Remove Odors from Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery

Product: Air, fabric, carpet, and room fresheners, deodorizers, and odor eliminators (aerosol, spray, powder, solid, heat-dispersed.
How To Use: Sprinkle powdered carpet freshener on and leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then vacuum; for other forms, follow package directions.

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How to Clean Cast Iron

Never wash a cast-iron utensil in the dishwasher; use baking soda to remove burned-on food residue. Always be sure to hand-dry thoroughly to prevent rust.

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How to Clean Ceramic Bathtubs

Product: Abrasive cleaner (liquid).
How To Use: Apply to surface; rub gently and rinse.

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How to Clean Chrome, Stainless Steel and Wrought Iron

Dust with a clean, soft cloth or the dusting tool on your vacuum. Clean with a cloth soaked in a mild detergent and water solution, baking soda and water (4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart of water), or an all-purpose cleaner solution; rinse and dry with a clean, soft cloth. For added protection to wrought iron, apply a thin coat of paste or liquid wax with a clean cloth.

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How to Clean Automatic Coffeemakers

Product: Vinegar (white).
How To Use: Use full-strength or diluted depending on use. To clean automatic drip coffeepots, fill reservoir with vinegar and water and run through a brew cycle; follow with a cycle of clear water to rinse.

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How to Clean Collectibles

Try using a dry paintbrush (with bristles at least 3 inches long) to clean both the surface and the little crevices. Wash the paintbrush with hand soap and warm water and air dry before using again.

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How to Clean Computers

Never use household glass cleaners on computer monitor screens. Instead, use a static-free product made for cleaning monitor screens. Keep static-free covers on the computer and printer when not in use.

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