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