Quick Cleaning Tips for Kitchens and Baths
Steam-Clean Your Microwave
Clean Dishware Safely with Baking Soda
Using an abrasive cleanser on dishware is a balancing act. Use a cleanser that’s too wimpy, and you’ll never remove that oven-hardened cheese. Use a cleanser that’s too abrasive, and you’ll permanently scratch the dish or pan. What to do? Scrub with a paste made from baking soda and water. If that combo doesn’t rub your cares away, sprinkle on some Bon Ami, recommended by manufacturers as a dish-friendly abrasive cleanser. You’ll get the job done in the shortest amount of time possible, and the finish on your dish or pan will remain sparklingly scratch-free.
Make Fixtures Sparkle
Nothing improves the look of a kitchen or bathroom like sparkling fixtures, and it’s easy to get that shine. Just spray glass cleaner on the fixtures, wipe them down, and take a bow. If there’s no glass cleaner handy, use rubbing alcohol. Or wipe the fixtures with toothpaste (a very mild abrasive) and rinse, says Barbara Webster, president of Nice N Clean Maid Service in Miami.