(Closed) Best House Cleaning Tips?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Cameo Cleaner.  It works super on all your pots and pans and makes them super shiny!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Invite Mom and Dad over! No matter what, she FINDS stuff to clean! Oh man. Ok that’s cheating. 

My carpet steam cleaner. It was a hefty $250 or so, but when I spilled red wine, it saved me. When I spilled Tang, it saved me. Well, there’s no way I could have gotten as much wine out of the carpet as it did. It still looks like I butchered a small animal on my coffee table, but it’s not as bad as it would have been otherwise!!!!!!

It just keeps my carpets looking spiffy and my couch, too! 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just finally discovered the Magic Eraser and WOW, it’s my newest favorite cleaning tool! 

@BridetoBee2010: Where do you find Cameo Cleaner?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Spot Shot! Hubby bought a bunch of that stuff at Costco and that stuff took out some really bad carpet stains from our front door entryway carpet that I couldn’t get out with a steam cleaner! It was amazing!

@august15bride: have you tried Tilex or Clorox mildew remover? those always worked great for me.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

pick up a little bit every day and don’t let it pile up!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Always keep antiseptic wipes around (Mr. Clean are the best — strong, they have grooves for scrubbing and they smell great).

They are lifesavers when you get a call that "we’re in the neighborhood, thought we’d swing by and say hello!" and you need to spiff up your place QUICKLY. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Just. Do. It.  I sound like  a Nike ad, but for me, this is necessary advice.  I’m not typically a girl that likes to clean (my house that is- at work is was never a problem). I have good intentions, but I tend to take EVERYTHING off of a bookshelf or out of a closet b/c I figure if I’m going to clean it, I’m going to really clean it.  Then I get bored or distracted half-way through and leave a bigger mess or put myself in a bad mood b/c it takes three times as long as it needed to. It’s so nice when it’s done though!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

For "spring cleaning" (or unpacking after moving), pick one room to tackle at a time – for a week, let’s say. Otherwise, it’ll be overwhelming. But one room at a time seems manageable.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Wine. My favorite cleaning tip is a glass of wine to get you through it. And to invite people over because then there’s a deadline and you HAVE to get it all done.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@Sparkle – I love your tip! Hehe I am SO not a good cleaner, my fiance is much better and more organized than me (though personally I think it’s only because he has been forced to be that way by the Army )

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

vinegar. it’s awesome for lots of things…such as fabric softner. yup…fabric softner. it’s cheap and eco-friendly (for the environment and your well-being). and i agree with erindesmar…..do something everyday. for toilet bowls, you don’t need any fancy stuff….good old bleach will do the trick.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

haha I wait for friday.  our housekeeper comes for 4 hours on friday! 🙂

One "perk" to living as an expat in chile – it only costs me $2 an hour for housekeeping!

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