Clear the Clutter! –
Get in the routine of keeping the everyday clutter cleared away so the actual cleaning will be simpler. Regularly throw out old clothes, catalogs, junk mail, shipping boxes, and accumulated papers. Put away any items that are not in their proper place. Make the sacrifice and toss out any unneeded furniture such as old stepstools or chairs, side tables or broken desks--anything that is not functional and does not contribute to your using your home efficiently. It is remarkably refreshing, and a stress reliever, to see and live in a tidy, simplified home.
- Leslie Mahn
Microwave ovens –
Use a mild cleaner and soft cloth to clean the exterior. Wipe up any spills in the interior immediately. To remove cooking stains, wipe the walls and floor of the oven with a hot, damp cloth. Wash removable parts, such as the turntable, in hot water and dishwashing liquid. To remove odors, place a bowl of water containing ¼ cup of lemon juice in the oven and run it on high for one minute. Remove the bowl and wipe the oven cavity, using the condensation that will have formed to clean it. Wipe stains, using plain water. Repeat if necessary. Scrape off stubborn stains with a plastic credit card.
Once only found on notebook computers, LCDs (liquid crystal displays) have become commonplace on digital cameras, cell phones and handheld gaming systems in addition to being employed as flat-screen TVs and computer monitors. In addition to providing sharp, detailed pictures and crisp, vibrant colors. LCDs take up much less space and use less power than cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The glass used to make an LCD is softer than that used for a CRT, however, so it is more prone to scratches and requires more careful cleaning. Never touch the screen with your hands or any hard or sharp object. Use a soft dry cotton cloth or micro fiber cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges from the screen. If the screen is especially dirty, add a few drops of white vinegar or photographic lens-cleaning solution to a cloth dampened with a bit of water. Always squeeze the cloth out so there are no drips. Never apply liquid directly to the display. Never use ammonia-based window-cleaner, aerosol, or solvents, which can cause permanent damage. Also, don’t use paper towels, toilet paper, or facial tissue to clean and LCD screen as they can scratch the screen, or leave behind dust and fibers. When cleaning the display, gently wipe in one direction (left to right, for example) from the top to the bottom.
HELPFUL HINTS -
Never mix a bathroom cleaner containing bleach with a product containing ammonia. The resulting mixture can form toxic fumes.