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Dry Cloths Types For Home Cleaning – We need dry cloths for dusting, polishing and shining dry surfaces. The main thing to remember is to have plenty and to keep them clean. Otherwise, you are just pushing dirt around.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has recorded many exposures to household cleaning substances that were serious enough to require treatment in a health care facility. Incredibly, according to the AAPCC the largest number of occurrences of poisoning in 1993 were due to cleaning products – drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, bleach, soaps and detergents.
Our pets are also at risk. Animals that don’t have access to clean, fresh water are more likely to drink out of puddles, gutters, toilet bowls, or any old container left sitting around with a liquid in it. Even though my cats always have access to clean water in a bowl, they seem to prefer the toilet, the sink, the bathtub, or even a basin with cleaning solution in it.
Fabric Stain Removal Products – A stain on a fabric is something that has not been removed by normal washing. A stain is not dirt — what you have done is dye the fabric — so something can be stained but still clean. That said, most ‘stains’ will respond to a soak and wash. The garment may have to be washed more than once; you may have to try stronger remedies; but if you are patient, do not panic and tackle the mark in an orderly way, it will disappear in the end.
Wax vs. Polish For Protection Your Wood Furniture – Products for caring for your wood furniture abound. If you don’t believe me, just take a look in your local supermarket or discount store and you’ll see many polishes and waxes available to choose from. Whether you are trying to care for a dining room table or an ornate wooden cuckoo clock, you are confronted with so many choices it may be difficult to come to a decision.
Every product claims that they protect your wood furniture better than the next product. In reality, most of them will remove dust and clean the surface, but they won’t do much else.
How To Use Bleach? To bleach something means to whiten it. The chemical in bleach (usually sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide) oxidizes organic compounds within dyes, thus rendering them soluble so that they can be washed away. If not used correctly, bleach can seriously fade and weaken cloth or make it go into holes. Should we be using bleach? In short, no – at least not in every wash as a matter of course.
Modern automatic washing machines wash so well that heavy bleaching should really be a thing of the past. This can only be a good thing. Bleach is extremely toxic, so should be used only when really necessary.
Vinegar Use – Like bicarbonate of soda,vinegar is a cheap, efficient, non-toxic and environmentally safe cleaner. Vinegar – distilled malt vinegar, although the brown variety will do – is the best descaler, and is wonderful for cleaning windows, is a good deodorizer and a gentle cleaner. It is especially good for descaling kettles and giving a shine to glass.
Vinegar, which means literally ‘sour wine’, results when wine or another alcoholic liquid is allowed to ferment a second time by exposure to bacteria in the air. Eventually, the fermented liquid will become vinegar – acetic acid (C2H4O2).
How To Make Your Own Polish? Polishes for leather, wood and metal are some of the last chemical cleaners to go. Nobody really wants to risk ruining a good pair of shoes or a leather upholstered sofa (or the leather seats of a favorite car) by using the wrong sort of polish. The same applies to jewelry.
This is not to say that modern humans have cornered the market in nasty chemicals – after all, people used to think nothing of lead paint all over the show, including the face, but most of the polishes and house cleaners used in the past did the job and were made with what folk had to hand, which was usually benign. Only rich people could afford horrible poisonous chemicals.