June 11, 2012  From tile scuffs to ring marks on your coffee table, homeowners say tried-and-true cleaning tips passed down from their grandmothers beat modern solutions offered by traditional cleaning agents. “Cleaning is time consuming, and families juggling endless to-do lists are looking for simple solutions to basic cleaning needs,” said Mette Odom, Vice President of Marketing for American Textile Company, which asked women in the Aller Ease Rest Assured Sweepstakes to share how they clean their homes to ensure a healthy and restful environment for their families. “From how and when they wash their bedding to unexpected ways to use limes andmayonnaise, we found people still rely on home remedies and tried-and-true cleaning tricks to help keep a fresh home for their families,” Odom said. The consumer-submitted tips help remove tough stains, battle allergens and deep clean an array of items in the home. Many of the solutions depart from using traditional cleaning agents, including the winning tip. “I am a mad scientist in the kitchen,” said AlenaCossey of South Bend, Ind., whowon theAller Ease Rest Assured Sweepstakesfor her tip to use fresh mint and juiced lime to clean a coffee maker without leaving any after taste. “I’m constantly developing new and natural cleaning solutions to keep a healthy home environment for my family. Not only are natural cleaning solutions cheaper and healthier alternatives compared to store bought cleaning agents,but they are environmentallyfriendlyand can be reintroduced into the ecosystem,” said Cossey, who discards limes and herbs in a compost pile.   These easy, proven and sometimes unexpected cleaning tips for the kitchen, bedroom, bath and beyond will help keep your house fresh year round:  Top 10 Consumer Cleaning Tips  
  1. Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil inside the microwave to loosen baked-on food while eliminating and odors. Wipe clean.
  2. Use a dab of foaming shaving cream to help remove many red-wine spills from carpets.
  3. Use a square rubber eraser to remove scuff, oil and dirt marks from tile.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice on your stainless steel faucets and rub with clothto remove hard water stain and marks.
  5. To remove a cup ring mark on a wood table try smearing it with mayonnaise, let it set for about 20 minutes then rub it with a wool pad, along the grain of the wood. You may have to repeat this process but you won’t have to re-stain the wood.
  6. Clean mirrors and windows using vinegar and water then wipe the surface clean with newspaper and no lint will be left behind.
  7. To remove alkaline deposits from water on your glass doors and shower walls, apply a car wax to the shower walls and doors (but not the floor because it is slick). The car wax seals pores found in fiberglass and glass, which makes cleaning easier and keeps water spots away. Reapply twice yearly.
  8. Put bed pillows in the dryer on high at least once a week to eliminate dust mites.
  9. Instead of using vinegar and water to clean your coffeemaker, use water and the juice of one large lime. Place a small handful of fresh mint and lime juice in the carafe and pour water in the water reservoir cycle the water through. After all the waterhas run through, let the lime and mint infused watercool. Once the solutionhas cooled pour the infused water back into to the coffeemaker making sure not to let any of the mint herbs in(you may want to use a fine mesh strainerover the water reservoir). Cycle the reused water through and then discard. The coffeemaker will be clean without the bitter vinegar taste.
  10. Used dryer sheets are great for picking up pet hair off of bedspreads.
  These tips and simple how-to’s on cleaning stains, items and rooms in your home will help combat dirt, grime and allergensefficiently, allowing you to have more time to relax and enjoy a fresh, clean home with your family.  

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