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Posted by itiswhatitiscleaning on December 9, 2016 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (4)



Rubbing Alcohol, found on you’re the shelf of your local grocery story or pharmacy, can be purchased for $2-$6 per bottle and used for more tips than we have time to discuss in one blog so we will be delivering these tips over the course of the next few weeks to give you time to absorb all the information.

Here we go….

  • Tip #1: Defrost you windows! Old man winter is here, do your windows frost up? Wash them with a solution of ½ cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 liter) water to PREVENT frost. Polish the windows with newspaper to make them shine after you apply the solution to make them shine.
  • Tip #2: Dissolve windshield frost. Don’t spend your time scraping frost off your windshield. Instead, fill a spray bottle with rubbing and spray the windshield. It wipes the frost right off and it won’t refreeze.
  • Tip # 3: Put an end to RING AROUND THE COLLAR. Prevent collar stains on your shirts by wiping rubbing alcohol on your collar in the morning before you dress.
  • Tip # 4: Permanent markers stains. Your child decided to draw the family portrait….in permanent marker… on your kitchen counter. No worries, most countertops are made out of plastic laminate or marble. Rubbing alcohol dissolves the ink back to liquid and it wipes right off.
  • Tip #5: Make your own disinfectant. With winter comes the cold and flu season. Mix one-part rubbing alcohol to one-part water and pour into a spray bottle for disinfectant. Use to clean any area with germs or clean spray on a cotton pad to clean personal items, such as your earrings or the kids toys.
  • Tip # 6: Clean Sinks and Chrome. If a shiny sink gets you excited, you are going to love this. Clean out your stainless steel or porcelain sink and spray it with rubbing alcohol. This not only cleans and disinfects it, but it also shines it as well. To shine use a dry cloth to buff the sink and it is safe on both chrome and brass so use it to shine the chrome or polish the brass fixtures.

Be sure to check back next week for Rubbing Alcohol Cleaning Tips Part 2 on our website And remember to call Laura, (402) 578-6515 at It is What It is Cleaning for all of your home and office cleaning needs.

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Cleaning with Vinegar: Safer...Cheaper...Easier...Smarter...Greener...

Posted by itiswhatitiscleaning on November 13, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Found in your local grocery store aisle, distilled white vinegar, can be used to clean many areas of your home. We compiled the many uses of vinegar in cleaning your home.

The cleaning uses of vinegar are many from counter tops to mattresses vinegar is a natural way to clean your home inside and out. We put together a list of the top 25 tips for cleaning with distilled white vinegar:

• General all-purpose cleaning: Clean walls, woodwork, blinds, toys, and your fireplace. Dab a white cloth with vinegar to remove white stains from wood furniture. Remove gum and other sticky films from carpet and surfaces.

• How to Make General All Purpose Solution and Disinfectant: Mix 50/50 water and vinegar.

• Windows and Glass: Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 full of vinegar, add 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, and water.

• Carpet rinse: Keep your carpet cleaner, longer after shampooing by rinsing it with 1/2-cup vinegar per gallon of water.

• Carpet pet odor remover: Wet spot with vinegar. Sprinkle with baking soda, and work the two together. Let dry overnight. Vacuum.

• Wood furniture: Clean and condition furniture by adding 1/4-cup white vinegar mixed with 1-cup olive oil.

• Air Freshener: 1/2 tsp vinegar in a spray bottle filled with water

• Remove fingerprints, cutting boards, stainless steel, and windows with a 2:1 vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle. Also can be used to clean butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances, windows, and patio doors.

• Save Time and Money Cleaning with Vinegar

• Next time you’re at your local grocery store pick up a bottle of distilled white vinegar found on the shelves of your local grocery store to use to clean your home.

• Clean sticky surfaces with non-diluted vinegar and rag. Works to remove the sticky residue left behind from stickers.

• Remove ink marks on a painted walls by dipping a cotton swab in vinegar and apply to the ink, rub to remove.

• Refrigerator: Don't use chemicals where you store your food. Clean with vinegar. Wipe up spills with a 50-50 vinegar-water mix.

• Microwave: Remove stains and buildup. Microwave 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a glass bowl until boiling (usually 2-3 minutes). Simply wipe away buildup with a cloth.

• Coat stained plastic containers with vinegar and let sit for several hours. Then wash as usual to remove stains.

• Countertops: Spray vinegar on you countertops (Warning: Do Not Use on Granite or Marble Surfaces) and wipe with a warm, wet rag.

• Toilet: Light soil: pour one cup of vinegar in toilet and let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub with baking soda, then flush. For Heavy soil empty the toilet water before pouring vinegar in bowl.

• Disinfectant: Scrub away bacteria, fight stains and odors with straight vinegar.

• Tub, Sink, and Drains: Plug drain and pour 1/2-cup distilled white vinegar around drain. Let sit for several hours. Then scrub to remove buildup. Drain, and rinse.

• Unclog any drain without chemicals by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup vinegar; allow to foam. Rinse.

• Shower: use a dryer sheet to remove soap scum on shower doors. Wet down 2-3 dryer sheets and wipe the door down then rinse real well to remove the soap scum. For tough to remove buildup and stains try boiling vinegar then use to wipe down shower door and walls. Every five minutes for the next half hour dampen the walls and door by wiping them down again. After 30 minutes, grab a no scratch sponge and dip in vinegar and add a small amount of baking soda, and scrub. Rinse. Removes mold, water spots, and soap scum.

• Dampen a sponge with vinegar (no water) to remove soap scum from shower curtains

• Showerhead: Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it to your showerhead with a twist-tie. The bottom part of the showerhead should be submerged in the vinegar. Let sit overnight. Remove. Removes mold, water spots, and soap scum.

• Mattress disinfectant: Mix vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Lightly spritz on your mattress to help combat dust mites, mildew, and general odors. To deep clean, follow with a dusting of baking soda. Let dry, then vacuum.

• As a fabric softener: Soften clothes and remove static for half the price of store bought softeners. Just add a cup to the water of the last rinse cycle.

For additional help cleaning your home, contact It Is What It Is Cleaning (402) 578-6515.

WARNING: When using vinegar to clean, always test spot fabrics, furniture, flooring, and carpet before applying. Much like lemon juice, vinegar is acidic as it has a pH of 2-3. Also, vinegar should not be used on granite, marble, stone tiles, and hard surfaces as it may ruin the finish.