8 Cleaning Tips that Will Change Your Summer

1. Tap Into the Natural Bleaching, Degreasing and Antibacterial Properties of Lemons!

Lemons can be used for a host of cleaning tasks, from deodorizing your garbage disposal to disinfecting your microwave and deep-cleaning your wooden cutting board. Washing a wooden cutting board with dish soap and hot water are critical to keeping it clean, but when you need to deep clean or remove stains (think: beet juice), bring out the big guns: coarse salt and lemon juice. Sprinkle the salt liberally over the board, then slice a lemon in half and use it to rub the salt into the board. The salt acts as an abrasive to lift stains while the lemon juice disinfects the surface and leaves everything smelling great.

2. Get Grime Off Your Grill.

Warm Summer evenings are perfect for grilling - don't let a dirty grill ruin your meal. While the grill is still warm, use a wire brush to scrub down the grates. If you have a more serious mess on your hands, remove the grate from the grill and use oven cleaner to attack food residue and grime. Be sure to clean in a well-ventilated area and wear rubber gloves to protect any exposed skin.

3. Fight Water Rings With an Unexpected Superhero.

No matter how vigilant you are about keeping coasters available to guests, someone will inevitable set a glass on your new wood coffee table. Don't sweat it! Apply full-fat mayonnaise to the water ring, let it sit for an hour, and then gently wipe it off with a cloth.

4. Don't Let Sticky Hands Get the Best of Your Appliances.

Cooking can be messy. Keep the kids' (or your own) sticky fingerprints off the fridge, oven and microwave by using a citrus-based furniture polish. It removes prints and leaves a slightly oily surface, which helps repel future marks.

5. Extend the Life of Your Swimsuit.

Prevent your favorite suit from looking worn and faded by rinsing it with water after every wear. Removing the chlorine, salt water, and sunscreen reduces the discoloration caused by these elements and keeps your suit looking new! Be sure to hang dry your suit instead of wringing it out, since this can stretch the elastic.

6. Don't Let Mold and Mildew Take Over.

Washing machines are damp and warm: the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. This can result in an unpleasant scent, especially in the summer when humidity levels tend to be higher. Prevent smelly situations by running an empty load with detergent and hot water once a week. Once the washing cycle has completed, leave the door ajar so it dries properly and gets air circulation.

7. Don't Neglect Unsuspicious Items.

Plastic pool toys, floaties and rafts need to be cleaned too. Use vinegar applied to a paper towel to wipe them down. It disinfects the surface and you don't have to worry about harsh chemical touching you or your child's skin.

8. Keep Your Water Heater Running at Full Efficiency!

You shower every day, but when was the last time you cleaned your water heater? It's important to clean your water heater every six months to ensure that it works efficiently and continues to provide hot water for years to come. Use the Eccotemp EZ-Flush System Descaler Kit to remove water scale, lime, and rust deposit from your water heater. The descaler kit solution is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and biodegradable, so it can be used to clean virtually any piece of water based equipment. It has been specifically formulated to dissolve toughest build-up,  and is certified for use as a cleaner in potable water systems.


This blog was contributed by House Beautiful and edited by Eccotemp Systems, LLC.