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Washing Bottles: Fill the bottles with water, drop in a tablet or two of a denture cleaner such as Efferdent, let stand overnight, then scrub with a narrow nylon brush.

We've been cleaning for more than two decades. Okay, not continuously, but let's just say we know how to use all our vacuum-cleaner attachments at this point. Over the years, we've shared our best solutions for tackling household tasks, and to our delight, you've written to tell us how these tips have helped you make quick work of washing windows, waxing furniture, removing stains, and more. So grab your bucket and get ready to make your home sparkle.

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Clean Very Dirty Pots: Fill especially dirty pots that have coated, baked-on food with water and 1/4 cup powdered dishwasher detergent or baking soda. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat, and let soak for an hour. Scrape the pot with a spoon or rubber spatula and finish up washing as you normally would. [Alena]: This well known method passed to us usually from grannies works indeed.

Lemon Lime Tub and Tile Scrub

Lemon Lime Tub & Tile Scrub 1 cup of Washing Powder/Borax 1 cup of white vinegar ½ lemon ½ lime Combine the washing powder and white vinegar in a bowl. Add a teaspoon each of lemon and lime peel gratings. Squeeze in the juice of lemon and lime. Stir. While still bubbling, apply it to your tub tile generously. Allow it to set for 10-15 minutes. Then, using a scrub brush scrub the mixture into the tiles. Rinse the mixture off with warm water.

Top 10 Household Cleaning Tips: The Tough Problems

Instead of cotton or paper towels, use microfiber cloths - composed of ultrafine synthetic fibers woven together to create a “microfiber", which rub together during cleaning, creating a static charge that attracts dirt and dust, with or without cleaning sprays. The tiny fibers have sharp edges that scour well, but aren't abrasive. Use on appliances, sinks, TV, computer monitors, drying dishes, windows & any other chore that requires a wet/dry cloth. Can also be washed & reused.