Holiday House Cleaning with the Queen of Clean
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The holidays are here and your house is a mess! How will you ever get it clean before the relatives arrive? And how can you keep it clean without turning into June Cleaver? Don't stress! Whether your dealing with pine needles in the carpet or candle wax dripping on the table, Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean, can help. She joined us on Dec. 1, 2004, to share tips for getting things sparkling without extra stress or extra chemicals.
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Then on Saturdays, or whatever day you choose, set the stove timer for an hour or an hour and a half, depending on the size of your house. Then get everybody involved, including the kids. Do a good clean-through, and when the timer goes off, everyone is free to leave. There's light at the end of the tunnel that way.
If unexpected company calls and says they're on their way, make sure the guest bathroom is cleaned up first, because that's where people have the most time to sit and observe your cleaning. Then grab that laundry basket, pile in anything that doesn't belong where it's at now, turn up the lights, because that gives the house a cleaner, more welcoming look, put a pan on the stove with water and cinnamon sticks to simmer, and when you open the front door the house looks neat and smells great. Don't forget to tidy yourself up, too.
For surfaces such as the painted wall behind the stove or things like that, you can use trisodium phosphate, TSP at the hardware store. Just mix it according to directions. It's a great grease cutter. Also try undiluted dish soap on a wet cloth. Wash the area and then rinse it really, really well. That also will generally work.
When you're doing a lot of frying, they have these splatter guards that are like three-sided walls that you put around your frying pan, and they actually work very, very well to control that.
To control the odor of fried food in the house, keep a dish of undiluted white vinegar next to the skillet, either on the counter or on the stove next to it and that will take care of the smell of grease. Also use your exhaust fan if you have one.
Also try microwaving vanilla extract in a bowl. Let it come to a boil, and then using potholders take it out of the microwave, and sit it in the room you were frying in.
Another thing is take a pan of water, bring it to a boil, add lemon juice or sliced lemon to it and let it simmer for about an hour on the stove.