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Saving time cleaning kitchen cupboards

by Julie Finch-Scally

It is getting close to the holiday season.  Being Christmas in Australia it is one of those times where everyone feels they have to have their home looking spotless.  Over the years I have worked out only the entertaining areas need to look clean and tidy, but that doesn’t stop me looking at certain areas, such as inside the kitchen cupboards, and thinking they look filthy.

Last Friday, I decided to do something about it.  I emptied out the articles in the cupboard under the sink, threw away a few tins and empty cleansing products, and began to clean the shelves. 

On further investigation I realised the cupboard was not as dirty as I thought.  What I had noticed, that made me feel it had to be cleaned, was dust and dirt on the shelves.  Once I had cleaned the shelves the whole cupboard under the sink looked much better.

By the time I had returned all the articles and adjusted where I stored everything, I wondered whether it was just dust in the other cupboards that was the problem.  I opened the cupboard door where we store our crockery, and looked carefully.  There was no dirt on the inside of the cupboard door, nor on the side frames.  Where it was dirty was on the shelves, and once again it was dust and the odd crumbs.  All it would require to clean the inside of this cupboards was to repeat what I did with the cupboard under the sink: just remove the articles, clean the shelves and return the items.

Usually when I clean shelves they require strong cleansers, but because it was only dust I was removing it was just an easy case of wiping the shelves over with a damp cloth rinsed out in washing up water.  The middle of the shelf of course is always easy but the corners require more action.  To remove the debris one has to push the cloth right into the point and push down heavily on the cloth making sure all the dust is collected. Once the shelf has been wiped over a dry tea towel is great for removing the moisture.

As it happened I didn’t have any extra time last Friday to go around all the cupboards, but I realised removing the dust from the shelves didn’t take too long, so every morning after washing up the breakfast bits, I have been cleaning out a cupboard.  This way I will have finished each of the kitchen cupboards by Christmas and the kitchen will look fabulous.  Well it will to me, especially when I open the cupboard doors to remove items. 

In future I will add the removing of dust from the cupboard shelves to my once every three monthly routine.  Saves so much time in the end.  


Bathroom scales

by Julie Finch-Scally

I have noticed with my bathroom scales they can not only collect dust but also look dirty.  Now my scales happen to be white and I do realise black scales don’t show the dirt as much, but dust and dirt collect on the top and unfortunately infiltrate in to the workings inside.

Obviously keeping the outsides clean is fairly easy.  All it requires is a wipe over with a damp cloth and a bit of cream cleanser if the dirt is stubborn, whenever you give the bathroom a thorough clean.  But the insides are a different matter. 

Strangely bathrooms are dusty places.  Everytime you dry yourself down with a towel dust flies out and lands on the floor.  It is these dust kitties that hang around the scales and sit there until removed.

The top generally is wider than the base and is held on by the metal clipping over the bottom.  But to remove this would be difficult and I would not recommend it.  If you have turned over your scales to see how the base is held on to the top you will have noticed the dust collected in the rim where the bottom and the top are joined.

To remove this get the corner of a damp cloth and run that corner along the gap taking the dust with it.  When the cloth gets too dirty use another corner. If you store your scales on an end there will also be dirt along the side.  Once again a damp cloth is needed to remove this dust. 

But how about the dust inside?  You could try vacuuming around and over the scales with the tube nozzle attached to the vacuum arm, but probably the best way is to get a dry small brush and while holding the scales in one hand brush the bristles down away from you flicking inside any gap along the bottom or the top.

My routine is to use the small brush first to remove any dry dust where the brush can reach, then take a damp cloth and wipe over the metal to remove any dirty marks or stuck on dust.

Scales are part of a bathroom and keeping them clean is just as important.  Next time you weigh yourself, remember to give the scales a bit of a clean.  Who knows you might weigh just that much less.    

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