You consider yourself a pretty neat person, you sort your garbage and your laundry, you know what that symbol on your new jacket means for correct laundering procedures... but... there are times when you might not know the absolute best way to get something clean: here are six examples. 

Cast Iron:

  You just finished cooking a great frittata in your mother’s cast iron pan, the one she told you you didn’t need to wash, but then you get lazy and leave it in the sink. Presto... after what feels like just a few minutes there are little rust stains everywhere! Don't fret, you can get rid of them easily! Use steel wool to get rid of any rust stains, then gently clean the cast iron with warm soapy water, now the important part, DO NOT allow the cast iron to drip dry, dry it off right away and apply some oil to the surface while still warm. Do not use steel wool on the reg though, because this can strip the seal that you are trying to form by applying oil regularly to your pan. If something gets stuck on, use kosher salt and a little oil to scrub anything off, remembering never to let water sit in the pan.

You just finished cooking a great frittata in your mother’s cast iron pan, the one she told you you didn’t need to wash, but then you get lazy and leave it in the sink. Presto... after what feels like just a few minutes there are little rust stains everywhere! Don't fret, you can get rid of them easily! Use steel wool to get rid of any rust stains, then gently clean the cast iron with warm soapy water, now the important part, DO NOT allow the cast iron to drip dry, dry it off right away and apply some oil to the surface while still warm. Do not use steel wool on the reg though, because this can strip the seal that you are trying to form by applying oil regularly to your pan. If something gets stuck on, use kosher salt and a little oil to scrub anything off, remembering never to let water sit in the pan.

Your Art:

  Your house may not be a museum, but there’s no reason why your art can’t be treated like the Mona Lisa. Regularly use a dry brush with fine and very soft bristles, like    this one   . In cases where parts of the painting need a deeper clean, use a toothbrush with warm soapy water, and once again, be sure to be gentle and use soft bristles.

Your house may not be a museum, but there’s no reason why your art can’t be treated like the Mona Lisa. Regularly use a dry brush with fine and very soft bristles, like this one. In cases where parts of the painting need a deeper clean, use a toothbrush with warm soapy water, and once again, be sure to be gentle and use soft bristles.

Shower Head

  Now, if you are like me, you have, at times, zoned out in the shower and noticed how disgusting the shower head had gotten. Did you wonder to yourself, am I really getting clean if my shower head is that gross? Here’s the best way to make sure that never happens again: Fill a water tight plastic bag with white vinegar and secure it over the shower head with a rubber band, leave on for one hour, take it off and then flush it out by turning the water on. You can use a dry microfiber cloth to shine it up afterward.

Now, if you are like me, you have, at times, zoned out in the shower and noticed how disgusting the shower head had gotten. Did you wonder to yourself, am I really getting clean if my shower head is that gross? Here’s the best way to make sure that never happens again: Fill a water tight plastic bag with white vinegar and secure it over the shower head with a rubber band, leave on for one hour, take it off and then flush it out by turning the water on. You can use a dry microfiber cloth to shine it up afterward.

Toothbrush

  You just had that nasty flu that was going around and you want to disinfect your toothbrush because it has not yet been the three months you usually wait to toss it and buy a new one, here’s what you do: The ADA doesn’t recommend using the microwave or dishwasher to clean your toothbrush, as many people do, because the manufacturers have not designed them for those type of conditions. They highly recommend a visual inspection every time you use your brush, and if you would like to clean it, soaking it in antibacterial mouthwash, but for no longer than 15 minutes, as this can deteriorate the bristles. That said, when in doubt, throw it out.

You just had that nasty flu that was going around and you want to disinfect your toothbrush because it has not yet been the three months you usually wait to toss it and buy a new one, here’s what you do: The ADA doesn’t recommend using the microwave or dishwasher to clean your toothbrush, as many people do, because the manufacturers have not designed them for those type of conditions. They highly recommend a visual inspection every time you use your brush, and if you would like to clean it, soaking it in antibacterial mouthwash, but for no longer than 15 minutes, as this can deteriorate the bristles. That said, when in doubt, throw it out.

Carpet Stains:

  Against all the wisdom of your years you decided to go with a light color throw rug and it's now riddled with stains, here are some tips from carpet cleaning pros: Aside from the cleaner you use, how you apply your elbow grease is important, never rub, but blot the stain. This next tip might sound counterintuitive, but before you apply it to your legs/face take the shaving cream to the floor! For general stains, the pros agree shaving cream applied and left for about thirty minutes is extremely effective. So, apply before your morning shower and blot afterward for a clean carpet! 

Against all the wisdom of your years you decided to go with a light color throw rug and it's now riddled with stains, here are some tips from carpet cleaning pros: Aside from the cleaner you use, how you apply your elbow grease is important, never rub, but blot the stain. This next tip might sound counterintuitive, but before you apply it to your legs/face take the shaving cream to the floor! For general stains, the pros agree shaving cream applied and left for about thirty minutes is extremely effective. So, apply before your morning shower and blot afterward for a clean carpet! 

Grease Around the Kitchen:

  You are a master chef, you cook everyday, you wow your friends and relatives with your amazing culinary creations, but all that delicious cooking comes at a cost, oil splatter on your stove, countertops and range hood. Your best friend in this sitch is vinegar. Spray undiluted white vinegar on greased up surfaces, wait 15-20 minutes and wipe off with a dishcloth. A surprising second option is using… grease! Apply a small amount of vegetable oil to a cloth and rub. This is for use on the tougher grease stains and should be followed up with either the vinegar spray or by sprinkling a little baking soda on the surface and wiping it off with a dishcloth.

You are a master chef, you cook everyday, you wow your friends and relatives with your amazing culinary creations, but all that delicious cooking comes at a cost, oil splatter on your stove, countertops and range hood. Your best friend in this sitch is vinegar. Spray undiluted white vinegar on greased up surfaces, wait 15-20 minutes and wipe off with a dishcloth. A surprising second option is using… grease! Apply a small amount of vegetable oil to a cloth and rub. This is for use on the tougher grease stains and should be followed up with either the vinegar spray or by sprinkling a little baking soda on the surface and wiping it off with a dishcloth.

Go forth and be a master housekeeper!! ...or don’t, and have the pros at Jamison Square do it for you!