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6 Easy Hacks to Minimize Holiday Dishwashing

6 Easy Hacks to Minimize Holiday Dishwashing

It can be a lot of fun to host a holiday celebration for friends and family, but it can also be very difficult. The holiday season will be much more memorable if you have the chance to provide guests with tasty cuisine, a cozy environment, and energizing drinks for one evening.

One must take into account the significant amount of work necessary to organize the entire event before choosing a date for a holiday gathering. The effort needed before, during, and after a party is one of the most underestimated components of hosting a party, aside from costs. Holiday dinners frequently result in a large number of dishes, which will keep the host working in the kitchen well after the guests have left and gone home to bed. Not fair at all, is it?

But good news! There are certain tricks you may use to cut down on dish duty at your upcoming holiday party.

Use effective sink management

A large-scale dish-washing operation will go more smoothly if your sink is kept spotless and uncluttered from stacks of dishes, utensils, and glassware. To ensure there is enough space to actually wash items, stack dirty pots, pans, and dishes next to the sink rather than in it. It will also assist to lessen the likelihood that something will get broken or damaged if you put things that need to be washed next to or close to the sink.

Use the appropriate sponges and scrubbers for the task

When washing dishes and cookware for special occasions, specialty sponges and scrubbers, chainmail scrubbers, and bottle brushes can be of great assistance. As part of your holiday dinner preparation, stock up on these dish aids as well as high-quality dish soap, extra dish towels, cozy dish gloves, and heavy-duty hand lotion so you have them on hand when you need them. It would also be efficient to keep a Lola® 2-Way Cleaning Sponge Pad on hand as it is a versatile dish scrubber.

Keep dish and paper towels available

Dish towels are essential, yet it's a mistake to ignore their significance. Think about how many dish towels you'll need (the Lola® All-Purpose Cloth would be a great choice), then multiply that amount by two so you have plenty on hand to spread out on a countertop to serve as a draining station and as well as towels for drying hand-washed things. 

Before washing, grease-covered serving ware and pans can be removed using the Reusable & Biodegradable Wowables® Paper Towels. They can also be used to dry pots and pans after washing that may have a little amount of greasy residue.

Follow a dishwashing sequence

There is an order to washing dishes, albeit you don't have to adhere to it exactly. Glassware, including crystal and glass plates, plates, flatware, and service pieces, serving dishes, and pots and pans should all be hand-washed in that order. 

Washing related items together is a smart idea no matter what order you wash them in. By washing smaller objects first, you free up space for larger, more uncomfortable pieces like roasting pans and greasy serving platters to be washed, dried, and stored.

Rescue scorched pots, sheet pans and baking dishes

Try this simple approach to quickly remove food that has been stuck to surfaces without the need for intense scrubbing. Place a generous amount of baking soda in the bottom of the pan, add a few inches of water, and heat it on the stovetop until it begins to boil. After that, turn off the heat and let the pan cool before giving it a hot, soapy water wash. Food that has been stuck on or burned will come off with very little scrubbing using a Lola® Pot Brite™ Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge.

Use a degreaser to clean baking utensils and sheet pans rather than elbow grease. First, remove food by scraping it off and/or rinsing it off. Next, lightly sprinkle an all-purpose cleaning spray on the sheet or pan's surface. While washing other objects, put the pan aside so the all-purpose cleaner has time to go under any grease or stuck-on messes. Lastly, wash as usual using hot water and soap.

Dry immediately

Ideally, you will ask someone to act as the designated dryer when it comes to washing a huge mess of holiday dishes. If there aren't any extra hands available to assist with the drying, wash and dry the dishes in batches, and the Lola® Jumbo Microfiber Cleaning Cloth might just be the help that you need for this task.

These are just a few easy actions you may take to reduce your dishload. Consider accepting assistance from individuals who offer to clean up in addition to these suggestions. A little can go a long way, reducing the amount of time spent in the kitchen while also providing a wonderful setting for engaging in worthwhile conversation.

12 New Year's Resolutions for that Organized and Streamlined Home

12 New Year's Resolutions for that Organized and Streamlined Home

It's the perfect time to organize your home now that Christmas is over and the New Year has arrived, after the tree and other decorations have been taken down, of course. Here are 12 New Year's resolutions you absolutely must keep if you want your house to function at its best in 2023.

  1. Clean out the cabinets in the kitchen. Restock all of your essentials, including flour, sugar, condiments, and canned foods, but when you do so, throw away anything you won't use before Christmas. Use it up now or lose it; the New Year is not the time to stockpile unfinished jars of cranberry sauce or mincemeat. Donate any food or non-perishable items that are still good but that you no longer need to your local food bank. Create a simplified approach by decanting your ingredients, from rice to pasta, to organize your kitchen cabinets.
  2. Never lose anything by storing 'like items' together. Use one straightforward principle to overcome the difficulty of finding a place for gifts and special Christmas items: store "like with like." For ease the next year, keep all decorations in one location (e.g., attic, garage, loft). Label everything. Sort related toys and games, as well as scarves, jewelry, socks, and underwear, in the children's bedroom. Basically, develop the practice of being organized; it will make life at home lot simpler. 
  3. Avoid doubling up since. Make a commitment to check your cleaning supplies, toiletries, and other household essentials before you buy more. Your cabinets will become a mess if you keep too many of the same thing, and you'll spend more money. Make a note of the things you actually need to replace on a memo pad and keep it in the utility or kitchen.
  4. Keep your boots and shoes in check. Keep dirt outside as much as you can when cleaning. This entails providing a room for shoes and placing doormats at the entrances. 
  5. Put your post in one place. Avoid letting papers pile up on desks and tables, including letters, bills, and circulars. All posts should go in one location, which should be used as a "holding area." Make it a goal of yours to schedule some time, twice a week, to sift through the pile, handling important issues right away and filing the remainder. You won't have as many heaps of opened and unopened mail if you develop this behavior.
  6. Each season, declutter the home. Make it a practice to clean thoroughly on a regular basis and to declutter each room of your home in the spring, summer, and fall. As it can be intimidating to think about decluttering the entire house, take it on room by room. Start with the smallest room first; remember to take tiny, manageable steps.
  7. Set up a recycling routine. Consider making this the year you master recycling. Put trash cans and bags in a convenient location, and if there aren't any nearby collection points, try your neighborhood recycling facility. By purchasing recycling bags with labels, you can easily separate your household waste.
  8. Find a simple filing method. Avoid making things too complicated this year if paperwork and critical documents scare you. Simply label each card document wallet with a category, such as "gas," "electricity," "broadband," or "school," from a pack of them. Find a convenient location to store them all and file each letter or bill in the appropriate file. Even better, choose paperless billing wherever it is practical. Keep only what you absolutely need, arrange your files alphabetically, and, if you can, color-code your documents.
  9. Make a washing system. Invest in a set of drawstring cotton laundry bags to hang on the back of each bedroom door in place of the bathroom's laundry pail. Since the bags can be washed, this prevents filthy clothes from accumulating on the floor and is also more hygienic.
  10. Plan maintenance and renovation work. Now that the holiday season is over, consider the maintenance tasks you need to complete to get your home in order, from simple tasks to larger ones. Consider the associated costs and potential savings before undertaking any significant changes. After making a to-do list, prioritize the tasks that need to be done immediately and give yourself a realistic deadline.
  11. Make cleaning simple for you. Keep a basic kit (use a caddy or bucket) in every room in the house, including the bathroom, kitchen, and utility room, as having access to cleaning supplies makes it easier, for example, to clean the bathroom. Additionally, you'll save time and effort, which will make maintaining a household routine much less of a hardship.
  12. Establish a weekly schedule. All family members should pitch in to keep the house running properly. Hold a family gathering so the children can decide on a variety of tasks that are age-appropriate and can be completed at a particular time each week. To make sure that everyone keeps to their responsibilities and jobs, choose a family planner and post it in a visible location for everyone to see. It's ideal for adding a touch of order to a hectic family and home life.

Every January, you make a resolution to spend more time with your loved ones, save more money, or lose weight. Yet what objectives do you have for your house? The aforementioned goals will improve your home's aesthetic appeal, functionality, cleanliness, and environmental friendliness throughout the upcoming year.

The Dishwasher Drying Hack That Really Works!

The Dishwasher Drying Hack That Really Works!

Fun fact: Dishwashers are undoubtedly one of the kitchen gadgets that the majority of us cannot live without. And with good reason—using them is so simple after any meal or culinary occasion. Unfortunately, if the dishes are still damp after the wash cycle, drying a complete rack of them can be tiresome and time-consuming. Most dishwashers are very good at washing dishes, but they arent so great at drying dishes.

We scoured the world wide web to find the best solution for this, and luckily, we found a dishwasher-drying maneuver that is an actual real-life timesaver, courtesy of Babs, a popular TikTok grandma with 2.7 million followers. Grandma Babs has her ups and downs, but generally, her kitchen tips and lifehacks are truly remarkable. She is no stranger to dishwasher hacks, and this dish-drying trick is just one of them:

Dishwasher hand drying is a waste of time and effort. Just grab a terry-cloth dish towel (or a Lola® All-Purpose Cotton Cloth). After the cleaning cycle is complete, place the dish towel inside the dishwasher door and shut it. The dishes will be completely (almost) dry and ready to be put away after just five minutes of waiting!

Side note: The Reusable & Biodegradable Wowables® Paper Towels would also be great for this simple kitchen hack.

So how and why does this work? After washing and automatic drying are complete, the dish towel will absorb the steam that is still present in the washer, preventing it from condensing on your dishes. While this hack will not result in "no hand drying necessary" because a dish towel, no matter how absorbent, simply cannot absorb pooled water from a few inches away, it is still considerably preferable and will require less effort as compared to drying every single dish by hand.

Now that you know how to dry your dishwasher dishes faster, feel free to try this on your next dishwashing cycle.

Easy Steps to Prevent Cockroaches from Entering Your Home, For Good!

Easy Steps to Prevent Cockroaches from Entering Your Home, For Good!

Roaches can be difficult and expensive to get rid of. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you took preventative measures to keep roaches out of your house permanently? Sure, it would be.

We did some research and discovered seven easy steps that will prevent roaches and other bugs from entering your home. Again, EASY steps, so you wouldn’t have a hard time doing them.

Fill in roaches' entry points.

The smallest openings and flaws allow cockroaches to infiltrate dwellings from the outside. They can easily enter your home through cracks and openings in the walls, foundation, windows, and doors.

Roaches cannot chew through silicone caulk. So, secure them. Caulk these cracks with a high-quality sealer, such as a silicone-based sealant. Keep in mind that roaches can squeeze through openings that are smaller than their breadth. For instance, the American cockroach, the most prevalent insect that infests dwellings, is 13 mm tall and can fit through openings as small as 3 mm!

Control moisture in your home.

Most roach species are moisture-seeking insects. They adore hiding and building their nests close to water sources. Cockroaches prefer to hide in areas with water usage (such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room). That being said – fix your leaking pipes! When surrounding walls are harmed by the moisture from leaking pipes, cracks start to form and roaches use these crevices as their preferred hiding places and nest-building sites.

Don't forget to also clear your home's clogged drains. Roaches love to devour the detritus that clogs drains. Fix your plumbing concerns,  and it will lessen the moisture in your home – making it less appealing to roaches.

Keep your kitchen clean!

Your kitchen provides food for bugs like ants and cockroaches that thrive and reproduce inside human habitations. Additionally, roaches will find refuge in your kitchen if it is messy and badly maintained.

Therefore, maintain your kitchen tidy to keep roaches out of your house. Do not leave used dishes and soiled utensils on your kitchen sink overnight. There shouldn't be any spilled food in the areas where you store your food, such as the kitchen pantry, cabinets, or drawers. Cleaning up your kitchen and pantry will keep roaches from having access to the food they need to survive.

Keep food in airtight containers.

Maintaining a tidy kitchen won't help much if you don't have adequate food storage. Bad food storage involves not keeping your food in robust, sealed jars and containers. Thin plastic jars are readily chewed through by roaches and other pantry pests, contaminating your food. Additionally, inadequate lids on the food storage jars will result in spills, which will draw vermin like ants.

So, to store your food, use airtight jars and containers. Also, make sure your food in storage doesn't go bad as the “fragrance” of spoiled, old food attracts these roaches easily.

Remove cardboard boxes from your home and lessen clutter there.

Do you know that cardboard boxes attract bugs like roaches and spiders in places like the attic, basement, storage room, garage, and even your bedroom? 

Remove any unnecessary cardboard boxes from your home and minimize clutter. Roaches can hide during the day in your home's little crevices and corners thanks to clutter. Because they are nocturnal, roaches spend the majority of their time foraging at night. Throw away any outdated books and publications that you don't need. Roaches and other insects that consume books and papers are drawn to the starch in the paper and the glue on book bindings.

Use scents that roaches really hate!

An underrated yet incredibly powerful method of deterring cockroaches from entering your home is to use fragrances that they detest. Cinnamon and peppermint are the most efficient. These have a potent scent that keeps roaches and other pests away. Use peppermint spray throughout your house, but particularly in the kitchen. Additionally, keep a few cinnamon sticks in your pantry shelves and kitchen cabinets where you store food.

In summary, roaches enter dwellings in search of food and refuge. With this guide, you'd be able to figure out how to refuse them from entering your home, and you even can complete these tasks without any specialized knowledge or expertise as a pest controller!

5 Easy Steps to Clean a Stinky Dishwasher

5 Easy Steps to Clean a Stinky Dishwasher

Isn't it quite strange that something specifically made to clean also needs to clean itself? It just goes to show that the most ethical method is still hard work, regardless of how much we automate jobs. As a result, when your dishwasher begins to emit an unpleasant smell, it's time for you to step in and give your magical chore robot a good cleaning.

Yes, even your dishwasher requires a thorough cleaning now and then. Don't worry—its not as hard as it sounds. Weve broken it down into 5 simple steps (and why you need to do them).

Why do dishwashers eventually smell bad?

The following are the most common causes of smelly dishwashers: 

  • Food scraps lingering in filters and crevices 
  • Bacterial growth could be aided by the accumulation of grease and oil
  • Mold or mildew caused by standing water as a result of clogged parts or general neglect

What can you do?

Consider it like brushing your dishwasher's teeth—you'll have fresher breath in no time if you use the best toothpaste and mouthwash.

Check your dishwasher's filter. First and foremost, figure out how to clean the filter. This is frequently found at the bottom of the machine, so make sure to pull out the bottom rack to get the best access. Pull out the filter and handwash it in the sink with hot water and dish soap. Cleaning out the dishwasher's drain filter will remove those nasty food scraps, as well as any grease or oil that has become trapped and has started to grow bacteria and stink.

Unclog and wipe down the interior parts. Next, inspect the dishwasher's spray arm and drain hose to ensure that neither is clogged with additional food particles. Clogging of these important dishwasher parts may also contribute to unpleasant odors because it indicates that they are not functioning properly. If the spray arm(s) or drain hose become clogged, clear the passageways with a scrub brush or even a toothpick. Another thing to look out for is the garbage disposal. You should also clean out its hose. It's simple, but depending on how frequently you've cleaned it, be warned: it could be a dirty business. Then, using a soapy rag, wipe down the inside of your dishwasher's walls to ensure that no mildew has formed from food scraps. 

Drain standing water. If you haven't used your dishwasher in a while or have been away from home for an extended period of time, standing water in your dishwasher could be the culprit, causing a foul odor or mold growth. Make certain to get rid of it.

Run cycles. If the dishwasher really stinks, you may want to run two separate cycles: one with white vinegar and one with baking soda, which you can liberally sprinkle on the bottom of the dishwasher before running a short cycle. Honestly, either one or the other would suffice for mild odors. But never ever use both vinegar and baking soda at the same time. Be sure to run each cycle with hot water. If you're feeling brave, you can run a cycle with a cup of lemon peels, which should leave your dishwasher smelling heavenly, but make sure the peels don't clog the drain.

Let it air dry. Even dishwashers require some fresh air. Your dishwasher has a very strong seal. Consider this: an upright box sloshing around steam and water for about an hour and a half per use. If the seal wasnt top notch, your kitchen would be a kiddie pool. Because the seal is so strong, residual water can become trapped inside your dishwasher, never having the chance to dry. So, once the cleaning cycle is complete, open the dishwasher door and let it air dry overnight. You can even give the interior of the door a gentle wipe with a clean, dry towel to kickstart the air-drying process, being sure to get around the edges and the seal.

A little routine dishwasher maintenance goes a long way—just make sure to clean according to the manufacturer's manual or guidelines to keep your dishwasher in top shape. Youll forget your hard work is even paying off because of the lack of any weird dishwasher smell. Your dishes will appreciate it.

How to Get Salt Stains Off Your Favorite Shoes

How to Get Salt Stains Off Your Favorite Shoes

If you live in a snowy area, you probably have a favorite pair of shoes for shoveling the sidewalk or driveway. Even so, snow melting products used on other sidewalks and in parking lots are likely to leave salt stains on your shoes. Wearing rubber boots helps, but what if you forget or are caught off guard by the weather? The steps below will show you how to clean your shoes and protect them from future salt stains.

Leather Shoes and Boots

You will need:

Salt on your shoes can dry out the leather and cause permanent damage, just as too much sodium in your diet can cause dehydration. As a result, it's critical to treat any salt stains or snow remover residue as soon as possible. 

  1. With an old, damp rag, remove as much salt residue as possible.
  2. In a small bowl, combine equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe your boots or shoes with this mixture using a clean cloth. To avoid transferring dyes from the fabric to your shoes, make sure to use a white cloth.
  3. Repeat as necessary until all of the salt residue has been removed. Place your boots or shoes somewhere out of the way to dry. Heat can cause leather to crack, so keep them away from a fireplace or heating vent. Stuff them with newspaper to absorb excess moisture if they were wet to begin with. Replace the paper on a regular basis until the boots are dry.
  4. Once dry, rub a little coconut oil into your shoes to protect them from salt stains. A light layer of oil will keep salt residue off your shoes while also preventing the leather from drying out.

Suede Shoes and Boots

You will need:

  1. Wipe away as much salt residue as possible with the dry microfiber cloth. 
  2. Brush the suede lightly along the salt lines with the toothbrush. Don't be too rough, or the suede texture will be damaged; instead, use just enough pressure to dislodge any remaining salt. 
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup cold water and three drops liquid dish soap. Spot-test the colorfastness of your shoes by dabbing the corner of an undyed cloth with soapy water. 
  4. If the dye does not transfer, dab the stained areas with soapy water until the stain is removed. If you rub, you risk lifting the dye and ruining the suede's nap. 
  5. Dry the shoes in a cool, dark place away from heat and light. 
  6. When they're dry, buff them lightly with a dry cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush to restore the suede's texture. 
  7. Remove other types of stains from your suede shoes, then use a suede protector to prevent future ones at least once per winter season.

Fabric or Canvas Shoes

You will need:

Fabric or canvas shoes with leather accents, on the other hand, should not be washed. So, here are a couple of quick steps you can take to remove salt stains from fabric or canvas shoes.

  1. Dislodge as much salt rime as possible with the scrub brush. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup warm water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap. 
  3. Soak a washcloth in soapy water and gently rub the salt stains from your shoes. Dont saturate the shoe fabric — get it just damp enough to remove the salt residue. 
  4. To absorb excess moisture, press a dry cloth against the area you just cleaned. Your shoes should be free of stains and dry enough to wear. 
  5. Spray sneakers or trainers with a fabric sealant the next time you wash them to prevent future salt stains.

Fortunately, salt stains on your shoes are fairly easy to remove. There is no special equipment required. Just follow the simple steps above and you're good to go.

How to Bring Back the Sparkle of Your Old Glass Cookware

How to Bring Back the Sparkle of Your Old Glass Cookware

If you enjoy looking for vintage cookware, you've probably seen a lot of old, scratched glass cookware. The marks may have even caused you to pass on some things, but looking back, you may have regretted that decision because there are easy hacks to make those vintage glass cookware sparkle like brand new.

While we might be able to remove baked-on stains from glass cookware, it doesn't look like any amount of scrubbing will be able to remove the scuffs. So before passing up on old glass cookware from a vintage shop or donating your worn-out, outdated ones, you may want to give this tip a try. Here's how to revive the vibrant color of scratched glass dishes!

What you need

What you will do

  • Use hot water and a mild dish soap to wash your glass dish as usual. With a non-scratch scouring pad or sponge, try to scrape out the scratches or scuff marks after washing away any visible food or residue. We're going to focus on the persistent scratch marks that are still visible after the dish has been fully cleaned. 
  • Dry and rinse the glass cookware. 
  • Apply a small amount of fiberglass/ceramic polishing cream directly to the scratched area using a damp microfiber cloth. 
  • Use a circular motion to polish the dish as soon as possible and remove scuffs. Never allow the paste to dry. Surprisingly, your favorite toothpaste is also an effective ingredient for the job (but possibly not as effective as the prescribed polishing cream).
  • Dry after rinsing. And voila, no more scruffs!

Alternatively, the Lola® Rubaway Eraser Pads would also be a powerful tool to restore your glass cookware to their brand new glory. With their ultra-fine sandpaper-like action, these foam sponges can easily scour through even the toughest messes on a variety of surfaces, including glass cookware. And since these magic erasers require moisture to function correctly, we advise going a step further and including some mild dish soap in addition to the warm water. Even the toughest grease stuck to your glass cookware won't stand a chance against this combination of dish soap's grease-cutting power and the magic eraser's abrasiveness!

Our priceless antique glass cookware require a complicated cleaning procedure. In addition, we don't want to use any materials or techniques that will damage our items while trying to make them look as nice as new. But if you follow the simple tips above, you're definitely on the right track of preserving (and saving) your precious glass cookware.

Tips for That Eco-Friendly ’Fall Cleaning’

Tips for That Eco-Friendly ’Fall Cleaning’

Although spring may top the list as the ideal season for deep cleaning, doesn't fall make more sense? There is no better time to get your home in top condition than now, with the temperature falling, the holidays approaching, and the influx of seasonal bugs. Here are some of the most eco-friendly approaches to “fall clean” your home.

Start pulling out your winter gears

There is no reason to put off wearing those warm sweaters and cushy leggings if the temperature is already dropping. By sorting through last season's clothing, you'll not only learn what should be kept and what should be donated or thrown out, but you'll also reduce your carbon footprint and spend less money on utilities. Why? Putting on a sweater rather than turning up the thermostat could save you a decent amount on utility costs.

“Winterize” your chimney, as necessary

Few things are more romantic than spending a cold night together beside a fire. Ensure you're prepared for such a moment by hiring a professional to clean the flue of dirt, debris, and bird nests, as well as to undertake any repairs that may need to be handled. 

Sort through your cabinets and cupboards

We're all guilty of keeping food (and other stuff) way past their expiration dates, whether it be those soup cans no one in your family would eat or the pasta you've vowed never to eat again. This fall, go through your pantry and throw away everything that has expired. You can give food that hasn't gone bad to a lot of places, like your neighborhood food bank or homeless. Fill that empty area with healthful foods to keep you healthy throughout the fall.

Clean your tiles

While the tiles in your kitchen and bathroom may be lovely to look at and easy to clean, the grout between them can quickly grow mildew. In addition to being disgusting, this is unhealthy and may cause everything from coughing and wheezing to eye irritation. To floss those tiles, combine one part vinegar and one part carbonated water, and use the Lola® Eco Clean Bamboo Scrub Brush for that environmentally responsible tile cleaning. They'll shine even more, which will greatly improve how you and your family feel.

Wipe down your doors

It’s reasonable to concentrate the majority of your cleaning efforts on the surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, but other areas of your home also receive a lot of activity and may be a source of germs (besides, think about how many visitors you'll have over the holidays). In light of this, thoroughly clean your doors to avoid the "sharing" of seasonal colds, and have some Lola® Anti-Microbial Clean n' Wipe Cloths on hand to sanitize those door knobs.

Wash your windows

This season of cuddling up will be much more delightful with sparkling windows, so clean them up before the cold weather arrives. Spray the glass liberally with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wipe it down with The Reusable & Biodegradable Wowables® Paper Towels.

Repel insects from your home

Even though Halloween is just around the horizon, there is a big difference between spider webs that are just for decoration and actual spiders that are haunting your home. Use a Lola® Corn Broom to clear webs from the inside of your house, and a water hose to get rid of those outside that are hiding in crevices. Add some drops of citronella essential oil to your air filters as unwelcomed insects are deterred by it, which also has a fresh aroma that will make your home seem cozier.

As the weather is just starting to get chilly, it's best to start with outdoor tasks and then go indoors as the temperature drops. You'll thank yourself later (and so will Mother Nature) when you're enjoying a cozy winter since you put in a little additional effort now.

How to Clean White Shoes and Make them Look New Again!

How to Clean White Shoes and Make them Look New Again!

White shoes are a wardrobe necessity. This flexible footwear complements almost any kind of clothing, making it a great option for everyday use. However, after just a few days, scuffs, stains, and grime can make your beautiful white shoes appear dirty and old. Unfortunately, cleaning white shoes is more difficult than simply putting them in the washer and dryer to avoid damaging the shoes. Luckily, there are a few methods for cleaning to help keep your favorite white shoes looking great. These detailed steps for cleaning white shoes will leave your footwear looking brand new, regardless of whether they are made of leather, canvas, or mesh.

What you need

Whatever the main material of your white shoes is, you will need the following items for cleaning:

Leather Shoes

Because leather doesn't absorb as much water as some other fabrics do, it is one of the simpler materials to clean. Here's how to thoroughly clean white leather shoes with just liquid dish soap:

  1. Remove any loose dirt with a dry toothbrush after removing the shoelaces. Mix some warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Brush the shoes gently all over with the toothbrush after dipping it into the soapy water.
  2. Use an eraser pad to get rid of any stains or scuffs (as in instructions above). Wipe the shoes down with a wet cloth. After cleaning the shoes, pack them with white paper towels to absorb any remaining moisture and preserve the shoes' shape while they dry. Before wearing, make sure they are thoroughly dry.

Canvas Shoes

Your white canvas shoes may appear to be difficult to clean, but it's actually rather easy. Here's a simple hack on how to clean them with just white vinegar and baking soda:

  1. Gather your materials: an old (but clean) toothbrush, baking soda, white vinegar, Reusable & Biodegradable Wowables® Paper Towels, and Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser Comparable Rubaway Eraser Pads by Lola®.
  2. Get rid of any loose dirt. For easy access to every area of the shoe, untie and remove the shoelaces. Take the shoes outside and bang the soles together to dislodge thick clumps of caked-on mud or dirt. To clean the shoes and get rid of any last bits of loose debris, scrape them with a toothbrush. Make sure to brush the tongue's outer edges and rubber soles as well.
  3. Combine the baking soda and white vinegar with a 3:1 ratio to make a paste, apply this to the shoes using the toothbrush, and gently scrub to remove dirt and stains. Give the mixture time to set up on the shoes. When it is entirely dry, brush off the larger pieces and use a paper towel to wipe up the remaining residue. 
  4. Remove any scuff marks or dirt streaks from the white bottoms of the shoes with an eraser pad. Scrub the rubber sole on both sides using a sponge eraser that has been dampened with water. Wipe off the shoes with a clean, damp cloth or paper towel. Before wearing, let them totally air dry.

Mesh Shoes

  1. Mesh is a delicate material that can easily snagged or harmed. You should use a lighter touch while cleaning white mesh shoes than you would with a tougher fabric like canvas. To gently brush away any extra dirt on the exterior of the shoes, use a dry toothbrush with soft bristles.
  2. Mix a little liquid laundry detergent with some warm water in a basin to make a sudsy cleaning solution and apply it to the shoes with a gentle cloth while making circular motions. As you clean, periodically rinse the cloth with warm water to prevent transferring dirt or stains to the shoes.
  3. Avoid completely submerging your mesh shoes in water to rinse them because this could ruin the inside or change the contour of the shoes. Instead, clean the outside of the shoes with a clean, moist cloth. Before donning the shoes, let them completely air dry and then stuff them with paper towels to help them keep their shape.

Your white shoes will surely appear fresh new if you follow the tips above. As previously stated, always be mindful of your white shoes. Even if they weren't pricey, routine maintenance would allow you to keep them in top shape for years. Consequently, you don't have to be concerned about damaging your wardrobe basics.

Tips to Clean Your Brick Walls

Tips to Clean Your Brick Walls

Despite being resilient, brick walls can still accumulate dirt, dust, and stains. This goes without saying that they still need to be cleaned regularly. Although both interior and exterior bricks of your home require maintenance, they cannot be cleaned in the same way! You wouldn’t want to use a pressure washer inside your home, would you?  Interior brick walls often require less maintenance than exterior ones since they are not subject to as many external elements. Events like rain, snow, wind, dust, and pollution can quickly dirty the exterior walls of your home, necessitating additional time spent cleaning. Brick walls indoors are more likely to collect dirt in areas like the kitchen, where they may get splattered with oil or other cooking chemicals.

So, whether you want to revitalize the outside brick walls of your house or make your inside brick accent wall appear brand new, it’s a good thing that we have some of the best tips for you. In no time, if you follow the directions, your brick will shine.

What you need

Interior cleaning:

Exterior cleaning: (In addition to the materials above)

  • Pressure washer
  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles

How to clean a brick wall indoors

The first step in this simple task is to use the broom to dust and remove any obvious dirt and debris on your brick walls. You can begin cleaning the wall once the top layer of loose dirt has been removed. To wash the wall, create a cleaning solution by combining water, your favorite dishwashing soap, and some table salt. Spray this mixture onto your brick walls to remove any oil that has built up over time. Use the scrubber to brush, and then wipe it away with a cloth wet with warm water.

How to clean the brick wall outside

Let's now learn how to properly clean the exterior of a brick wall, which is considerably more prone to collecting dirt. The top layer of dust, cobwebs, and debris that managed to accumulate on the surface should be removed first. The simplest approach to do it is to carefully sweep the area using a broom. Depending on your preference, you may select from the following methods for cleaning your exterior brick walls:

  • Naturally, you can use the cleaning solution we previously described for interior brick walls cleaning, which is created from water, mild dishwashing liquid, and table salt, along with a sponge. Before you start scrubbing, let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Another option is to use a high-pressure water cleaning. You should adjust the machine such that the maximum flow pressure is 700 psi to avoid damaging the wall. Don't forget to use a mild detergent safe for bricks as well.
  • If your walls have mold and mildew, you may need to use some bleach solution. Don’t forget to wear a pair of gloves (or even goggles) for extra protection while cleaning.

Bricks are one of the strongest construction and finishing materials out there and can provide you with excellent service for a very long time. It’s imperative not to disregard them, so it’s best to set aside some time to check on their cleanliness both inside and outside of your home.

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