How to clean sneakers by hand and avoid the washing machine?

If your sneakers desperately need to be cleaned then you are probably thinking of simply throwing them in the washing machine. This is a terrible idea because you might damage them and this is the last thing you want to do, right?

The only time I do recommend you do wash them in the washing machine is whenever the manufacturers say it is okay so check on your own and see.

If you own Nike or Adidas sneakers then I will save you the trouble and will tell you that they do not recommend cleaning them in the washing machine – I have already checked a while back.

Try this instead

Cleaning your sneakers by hand is the safest option you have.

Mix baking soda and water in order to create a paste. Then dip an old toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the sneakers with it. Scrub both the inside and the outside of the shoes.

Then leave the mixture on the sneakers for a few hours. Continue with filling a bucket or your bathtub with warm water and wash your shoes in there.

After you removed all of the remaining paste off of the sneakers allow them to air dry completely. Keep in mind that this might take a couple of days!

How to clean after your dog

You might have a dog or you are simply considering getting one but you are still researching how hard it really is to take care of one. These creatures will transform your life, making it far more interesting filling it with love and affection. But having a pet sometimes requires you cleaning after it. No matter how well your dog is trained it will still make a mess from times to times and you need to know exactly how to deal with it.

– Wet Wipes

Always keep wet wipes by the front door. This way you will be able to wipe clean your dog’s paws before you let them in your home and you will remove all of the dirt they have picked up.

– Buy a mat

You should buy a mat and place it under the food and water bowls. This will reduce the amount of food that your dog drops on the ground and then licks the floor creating one big mess.

– Buy a washable dog bed

If maintaining your home clean at all times is a priority of yours you should consider buying a dog bed that is washable. You will easily throw it in the washing machine once a week and this gets rid of germs and dirt.

– Don’t leave your dog on the couch or on the bed

If you don’t want pet hair, vomit, saliva (or even worst – urine, poop) then keep your dog away from the couch and from your bed.

– Bathe your dog often

Did you know that regularly bathing your dog will reduce the shedding? A little disclaimer before you start bathing it – buy dog shampoo and do not use any human products.

– Brush your dog

Brush your dog’s fur every day – this will reduce the shedding.

How to remove stains from a microwave

Stains in a microwave are hard to remove when they have been sitting there for too long and they have hardened. One thing is for sure – they are not impossible to be cleaned. You need to do some things to soften them first. Here are some things you can do.

What you will need?

Grab the following:
A bowl (a microwaveable one)
Lemon Juice or Baking Soda

The process

Grab the bowl and fill it with hot water. Add some lemon juice or baking soda.
Then put it in the microwave and heat for a couple of minutes. The steam that’s created from the mixture will soften all of the stains.
Proceed with removing the bowl and wiping the inside of the microwave with a cloth.
If there are still stains that you can’t remove – repeat the process.

What to do after?

Sometimes when you remove a stain you are left with areas that are yellow. You can get rid of that as well.

What will you need?

A cloth
Nail Polish Remover

The Process

Put some nail polish on the cloth (or cotton ball) and begin wiping the yellow area.
When you are done, wash the inside of the microwave with soap and water and make sure you remove the nail polish remover.


The cleaning technicians at Monster Cleaning do not advise for anyone to clean their microwave with chemical cleaners. Why? Well, exactly because they contain too many chemicals that you might not remove fully which means that they will transfer to your food or drinks (and this is not good for your health).

How to clean bookshelves

If you wish to learn how you can clean your bookshelves quickly, properly and efficiently, keep reading because we have some very helpful tips for you.

  1. Bookchelves CleaningAlways begin by emptying your bookshelves. If you have arranged your books in some sort of order, make sure that you take them out in the same order. This way you will drastically facilitate the rearranging of the books once that the bookshelves’ cleaning is over.

  2. Before you commence the actual cleaning of the bookshelves, read the instruction of the cleaning detergent that you are about to use to see whether it is usable on the material from which your bookshelves are made. For instance commercial window cleansers can be used on materials such as fake wood, white wood, laminate, glass and etc, but on the other hand window cleansers will severely damaged real wood. If your cleaning detergents isn’t applicable on the material from which your bookshelves are made, head to your local home depot and get a cleaning solution that is.

  3. Now grab a soft towel, soft cloth or simply an old T-shirt and wrap it up in a ball. You must use a soft material to protect the bookshelves’ surfaces from accidental scratches and damages. Spray some cleaning detergents on your cleaning cloth and start cleaning the shelves of your bookshelves. Make sure that you clean the hard to reach corners because lots of people either forget or neglect to clean the corners.

  4. Bookchelves CleaningNow comes the time consuming part of the bookshelves cleaning routine, the cleaning of the books. You must clean your books because there is no sense into cleaning your bookshelves and then rearranging a solid number of dusty books on them. So take each book individually and wipe their front, back, top, bottom and side with a cloth or paper towel. Make sure that you follow the order of your books because if you don’t the rearranging process will be a total nightmare.

  5. Once all your books are dust-free begin the rearranging. Follow the order in which you have taken them down. Also while you are rearranging your books you can do a little filtering and get rid of all the books that you aren’t planning to read. This way you will open space for the addition of new books which you will read.

  6. If you have filtered out any books, don’t throw them away but donate them to a charity.

Cleaning your bookshelves is easier when there are no books on them, so cleaning them prior to moving in or out is a great idea.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean During Cooking

Kitchen CleaningEven in professional kitchens stains and spills are a common part of life. In the case of professional kitchens though, there is always someone else to clean the mess at the end. When cooking in your own kitchen however, the person who will be doing the cleaning is you, so the less mess you make during cooking – the less cleaning you have to do at the end.

How can you keep the kitchen clean and neat when food preparations are in full swing?

  • First and foremost keep your counter tops clean and neat – this will make the whole cooking and cleaning process much easier and more efficient.

In order to do this, use a clean, sufficiently large baking sheet, or another type of shallow baking dish you have nearby; place all your ingredients and products in the sheet and carry on; there will be hardly any spills and spots on your bench tops; by doing this you will also save time from looking through cabinets and drawers for the products and items you need.

  • Oily bottles, greasy utensils and oily stains all round – here is how to deal with it all.

Your cooking oil bottle (or other container) usually allows for drips running down the side after each time you use it; drips will leak down to the counter top and make a royal mess; deal with the situation effectively by tying up a napkin around the bottle; fasten the napkin with a rubber band; do this for any other liquid you don’t like spilling all over the place; this simple trick will greatly reduce oily stains in your kitchen.

  • Shattered glassware or crockery.

Breaks in the kitchen are something normal and expected; any chef that works with flare can drop a thing or two; glass shards all around your kitchen floor are a problem but cleaning them properly will take some time and effort; instead grab a larger piece of white bread and pick up all the shards – even small bits and pieces will cling to the bread.

  • Keeping your recipe clean while cooking.

Kitchen CleaningMany people cook dishes off a recipe; most of the time the recipe is on a loose piece of paper which becomes unreadable with splatter and splashes in a matter of minutes; in order to keep the recipe clean and readable put it under a clean glass pot lid, or put glad wrap over it and stick the recipe to the tiled bit of wall above your counter top; glad wrap is sticky so you won’t have trouble keeping the piece of paper on the wall.

  • Dealing with rubbish and leftovers.

Reduce the need for cleaning after cooking to a minimum by tossing every bit of scarp and rubbish into a larger bowl during cooking; there will be hardly any mess to clean at the end.

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Dealing with Grease Stains

Dealing with Grease Stains

Source: Cleaning Services London

Grease stains are by far some of the most stubborn and problematic stains to deal with. Greasy smears and spots are quite common for most households. Problem with greasy stains is that that they tend to seep further into the fabric or surface thus becoming almost permanent. The key to dealing with greasy stains is timing. Quick reaction is crucial for complete stain removal so the sooner you tackle it, the more chance you have to remove it.

Here are some effective ways to deal with greasy stains around the home:

Baby powder

Baby powder works exceptionally well in removing greasy stains from different clothing and fabrics; apply a generous amount of baby powder to the stained area and rub it in well; shake off the powder to see how much staining has left and repeat the process as many times as necessary until the stain is completely gone;

Baking soda

Grease stain removal is another of baking soda’s many applications; use baking soda to remove completely and easily greasy stains from metal surfaces like your cooktop; dampen the stains with a rag then sprinkle generously with baking soda; let the soda do its thing for a minute or two and then rub everything off with a rag; if necessary clean soda leftovers with a wet sponge and polish the surface.

Club soda

Dealing with Grease StainsSoda water is quite effective if you need to prevent grease stains from drying and sticking to the inside of stainless steel cookware; pour a decent amount of soda inside the pot right after cooking and let it sit there until it is time to wash the dishes; the carbon dioxide bubbles in soda water will prevent grease from sticking in all instances;

Cat litter

Not widely used, this cleaning method is highly effective in removing motor oil and coolant stains from concrete or composite material garage flooring; blot out any fresh oil stains using old newspapers as you need the floor relatively dry; spread clean cat litter all over the stained area; leave the cat litter over the stain for about twenty four hours so it absorbs as much of the stain as possible;

Corn starch

Treating a greasy stain using corn starch is one of the oldest tricks in the book; this method works particularly well on stained surfaces around the kitchen; apply corn starch directly using a rag; rub until the stain is gone and wash the area with fresh water and detergent; corn starch can also be used for absorbing oily stains from carpets and rugs.