Mar 25, 2015
10 easy solutions to pesky cleaning problems
How to: Clean your gas rangeSource: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home
Step 1: Remove the grates and any griddles, as well as the burner heads and caps. Using a non-abrasive sponge, wash them well with dish soap and warm water. If the dirt buildup is particularly bad (when was the last time you cleaned these things?), leave them to soak for 20 to 30 minutes. (Do not replace yet.) Step 2: To loosen the dirt buildup from spills and splatters on the stovetop, cover the spots with a cloth dampened in hot water for several minutes. Using a rubber scraper, remove the debris. With a dampened sponge (not soaked – water can harm the igniter), wipe the whole stovetop. Wipe dry using a microfibre cloth. Step 3: Rinse and thoroughly dry all the components you removed before replacing them. Click here for more tips, stylish solutions and expert cleaning products.
How to: Remove stubborn price stickersSource: iStockphoto Credits: Style at Home
Step 1: A little heat can go a long way: Use a hair dryer to warm and loosen the glue beneath the sticker. When choosing the heat setting and how close to hold the nozzle, be mindful of the material of your purchase and any finish on its surface. In many cases, the sticker should lift right off without any residue. Step 2: If step 1 doesn’t get the job done, immerse your item in hot water for a few minutes. Using a plastic razor blade (a credit or library card will also do), scrape the sticker off. Step 3: For any leftover sticky residue, you’ll have to get a bit messier to get things totally clean. Oil-based substances, such as peanut butter (smooth, not chunky), mayonnaise or cooking oil, are the best for battling glue remnants. Using a paper towel, smear on a generous amount and scrub until all the glue is gone. Step 4: Wash the item thoroughly with soap and water. Click here for more stylish solutions and expert cleaning products.
How to remove red wine stainsSource: Getty Images Credits: Style at Home
Step 1: Time is of the essence when you're faced with red wine stains. As soon as possible, blot the area with a paper towel to remove as much of the wine as you can. Step 2: Fight wine with wine. As crazy as it may sound, white wine helps dilute red's bold pigment (club soda or vinegar works, too). Pour a bit of white wine over the stain and blot with a paper towel. If the stain is more orless gone, launder as usual in cold water. Air dry; the head from the dyer will set any leftover stains. Click here for more tips, stylish solutions and expert cleaning products.