Take care of the bathroom tub by scrubbing with baking soda on a clean, damp sponge. Rinse, then wipe dry. You can clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by giving it the same baking soda treatment.

Freshen up every room in your house with these simple deep-cleaning tricks.


- Take care of the bathroom tub by scrubbing with baking soda on a clean, damp sponge. Rinse, then wipe dry. You can clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by giving it the same baking soda treatment.


- Conquer the clutter. Sort items into piles for storing, donating or throwing away. When you've tossed the junk and donated designated items, it's time to start storing.


- Washing machines can build up a sticky residue inside. If your machine does not have a specific washer cleaning cycle, add liquid chlorine bleach to the dispenser and run a normal cycle with hot water.


- Don't forget the outside of your appliances. For light cleaning, dilute 1/4 cup multi-purpose cleaner in a gallon of warm water. Wipe your washer, dryer and refrigerator clean. For tougher cleaning, use a full-strength multi-purpose cleaner directly on a sponge. Rinse surfaces thoroughly with water afterwards.


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