Tip of the week
How to clean four tricky household items
Ceiling fans collect dust all winter long. Use an old pillowcase to wipe each blade and catch the dust. Then wipe the blades with soapy water or a cleaning solution.
Blinds should be vacuumed regularly with a brush attachment to prevent dirt buildup. A dry microfiber cloth also works. Don’t spray a glass cleaner on blinds or shades—it’ll stain.
Wicker baskets don’t require cleaning, except to remove dust or any mold, perhaps from holding fruits or vegetables. A soft brush or dry cloth will remove dust. For anything more serious, dip the soft brush in soapy water. Never use bleach, and don’t soak the basket—it could swell.
Leather upholstery can be wiped down with a damp cloth and gentle soap like Woolite or Castile—something gentler than dish soap. Rubbing alcohol or lemon juice can remove ink and stubborn stains. Leather cream can camouflage small scratches.
Source: The Washington Post