Found 158 results for the keyword ‘Cleaning’

  • Home made non-toxic cleaners

    Here are some home made non-toxic cleaners:Copper Cleaner -- Salt & VinegarSilver Cleaner -- Tooth pasteDrain Openers for Grease -- 1 cup Baking Soda; 1 cup vinegar; 1/2 cup salt 20 minutes later slowly pour boiling water down the drainFurniture Polish -- 1 tlb spoon mineral oil or almond o...
  • How to keep a mirror fog free.

    One viewer recommended using hard soap on a mirror to keep it from fogging up in the bathroom. So we tested it against no treatment, and against polishing it with shaving cream, a recommendation from a viewer last year. The hard soap looked pretty good although a bit streaked. The ?no treatment?...
  • Ozone Generators to clean up air quality problems -- good or bad?

    If you listen to the sales people, this is a hot debate. If you talk to Health Canada, this is a settled issue. Isabelle Sauve from Health Canada was as clear as the warnings issued by her department (January 1999) -- devices designed specifically to produce ozone may be dangerous to your h...
  • Keeping your hands clean while working

    When you are looking for working hand cleaners, remember that each has a specific use. Some are better at grease, others at paint. Pick up a surgical brush as well to clean easily into and under the fingernails.Using special protective creams before going to work can avoid all the problem of cl...
  • Will the blue stuff in ice melters stain my interlocking paving?

    Blue dye is put into some de-icers to let you know where you have applied it. Will it stain the paving bricks? The answer is -- maybe.As long as the dye stays on the surface, the sunlight will quickly break it down and it will lose its blue colour. If you have quality paving stones (which are d...
  • Softening water -- do electronic water softeners work?

    John from Halifax wrote in asking about replacing his salt based water softener with an electronic water softener to make it easier to water his lawn. Ion-exchange with salt will soften water Most of our water softeners add salt to the water in a process called ion exchange. This actually chang...
  • I painted my bathroom and now I am getting mould!

    Anne painted her bathroom with latex paint and then started to get mould and mildew where she never had any before. She is wondering what she did wrong? Mould is caused by the prolonged presence of condensation. Condensation is caused by a combination of high humidity and low temperatures. If yo...
  • Shields for Rain Gutters

    One of the most successful, but most expensive ways to keep leaves out of rain gutters is to place a solid shield over the top.  Using the principle of surface tension of water, the water flows over the shield and wraps around its outside curve.  That curve extends out over the rain gutter itsel...
  • Cleaning a furnace pilot light.

    Lani from Burnaby, B.C. writes: "We have a gas fireplace and the pilot light won't light. A gas company technician inspected the situation and told us the pilot light needs cleaning. Can we do this safely ourselves?"Why didn't he just clean it while he was inspecting it?But, yes you can clean i...
  • Shower head cleaning

    Calcium build-up can make a shower a difficult place to get wet. Soaking the shower head in ammonia over night solves the problem. You can do it without even taking the head out of the shower. Just put a vegetable bag full of vinegar over the head and attach it with a rubber band over night, t...