cleaning

Clean your oven door

TipmanTim_Oven1

I saw a tip recently about how to clean your oven door. The only problem with it was that most oven doors are made of multiple layers of glass, so if you have some smudges or stains between them, it’s impossible to get out. My oven has an outer glass...

Remove detergent build-up from towels

Remove detergent build-up

Over time, your towels will get a build-up of detergent on them and start to feel like sandpaper. What’s the best way to get rid of this? Wash your towels in hot water — one load with a cup of vinegar added to the wash, and another with a...

Use car wax on your kitchen stove

Use wax on your stove

Wipe on a layer of car wax on your stove after cleaning it. This will make it easier to wipe up spills and baked-on food. Plus, it will get super shiny. (Note: This is a tip for the serious cleaners. The wax won’t keep spills from happening, it will...

My New Year’s resolution

Tipman Tim Blog

Most people make new years’ resolutions about cleaning up their diets or beginning a new exercise routine. Not me! I thought I’d start the new year off right by adding a bimonthly blog to my website. It’s here that I’ll write about my adventures in tip-testing and researching and...

Marker will help erase cat furniture scratches

Our cat loves to put scratch marks in our new leather ottoman. What’s the fix? Use a permanent marker of the same color. In my situation, the red permanent marker was perfect. It works almost like magic. After applying the marker, you can’t even find where the scratches were...

Shaw R2X Carpet Stain & Soil Remover

Shop it to me

Want to know what carpet professionals use to get spots off of their carpets at home? It’s the Shaw R2X Carpet Stain & Soil Remover. You just spray it, and there’s no rinsing. You can find it online; just Google the name. It costs around $10 a bottle.

Happy fall!

gutters

Fall brings a whole other set of outdoor chores like cleaning gutters and preparing your chimney; both chores are very important to the upkeep of your home. Cleaning out gutters is one of the worst jobs. Call me lazy, but this is one of those tasks that I prefer...

No sauce required

gutters

Cleaning out gutters is one of the worst jobs. Call me lazy, but this is one of those tasks that I prefer to hire someone to take care of rather than do it myself. (Do you know how many people get hurt from falling off ladders each year? A...

Stay cool, not dusty

ducttape

If you haven’t cleaned under and behind your refrigerator in a while, you should. Dust build-up can reduce the efficiency of the unit. Rather than buying a fancy refrigerator duster, just make your own. Take an old sock and attach it to the end of a yard stick with...

Grease-free grill

When it’s time to clean your grill, spray oven cleaner on it and let it sit according to the directions. Next, stick it in the dishwasher. Works like a charm with no elbow grease! If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can also put the dirty grate in there...

A straw, a berry

strawberry

Here’s a neat trick for cleaning strawberries. Take a straw and push it up through the bottom of the strawberry. This will easily remove the stem.

A clean dishwasher

Cleaning the dishwasher: Pour vinegar into the machine when it’s filling with water