Ask a Mother Duck … anything!

By , April 12, 2019 2:37 pm

We are proud to say our customers have been our greatest teachers! We constantly pick up new tricks as customers show us just how they like things done at their place.

Over the years, those little tips together with things we’ve tried ourselves have culminated in a fair deal of collective wisdom (in fact, a chemical engineer has recently been at HQ teaching us more about eco cleaning products).

And all that knowledge is yours for the taking!

Our new ‘Ask a Mother Duck’ series is a chance for you to get simple answers to those little things you’ve been meaning Google. It’s easier than wading through endless search engine results and 110% click-bait free!

Plus, our tips have all been tested by professional cleaners, so you know you they’ll actually work!

We put a call out for your burning questions, and in this first instalment we answer everything from dealing with glitter spills to keeping your sponges smelling fresh …

How can I remove dried slime from soft furnishings? I have tried white vinegar and soaking with Napisan with no luck!

You’d be surprised how often we see this in family homes! White vinegar is usually effective in this situation, but since it hasn’t worked, try rubbing alcohol. Apply the rubbing alcohol using a spoon to help lift the bits of slime from upholstered furniture. After doing so, dab with a towel to absorb the alcohol and help lift the excess bits of slime. Repeat this process until clean and ick-free!

How do I easily get finger marks off our fridge and stainless steel appliances without using chemical stainless steel cleaners?

We have seen there are single-use wipes on the market now for cleaning stainless steel, but there is an easier, eco way to keep your appliances looking clean and tidy! This works for finger marks as well as those water stains that often appear on appliances like dishwashers and kettles.

Just put a few drops of olive oil onto a microfibre cloth and wipe with the grain of the steel. The olive oil will remove the marks and also act as a polish. You don’t need a lot of olive oil for this, and if you do use a bit too much, be sure to wipe off any residue with a clean cloth.

Whenever it rains our little dog pees inside because she hates having wet paws – how do I deal with old pee stains on carpet?

This is a really common problem for pet owners. Dogs can get excited, scared or over toilet training, and these moments often seem to happen when the dog is in a carpeted area and not a tiled one (we put that down to Murphy’s law)!

The reason why these stains are so tough to clean is that dog urine is highly acidic. Once the stain dries, the pH level in the acid rises and oxidises, and this process leaves a stain on your carpet. The longer the stain is left, the harder it is to remove. All hope is not lost though!

Try enzyme cleaners, which cut through the bacteria to remove both stains and odours. Professional carpet cleaners sell pet enzymes like this one, and there are also natural ones available on the market too.  

How do I remove the ugly spots on my showerhead?

We bet this one came to you in the shower, when a phone is not in reach to Google the answer! Those spots are calcium and lime scale build-up, which won’t wipe off easily. To get rid of them, simply fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar, attach it to your showerhead with rubber bands and leave it to soak overnight. Once you remove the bag, wipe away any residual residue.  

Why does my kitchen sponge smell? Can I clean it or should I throw it out?

Prolonging the life of your kitchen sponges is an easy way to be kinder to the environment. Here’s how to do it …

Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, especially if they’re left in the sink. So you need to make sure you clean them frequently to keep the germs at bay – and that’s really easy to do! Rinse the sponge thoroughly and, while it’s still wet, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove any bacteria (remember to wait a minute or two before taking it out, since it’ll be too hot to touch).

How do I get my cloudy glasses crystal clear again?

Even if you use rinse aid, sometimes the dishwasher can cause your glasses to go cloudy. There are a few reasons for this, so just keep in mind that cleaning by hand will help to prevent this from happening.

But to restore your glasses now, all you need is a few drops of our favourite cleaning product: white vinegar! Place a small amount of vinegar on a piece of paper towel and use it to wipe your glasses until the cloudy film has dissolved. Then rinse with warm water and they’ll be as new!

Help! My kids have spilled glitter in the carpet … again …

This video pretty much sums up how most parents feel when the glitter comes out at craft time … But where there are kids with glitter, there is likely to be Play-Doh around too, which is perfect to pick up all those little glitter pieces! Otherwise, masking tape is great!

Is there a way to bring my jewellery and engagement rings back to life without going to the jeweller?

You don’t need expensive jewellery cleaners or harsh chemicals – the best (and cheapest way) we’ve found to clean jewellery is simply using dishwashing soap. Soak your rings for about 10 minutes in warm water and a drop of Morning Fresh, then use a soft electric toothbrush to get into those hard-to-reach areas. Do take care to use a brush that is very soft for this. After a clean, your jewellery will sparkle like new!

Got a question for us? We’d love to hear it! – email it to motherducks@familyclean.com.au . To make sure you don’t miss future tips like these, sign up for our monthly updates at the bottom of this page! – The Mother Ducks