To clean your bathroom, start by taking out all of the removeable items, like towels, rugs, and toiletries. Then, pour 1 cup (240 mL) of bleach into the toilet and let it sit while you clean everything else. Dust any light fixtures, cabinets, and corners, working your way from the top of the bathroom down to the floor. Sweep the floor with a broom. Next, mist your bathroom tiles, sink, toilet lid, and bathtub with a disinfectant spray. You can make your own disinfectant by mixing equal parts vinegar and water. Scrub everything with a sponge. Use a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. For stubborn stains, mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a paste, then apply the paste to the stains. Let it soak in for 15 minutes before wiping it off. Next, scrub the inside of your toilet with a scrub brush and flush it when you’re finished. Finally, place all of the items you took out back in your bathroom. Keep reading the article if you want to learn how to detail small areas in your bathroom!
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You may want to avoid cleaning the bathroom, but it’s better to tackle your bathroom in one fell swoop. From hiding your stuff away to clearing the air, these simple tricks will clean your bathroom up in no time. When cleaning your home, be aware of these 20 household chores that are a waste of time.
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Hide your stuff
If you’ve got extra toothpaste, hairspray, and a bunch of hair ties and bobby pins lying around, get them out of sight, stat. Store excess counter top items under the sink until you can put them away properly later. These smart storage hacks can help you banish clutter.
Considering what we put them through each day, sinks, showers, tubs and toilets deserve special cleaning attention. Thankfully, modern plumbing fixtures are designed to make the job of bathroom cleaning as easy as possible.
We asked home-efficiency expert Cynthia Townley Ewer, author of Houseworks, to explain the best way to clean and disinfect bathroom fixtures.
From toothpaste dribbles to overspray from hair products, the lowly sink endures a daily barrage of dirt and grime. Keep it sparkling back at you with regular cleaning.
Right for the job. Use all-purpose bathroom cleaner to remove light soil and film. For more hardened deposits, abrasive or soft-scrub cleaners may be used, as they will be easy to rinse from ceramic (vitreous china) surfaces. Cleaners formulated with bleach will remove toothpaste dribbles and sanitize surfaces, too. Keep bathroom cleaning green by using homemade cleaners. They’ll make your bathroom sparkle and shine without harsh chemicals — or a harsh price tag.
On the edge. Clean the rim and fixtures with a disinfecting spray glass cleaner or all-purpose bathroom cleaner. Buff fixtures shiny and dry with a fresh cleaning cloth.
Soap scum, bath oil, hair products and body soil combine forces to assault the shining surface of the shower and tub, while tub rims, fixtures and faucets provide hiding places for moisture, mold and mildew. Put the job off and deposits harden and ossify, and mildew and mold take up residence in dark corners. Harness time and cleaning power to make short work of cleaning the shower and tub.
Spray and stand. Before cleaning the rest of the bathroom, spray the tub area with a generous layer of all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and allow the product to stand while you clean elsewhere. The standing time helps the cleanser to dissolve oils and soap scum, so you’ll need less elbow grease to remove it.
Get scrubbing. Use abrasive scrubbing pads to remove bathtub rings or deposits on shower floors. Tile brushes scrub tile grout and reach into cracks and corners, while the handle protects knuckles from accidental contact with the tub. A cleaning toothbrush does a quick job of removing buildup deposits around tub fixtures or faucet.
Rinse clean. A detachable showerhead allows you to rinse off cleaner quickly and cleanly. If you don’t have one, stock your cleaning tote with a removable rubber showerhead that attaches to the bathtub tap. Commonly used for shampooing hair or bathing pets, they’re inexpensive and make it easier to rinse tub and shower walls after you clean.
These surfaces need special treatment. Clean them with a nonabrasive cleaner such as an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, pine oil or baking soda. Avoid abrasive cleansers or scrubbing pads because they may scratch or dull the finish.
Cloudy glass shower doors may be cleaned with full-strength white vinegar or a commercial lime and scale remover. Use good ventilation and protect skin and clothing when using these products.
Cleaning the toilet isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, but where would we be without
Even the best tile-cleaning routine in your shower can leave the grout begging for extra attention. Mildew and mold are commonly seen between shower tiles, breeding quickly in the perpetually wet and humid atmosphere. If you have light shower grout, you’ll see it – first spots, then bigger areas – and hopefully you can clean it before it gets out of control.
If you have dark grout, it can be much more easily disguised and become a bigger health concern. Make it a point to include grout cleaning as part of your ordinary shower routine and abate mold buildup on the grout easily before it becomes a big chore.
One of the best ways to clean shower grout doesn’t involve the use of harsh cleansers or chlorine bleach-based products. Harsh chemicals can be challenging to use in an enclosed bathroom environment where ventilation and air circulation are compromised. Oxygen-based bleach (hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate) and washing soda are safer alternatives to consider when you’re looking for a powerful indoor cleaning solution. They’re notably more eco-friendly and treat and prevent the growth of mold in a really effective way.
Next time you’re deep cleaning your bathroom tiles, pull this recipe from your memory bank:
Start by creating a paste-like mixture using one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts of an oxygenated powder product, such as OxiClean or generic washing soda. The thick combination of these powerful ingredients will adhere to the grout lines in your shower without dripping away and spot-treat areas affected by mildew and mold. It’s not too harsh to use as a defense against spores, either, so even if the grout doesn’t look dirty, consider applying it as an effective cleanser that will aid in preventing mold from blossoming. If you look at ingredients in many of the heavy-duty mold abatement products, you’ll spot that hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient, so it’s no surprise that this at-home solution works really, really well.
With the paste in a bowl, use an old toothbrush to apply it to the grout lines between the tiles in your shower.
Focus on the areas you can visibly see the mold but also aim to coat areas of the shower that may be more mold-prone and mold-affected than others. This might include any grout along shelves, corners and floor tiles, or the grout and tile that surrounds the shower drain. Allow the paste to set for a few minutes to work its magic and then give the grout lines one more agitating scrub for good measure. Next, rinse the area thoroughly and use a cloth to wipe the surfaces clean.
While you’re busy focused on the shower grout, consider the best ways to clean build-up from the surface of the shower tiles, too.
A simple white vinegar wash is a good solution for non-porous tile surfaces, while marble or other porous stone surfaces are more safely cleaned using plain water or cleaning products specifically formulated for stone to avoid
While white vinegar is best known for its culinary uses, it can work wonders in the bathroom. Praised for its powerful acetic acid solution, vinegar helps to dissolve mineral deposit, bacteria, dirt, grease and grime.
Not sure how to use white vinegar to clean your bath, toilet or sink? The bathroom specialists at Drench have uncovered the top 10 most common cleaning queries Brits have about the bathroom, plus revealed how white vinegar can help to keep it looking spotless.
From how to clean the shower properly, to unblocking shower drains, take a look at the easy cleaning tips below…
1. How to clean a shower head (2,900 monthly searches)
Not sure how to clean your shower head efficiently? Simply pour some white vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it around your shower head with a hair tie. Leave overnight and remove first thing in the morning. You’ll be amazed at the results!
2. How to clean a shower (2,400)
Cleaning a shower might seem like a simple task, but it seems many of us are baffled at how to get it properly clean.
The team at Drench explain a simple way to restore its sparkle using vinegar: ‘Bring vinegar to a boil then use the warm vinegar to wipe down the shower door and walls. Keep them damp by wiping down every five to eight minutes for 30 minutes. Next, dampen a microfibre cloth in vinegar, a sprinkle of baking soda, and scrub.’
3. How to clean a toilet (2,000)
Want to clean your toilet like a pro? For the best results, simply pour a cup of vinegar into the bowl and let it sit overnight. In the morning, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub well. Afterwards, flush everything away and you’ll be left with a spotless toilet.
4. How to clean shower glass (2,000)
Distilled vinegar can work wonders on your shower glass (and on your windows, too). Simply fill a spray bottle with equal parts of white vinegar and water, and spray your shower door. For a streak-free shine, opt for an affordable squeegee.
5. How to unblock a shower drain (1,600)
Not sure what to do? The team suggest: ‘Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Next, pour 125g of baking soda down the drain, followed with a one-part water, one-part white vinegar solution. Wait five to 10 minutes before boiling water down the drain again.’
6. How to clean a bathtub (1,000)
Bathtubs can harbour grime, dirt and bacteria over time. While many of us will naturally reach for the nearest bathroom spray to wipe it down, vinegar works even better.
‘To clean, wipe the bathtub over with straight vinegar, then sprinkle with some bicarbonate soda, before using a scratch-resistant cloth to scrub and rinse.’
That’s exactly the definition nearly everyone gives to this vessel the moment they set eyes upon it. Just so we’re on the same page this luxury yacht is known as the Metis 63 by Benetti. Oh, you don’t know who they are? Not a problem. They’ve been building sea-faring vessels of any kind since 1873, so you know they mean business.
But for the Metis, Benetti worked with world renowned Bannenberg and Rowell Design. If you remember them from the Predator yacht, great. If you don’t, they’re known as the yachting worlds best known secret. The vessels they work one, will always remain a one of a kind. They will be the point of focus for when we discuss the interior.
That ‘63’ in Metis 63 stands for the length of this vessel’s steel hull, a full 63 meters or 206.6 feet. And like most other seafarers it includes an aluminum superstructure. This allows the designers to create a number of decks and sleek exterior paneling.
As With most modern-day yachts, this one too uses a white and black color scheme. To bring a bit of balance to the mix, the use of metals and woods help set a soft tone to the ship. The large amount of hull integrated windows let you know that this vessel is ready with quite the number sleeping quarters. Up to 13 guests can lay their heads upon those Bannenberg pillows in seven cabins.
To make this designer machine move along the seven seas we will be able to find two MTU diesel engines that put out a total of 3702 HP. It’s enough to keep it cruising at 12 knots with a top speed of 16.
Now on the inside, this ship really shows off what level of comfort and style you can expect. Just to start, we can see the sun deck situated at the bow of the ship and equipped with 8 lounge chairs and a perfectly lain wooden flooring. While at the rear of this same deck we find a sitting area suitable for all guests on the ship at once. Once again, the wooden flooring is not missing and helps warm the white and beige materials.
Even though the Metis has large windows that offer natural light into the interior spaces, the use of LED lighting in the ceiling helps maintain the soft light the furniture sets well through the night. Any walls that aren’t made of glass are completed with wood.
A dining area fit for all and equipped with wine cabinets can also be found. But to entertain your guests, the Metis is set with an entertainment area that also includes a grand piano. Just in case you get enough courage to start playing after you’ve had a few drinks from the onboard bar.
Once you need to pass out, just head up to one of your silk linen bedrooms and pass out. But upon waking up, be sure to hydrate and head on down to
Let’s stipulate that Roberts is not akin to the “Fox & Friends” hosts or Fox’s evening lineup of Trump sycophants when it comes to distorting reality and cheerleading Trump. (Disclosure: I am an MSNBC contributor.) However, the White House has been deflecting like this for nearly four years. It has refused to answer all sorts of questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin, about Trump’s finances, about Trump’s embrace of racists and about any topic that would reveal Trump to be clueless or malicious. McEnany is just the most egregious practitioner of the non-response or the out-and-out falsehood. Roberts cannot possibly have just figured this out.
Roberts should look closer to home, if he’s “tired of it.” It is his network that allows Trump on air to spin bizarre conspiracy theories and blatant lies about his opponent. It is Fox News that has become a cesspool of anti-democratic (small “d”) and racist tropes. It is Fox News that tries to avoid — or to borrow a word, “deflects” — topics injurious to Trump, such as the New York Times bombshell about his taxes. It is his network that followed Trump’s anti-mask sneering. It is Fox News that has denigrated Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, and defended Trump’s covid-19 inanities — until he declares he was joking or being sarcastic. Even its “straight news” anchor Bret Baier went on air before the presidential debate to treat wild conspiracy theories about former vice president Joe Biden cheating at the debate as a serious story. It is Fox News that repeats Russian propaganda debunked by our intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning Ukraine.
It would be hard to find one entity on the planet more responsible than John Roberts’s employer for enabling Trump, keeping his base in line, misleading the public about Trump’s corruption, excusing his culpability and giving him a sense of invincibility. It is not the only one, but it certainly leads the pack of Pravda-like outlets whose job is to defend Trump by deceiving viewers and readers if need be.
And speaking of Fox News’s role in creating and sustaining the Trump phenomenon, what exactly does the network do if and when Trump loses and the story of Trump’s unfitness, incompetence and the rest comes tumbling out? I suppose it would decline to cover that as well.
But in the end (we are reaching the end, right?), Fox News aggravated Trump’s worst tendencies and put him in a feedback loop. He comfortably inhabited a parallel reality and therefore never learned to function in our reality. He could always count on Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson or “Fox & Friends” to reinforce his delusions. Fox News has encouraged him and its viewers to downplay the coronavirus, literally putting Americans’ lives at risk. Fox News might have sustained Trump for a few years, but it has left him entirely vulnerable to a real opponent with real facts. And if the goal was to bolster the views of its viewers,
Researchers are using fleet learning and simulations to train robots to navigate one of the most complex environments: A home.
Working in a factory is easy for robots with the structured environment and repetitive tasks that come with that job. Helping with housework is a much bigger challenge. Scientists at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) are taking on that challenge by building new domestic robots and training them in a mock home.
Gill Pratt, the CEO of TRI and Kelly Kay, the Institute’s executive vice president and chief finance officer, gave a virtual tour of the TRI labs on Thursday. Max Bajracharya, the vice president of robotics and Steffi Paepcke, the senior user experience leader, explained the research and development process for building these robots.
The team is prioritizing user experience research, human-centered design, and ikigai–the idea that each person’s life should have deep meaning and purpose.
The institute’s philosophy is to build robots that take over tasks that have become too difficult for older adults instead of building a one-size-fits-all robot to take over all activities. One prototype is a gantry robot that unfolds from the ceiling to help with household tasks like a bat unfolding its wings.
The floor model looks like a praying mantis perched on a box. Researchers are using these models to develop capabilities.
“The robots that you see today are prototypes to accelerate our research, but they are not going to be turned into products any time soon,” Bajracharya said.
Field research for robotics experts
Paepcke said the team used the “genchi genbutsu” research technique which means, “go see for yourself,” to understand how to build domestic robots.
Before the pandemic started, researchers went to private homes in Japan to understand the daily challenges older adults and their caregivers face. Paepcke said that the goal was to understand which tasks people wanted help with as opposed to building a robot that does everything. Paepcke and her colleagues described the goal of their work to amplify human ability and help people continue to do tasks and activities that they find meaningful and enjoyable.
“A fully automated cooking robot might be physically helpful but emotionally detrimental,” she
Researchers used the home visits to move the cleaning robot from the floor to the ceiling.
Bajracharya said that the home visits showed that there was not much floor space available for a robot to move but that the ceiling provided more open real estate.
Researchers used virtual reality (VR) to teach the domestic robots how to clean a surface. A researcher performed the task in virtual reality to show the robot how to complete the task. Another challenge is helping robots understand how to distinguish between different surfaces such as wood, glass, and plastic.
Jeremy Ma, the Institute’s co-lead of the Robotics Fleet Learning Team, said the next challenge is to
Removing leaves from the yard is a task that homeowners must perform each fall. Thousands upon thousands of leaves can drop from a single tree. Multiply that by the number of trees on a property, and it’s no surprise the task of leaf cleanup can seem so daunting. Furthermore, not all leaves are shed at the same time, so several cleanup sessions may be necessary before the last leaf is banished from the yard. Just like removing snow, leaf cleanup can be a taxing job if done by hand. For people unaccustomed to exercise, cleaning up leaves can turn into quite a workout.
According to the Discovery Health Calorie Counter, raking leaves for one hour can burn nearly 292 calories. Shoulders and arms will feel the burn. Raking leaves is considered moderate physical activity, similar to brisk walking. Those who find themselves straining or out of breath should take a break, and these tips also make the job safer and easier.
• Wear layers when cleaning up leaves. It may be cool at first, but it’s easy to work up a sweat after raking for awhile. Layers can be peeled off so as not to get overheated or risk hypothermia from sweating in chilly temps.
• Pay attention to your posture while raking. James Weinstein, chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Dartmouth Medical School, recommends forming a wide base with the feet and holding the rake slightly toward the end of the handle with one hand three-quarters of the way down the handle from the other. Do not twist the spine; move your entire body. Avoid overuse of muscles on one side of the body by switching sides periodically.
• Do not try to rake or blow leaves on windy days. Wind will only make the task that much more difficult, which could lead to overworking oneself.
• Avoid overfilling bags. For those who plan to mulch and bag leaves, remember that compressed leaves can get heavy pretty quickly. Do not over-fill bags, as they can be hard to move or bring to a recycling center. Using a leaf blower to push leaves into piles will reduce the strenuousness of the task, but leaf blowers can be heavy and noisy and gas-powered blowers can produce a considerable amount of exhaust. Raking leaves can be quite a chore. It is important that homeowners take steps to prevent injury while cleaning up leaves in their yards.
The kitchen in a family’s home is so much more than a kitchen. Sure, it’s where you keep and prepare food, but it’s also a high-traffic area that everyone goes in and out of multiple times a day for multiple reasons. It’s where meals, conversation, homework, bonding, bickering, and so much more happen. It’s also a place that can get really dirty, really fast because of all that traffic and it’s incredibly important to keep your kitchen clean in order to help keep your family healthy.
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Any germs or pathogens in your kitchen can easily make their way into the food your family eats or simply be spread by touching a contaminated surface. This can end up causing an illness that then spreads to the rest of the family. Nobody wants that, which is why cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen regularly to get rid of germs is something we should all be doing. We’re not suggesting you keep your kitchen hermetically sealed and ban everyone from entering it. What we are suggesting is adopting a few cleaning habits that will help keep your family healthy.
We’ve got kitchen cleaning tips that you and your entire household–yes, everyone can help, this doesn’t have to be all on you–can incorporate into the daily routines that will help you keep germs away. Keep in mind that these cleaning tips are something you want to start doing before anyone ever gets sick because if someone in your family is already sick, your disinfecting measures need to be adjusted to an even higher level. As we all know, it’s easier to keep a healthy family in good health than it is to try and stop the spread of an illness within the family once a family member has gotten sick.
Let’s start off by reviewing the proper way to wash your hands.
So much of staying healthy and keeping others healthy involves keeping germs off your hands, which is why we all want to be washing our hands correctly and teaching our children how to wash them correctly. Remember that a good handwashing should last at least 20 seconds and include cleaning under your fingernails. This video by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the process for you and yours.
Use sprays or wipes that say they kill 99.9% of germs. If you can’t find or don’t have those kinds of cleaners, don’t worry. You can use good ol’ soap and water. Mix a small amount of dish soap with about 1 cup of water, spray on surfaces, then scrub the germs away.