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ELSCO was founded in 1955 after the development of what we believed was the best cleaning compound ever made.
More than 52 years later we still believe it. And for 52 years we have proven it. But the original question was, “what do you name the best, most universal and dynamic cleaner?” The only name that hit the founder’s mind was, “BLAST OFF®,” because that is exactly what the product did.
It blasted grease, grime, dirt, and soils of any kind, off any surface with remarkable speed and ease.
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Cast iron cookware is sturdy and long-lasting. It’s ideal for cooking because it facilitates uniform heating. It has natural non-stick properties and it retains heat better. But for something so good, there is the bad part too. Leave it exposed to a little moisture and it rusts quickly. If you have pots and pans made up of cast iron, you should be taking care of them and not let them be anywhere near water. But, if they still get rust on them, don’t fret! There are ways to clean rust from cast iron cookware and make them look as good as new. Read on.
How To Clean Rust Off Cast Iron
There are different ways to get rid of the rust. You can choose one depending on the amount of rust your cast iron cookware has.
Scrub It Off
- Normally, you wouldn’t want to bring anything abrasive near your cast iron cookware. But, if it has got rust on it, you can scrub it away using a steel wool or sandpaper. Use a little dish wash liquid and warm water for stubborn rust.
- Another good way to get the rust off is to layer the pot or pan with salt. Use enough salt so that there is a thick layer on the entire surface. Now, cut a potato in half. Use it to work up the salt toget the rust off.
Use Baking Soda
If the rust is mild, you could try using baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda and water onto the pan. Use a delicate sponge to scrub gently at the rust. Let the baking soda and water paste sit for a few minutes, and again scrub gently.
Vinegar to the Rescue
If your pot is very damaged, Vinegar can come to the rescue.
- Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a large tub or bucket – the quantity should be enough to submerge the damaged piece of cast iron. Let the pan soak in this solution till the rust comes off. However, check the progress every hour or so and remove the pan as soon as the rust is off. If the pan is left longer, the vinegar will harm the cast iron.
Bring in the Chemicals
If nothing else works, this is your last resort. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is one such chemical which can help in removing the most stubborn rust. Usually, inexpensive toilet bowl cleaners contain 20% HCl which should be enough to get rid of the difficult rust stains. However, remember that HCl is strong and you should protect your skin and eyes by wearing gloves and safety goggles while handling it.
Rinse It Off
Once you have managed to clean rust from cast iron pots or pans, rinse them thoroughly with warm water. You can also use a little soap and a sponge to get rid of any residual rust. Pat dry using a clean dishcloth or paper towels immediately. You can also put the cleaned pan on stove on low heat to ensure that there is no moisture left.
Re-season Cast Iron
This is a very important step. All that scrubbing and washing will remove the seasoning of your cast iron cookware. Seasoning is important to protect your cookware from further rust and also to bring back its non-stick quality. Take a little vegetable oil and spread it over the pot or pan using a paper towel. Don’t forget to coat the underside and the handle too.
As an alternative to vegetable oil, you can also use other forms of fat like lard or shortening. If using oil, go for ones with a high smoking point like canola oil or peanut oil.
Put it in the oven
Pre-heat the oven at 300 to 350 F. Put the coated pan upside down in the oven over a rack for about an hour. Place an aluminium sheet underneath to catch any dripping oil. After an hour, let the pan cool down before taking out from the oven.
Further Cast Iron Care
Now that your cast iron cookware is as good as new, follow the below tips to prevent it from rusting again.
- Don’t use harsh detergents for cleaning.
- For cleaning, heat the pan and pour water into it. Turn of the heat. The hot water will help getting off the stuck food residue.
- Rinse with warm water and dry immediately.
- While storing, store in a clean and dry place. You can also keep some paper towels on top to wick away any moisture.
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Both soaps and detergents are used in cleaning. So, they are fundamentally the same thing, right? Wrong! Most people use the words ‘soap’ and ‘detergent’ interchangeably due to the assumption that they are essentially the same. After all, both are cleaning agents! Even though their cleaning action is similar, both scientifically and practically, there is a lot of difference between soaps and detergents. Let us look at the properties that distinguish one from the other.
Differences Between Soaps and Detergents
Soaps and Detergents: Composition Differences
- Natural ingredients are used to make soaps. Soaps use plant-based oils like coconut oil or palm oil or acids which are derived from animal fat. Soaps are alkaline in nature.
- Detergents are made from artificial sources such as petroleum products with surfactants, alcohol, etc. Detergents might not always be alkaline.
Response to hard water
- Soaps react with the minerals in the hard water and form scum. This affects their cleaning properties and they do not clean well.
- Detergents react less with the minerals present in hard water. Hence, they are better able to and clean surfaces or fabrics even when hard water is being used. This is a major difference between soaps and detergents.
- Soaps do not lather in hard water. The water needs to be converted into soft water for soaps to work.
- Detergents lather well in hard water as well as soft water.
- Soaps work better when used with warm water.
- Detergents work just as well with water at all temperatures.
- Soaps are biodegradable. Hence, they do not cause pollution and do not harm water bodies.
- Detergents are not biodegradable due to the chemicals present in them.
- Soaps are milder in their cleaning action.
- Detergents are powerful and can clean better than soaps even when used in smaller quantities.
- A fabric or surface washed with soap requires a lot of water to be thoroughly rinsed.
- Detergents can be easily rinsed off from fabrics or surfaces using lesser water compared to soaps.
- It can be argued that even though soaps are biodegradable, they impact the environment negatively in the long run. This is because, they use valuable natural resources during manufacturing, require more water for washing, and indirectly consume energy required for heating the water used, or treating the water from hard to soft.
- On the other hand, even though detergents contain ingredients that are not biodegradable, these ingredients can be treated in a sewage treatment plant before letting out in water bodies. This ensures proper biodegradation. Also, they do not require heating the water or treating it in any way. So, they seem like a more viable option for cleaning.
- Soaps are cheaper.
- Detergents are more expensive than soaps.
- Soaps are commonly used for bathing.
- Detergents are majorly used for washing clothes, surfaces, and dishwashing. Detergents are more versatile compared to soaps and are used in industrial and facility cleaning.
- Soaps have been around for thousands of years with the earliest evidence of people using soaps being dated as far back as 2800 B.C.
- Detergents are fairly recent, with the first detergents being manufactured during the World War I in 1916.
Quick fact: In spite of the difference between soaps and detergents, many manufacturers still mention ‘soap’ on labels of cleaning products meant for the skin. But these products fall into the category of ‘detergents’.
Stainless steel is a modern evolution that, due to its strength and resistance to both high and low temperatures, is now present in most homes, be it as a kitchen appliance, or even as your house key. However, because of its inevitable presence in our daily lives, there is bound to be a lot of accidents involving stainless steel, not least of all grease stains. While these stains may look as if they will never get off your stainless steel items, there are plenty of ways to get rid of them. Here are directions on how to get grease stains off of stainless steel.
Materials Needed For Getting Grease Stains Off Of Stainless Steel
Before starting any cleaning, one should first prepare the materials needed. For mild stains, warm water and a cloth should be enough. Tougher stains would require warm water,fabric, and some dish detergent. For the toughest of stains, one would need to prepare baking soda, water, a towel and some vinegar. The material can be traded for a soft brush or an old toothbrush, but not any abrasive brushes, as stainless steel is easily scratched.
How To Get Mild Stains Off Of Stainless Steel
For mild stains, one should just soak a soft cloth or soft brush with warm water and gently rub the stain with it. That should be enough for new or light grease stains. However, if water doesn’t do the trick, then something stronger should be used instead. Mix a few drops of dish washing detergent with warm water, and soak a cloth or brush with the mixture. Then, gently rub the grease stain with the brush or cloth. It would be worthwhile to make sure that the dish washing liquid is colorless, to ensure that it won’t stain the stainless steel. Next, one should wipe the stainless steel with a dry cloth, to avoid water stains.
How To Get Tough Stains Off Of Stainless Steel
For stricter grease stains, one should first mix equal portions of baking soda and warm water to form a paste. Then, apply the glue to the grease stain and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Later, wipe the glue off with a soft cloth and observe the stain. It should be a little lighter in color now. If it seems to have disappeared, then one could just wipe it off with a cloth soaked with water. If the stain is still prominent, then one can use vinegar to clean up the stain. For lighter colored stains, vinegar can be mixed with water and wiped onto the stained area. If the stain is very prominent, on the other hand, then vinegar should be applied directly to the stain and then wiped off with a cloth soaked with water.
These are the standard and most efficient ways to get rid of grease stains off stainless steel, be it a recent or old stain. Grease stains may be an annoyance at most, but if these stains are cleaned regularly, less work would be needed to get rid of them. All in all, the above methods are various ways on how to get grease stains off of stainless steel. Learn more in this video:
It’s quite a curious matter, how we always manage to get all sorts of substances on our clothes, be it during a cooking mishap or even while greasing our bicycle chains. Arguably, the worst part about staining your clothes is the fear that if you don’t wash it in time, the stain will remain there always, proudly emblazoned onto your clothing. Among the more common substances known to stain clothing is grease.
Different Types of Grease Stains:
- Cooking oil
- Bicycle chain oils
Worry not, however, as there are many ways to get rid of greasy stains, even if they have been there for a while. So, how to get grease stains out of clothes?
Products for Removing Grease Stains:
- Laundry Detergent and Dishwashing Liquid
- Clothes brush and any soft-bristled brush (Optional)
- Powder of any sort, ranging from baby powder to cornstarch (Optional)
- Baking Soda
- Dishwashing detergent
- Clothes brush and any soft-bristled brush (Optional)
Pre-Treating the Fabric
Firstly, if the grease is still wet, it is recommended that one pre-treats the fabric, especially for traditional textiles such as that of cotton or denim. (For more delicate materials, such as velvet or suede, other methods should be employed to avoid damaging the clothing, as will be elaborated shortly.) Spread powder of any sort, be it baby powder or corn starch, over the stain, and let it soak up the grease for at least thirty minutes. If the grease is still wet, brush off the powder, and repeat the process. It should result in some discoloring of the stain, making it easier to wash off the rest of it. However, if you are in a hurry or if you don’t have any powder on hand, this step could be skipped.
Washing Out the Stain
For this next step, one can choose to use either dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent. Gently rub the product of your choice into the stained area of the fabric, then soak the clothing in some hot water. However, before you do so, check the label of the dress to see how warm precisely the water should be, to prevent damaging your clothing. Any dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent used should first be tested on a hidden part of the dress, such as the inside of a sleeve or at a fold in the garment.It would ensure that the dishwashing liquid or detergent used won’t discolor or bleach the clothing.
For a particularly stubborn stain, one can also choose to use both products. To do this, first gently rub dishwashing liquid on the stain. To do this, one can choose to use a soft-bristled brush (e.g., An old toothbrush or clothes brush) or just use their fingers. Then, rinse the dishwashing liquid out. Next, gently rub laundry detergent into the stain, and run water over the fabric again to wash the dishwashing liquid out. Check to see if the stain is still prominent, and if it is, repeat the steps. Once the stain has disappeared, the clothing can then be hung out to dry or put it in the dryer.
There is also a way to get rid of stains without the use of laundry detergent, and that is through making a homemade paste. First, make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it to the stained area. Leave it until it’s dried. Then, soak the article of clothing in warm water, but remember to check the maximum temperature in which the garment can be absorbed. Next, pour dishwashing liquid into the water, to ensure that the stain will disappear. Scrub with a soft-bristled brush, or with your fingers if necessary.
Washing Stains Out of Suede
On the other hand, to clean grease stains off of suede clothing, one should prepare cornstarch and vinegar. Firstly, the cornstarch should be spread to cover the entire stain to soak up the oil.It should last for about twenty to thirty minutes long. Next, gently sweep away the starch with a suede brush or with your fingers. Touch the stain with your fingers to gauge if the stain is wet, and if it is, repeat this step. When the stain is dry, gently dab vinegar onto the suede cloth, and rub gently o the area till the grease is removed, then let it dry.
Washing Stains Out of Silk
For silk clothing, get your dish detergent and baby powder handy. First off, apply the powder to the stained area to let it absorb the oil. For the next twenty minutes, let it be, then gently brush it off with a soft-bristled brush or with your fingers. Next, pour dish detergent onto the cloth and let it sit for about half an hour. Lastly, rinse the garment out carefully and dry it out.
All in all, the above tricks and steps show you how to get grease stains out of clothes and should be able to help remove even the most stubborn grease stains. If all else fails, or if you don’t possess the required products/time for stain removal, you could always send the clothing to a professional to be cleaned up.
We always struggle with cleaning the various surfaces in our home and wonder which cleaning material we need to use for different surfaces. To help you out in this situation, you can use an all-purpose cleaning material to clean every part of your home. By using an all-purpose cleaner, you will save money, and storage space as the functionality of many cleaning substances gets combined into one bottle. All-purpose cleaners are cleaning materials that are used for removing dirt and stains from various surfaces. Most of the cleaners just require a spray and wipe process while other cleaners need scrubbing, dilution and rinsing.
The following are some of the best All-Purpose Cleaners:
Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser:
Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner is one of the best cleaners for household cleaning. The cleaner is not soap, but it is more of a hard-surface multipurpose cleaner. We are constantly worried about the toxic substances that are added to the cleaners, but you don’t have to worry about any chemical elements when it comes to Sal Suds liquid cleaners. The cleaner uses plant-based surfactants, spruce oils which have no synthetic dyes or preservatives. Thus, you don’t even have to worry about wearing gloves.
Mr. Clean Antibacterial spray:
Mr. Clean is a trusted brand for household cleaning. It is very handy and can be used to clean any surface in the house. It is said to be faster than any other cleaning spray, and it has a brilliant sanitising and disinfectant power. Mr Clean has proved to be very effective in lots of tests, and it can be used to clean a variety of surfaces including tiles and stainless steels.
Lysol All-purpose cleaners:
Lysol is a great solution to clean your floors and other appliances. It removes grime, and it deodorizes all the surfaces in your home. They are known for killing germs and cut through grease any layer of scum. The cleaner comes in many scents such as lemon, cherry, Fresh Mountain and pomegranate. You just need about 10 seconds to sanitize the surface and about 2 minutes to disinfectant the surface.
Windex Vinegar Cleaner:
Windex is a grade ‘A’ multi-surface cleaner, and it has no ammonia content in it, and it uses all natural disinfectants, and thus you don’t have to worry about the toxic chemicals affecting and contaminating your surfaces. The Windex Vinegar has proved to be the best in cleaning any surface. It removes any stains and dirt from any surface in your home.
Pine-sol has said to be a good cleaning solution especially when it comes to removing grease from various surfaces. It has a very reasonable price and contains disinfectants which can remove any stains. One disadvantage is that you cannot use the cleaning agent on surfaces like wood and marble.
Both disinfectants and cleaners are required to clean our homes efficiently. Cleaners are used to remove the dirt and grime from a surface while disinfects will kill the microorganisms that may cause various diseases and even bad odour.While most of think that cleaning is enough to keep the surface of our homes neat, others may think that the surface needs to be disinfected to remove all the microorganisms. Most of us do not have the time and patience to do both cleaning and sanitizing the surface.Many companies have come up with an idea of combining all the cleaning solutions into one product so that you will be able to disinfect and clean the surface at the same time. When you use a multipurpose cleaner, you save both time and money.
The following are some of the other benefits of using a multi-purpose cleaner:
Saves storage space:
Instead of storing each cleaning solution in a separate bottle you can store one bottle which will be a replacement for all the other bottles. We tend to buy separate cleaning solutions for various materials and worry about allocating all those bottles a separate storage space. But, with a multi-purpose cleaner, you just need one spot, and you will not be confused where you kept the cleaning solution for each of the materials.
With all the cleaning solutions in one bottle, you don’t have to worry about spending your money to buy separate cleaning material for each material in your house. It can also be very confusing to remember all the products you have to buy for various surfaces at your home. When you have an all-purpose cleaner, you just have to pick the brand you want and instead of spending a lot of money for five separate bottles you just have to spend for one bottle.
Helps you in saving time and energy:
Cleaning the house does not mean that your house is free of microorganisms. You need to disinfect the surface and make sure that everything is sanitized. Cleaning and then sanitizing the house takes twice the time. With an all-purpose cleaner, you just have to clean your home once, and you will get your house cleaned and at the same time kill all the germs and microorganisms.
Reduce the amount of waste generated:
Many chemicals are added to these cleaning solutions to remove the dirt and stains from the materials in your house. The factories which produce these cleaning solutions generate tons of chemical wastes which are toxic to the environment. When you buy a Multi-Purpose Cleaner, you reduce the number of bottles that are manufactured by these factories, and thus you save fuel and generate less waste. Most of the Multi-Purpose Cleaners are now made out of organic materials, and therefore you don’t have to worry about chemical toxins affecting the surface on which you are using them.
No matter how much dusting and cleaning is done in a household, dirt and smudges are bound to appear on walls eventually, especially if the family has been living there for a while, or if there are children and pets around. Despite everybody’s most significant attempts to ignore these dirty walls, it’s come to a point where it mars the overall beauty of the room, and everybody is at their wits’ end. Fear not, however, for there are more than a few ways to clear dirt off your walls, regardless of whether your walls are painted or plastered with wallpaper. It is the best way to clean dirt off walls:
Products Needed To Clean Dirt Off Walls
- Dishwashing liquid/White vinegar
- A soft sponge
- Vacuum/ soft-bristled brooms
- Light degreasers (Optional)
How To Clean Dirt Off Painted Walls
Painted walls can be categorized into two different types- that is latex painted walls or oil-based painted walls. For latex painted walls, first, use a soft brush or a vacuum to dust off the walls. Then, dampen the sponge with warm water and try to rub out the smudges. It should get rid of the lighter stains, but if the stains remain, then add three to four drops of either white vinegar or dishwashing liquid into your bucket of water. Next, dampen the sponge with the new solution, and gently scrub off the stains. Degreasers or harsh chemicals should not be used on latex walls, as they will destroy the paint. If the pure water and vinegar/dishwashing liquid solution don’t work, then it’s time to call a professional for a repainting job.
Oil-based walls, on the other hand, is a hardier type of paint, on which light degreasers and chemicals can be used. As with latex painted walls, start off with dusting the walls and then rubbing a water-dampened sponge over it. If the stains persist, then rinse out the sponge and use a solution of water and vinegar/dishwashing liquid. For the most stubborn stains, you could use light degreasers to scrub them off. However, it is advised that you first use the degreaser in a more hidden corner to test whether it will damage the coat of paint (find out how to get grease out of clothes).
Products for Cleaning Wallpaper:
- Vacuum/Soft-bristled brooms
- Dishwashing Liquid/White vinegar
- Cloth/Soft sponges
How To Clean Dirt Off of Wallpaper
However, if your walls are plastered with wallpaper, here are some ways to clean your wallpaper. First of all, dust off the walls with a vacuum or a soft-bristled broom. It should get rid of any dirt or cobwebs clinging to the wall. Then, you would need to determine your wallpaper type: Is it vinyl, cloth or paper? For vinyl and cloth wallpapers, you could dampen a soft sponge a solution of dishwashing liquid/white vinegar and water. Then, scrub gently on the walls to remove dirt. Next, you should wash out the sponge and use water to rinse out the solution from the walls, and quickly dry the walls with a dry cloth to avoid it absorbing too much moisture. Paper wallpapers, however, should not get wet, so instead, buy a bare sponge from the hardware store to gently scrub off any dirt on the walls.
And there you have it – the best way to clean dirt off walls. These tips and tricks should be able to get rid of the most stubborn stains – but if you are experiencing problems with these methods, you may want to:
- Get a repainting job scheduled
- Get help from an expert.
- Get washable wallpaper
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