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Weekly Topic Inspiration: Cleaning Guides for Dummies

  1. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 6 years ago

    As I did some housekeeping this weekend, I found myself Googling around for good cleaning guides and was surprised by the dearth of helpful articles out there. Because cleaning guides are a home-related topic, they typically get good ad revenues. What's more, we all have to clean, so everyone has at least a few time-saving tips to share.  Why not cash in on those tips? Join the Weekly Topic Inspiration crew this week by sharing some of your best cleaning guides and advice!

    Here are some commonly-searched keywords to give you inspiration: how to clean your house, how to clean a bathroom, housekeeping tips, home carpet cleaning, oven cleaner, how to clean glass top stove, cleaning glass top stoves, how to clean a dishwasher, dishwasher rince aid, dishwasher detergent, cleaning out my closet, clean house, spring cleaning, stain removal, cleaning tips, house cleaning tips, spring cleaning checklist, spring clean, how to remove stains, cleaning tips for the home, household tips and tricks, spring cleaning, carpet cleaner, duct cleaning, how to clean leather, carpet cleaning services, home cleaning services, housekeeping services, carpet stain removal, professional cleaning services...

    Basically, there are a TON of people searching for cleaning advice. 'Nuff said.

    If you'd like to join in on this week's topic by writing a Hub, follow these steps:

    1)    Click here to visit this week's topic.
    2)    Click the green button "answer this question".
    3)    Click the gray button below the box (leave that empty) that says "make a Hub about it."
    4)    Give your Hub a very specific title, like Easy Summer Gardening Projects for Kids or Challenging Summer Activities for Teens
    5)    Create good quality original content that hasn't been covered before.
    6)    After you publish your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub, come back to this forum thread and post a link to your Hub with a brief description of what you wrote about and why.

    For more information on the Weekly Topic Inspiration program, check out the Learning Center guide.'

    I'm looking forward to reading your guides. I could really use some housekeeping advice!

    1. brittanytodd profile image93
      brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      http://brittanytodd.hubpages.com/hub/Ho … -Chemicals

      My hub shows you how to get rid of stains from clothing, carpet and wooden furniture without using harmful chemicals.  A lot of the things in my hub can be found in your common cupboard.  This is such a great topic.  Enjoy!

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Ok, first, I think you've broken some sort of record with WTI speed! Way to go, brittanytodd!
        Also, this is just the sort of guide I need! My wooden cafe table could really use the polish outlined in your Hub, so I'm going to try it out this weekend big_smile

        1. Denise Handlon profile image91
          Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          smile   Cleaning and babysitting tips all in one w/e Simone?  I think you are all set on the homefront, lol

      2. Denise Handlon profile image91
        Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Brittany-I read your hub and a few other pieces of your work.  Great hubs smile

        1. brittanytodd profile image93
          brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you both so much!  Hopefully you will be able to get rid of those ring marks, Simone!  Denise, thank you for commenting and reading my hubs.  I really appreciate it and am now a proud follower of you too.

          1. brittanytodd profile image93
            brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Here's one more for cleaning the bathroom and kitchen:

            http://brittanytodd.hubpages.com/hub/Ho … rganically

            1. profile image49
              mark40posted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Thank you

              Good post

              I like your post.

            2. Simone Smith profile image91
              Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Absolutely love this! You've outlined some uses for baking soda that I had never even heard of before. So nifty!

              1. brittanytodd profile image93
                brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you so much, friends!  I'm glad my unique cleaning habits came in handy.

            3. K9keystrokes profile image93
              K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Fantastic work Brittany.  No more smelly trash thanks to your hub! wink

      3. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I just read your stain remover hub and it is just great brittanytodd!

        1. brittanytodd profile image93
          brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you so much!  And I'm glad it worked for you!

    2. Millionaire Tips profile image93
      Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years agoin reply to this
      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        A very cool and unique way to show your topic!

        1. Millionaire Tips profile image93
          Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you K9. It was fun to come up with a way to explain cleaning with charts and graphs.

      2. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Absolutely brilliant! I shall mend my ways, Millionaire Tips!

        1. Millionaire Tips profile image93
          Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you Simone.

    3. carriethomson profile image81
      carriethomsonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      http://carriethomson.hubpages.com/t/2b1d84

      Who doesn’t like a bathroom that looks squeaky clean and sparkles like it’s been newly fitted. Here are some cleaning tips for squeaky clean and sparkling new bathroom.

      1. carriethomson profile image81
        carriethomsonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        hey i dont know i clicked on reply and posted here is it entered?? i think i posted my link in reply of some one elses link !! gee not sure doing this  for the first time plz guide ppl

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          You did it right, carriethomson, and it's a great Hub!!

      2. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Such helpful tips for bathroom cleaning, that shower head tip is great!

  2. Denise Handlon profile image91
    Denise Handlonposted 6 years ago

    Great topic...we'll see if I can manage to squeeze one in for this week. smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yay! I hope you do!

  3. barryrutherford profile image74
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago
    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      ... and bachelorettes! I find this to be quite helpful big_smile

      1. barryrutherford profile image74
        barryrutherfordposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Simone I am so Glad tongue

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Nice work,...that video is a blast!

    3. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good one--I agree with K9-Funny song, hee hee

  4. Nell Rose profile image94
    Nell Roseposted 6 years ago

    Vacuum cleaner broke down? And you got visitors coming?
    Don't panic, here's a few tips on how to clean your carpet
    the old fashioned way!

    http://nell-rose.hubpages.com/_3irgbjxg … n-A-Budget

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Whoooooah... this kind of blew my mind. I didn't even know carpets could be cleaned with something so low tech as a broom and a spray bottle. Super interesting!

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome! I will be employing your "hoe" technique for sure, Nell! Thanks for another great read. lol

    3. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Great tips Nell

  5. Teresa Coppens profile image94
    Teresa Coppensposted 6 years ago

    Check out my hub explaining the many uses of vinegar in the kitchen and bathroom and a not so common use of sidewalk chalk in the laundry room.

    http://teresacoppens.hubpages.com/hub/E … -Home?done

    1. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This hub rocks!

    2. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Ditto K9's comments. smile

    3. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I'm still stunned by the idea of being able to use sidewalk chalk as a cleaning agent. Boy, the things one learns from WTI Hubs!

    4. brittanytodd profile image93
      brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Chalk?!  This is a great hub!  Good work

  6. K9keystrokes profile image93
    K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago

    Essential oil formaula for cleaning your oven; keeping it green!

    http://hubpages.com/t/2b0b54

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Love it! I'm going to have to give this a go once I decimate the inside of my oven with holiday baking.

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        ((lol)) decimate....I totally relate!

    2. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      K9-that was AWESOME!

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        MMMMWAAAH! smile

    3. brittanytodd profile image93
      brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Such a great hub, K9!  Keep up the great work!

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Brittany! lol

  7. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 6 years ago

    Hahaa, I'm keepin' it green this week too by using baking soda to clean my stovetop... or trying to, at least @_@

    1. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      FUN lesson for stove top cleaning,..."brushing" as a main ingredient, go figure! wink

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        If only it weren't so.

        1. K9keystrokes profile image93
          K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Simone, I finally got to SEE the video (loving firefox, thanks) and it is a real hoot! You are very entertaining to watch! Great stuff.
          lol

    2. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Great job, Simone!  Loved the first two steps especially!  smile

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Those are my specialty!

    3. brittanytodd profile image93
      brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is great!  I love the video.

  8. barryrutherford profile image74
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago
    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      A good discussion of some excellent options smile

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have always wanted a Dyson, but the Miele you mention does sound pretty good. Interesting review.

  9. Rik Ravado profile image92
    Rik Ravadoposted 6 years ago

    Students guide to Fixing Nightmare Shared Bathrooms:

    http://rikravado.hubpages.com/hub/The-Y … mergencies

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image93
      Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This hub is funny and helpful at the same time.  Excellent read.

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Humorous to say the least, but with good tips laced into the fun!

    3. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Love it! And the first image perfectly depicts my personal reaction to the prospect of cleaning a bathroom.

  10. K9keystrokes profile image93
    K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago

    More Essential Green Cleaning, only in the Laundry Room this time! You'll even find a handy chart! wink
    http://k9keystrokes.hubpages.com/t/2b133e

    Happy Hubbing Folks!
    K9

    1. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Read it-awesome job K9, as usual.

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Hubhugs Denise~

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I've been wondering about homemade laundry detergent recently! This is great!

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Simone! smile

  11. naeemebrahimjee profile image75
    naeemebrahimjeeposted 6 years ago

    So I'm fairly new around here; and I thought I'd join in this week!

    I wrote a hub about getting rid of the most common household stains!

    Hope you guys can learn something!
    http://naeemebrahimjee.hubpages.com/hub … old-Stains

    1. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Read it and left you a comment.  Good one!

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Loads of information! Thanks for doing the hard work.

    3. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah! It's nice to see fixes for all sorts of spills and stains in one convenient place.

  12. Avamum profile image88
    Avamumposted 6 years ago

    I wrote about cleaning tile and grout in the bathroom, a task I truly dislike -ugh!! The harsh chemical cleaners I've tried in the past make my eyes sting and my throat sore, so I rounded up some hints from some old Housekeeping type books my grandmothers gave me when I first moved out on my own. Not that I ever read them....until now, that is! smile

    http://avamum.hubpages.com/hub/Tile-and … or-Dummies

    1. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Fantastic work avamum!  Tile grout is a pet peeve for me so I had to Tweet this hub! smile

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You're not alone, Avamum! I'll be trying out these more natural methods though- they certainly sound more desirable when compared to all that gross, unpleasant stuff one usually deals with when cleaning!

    3. brittanytodd profile image93
      brittanytoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is a great hub!  Good work.  Voted up, etc.

  13. K9keystrokes profile image93
    K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago

    NO WAY! Green powder soap recipes for the Automatic Dishwasher?...Essentially, yes! wink

    http://k9keystrokes.hubpages.com/t/2b1657

    HubHugs to the room~
    K9

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Essentially indeed! Gotta love 'dem oils! I really should get one of those starter kits. One can do so much with them!

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Simone! Those kits are really fun. wink

  14. calicoaster profile image78
    calicoasterposted 6 years ago

    Oooh..I just wrote a hub on the topic, without even knowing that this was this week's hubmob topic ha ha.. Anyways, My post is on cleaning saltwater aquarium:

    Tips to Clean and Maintain a Saltwater Aquarium

    1. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Really well done hub. Such organized salt water fish tank maintenance tips!  Well impressed to say the least. smile

      1. calicoaster profile image78
        calicoasterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you!! smile

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That's no small feat! The Hub is quite useful. It's impressive how much upkeep is required to keep the tank in good order!

  15. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 6 years ago

    I've published another one! This time, it's advice on how often different pieces of bedding should be washed, complete with a helpful table I've been referring to for quite some time!

    1. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Having a schedule to keep bedding clean is so helpful! Love that chart!
      smile

  16. MelissaBarrett profile image62
    MelissaBarrettposted 6 years ago

    I did a hub on how to clean the gunk off the bottom of pans.  It's my first real how-to and my first weekly inspiration topic.  Any suggestions would be welcome smile

    http://melissabarrett.hubpages.com/hub/ … Steel-Pans

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Suggestions? Tosh! This is really awesome! I love the before and after photos, and the Hub is useful, succinct, and easy to digest!
      My only suggestion is that you join us for WTI more! It's awesome to have you in on the fun!

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image62
        MelissaBarrettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Aww shucks ma'am.  Thank you!

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Melissa! You could teach a course on the building of WTI hubs! Really great example of HOW TO join the fun!   smile

  17. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 6 years ago

    I did another laundry one - this Hub is a guide to washing pillows!

    1. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Tennis Balls and washing Pillows! Brilliant! ((lol))

    2. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      lol   Cool!

  18. Sally's Trove profile image83
    Sally's Troveposted 6 years ago

    Looks like Drano will figure prominently into these hubs about cleaning. Actually, it already has, like taking the prime position on a hub about bringing houseplants indoors for the winter...what's Drano got to do with that?

  19. zanaworld profile image64
    zanaworldposted 6 years ago

    Everyone is talking about good housekeeping habits.  Should those good habits be limited to your closet, or bathroom or kitchen?  Well, shouldn’t you develop good housekeeping habits for your other homes – like your INBOX, your FACEBOOK, your TWITTER, your DESKTOP or your LAPTOP?
    Here are some useful quick tips for all some of these...

    http://zanaworld.hubpages.com/hub/Good- … mail-Inbox

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image93
      Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My inbox desperately needed this hub!  Great tips.

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Smart topic.

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hahaa, what a creative contribution to this week's topic! I'm a huge advocate of clean inboxes, so huzzah for this Hub!

  20. K9keystrokes profile image93
    K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago

    Experiencing bad fridge or freezer odors? Check out these essential green cleaning recipes that are Eco-friendly and work great! cool
    http://k9keystrokes.hubpages.com/t/2b1cfe

    Have a great Thanksgiving week Hubbers!
    K9

    1. Denise Handlon profile image91
      Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, K9  The same to you.  smile    Love your green clean! smile

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Gosh, K9! You're a cleaning GODDESS!! I didn't even realize essential oils could be used to improve fridge and freezer odors.

      1. Denise Handlon profile image91
        Denise Handlonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Simone-I think I got mine in under the wire again...smile  sad   ???    lol 

        Anyway, it is posted below and I think you'll get a kick out of it.  You know me-always trying the other angle!

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I loved it!!

  21. RedElf profile image84
    RedElfposted 6 years ago

    Simone, are we keeping the same topic for this week, too? I'd like to get in the the fun...
    cool

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hey RedElf! I've introduced two new topics, but I've made them related (home improvement and getting organized) so they still might fit in with what you're thinking of writing about!

      I've also made these two topics part of a two-week WTI stint, so we can all have plenty of time to join in on the fun.

      Though you're still more than welcome to publish in this week's topic!! It's a really good one!

  22. Denise Handlon profile image91
    Denise Handlonposted 6 years ago

    Here is mine...I hope it isn't too late!

    http://denisehandlon.hubpages.com/hub/M … Your-Home#

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Totally not too late- and it's a very useful Hub! The subject you've chosen is one of the more popular ones, keyword-wise. I'm surprised that not more Hubbers chose to write on the subject!

  23. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 6 years ago

    Hey y'all!!

    First, I want to give a really big thanks to everyone who participated in this week's Weekly Topic Inspiration thread. I think this is the best one I've ever seen!!

    Because we seem to have a bunch of really stellar DIY and cleaning experts with us, I've made the next WTI themes DIY Home Improvement Projects and De-Cluttering tips. Stop by the forum thread to join in on the fun!

    I've also made these themes part of a two week WTI (that's why there are two instead of one) so that everyone has more time to write. I hope you'll weigh in!

    In other news... I did a really thorough cleaning of my apartment this weekend, referring to many of your Hubs for help. My place is cleaner than it has been IN MONTHS! Thank you so much for your help!!

    ... also, does anyone have advice on getting that vinegar smell off one's skin? I didn't wear gloves.... =___=

  24. Evylyn Rose profile image80
    Evylyn Roseposted 6 years ago

    I decided to go with a different type of cleaning than what we have so far (some great hubs this week, by the way!). Once we get the physical cleaning done, sometimes we need to do a little energy cleaning of the home too.

    http://evylynrose.hubpages.com/hub/Spir … and-Tricks

  25. Tracy Lynn Conway profile image96
    Tracy Lynn Conwayposted 6 years ago

    I just happened to be completing a hub about cleaning when I happened across this forum. I hope I am not too late to join in the 'cleaning fun'. I have just written a hub on the topic of keeping a house clean on a day to day basis when you have kids.  As anyone with kids will know, it is not an easy feat. After years of struggling, I have come up with a method that WORKS!

    Here is the hub:

    http://tracylynnconway.hubpages.com/_2e … -with-Kids

  26. barryrutherford profile image74
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago
  27. SolarWind9 profile image60
    SolarWind9posted 6 years ago

    Here's one on why clean in the first place...
    http://jrosewater.hubpages.com/hub/Why- … od-for-you

 
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