More spring cleaning…..

 Shep’s been helping.

And he’s got a few tips for you.  Here’s his favorite. The stainless steel refrigerator.  Start by removing all items and the shelving. While Shep is looking for the leftovers we will begin by spraying white vinegar over the surface. With a soft cloth (don’t use paper towels) wipe with the grain (yes stainless steel has a grain.) and while still wet, wipe surfaces dry.

Now for the coup de grâce. Using a bit of olive oil on that soft cloth wipe the surface again with the grain. Marks and fingerprints will disappear.

While you are in the kitchen let’s clean the oven. Keep an eye on Shep, he knows good things come from the oven. When cleaning the oven I prefer not using the self-cleaning method. It often sets off my smoke alarms. Instead do this: using a small bowl mix one-half cup of baking soda with a little bit of water, and stir into a paste. Using rubber gloves spread the paste over the interior. Don’t put it on the heating elements. Ok take a break and let it sit for ten to twelve hours.

Now after a few vodka tonics use a damp cloth and wipe. If you have difficulty getting all the paste off, spray some white vinegar over the surface causing it to foam up and wipe. This works a lot better than strong chemicals that feel like they are stinging your eyes and burning your hair off.

Ok, right now Shep has his nose in the trash can. I think he’s telling me it’s time to clean it. We will start by donning our rubber gloves. Empty any leftover whatever’s and take the waste can to the bathtub. Add warm water and using a long bristle brush, scrub the inside, and outside of the trash can. Spray with disinfectant and let dry for a few minutes. Rinse the can and dry with an old towel or something similar. For professional help call toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at

Whew. More tips later.


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