3 Cleaning Tips

Good morning to all, πŸ˜€


Here are someΒ  tips that I personally use to clean effortlessly my barbeque grills, kitchen granite sinks and bathrooms. πŸ˜‰

Barbeque Grills

I used to hate washing the grills after having done a barbeque because it was tough work scrubbing off the hard and charred bits off the grill. Here is a super easy method.

For those of you that have detachable grills from your barbeque sets and only if the grills are made from stainless steel.

1) Place about 6 – 8 layers of old newspapers on the floor or grass over an area large enough to wrap your grill with.

2) Wet the newspapers thoroughly with water, with your garden hose.

3) Place grill over the wet newspapers.

4) Squirt dish detergent liberally over the grill and newspapers.

5) Wrap the newspapers over the grill, making sure that it is totally covered with newspapers. Wet with more water.

6) Leave overnight (I have only tried this by leaving it overnight, not sure if it works after a few hours, because usually after a barbeque dinner, I am too tired to wash the grill and will leave it until the next day anyway! πŸ˜€ )

7) Unwrap the newspapers. Lift out the grill and hose it down with water. Usually, with just some gentle brushing, the charred bits will easily come out. No need to scrub hard like a mad woman! LOL!



Over time, the grouting in our bathroom tiles will form moulds and mildew (the black stuff that you can’t seem to get rid with detergents?). One easy way is to dlute 1 cup bleach with 1 cup of water, fill this into a spray bottle and spray at those mildew stains, Leave for at least 10 minutes or so. Rinse with water. A word of caution – be sure to have windows open fully for good air circulation as the fumes from the bleach can be overpowering. Never combine bleach with other detergents as they could combine and form lethal fumes!! It is one experience you don’t want to try (hehe, I did not knowing the consequences and I couldn’t breathe for a few minutes! LOL!)

Kitchen Sinks Made from Granite

Unsightly stains will develop over time, and especially if your granite sinks are white like mine, you will need something very effective. I have used vinegar and baking soda but the stains do not come out as effectively as the undiluted bleach I use for this job. Leave bleach for at least 15 minutes and then scrub the stained spots with a hard brush. Wash thoroughly with dish detergent. Guarantee 98% of the stains will be gone. I try to do this once a week.
Much light, joy and peace to all,

choesf πŸ˜€

P.S. added on 31 Oct, 2007 – Thanks to some good comments by May, I have to warn you that there are risks in using undiluted vinegar or bleach if your sink is made of actual granite or stones. She has also given this link for good instructions to clean and protect your granite countertops and sinks –



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  1. 1

    yen1908 said,

    I am abit spetical about using bleach for all my cleaning! The combos of bleach and water, will have an impact on my lovely hands! Need to wear gloves to do it? So ‘lay-chay’ loh! Bleach may cause discolouration of the tiles over a period of time?

    Happy cleaning!


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Yes, yen, you will have to wear gloves to protect your hands. πŸ˜‰ If your bathroom tiles can discolour with bleach, then it is better not to use bleach. I have tried using it a a few types of tiles, from ceramic to homogeneous tiles, and they were fine. Just don’t leave the bleach there for too long. Usually, I use undiluted bleach and then quickly rinse off in 2-3 minutes! But I didn’t dare to recommend this to you. πŸ˜€

    I am happily cleaning away….

    choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 3

    May said,

    I really love your tips but would be seriously wary of the vinegar or bleach on the granite!
    Both carry the hazard of damaging the material and are pretty big no-nos to those in the industry. Vinegar is a no-no with granite because of its acidity. I have used vinegar to clean just about everything (Yes I have large bottles handy at all times) but granite simply cannot withstand vinegar’s punch.

    On the granite-looking sinks diluted vinegar or diluted bleach are recommended, but no for actual granite sinks.

    I found some great ideas for safely removing stains from granite here http://www.ehow.com/how_18200_clean-granite-countertop.html and the risk of damaging the material greatly reduced.

    Oh and I love the bleaching the grout/tiles! I use this method too but you should post a strong warning that natural stones CANNOT withstand this treatment and NOTHING can repair the damage if you use bleach on them. (I have seen maids make this mistake and still cringe at the horrible damage still clearly visible years later)

    So sorry to disagree… I just would hate someone to read this and destroy their naturally beautiful and very expensive stone products.


  4. 4

    May said,

    Have you tried baking soda & vinegar on your grill?
    I dump BS all over the grill and let soak then spritz with vinegar when I get around too it. Then the funk just easily peels off.

    I’ll have to try your method too… It may actually be easier πŸ˜‰


  5. 5

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good evening to you, May πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much for letting me know that undiluted vinegar or bleach can’t be used on actual granite sinks. I will add a post scrip here after this warning readers of this risk. Hmmm…this means my sink is a granite-looking sink! πŸ˜†

    No, I have not tried baking soda on BBQ grilles as I only recently found out about using that and vinegar to clean stuff! πŸ™„ πŸ˜† But I will try this method out the next time just to experiment with it.

    Good night from KL!

    Much peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

    P.S. Thanks for the link to e-how.com, I will add that to my Blogroll for easy reference…ah, the wonders of Internet! πŸ˜‰


  6. 6

    jennifer al-forejy said,

    thank you for the neat cleaning tips can any one tell me how to get a pee stinkl out of my kids bed the pee almost every night ii have those sheets so they wont leak to the bed i paid 40 dallor each and they dont work please can any body help me ty


  7. 7

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, Jennifer πŸ˜€

    When my kids wet the mattresses with their pee….first, I remove the stained bedsheets to wash. Then, I would sprinkle lots of Ammens (or any other brand) Medicated Powder (the type of talcum powder that you use for the children’s heat rashes?) directly onto the mattress to absorb and neutralise the odour. Leave for a few hours and then vacuum the powder away. If possible, have the mattresses outside in the sun for a few hours – strong sunlight is good for removing odours.

    For the bedsheets, I would use some bleach (use those that are safe for coloured clothes), detergent and a hot wash cycle in the washing machine. I just found out that you can add a cup of vinegar in the second step of the washing machine cycle, i.e. the first rinse. πŸ˜‰ Then hang the bedsheets out in the sun to dry if you can. Otherwise, machine dry as usual.

    Hope these steps will work for you. πŸ˜€

    Much peace and joy to you,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  8. 8

    jennifer al-forejy said,

    will this also help with pee that is already dry or shold i use some else for that and thank you for tell me about the powder i’m going to go to walgreens tomorrow to get some


  9. 9

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Dear Jennifer, πŸ˜€

    I have tried these methods on both dried and wet pee, and they work fine. Sunlight is important to get rid of the urea smell in the urine.

    A thought just occurred to me – you may want to just rinse out with warm water over a sink that part of the bedsheet that has pee in it before putting it into the washing machine. That will remove some of the urine and make it easier to wash the bedsheet. πŸ˜‰

    Have a good, relaxing Sunday today!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  10. 11

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, dear Austin πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your kind comments!

    Have a nice week ahead!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  11. 12

    Nice and usefull post, thanks, this is one for my bookmarks!


  12. 13

    You must be regularly clean up and roughly dusting of granite woktops. Do not use too much cleaner or soap, as sometimes it may leave a film and cause some irregular lines on worktops.


    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Granite Worktops πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your advice pertaining to granite worktops. I only have granite sinks – my kitchen worktops are made from polished tiles, which are easy to clean.

      Have a nice day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


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