Cleaning Tips – Skura Style

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Sock Mop Your Kitchen Floors

Make a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle

Put on a pair of thick socks that you won’t mind getting dirty

Spray the bottoms of them generously with the mixture

Turn on the music! We have a playlist you might want to check out to get your feet moving.

Start gliding those feet across the floor. Point your toes to get into the corners and edges of the floor.

Toss the dirty sock in the washer when you’re done!

Multi-task Your Oven Cleaner

Always, always make sure you can have a ventilated area when you use Oven Cleaner. And protect your hands with rubber gloves.

Tile Grout: Spray oven cleaner on your tile grout (kitchen or bathroom). Rinse well immediately and and wipe down.
Stove Grates: You don’t have to wait until you are doing an oven cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the stovetop grates to get rid of the stuff that’s stuck.
Cast iron pans: This is the one time we recommend water on cast iron. But be sure to dry thoroughly after you’re done! Spray the pan with cleaner. Place in plastic bag and let it sit overnight. The following morning, wipe clean with a VERY SKRUBBY and dish soap and water.
Dutch Ovens: Spray the outside of your Dutch oven with cleaner to get rid of scorch and burn marks! Even try it in the Nooks and crannies of your pots. Be sure to use your VERY to scrub it clean.
Cookie Sheets: Whose cookie sheets couldn’t use some cleaning help. Spray on cleaner. Let it sit according to directions. Wash with hot water, dish soap and your VERY for tackling any really tough spots. Rinse very, very well. Make sure all oven cleaner is removed from the surface.

How to Get Rid of Tomato Stains on Countertops

First line of stain removal is dish soap on the stain and let it sit for at least five minutes. If it’s still there, then do this:

1. Create a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
2. Smear the paste on the stain and let it sit for at least an hour
3. Rinse and wipe with your Skura sponge
4. If there is still a stain, repeat the paste smearing, then cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. Sometimes it just takes a little longer and a few times!

The 20 Minute “Clean Your Kitchen” Guide

• Remove everything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen. Put those items in a basket to return to their rightful home

• Wipe down counters and high touch areas with disinfectant. WIPE ENVY would be the preferred tool for wiping

• Dishes that don’t go in dishwasher get hand washed and put away. TOWEL TA-DA! would be helpful here!

• Toss a couple of table spoons baking soda down the drain and pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain. Then rinse the drain with warm running water and wipe the sink dry

• For stainless steel appliances, spray a little olive oil on a WIPE ENVY and polish

• Don’t forget the pet dish area! Use a damp WIPE ENVY to clean the area around the bowls

• Sweep the floor. Start with the perimeter and under the counters

• Spray a WIPE ENVY with white vinegar to clean splatters from your cooktop and backsplash behind your stove

• Empty the trash. Add a dryer sheet to the bottom of the trash can before you insert new liners

• Throw dirty dish towels, linens in the laundry basket and bring out fresh towels

• Change your Skura sponge

Countertop Berry Stain Removal

Create a paste made from baking soda and a little water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit on the stain for a couple of hours. Don’t scrub the stain with the paste since it’s and abrasive and may scratch your countertop. Wipe off gently after you have let it sit with a WIPE ENVY.

Plastic Ware and Berry Stains?

If you use plastic storage containers to keep berries, they are likely to get stained from those delicious juices. Soak the container in distilled white vinegar making sure to cover the stain. Rinse clean. Don’t worry about the vinegar fragrance. It disappears. Or you can also make a paste of dish soap and baking soda and coat the stain. Use your Skura Style sponge to apply some pressure to rub the stain out. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Berry Stain on your Berry Nice Table Linens?

Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the stained area — the non-gel kind. Very gently rub in with your fingers, pressing it into the stain. Rinse with water. Gone!

Our Favorite Cake. And It’s Sponge, Naturally!

This is a classic sponge cake recipe — and only 4 ingredients.  

6 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat 6 the eggs for 1 minute on high speed with an electric stand mixer. With the mixer on, gradually add 1 cup sugar and continue beating 8-10 minutes until thick and fluffy. (Aren’t you glad you’re not using a hand mixer!)

Separately, whisk together the flour and the baking powder and then then sift this mixture into beaten egg mixture one third at a time. Fold with a spatula with each addition just until it’s incorporated. Scrape spatula from the bottom to catch any pockets of flour and stop mixing when no streaks of flour remain. Do not over-mix or you will deflate the batter.’

Divide evenly between two prepared cake pans or a loaf pan. We recommend using parchment paper on the bottom for easy removal.  

Bake at 350˚F for 23-28 minutes for the cake pans and 28-35 minutes for the loaf pan. The top should be golden brown.

Remove the cake from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.  

Frost or don’t. Top with berries and whip cream. Toast a slice in the morning with your coffee or tea. YUM!

PRO CLEANING TIP: Immediately wash the cake pans in soapy water and use the scrubby side of your Skura sponge to get into the corners and edges of your cake pans.

Condiments That Clean


  • Cover stubborn food burn with ketchup. Cover/set over night use a VERY SKRUBBY in the morning to scrub
  • Copper - spread and let it sit for 10 mins… then rub with wipe envy
  • Rust on garden tools, outdoor furniture — apply thick layer and let it sit for at least 30 ins rub with a soft cloth and rinse well — small spots
  • Scratches on wood floors
  • Watermarks on furniture
  • Sticker goo
  • Piano keys
Olive oil
  • Protect wooden cutting boards — rub in let set and then use WIPE ENVY to buff
  • Protect garden tools — coat to prevent rust, rub into wooden handles
  • Kitchen drain: Pour a mixture of salt and hot water down the kitchen sink to deodorize and prevent grease buildup
  • Clean greasy pans: Sprinkle a little salt on a cast-iron skillet and wipe clean.
  • Cutting boards: Cut a lemon in half, dip the cut side in salt, and rub it all over the wood. Wipe up any residue with a WIPE ENVY


Get Your Stainless Spotless

Stainless steel sinks and appliances can’t help but get annoying streaks and water spots. Make them shiny again with shaving cream! Simply dampen a WIPE ENVY microfiber cloth — make sure it’s not super wet. Just damp. Then apply shave cream to the cloth and rub into the stainless steel. With a dry WIPE ENVY polish off the residue to make it shine. You can also do this on your faucets!


Use Your Dishwasher for the Unexpected

While you’re running a load of dishes, add these items!

  • Toys (no batteries or glue). Bathtub toys, pool toys, play toys. Whatever will fit on the top shelf
  • Dog toys. Oh yeah. And these too
  • Flip flops. On the top shelf only
  • Golf balls. Love this one. Find a way to place where they won’t fall through. And keep these on the top shelf as well
  • Refrigerator shelves and drawers. Make sure they are at room temp before running the dishwasher so nothing cracks or breaks

Give Your Plastic Containers a Second Life

Plastic containers are great. But they can get to looking nasty and not so clean with the stains left from the food that was being stored. Here’s how to bring them back to life so you’re not tossing them out so fast.

Make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it over the bottom and sides of the container. The consistency of the paste should be like toothpaste. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then use a damp WIPE ENVY (or other soft cloth) to tackle the stains. Rinse and wash with dish soap and warm water.

The Skura Method for Washing Dishes by Hand

Washing dishes is our favorite pastime. And we find washing by hand (old school) is actually cathartic

1. Always rinse your dishes before washing them to loosen dried-on foods. Pre-soak pots and pans separately
2. Make sure the monogram on your Skura sponge is still visible. If not, toss and pull out a fresh one!
3. Fill the sink with hot, hot water. Add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda in the water along with your liquid detergent to help with stubborn messes
4. Use rubber gloves to tolerate the temperature - and save your manicure in the process!
5. Wash the cleanest and most fragile items first to avoid breaking or spreading germs and food particles
6. After a cleaning each piece, check for remaining residue. Use the scrubby side of your Skura aponge to eliminate the stickier particles
7. When rinsing dishes, continue to use hot water. It’s better at melting any grease and soapy residue away
8. Dry as soon as the items are clean to avoid exposure to bacteria. A clean TOWEL TA-DA! absorbs water and doesn't leave lint
9. Now use a clean TOWEL TA-DA! for drying and making sure glasses are lint free

Dishwashers Have Limits. Things You Should Wash By Hand

Your dishwasher might do more harm than good on a number of your dishes and pots and pans. Don't put these in your dishwasher:

- Anything wood
- Kitchen knives
- Copper
- Cast iron
- Air fryer basket
- China with metallic trim
- Antiques and other delicates
- Hand painted ceramic
- Crystal
- Aluminum cookware
- Printed measuring cups

How to Load a Dishwasher

Few topics on the subject of dishwashing are as polarizing as the best way to load a dishwasher. Everyone has their own method -- but this one is the best! The jets can’t do their job when the dishes are not properly loaded. And no one wants to unload and find food residue still stuck to dishes. Avoid that - and follow these tips to maximize your loads, while still getting everything well-cleaned:

1. Pre-rinsing isn't necessary. While machines vary, most recommend that you not pre-rinse and allow the dishwasher detergent do its job
2. Make sure the item is dishwasher safe. Most pots and pans are not meant for the dishwasher (sorry). And you might consider keeping sharp objects (like knives and food processor blades) out to avoid dulling blades
3. When loading, always start in the back and work your way to the front to maximize space
4. Larger items like bowls, plates and non-wooden cutting boards should all go on the bottom, dirty side facing inward. Do not stack and crowd so that the sprayer arm can reach all items
5. Everyday eating utensils (not your silver!) can be placed in the specialty racks, knife handles up, and forks/spoons handles down. Don’t overcrowd these bins so that all items can get a proper cleaning
6. On the top rack, place mugs upside down, and smaller bowls/salad plates between tines in the center. Also, any plastic items that can withstand dishwasher heat should only be placed on the top rack
7. If there’s room, send your sink strainer and the microwave turntable on a trip through that dishwasher
8. Double check to make sure the jets are not blocked from doing their job
9. Run a load when it's full!

Dishwashers Need Washing Too

We rely on our dishwashers to make our dishes sparkle, but these workhorses need some cleaning too!

1. Remove the bottom rack and check the drain area for debris; wipe the drainage area using a dampened WIPE ENVY
2. Pour one cup of white vinegar into a mug (or other dishwasher safe vessel) and place on the top rack of your emptied dishwasher. Run a hot water cycle. The vinegar will remove grease, residue and stubborn grime
3. Make sure to wipe the inside of the door as well
4. Wipe down the outside and make sure to get the buttons clean. For stainless steel, spritz a tiny bit of olive oil on a clean WIPE ENVY and polish the outside

The Refrigerator Refresher. In Just 15 Minutes

Cleaning your fridge does not have to be an overwhelming experience. In fact, it can be done in a jiffy.
Set a timer and see if you can get through this one in 15 minutes!

1. Remove all items, tossing anything that’s expired and your less-than-edible leftovers
2. Working from top to bottom, wipe out all crumbs
3. Spritz shelves/bins with a DIY mixture of half white vinegar, half warm water. Use your SKURA sponge with a little elbow grease to remove sticky spills. (You can always remove any bins or shelves
that need extra attention - and hand wash them in your sink)
4. Wipe down all surfaces with a dampened WIPE ENVY
5. Reclaim and reload that clean fridge! Organize like items (think milks and meats on the cooler bottom shelves, ready-to-eat items on top, condiments on door)

Don’t forget to add a new, open box of baking soda to absorb funky odors

Your Oven Needs Your Lovin'

You'll want to plan ahead for this project! If you don't have or use a self-cleaning feature, follow this for a sparkling oven:

1. Remove the racks and place in your tub on an old towel that you positioned on the bottom of the tub. Fill with hot water and ¼ cup of grease-fighting dish soap. Let the racks soak overnight
2. Meanwhile, back at the oven, create a thick DIY paste composed of 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar. Let the fizzing settle a bit, then slather evenly on all surfaces inside your oven. You may need to double the paste recipe! Close it up and leave it to release the built up grime overnight

1. Open up your oven and scrub any stubborn stains away with a dampened SKURA sponge. Thoroughly wipe away the baking soda/vinegar paste. (We recommend having a large bucket of warm water next to the oven for this task)
2. Now back at the tub - scrub those oven racks with your VERY SKRUBBY. Rinse and dry. Place them back in the oven
3. If the window on your oven door needs extra attention, scrub it with a dishwasher pod (the non-gel type) dipped in a bit of warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry

Your Range Hood is a Must

Did you know that greasy range hood filters are a fire hazard and should be thoroughly cleaned?

1. Pop them out and drop in your sink with the drain plug closed
2. Pour boiling water, a squirt of dish soap and ¼ cup of baking soda on top of the filter(s). Swish around with tongs (or other utensil) and let them soak for at least 10 minutes
3. Make sure the water has cooled down and use a VERY SKRUBBY to remove the last bits of gunk
4. Rinse clean and dry. Pop back into the hood

We'll be reminding you to do this again in the fall!

Zap Your Microwave Clean

Does the interior of your microwave look like a Jackson Pollock painting? We’ve been there…

1. To remove messy spills and splatters from your microwave, combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water in a microwave-safe mug (for easy handling); place in microwave
2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, and carefully remove the hot mug
3. Using the dense steam to loosen up the grime, grab your SKURA sponge and wipe all interior surfaces for a good-as-new shine

Give Your Sink a Deep Cleaning

We clean our dishes in the sink, but do we ever stop to think that it needs some sprucing up too?

1. Begin by running the garbage disposal or scooping out leftover bits of food from the drain stopper (ew)
2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the garbage disposal along with 1/4 cup white vinegar. The combination will create some foaming. Let sit for a few minutes, then run warm water while running the disposal
3. Now generously sprinkle baking soda over the entire sink. Use a damp SKURA sponge to scrub the baking soda into the sink. The baking soda acts as an abrasive to give it a deep clean
4. Use the paste formed on the sponge to clean the sink rims and faucets
5. Rinse well, then wipe all areas dry with WIPE ENVY to eliminate water stains and make it sparkle

How to Unhate Your "Under the Sink" Cabinet
Does the theme to “Jaws” go off in your head when you open your kitchen sink cabinet? Time to deal!

1. Remove all items and give the space a good wipedown with a disinfectant spray and your WIPE ENVY
2. Check out your inventory and remove anything flammable - like oily rags and solvents. Toss anything that’s expired
3. Return remaining supplies, grouping like items
4. Consider a lazy susan to store items for easy retrieval

Kitchen Cabinet Wipe Down

Remove Grease Buildup from Kitchen Cabinets

1. Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of half white vinegar and half WARM water
2. Spritz your cabinets, and let it sit for a few minutes while the solution attacks the grease
3. Wipe away the gunk with your SKURA sponge

Clean And Disinfect Knobs and Handles

You might not like this because it's a lot of work and time consuming, but it's really the best approach to getting the hardware on your drawers and cabinets super clean

1. Remove the handles from drawers and cabinets. Screwdriver will be needed. Keep the screws
2. Make a solution of equal parts hot water and white vinegar. You will need enough solution to completely cover the hardware in your soaking container
3. While the hardware is soaking be sure to use a damp WIPE ENVY to wipe the screw holes on the outside and inside
4. Remove each knob or handle individually and use your SKURA sponge to wipe it down. Use the scrubby side to get any debris still on the handle
5. Rinse, dry and reattach to drawers and cabinet


Dirty Walls? Reach For a Can! 

Painted walls and the area around door knobs just can’t avoid getting lots of finger prints and dirty wear and tear. Get them looking fresh with — shaving cream. Yes, that stuff that is probably in your bathroom and gets used religiously. Here’s what you do:

- Dampen a WIPE ENVY
- Apply a dollop of shaving cream on the cloth
- Rub the shaving cream onto the spots and gently scrub away   the prints, smudges and marks
- Use a dry WIPE ENVY to wipe up the residue


A Foamy Solution to Carpet Stains 

Shaving cream is designed to lather up and penetrate an area and delivers moisture. This is great on on tough stains. So when you have a spot on your carpeting, apply the shave cream. Let it sit on the spot for at least 30 minutes. Then wipe/blot it with a damp Skura Sponge and then let it dry. If there is dry residue, simply vacuum.


Summer Clean Routine Watch List

Dust more often. The big noticeable areas. Daily if possible. People coming in and out all day long means dust is getting stirred up all day. A dry WIPE ENVY will help the job.

Dust the ceiling fan more often and change the fan direction every two weeks. Did you know that a WIPE ENVY fits perfectly on your dry mop (Swiffer) so you can get to the blades easily?

Monitor the vegetable crisper. Summer means lots of fruits and veggies (love this!). So the crisper drawer is getting lots of action at this time of year. Once a week take everything out and wipe it down with WIPE ENVY dampened with white vinegar.

Patrol for water rings on furniture. It happens. No matter how many coasters or insulated glasses. To get rid of water rings mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to the ring with a WIPE ENVY Wipe in the direction of the wood grain until the stain is gone.

Check the washing maching for moldy smells. Run an empty load with a cup of bleach and hot water. When it’s done leave the door ajar to let it air dry.

How to Refresh Your Upholstered Furniture

It’s been another long winter and a lot of people are hanging around on the comfy couch or chairs

1. With a clean SKURA sponge, wipe the upholstery to pick up animal hair and lint. If there are fabric pills, use the scrubby side of the sponge to scrape them from the fabric. If you have white-ish fabric and you have dirt stains, try using an art eraser to tackle the stains
2. Remove the cushions and repeat the above to get the surface below the cushions clean. Feel free to keep anything you find
3. Vacuum the cushions
4. Fluff up and flip the cushions. Find a place to store the winter throws

Iron Out Water Stains

Your iron (you read that right) can remove water rings on your wood furniture (and floors). This will work well on stains that are still damp as it effectively pulls moisture from the surface.

Lay a clean cloth over the mark. We suggest a WIPE ENVY or the terry side of a TA-DA! Towel.   Make sure there is no water left in the iron and set it to a low temperature. Set the warmed iron on the cloth over the water stain. Lift the iron check the stain. If it's still there, repeat steps until the stain is removed.


Toothpaste to Your Wood Furniture’s Rescue

Water stains and rings on your wood furniture? Reach for white toothpaste (no whitening or gel versions) and a WIPE ENVY. Dab a generous amount of the toothpaste on the wipe and then buff the toothpaste onto the stain. When the stain is removed wipe away any residue with a clean cloth.  

A Nutty Way to Get Wood Furniture Looking Like New

Water stains are almost unavoidable. Get ready for this one!

1. Cover the stain with a clean, soft towel large enough to cover the stain and accommodate a clothes iron. A Towel TA-DA! would be ideal
2. Heat a clothes iron to a low temp. Make sure there is no water in the iron
3. Iron the towel (stain underneath) for several seconds. Let it cool
4. For tougher stains, you may need to repeat

Nicks and scrapes will happen. To get the wood looking like new do the following:

1. Reach for a nut. Not your significant other. A walnut
2. Rub the nut into the area that needs repair for several seconds. Let the oil do its thing with the wood for a few minutes
3. Buff the spot with a WIPE ENVY to polish the area

Clean Up TV Viewing

Your TV is probably just dusty - or perhaps has acquired some residue if you have a fireplace. But it's super-easy to clean. The biggest thing *not* to do is use a glass cleaner!

1. Dust the TV screen in a circular motion using a clean WIPE ENVY
2. Create a cleaning solution of warm water with a drop of dish washing liquid in a spray bottle
3. Dampen the WIPE ENVY with the solution and using the same circular motion, wipe down the screen one more time. Let it dry
4. Take the dry WIPE ENVY and dust the back if it’s accessible

Remote controls can be nasty. People rarely sanitize their hands before using it! So wipe down remotes with a WIPE ENVY that has been dampened with some white vinegar

Get the Fireplace Ready for a Vacation
Tip: All the instructions on cleaning a fireplace may not apply to every
fireplace. Always consult the manufacturer’s manual for specific directions

Gas Fireplaces:
1. Make sure the gas valve is off and the burners are cool
2. Vacuum out any dust and debris from around the fireplace
3. Open the fireplace door or doors. Use a dry WIPE ENVY to dust off the gas logs
4. Clean the glass doors with a solution of white vinegar and water using a WIPE ENVY to wipe them clean
5. Wash the andirons and tools with dish soap and water using a SKURA Sponge

Wood Burning Fireplaces: (gloves recommended)
1. Make sure the fireplace is completely cool and has been so for 24 hours
2. Use your hands and a fireplace shovel to remove and dispose burnt wood
3. In a large bucket make a cleaning solution of dish soap, a cup of white vinegar and a gallon of warm water
4. Find an old towel and set it next to the fireplace. Remove the andirons, knocking off ash and debris into the fireplace. Then place them on the towel or sheet
5. Sweep up ash with a broom and dust pan. Use your vacuum hose or shop vacuum to remove all remaining ash
6. Using the cleaning solution, scrub inside the fireplace with a stiff bristled brush or a VERY SKRUBBY. Work from the top down. Repeat this process a few times if necessary
7. Let the walls and floor to dry
8. Clean the andirons and tools with dish soap and water, then place back in the fireplace. Say, 'see ya later' and look forward to the outside fire pit this summer!

Your Ceiling Fan Has Been Busy - Collecting Dust

Ceiling fans are dust collectors, but they also send that dust everywhere when they’re in use. Make sure you give them a good cleaning!

1. If there are pull chains, wipe them with a dampened WIPE ENVY
2. Affix a clean WIPE ENVY on your flat mop and spray with your fave all-purpose cleaner
3. Now glide your flat mop across the top and bottom of all blades to remove the dirt, dust and grime accumulation
4. You can add this to your regular dusting duty, using a dry WIPE ENVY

Wall Washing? Yes, It's a Thing

Did you know WIPE ENVY fits perfectly on your Swiffer?

1. With a dry WIPE ENVY attached, dust your walls. You may have to take down some wall hangings — but you can certainly work around them too
2. Create a mixture for the washing. In a bucket, combine 8 cups of really hot water. Add about three tablespoons of dishwashing liquid. Then add about 1/4 cup white vinegar. Get to work while the water is hot
3. Dampen a clean WIPE ENVY with the cleaning solution you just made and attach it to the Swiffer. Start mopping your walls. We always suggest starting with an area to test — in an inconspicuous place
4. Let them dry. What’s great about this is that not only are they clean — but they have a new fresh smell!


Let the Sun Shine In

It’s time for the sun to shine in - through clean windows

1. Start by wiping off surface dirt and dusting with a dry WIPE ENVY (this will prevent a streaky mess once the cleaning solution is applied)
2. Prepare our fave DIY window cleaning solution: Combine 2 cups water, ½ cup white vinegar and ¼ cup rubbing alcohol in a clean spray bottle. (Adding rubbing alcohol helps to cut through any sticky residue on your windows, while creating a streak-free shine)
3. Now generously spritz and wipe with a WIPE ENVY to avoid leaving any lint on the windows. And while you’re at it, make sure to rub in multiple directions to prevent streaking

Note: Evaporation Rate - it’s a thing! Make sure you choose a cloudy day for this task since the window cleaning solution will evaporate rapidly on a warm sunny day, leaving behind streaks

Where the Real Dirt Lurks: Tracks and Sills
Your windows have been closed all winter long. Don't let out a scream when you open them up to find mounds of dirt, dust and dead bugs (ew)

1. Clean up the tracks and sills by vacuuming up as much loose grime as possible (which will make the scrubbing part easier)
2. Zap that remaining caked-on gunk with a generous squirt of warm soapy water
3. Maneuver into the crevices with an old toothbrush, loosening up the rest of that dirty residue

4. Rinse and allow the water to drain through the weep holes (they're the little holes in the corners of the windows which allow water to escape). Then wipe it all down with a WIPE ENVY

Mirror, mirror…Clean and All

We all want to look in the mirror and like what we see. We got you!

1. First, wipe surface dust from your mirror with a dry WIPE ENVY to prevent a smeary mess of dirt and glass cleaner
2. Opt for a cleaner sans added soaps and scents - they will leave behind residue-causing streaks. The best solution is a DIY mix of half white vinegar and water
3. Spritz fluid directly on your mirror, and wipe with a clean WIPE ENVY from side to side, starting at the top and working your way down

Don't Turn a Blind Eye to your Blinds

Let's bypass the old way of taking blinds down, soaking them and re-installing them. Instead, try this:

1. Grab your kitchen tongs and wrap a WIPE ENVY around each side of the tong by fastening with rubber bands
2. Spritz a DIY household cleaner of half white vinegar, half water to the cloths
3. Grab each individual blind with the tong and swipe all the way across; repeat on each slat


The BBQ Grill Exterior Bath

If you’re cleaning a gas grill, make sure the gas is turned off

Empty the drip pan that catches grease and drips from your food.

Make a soapy water solution by using a teaspoon of grease-cutting dish soap to one quart of water.

Douse a WIPE ENVY in the soapy water and wipe down the exterior making sure to get the dirtiest areas like top and even the legs. You may want to go over the outside a couple of times to make sure you got everything.

Rinse with clean water. Be careful not to flood the inside of the grill with water.

Dry the exterior with a clean WIPE ENVY. The important thing is not to use paper towels or paper based products as they can scratch the surface of your grill.

Basket Makeover: Transform Your Picnic Companion!

Picnics are one of the pleasures of the summer months whether it's at the beach or a park. Spruce up your basket and get out there for a fun afternoon. Here’s how:

1. Grab a dry WIPE ENVY and wipe off surface dust from the inside and outside
2. If your basket is not picnic-ready just yet, dampen the WIPE ENVY with white vinegar and blot the basket weave gently to give it a deeper clean. Do not ever immerse the basket in water as it may remove the patina, or cause warping
3. Leave the basket to air dry completely before filling with goodies for your afternoon out
4. And always keep a WIPE ENVY and Skura sponge in your basket for clean-up

Clean Grill Grates —With An Onion?!

Cleaning BBQ grates is a messy job. However, this is an interesting and fun way to get them shining again - and ready for the next batch of burgers.

1. Heat your grill on high to burn off any remaining food on the grates
2. Cut a large onion in half and affix on the end of a grilling fork
3. Scrub the grates with the halved onion facing downwards to remove built up grit and grime. (The onion's acidity and fluids will help to release stuck-on food, dirt and greasy residue)
4. For super-stubborn messes, mix a paste of baking soda and water, and then scrub the cooled grates with your VERY SKRUBBY

A Dewy Way to Clean BBQ Grates

If you want great tasting barbeque, you need to keep the grill grates clean. This is an easy - and surprising - way to do it, especially if your grates have not gotten super greasy and grimy from your last grilling session:

1. Let the grates cool, and place them face down on the grass overnight (we kid you not!) The enzymes in the dewy grass will work to loosen up greasy residue
2. In the morning, hose them down. Grab your VERY SKRUBBY and scrub remaining stuck-on gunk away!

Great Grill Grates

You probably put the grill away last year with the grates needing a good cleaning. Let's kick off the season with clean grates for the FCOTS (First cookout of the season). We have a ‘grate’ way to get the grates sparkling before your next cookout

1. Mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water in a bowl
2. Using a VERY SKRUBBY and some elbow grease, get scrubbing. (It’s a messy job, so you’ll definitely want to wear your rubber gloves for this event)
3. Rinse clean, and dry (TOWEL TA-DA! is perfect here)

Patio Furniture Cushion Cleaning

Bring dirty wood or wicker furniture back to life with these tips:

Wood and Wicker:
1. Mix a mild oil-based soap (like Murphy Oil Soap) mixed with warm water and a few tablespoons white vinegar and one quart of warm water
2. With a SKURA sponge, wipe down the furniture--- getting between all of the crevices
3. Wipe dry with a WIPE ENVY to collect more embedded grime

Resin and Plastic:
1. Make a mild cleanser by mixing 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1-gallon warm water. You may need several gallons depending on the size and amount of your furniture
2. With your SKURA sponge wipe down the furniture with the solution
3. If you run into a stubborn stain, dampen a WIPE ENVY with white vinegar and use on the specific spot. If it's still there, apply baking soda to the spot and then use the vinegar cloth to work out the spot

Brighten Your Outdoor Lights

It’s so easy to restore the original shine to your outdoor lights!

1. Make sure the lights are shut off and remove the bulbs
2. With your WIPE ENVY dipped in a half white vinegar and half warm water solution, clean all glass surfaces, inside and out, making sure not to get any liquid in the light socket
3. Move on to the metal frame by cleaning with a WIPE ENVY dipped in warm water and dish soap. Avoid scrubbing metal areas with anything abrasive to prevent scratching

Concentrate on Your Concrete Patio

Before you head out to rent a power washer, try cleaning your concrete patio like this:

1. In a bucket mix one box of baking soda with two cups of vinegar. This will create a lot of foaming action which will settle and you will be left with a paste. Depending on the area you are cleaning, you may need to mix more
2. Spread the mixture over the concrete with a sponge mop. And let it set for at least 30 minutes
3. Scrub the concrete using a bristle scrub brush -- but one with a long handle
4. Rinse and then let the patio air dry before putting furniture back

Gardening Tool Clean-up

Keep your gardening tools clean and they’ll make it through more than one season!

Remove soil from them by blasting them with water from your garden hose. There’s bound to be some dirt that doesn’t come off so be sure to scrape that away..

Fill a bucket with hot water and add a small squirt of detergent. Add your tools and let them soak for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse every tool with cool water and dry with a WIPE ENVY.

Inspect the tools closely for rust. Use a VERY SKRUBBY scouring pad to scrub away any rust. Coat the tool with vegetable oil to aid in loosening the rust while you scrub.

Are your tools still sticky?

Make a mixture of 1 tsp vegetable oil and 2 tsp of baking soda. Spread a thin mixture over the sticky area. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wipe away with a WIPE ENVY.


Cardio Equipment Cleaning Care 

First, UNPLUG your treadmill, bike or elliptical machine before you start cleaning. Concentrate on the areas that are most touched — like the handles, buttons, screens and seats. Use a WIPE ENVY that has been spritzed with a disinfectant to make sure you are getting rid of germs as well as dust. Apply the disinfectant to the wipe and not directly to the machine. Wipe down the tread of the treadmill as well as bike pedals since they are the most susceptible areas for dirt. Always check your machine manufacturing instructions. When you’re vacuuming, use hand attachments to get dirt close to the machine and under it.

Get Your Sneakers Looking Like New-ish

It’s inevitable - your sneakers are going to get dirty. They’re on your feet, after all. But don’t start sneaker shopping just yet. Periodic hand washings will keep them looking (and smelling) their best. Here’s how to get them clean without damaging them:

1. Remove the laces. If they’re white, send them on a trip through the wash with some bleach in a mesh laundry bag. If your laces are colored, you can hand wash them with some mild detergent and water. Rinse and air dry
2. Back to the sneakers. Brush off surface dirt and dust with a dry brush or old toothbrush to get into all the little grooves
3. Make your own sneaker soap by combining 1 teaspoon toothpaste (the non-gel kind), 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon mild dish soap
4. Scrub the lower soles with a VERY SKRUBBY dipped into your cleaning solution. Get into all the nooks and crannies of the sides and bottoms working the sneaker soap into the shoe. Dry with a fresh WIPE ENVY
5. Using the same cleaning solution and a WIPE ENVY, wash the upper part of your sneaks and the insoles. Wipe with a clean and dampened WIPE ENVY and let them air dry. You’ll want to make sure that the insoles are fully dry before putting them back in the shoes, too!
6. If you still feel that your sneaks could use more work, some people recommend putting them into the washer, one cycle and cold setting, after this process has been followed. Let them air dry. (Do not do this if your shoes are suede)
7. Final/final. Once the process is completed, consider sprinkling some baking soda onto the insoles to absorb the new odors they will inherit

Give Your Yoga Mat a Bath. Literally.

Your yoga mat picks up oils from your skin, not to mention who-knows-what kind of bacteria and germs from the gym or studio. Wiping it down after each use is a good routine using a disinfectant wipe or a solution of water and white vinegar which can be applied with a WIPE ENVY. In addition though, you really should give it a good bath about once a month.

1. Roll your mat out into the bathtub
2. Add tepid to warm water (not hot) and a squirt of dish soap - but not too much soap - just a squirt will do
3. Let it soak for five minutes
3. Rinse with clean water
4. Then allow it to air dry


Keeping the Linen Closet Fresh (smelling)

Here are a few ways to keep your linen closet smelling fresh - especially important in the summer months when things can get musty.

  • Baking soda. Keep an open box of baking soda (just like you do in your refrigerator) or put in a bowl in the back of the closet
  • Coffee grounds. They absorb odors. So put some grounds in a plastic container with a lid. Poke several large holes in the lid. You’ll want to replace this every 4-6 weeks
  • Vinegar and water. If linens have become musty, use an equal mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle to mist the linens and get them smelling fresh
  • Spray a favorite fragrance on tissue paper. Let the paper dry and then strategically place in the closet
  • Scented soaps and candles. Keep them stored in the linen closet and let their fragrance do their thing (Don’t light the candle, duh)

Making the Guest Room Bed Welcoming - Even When It's a Sofa Bed

Guests are coming! Here are some tips to create a cozy bed for weary travelers:

1. First thing's first: strip the bed down and clean up that mattress. Pour some straight vodka in a spray bottle (no, it’s not cocktail time). Spritz it directly on the mattress to disinfect it, then let it air dry
2. For an extra-special touch, iron some freshly-cleaned sheets and pillow cases
3. Now to make the bed: the first layer should always be an appropriately-sized mattress protector to guard against dust, spills, etc. Next, the fitted and flat sheets (brush up on your hospital corners), and then a blanket and cozy quilt or comforter (make sure these are freshly washed too)
4. Lastly, add extra fluffy pillows for coziness. Lightly spray them with a relaxing lavender mist to help your guests easily drift off to sleep

Cleaning and Tidying

Your guests deserve a home-away-from-home. Treat them to a clean and tidy guest room.

1. Start by completely dusting every surface with a WIPE ENVY cloth. Include walls and baseboards by wrapping a WIPE ENVY around a flat mop and zooming along
2. If you have carpeting or rugs and they haven’t been cleaned in a while, consider a professional deep-cleaning. If they’re in good shape, vacuum thoroughly, making sure to get under the bed
3. On to the windows!
a. Curtains are dust magnets. Take them down and wash them (make sure to check the care label first - they may require a trip to the dry cleaners instead)
b. To clean blinds, use our fave hack of wrapping a clean, dry WIPE ENVY around each side of kitchen tongs, grabbing each blind individually and swiping from one side to the other. Work from top to bottom to avoid spreading dust
c. Clean your windows and sills using a WIPE ENVY dampened in white vinegar.
4. To make sure your guest room smells fresh and clean, open the windows ahead of time, and put a fan in the doorway. Use a light-scented air freshener if necessary

Guest Room Essentials

These finishing touches on a guest room will make your guests extra comfy - and they may never want to leave!

1. Provide a hotel-style essentials basket with fresh towels, a toothbrush and a travel-sized toothpaste, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, cotton swabs, etc. Get creative!
2. Leave a note with your WiFi password. If you have extra charging cords, leave them too
3. Add a drinking glass (or two) and a carafe of fresh water to the nightstand in case your guests get thirsty. Replenish each evening
4. Make sure the room is comfortable in temperature. Provide a space heater or fan - or give guests access to your thermometer
5. Lastly, you don’t have to do it all to be a great host. If your guests ask to help, let them! Have them make their bed each morning, throw their towels in the laundry or make a meal - whatever will help you most

Laundry Room

Clean your cleaning machine.
Your washing machine that is.
  1. Sprinkle 2 cups of baking soda into the drum of your washer and shut the door
  2. Run a wash cycle (Normal or Tub Clean indication on your dials) with the hottest possible temperature
  3. After that cycle, pour two cups of white vinegar into your dispenser trays. You can add a few drops of essential oil (like lavender) to the vinegar
  4. Run a second wash cycle. Again, on the hottest temperature using a Normal or Tub Clean indication on your dials)
  5. Finally, after both cycles have run, create a mixture of equal parts vinegar and dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Maybe make about one cup of solution.
  6. Spray the solution on the glass (inside the machine) of a front load washer. Wipe clean with a WIPE ENVY.
  7. Now spray the solution over the rubber gasket — underneath and on top. Wipe clean with the WIPE ENVY.


We recommend repeating 6 and 7 after every laundry routine. And leave the dispenser tray and wash door open to allow for drying and ventilation.

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