DEAR READERS: When it comes to housework, organization is key. You’ll save steps, get more done and have more time for other things. A daily schedule, with all of your tasks listed, can help get chores done. Here’s an example:
Monday: Bathrooms. Deep clean sinks/toilets/tubs/showers.
Tuesday: Kitchen. Tackle the fridge and throw out spoiled foods. Wipe out the microwave. Clean the floor.
Wednesday: Living room. Thorough dusting and vacuuming. Flip the couch cushions, and pick up newspapers and clutter.
Thursday: Bedrooms. Change the sheets. Dust, and clean the floor well.
Friday: Pickup day for little chores.
Saturday and Sunday: These are usually laundry days for many families. Get the family on board and have them pitch in. Everyone can help, even with a simple chore. — Heloise
DEAR HELOISE: How can I clean the office coffee machine? It gets clogged with minerals because it is on all day, and we go through a lot of pots of coffee. Help! — Amy W. in Ohio
Amy, don’t panic. Help is here. Of course, you should check the manual or look it up online. However, my trusty buddy, full-strength white or apple-cider vinegar, will do the trick safely.
Fill the water reservoir with 1 or 2 cups of vinegar, and turn on the machine. Run the hot vinegar through a second time. Pour the vinegar down the drain in the break room for freshness. Run the machine with several cycles of water to remove any trace of vinegar.
For more hints on using vinegar, send for my pamphlet. Go to www.Heloise.com to order, or send $5 and a stamped, self-addressed, long envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.
Wash the coffeepot and basket with warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry to prevent water spots. Also, the drip area of the machine can accumulate oil; clean it, too. — Heloise
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