Whatever Wednesday: Cleaning Screens and Polishing Wood

Dust-free and Shiny!
Dust-free and Shiny!

Detailed cleaning, for those times before company is coming over — or your mother is visiting.  Get out your old pillowcases or t-shirts.  We’re cleaning screens and polishing your furniture.

Screens.  If you have a TV from this century, it has some weird plastic-y screen, not a glass one.  Which means, given that it’s a specialty material, and there are specialty cleaners.  They sell for $9 or more a bottle, which is wicked expensive, and they are pretty much alcohol and water.  So, maybe make your own?  I find that this also works great on all the surfaces of my laptop.  I’ve tried a variety of things, but nothing beats the Crunch Betty recipe I liked — equal parts distilled water and rubbing alcohol.  That’s it.  That’s all.  It’s that easy.  Mix it in a spray bottle, if you have one, but in a pinch, a jam jar works, too.  Just shake it, wet your cloth, and wipe.

Wood.  I use the following mix, again in a spray bottle if you have one, but a jam jar works in a pinch.  This recipe makes 16 oz., so adjust according to the size of your container.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 20 drops of lemon juice or lemon essential oil (I’ve only used juice in this, about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • Distilled water, about 1 1/2 cups

Shake before using, spray on a cloth, and rub until dry.  This actually works best if you remove heavy dust first — I use an electrostatic duster first, and then polish my wood furniture with this.

What are your tips for easy cleaning?

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