Helpful Household Tips for Residents

Over the last 28 years of managing homes in San Diego, we have come across several helpful household tips that have come in handy for our residents. Below are some of our favorite tricks of the trade to keeping a beautiful home!

How to remove soap scum or hard water in your dishwasher?
Remedy:  Pour ½ cup of white vinegar into the detergent cups and run the empty machine for a complete cycle.
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Results: Sparking dishwasher with no white residue!

Clean kitchen

How to clean granite, marble, or quartz countertops?
Remedy: Soft mild solution that is designed for your counter top, such as Granite Gold or Method Daily Granite (Non Toxic), DO NOT USE: lemon, lime or any acidic cleaner, ammonia, window cleaners, & or vinegar. It will eat away at the countertop & damage the sealant.

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Results: Shining, streak free granite/marble/quartz!

How to unclog your toilet? Have a crappy plunger that doesn’t seem to get the job done?

Remedy: Purchase a sturdy plunger from major retailers such as Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace Hardware. It is imperative to have a good quality plunger especially with the water saving toilets that are on the market.Results:  No embarrassing mishaps!

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How to clean streaks on stainless steel appliances?
Remedy: Sheila Shine! Hands down the best stainless steel product we have used. When using this product rub in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel, either horizontally or vertically. Simple green is a natural solution that also works well!

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Results: Streak free stainless steel appliances!

How to treat yellow grass from dog urine?

Remedy: You can give your furry friend a pet supplement called Doctors Foster and Smith Lawn Guard, or apply a product to the lawn such as Spot Gone Lawn Treatment. These products bind and neutralize the nitrogen in your pet’s urine.

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Results: Green grass & a happy dog owner!

How to clean hard water residue on your faucets?
Place a bag with vinegar or CLR over your shower head/ faucets with a rubber band. Soak for a couple hours.

How to remove stains on your carpet?
Remedy: Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of Dawn dish soap, and fill with water. Spray area liberally and let soak for 5-10 minutes and then proceed with blotting with a clean, dry towel until stain is removed. Pro tip: In a rush? Spray Windex on the stain and blot dry with a towel!

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Results: Stain free carpet!

How to remove foul odor coming from the garbage disposal?
Remedy: Place a handful of ice down the disposal and run it. This will sharpen the disposal blades. Then run hot water down the disposal with lemon juice while disposal is running.

Results: Freshly scented Kitchen sink!