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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It’s time to clean up the kitchen and I’ve got some great ideas for you.

Stained wood cupboards: To remove greasy dirt film, fingerprints and those unknown marks from wood cupboards use Avon Original Skin So Soft Bath Oil. Put it on a soft cloth, like an old washcloth, and rub, working in a circular motion. Wipe them down well, paying special attention to dirty areas near handles and where you grab the door with your hand. Then wipe again with the grain and buff with a soft cloth.

Countertops: If you have light colored laminate countertops you know how easily they can stain with tea, coffee and other foods. If you have heavy stains mix a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice and work into the stain. For stubborn stains let soak for an hour or so or even overnight. Rub again, rinse and dry.

For granite, add ¼ cup rubbing alcohol and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a quart spray bottle. Fill with warm water. Spray, let sit a few minutes and wipe. It restores the shine and cleans.

If you have black or gray marks on the granite, rub with FINE (0000) steelwool. Then spray with alcohol solution, wipe and dry. Don’t use the steel wool for daily cleaning.

Metal: To clean chrome or other metal in the kitchen use a solution of 50 percent warm water and 50 percent rubbing alcohol. Apply with a soft cloth or paper towel and buff.

For a great shine, rub with a dryer fabric softener sheet.

Refrigerator: Wipe out the refrigerator with a cloth wrung out in warm water and moistened with white vinegar. This will help control any mold or mildew.

Once you are done, wipe down each shelf with a cloth moistened lightly with glycerin. Just a light coat is all you need. This will allow you to wipe up spills with ease.

You can use this trick in the freezer, too.

Stove controls: Never spray anything directly on stove controls. Water and cleaner can run inside and permanently damage the area. Instead wipe down with a microfiber cloth wrung out in warm water and dry.

If your stove has knobs, remove them, wipe around the area and then wipe the knob and replace.

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