The Ultimate Cleaning Without Getting Dirty Quiz

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The Ultimate Cleaning Without Getting Dirty Quiz
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Have you ever started out to clean just the top of your stove and ended up with all of its parts spread out on the kitchen floor while you gave it a thorough cleaning? While such cleaning nightmares are sometimes unavoidable, better planning will help keep your house in top shape without indulging in messy cleaning marathons. Take our quiz for some great tips.
Microfiber cleaning cloths do not _____ dust when you clean.
scatter
Microfiber cloths will not scatter dust when you clean your flat screen TV or other electronics. Instead, the cloth traps dust and dirt within its fibers and you can then wash them down the drain.
pick up
attract

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What are some positive results of regular cleaning?
keeping germs under control
reducing concentrations of aerosol cleaning solvent
both of the above
When you clean your house on a regular basis, you're keeping germs under control and reducing concentrations of aerosol cleaning solvents in your indoor environment.

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Small maintenance chores are usually less _____ than weekly cleaning.
messy
You may be able to avoid weekly cleaning marathons if you take the time to do small maintenance chores like wiping down the stove, microwave and countertops every day. Regular maintenance is almost always less messy, too.
fun
enjoyable

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Which bathroom cleaning job can you accomplish while your kids play in the bathtub?
cleaning the toilet
cleaning the sink
both of the above
If you're letting the kids play for a while in the tub, use the time to wipe down the toilet or sink. You'll be happy to get these chores out of the way.

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Which common household spice can you use to make oven spills easier to clean?
oregano
paprika
salt
Keep oven cleaning to a minimum by sprinkling fresh liquid spills with a layer of salt. After it's dried, you can easily wipe it up with a wet sponge.

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What's the easiest way to carry your cleaning products around the house?
in a portable plastic caddy
in a paper shopping bag
Use a portable caddy to carry your cleaning products -- sprays, polishes, sponges and rags -- around the house. You're less likely to make a mess if you keep the right supplies within easy reach.
in a plastic shopping bag

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Never start a major cleaning project if you don't have the _____ to finish it.
energy
time
both of the above
If you don't have enough time or energy for a big cleaning project, you can easily get in over your head, which often results in a big mess.

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What do you usually find when you unscrew a ceiling light fixture to clean it?
dead bugs
Before you climb up on a ladder and unscrew your light fixture to clean it, be aware that you may get a face full of dead bugs if you're not prepared.
balls
coins

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What's the best way to organize your light- and heavy-duty cleaning chores?
Make a cleaning schedule.
The best way to organize your light- and heavy-duty cleaning chores is to prepare a cleaning schedule so you'll always be ready for the day's chores.
Make a cleaning party.
Make a cleaning pact.

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Always wear _____ clothes when you clean.
designer
old
To avoid ruining your nice clothes while you clean, keep a set of old, pre-stained clothes on hand.
nice

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You Got:
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