Simple Solutions

The Fast, Easy Way to Clean Baseboards

By: Joe Truini
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Cleaning baseboards is easy with this Simple Solution.

Let’s face it: Taking care of our walls and floors is easier than some other parts of the home.

Like baseboards — you know, those narrow strips of wood that line the base of interior walls. They can really take a beating!
If it’s not the dust bunnies and dirt that accumulate in these areas, it’s the small scuff marks that develop over time.

Fortunately, there’s a Simple Solution!

Joe Truini breaks it down into two steps:

  • Mix one quart of water with about one cup of liquid fabric softener.
  • Use a cloth or sponge to wash the decorative molding and baseboards.

So, why does this work?

Well, the antistatic property of the fabric softener helps to remove the dirt and prevents static cling from attracting more dust.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 15th, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Hi, Rebecca!
    This is how we’ve regularly maintained our baseboards for years and no issues so far.
    Highly recommended. 🙂

  • rebecca b. Says:
    August 15th, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Has anyone tried this long term? Wondering if it leaves a residue that will ultimately attract more dirt? I clean houses for a living and this would make things easier as long as there is no long term buildup and it doesnt hurt hardwood floors or carpet

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 23rd, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for watching, Rebecca. We appreciate you!

  • Rebecca SMITH Says:
    July 22nd, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I love your tips I watch your show all the time

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 14th, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Glad to hear it, Carolyn, and thanks for sharing!

  • Carolyn Taylor Says:
    April 12th, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Enjoy learning from your radio shows. Took your advice and shared with my son in another state (who has huge responsibilities including and old farm house that is paid for but needs lots of attention.) The do one side first is the advice I shared. A new garage door, a new entrance door on the front side have lifted spirits and will lead to other minor improvements a little at a time. He and his boys will enjoy and be more comfortable in their old farm house.
    Great advice. Thanks!

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    June 16th, 2018 at 5:36 pm

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  • Dorothy Britting Says:
    June 10th, 2018 at 9:58 am

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    May 11th, 2018 at 6:53 pm

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  • Elizaeth Smyth Says:
    May 5th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Mr. Lipford,
    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your email articles
    as well as your TV show. So much that I learn is time-saving and
    saves money too. Keep on with your excellent show and those
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  • Helen Taylor Says:
    May 3rd, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Thanks for the front load washing machine cleaning tips. Can’t wait to try. Love my front loader. Hate the mold. I already leave door open but only started this after the mold started. Already clean the detergent cups regularly. But the other tips will help me battle this nusaince. Thanks again. (Also will try the baseboard simple solution. Wish I had seen it before I cleaned baseboards two days ago! ).

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The Fast, Easy Way to Clean Baseboards