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Clean Your Home
A clean home is comfortable and inviting. Cleanliness and organization make for a relaxing haven and are things to look forward to at the end of the day. Having a neat and orderly home also contributes to a feeling of well-being and an optimistic outlook. Despite all of these benefits of a keeping an orderly home, many feel it is out of reach for them. How to clean your home like a pro seems like a great mystery that many of us have trouble solving.
How to Ace the Five Toughest Cleaning Jobs
People who clean homes professionally can leave quite an impressive sight when they finish their work. Make note, however, that most professional cleaners and companies providing cleaning services use harsh, toxic chemicals; some are far worse than anything that people would ever dare to bring into their homes. Some companies are now marketing themselves as being "green" cleaners. They pledge to use only environmentally friendly cleaning products. Most of them manage to come up with impressive results without harming the environment or bringing toxic chemicals into family homes.
Hiring a cleaning service is not the only way to get a pro clean home, however. One of the first keys to a clean home, without paying someone else to do it, is organization. A home can be clean enough to eat off of the floors, but if it is cluttered no one will know it. Clutter can immediately turn a clean home into an embarrassment and a gives a bad impression. A few organizational tools here and there can do wonders. There are entire magazines, websites and blogs dedicated to helping people to organize their space. The next thing to realize is that getting into a cleaning routine makes it fast, easy and manageable. Also worth noting is that many of these same websites and resources offer tips on how to do everything in an environmentally friendly manner.
Ring around the Toilet
There are many examples of tough jobs that can be accomplished without the help of a cleaning service, and with green cleaners. Ring around the toilet is a common complaint. Some may use bleach, or even something harsher, let it sit, then scrub and flush. Just think of those chemicals getting flushed into the ground water supply. Wearing away at the stain with vinegar and baking soda daily until it’s gone will get rid of the ring just as well as the harsh chemicals. Once the ring is gone, the toilet can be kept clean with a few swishes of a toilet brush every evening, and no chemicals at all. A second example of a job that can be taken care of with vinegar and baking soda is mineral stains on ceramic fixtures. Stainless steel appliances often need little more than vinegar to disinfect, if needed, then a soft cloth to wipe down and dry afterwards.
Melted wax on furniture or carpet is something that strikes many people as a real nightmare and a challenge. Not so. Use a hair dryer on high heat to melt the wax again, then a scrap piece of cloth to lift it off of the furniture or carpet. Lastly, fabric sofa stains often pose the biggest challenge to people. Use a laundry spot treatment to pre-treat the area. Invest in a spot cleaning machine because these can really save a family a bundle in upholstery cleaning. Use your favorite environmentally friendly product in the spot cleaner and generally the stain can be a thing of the past. It is important to know that the sooner you get to the stain the better. It will be harder to clean if it has been left to set in for a while, but it is often still possible to clean it. These are just five examples of how to clean your home like a pro and without toxic chemicals.
|Posted by Renee Reeves on August 13, 2010 at 9:59 PM||comments (0)|
Posted by Good Housekeeping 08/13/2010
Rather than save up chores, I live by the philosophy "Clean as you go." In fact, I often multitask while I minitask! So the next time you're chatting on the phone or waiting for a TV show to start, look around the room (or check the list on the following pages) and see what quick job you can tackle. That way, the mess won't build up.
Don't stress about the mess! Learn how to keep it clean, room by room.
1. Wipe up spills in the refrigerator as soon as you notice them, and if you have time, do the rest of the shelf or any gloppy jar bottoms.
2. Go through just one refrigerator or pantry shelf and toss anything that's past the expiration date, that you'll never use again or that's less than a single serving.
3. Toss the jumble of unused takeout disposable containers, glass jars and condiment packages you've collected.
4. Wipe fingerprints off all the kitchen cabinets.
5. Cut time when polishing the floors: Apply the wax with a long-handled paint roller.
6. As you cook, rinse dirty utensils, pots and pans and put them in the dishwasher. You'll have the kitchen in good order when you sit down to eat, and you'll have less to clean up after dinner.
7. Ease the weekday morning rush by setting the table for breakfast before you go to bed. Put out cereal boxes, sweeteners and other nonperishable items. Prepare the coffeemaker and set the timer.
8. If the dishwasher's not full, add burner covers or small shelves from the refrigerator — anything that needs washing.
9. While you're talking on the phone or waiting on endless hold, clean out five to seven unwanted, unused things from the kitchen junk drawer or pantry or your purse.
|Posted by Renee Reeves on August 13, 2010 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Eleven Baking Soda Uses All Around the HousePosted in Green Cleaning, housekeeping tips tagged baking soda, carpets, dirty diapers, dog odor, hair care,
Everyone knows you can keep your fridge smelling nice and sweet by putting in a box of baking soda. But have you thought of all the other things baking soda can do?
•Closets can easily get a slight musty smell especially if they aren’t well-ventilated. But a box of baking soda can solve that problem in a jiffy. Just change it every month or so.
•Sprinkle baking soda in stinky sneakers as soon as you take them off. Empty the shoes before you wear them next. This will not only keep sneakers smelling fresh, but your closet as well.
•Babies may be sweet as can be, but their diapers sure aren’t. Sprinkle baking soda on each layer of dirty diapers to keep everything deodorized.
•Sheets, towels, socks and workout clothes can be stinky too. Add a half cup to the rinse cycle of your washer to keep them smelling clean and fresh. (To make it easy, just put the baking soda in the fabric softener dispenser).
•Clean your microwave with a paste of baking soda and water. Ditto the plastic surfaces in your refrigerator. Don’t ever use an all-purpose cleaner on these surfaces.
•Sweeten a sour sponge by wetting it and then rubbing it with baking soda. Rinse after 15 minutes.
•Sprinkle your cat’s kitty litter with baking soda to help keep the house smelling fresh.
•No time to bathe the dog? Baking soda makes a great dry bath for in between shampoos. Lightly sprinkle the fur with baking soda, work it through with a brush and then thoroughly remove. Whew!! No more doggie odors. (Remember to freshen the carpets with baking soda too. Vacuum after 15 minutes or so).
•Mix baking soda with your favorite shampoo and wash your hair as usual to remove all that build up of hair care products. Your hair will be cleaner and more manageable. And did I say shinier too?
•Oops! You forgot to dump out the coffee (or tea) from your morning cup and now it’s all discolored. No problem. Just scrub it clean with baking soda paste.
•To keep the septic system flowing freely, put one cup baking soda down each drain once a week. What a simple way to maintain a favorable PH balance in the septic tank.