Store bought products are convenient, but sometimes they just can’t beat the tried and true homemade cleanser. The recipe is easy, just mix: 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 tbsp of castile soap, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 2 cups of warm water. You can even add in a few drops of essential oils, like jasmine, if you enjoy that stress-relieving floral scent!
The garbage disposal is meant to take solid objects and turn them to liquid. There are few items that can easily clog the disposal like celary, chicken bones, etc. It’s important to keep the blades sharp so that they can continue to work efficiently to cut down materials and keep your drains flowing. One that I like to use requires 2 simple ingredients, water and vinegar. Put some water in an ice tray, and a drop of vinegar in each ice cube. Once the ice is frozen, drop the ice into the disposal. Run the disposal and the ice will sharpen the blades while the vinegar cleans them. For a nice smell, drop some lemon wedges or lemon rinds into the garbage disposal.
The Advantages: No doubt that if you clean your own carpet you can save money. Doing it yourself breeds a sense of accomplishment and skill that you did not have before. It’s fun and exciting once you know the basics of cleaning. You can select exactly what you want to clean, whereas a lot of cleaners are not as flexible. Whether you rent a machine or own your own, you can clean when you want and do not have an appointment to make with an outside firm. If you rent a machine you can use it all day or hang onto it for a few days, whatever you need. Having a professional all day can run up to $100 – $200.
The Disadvantages: Carpet cleaning is not easy work, so do not let the machine commercials on TV fool you into thinking that it is. When you see those machines advertised, you often see a casually dressed woman smiling with jewelry on and dress shoes. Prepare to sweat, maybe curse, and get irritated. Especially when you consider the whole idea of furniture moving. It is no fun at all. Go to a room in your home now and move all the furniture out of its way then put it back…how was it?
MAINTAINING YOUR CARPET. Maintaining the cleanliness of your carpeting is perhaps the greatest challenge. Most of us have seen the great results after cleaning, but are all too often saddened whrn we see that nice crisp look go downhill. So, what’s the secret? Well, unfortunately there is no magic involved in taking care of carpet, and to be sure the quality of the carpeting, installation, cushion, and traffic conditions all come into play with how good the carpet is going to look over time.
There are many things though that you can easily do to assure that you are doing your best when it comes to keeping your carpeting in the best shape posible.
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES. Probably the singular, most effective way for you to begin to take care of your carpeting is by following a very stringent vacuuming schedule. Vacuuming removes the dry soils from carpet that over time dull and scratch the thermoplastic synthetic fibers. When you vacuum, make sure you don’t just do the visible soil: there is a lot of soiling that is there and some that you cannot even see. On the average, it takes about fifteen feet of walking into a home from outside to totally remove the dirt from one’s shoes, therefore make sure you attend to those areas more carefully.
Also when you vacuum, don’t be married to particular directions of strokes. Use a varience in the way you do it… that way you will not encourage any certain lay that the nap will have. For example, try vacuuming north to south, then east to west, wset to east, south to north etc. Do all of this in one session. And when I say be regular in vacuuming, ideally you should be vacuuming at least once weekly or more thoroughly, and daily or every other day will not hurt. Do it as much as your home needs with respect to the traffic you get. Consider using a pile rake too, as these will seperate the yarns, prevent matting and crushing to a degree, and just make the carpet look a little better. They’re very easy to use and worth the inexpensice investment. Also, keep areas adjacent yo your carpeting clean. If you have a carpet off the kitchen floor, or near a slate entry way, make sure you keep those areas real clean. If your kitchen floor has an oily film on it from cooking, then you can be sure that the oily film will be on your carpet too….if not by foot traffic then just by airflow when the oil was airborn.
Keep your shoes off when you walk on your carpet. If you have an asphalt driveway at your home, you are walking oil onto your carpet each time you walk from one to the other. Oily films attract dirt and your carpet will look soiled real quick. Plus you will be avoiding sand and grit from getting into the carpet, which will only lessen its life. Carpet is a textile and is subject to wear and poor appearance, even though it is designed as a floorcovering.
Remove spots as soon as you notice them. The longer they remain on the carpet, the more difficult they will be to remove Clean traffic areas as soon as they become noticeable or even beforehand. That way you will not be doing salvage cleaning each time you clean it overall. Take the time and spend what you need to and get it looking up to par when you see it slide. Purchase a quality carpet shampoo and work it into those darker areas and use a wet vacuum to remove the excess. A professional quality shampoo will brighten the yarns as well as remove soils that will irritate you every time you look at it. All you have to do is mix it with hot water as directed and apply a small amount with a brush and get the yarns foamy. Work it in as you need to, you do not have to kill it. Then take your wet vacuum anf get it all out. For extra rinsing required, apply some cool water to the shampooed area and then rinse that out afterward. You will be amazed at what you can do when you have your mind in good control over what you are doing.
It’s a good idea to invest in a quality spraying device, like a real good pump up sprayer. That way you can apply shampoos and presprays, etc. to the carpet and avoid useless spray bottles when you are doing a large area. You will also be able to have a precise control over the amount of the product you apply, which is invaluable. Using hand held spray bottles are a waste of time with prespray products and shampoos… avoid it. Get a pump up type that is used for gardens and the like. You can get a pretty decent one at most hardware stores.
More people are beginning to understand how much their time is worth and want more of it. The ability to spend an extra few hours each week doing the things you truly enjoy, makes it worthwhile to contract out regular cleaning tasks to a professional maid. It used to be a luxury for only the rich to hire a maid. Now-a-days, with more dual income families working long hours, having a maid can make life more pleasant and tolerable.
Finding the right maid is a great challenge. Every individual has different needs. Most people prefer a maid that does more than just vacuuming and dusting. The greatest challenge is finding someone you can trust.
Do a google search: Google will bring up many companies to choose from. Angie’s list, Yelp, Home Advisor, Thumbtack. These companies are simply advertisers that can help you find a company or an individual to clean your home. You can check their online ratings, and see if they have a website.
The first place I would start while searching for a maid is to start with a company that has a phone number. There are many “Maid service online booking platforms,” that offer a cleaning service, but most of these platforms do not even meet with their “hired” “professionals” in person. Since their “hired,” workers are contractors, they are paid a percentage that often can fall below minimum wage.
Most importantly who do you call when something goes wrong? Who is accountable when there is no one to talk to, no one to blame. It’s probably better to work with a small local business than a large “platform.”
If you choose a local business, you should call them directly and ask questions to make sure they are the best fit for you. Are you worried about your security? Keep security cameras in the house. Make sure that the workers have been met in person and vetted.
Make sure they fit your budget. You should check to see if they charge an hourly rate or a flat rate. You may want to check that the maid company that you have discovered offers a plan for recurring service. Typically, recurring service cycles are monthly, weekly, or biweekly service.
It’s also best to see what procedures are offered to keep consistency in their work. You should check to see that they schedule the same maid each time. You should also make sure there is someone to contact in case you have an issue with the appointment.
Another way to start your search is by asking neighbors, friends and relatives for recommendations for their favorite independent cleaner or housecleaning company. You might find that there is a local favorite who doesn’t appear high up in internet search results.`
Sometimes it’s hard to get rid of items, even though they do absolutely nothing but take up space and eliminate room for actual necessities. Here’s 10 baby steps you can take to begin to declutter your home to make things more organized and to free up some space:
1. Flip Your Closet Hangers
A very wise designer once said,”Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too much clothes.” Organize your closet by having all of the closet hangers facing the same direction. Once you wear an article of clothing, flip the corresponding hanger to face the opposite direction. Once a month or two has passed, take a look at which hangers haven’t been flipped. Most likely, you can donate those articles of clothing since they aren’t worn very often.
Do a quick sweep through your kitchen and bathroom and check the expiration dates on the label. A lot of times, especially when it comes to medication, we’ll forget we even stored them in the cabinets due to how infrequently we use them. This is a quick way to get rid of things you won’t be needing anymore.
Gather up all of the items that you have just laying around the house, ex. an old mason jar, store everything in a box and set it aside for a week or two. Afterwards, see if you can re-purpose any of the items in there. If not, you can probably get rid of the items in that box.
Look around to see what you have available, whether it be a book or a candle. Write a well-wishing note along with it and give it to friends, family, or even donate it. Not only will you make a little more room within your home, but you’ll also bring a smile to someone’s face.
Now that technology is more present than ever, it is important to make sure your desktop and phone is well organized. Sure it might not have a big impact on your home, but with the amount of time the average person spends on their phone and computer, its important to also ensure that the mind isn’t cluttered and overwhelmed. You can easily create a new folder on the desktop to better rearrange files or even organize the apps on your phone by grouping them in a folder, or by colour.
If you have children with numerous toys, try motivating to clean up or donate some of their toys by offering prizes. Prizes can be anything from allowing them a few more minutes on their gaming device, their favorite snack, or even just a good old bear hug.
See what pieces of furniture are used and which aren’t. Sure the teal accent table might look nice next to the sofa, but if it is used for absolutely nothing more than to just brighten up the room with a pop of colour, maybe consider getting rid of it.
More often that not, closets and kitchen cabinets get extremely cluttered. See if you can sort that out by creating sections and labeling all of the items. Designate shorts, skirts, jeans, and slacks to separate drawers. Reposition the spices by how frequently each one is used. Even if you still end up with the same number of items you had at the start, at least it’ll be better organized and therefore seem less cluttered.
Identify a part of a countertop or a section of a room to always keep clutter free. Once you’re used to having that one small space nice and neat, challenge yourself to choose another small area to keep clutter free. Keep this process going as a gradual, surefire way to decrease cluttered spaces within your home.
Sure, reading and thinking about reorganizing your home is easy, but it’s hard to get started. Read about the benefits of having a well-organized home to help you motivate yourself to get started. Once you have started, take before and after photos to help encourage yourself to continue.
Home cleaning is a lot less overwhelming if you have a plan. If you divide chores up into specific time blocks, or even days, they will be a lot easier to tackle. Don’t forget to make fun chore charts for the kids.
With housework, there will always be something else to clean and organize. It’s important to know when to quit. When wiping down a cupboard door, resist the temptation to pull everything out of that cupboard and reorganize; save that for another day.
No time for a full mopping? Try giving your floor a good spraying with your favorite cleaner, then go over it with a mop. Depending on the cleaner, you may need to then spray your floor again with just water, and mop again to remove any residue.
Every grueling task is easier when music is involved. Find yourself some good music to clean to, you’ll find that time goes by much faster. In no time the CD is over, and your house is clean.
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A clean house may be the first thing people see as they come to visit, but what are they smelling? An inviting smell in your home is just as important as keeping it clean. Here are some things you can use:
Laundry baskets aren’t just for laundry anymore. You can get them at almost any dollar store, and they can really speed up housework. Here are some ideas:
When cleaning a room, put all the things that don’t belong in that room in a basket. Then put the baskets in the rooms that they go in.
Use a basket to carry dishes from the dining area to the sink.
Use baskets to separate magazines.
Give each household member a basket. When cleaning, line up the basket in the room you’re cleaning and put belongings in corresponding baskets. Have each family member put away the tings in their basket.
Decorative baskets are a great way to hide clutter. Tahke a trip to your local dollar store and invest in some fancy baskets of all sizes. Use them to organize. Here are some things you can use them for.
Don’t be afraid to use paper plates and plastic utensils. This reduces the clean-up time to almost nothing. You can even dress up paper plates with wicker holders, and utensils with colorful ribbon.