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PAWW Method – How to Clean Ovens Like a Pro

May 18, 2021 by emilysmaids

How to Clean Ovens Like a Pro

Our customers rely upon us to clean their ovens effectively and quickly.
So, at Emily’s Maids we’ve developed the PAWW method (Prep, Apply,
Wait, Wipe) for tough jobs with hard to remove grime like oven cleaning.

The PAWW Method

Prep

Having the right tools for the job makes all the difference.
You’ll need a) a good oven-grill cleaner, b) rubber gloves, and c)
old rags you don’t mind ruining.

Spread rags on floor, covering the are underneath the oven door when
its open. This will prevent damage from drippage – an absolute must if you
have wood floors! Then put on rubber gloves to protect hands and have
the oven cleaner ready.

Apply

Place oven racks in sink. Then liberally spray oven cleaner
on racks and all interior surfaces of oven including door glass.

Wait

Let the oven cleaner soak into the caked-in-muck for a
minimum of 15 minutes. At this point, our cleaners will turn their attention
to other cleaning tasks. You may want grab a cup of joe, sit back, and
learn more cleaning tips from the cleaning pros at
www.emilysmaids.com/blog

Wipe

Use a damp rag and wipe. Allowing the cleaner to soak
loosens the grime, making muck removal super-easy with minimal muscle effort.

Voila! An easy and effective way to clean your oven with minimal
scrubbing muscle required. With especially stubborn grime, just apply
cleaner and wait another 15 minutes before wiping.

Don’t have an oven cleaner or prefer a green cleaning solution?
That’s ok! Use baking soda and vinegar. Add a few table spoons of water to a
½ cup of baking soda to form a paste. Apply paste to all surfaces and
let sit overnight instead of 15 minutes. Use a damp cloth to remove then
spray vinegar, wiping for final clean.


This piece originally appeared on porch.com in an article entitle “All about Home Cleaning: Tips from the Experts“.

 

Last-Minute Cleaning Hacks Before San Jacinto Day

April 20, 2021 by emilysmaids

Last-Minute Cleaning Hacks Before San Jacinto Day

During the pandemic, sacrifices must be always be made. Days of historical pride such as San Jacinto Day can shift from crowded public celebrations to more intimate visitations between immediate friends or family.

If you are expecting company and your house is messy, this article is for you.

The truth is that many people working full-time jobs can be stressed and busy, leaving them craving some much-needed rest when they get home.  While there is no excuse for the lack of proper cleaning, we do tend to postpone some tasks that are not immediate. Washing windows or cleaning out the attic may be important, but it is rarely urgent.

Let’s be honest; you do not have enough time at your disposal to thoroughly clean your home if you didn’t do it already. Yet, you can do a good job and keep things presentable.

Assuming that you are expecting company and want to clean as much as possible in as little time as possible, what can you do?

1. First Impressions Matter

Grease stains on my door? From where?

Well, similar to your fridge, some metallic doors can get smeared or stained by sebum, the oily substance that coats each of our skins to varying degrees. Also, it can have chipped paint, spiderwebs on the edge of the frame, and many other issues.

While you do not have time to repaint your door, at least clean it and give it a shine.

This point heavily depends on the type of door and what material was used in constructing it. In general, metallic doors are sturdier, yet they show dirt and grease smears more than their wooden counterparts.

The same goes for your doormat: just get most of the dirt off. If first impressions matter, then the doorway contributes to that opinion. It will be the first thing seen by visitors.

2. Clean Your Oven with Non-Toxic Alternatives

Washing dishes used to be the king of chores. Many people, including yours truly, would prefer to scrub the toilet rather than wash dishes. Yet, that problem is not as common as it used to be. Dishwashers have become fairly cheap, while career-focused people tend not to cook much anyway.

You will not have a hard time preparing for company if your only worry is cleaning some pots, pans, and plates. Your oven represents a whole other side of the story. Few things are as ugly and offputting as a dirty oven, and self-cleaning functions are not always dependable.

Persistent burn residue and stains can be extremely hard to remove, especially if you want to avoid using toxic solutions. This is a problem that you can fix overnight, but no sooner than that.

Simply get some baking soda, and mix it with water to a degree of ⅓. It should form a thick-ish paste. Then, smear that paste all over the problem areas in your oven. Leave it overnight to soak and break the strong chemical bonds of all the burnt material.

When morning comes, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and use it to rinse away the paste. This will get rid of stains and residue that most people think is impossible to remove.

3. Clean Floors After You’re Done with Everything Else

Only you know how much time you have to clean before San Jacinto Day and how to budget your time.

However, since our floors see the heaviest use and really show dirt, we tend to start with them. That is a mistake. Over this cleaning session, you will be wiping the table, countertops, dusting, etc.

While it is normal to try and catch all of the crumbs or dust during cleaning, you can’t get them all. Some will inevitably fall onto the floor. So, if your floor was already cleaned, you will be forced to start over ( at least for that area).

As a bonus point, it can be very tempting to skip vacuuming and go directly to washing. It can be done.

Yet, the hairs and debris can stick to your cleaning cloth/mop, basically using it to hitch a ride to another area of your floor. Or, the mop will not pick up smaller and finer grains of rock and sand.

It is a headache to wash a dirty floor. Even a poor vacuuming job will save you a lot of time.

4. Sinks, Toilets, and Mirrors

There is little tolerance for bad smells or dirty surfaces in people’s restrooms. Yet, most kitchen sinks and dishcloths have more dangerous bacteria than a regularly cleaned toilet seat.

There is no hack or shortcut; just clean your bathroom. It shouldn’t take that long.

The only mention would be to let the cleaning solution soak for 10-20 mins, as it needs time to work its magic.

Conclusion

A holiday is coming up, and you don’t have time to clean every inch of your home.  Do the bare minimum.

Clean your door and doorway as it will be the first thing seen by visitors. Meanwhile, prepare a baking soda paste and spray bottle filled with vinegar for persistent oven stains.

After, work on your bathroom, then finally, the floors.

How to Clean a Dіѕhwаѕhеr

April 7, 2021 by emilysmaids

how to clean a Dishwasher

In thеоrу, your dishwasher should соnѕtаntlу сlеаn іtѕеlf. But ѕаdlу, theories don’t always hold. Ovеr tіmе, bits оf fооd, grеаѕе, undissolved dеtеrgеnt, аnd wаtеr minerals buіld uр оn the dіѕhwаѕhеr’ѕ filter аnd іntеrіоr wаllѕ. Not just this, but unрlеаѕаnt ѕmеll and gunk can lеаvе ѕроtѕ and film оn your glаѕѕwаrе, dіnnеrwаrе, and flаtwаrе. Check out more Cleaning Tips.

If dоn’t сlеаn уоur dishwasher соrrесtlу, уоur аррlіаnсе can’t fully dо іtѕ job. Pluѕ, іf уоu lеt thе fооd аnd grime buіld up, іt can ѕеrіоuѕlу damage thе dishwasher’s filter аnd pump, ultіmаtеlу resulting in соѕtlу rераіrѕ.

How often should уоu clean уоur dishwasher?

Dереndіng оn your issue, you should clean the dishwasher daily, weekly, and monthly. A quick guіdе to help:

  • Dаіlу: Remove bits оf fооd
  • Wееklу: Wіре down thе dіѕhwаѕhеr dооrs, gasket, and clean the fіltеr
  • Mоnthlу: Dеер сlеаn the іntеrіоr
  • Aѕ nееdеd: Exterior cleaning and buffіng

Саn уоu сlеаn уоur dіѕhwаѕhеr with bleach?

No, bleach is nоt recommended, еѕресіаllу іf the dіѕhwаѕhеr has a ѕtаіnlеѕѕ steel іntеrіоr оr іf the parts аrе stainless ѕtееl. Apart from this, do not uѕе blеасh with vinegar because thе combination оf the twо can create potentially lethal сhlоrіnе gаѕ.

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How tо сlеаn уоur dishwasher

Here is уоur in-depth step-by-step guide to learn hоw to clean a dіѕhwаѕhеr thе rіght wау.

Rеmоvе bіtѕ оf fооd

Thе rооt оf mоѕt odor рrоblеmѕ is usually from leftover food that hаѕ turnеd your dіѕhwаѕhеr into a ѕесоnd garbage disposal. Gеt іn the habit of cleaning аnу rеmаіnіng bits of fооdѕ аftеr еасh dishwashing сусlе. Pull оut the bottom rасk to lооk fоr аnу lеftоvеr fооd that mау have fallen into the well and remove it with a рареr towel to prevent оdоrѕ and future buildup.

Wіре away dооr аnd gаѕkеt grime

Tо сlеаn thе іnѕіdе оf the dооr, ipe аwау аnу rеѕіduе and ѕроtѕ that may have ѕрlаѕhеd оr ѕеttlеd onto the іntеrіоr ѕurfасе оf the dооr. Clean the door, its edges, hаndlе, or dіѕhwаѕhеr соntrоlѕ with a damp mісrоfіbеr cloth or ѕроngе.

Remove аnd rіnѕе thе dіѕhwаѕhеr filter

It’ѕ ѕіmрlе: If thе fіltеr іѕn’t сlеаn, nothing еlѕе wіll bе. Since the fіltеr іѕ below the bottom spray arm, уоu’ll need to pull оut thе bоttоm rасk tо get to it. If you’re not sure how to remove it, check the оwnеr’ѕ manual or mаnufасturеr’ѕ wеbѕіtе for dеtаіlѕ. Tо еlіmіnаtе pesky ѕроtѕ on futurе lоаdѕ:

  • Unlock and remove thе filter and rinse іt under hоt running wаtеr.
  • Use a ѕоft tооthbruѕh to scrub the mеѕh ѕсrееn and рlаѕtіс frame to remove аnу grease or раrtісlеѕ stuck in the сrеvісеѕ. Then, rіnѕе it clean.
  • Lосk thе filter bасk into рlасе.
Dеер сlеаn your dіѕhwаѕhеr with vinegar
  • Tо сlеаn with vinegar, рlасе a dіѕhwаѕhеr-ѕаfе bowl filled with one сuр оf dіѕtіllеd whіtе vinegar on the top rack аnd run a normal (hot) сусе without detergent or dishes.
  • To сlеаn уоur dіѕhwаѕhеr with vinegar and baking ѕоdа fоr ехtrа frеѕhеnіng. After running thе vіnеgаr cycle, ѕрrіnklе a cup of baking ѕоdа in the bottom оf your empty dіѕhwаѕhеr, аnd run a ѕhоrt hot сусlе.
Clean thе dіѕhwаѕhеr drаіn trар

If wаtеr іѕ sitting in the bottom of your dіѕhwаѕhеr after thе сусlе hаѕ еndеd, chunks of food or fоrеіgn objects might bе blосkіng thе drаіn trap іn thе bottom center. Rеmеmbеr thаt уоur dishwasher ѕhаrеѕ your kіtсhеn ѕіnk’ѕ drain and оftеn ѕhаrеѕ thаt with the gаrbаgе dіѕроѕаl too. If either of thоѕе аrе nоt draining properly, unblock thе ѕіnk drаіn first. If it’s only thе dіѕhwаѕhеr thаt wоn’t drain:

  • Turn оff thе dіѕhwаѕhеr. Remove any items frоm thе dіѕhwаѕhеr and tаkе оut thе bоttоm rack.
  • Remove the ѕtаndіng water frоm thе bottom of the dіѕhwаѕhеr by using a ѕmаll cup or аbѕоrbеnt towel.
  • Rеmоvе аnу visible fооd сhunkѕ or foreign objects from thе drаіn trap uѕіng a soft cloth to рrоvіdе more grip.
  • If the dіѕhwаѕhеr still don’t drаіn properly аnd уоur оwnеr’ѕ manual hаѕ no further іnѕtruсtіоnѕ, thіѕ may be time to call in a рrоfеѕѕіоnаl plumbing ѕеrvісе fоr hеlр.

Conclusion

As always, living in a clean environment is healthy for you. Aѕ wіth mоѕt things, prevention іѕ better thаn сurе. Uѕіng a ԛuаlіtу dishwasher detergent and rіnѕе does a lot tо hеlр reduce the unѕіghtlу spots that can dеvеlор оn thе interior of уоur dishwasher. Also, іf you lіvе іn an area with hard wаtеr, uѕe whоlе-hоmе wаtеr ѕоftеnеr оr аddіng regeneration salt to your dishwasher’s wаtеr ѕоftеnіng ѕуѕtеm wіll hеlр рrеvеnt spotting оn уоur glassware, and рrеvеntѕ mineral buіld-uр in your dіѕhwаѕhеr. Lеаvіng the door open аt thе end оf a сусlе can also help рrеvеnt mold or mildew from developing, and prevent that ѕtаlе odor.

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Easy Tips For Easter Cleaning

March 31, 2021 by emilysmaids

Easy Tips For Easter Cleaning 

Easy Tips for Easter Cleaning

Easter is fast approaching and you’d like to have friends and family over, isn’t it? Think about all those decorated Easter eggs, chocolates, food, and drinks. It signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how He gave us salvation. While preparing for Easter, don’t forget that your home surfaces matter too. Wouldn’t you want your loved ones to visit a sparkling home space? This easy Easter Cleaning guide will give you some tips to help clean your home in readiness for the Easter celebrations.

Is Easter Cleaning Important?

 

You may be wondering if you can’t just clean your house for Easter like the regular days. Well, Easter cleaning is as important. You need to clean out and touch areas you normally leave out every other day. If you are having kids over, you need to clean thoroughly too. This is because they tend to spill for, pick them up and toss in their mouths while you’re not looking.

Also, celebrating in a well-cleaned space makes it enjoyable and more fun. More so, it would be easier for you to clean up after the celebrations.

Do’s and Don’ts

 

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind while cleaning up for the celebrations:

  • Your surfaces should be clean and dry all the time. If you leave wet surfaces, you’d be breeding mildew and mold. This can ruin your surfaces and spread diseases.
  • Do not clean your tiles and floors with acidic cleaners.
  • Clean your upholstery to get rid of dust.
  • Follow your normal cleaning routine, however, make it a few steps ahead.
  • Try decluttering your home.

How Can I Make Easter Cleaning Easier?

 

You can always hire a cleaning service as we recommended a little while back. Like every other thing in life, when you plan ahead of time, it makes whatever you are doing easier and much better. This also relates to spring cleaning for Easter. How do you go about this?

First off, you need to create a plan. You can pick a day and allocate it to cleaning. You don’t necessarily have to be cleaning the whole day. Picking one day is part of the plan.

Next is to know the places you want to clean. There are so many areas in and around your home that you should focus on:

Kitchen: You probably leave out some areas in your kitchen when cleaning on a normal day. Clean out your refrigerator, behind your cupboards, at the back of your freezer, ovens, dishwasher, and so on.

Carpets and Rugs: Easter cleaning should be the perfect time to deep clean your carpets and rugs. Why? Because they are often neglected during routine cleaning. 

Upholstery: Clean your upholstery to remove dust and stains. If you have sofa and cushion covers, be sure to wash them all.

Windows:  Most people forget that their windows also need cleaning, especially during summer. Dust and dirt buildup on them, making them unattractive to look at. Make sure you clean them during your Easter cleaning and give your home a brighter and more pleasant look.

Finally, you need to follow your plan and clean the places you have mapped out. You can have someone join you in the cleaning if you don’t stay alone. The kids can also help out with minor chores like arranging books, packing up toys, and so on. Be also sure to check our checklist on spring cleaning! Many principles still apply.

Is It Necessary to Clear Clutter?

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Look around your home, there are so many things you don’t need or use anymore. They are just there and have become a part of your home. It could be anything from old books, old clothes, old furniture, magazines, toys, and more. These are referred to as “clutter”. Take time to clear them out and breathe in fresher air.

It is very necessary to clear out clutter because they tend to take up space that would have been used for better purposes. So, clear them out and get rid of them.

Conclusion

In all, Easter cleaning isn’t something you should stress yourself about. Just consider it as your regular cleaning. The only thing different is that you are cleaning a bit deeper. Guess what? You can play music and have fun while you clean to spice things up! By the time you’re done, you’d be proud of how sparkling and beautiful your home is.

Happy Easter! – have a great celebration ahead. Be sure to have lots of fun too!

Happy Easter Note

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning for Your Family

March 20, 2021 by emilysmaids

You, like many others out there, have spring on your mind. Not only has winter been challenging, but many homes have also had to deal with freezing temperatures, snow, and power outages that have lasted for days. However, with spring comes spring cleaning.

I understand that cleaning goes a long way in making your home feel fresh and appear nice; however, there are more benefits than appearance. It will surprise you to learn that spring-cleaning helps the mental and physical health of everyone in your family.

If you need extra motivation to get down and start cleaning, read on for seven ways spring cleaning can help your mental and physical health.

Clean air strengthens the immune system

Seasonal allergies are most common during the springtime. Although enticing, blossoming new plants renew allergies for many. For example, dust, mildew, and mold are a few of the things that can trigger allergies in people. Since you can’t always control the outside world, you can control your little inside world by cleaning your home.

Spring cleaning improves the air quality around the home and lets you breathe better. Not just this, but it also supports a healthy immune system and prevents respiratory complications. The cleaning process encourages you to deep clean every corner of your home, vacuum floors and ceilings, wash blankets and beddings, and eliminate dust from your home. The combined effect of all of these improves the air around the home.

Improves mental health

Spring cleaning improves mental health by decreasing anxiety, depression, and stress. If you’ve noticed, people sleep better and are more productive when they work in a clean and tidy environment. When you clean, there will be less clutter around the house. Besides, the cleaning process involves tossing, recycling, decluttering, and donating some items. All of these activities liberate and refresh the mind.

For example, a clean bedroom promotes a good night’s sleep. Why? There is less clutter in your bedroom, you just changed your sheets, and there is a natural fragrance around your room.

Improves your mood and productivity

Cleaning significantly improves your mood and often leaves you feeling accomplished. Truthfully, not everyone likes the process. However, the result often leaves us extremely satisfied. This feeling of accomplishment coupled with a neat and fresh-smelling home improves your energy levels. It does not just boost the mood, but it also reduces the risk of depression.

Too much junk lying around your home can affect your ability to focus on a task. Conversely, when there are fewer things to distract you, there will be enough mental space to focus on the things that matter.

Prevents illness

This right here is the most obvious reason why you should clean your home during spring. Winter leaves surfaces iced and often present the perfect environment for germs and bacteria. To minimize the spread of viruses, clean your home. This point is even more important with coronavirus concerns. A clean surface improves food safety and significantly reduces illnesses.

Reduces the risk of an injury

Falls, slips, and bumps are the leading cause of injuries around the home. However, most of these accidents occur when things are out of place. Spring cleaning provides an ideal opportunity to make home adjustments to reduce the risk of an injury. You can schedule a time to declutter your space and remove items that don’t fit in their current position.

An ideal way to use expired products

Not what you’re thinking right? yeah. Nonetheless, spring cleaning provides an opportunity to use most of the cleaning products that have accumulated over time. Instead of waiting till the products expire, you can single out products near expiry and use them for cleaning.

Conclusion

Spring cleaning is great for your family, wallet, and health. Try some spring cleaning today or, better yet, have Emily’s Maids do all the hard work and watch your body thank you for it.

Hiring Cleaning Services for Spring Cleaning

March 12, 2021 by emilysmaids

Let’s face it, not everyone has the time and luxury of cleaning their homes for spring. Fine, cleaning yourself offers a lot of exciting ways to bond with the kids and release mental pressure. However, not everyone is cut out for cleaning. If you belong to this percentage of people who can’t clean, you should hire house cleaning services – like Emily’s Maids! – for spring cleaning.

Why you should hire cleaning services

Expertise and professionalism

So this is it, no matter how hard you try, your home won’t really be clean enough to your satisfaction. The reason is that it is difficult and almost impossible to clean perfectly as a professional cleaner would. This is the distinction between you and professional cleaners. Cleaning services handle stains and dirt daily; hence; they understand cleaning methods, supplies, and routines better than you.

Apart from this, cleaning services are professionally trained for cleaning. Hence, they have cleaning tools, equipment, and gadgets tailored to make each cleaning task easier. They also know which cleaning supplies to use to handle different cleaning jobs. So basically, cleaning services are trained to clean better than you and have enough professional knowledge to back it up.

Plus, it completely takes the risk away from you as you are not responsible for any botch job.

Frees your time

Speaking of time, the reason why most people prefer not to clean themselves is that there is not enough time to clean. The warmer weather after winter usually presents a list of activities you can enjoy with your family. Instead of trying to juggle between cleaning, your job, family, and activities, you can employ a cleaning service and strike cleaning off the list.

Saves money

Not the type of money you may be thinking of since hiring a cleaning service involves spending and not saving. However, if you consider the professionalism and the opportunity cost of doing something else with your time, you will realize it saves time. Professional cleaners are throughout and don’t do guesswork. This means, unlike you, they won’t buy the wrong cleaning supplies and waste money.

How to hire cleaning services

Get referrals from friends and families

Word of mouth is often the most effective form of advertisement. Hence, ask friends who they use for insights about cleaning services. More than reading what the company offers on the website, let your friends paint a better picture of their services.

Try online reviews

Another way to run a background check on cleaning services is to read reviews of unhappy people and their terrible experiences. If the company has more bad reviews and good ones, stay away! However, a mixture of good and bad reviews, but more good reviews are good.

Award winning cleaning service?

Similar to online reviews where customers offer virtual awards and recognition in the form of 5 star reviews, consider the awards the house cleaning company has earned from third parties, especially industry-related awards. Along the same lines is being trusted by the media and news outlets as a reputable source for stories. May not be an award, but definitely a positive recognition. So is the maid service often in the news?

Insurance and worker’s compensation

The cleaning service should be able to cover the cost of injury to an employee, theft, and damage to your house. If there is no such coverage, you will be responsible for an injured worker, theft, and property damage. Be sure to look into the coverage and policy for clarity.

Conclusion

There are absolutely more reasons why you should hire a cleaning service for spring cleaning. However, the important ones are that it saves time, energy, and money. It also ensures a better cleaning than you can ever achieve on your own.

Pre-Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklists

February 19, 2021 by emilysmaids

Everything gets better with checklists. Rather than spending time with undecisive motions and activities, checklists provide actionable plans you can implement to make pre-spring cleaning more productive. So, spring felt like a long time coming a few months ago. However, crazy snow and freezing temperatures will usher in spring in a few months. Although spring cleaning may have to wait a while, let’s help you with tips to help you get ready for spring cleaning.

Take out the trash

Cleaning can be challenging with you buried in stuff. Hence, the first thing on the checklist is to get rid of what you don’t need. This activity frees space around the home and provides a clear mind free of stress and anxiety. If you can efficiently perform this task, you won’t have much problem seeing the cleaning through to an end.

Take your time to get rid of the things you don’t need. By getting rid of them, you don’t always need to throw them into the trash. If you want, you can donate some items or sell them. However, ditch whatever is left. If there are too many items to dispose of, rent a dumpster or hire a removal service.

Get help with cleaning

There is nothing wrong with asking for help or calling a professional house cleaning service for help with cleaning. If you don’t have the energy or time to clean, ask around for cleaning services and book a time with the cleaning professionals. However, you can ask a friend or family member to help out. Besides, you can try automated cleaning with robotic vacuum cleaners. These cleaners get rid of debris and dirt efficiently.

Do these in no specific order

Yeah, the big idea is to get the job done without paying much attention to the order. Whichever works best for you, do the following:

  • Polish and wax the floor as needed to give it a bright appearance
  • Shampoo the carpets, wash the curtains and vacuum the floors
  • Rearrange the furniture, dust the walls, and clean hangings on your ceilings
  • Dust the bookshelves, baseboards, ceiling fans, and other surfaces
  • Clean the vents, dryer vents, air ducts, and replace the HVAC filters
  • Clean the window by wiping them down
  • Rearrange the kitchen and wash the dishes
  • Take out the fridge for a rub down and restock
  • Wash your bathroom and arrange the closet
  • Remove the pillow cover and bedsheets and wash them
  • Finish laundry and take out the trash

Checklist for outside

  • Inspect the gutters and roof for ice and snow damages. Also, check for loose shingles or noticeable issues with the tiles. Plus, remove debris, leaves, and sticks from the roof.  
  • Inspect the doors and windows for leaks, holes, and gaps. Repair and replace the windows and doors where necessary.
  • Check the sprinkler lines, heads, and valves and fix whatever needs fixing. Also, check pipes and faucets to eliminate cracks resulting from freeze damage. Check sensors on outdoor lighting to identify the need for a replacement.
  • Service the HVAC unit to improve its efficiency. Clean debris on the unit, change the filters and clean the coils.
  • Test and install smoke detectors around your house.

Conclusion

Cleaning, either pre-spring or spring cleaning is easier said than done. However, a pre-spring checklist makes cleaning easy and breezy.

Cleaning on Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2021 by emilysmaids

Since the moment it is born, almost every living organism embarks on the quest of finding and impressing the opposite sex. This relentless pursuit gives us one of life’s most significant challenges and one of its most profound consolations.

For people, love has been described as almost being like a dance. However, that is untrue.

To be honest, love is more like a chemistry experiment, with thousands of little variables that you continuously or unconsciously must get right.

The dreaded and highly anticipated “mood” must be reached and maintained.

Dirt is a mood killer

Speaking for myself and most people: nothing ruins “the mood” faster than poor hygiene.

Lousy breath, wrinkled and unkempt clothing, dirty fingernails are all deal breakers for many people. Yet, you will not be spared from this rejection if you maintain good personal hygiene, but your living space is in tatters.

Usually, these problems do not occur at the start of the relationship when we are all very eager to impress. Throughout a long relationship, we tend to rest on our laurels and just stop trying. We begin dressing down, welcoming our partner to a messy house, and overall neglecting the atmosphere, if not the person.

There is no greater passion killer than implying: “I already have you, and I take you for granted. Why try to impress you?”.

This Valentine’s Day should signal the start of a different paradigm. We each should strive to welcome our Valentine to a mood-setting, crispy-clean house. Those of us who are brave enough can even attempt to cook something, taking great care not to burn down the house we just spotlessly cleaned.

Smells and bells

A nightmare scenario can occur: you just cleaned your bathroom, and your Valentine is soon to arrive. Yet, a hint of a bad smell lingers. It was covered at first by the citrus-flavored vapors of your cleaning solutions, yet those wear off quickly.

This clinging smell may seem strange, but it is a common problem for many people.

Cleaning your bathroom often involves some disinfectant, bleach-based solutions that promise to kill the accumulated bacteria. Yet, we treat these disinfectants like ordinary soap, and we rinse them away instantly.

Then, we get tricked by their minty or citrus smell into thinking the toilet, the sink, or the floor is clean.

Funky, lingering smells are off-putting, and you can eliminate them by covering bacteria-ridden surfaces with disinfectant and leaving them to soak for about 15 minutes. Give it time to work.

Your sink is another primary source of funky smells, as it gathers grease, skin cells, hair, and all types of dirt. Bending over a sink that belches nasty smell is enough to ruin the mood with your Valentine.

Be sure to get some powder drain cleaner and pour it down the sink. After about 10 minutes, chase it down with boiling water.

Cleaning as a Valentine’s gift

It is not uncommon for partners to have a copy of each other’s house keys. As a surprise, you could take him/her out for a lovely dinner. As you are out on the town, you can hire a professional cleaning service to come and make the place spotless.

Most cleaners won’t refuse you if you ask them nicely to leave a few heart-shaped decorations lying around. Your Valentine will expect you to take them out, yet they won’t expect to come home to a Valentine’s themed, crispy-clean home.

Also, many maid services offer house cleaning gift cards. It’s practically a vacation away from cleaning – a perfect gift for your loved one.

Queen for a Day

This one doesn’t have as much to do with cleaning as it is just a simple and easy way to have your Valentine feel like a Queen for a day. Might take some planning but that is what makes it a sure hit.

Top 4 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaning Solutions

January 29, 2021 by emilysmaids

For most people, keeping a clean house not only guards your health but also promotes a more cheerful and upbeat disposition. However, the process of cleaning often involves using store-bought chemicals that can be highly toxic.

Certain commercial solutions will irritate your airways if you have respiratory issues, as you unwittingly breathe in the volatile fumes. While the use of toxic chemicals cannot be fully eliminated, you can use natural, non-toxic alternatives in certain situations. In fact, you can even make your own cleaning solutions using household ingredients.

This alternative is not only easier on your skin and lungs, but it also involves dirt-cheap ingredients that you probably already have lying around.

As a disclaimer, whatever you do, never mix bleach and ammonia. The resulting gas is extremely harmful to the human body, regardless of your health status.

This article will show chemistry has a place outside the lab as we explore some nifty DIY cleaning solutions.

1. Lemon-scented vinegar cleaner

You will need some lemon rind, white vinegar, rosemary springs, and distilled water for this mixture.  The ingredients should be mixed then left in a container for about seven days. After, it can be poured into a spray bottle for easy use.

This cleaner is effective against mineral deposit stains left by water; it can remove smears from certain walls; it can freshen your kitchen counters, and rinse your trash receptacle.

It is well-knows that vinegar has excellent cleaning power, but the lemon rind can also boost the solution’s effectiveness. It wasn’t included just for the sake of its refreshing smell.

Disclaimer: The lemon’s leftover citric acid can affect granite surfaces, so avoid using this cleaner on such surfaces.

2. DIY marble cleaning solution

For this cleaner, you will need only two ingredients: distilled water and dishwashing soap. Be sure to use a milder variety of soap.

Mix the two while being careful not to add too much dishwashing liquid, letting it to amalgamate for about 2-3 minutes. Then, using a soft sponge, wash the marble or granite surface. As previously mentioned, do not use lemon or any other type of citrus-based cleaner as it will erode the surface.

3. Stain removal solution

This solution is designed to remove persistent stains out of white clothing. It consists of 3 main ingredients: bleach, powder dishwasher detergent, and some hot water. The quantities may vary depending on how much you wish to produce, yet for a standard batch, you can use a cup of bleach and detergent for every gallon of water.

It is important to remember that it should not be mixed inside an aluminum container. You can use plastic, enamel, or stainless steel.

After the mixture is ready, leave the clothes to soak for about twenty minutes. For every more persistent stain, prolong the soak period for another 10-15 minutes.

4. Grease and grime cleaner

Ah yes, the nemesis of any homeowner: grime. As layers of grease pile on top of each other, they are repeatedly heated and left to set, a very persistent, sticky, and nasty layer of grime forms. It usually clings to stove hoods, stove grills, oven racks, and other surfaces that contact food.

The solution is easy to prepare: you should include a cup of sudsy ammonia for every gallon of lukewarm water. If you do not see results, add a little more ammonia.

Once it is prepared, dip a sponge in the solution and start washing the troubled areas. After, simply rinse the area with water.

Conclusion

As you can see, many of these solutions are very easy to make, and they do work. You do not have to worry about a high price tag or exposure to volatile and irritant chemicals. Try them out for yourself, and you’ll never look back.

6 Amazing Housecleaning Hacks

January 12, 2021 by emilysmaids

Cleaning is definitely a skill, a skill that is definitely in demand as most of the world’s population is locked inside. And make no mistake, there are quicker and more efficient ways of getting things done, instead of scrubbing everything until your hands are raw.

This is a list of cleaning tips and hacks designed to hasten the process without compromising the quality of the final results.

Here are a few ways in which you can work smarter and not harder:

1. Cleaning wax stains

Here’s a problem that used to be much more common a few hundred years ago: cleaning spilled and hardened wax.

While electricity has eliminated most of the need for candles, halogen and LED lights rarely bring out the romantic streak in people. Try as we might, we still need candles.

Spent candles are a nightmare to change, and most people throw out the pretty glass containers just to avoid having to clean them. Instead of taking a fingernail to the dried wax flakes, simply dunk the glass in some hot water. You can also add a little white vinegar as it will restore some of its shine.

The warm water will melt the excess wax, leaving the candleholder clean and ready to act as a centerpiece for your next romantic candlelit dinner.

2. Unclogging shower heads

Life is suffering.

And one of the main causes of that suffering is the loss of showerhead pressure.

While the previous statement may be a little hyperbolic, low showerhead pressure can indeed be a nuisance. The issue is mainly caused by mineral deposits that clog the tiny holes through which the water springs.

Thankfully, the situation is easily fixed: First, be sure to buy a scrubber sponge, and remove as much of the debris as possible. Of course, this will do a good job of cleaning just the exterior.

For the holes’ interior part, get a leak-free plastic bag, some water, and white vinegar. 

Now, mix the water and vinegar inside the bag. Remove the showerhead and place it in the bag to soak for about 30 minutes – 1 hour. This method will remove the deposits, so you will only need to wipe away the loosened debris.

Vinegar is excellent for any situation that involves limescale.

3.  Cleaning canvas sneakers

Here’s how you can waste money: take your sneakers and make them unusable by washing them in the washing machine. The result will be a collapsed, wrinkled mess with a sole that is starting to detach. Now that we’re covered what not to do, here’s how you can adequately clean your canvas sneakers:

  1. Take out the shoelaces.
  2. Take a soft-bristle brush, wet it, and slightly scrub any excessive dirt. Do this for the entire surface, including the sole, tongue, and edge.
  3. If the stains are very persistent, dip the brush in hydrogen peroxide first.
  4. Add a little mild dish soap to some warm water, then wet some cloth inside the mixture.
  5. Using the cloth, gently clean all of the sneaker’s surfaces.
  6. Repeat the same process; only this time, use a cloth soaked in just water for rinsing.
  7. Finally, stuff your shoes with paper towels to get rid of the excess water. As a bonus, this also helps to prevent them from collapsing into a wrinkled mess.

4. Cleaning red wine stains

“There’s no use crying over spilled milk.” Indeed, that popular saying is true. However, the argument can be made that crying over spilled wine is entirely justified. Milk doesn’t stain nearly as bad.

Regardless of the liquid in question, if you’re drinking it often, it’s only a matter of time until an accident happens.

After the spill, most people panic and start hectically rubbing the stain. Rubbing is a mistake, as it only works further to smear the wine into the carpet or clothing item. Your best option is to get a piece of cloth or multiple paper towels and use a dipping motion to absorb the moisture.

Remember: dip, don’t rub.

If the item in question is a shirt or a pair of pants, take it off and leave it to soak in a mixture of cold water and a laundry stain remover solution. About 20 minutes should be enough for the combination to work its magic.

If the discoloration persists, wash the garment in a mixture of bleach and warm water. It is essential to check that the bleach is designed to be used for fabrics and not just general-purpose bleach.

However, if you spilled wine on your upholstery, drenching it in bleach and detergent is out of the question. To remedy the problem, add some liquid dish soap to some lukewarm water, and then soak a sponge in the mixture. Use that sponge to clean the stain as much as possible.

Then, using a blotting motion, get an absorbent cloth to remove the remaining wine from the stain. Finally, rinse using a sponge and plain water. While you can leave it to dry, it is best to blowdry the spot.

5. Toothpaste to remove marker scribbles from wood

Kids sometimes like to color outside the lines, literally. While your little one is coloring, it’s only a matter of time until the table itself starts to look like an abstract painting. To make matters worse, crayons are out of style, and markers are much more popular.

Thankfully, an unlikely item will remove marker scribbles from wood: toothpaste. This advice is pretty straightforward, with no particular method involved. Simply use toothpaste to remove the stain, then rinse.

6. Remove odors from shoes

Thankfully, North America doesn’t foster a shoes-off inside the house culture. Still, many of us get self-conscious about the smell of our feet and shoes. While regular bathing or fungicide solves the former, the latter can be easily fixed with baking soda.

It seems strange, but pouring baking soda inside your shoe will remove the bad smells. Baking soda is famous for its ability to absorb any odor. That’s why it is often used in kitchen cleaning products.

The only mention is to make sure that the shoe is bone-dry; otherwise, the soda will absorb the moisture forming a messy paste.

Leave the filled shoes overnight, and by morning they will be as fresh as when you bought them. To get rid of the powder, shake it loose and tap on the sole while holding each shoe upside-down.

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