Thursday, 12 October 2017

4 Bedroom Organization Tips

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, but it won’t feel like one if it’s constantly cluttered. Keep your bedroom organized by following these simple tips:

Make your bed every day
Remember when Mom used to force you to make your bed each morning? She was practicing the basic tenet of staying organized. According to Julie Morgenstern, “Don’t think of [organization] as ‘putting things away,’ but think of it as positioning [something] for its next use.” Treat your bed as the sanctuary it is by positioning it for use every day. If you spend three minutes each morning to tuck and fold, you’ll develop a habit of keeping order in the room, which may translate into motivation for picking up the pile of clothes on the floor. Source: HGTV

Make smart furniture decisions
Skip the standard table, and choose one with extra shelves instead. It’s important to take advantage of any possible storage space, so learn to get crafty. Try to view your room with fresh eyes, then ask yourself: “Where can I add more surface area?” Source: PopSugar

Use the space under your bed wisely
Under the bed storage is great because it is not visible, but still very easily accessible. You can choose to store just a few items under there–I recommend things like gift wrap, or extra linens in an adult bedroom, and books in a children’s bedroom–or you could be strategic and transfer the content of your dresser into rolling bin under the bed to free up space in your bedroom. Source: TheSpruce

Purge on a regular basis
Clutter comes in faster than it goes out. Make an inventory of what you have and what you need. Chances are there are clothes in the back of the closet or bottom of the drawers that you haven’t worn in a while. Get rid of them. Stewart suggests a storage solution: Keep a drawer labeled “donations,” so when you try on something you don’t like, you put it there rather than back in the closet. Source: AngiesList

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

4 Dirtiest Places in Your Home

There are some areas in our home that we commonly overlook when cleaning. We often forget about them as we prioritize those that are obviously dirtier, such as the toilet or the bathroom floor. Nevertheless, forgetting to clean the following places may put your health at risk.

Cutting boards
A clean cutting board is important since you place food directly on it. Using soap can wear down a wooden board, but vinegar will gently disinfect it. Scrub with a baking soda paste and salt for a deep clean. Source: HGTV

Toothbrush holders
The high bacteria levels in toothbrush holders (27 percent had coliform, 14 percent had staph) are likely because toothbrush holders tend to be so close to the toilet -one flush can unleash fecal-containing aerosols. And who ever thinks to clean the holder? No wonder 64 percent harbored mold and yeast.

Cleaning tip: Toss the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher if safe, or wash with hot soapy water twice a week. Source: CBSNews

Home office and living room
Remote controls, computer keyboards, phones, and tablets are often shared by multiple family members and guests. In 22 households, the NSF found yeast and mold on the computer keyboard, remote control, and video game controller as well as staph on the last two items.

Surfaces also contribute to bacteria growth and diversity. For example, a carpet can hold up to eight times its weight in dirt and dust and may be dirtier than a city street, according to Chem-Dry.

You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean your items, especially if they’ve come in contact with dirty surfaces.  Source: HealthLine

Bed sheets
A 2012 survey conducted by the company Crampex found that 26 percent of respondents admitted to sleeping on sheets that had only been washed once a month. Another 13 percent said they slept on sheets that had unidentified stains, sweat marks, or drool on them. Unfortunately, our linens are teeming with filth from our bodies — plus dirt from pets that sleep next to us.

Clean up: Launder sheets once a week in the hottest possible temperature allowed without ruining the sheets, says Duberg. This should get rid of any grime and also eliminate dust mites. Source: FitnessMagazine

You can reap many benefits from regularly cleaning your home. Fortunately, we can help you out if you don’t have the time to do so. Call us today for more information!

 

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

3 Ways to Get Rid of Foul Odours at Home

It is difficult to eliminate foul odour inside your home when you can’t identify its source. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with the stink as there are simple ways to keep your house smelling fresh. Check out the following:

Be Bin Smart
Since your rubbish bin is used to stash household waste, it’s no surprise that it’s often the culprit when it comes to sources of funky household fumes. While it’s inevitable that foul smells will waft up from your bin every now and then, there are a few ways you can prevent gross garbage odours from completely taking over your cooking space and surrounding area.

Removing rotting rubbish as soon as it starts to smell bad is the first step in the battle against stinky bins, followed by giving your bin a thorough clean at least once a week. Using scented garbage bags will also help your bin smell fresh … well, as fresh as can be, anyway. Source: Domain

Deodorize the Fridge
The age-old solution to tame fridge odors is to open a box of baking soda and stick it on a shelf or along the back. Change it annually and keep it away from vegetables since the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda can cause leafy veggies to wilt quickly. Sodium bicarbonate has a unique chemical property that attracts and absorbs odors. Source: Gizmodo

Maintain General Cleanliness
Wash. Clean hard surfaces regularly. Glossy paint, hard flooring, countertops, sinks and tables with soap and water or a mild cleaner that is appropriate for the surface being cleaned. Using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water, you can create your own cleaner that is environmentally friendly, inexpensive and effective for all surfaces. Lemon, substituted for the vinegar, also has antibiotic properties. For those areas where odors can really accumulate, such as bathrooms and kitchens, a cleaning solution may be more effective in removing those really tough odors. Bleach whitens and it is also effective in killing and removing mold spores. Source: Freshome

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Monday, 25 September 2017

3 Benefits of Maintaining a Clean Home

If you’re having a hard time squeezing household chores into your daily routine, you’ll probably start to feel motivated once you find out the benefits you can get from having a clean home. Take a look at the following:

Avoid allergies
Regular cleaning at home is one of the best ways to reduce dust and other nasty irritants. Simple chores like sweeping, dusting and vacuuming will eliminate dust, pet dander, dust mites and other allergens which can cause cold and flu-like symptoms. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you’ll find your symptoms relived and breathing far easier by keeping your house clean! Source: Rent

Ward off pests
In general, bugs and other household pests like warm, damp environments and they have a tendency to disguise themselves in dusty, untidy areas. Regular cleaning helps occupants discover pest problems and treat them accordingly. In addition to regular exterminations, simple chores like taking out the garbage, sweeping, and vacuuming keeps bugs and other pests from making your home their nesting ground. Source: BeforeItsNews

Reduce stress
House-cleaning reduces stress? Most people would say just the opposite; but if you go about it with the right state of mind and a couple of easy techniques, you’ll be surprised at how stress-reducing it can be. One simple technique is to use cleaning time as meditation time. Most chores do not require a lot of conscious thought, so your mind has time to wander. If you don’t like to work in quiet, another option is to turn on some music and get moving. Music helps to take your mind off the task at hand and may even make you work faster.

Another stress-reducing technique is to move quickly, i.e. running the stairs rather than walking. Quick movement releases endorphins into your bloodstream; endorphins are a natural mood-elevating hormone.

The end product of all this cleaning is a clutter-free, clean home, which in and of itself, relieves stress. It’s nice to have a clean kitchen to cook in and to know exactly where something is. Source: OldHouseWeb

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

3 Dirty Things in Your House That Could Be Making You Sick

There are many possible reasons why you’re constantly feeling under the weather, but what you might not have considered is that the culprit might be right in your home. If you want to keep your house hygienic, you can start with taking a look at these things:

Computer Keyboards
Dirt and bacteria can find many places to hide, and one common place is your computer keyboard. Researchers have found that work desktops have 21,000 germs per square inch, compared with 49 germs per square inch on office toilet seats. In addition to your desk and phone, things that make you sick can include your computer’s keyboard, a likely place to pick up germs, since you touch it so often. To stay healthy at your desk, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your mouth and nose, and use an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your keyboard. Source: EverydayHealth

Old Furniture
Do you have a favorite chair? Or a favorite pillow? Have you had your mattress for a long time? These may be places where dust mites live and wreak havoc with your system. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that thrive on the humidity and warmth provided by our bodies—and they live in every home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But for someone who has asthma and allergies, they can set off a reaction that is uncomfortable and debilitating.

Solution: Wash your sheets and towels weekly in hot water and make sure they’re thoroughly dried. Vacuum and dust weekly to rid your environment of them in carpets, curtains, and furniture. May says most important is to encase your mattress and pillows in covers designed to keep dust mites from getting through.

Note: All people have dust mites in their home, but not all people have symptoms from them. Your need to deal with the issue will depend on whether or not you or someone in your household is suffering symptoms. Source: HuffingtonPost

Vacuum Cleaner
Although your vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to tackle dust bunnies in the bedroom, if you are using a vacuum without a HEPA filter, you could be sucking up dust, pollen, dirt and grime, only to have it spray right back out into your bedroom air. Look for a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters that contain even the smallest particles, and if the vacuum uses bags, make sure those are made from HEPA material as well. Source: TheSpruce

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

4 Tips on Keeping Your Car Interior Clean

Cars can get messy, especially if you’re travelling with kids or pets. Because we spend a lot of time in our cars, we should keep them organized. To avoid additional stress caused by a messy car, check out the following tips to keep your car interior clean:

Keep a trash bag in the car
Why it’s effective: Get either a small trash can or just a trash bag and keep it in your car. It keeps your junk from falling into the tiny cracks around the seats, or from rolling under the seats, and generally getting where you’re too lazy to clean. Source: Jalopnik

Keep cup holders clean with cupcake liners
Cup holders can get messy, filling up with crumbs, toys and food wrappers. But just insert silicone cup cake liners inside to catch everything—when they get dirty, take them out and give them a rinse! Source: WomansDay

Get organized
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter that accumulates inside your car’s interior? Get an organizer. Available at many big-box retail outlets as well as auto parts retailers, you can find car organizers that fit behind the driver or passenger seats, on the floor or in a cargo hold. Fit anything you need on a regular basis, such as kids’ toys for commutes, cell phone chargers or media adapters, and tissues, and remove anything else from the car. Make sure to regularly remove any items that don’t fit in the organizer to help keep clutter to a minimum. Source: AngiesList

Create a glove box command center
When you have dedicated file folders for important papers, you’ll never rifle for receipts or your registration again. Source: GoodHousekeeping

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tips on Cleaning Your Home Before Moving Out

Anyone who has experienced moving before knows how burdensome it can be.  In addition to everything else, to make sure that you get your rental deposit back, you have to properly and thoroughly clean the house before you go. Here are some tips that can help you out:

Clean the bathrooms
Thoroughly clean the sink, tub, toilet and shower. Make sure you have removed any buildup and wiped down the fixtures.

Clean the mirrors, medicine cabinet and any vents or light fixtures in the bathroom. Make sure you don’t use mirror cleaner with ammonia in it. Check to make sure the light fixtures are clean and that the light bulbs work. Again, throw those glass light fixture covers in the dishwasher.

Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Be especially careful around the toilet.

Repeat for each bathroom. Source: WikiHow

Don’t leave anything behind (or maybe do)
There’s disagreement out there about this one: is it common courtesy to leave a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom and some lightbulbs, or annoying to the new tenant? In any case, get rid of everything else. No matter how helpful you think those old cleaning supplies or extra pots and pans might be, your landlord might disagree and charge you for clearing them away. Source: Apartment Therapy

Bedrooms and living rooms

  • Clean windowsills, frames, tracks, casings, blinds and glass panels;
  • Clean sliding doors and fly screens inside and out;
  • Wash or dry-clean curtains;
  • Wipe down air conditioners and vents;
  • Clean the fireplace and replace the furnace filter (if applicable);
  • Empty wardrobes, closets, and drawers and clean them inside and out (shelves, rods, tracks, casing, both sides of doors);
  • Clean furniture – polish wood surfaces and steam clean the upholstery. Apply a fabric/leather protector, as appropriate;
  • Wash area rugs and clean the floors as described above. Source: MyMovingReviews

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