We’ve Gone Green

We’ve partnered with Clorox and are now using their line of Green Works products to bring you a better approach to cleaning. You are still getting the top level cleaning service you’ve always received from us, and now we are using products that are safer for your family and pets. These power-packers are tough on grease but include biodegradable and naturally derived ingredients that make them more environmentally friendly.

Having been trusted to clean households since 1913, Clorox wants to help those people who are looking to live more natural lifestyles. With no industry standard set for “natural” products, they came up with their own idea of what “natural” should be and then made those guidelines stricter. The result, as you can see from Clorox’s website ww.thecloroxcompany.com, is a line of products whose ingredients “are biodegradable, formulated to be nonallergenic, not tested on animals and packaged in bottles that can be recycled”. The Green Works products are even recognized by the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program.

We are proud to bring you a safer and more natural clean with the Green Works products. No harsh chemical smells and no sticky residue, just clean.

DIY Laundry Scent Booster

Everyone loves clean and fresh smelling laundry, right?  Just walk down the laundry aisle at your favorite big box store and you’re quickly overwhelmed with the scents and options to make your laundry ‘smell clean’. The scent additives don’t really do anything other than add scent, so why not make them yourself? Today I’m sharing a simple DIY recipe for a Laundry Scent Booster – it’s cheap and easy to make and perfect for adding your own personal scent to your laundry routine.  Best reason to make it?  It’s natural and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances or ingredients.

For the full details on how to make this Laundry Scent Booster, visit the source http://www.cleanmama.net/2016/02/laundry-scent-booster.html

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean Between Visits

In honor of February being heart-health awareness month, we’d like to focus on the health and happiness of another well-loved heart: the heart of the home.

Keeping the kitchen clean every day can be a big undertaking. No other room sees so much function and use or has as much potential for mess (even when compared to the bathroom). The trick to staying on top of it is to tackle it every day with these easy tips.

Cook simpler meals.

Sometimes it’s not about how you clean, but how you make a mess. If your MO is to whip up a grand spread at every turn, then you probably have the kitchen chaos to prove it. Alternate with simpler meals, or make sure you have plenty of leftovers with each big cooking event, to be able to take advantage of a clean kitchen as long as possible.

Empty the dishwasher every morning.

Starting the day with an empty dishwasher is a great way to keep your kitchen sink and counters clear. Get in the habit of loading it throughout the day, and your kitchen will always be clean (or at least look that way for a bit).

Commit to a basic level of kitchen clean.

This means wiping down the counters after every meal, clearing dishes and sweeping the floor at the end of the day. Everyone deserves to wake up each morning to a clean kitchen, so make that vision your motivation. And a piece of chocolate at the end of the chores never hurt either.

Assign a special cleaning task for each day.

It’s unrealistic to think you can overhaul your kitchen like we do when we come. We have four people on our team, and we’re trained to know what to look for. While you are in-between cleanings, break down your above-and-beyond task list so that you do only one extra thing each day. This way, it’s easy to do and you know it will get done. Here’s an example list.

  • Sunday: Check and tidy pantry (plan meals/grocery trip as necessary).
  • Monday: Wipe down appliances.
  • Tuesday: Wipe down cabinet fronts.
  • Wednesday: Wipe down walls and backsplashes.
  • Thursday: Pick a drawer to clean out and wipe down.
  • Friday: Clean fridge, moving most-perishables to the front.
  • Saturday: Mop or scrub floors.

Whether or not you use our cleaning services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, we hope you find these tips useful in keeping your kitchen clean and bright, so you can keep cooking up delicious meals for your family. Until we see you again (or for the first time), here’s to keeping hearts of all kinds clean and healthy!

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Housekeeping Tips For Those Messy Rockford Winters

We’ve touched on this topic before, but Rockford area winters can be really messy, so we wanted to make sure you knew how to handle it. I mean, one day its a blizzard dumping mounds of snow in 0 degrees, and the next we have a slushy mess of ice, snow, and road salt in 40 degrees.

With this mess comes a whole list of problems for you home during the winter. Do not fret though, we are your house cleaning professionals, and have compiled a list of some of the best tips for keeping your home clean this winter. You can also see our cleaning tips from November.

Winterize Your Entryway

This is an easy one. Get 2 different mats for your entry ways. 1 rough mat for the outside, that can be used for wiping off snow, mud, and salt. 1 absorbent mat inside, to soak up the remaining moisture.

Get a Basket of Slippers

What is better than a nice cozy pair of slippers? A cozy pair of slippers that replaces a dirty pair of shoes. Keep a basket of slippers near your front door, for family and even guests. This way, your feet stay cozy, while your floors stay clean.

Clean Your Heating System

Its probably been a while since you’ve cleaned your duct work. With as much time as your heat will be running this winter, it is critical that it is blowing clean air and not dirt.

Organize Your Laundry Room

With winter comes layers and layers of clothes. This means that your average laundry load will be larger. Just organizing your laundry room will help make it easier to handle. And who knows – maybe you will actually enjoy doing laundry now.

Schedule Monthly Cleaning

Sometimes, you just don’t have the time to take care of all the things your home throws at you. That is where a professional maid services can help out. As it turns out – we know a really great one right here in the Rockford area.


 

Want some more tips? There is a great list of other tips from Martha Stewart that you can check out. Or see our other tips for house cleaning.

Hiring a Cleaning Company vs. an Individual

We found this great article on Angie’s List, and just had to share it with you:

There are several good reasons to choose a cleaning service over an individual house cleaner. Are you ready to be an employer? Does the cleaning company you’ve hired have employees or contractors? Is your property insured against theft or damage? If someone is out sick, will your house cleaning still get done?

Here is a handy guide for choosing the right house cleaner to fit your needs.

Will you be the house cleaner’s employer?

If they determine that you are the cleaner’s employer, you may be required to …

Read the rest from the source

Anabel’s Cleaning Service – Cleaning Checklist

Professional cleaning companies have to pay attention to the details. Making sure that every part of your home is clean, is important, and a main goal of ours.

That is why we use a checklist to be sure we did everything. Because we are always transparent with our clients about the products and processes we use – we make our checklist public for you to review at any time.

You can view the house cleaning checklist here.

This can be a great tool for you too. If you are looking to clean – and want to attack each room like the pros do – you can use this checklist as a guideline.

Looking at this checklist you may see some things you’ve never thought to do. When was the last time you dusted your baseboards? Or the last time you cleaned your switch plates?

The checklist is here for your use for your purposes, or to see what Anabel’s Cleaning can do for you. You can always find it on our Residential Cleaning page.

Cleaning Up Christmas Tree Pine Needles

Christmas season is officially upon us. If you are someone that has a real tree, eventually you’re going to find your home covered in little pine needles. Its even worse when you go to take down the tree. But the problem is, sometimes a vacuum cleaner just can’t suck up all the little buggers. Luckily, Huffington Post has a great tip to help you clean tree needles from your floor.

First, wrap a piece of duct tape around your hand — sticky side exposed. Then, pat the messy area with the adhesive. And just repeat this until the floor is clean.

This little trick will save you time by allowing you to pick up the greenery easily and rather quickly.

Click through the slideshow at huffingtonpost.com to see other cleaning and organizing tips.

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Rockford Winter Housekeeping Tips

The winter will be upon us soon, and if history tells any story here in the Rockford area, we know that the weather can be very unpredictable. Much of our time during the winter months is spent indoors to avoid the cold. This means we have to be extra diligent in making sure our home is clean and safe. With these winterization tips, you will be one step closer to a clean & safe home.

Change Furnace Filters

Yes it’s easy to forget, but it’s important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Here’s a worry-saving tip: mark a monthly check on your calendar.

Winterize Your Entryway

Place a rough mat (coir, wood, or rubber) outside for wiping off mud and snow and an absorbent mat inside to soak up moisture. Want to save money on heating bills? Consider one of those door guards that you put under your door.

Vacuum and Rotate Mattresses

For the best, most even wear on your mattress, it’s recommended that you turn and rotate it each quarter. The winter season is a great time to do it, especially if you are changing your bed coverings for the winter anyways.

Reorganize the Kitchen Pantry

The holiday season comes with a ton of kitchen duty. An hour or two of time spent reorganizing your pantry will go a long way in making your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals easier, and maybe more fun, to create.

Clean Your Lights & Chandeliers

Those Rockford nights are coming faster now that we’ve moved our clocks back an hours. This means we will be using our lights even more. Its important that they are clean, and free of dust, bugs, and other unsafe particles that make the lights shine a little less than they should.

Clean Your Gutters

If there is one thing that most people forget, or neglect, to do – its cleaning their gutters. Rockford is full of homes surrounded by trees that dump tons of stuff on our roofs, and that stuff ends up clogging our gutters. A clean gutter can better handle the snow, ice, and melt, keeping your sidewalks, entries, and yard, in much better and safer shape.

These are just a few tips that can help you out this winter. If you want some more, see these great sites with other wonderful tips:

http://www.marthastewart.com/297052/winter-homekeeping-tips/@center/277000/homekeeping-solutions#275017

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/g52/winterize-home-tips-energy-461008/

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3 Tips to Keep a Kid Safe Home

You’re texting, cooking, cleaning, and laundering. You’re changing diapers, fixing breakfast, and picking up your kids at daycare. Your days get hectic and your schedules are full.

You may not think an extra second about that cleaning product bottle or container that’s still open or unsecured. Yet it only takes a second – one distraction, one step into the other room – for an accident to happen, for a child to get a hold of something not meant for them.

The American Cleaning Institute reminds parents and caregivers to keep all cleaning products up and away from children.

Be aware. Be alert. And help keep your family safe. Here are a few helpful reminders for moms and dads to help you keep your children safe:

Store products properly

Make sure your cleaning products are stored away from food and not accessible to your children or pets. They should also be stored in their original container and the labels intact. Your products should be properly closed, and never left in an open bucket.

Clean up spills immediately

Its is important that if you happen to spill any cleaning products, you clean them immediately. It only takes a moment for your child to get into that mess and be in harms way.

Insure your child is properly attended to

If you have to focus on some intense cleaning, it is critical that you child is attended to. It can be hard to focus on cleaning and house repair tasks, while keeping an eye on young children. Maybe save your cleaning for when someone is home with you – or hire a cleaner or a babysitter to cover duties for you.

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Here is another great list of safety tips for the American Cleaning Institute: http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/HomeSafety/

 

House Cleaning & Maid Service, Rockford, IL

Why It Helps to Keep Your Business Clean

We know first hand the importance of running a clean business, and what a professional cleaner can do for your property and bottom line. But have you ever thought about what your business could be like if your office or store was cleaner? Would your employees be more efficient, would customers see the difference?

Cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Discover more about the Value of Clean® in this new animated infographic from ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and learn how a modest investment in cleaning can help your business reap big savings.

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