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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

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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 messy 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 your 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 entryways. 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 service 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.

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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 company over an individual house cleaner. Are you ready to be an employer? Does the cleaning service 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 …

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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/

 

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Top 10 Household Cleaning Tips

Shower door soap scum, greasy dirt on lamps and kitchen cabinets…some things around the house just don’t come clean. We talked to professional house cleaners and got them to spill their best-kept cleaning secrets. Use these tips to simplify your housecleaning—and save time and effort.

Use chandelier cleaning spray

Cleaning a chandelier the old-fashioned way—spraying and wiping each piece by hand—takes forever. And it doesn’t help that you’re standing on a ladder. Want an easier way? Try a spray-on chandelier cleaner. First spread a plastic tarp on the floor under the chandelier to catch the drips. Then turn off the light and spray the solution on the chandelier until liquid beads start to run (you’ll use a lot of spray, but it beats wiping). The spray rinses off the dust. The solution that’s left evaporates quickly and doesn’t leave water spots. The spray works well on hanging crystals, but don’t expect it to remove dust from crevices.

Cut Grease with a Hot Rag

Grease and dirt build up on kitchen cabinets over time. To clean your cabinets, first, heat a slightly damp sponge or cloth in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds until it’s hot. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, spray the cabinets with an all-purpose cleaner containing orange oil, then wipe off the cleaner with the hot sponge.

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