There’s a Wrong Way to Dust? And 5 Other Cleaning Mistakes…

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The quickest, most efficient strategies to get streak-free windows, remove stains from a white sofa and more. Your welcome 😉

Mistake No. 1: Cleaning a Cold Oven

We’re not saying you should start scrubbing when it’s hot, but a warm oven is easier to clean than a cold one. Turn it on low (e.g., 250°) for 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn it off, spray a nonabrasive cleaner (or spread a homemade baking-soda-and-water paste) all over the inside, and let it sit for 20 minutes. Scrub with a nylon brush or pad and use a sponge to rinse it off.

Mistake No. 2: Washing Windows on a Sunny Day

A gorgeous spring morning may seem like the perfect time to wash your windows. But doing the job when it’s sunny out is a bad idea, since the windows will dry too quickly and probably streak. An overcast day is better. Make a solution by mixing equal parts white vinegar and  cups of white vinegar, 20 ounces of water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Using a microfiber cloth (instead of a sponge) will ensure that you don’t use too much cleaning solution—it should coat the windows but not splash down them. A squeegee will make the job a lot easier too, run it over the windows after you wash with a cloth.

Mistake No. 3: Scrubbing Like Crazy

The first thing people do when they spill, say, red wine on their white sofa is douse a towel in water or soda water and furiously try to rub the stain out. While soda water can help, the last thing you want to do is scrub—that just does more damage. Keep a cleaner handy (see this guide for useful tips) then, dab it onto the stain with a cloth. Don’t scrub, since that will just ingrain the stain further. Keep using new sections of the cloth, and eventually you will get all or most of the wine (or other offender) out.

Mistake No. 4: Spraying Furniture Polish All Over a Table

Statistics are hard to come by, but we’re pretty sure 99 percent of people who set out to dust their wood furniture do the spray-and-wipe. However, if you spray your cloth instead, you’ll have to buff less, you’ll waste less product and you’ll avoid the sticky buildup that can come from using too much polish. (Hint: Ones with citrus oil will bring out the wood’s natural shine, and the oil tends to repel dust and dirt for a while.) And if your aim is simply to remove dust, you don’t have to use any cleaner at all— microfiber dusters pick up dust on their own and don’t need spray.

Mistake No. 5: Using an Abrasive Cleaner on Your Bathtub

The reason many tubs lose their luster is they’ve been scrubbed with cleansers that have granulated powders, like Comet and Ajax. They scuff the porcelain and take the glaze off. Instead, use a mild shower spray like Mr Muscles. If you’d rather not spray every day, just runs a bath towel—a dry rag would work too—over the tub after he showers and the water has drained as simply drying the tub is enough to prevent scum.

Mistake No. 6: Vacuuming Up Cat Hair

If you have a pet that sheds, you’re probably accustomed to rolling a lint brush over your clothes and furniture daily. But if you’ve been taking a hoover to your hardwood floors in an attempt to rid them of hair, chances are you’re just blowing the mess around instead of picking it up. Your hoover’s exhaust tends to push as much hair away as it cleans up. On wood and other hard floors use a steam mop or a flat mop pad, which won’t create a lot of wind, so you can push the hair into a big pile. Then, pull out the vacuum—but use the wand attachment—to suck it up. You can also use the vacuum to clean the mop itself, or just toss it into the washing machine.

 

How many calories do YOU burn keeping your home tidy?

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Thinking about joining the gym as part of your new year’s resolution? Forget it! The secret to keeping fit could be closer to home than you think….

Keeping your house tidy may be the bane of your life, but experts say it’s one of the best ways to stay in shape. Cleaning the windows, vacuuming and dusting the tables could even help you to shed some extra pounds from your waist, new research suggests.

While scrubbing the floors is believed to be the equivalent of 15 minutes running and could help you to burn off that slice of pizza you had for dinner. And if you’ve eaten a bag of crisps, consider doing the ironing to burn off the 157 calories you’ve just consumed.

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On average, UK adults spend around 11 hours doing house work every week – burning 2,345 calories. A minute of light housework is equivalent to taking around 72 steps – meaning that just half an hour of chores each day could make a big difference on your fitness tracker.

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So what are you waiting for, get cleaning 😉

8 Awesome Hacks for Cleaning Blinds & Shutters :)

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Whether you’re cleaning for guests in preparation for Christmas or just playing catch up after neglecting your blinds for too long, we thought we’d pos some helpful tips on blind & shutter cleaning  to make the job easier and more successful:

  1. Use a feather or microfiber duster for cleaning your blinds & shutters each week.  Dusting regularly will prevent dust build up and save you from backbreaking work later!
  2. Wrap a sock or cloth around a ruler to clean thin, narrow blinds easily. This is especially good for metal blinds that are fragile and easy to bend.
  3. To keep dust at a minimum, rub a fabric dryer sheet onto both sides of the slats. This will not prevent dust but it will cut down on the amount that clings to your blinds or shutters.
  4. For a quick dusting (when family or friends are about to pop in), slip a sock onto each hand and rub between each slat which will clean both sides of the blinds quickly simultaneously. (Or use a microfiber dusting mitt!)
  5. When your blinds or plantation shutters have been neglected for some time and are extremely dirty, lay an old sheet or newspaper under them before beginning your cleaning efforts. This will prevent double cleaning duty by catching the dirt before it lands on the floor.
  6. When you are vacuuming your floors, if you have one, use the brush attachment to clean blinds and shutters. This is great for removing dust from hard-to-reach window treatments on tall windows. Some cleaning services provide this type of cleaning at an extra charge.
  7. Use a paintbrush to clean extremely dirty blinds and plantation shutters. Dip the paintbrush into hot soapy water, oil soap, or plain water for extra cleaning power. Be sure to use a dry cloth to remove excess cleaner and clean the brush often to prevent transferring dirt.
  8. You can clean the slats with a cloth or towel if you do it on a regular basis. Spray the towel lightly with dust remover, close the blinds or shutters, place the towel over the slats and rub side to side. Reverse the slats and do the other side to complete the job.

Now that you’ve got those blinds and shutters clean, how about the windows??

Top 10 Home Cleaning Tips!

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It’s surprising just how filthy household items can get and the serious harm that these surfaces can cause if not cleaned properly. Harmful germs will breed on a surface within hours so it’s important, especially at winter time when people are more likely to pick up a virus, to regularly clean surfaces.

With that in mind, we though we’d share some top cleaning tips to help you keep things running smoothly at home:

  1. Soak in the sink: Within eight hours, one bacterium on a damp cloth can turn into six million, so soak your cloth in the kitchen sink in a couple of inches of hot water with a capful of bleach or other multipurpose cleaner.
  2. Leave those lids down: Germs from the toilet bowl can become airborne for two hours after each flush and travel as far as six feet. Always replace the lid before flushing! If you need to use a toilet brush, make sure you disinfect it after use.
  3. Prevent poisoning: Campylobacter is carried by about half of all dogs and cats, which can cause food poisoning in their owners. If you let pets join you on the sofa, spray the upholstery afterwards with Dettol All in One Disinfectant Spray to kill germs and harmful bacteria.
  4. Put bacteria to bed: A warm bedroom is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites. The average person sheds up to 10g of skin a week and up to 18kg in a lifetime. Pull back bed linen every morning, vacuum your mattress as well as under the bed every few weeks and open the windows.
  5. On your marks: Stubborn marks on your toilet bowl or enamel bath? Try rubbing a pumice stone on the stain. It’s hard enough to shift stains yet soft enough not to mark the surface.
  6. Sweat dreams: A fair proportion of a pillow’s weight is made up of skin scales, dandruff, sweat, and saliva. Load two pillows at a time into the washing machine then stick them in the tumble dryer with a few tennis balls to stop the filling clumping.
  7. Get in the spirit: Tackle those stains with a splash of vodka or gin on carpet or upholstery. To be safe, check a hidden area first to make sure the colours don’t come out.
  8. Sink your toothbrushes into it: They’re great for getting into those tricky corners such as around the base of taps, tile grouting and around the hinges of the toilet seat.
  9. Seal out the germs:  The seal around the fridge commonly harbours mould, which can spread every time the fridge door opens, contaminating the food. Remember to wipe fridge seals in your cleaning routine.
  10. Kill bacteria in beaks:  A child’s rubber duck can harvest multiple dangerous germs in their beaks and harmful mould at the base. Before first use, apply glue in the holes to prevent mould from creeping in.

You’re welcome 🙂

Weird & wonderful #CleanerHacks

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Fed up with your standard household cleaning products? Ready to try a new approach?  If so then we’re about to introduce you to some bizarre but effective cleaning tricks which will help you with your everyday household cleaning chores…

1. Vodka

Using vodka to clean at home doesn’t sound too shocking right? Apart from enjoying a nice vodka tonic after work, why not try to utilize the last few drops left at the bottom of the bottle to clean  porcelain, chrome or glass. All you need is a soft clean microfibre cloth and off you go!

2. Hair Conditioner

Next, why not try using hair conditioner for guess what – cleaning your precious little car. Even though it might seem unusual, it works. It’s better if the conditioner contains lanolin so that the effect of the cleaning will be more visible. Another advantage of this cleaning trick is that when the surface of the car will repel rain, which is another reason to try it.

3. Washing Up Liquid (Not so weird)

With winter around the corner, everyone knows the effects of ice steps on the front door late at night or early in the morning. What this trick proposes is just to mix a bowl of hot water with a significant amount of dish washing liquid. When you put this on the steps they simply won’t freeze again. Keep an eye out when you do walk on it the next time there’s ice about incase the experiment isn’t successful as it works better with some washing up liquids than others…

4. Shaving Cream

Do you get angry when after taking a shower in the bathroom the mirror is so blurred that you could not see your own face? Now there is a solution for your problem – get some of your boyfriend/husband/flat mate’s shaving cream and put some of it on the surface of the mirror, then wait for a second and wipe it with an appropriate cloth . Then say “Hi” to yourself in front of the shiny, clean mirror.

Even if you find them hard to believe, these quirky little tips are useful, and what have you got to lose by giving them a try?!

#CleanerHacks

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City folks, we all have a busy lifestyle – especially if you live in the big smoke where the reality is that most of you may feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel most of the time!

Cleaning therefore often takes a back seat, although more of us are now opting to hire a home cleaning service to help with the weekly or fortnightly cleaning. But what happens in between?  With such a hectic working life it’s difficult to find the time to keep your home looking it’s best between cleans. We thought it would be useful to give you some handy #CleanerHacks that take no more than 5-10 minutes, but work wonders….

1. Wipe it off

Keeping anti-bacterial cleaning wipes in the bathroom, bedroom & kitchen is a great idea. You can keep your rooms sanitized & germ free between cleaning visits, by giving areas that are at the highest risk of germs a quick wipe down. In the bathroom, a wipe down of the edge of the bathtub, toilet seat, toilet exterior and door handle will help keep it sparkling & germ free.

2. The Hairdryer Treatment

Dust bunnies start to gather round the home pretty quickly, especially in hard to reach places! An easy solution is to grab your hairdryer! That’s right, your hairdryer. If you gently blow away the dust and then wipe the area with a microfibre cloth you’ll get that sparkling finish you’re after! After dusting, a quick once over with the vacuum will ensure a clean, dust-free home between cleans!

3. Zap ’em

Did you know that household sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria? Yep, that’s right – and you’ve been using them to wipe over surfaces in your home. A quick way to disinfect your sponges and cloths is to microwave on high for one minute. This way, you know that you’re not spreading germs around your home between cleans. Careful, don’t burn your fingers!

4. 5 minutes is all you need

In a rush to head out again after coming back from work? Use your phone and set a timer for 5 minutes and just go for it. Being put ounder time pressure really makes you focus on the task at hand! Reach for the lint roller and run it over furniture to remove pet hair, or take the time to fluff up the pillows on your sofa and fold the blanket that’s sprawled across the armchair- DONE!

5. Phone a friend

There are so many apps out there that have been built specifically to save you time when cleaning your home! Check out the best home cleaning apps out there – for both iOS & Android. These apps have so many tips for helping you keep your home clean & organised.

You’re welcome 😉

15 Office Cleaning Ideas Every Clean Freak Needs To Know!

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Yeah you read right, for all you clean freaks out there intent on keeping your home office or work office nice and clean, follow these handy tips:

  1. First, do a little bit of paper organizing so the surfaces you need to clean aren’t covered in actual work.  Get the paper into  neat piles that you can easily move on and off your desk as needed.
  2. Use a solution of 70% alcohol and water to clean your phone and tablet.
  3. Take a magic eraser to your keyboard’s keys. Just make sure to squeeze any water out completely, so it doesn’t drip between your keys.

  4. Then run the sticky edge of a sticky note between the keys to pick up any crumbs.

  5. Wipe the grime off your earbuds, then disinfect them with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. Earbuds are gross. Read more about cleaning them here.

  6. Wipe all of the parts of your computer that aren’t screens (including your trackpad or mouse) with a lightly moistened microfiber cloth. Just make sure they’re not wet, because you don’t want to damage your electronics.

  7. AGAIN, be careful with water around your electronics, especially their screens. Here’s a thorough guide that will help you clean your screen properly (guess what? It calls for microfiber cloths).

  8. Literally vacuum the tops of your books. Chances are, they’re pretty dusty, but it takes forever to thoroughly dust each one individually.

  9. Use a dusting spray to wipe down all of your wood furniture, like your bookshelves and your desk. You can just use a store-bought one, like Pledge, or you make make your own with this handy guide.

  10. Wipe down your air vent with the help of a butter knife or a ruler. Don’t forget to wipe down the walls around it too, if they’re dusty. (Obviously this is just for your home office. You probably don’t want to try this at work.)

  11. Clean your windows and the glass in any picture frames you have hanging on the walls. Here’s a DIY glass cleaner recipe — use it alongside a clean microfiber cloth.

  12. Scrub out stains in your office chair using dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Just dab the formula gently until the stains are gone — here’s the cleaning recipe and tutorial.

  13. If you have a chair mat, make sure to at least sweep it, if not wipe it down with a damp cloth.

  14. Make the whole room smell good while you vacuum by sprinkling DIY carpet refresher. Here are a bunch of ideas.

  15. If you have indoor plants in your office, gently wipe off their leaves with a damp cloth. Dusty plants = sad plants.

Now enjoy your super clean work space and get stuff done!