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How to Make Your House Smell Good!

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    16 November 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Santa Monica

Want to know how to make your house smell good when you first walk in the door? If you’re selling your house they tell you to bake some cookies or an apple pie, but who has time to bake just for the smell? Maybe you want to have company over, hide pet odors (like me), or just want to add an uplifting and refreshing scent to your home. No matter what your reason, you’ll like these 4 ways to make your house smell good!

For me, I started investigating some natural ways to make my house smell good because we have several pets and you know, no matter how much cleaning you do, it’s not good enough…and it’s so easy to get accustomed to the smell that you can’t even tell there is one!

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Bleach vs Vinegar: What a Better Cleaning Agent?

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    09 November 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Santa Monica

Anyone who has, perhaps too eagerly, used chlorine bleach to crucify the germs living on a countertop, a cutting board, bathroom grout, or anywhere else probably knows that the harsh cleaner can singe your nose hairs, if not leave you gasping for breath. However, food-safety experts insist that it's the only material that should be used as a disinfectant solution against foodborne illnesses, and many bathroom-grout scrubbers are convinced that it's the only cleaner that will remove tough mildew stains. Could they be missing an equally effective alternative? Or is vinegar disinfectant best used as a second-string solution?

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Tips For Cleaning Clothes

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    09 November 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Santa Monica

You can save money and conserve water if you gain a deeper understanding of how laundry really works.

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November House Cleaning Tips

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    01 November 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Santa Monica

Some home housecleaning and preventative maintenance tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.

The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year. Or else, we tend to save it all for spring cleaning - which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either.

The best plan is to break annual and seasonal preventative maintenance and housecleaning tasks down by month and create a house cleaning schedule from there.

Nothing gets too backed up and things eventually get done. And without a major life overhaul. I've also found that concentrating on one room each month is more rewarding, because you can really see results.

Here’s the house cleaning schedule that has worked best for me in November.

1. remember mother hubbard.

Cleaning kitchen cabinets and drawers at least once a year is a very good idea.

Unless, of course, you'd welcome an extended visit by ants or other insects.

And while you're at it, check for expired food, and throw out foods that your kids will never eat, no matter how hungry.

2. drawer duty.

Clean, paper and reorganize all kitchen drawers. Bring to the fore utensils you will need for holiday baking and cooking.

3. a self-cleaning oven?

Ha ha! That’s a good one! But seriously, clean the oven.

4. cold zone.

Clean under and behind the fridge. And while you’re in the neighborhood, strip off the six-month’s accumulation of art and notes from the fridge door.

Wash it and leave it bare for a change. (Well, at least till Friday.)

5. water taste funny?

Change the filter.

6. make room for guests.

Clean the entry closet and put in extra hangers for winter coats. Make sure the guest bathroom is clean and well-stocked.

7. carpet care.

Clean the carpets before the holiday party.

Here's how to get rid of the most common carpet stains yourself.

Call carpet cleaning companies now to get estimates for cleaning stains you can't remove yourself.

These tips for hiring a carpet cleaning service can help.

8. and while the guys are there:

Get them to do upholstery cleaning, too. You’ll probably get a package deal.

9. got a free moment?

Clean your major appliances – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, etc. They’ll all function more efficiently and you'll save money on your utility bills.

10. last but not least:

Update your contact list while you’re sending or e-mailing out the holiday cards.

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How to Clean Up the Mess Left by Halloween Tricksters

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    30 October 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Santa Monica


Cleaning up after a Halloween nightmare is a simple, straightforward business, but you don't want to make a bad situation worse by using the wrong cleaners or methods. But keep in mind that it's easier to clean up eggs, toilet paper, and other Halloween tricks sooner rather than later. So let's get to work.

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How to Treat an Ant Problem

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    23 October 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Santa Monica

1. Get boric acid (found at drugstores), as well as sugar, cotton balls, and plastic containers with lids.
Soak the cotton balls in a solution made of one teaspoon boric acid and six tablespoons sugar dissolved in two cups of water.

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