House Cleaning Blog
House Cleaning Blog
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, the first event in a long marathon of holiday parties, visitors (both expected and unexpected!), entertaining, cooking and much, much more. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, you’ve probably already thought about how much cleaning you must get done. But we’re here to help – and to tell you it’s not as daunting as it seems!
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!
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 food-borne 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?
You can save money and conserve water if you gain a deeper understanding of how laundry really works.
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.
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.
Clean, paper and reorganize all kitchen drawers. Bring to the fore utensils you will need for holiday baking and cooking.
Ha ha! That’s a good one! But seriously, clean the oven.
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.)
Change the filter.
Clean the entry closet and put in extra hangers for winter coats. Make sure the guest bathroom is clean and well-stocked.
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.
Get them to do upholstery cleaning, too. You’ll probably get a package deal.
Clean your major appliances – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, etc. They’ll all function more efficiently and you'll save money on your utility bills.
Update your contact list while you’re sending or e-mailing out the holiday cards.
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