Put Your Washing Machine to Work: 8 Things You Can Use Your Washer to Clean

Are you ready to put your washing machine to work? There are so many common household items that can easily get overlooked when it comes to cleaning. This could be because they’re not that easy to clean or maybe it’s because you don’t think it needs cleaning. I’m here today to tell you that it probably does. And the good thing about it is that it can probably get put in your washing machine. 

Yoga Mats

You may have never thought about this one but you wash your yoga pants in the washer, don’t you? So why not wash your yoga mat as well? Now you can. You should wash your yoga mat in the washer if you have on without center agitator. Washers without a center agitator tend to be more gentle on fabrics. However, if you do have one with a center agitator just unroll the mat and arrange it around the center as evenly as possible and then balance the load with a few towels to prevent unnecessary rocking and tumbling. Wash on a gentle cycle with lukewarm or cool water and heavy-duty detergent.

Sports Equipment 

If you’re a sports mom then you know how dirty sports equipment can get. Not to mention the odor it can cause from all of the coating perspiration that lies within it. By putting the equipment in mesh laundry bag you can easily clean it. No more dirty knee pads, shin guards, and sleeves. Simply wash using a gentle cycle, sport defense detergent, and warm water then allow to air dry.

Gym Bags

Vinyl backpacks and gym bags can easily be cleaned in the washer. Empty out all the pockets and turn your gym bag inside out. Treat with stain removal if necessary and then proceed to wash using warm water and heavy-duty sport equipment laundry detergent. 

Sneakers

It’s important to know that not all sneakers and tennis shoes can be thrown into the washer. However, most of them can. First, you want to start by removing the laces, you’ll wash those separately in a laundry bag. If the shoes are stained you can then treat them with a pre-treat and let them sit for 15 minutes prior to throwing them into the washer. Proceed to remove the soles and wash them in a laundry bag using warm water and heavy-duty detergent.

Pro Tip: Add a cup of baking soda into the washer to help kill awful shoe odor. 

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals are a child’s best friend. But they often live a life filled with tears, snot, and germs. So unless the stuffed animals are vintage or have a battery inside it can take a bath in the washing machine. Just like you would wash a pillow the first thing you need to do is check the animal for any rips or tears. They read the label to see if it’s machine washable. Then throw the animal into a mesh bag and wash using cool or warm water on a gentle cycle.

Small Toys

Between eating, using the bathroom, and playing with their toys kids’ toys can become pretty dirty. A haven for bacteria if you will. That’s why it’s important to clean them often to prevent the spread of germs. Taking a mesh bag, throw them in the washer using hot water and heavy-duty detergent.

Lunch Boxes

Lunch boxes have the ultimate potential for cross-contamination. They are mostly used to take to the office or for your kids to take to school. This means they are being exposed to bacteria that may come from other homes. This is bacteria like salmonella, mold, and E. coli which can make you extremely sick. Soft lunch boxes can be washed in the washing machine using lukewarm or cool water on a gentle cycle following an air dry.

Silicone Baking Pans

These days most kitchens are loaded with silicone baking utensils such as molds, mats, oven mitts, and pans. One of the great things about these kitchen utensils is that they are easy to clean. But did you know they’re even easier to clean then you thought? Just throw them in a mesh bag and then into the washing machine using hot water and heavy-duty detergent. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Pro Tip: You should keep a couple mesh laundry bags in your laundry room. This way you can really put your washing machine to work. You can get multiple items cleaned (small toys, stuffed animals, silicone baking pans) all in one load. With a mesh laundry bag, there’s no need to separate items into different loads.

How do you put your washing machine to work? Let us know below!

Removing Dried Glue from Clothing and Carpets

Whether you have children in the home or not, most households come into contact with glue at one point or another. Glue is a secret weapon when it comes to fixing things around the house. It can help your kids create beautiful art and fix a broken fingernail. But as awesome as this invention is it can be a huge mess if it lands on something it’s not supposed to.

Among other adhesives, glue is typically easy to remove from washable garments and surfaces. However, make sure to check the label if it has one. You may have heard us say this is our other posts and we cannot stress this enough. It’s important to read the label prior to cleaning something. If the label says dry clean only or washes with cold water only, that’s what you should be doing. You risk damaging the surface by not reading the label. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, today I’ll show you how to remove…

Fingernail Glue Stains

Similar to super glue fingernail glue will start to spread around if you try to wipe it up right away. Unlike most stains, you want to want to give fingernail glue time to dry before cleaning it up.

Fingernail glue on fabric
  1. Check the label for care instructions.
  2. Take a cotton swab and dipped in acetone and start by testing it on a small area to make sure the acetone doesn’t cause damage to the fabric.
  3. Once you’re in the clear you can start dabbing the hardened glue from the outside in. Make sure to let the wet swab sit on the hard stain for a few moments. You may need to repeat this process several times.

Fingernail glue on the carpet

  1. Take one cup of warm water, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and mix it together.
  2. Using a clean white cloth or sponge, Dip it in the solution and scrub the area
  3. Blot area with clean water and cloth to rise. And allow the area to air dry. You may need to retreat in this process several times.

Commercial Glue Stains

Otherwise known as construction adhesives, a commercial glue stain can be extremely difficult to remove. It’s not named an adhesive for nothing. So if your using this type of glue around the house make sure to cover the floors and wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. You should also purchase an adhesive remover for back up.

Commercial glue stains on fabric

  1. After the adhesive has had time to dry take a dull knife or a plastic scraper and lift away any excess glue. 
  2. If the stain is on a piece of clothing you can put the garment in the freezer. When the glue is frozen solid you should be able to break most of it off, treat any remaining stain with your handy dandy adhesive remover, and pop it in the washing machine. For other fabrics use adhesive remover and then the warm water solution we talked about above.

Commercial glue stains on the carpet

  1. Using an ice pack or a sandwich bag full of ice try to freeze some of the adhesive. 
  2. Follow the directions on the bottle of commercial adhesive remover and use appropriately.

Hot Glue Stains

If you’re a crafter you probably find yourself prone to hot glue stains. And if that’s the case then you know that the resin from hot glue and some surfaces don’t mix.

Hot glue stains on fabric
  1. If allotted place the fabric stained surface in the freezer so the hot glue can turn brittle enough to scrape away. 
  2. Use Goo Gone to treat the rest of the fabric and then proceed to wash as normal.
  3. Some fabrics require you to take them to the dry cleaner to be serviced when they come in contact with hot glue stains. So make sure you read your label!

Hot glue stains on the carpet

  1. Place a plastic bag filled with ice cubes or an ice pack over the hot glue stain to freeze it. 
  2. When it’s completely hardened, slowly begin breaking off the pieces. You never want to attempt to wipe hot glue off of the carpet. This can cause the hot glue to set deeper into the fibers making it almost impossible to remove later.

Bed Bugs: How To Spot Them, How To Get Rid Of Them, And How To Keep Them At Bay

Bedbugs are nasty little creatures that nobody wants to have in their home, but everyone should know how to spot them, how to get rid of them, and how to keep them at bay because infestations are on the rise. According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, bedbugs are a public health threat and being informed is the best way to prevent them from taking over your home.

What Do Bedbugs Look Like?

Knowing what bedbugs look like and their basic characteristics is a good place to start. First of all, bedbugs are nocturnal, so you will only be able to spot them at night. Secondly, they are a bloodsucking parasite, kind of like a tick (but much smaller). An adult bedbug is only about the size of an apple seed. They don’t have wings, and they are flat and reddish brown in color. In nature, they feed on birds and mammals, but if they get into your home, they will feed on you. According to Gene Miller, owner of an exterminator company in New York City, “If you have blood, the bedbugs are interested in you.”

How Do You Prevent Bedbugs From Infesting Your Home?

Preventing bedbugs from entering your home in the first place is the best way to prevent an infestation. Once they’ve entered the home, they can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. If you spend a lot of time in hotels, or you live in an apartment building, you’ll want to be especially diligent about keeping them out of your home by performing these three steps regularly.

  1. When you are doing your regular cleaning, watch for signs of bedbugs. Usually, they are found in your bed, but the also like to hide in dark places and crevices. Inspect your baseboards and underneath of your furniture, as well as your mattress and box spring seams regularly.
  2. Purchase protective, bedbug proof covers for your mattress, box spring, and pillows. They will keep these nasty little critters from being able to hide out in your bed.
  3. It is very common for people to bring bedbugs home with them after a hotel stay. When you check into a hotel, put your luggage in the bathroom and inspect your room and the bedding carefully for signs of pests. Never store your luggage on the floor; always put it on a hard surface or up on a luggage rack. Decontaminate your luggage the second you get home. Extreme cold and heat kills bedbugs, so wash all your clothes and dry them in a hot dryer. Your luggage can be placed on top of the hot dryer, or even in a large freezer, to kill any hidden pests.

How Do You Know If Bedbugs Are In Your Home?

Unfortunately, bedbug bites will probably be your first clue that these little nasties have entered your home. You should have an idea of what a bedbug bite looks like so that you can take action right away if you suspect their presence. A bedbug bite will look like a raised, red welt and it will itch and burn. Occasionally, a rash will develop in the area. The bights will usually appear in straight lines running across the skin.

If you suspect bedbugs, start by carefully inspecting the seams of your mattress and box spring. You probably won’t be able to spot the bugs themselves, because they’re so tiny, but they will leave behind clues that will give their presence away. Look for fecal spots on your bedding and shedded exoskeletons in crevices. If they’ve been biting you, look for blood spots on your pajamas and sheets.

How Do You Get Rid Of Bedbugs In Your Home?

Bedbugs are extremely hard to kill. If you have a full-blown infestation, several treatments may be necessary to get rid of them completely. You can try to get rid of them on your own, but if that’s not successful, never hesitate to call in a professional. The longer the bugs are in your home, the harder they will be to get rid of.

Treating The Infestation On Your Own

If you decide to try to get rid of the bedbugs on your own, you’ll need to start by thoroughly vacuuming any areas where the pests could be hiding. Pay special attention to your mattress and box spring, but don’t overlook your carpeting and underneath all of your furniture. Next, get a handheld steamer and use it to blast the bedbugs with heat. Heat up all of your furniture, as well as any cracks or crevices they could be hiding in. Lastly, wash all bedding, clothing, and fabrics they could be hiding in. Leave it in the dryer on high heat for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Calling In A Professional Exterminator

If you want to improve your chances of getting rid of the bugs completely, hire a professional. Getting rid of bedbugs can be a very time-consuming task. A professional will know just where to look for the bugs and they’ll treat every nook and cranny of your home. Exterminators have access to equipment, products, and procedures that would be very difficult to duplicate on your own. They may also provide a guarantee, so they’ll come back and retreat your home for free if you have bedbug issues again within a certain time period.

  • They’ll apply chemical treatments to all the cracks and crevices of your house. You can even request plant-based pesticides if you’re concerned about using harmful chemicals in your home.
  • They’ll freeze the bugs with cryonite freezing treatments in more sensitive areas like your box springs and mattresses.
  • They may also use some form of heat control in conjunction with the other methods. High energy heaters are used to safely bring your entire home up to a temperature that will kill the bugs and keep it there for a long period of time. Most experts say that heat treatments are the most effective way to get rid of the bedbugs completely. This method will kill the bugs no matter where they try to hide.

Whether you decide to treat them yourself or bring in a pro, be sure to act fast! The longer you wait the harder bedbugs are to get rid of.

6 Household Chores That Should Only Be Done Once a Year

While you probably have a mile long list of household chores on your to-do list, they may not be on your want-to-do list. But the good thing about that some of these household chores could actually be on your not-have-to-do list. Doing some of these tasks more often than not is probably just making more work for yourself.

If you take the time to prioritize your household chores efficiently you’ll not only feel better about doing them, but you’ll be able to sort out what needs to be done versus what doesn’t need to be done. Ask yourself this Do I really need to wash my curtains once a month? Or is this really making extra work for me?” It’s making extra work for you. Which is why it’s time to give yourself some more free time by doing chores by priority.

Here are 6 household chores that you only need to do once a year:

Clean The Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is everyone’s least favorite tasks. But this is one of the most important household tasks to be done once a year so we decided to put it first on the list. Clogged gutters can cause moisture damage to a roof and interior ceilings. It’s best to clean your clogged gutters in late fall after the leaves have fallen.

Clean Outdoor Furniture

Your outdoor furniture can easily be cleaned once per year under the assumption that you have been spot cleaning them year around when needed. If you have let dirt and stains set into them for months this task is going to be a little tougher for you. It might be achievable but it’s going to be tough nonetheless.

The best time to clean your outdoor furniture is in the spring. Outdoor furniture that is made out of plastic of some sort can easily be wiped down with a bucket of warm water and dish soap. While other outdoor furniture that made with fabric and cushions can be vacuumed, pre-treated for stain removal, and thrown in the washer. You want to make sure to check and make sure the label says washer safe prior to washing it. 

Dust The Linen Closet

Is cleaning or dusting the linen closet even on your to-do list? Probably not, but it should be. Once a year you should empty out your linen closet and vacuum all of the dust mites and spiders away.

Taking the extra time to empty and clean your linen closet gives you a chance to get organized for the months to come. After you’ve completely emptied it, dusted, and wipes the shelves down you can start to organize things. Keep your sheets, pillows, and blankets on one shelf and keep your towels and washrags on another. Or you could also organize by season, person, and accommodation. 

Re-organize Kitchen Cabinets 

It’s best to clean and re-organize your cabinets after the holidays during spring cleaning. Working in sections empty the cabinets completely. While emptying out the cabinets take a look at each item looking for expired items. This way you can get rid of the expired food and put things back using the FIFO method which means first in first out according to the expiration date.

Then you can wipe down the shelves and corners for dust if needed. Add some shelf paper if you don’t already have some. If you do you can just re-line the cabinet after you’ve wiped it out. It’s important to carefully examine cabinets when you’re cleaning them. Especially if there’s been food in them. You want to be on the lookout for things like mold and insect infestation. 

Sort Through Old Documents

As far as we have come into this paperless society we live in believe it or not documentation is still something we need to do. Taking the time to sort through our both physical and electronic documents is just another part of being an adult. Whether you are a self-employed business person or are working a 9-5 you need to take care of your files at least once a year.

This chore is usually done during tax season. But in order to ensure you are organized all year round you should be keeping all of your receipts, files, and documents in the same place. Consider getting an expandable file with labels to keep things in. This way you just throw the documents in there and worry about them when the time comes. 

Wash The Curtains

Remember at the beginning where I talked about not having to wash your curtains each month? It’s only necessary that you take down your curtains and wash them once, maybe twice a year. A good time to do this would be during spring cleaning and then later right before winter comes.

Doing this chore isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. You might think all that you have to do is take them down and throw them in the washer right? Not. Be sure to check the care instructions on the label before deciding to throw them into the washing machine. A lot of curtains or drapes need to be dry cleaned to remove heavy odors and stains. Washing them only runs the risk of damaging them.

If your curtains can be washed avoid high-heat in the dryer. In fact, you should remove them when they are slightly damp. And then you can iron them and rehang them. 

The Truth About Green Water Softeners

For those looking for water softeners and trying to live greener, your job may be easier than you think. While there are plenty of water softeners on the market with “eco” and “green” as part of their name, water softeners are inherently green.

It’s Easy Being Green (When You’re A Water Softener)

Because a water softener keeps appliances efficient and water free of buildup, they already are helping you save water, electricity and contribute to a reduced use of detergents, soaps and other cleaning agents. While there are a couple of considerations to boost the green power of your water softener, know that you already are making a green choice!

Water softeners save you water because you are able to clean your home, dishes and laundry correctly the first time using pure, soft water. Worried about harsh chemicals? This is another reason water softeners are ideal for green consumers – you no longer need to rely on toxic cleaning agents, and that’s good for the environment. In addition, your appliances will last longer with soft water, reducing your family’s overall carbon footprint.

Upping The Green Factor

To boost the green power of your water softener purchase, go for one that is non-electric. Not only are you saving electricity, you are reducing even more water waste. Because of the way non-electric water softeners are engineered, these products use kinetic energy (the energy of movement) to only soften what you need softened, reducing water waste and eliminating the need for electricity to operate. Additionally, choose a softener that doesn’t contain additives, which enter the local water supply and aren’t good for the environment.

If you’re in the market for a water softener and trying to be green – rest assured, a good water softener is a green water softener! By following these tips, you are well on your way to having a green home.

 This post was made in collaboration with Chris Knippa, the owner of Kinetico Water Softeners of San Antonio, Texas.

What Are The Benefits of Tile And Grout Cleaning Services?

Beautiful floor and walls attract everyone whether at home or at offices. At homes, it gives a healthy environment where you feel refresh all the time. On the other side, in offices, it acts as a motivator for your employees and helps in building new clients relationship. However, one of the biggest challenges with grout is keeping it clean, like, really clean. Because every day we found, dirt and grime can smudge the surface and settle into the grout lines. So, I suppose there is no better way than cleaning from the professional cleaning service provider.

Here, we have some of the other benefits associated with grout and cleaning service by professionals:

  1. Gives You A Fresh Out of The Box New Floor

Professional cleaning of tiles and grout makes use of unique cleaners and steam levels in order to remove the dirt and grime that can sum up after some time. It reveals the true superiority of tiles that lies beneath it. It is possible to rejuvenate almost any more old tile with exhaustive cleaning.

  1. Enhances The Look of Your Home 

Having an expert clear all the tiles in your home and will give it a new look. That will do whatever remains of your home resemble the sparkling exhibit you presented.

  1. Does Not Harm Tile or Grout

In case you try to clean the tiles in your home on your own, you will need to put resources into various cleaners. Stone requires an unexpected cleaner compared to clay tiles. Characteristic stone of the earth’s surface needs emergency treatment in comparison with dividers porcelain tiles. Tiles with surface need exceptional consideration while handmade tile needs an uncommon touch.

Experienced cleaners go to your home with each of the cleaners important for the job exquisite. They recognize that cleaners work better on what sorts of tiles. The last outcome is a deep cleaning that does not harm the tile.

  1. Distributes With Form And Microbes

Expert cleaning can dispense with the development of form and microbes in tile and grout. The cleaning expert kills the smallest life forms and washes them away. It leaves a clean, relatively clean surface.

  1. Extends The Life of Tiles And Grout

Having expert cleaning done every year or two will expel Earth and dirt that can damage the tile and grout. It can provide and extend their lives.

  1. Gives Further Clean Than Family Cleaners 

Regardless of whether you invest resources in the right cleaners, you even now will not get a deep clean that you can get the expert. Experts use a mix of uncommon cleaners and scrape to get a deep clean that homework just can’t copy. This deep cleaning brings the soil into the deepest pit.

  1. Keeps An Estimate of Your Home’s Completions 

Planned expert cleaning will help protect the tile and grout. It keeps the surface perfect as the day it was introduced, which helps protect its respect.

  1. Quickly Takes Care of Business

The expert can come and do the work in a short time. You can deal with something unique or play with children until the action is over. It is a time of productivity taking care of business.

  1. Takes Care Of Business Without Any Effort on Your Part

The simple idea of cleaning the tile affects you to flinch? Cleaning tiles are probably one of the cleaning activities that the vast majority of people are afraid of. They’re putting it off to the point where it’s possible. At this point, they perform the activity as fast as they want to avoid with it, often making just an apathetic display in relation.

Contracting expert takes care of business without you lifting a finger. This is ideal for any individual who fears cleaning tile and grout.

  1. Time And Financial Savvy

The food forgets to take in the idea that the expense of cleaners and gear includes a quick. In addition, there is the expense of time that you need to invest in the very clean. Paying an expert, make it a pretty crafty enterprise in both cash and time.

Final Words

Nasty tiles and lose grouts always put a negative impact on your office as well as home appearance. So always prefer tile and grout cleaning services provider and keep your personal and professional place healthy. This also benefits you in maintaining long life of your floors and walls.

Author Bio

Denis Oleg is a professional blogger with 5 years of experience. He is associated with a Grout Brothers, is one of the top leading grout cleaning company in the USA. It specializes in tile and grout cleaning, restoration, sealing, color sealing & grout cleaning Sarasota, Fl. He is also an admirer of sharing his innovative ideas with others on the technology trends

Cleaning Baby Toys

The last thing you want as a parent is for your baby to get sick. But the truth of the matter is that babies are more susceptible to get sick because of their weaker immune systems. You can, however, prevent your baby from getting sick regularly by cleaning their toys often.

By following these three practical solutions and strategies you can learn how you can clean baby toys safely at home.

Use The Dishwasher

If you check the label on your babies toys some of them actually say dishwasher safe. Hard surface toys like building blocks, bath toys, and shape sorters can be placed on the top rack of your dishwasher. Heat from the dishwasher will help to sanitize your babies toys while the soap cleans them.

Bath toys are more likely to develop mold and mildew over time on account of the water that harbors in them which mold feeds off of. Just like your bathroom needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent mold, so do baby toys. Make sure to clean them at least once every two weeks to prevent bacteria buildup.

Good Ole’ Soap & Water

Washing your hands with soap and water is the easiest way to remove germs from your hands. Why not use it to remove germs and bacteria from your babies toys? Some baby toys like blocks, rattles, and teethers can be cleaned in the sink with soap and water. Simply let them soak in a bowl of hot water with dish soap for 1 to five minutes, scrub, and then rinse.

If you need to clean, oh let’s say a stuffed animal, for example, Teddy Needs a Bath is here to save the day. Teddy Needs a Bath is a large laundry bag specifically designed to wash baby dolls and plush toys like your child’s favorite teddy. Just place teddy inside of the bag zip it shut and wash on a gentle cycle.

Teddy Needs a Bath also has a line of dryer sheets that make your child’s stuffed animal smell like cotton candy. No more fighting to get their favorite stuffed animal in the washer. They will be begging you to wash it!

Environmental-Friendly Disinfectant

Baby toys that include any electrical equipment or batteries should not be cleaned by submerging them in the dishwasher. Or in a bowl of hot steamy soapy water. This is where an environmental-friendly disinfectant comes into play. You wouldn’t want to clean your babies toys with any harsh toxins or chemicals that could end up causing an illness.

A lot of environmentally-friendly cleaners, like the honest company, have an entire line dedicated to baby products for cleaning. You can get baby multi-surface cleaner and disinfectant wipes to help you clean a variety of toys. These type of cleaners will help you clean quickly and easily, keeping your baby safe and healthy. 

Another Thing…

If your baby is in a daycare it’s important that you know exactly what their protocol is for cleaning their toys. Most daycares have a set of guidelines for cleaning. But it’s important that you know what they are to ensure your baby stay the safest and the healthiest.

Kids and babies of all ages tend to spread germs quicker than adults. They touch so many things on a daily basis and typically wash their hands less than the average adult. Thus giving way to more bacteria which easily spreads germs from one kid to another. The older your baby gets the more crucial it is to have your child wash their hands on a regular basis to help prevent the spread of these deadly germs.

What are you using to clean your babies toys? How well does it work for you? Let me know below.

House Cleaning and Stain Removal Tips

A clean house not only looks wonderful but it also helps you stay healthy. A clean house can get you many compliments from your guests. A clean house is a reflection of your personality. It’s important to clean your house regularly to keep it sparkling and spotless.

You can opt for house cleaning services in NJ for complete cleaning solutions. Follow a cleaning routine to clean every corner of your house and to keep it stain proof. Here are some simple house cleaning and stain removal tips, read on.

  1. Use homemade solution and right tools

Use a DIY solution to clean your house. Mix a part of vinegar in two parts of water and add a bit of soap solution. You will be able to remove all the dust and stains from your windows and corners of your house using this solution. Also, stock up on the right tools for cleaning your house.

Use a good microfiber cloth for dusting purpose. Use a good squeegee for cleaning your windows. Use a soft towel for wiping off the dust from furniture. The right tools can help you to clean in a proper way.

  1. Clean vents and filters

It’s important to clean bathroom vents and dust filters every week. Use a vacuum cleaner or simply use a cleaning solution for removal of stains. Air filters also need to be clean as lots of dust is accumulated in these filters. Deep cleaning is important if there is dirt and stubborn stains in vents and filters.

  1. Clean the walls with dust mop

Clean your house walls with a dust mop or a Swiffer. These tools are easily available for your home cleaning needs. Use a dust mop and clean your walls after every three to four days to ensure that there is no dust. Clean walls can enhance your home décor too.

  1. Clean the kitchen area

There are maximum stains in your kitchen area because of regular cooking. For cleaning kitchen stains, dunk a sponge in soap solution. Now, wipe off your cooktop and kitchen cabinets with the help of sponge. You can also dunk a sponge in hot water, squeeze and simply wipe off the stains and dirt from your kitchen area.

  1. Clean the bedroom

Organize your closet occasionally and do away with everything that is not required. Change your bedspreads once every week. Also, wash your covers and cushions regularly. Flip mattresses when required and dust the furniture. Vacuum your bedroom floor to remove dust and stains from the area; this will help to clean your room in the right way.

  1. Use vinegar and lime

For stubborn stains, you can use a solution made from vinegar and lime. Put one part of vinegar and some lime juice in two parts of hot water. This solution can help to get rid of stubborn stains from your flooring, kitchen cabinets and bathroom tiles. DIY solution for home cleaning can give you good results for cleaning.

House cleaning task is easy if you dedicate a time for cleaning. You can also opt for house cleaning services in NJ for complete cleaning needs.

Author Bio:

Adriana Smith

Adriana Smith is a creative writer by profession and hobby, currently working as a freelance writer. She aspires to help her readers get the best home care services by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

 

Easy Ways To Clean The Places You Can Never Reach

The cleaning method out of sight, out of mind doesn’t quite work for families with allergies. Sure ignoring those places you can never reach is easier but it’s not cleaner. You know it’s in everyone’s benefit including yours if you take the time to clean them. Not only will you reduce the household dust you will kill allergy causing bacteria while you’re at it.

How to clean the places you can never reach:

Behind The Toilet

Simply taking a mop to the back of the toilet just doesn’t work. In fact, cleaning behind the toilet is often a very difficult household task. But it needs to be done. So grab some knee pads and rubber gloves and get to work.

Take a dry stiff brush to remove loose dust, hair, and any other loose soil from the back of the toilet and the baseboard. Use the crevice tool that came with your vacuum to suck away the debris. Then take a soft brush, a microfiber cloth, or a sponge dipped in warm water and a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the area including the back of the toilet base.

Blinds

Start by closing your blinds to one side and begin dusting them with an extendable static duster. Then reverse and direction of the blinds and dust the other side. To clean hard stuck dust from your blinds first dust with your static duster. Next, spray some dusting spray on them and let it sit for 30 seconds. While you wait proceed to clean off your static duster. And then continue to take your clean duster to your blinds wiping off the rest of the dust.

Door Tracks

Start by vacuuming the tracks with you crevice tool. Remove as much debris and grime as you can with the vacuum. Then mix a solution of two cups warm water, one teaspoon dishwashing liquid along with one teaspoon of household ammonia. Taking a flexible stiff bristled brush begin scrubbing out the tracks and then rinse with plain water.

If you are working on shower door tracks it may be helpful to add some vinegar in order to remove the soap scum. Of course, this depends on the type of material your shower door is made with. If you are unsure you can always test a small area of the track to ensure no damage will be done. The more you do this tasks, the easier it will be to clean in the future.

Heat Ducts

Here’s another thing you can use that crevice tool for. Isn’t the vacuum just a wonderful thing? By taking your crevice tool you can easily suck out all of the dust from your vents without any problems. No matter if the vents are high, low, or hidden behind furniture you can easily slide the hose up to the vent for an immediate cleaning. 

The Garbage Disposal

Nobody ever thinks about cleaning the garbage disposal until it starts to smell. And even then you might not know how to really clean it. Start by turning on the disposal allowing it to get out any extra debris that may be sitting in there. Let some warm water run down it for 20 to 30 seconds after turning off the disposal to help flush the rest of the grime away.

When cleaning your garbage disposal you never want to stick anything down there. No scrubbers, no brushes, and most importantly no hands. If you smell a bad odor coming from the garbage disposal add a couple of lemon slices (small) and a cup of baking soda. Allow that to sit for a little while and then you can flush it out by turning it on and running cold water down the drain.

Tall Appliances, Cabinets, & Furniture

An extendable static duster is your best friend for this task. Make sure you get one with a pivoting head so that you can adjust the angle to reach to the tops really tall pieces of furniture. If you still cannot reach it with an extendable duster, just grab a step stool to help you out.

When coming in contact with an area that contains a mass amount of stuck on dust you can do one of two things. One you can try the method we discussed for using your blinds. Or option two is that using your step stool you take a bucket of warm water, surface cleaner, and warm water and microfiber rag to the surface. When using the second method be sure to dry the surface with a nice dry cloth to prevent more dust from setting to the wet surface.

When it comes to cleaning places that you can never reach it’s crucial that you give them a good cleaning when you can reach them. Doing this a couple of times a year will not only make it easier for you, it will prevent buildup in those areas. A clean home is a happy home!

All You Need to Know about Residential Fire Sprinkler

Family safety is the top most priority of every one. Not only from outside, but your family deserves the protection from any sort of danger inside the home too. The most commonly reported home incidents include the fire accidents which may incur huge losses to the unfortunate families. Fire is never friendly to its users. A short circuit, gas leakage from stove, a malfunctioned electrical equipment or a slight negligence while lighting up a candle may convert a small flame into a raging fire. Thanks to the wonders of modern construction engineering which offers safe and reliable solutions to fire incidents. One such essential safety measure is the use of residential fire sprinkler to better avoid as well as fight with the dangers of fire.

In the USA and Canada, fire sprinklers are not confined to offices and commercial buildings only. The use of these small but effective fire sprinklers is gradually increasing in homes as well. These fire sprinklers offer life safety benefits which definitely matters the most to the residents. Therefore, the US jurisdiction has made it mandatory for some local communities to have this system installed for sustainably better standard of living.

Why to install a Fire Sprinkler?

Life is precious and should never be compromised at any cost. A residential fire sprinkler doesn’t even cost heavy on your pocket. Foremost, it keeps you at ease from the dangers of all sorts of fire accidents. These sprinklers respond at once and alert the residents simultaneously of any fire hazard. The efficient system immediately extinguishes fire without letting it spread around the entire home even before the fire fighters come for rescue. Fire sprinklers use water smartly to set off fire only in the affected area and keeps the rest of your belongings safe. Installation of these systems is not only lifesaving, but surely gives you return on investment by increasing the value of your house and reducing the insurance cost. The fire sprinklers are far better choice than fire alarms. A fire alarm don’t help in controlling fire and sometimes even don’t alert you if they run out of batteries. With a fire sprinkler you don’t need to take any such worries. Unlike any other fire prevention system, the sprinklers actually fight with the fire to stop it at once. In case of a massive accident, these sprinklers give the dwellers enough time to escape. Thus it reduces the chances of death or injuries. Also they don’t require much of maintenance. They only demand you to inspect the water valve to be kept on.

How do Fire Sprinklers Work?

The fire sprinklers are installed on the ceilings or high on the walls. These sprinklers can be “wet”, using water, or “dry”, using nitrogen, to fight with fire. Wet sprinklers are more commonly used as water reacts faster than any dry agent. But the only problem with wet systems may appear in winters when water in lines get frozen. In such cases, the nitrogen of dry system continues to work effectively.

The fire sprinklers are connected with the main water line within a home or a storage tank filled with water. These sprinklers are regulated through the water pump or valves which must be kept on to make the system working. The sprinkler pipes are made of chloro-polyvinyl chloride or cross-linked polyethylene which are light weight and cost friendly material. The fire sprinklers carry a glass bulb filled with gas and liquid and a seal that melts with heat. In case of a fire, as the heat approaches the ceiling and comes in contact with the sprinkler, the glass bulb expands to the extent that the inner gases cause it to be broken. The heat further melts the seal to let the water from the pipes start showering on the fire. The water droplets from the sprinklers have the capacity to penetrate into the fire without being evaporated. Thus cause it to set off before it spreads across home.

Some Myths associated with Fire Sprinklers

Though fire sprinklers are famous to be safe and cost effective, still many are reluctant in using them. It is because of the myths that are often associated to this firefighting system. Firstly, it is believed that fire sprinklers use more water than necessity. It is not true at all. It only uses the quantity that can penetrate down the fire to control it which is far lesser than the amount used by firefighters in case of a deadly fire.

Another misconception is about its cost. As discussed earlier, from installation to maintenance, it doesn’t demand much from you. In fact, it adds value in terms of less insurance premiums, more market value of your home and an uncompromised family safety.

The very benefits of a residential fire sprinkler proves it to be a must try. Of course you love your family and want them to be protected always. You’ll never regret having the system installed in your home.