3 Easy Cleaning Hacks For Teens

It’s no secret that you teens are notorious for having messy rooms. I get it, teenagers aren’t worried about cleaning their rooms, they’re worried about their friends and nowadays social media. But the thing is, us parents get tired of telling you over and over again to clean it. And I know what you’re going to say, “this is how I like my room,” Or perhaps you’ll say, “I know where everything when it’s like this.” You’re not telling me anything new. I once, was a teenage girl myself. And I too had a messy room. But the older I got the more I realized that I couldn’t handle the clutter.

Learn To Developing Motivation

Most, not all, teenagers lack the motivation to do just about anything. This comes from their lack of direction and meaning in life. Take some time to yourself and develop and strengthen these traits. It will benefit you in the long run. When I took the time to step back and evaluate my situation, my life became clearer. And so did my room. It’s not in our nature to be sloppy, there’s usually a reason behind it. Whether that means we aren’t in control and we want to be or we are a child learning how to eat for the first time. Do this for yourself and I promise you, You’ll have no problem keeping your room and your life clean.

Sell Your Old Clothes For Money

Look around your room. Look at all those clothes on the floor. When’s the last time you wore that dress or those jeans? Teenagers, without knowing it, are often border-line hoarders. Why keep all those old clothes that don’t fit you when you can see them for money? You may or may not have a job yet that’s bringing in a cash flow. But even if you do, everyone can use a little extra money. Take your old items to places like Plato’s Closet. Going this route will give you instant cash. Another route you can take is to sell your clothes to places like Thredup. When you sell your clothes online, it takes a little bit longer to get your money. But sometimes It’s worth it.

Store Things

The phrase ‘store things’ these days usually means storing them in the cloud. Although I’m not talking about the cloud, it’s a very similar concept that I want you to adopt. Just as you would store picture or media in the cloud. Take some time and store things that you aren’t using in a storage bin. Things like closet organizers, shoe racks, and storage totes can do wonders for a messy teenage room. One of the best things about storage products is that they’re so customizable nowadays. You can get almost any color and any pattern that you want. There’s probably a pattern to match your room!

Finally

Last but not least, teens there is nothing wrong in asking for help or advice. That’s why I wrote this article for you. If you’re in need of some serious help your parents may even chip in to hire a professional (like Maid Sailors) to show you the ropes. And always keep in mind, being stubborn will not get you anywhere. Take a new approach, take advantage of the ideas that are here and charge of your life.

How to Make Your Own Homemade Upholstery Cleaner

How to Clean Your Upholstery

Unnatural, chemical-based cleansers often contain toxic and hazardous chemicals, dangerous to both their user and the environment. Millennials, environmentally conscious consumers and those with sensitivities to toxic chemicals are turning back to less-harmful cleaning products. Below we will describe how to make your own natural upholstery cleaner when your upholstered furniture gets stained.

To make your own homemade upholstery stain cleaner you can use nothing more than a combination of soap, vinegar, and water. The recipe is:

  • 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Combine all three in a spray bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. Mist the soiled area lightly with the spray bottle, then scrub the area in a circular motion with a soft cloth. Reapply as necessary, until the stained area becomes clean. Moisten your cloth with clean, warm water and repeat the scrubbing motion to remove excess soap. You can finish off by blotting the damp area with a dry cloth. In order to avoid discoloration of visible areas of the fabric, it is absolutely vital that you test it out first on a part of the furniture that is out of sight.

It doesn’t always work, but it can still be quite effective. If your natural homemade cleaner does not work, you may need to consider purchasing an upholstery cleaning product or contact a professional cleaner.

Here is also a video on DIY furniture cleaner.

Cleaning With Toothpaste

Despite what the name implies, toothpaste does far more than work wonders for your smile. You can actually use a little toothpaste in place of quite an array of household products.

How is this possible? The combination of a mild abrasive, a surfactant (detergent) , and antibacterial agents makes toothpaste a potent stain fighter providing incredible cleaning power. We recommend sticking with standard white toothpaste, not gel and steer clear of formulas designed for tartar control and whitening. Most gel tubes of toothpaste do not contain surfactants or abrasives to do the dirty work, whereas, tartar control and whitening tubes of toothpaste contain abrasives and chemicals not suitable for most cleaning projects.

Rules

  • USE: White Toothpaste
  • DO NOT USE: Gel Toothpaste

As an intelligent reader and savvy consumer, you probably want to know why someone would clean with toothpaste in the first place? The answer is that some people like to do weird things ― like juggling fire, eating kale, sleeping in oxygen chambers and cleaning with toothpaste.

So, before you throw the tube away because you can’t seem to squeeze out anymore paste, think about using a little bit for various cleaning tasks.

Here are a few ways you can get your toothpaste working extra hard for you:

Cell Phone Screens

Unprotected cell phones screens become scratched over time. Lightly rub the screen with a touch of paste and your finger. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry.

Fixtures

You can clean chrome fixtures, the bathroom sink and shower doors by scrubbing a little on the surfaces with a cloth.

Tarnished Silverware

Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.

Shoes or Fresh Kicks

A little goes a long way when it comes to removing scuffs from leather shoes. Just squirt a dab on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.

Headlights

The dings and scratches sustained by headlight glass defuse the light and makes it harder to see. Eliminate this haze by thoroughly cleaning the headlight, then rubbing in a glob of it. Follow up with a good buffing to even out the glass, either by hand or with the buffer on an electric drill.

Carpet Stains

Squeeze some directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears. Not much different than brushing your teeth, is it?

Bling

Put a little bit on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

Steam Iron

Mineral deposits can stain an iron’s soleplate. Apply a dab of it and work it into the plate. Use a clean cloth to remove residue.

A Clean Carpet Is A Happy Carpet

Carpets can make you look classy or careless. At first, a carpet is a great addition to any home – they please the eyes and serve as a protective layer for your naked, vulnerable floor. In order to remain appealing and effective, carpets require regular maintenance. Without regular cleaning, carpets can accumulate dust, allergens and other (potentially) lethal antigens.

Don’t be fooled by appearances – the things you cannot see will be responsible for your downfall. Of course, if you want to save yourself the hassle of cleaning, you can call Maid Sailors and we’ll take care of business. If you’re interested in taking your cleaning skills to the next level, then just follow these simple steps to remove tough stains and lingering odors from your (once) magical carpets.

 

1. Vacuuming

Vacuuming is like cardiovascular exercise – a monotonous activity that must become a regular part of your not-so-monotonous life. Maid Sailors recommends vacuuming once-a-week in order to prevent any dirt and/or dust build-ups. Keep in mind, more frequent vacuuming will prolong the life of your carpet.

  • Pro-tip: Divide the floor into quadrants and address your carpet quadrant-by-quadrant. Use a crisscross pattern and overlapping strokes to vacuum extremely soiled areas of the carpet. This is an extremely effective strategy.

2. Test Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Prior to using any detergent or cleaning solutions on your carpet, test a small amount of the product on a small patch to ensure that the fabric does not get discolored or damaged. Many cleaning agencies use the “patch test method” to analyze whether the cleaning products will discolor the rug.

3. Spotting Stains

Remember that one time you let your friend “crash at your place for a few days” and he (or she) turned into a permanent roommate? Not surprisingly, unwanted stains behave in a physically similar manner. Temporary stains are working non-stop to achieve permanent status – it is your job to make sure this never happens.

First, blot the area and remove as much spillage as possible. If handy, use wet wipes for an initial removal of the stain. Alternatively, a mix of water and diluted dishwashing detergent can also be used to treat the stain. After blotting, let the carpet dry naturally or use a hair dryer if you’re in a rush.

4. Reinstating Your Carpet

Imagine if you were sleeping and one of your enemies broke into your 1-bedroom apartment and dropped an anvil on your stomach. Now, imagine if that anvil remained on your abdomen for six months before one of your friends decided to check-in on you and finally removed it. Carpets experience this painful scenario on a regular basis. Furniture, radiators, statues and other heavy objects are fixated on them for years at a time.

In order to remove these “deep depressions”, utilize a steam iron. Bring it real close to the carpet without having it touch (the iron may harm the fibers) and start steaming. You can then raise the depressed fibers by using the edge of a spoon.

5. Natural Products

Using natural products to clean your carpet is not only fun, but also effective. Here’s a list of natural solutions for common problems.

  • Club soda to remove fresh coffee stains
  • Salt to remove dirt and other fresh stains
  • Baking soda to remove lingering odors

Concluding Thoughts

In addition to your do-it-yourself cleaning regimen, you should get your carpets cleaned professionally at least two times per year. Keep in mind, a professional carpet cleaning is cheaper than a new carpet purchase.

 

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Cleaning Aftermath: Post-Renovation Disaster Management

The Cleaning  Aftermath

If you’re having your apartment or house renovated then you really should start thinking about cleaning your place, post-renovation, which is when the real work begins! Builders and renovators are not professional cleaners. Thus, after they’re finished installing your new kitchen or fixing your bathroom, all that dust floats from room to room. It gets stuck on every surface, leaving no orifice behind! Unfortunately, for situations as heavy as this, a simple sweep or quick mop of the floor just won’t do.

The best solution is to invest in hiring seasoned, professional cleaners (like Maid Sailors), which will save you a lot of time, trouble, and potentially, injury. But, for those brave souls who choose to go it alone, we’ve drafted these tips on how to eradicate all of that dust and grime from your newly renovated living space!

Post-Renovation Disaster Management

  • Anticipate the storm. First off, there’s nothing like preparation and taking extra precautions to make sure dust doesn’t damage any of your electrical appliances or furniture. Do this by covering all your home items with plastic sheeting and/or bags and make sure they are well sealed with duct tape.

    Another very useful tip: keep windows open during renovations. This will allow a lot of dust and stray particles to venture out into the wild (versus settling in your living room). Most people don’t bother with preparation and begin the cleaning process after the builders have completed renovations. Don’t end up like most people. If you do a little preparation, you will avoid costly mistakes!

  • Dealing with floor dust. The last builder just walked out of your door and left you the delightful early Christmas present of a white, dusty floor. However, before you reach for that broom, think again! Sweeping dust usually means you’re just transporting it somewhere else, so why waste your precious time and energy? Sweeping is only a good idea if there are larger pieces of debris on the floor.

    First, in order to avoid suffocation, make sure the room is well ventilated. Next, use your vacuum cleaner to pick up the initial first-round of that stubborn dust. You’ll notice that after all of your cleaning and clearance efforts, there will still be some stubborn dust remnants. Finish the job by mopping your floor quickly, ultimately ridding your floors of that pesky dust. Extra credit goes to those who use a strong domestic cleaning product; while you’ll notice smudges on your floor at first, these will subside after a quick second coat.

  • Dealing with more dust. Now it’s important when cleaning to remember that builders’ dust doesn’t just limit itself to landing on your floor! It gets trapped on skirting boards, windowsills, shelves and just about any other surface in your living space. Ultimately, you can use a damp cloth. Pick it all up and really get into those tight corners.

Remember, if all of this sounds like too much work and you don’t have time to effectively prepare you can hire professional cleaners who will get the job done and leave your counters sparkling. In any case, remember that patience is paramount to a successful builder. If you rush it you won’t do a very good job. It’s important to be as thorough. After all, it is your home!

Fixing A Dishwasher That Won’t Drain

Having a dishwasher that won’t drain can be frustrating and repairing it through a service provider can be expensive. Repairing a dishwasher is not a difficult process. The key is to troubleshoot your machine to identify the source of the drain problem and then fix it. Sometimes, the solution may be as simple as just cleaning your dishwasher. Below we have provided you with a list of the most common issues for a dishwasher that won’t drain.

Check the Door Latch

An unlatched dishwasher door will keep your dishwasher from draining. Believe it or not, this is the most common problem that people overlook when troubleshooting a dishwasher that won’t drain. If the door is unlatched, latch it and check it again to see if it drains.

Check for Clogs

The most likely cause for a dishwasher drainage problem is a clog. Over time, your filters and pipes can fill up with food particles and other items that don’t always make it out of the plumbing system. You can remove clogs by doing the following:

  • Remove and clean all food traps and filters
  • Use a snake on the hoses and pipes
  • Run your garbage disposal with hot water as your dishwasher operates

Regular cleaning plays a big part in keeping your dishwasher working properly. Since most drain issues are the result of clogs, you should be sure to properly rinse your dishes before loading. Also, regularly wipe out and clean the inside of your dishwasher with a mild cleaning solution or use a commercial cleaning tablet on an empty wash every so often. When you keep it free of debris, you keep your water flowing smoothly.

Check your Garbage Disposal Drain Plug

If you’ve recently installed a new garbage disposal unit, this may be the source of your drain problems. Your garbage disposal is linked to your dishwasher, and a new garbage disposal comes with a special part that can keep your washer from draining. If you have installed a new disposal, look for the knockout plug. The drain plug in your garbage disposal (usually a small plastic or metal insert) should be removed.

Check the Drain Valve

Normally, as this valve gets power during the drain cycle, it opens a solenoid and allows water to drain. But not all dishwashers use this valve. If yours does, and if it is not working, you may need to replace it.

Check the Belt

Some older dishwashers may use a belt-driven pump. If the belt has come off or is slipping then the pump that drains the washer won’t function properly. Inspect the belt for signs of wear or stretching and replace it if required.

Check the Float

The float switch on your dishwasher may get stuck, causing water to remain in the appliance between washes. Depending on your washer, this may be a small float nestled in a corner or a hat-shaped device on the floor of your dishwasher. A broken float will require replacement or repair.

Check the Motor

Finally, a malfunctioning motor may not be able to pump the water out of the machine and into your plumbing. If you suspect a motor issue, it’s best to call in a professional to assess your motor and perform any repairs or replacements safely.

Natural Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

This simple natural homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe takes only 2 – 3 ingredients and is unbelievably effective.

 

Items that you will need for the homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe:

  1. Empty spray bottle
  2. Water
  3. Bottle of White Vinegar
  4. Bottle of essential oil (lavender or citrus)

When you have a clean and dry spray bottle ready, mix the following together:

  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 vinegar
  3. 15- 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice (optional), although good choices are pine, lavender or one of the citrus fruits.

 

Combine together in the spray bottle and shake well. The essential oil really is only added to both cover the vinegar smell for those who find it offensive, and also to leave a fresh, residual scent in the air.

 

This recipe can be used to clean all of your surfaces but it is especially effective on appliances, back-splashes and surface areas such as countertops.

Be A Natural: Solutions for Safe Cleaning

You don’t need fancy products to have a completely sanitized home – surprisingly, you may already have everything you need sitting in your fridge. Further, as a millennial, it’s your sworn duty to only use natural solutions whenever possible – if a natural solution is not possible, delay solving the problem for as long as possible until a natural solution is developed (jk lol).

Sadly, many cleaning products on your Amazon or Duane Reade have many chemicals that can be considered harmful and/or relatively toxic. Left to their own devices, these agents will cause unwanted side effects, such as skin irritations and rashes; prolonged use may even contribute to respiratory diseases.

“Green cleaning” is much safer (no surprise there). But where should you start? Also, will “going green” eliminate the green inside your wallet? Don’t panic – we’ve written a cheat-sheet with natural solutions for healthy heavy-duty cleaning. Keep your apartment clean while minimizing damages to your health (and the environment) – it’s like killing three grass-fed birds with one stone!

Clean Cheat Sheet

  • When Life Gives You Lemon Juice, Make a Cleaning Aid
    We wonder if Theologians believe lemons were a sanitizing gift from our almighty creator (if you believe in that sort of thing)? Lemons have acids that can help remove stains and dirt from various surfaces. Use lemon juice in the bathroom or kitchen to eliminate soap scum and built-up hard-water deposits. Further, when mixed with salt, the resulting solution makes a perfect scouring paste.
  • Lastly, lemon juice is very effective with deodorizing and disinfecting countertops and can be used to clean dishes. To achieve lemon juice’s full cleaning potential, merge it with olive oil to form an excellent hardwood polishing solution.
  • You Catch Less Physical Ailments With Vinegar
    Vinegar ain’t no joke – it’s a very effective all-purpose cleaner. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and now you’re ready to clean the entire home. The solution works wonders for the bathtub, countertops, sink, and faucets. If you’re trying to impress your friends (who isn’t?), use it as a floor cleaner. Before you get too excited, beware: it can harm marble and wood.
  • Baking Soda
    Substitute baking soda for other non-abrasive cleaners. If you have a garage, you can use baking soda to clean its concrete floor. Inside the house, use it for nasty oil and grease spills.

Concluding Remarks

While cleaning may be dangerously boring, it shouldn’t be dangerous. Give our natural solutions a try – if you’re still having trouble, call Maid Sailors and we’ll fix up your home real quick.

This article received contributions from W2 Cleaning Services

Cleaning the Floors

Cleaning the floors may not be your favorite household chore, but it’s one that we have to do. Whether you have hardwood, tile, laminate, or carpet you should be cleaning the floors weekly. So today we are going to share some tips on how to do it!

While there are many things to keep in mind if you have hard floors, clean these first. This will require the most time and effort; like Mark Twain said, “swallow the big frog” first and everything else will undoubtedly fall into place. Maid Sailors can do this quickly and cheaply; however, if you’re in the mood to “go hard on the hard floor”, follow these guidelines.

1. Tile Floors

Go “Super Hard” Solution: Rent a floor scrubber machine from a local cleaning company or make an investment by purchasing one via Amazon.

Go “Hard” Solution: There are many existing detergents and solutions for cleaning tiled floors. But you can easily make your own detergent solutions at home. Mix 3 to 5 spoons of baking soda, vinegar, shampoo and water. Stir and apply onto the tiles while scrubbing the stains via stiff brush or cloth. For stubborn stains, let the solution marinate on the surface for 5 minutes. Keep in mind, don’ t panic if you encounter heavier stains; your local hardware store will have stronger solutions for sale. After you’ve addressed your stains, wipe down the floor with a clean towel and begin dancing.

2. Laminate Floors

Go “Super Hard” Solution: Unfortunately, there is no way to go “super hard” when you’re cleaning laminated floors.

Go “Hard” Solution: First, make sure that the surface is dry and any particles (e.g. sand, food crumbs) have been vacuumed. Afterward, apply a basic detergent (or your homemade solution from above) and mop your floor. Perform this task semi-frequently (e.g. weekly) for ongoing excellence.

3. Rugs & Carpets

Go “Super Hard” Solution: Call Maid Sailors. Not because we’re legally required to say this, but because it is the best solution. Professionals will have the optimal cleaning solution you’re your specific carpet or rug since each has its own unique requirements. For example, carpets with different colors should only be cleaned with color-friendly detergents (as common sense may suggest). There are also numerous detergents for longer fiber carpets, as well as for hand-made rugs.

Go “Hard” Solution: Doing-it-yourself can be a very effective approach. Be sure to read the label on the carpet’s backing and read the cleaning recommendations. Certain details can literally mean “life or death” for your carpet; for instance, using a hot steaming machine may damage the fibers and the colors on certain carpets, however, there are other carpets that can only be deep cleaned with a hot steam machine.

Additionally, make sure to apply a sanitizer and/or deodorizer (especially if you have pets). This approach eliminates bacteria and promotes both human and carpet health.

How to Properly Clean A Bathroom Vanity

If you live in Manhattan, chances are you’re lucky to have a bathroom in the first place. However, regardless of where you live and what the size of your bathroom is, one thing is essential: you must keep your bathroom clean.

The best way to ensure your bathroom is in tip-top shape is to clean your bathroom vanity. Best of all, cleaning the bathroom vanity doesn’t have to be a daunting or timely task. Here is an easy 5-step guide for keeping one of the most important rooms in the house sanitary.

Clear the area

Start by removing all toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, and cups from the counter area.  To properly clean the bathroom vanity, all items should be removed. Don’t let hard work go to waste with water or toothpaste stains hiding under items left in the sink.

Double check your cleaner

Make sure you know what kind of cleaning product to use on the vanity surface. Since vanity surfaces may vary (marble, tile, laminate, wood, ceramic) check the labels on cleaning products to make sure they are appropriate for the surfaces of your bathroom. Using the wrong kind of cleaner for the vanity, or a cleaner that is too abrasive could scratch or stain it. Depending on the vanity surface, multiple products may be necessary for cleaning the vanity countertop, the sink, and faucet.

Do a pre-clean wipe down

Although this step may seem unnecessary, wiping down the vanity may save time when you see what areas need the most work.  Wiping away loose hair, makeup powder, and other loose residues will reveal just how dirty the vanity really is and where you need to focus on scrubbing.

Scrub, scrub, scrub!

Use a wet, clean cloth or soft sponge to apply the bathroom cleaner and focus on areas that need scrubbing the most: toothpaste stains, water stains, makeup or other beauty product stains. Also, make sure the bathroom vent is on or the window is open to air out any fumes from the bathroom cleaner. If you use diluted bleach or other strong cleaning products containing bleach, use a mask and wear cleaning gloves.  Also, remember to thoroughly clean the faucet where hard water stains can accumulate.

Rinse off and dry surface

Thoroughly rinse the cleaning cloth or sponge used to scrub the vanity, or use a new clean cloth or sponge to rinse down the areas previously scrubbed. Use plenty of water to rinse away any cleaning product residue from the vanity surface and faucet.  Then wipe down the vanity with a dry cloth or paper towel. Make sure all surfaces are dry before returning toothbrushes and other items on the vanity.

Keep your bathroom vanity “like new” with these easy-to-do cleaning tips!

Guest Wisdom By Will Shuhaibar

Will loves blogging! He currently contributes to a number of families and home improvement blogs. Whether he’s writing about luxury bathroom accessories for The Bath Outlet or sharing his experiences with family blogs, Will is always writing. When he’s not blogging, you can find Will reading, drawing, or traveling.