The Best Anniversary Gift

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My husband is just one of those normal guys. That sounds harsh. Let me restart. My husband, who I love and adore, is a normal guy when it comes to remembering birthdays and anniversaries, etc. He works hard and provides exactly the way you would want. We have 3 kids and he is there for every school event, sporting event, etc. He has to travel a lot for business, but I really can’t complain about the amount of things this man really accomplishes when it comes to our family.

So, our 15 year anniversary was coming up. I truthfully didn’t know what to get him. I thought maybe some football tickets for him and his best friend would be a great option. Which I did get, by the way.

It’s what he did that made me write about it.

Now, at the time before all this, I had no idea what was going on, but I now know his side of the story. He paid attention to me. He paid attention to what I complain about.

Now, I’ll paint the picture. I work too, part time thus having to get the kids to all their activities and homework and such. I don’t always have time to clean. I mean it’s not a pigsty, but there is room for improvement.

I come home from work on a day he’s suppose to get the kids, but the kids aren’t there (he had his sister and brother-in-law watch them that night). I walk into our house and it’s…

AMAZING!

I mean the house is clean. It’s our 15 year anniversary and I expected a card, maybe flowers, hopefully diamonds, but this blew my mind. Our house is ridiculous clean. It smells so good. What did he do?

Okay, at first he did have that “yeah I’m the man” look on his face like he just scored the winning touchdown, but I was in such awe I didn’t care.

He knows I am a eco-crazy person. I want to clean very green friendly just because that’s how I grew up. For this matter (and I’m sure he doesn’t want to clean) I am in charge of the cleaning.

But he paid attention. His gift to me was a natural cleaned home. While I was at work he had a list that he compiled and used to eco-friendly clean our home.

What did he clean? I’m amazed. And more amazed at how he researched this enough to actually do it right.

THE BATHROOM

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. This combination cleans and deodorizes.
  • Find out more about the household uses of baking soda and the uses of vinegar.

Cleaning Bathroom Tile and Tubs

  • Sprinkle baking soda in place of scouring powder in your tub or on the tiles. Rub with a damp sponge. Rinse Thoroughly.
  • To remove film buildup on bathtubs, apply full-strength vinegar to a sponge and wipe the area. Next, use baking soda as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly.
  • Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film. Use ¼ cup (or more) vinegar to 1 gallon water.
  • To clean grout, put 3 cups baking soda into a medium-size bowl and add 1 cup warm water. Mix into a smooth paste and scrub into grout with a sponge or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and dispose of leftover paste when finished.

THE WASHING MACHINE

You know that grungy odor it makes and that makes no sense, well he fixed that.

  • Fill up the washing machine to it’s fullest capacity. I was recommended towels. They fill up a lot of space and scrub the washer while spinning. Kill two birds with one stone.
  • Set the washer to the hottest setting available.
  • Using a measuring cup, measure a full cup of white vinegar. (8 oz.)
  • Turn on the washer with the lid open so you can watch the water rise.
  • When the washer is about a ¼ of the way full of water, pour the white vinegar in, followed by 3 more cups as the water rises. Total: 4 cups of white vinegar.
  • Allow the washer to fill up the rest of the way. Close the lid and let the cycle begin.
  • After about 10minutes, open the lid,stopping the cycle, and, use the measuring cup to measure 1 cup (8 oz.) of the baking soda and add to the machine. Close the lid continuing its cycle. Total: 1 cup of baking soda.
  • Let it run it for about 10 more minutes. Then open the lid, stopping the cycle. Allow the water to sit there and soak for 25-35 minutes.
  • Shut the lid, restarting the cycle, and allow it to cycle all the way through until it is completely done washing.

THE KITCHEN

My goodness, I married the right guy. Sorry to the other guy that won’t do this.

DISHWASHER

  • Remove a heavy film build-up caused by hard-water minerals by adding vinegar to the empty dishwasher after it fills with water at the start of its first cycle. Do this only if the appliance manual suggests it is okay.

FREEZER

  • Turn off and unplug the freezer.

Remove food and let the freezer defrost.

Wash the inside with a warm-water solution of mild detergent or baking soda (2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1 quart of warm water.) Rinse and wipe it as dr as possibly. Vacuum the dust off the condenser coils.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

  • Before leaving your home for several days, check to be sure all wastes have been flushed out of the disposal to avoid creating odors. If odors occur, remove them by running orange or lemon peels or ice cubes through the disposal.

OVEN AND STOVE

  • To prevent messy oven cleanups, put a sheet of aluminum foil on the floor of the oven, but do not allow the foil to touch the heating element. Although this may slightly affect the browning of food, the foil can be easily disposed of when soiled.
  • For a spill in the oven, sprinkle salt on the spill while the oven is still warm. If the spill is completely dry, wet it lightly before sprinkling the salt. When the oven cools down, scrape away the spill and wash the area with a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Slow grease buildup in your oven by dampening your cleaning rag with vinegar and water before wiping out your oven.

FRIDGE

  • Turn off and unplug refrigerator.
  • Remove all food and removable interior parts.
  • To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water and wipe all surfaces.
  • For stubborn spots, rub with a baking soda paste.
  • Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet cloth.
  • To clean interior fixtures, such as vegetable bins and shelves, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse well and dry.
  • Fresh lemon juice in the rinse water removes soap film.

Okay this was the whole shabang! And yes he vacuumed. Well, as good as I could expect. He did use baking soda on the floor to refresh it so I’ll take it.

So, you want to impress your significant other for a big surprise. Do the above. Have fun!

Who Knew You Should Clean A Washing Machine!

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Most people would rather buy the new model than go through the process of taking a washing machine apart, cleaning it, and crossing their fingers they put it back together the right way. The great news is THERE IS A SOLUTION! And the solution isn’t expensive or time consuming, said our friends at Houston Texas Painters, and can save money in the long run. This is what the pros do, so I was all ears.

White Vinegar is the first thing you will need. It’s available at grocery stores everywhere. It’s right on the aisle vinegar is found in, next to all the other vinegars one would use to cook with. You will need 8 cups of this, which is 64 fluid ounces (FL. OZ.). I was able to get a gallon of the distilled (I was recommended distilled) white vinegar for under 3 dollars at my local Walmart.

A gallon is 128 FL. OZ., so you will have plenty leftover (which is great because you can use white vinegar to clean all kinds of stuff like your coffee maker just by running a full pot of white vinegar through once, and then running two pots of water through twice after). Now that you have the first ingredient to the solution, here is the next:

Baking Soda. This found (most likely) on the same aisle you would find the white vinegar. You will need 2 cups (16 OZ.) of this. I use “Arm and Hammer”. You can buy a pound (LB.) of this stuff for less than 1 dollar. A pound of baking soda is 3 ½ cups, so you will have some leftover (toss the leftovers in the box, with the top open, in your refrigerator to freshen it up).

 

                           

 

Baking Soda Cleaning Tips

 

Step #1 Fill up the washing machine to it’s fullest capacity. I was recommended towels. They fill up a lot of space and scrub the washer while spinning. Kill two birds with one stone.

Step #2 Set the washer to the hottest setting available.

Step #3 Using a measuring cup, measure a full cup of white vinegar. (8 oz.)

Step #4 Turn on the washer with the lid open so you can watch the water rise.

Step #5 When the washer is about a ¼ of the way full of water, pour the white vinegar in, followed by 3 more cups as the water rises. Total: 4 cups of white vinegar.

Step #6 Allow the washer to fill up the rest of the way. Close the lid and let the cycle begin.

Step #7 After about 10minutes, open the lid,stopping the cycle, and, use the measuring cup to measure 1 cup (8 oz.) of the baking soda and add to the machine. Close the lid continuing its cycle. Total: 1 cup of baking soda.

Step #8 Let it run it for about 10 more minutes. Then open the lid, stopping the cycle. Allow the water to sit there and soak for 25-35 minutes.

Step # 9 Shut the lid, restarting the cycle, and allow it to cycle all the way through until it is completely done washing.

Step #10 Once done: REPEAT ALL THE ABOVE STEPS.

After the 2nd time, remove the wet towels and place them aside. Pour some of the white vinegar onto the cloth and wipe the inside of the machine with it. There will be places some of the residue wasn’t reached like under the top rim of the washer, around the rim of the gaskets, (rubber looking things) and the inside top of the agitator (the thing in the middle that spins, if there is one). Run the washer on the hottest setting by itself one time to clean up any of the leftover white vinegar and baking soda. Then your machine is clean! You can now place the towels back in the washer using detergent and softener like normal.

I found this works really well. It made my laundry even seem cleaner than normal after trying this. I pick a weekend before two holidays, so I can recall when it’s due. Weekends before Thanksgiving and Memorial Day are mine, but however you remember it’s up to you.

Hope this helps. It’s basically less than 4 dollars a year. It can stretch the life of your washing machine. And the best news is both white vinegar and baking soda have little to no negative impact concerning the environment.

ASHES Make Things Clean??? UM WHAT?!

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This one really blows my mind. My best friend’s wife works for a cleaning service that is “green”. They only use environmentally-friendly cleaning products just like Maid in Hoboken.

Our family had dinner with their family. Our kids all go to school together, which is great! We were talking about camping next summer, and somehow the conversation turned to “wood ashes”. This is where she informed us that these ashes actually clean.

I’m a skeptic. This is just how I am. Um, so dirt cleans? Yeah, whatever, who cares, move on…

But her point wasn’t a joke. It’s true! I researched this. ASHES Make Things Clean!

Not only that. This is the cheapest thing. And it’s eco-friendly. This is like walking into a casino and knowing what machine to drop that quarter in.

Yes, I gamble, but there is no need to here. Just try what I am saying once. Just try it. You will completely understand my point. Listed below are the easiest things. Just try one, and you will see.

WHAT HARDWOOD ASHES CAN DO:

Our ancestors learned to make lye, a caustic cleaning agent, at least 5,000 years ago by running water through wood ashes, eventually learning to combine it with animal fats and water to make soap.  Believe it, or not. They turned ashes into soap. Our number one cleaning agent!

Make Soap

The first soaps were made by the ancient Babylonians around 2800 B.C. and utilized a mixture of animal fats and wood ash. When ashes from hardwoods are boiled in soft water, it creates lye. When lye (potassium hydroxide) is mixed with animal fats or vegetable oils, it renders a soft soap. Add a little salt to the mix when pouring the molds to make firmer bars of soap. To learn more about this process, see this wood ash soap making guide.

Recommended Reading: 10 Amazing Homemade Soap Recipes

Melt Ice & Snow

The widespread use of rock salt (sodium chloride) to melt ice and snow during winter squalls has resulted in some serious pollution: each year, it is estimated that more than 22 million tons of rock salt are dumped on U.S. roads, eventually travelling to surface and subterranean waterways. While rock salt is somewhat effective in reducing vehicle accidents, it also increases the salinity of fresh bodies of water and is extremely toxic to plants and animals.

One safe and natural alternative to create traction, de-ice, and melt snow is wood ashes. Because wood ash contains potash – or potassium carbonate – a type of salt that is much more eco-friendly than chloride-based salts, it can help break up ice and melt snow when scattered on driveways and walkways.  Unlike rock salt, it won’t corrode surfaces like concrete and metal, harm the paws of your four-legged friends, or damage your plants come spring.

Polish Silver, Metal, and Glass

Wood ash is mildly abrasive and can be used to polish tarnished silverware, dull metals, and cloudy glass. Take one cup of ashes and add a titch of water to make a thick paste. Don some rubber gloves and spread this paste all over your lusterless items. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before wiping with a clean cloth. Use a little elbow grease to buff and shine.

Absorb Odors

Like baking soda, wood ash is alkaline and can absorb and neutralize bad smells. Try placing some wood ash in a small bowl and leaving it in the fridge or a stinky room, but be sure to replace it with new ashes after a few days.

Remove Oil Stains in the Garage and Driveway

Since wood ash is a desiccant, it can be used to clean up grease spills and remove stains from porous surfaces like stone, cement, and asphalt. Sprinkle some ashes on the stain and allow it to settle for a few minutes. Then, sweep it all up with a broom.

That’s just the beginning. And the best part is you don’t have to buy it. You can make it yourself in your fireplace, if it’s wood burning. You just need to stay away from anything that is chemically treated. This has to be from wood. The wood that grows on trees.

If you can’t make your own it is available from links above.

I do some of my own cleaning, and I use a service as well due to my busy job schedule. In between, this is a great way to go.

Date Night

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I never cleaned a baseboard in my life. Truth is, I am not much a more than average cleaner. This is the bachelorette life I lived. Work and wine. Or, a lot of work and wine on the weekends (haha). This was my lifestyle.

Well, until I met someone. He’s cool. He’s fantastic. We work in the same field, which is rare, but fun. We have so much in common. He came up with this great “date night” idea. Let’s make a cool dinner together and rent a cool movie. Sounds fun! Well, at his place it will be. His place is clean and nice. Um, because he’s always at work! But, this date night will be taking place at mine.

My place isn’t bad, it’s just, well a place I’ve been at, that many others before me have lived as well. It looks okay, but is it that romantic hot spot you want to have a date at?

NO!

He’s environmentally conscious, but it wouldn’t be a deal breaker. I thought, hey, why not hire a service to clean my place. This could be a little romantic getaway for us. I researched and I actually found AN ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING SERVICE called Maids in a Minute.

Okay, so now they show up and wow! Sink, countertops, stove, bathroom, shower, toilet, baseboards, and that list keeps going. My place is so nice and clean it’s amazing! And it smells incredible. I’m almost afraid to start cooking in here based on how good it smells already.

Great money spent, and it wasn’t too tough on my purse. My biggest worry now is what movie to rent. Figure if I find something with “The Rock”in it, then  it’s win, win!

I highly recommend this service. Date night went… just like one should. I hope this helps anyone in my dilemma. Not a bad dilemma to be in, in the end.

Baking Soda Ain’t Just For Baking

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Baking Soda Cleaning TipsThis stuff is amazing. It all started with Fantasy Football. A bunch of us guys getting together for our season picks. Our friend, owner of a cleaning service in Bellevue WA, was cleaning when we started arriving. His place is always clean, but I never asked how or why. It’s just something that never occurred to me to ask. He was using baking soda. One of the guys joked “What’d ya do, run out of soap?” He told us that this one of the ways he saved money. His Mom did this, so he grew up learning how to clean this way. And somehow he’s saving the environment at the same time. “Okay Josh, it’s time for fantasy football, but message us the info.” And funny enough, Josh actually did.

I guarantee drafting a Denver Bronco will get you far, but I can also guarantee that cleaning with baking soda is a score. I actually gave him the respect by reading what he sent, and he was right.

 

15 Things Baking Soda Is Great For Around The Home:

 

  1. Keep your grill clean all summer long by putting some baking soda on a damp brush, scrubbing the grate, then rinsing.
  2. Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda on carpet, wait at least 15 minutes (preferably let sit overnight), then vacuum up.
  3. Add 1 cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry (along with your regular liquid detergent) to get clothes cleaner and brighter.
  4. Remove baked-on residue by shaking a generous amount of baking soda on pots and pans. Then add hot water and dish detergent, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.
  5. To brighten a dull floor finish, dissolve ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse for a shiny floor.
  6. To brighten a dull floor finish, dissolve ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse for a shiny floor.
  7. Make your own bathroom scrub by mixing ¼ cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add vinegar to give it a thick, creamy texture.
  8. To put out a grease fire, scatter baking soda over it by the handful to extinguish flames.
  9. Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda
  10. Pour in 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup hot distilled white vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.
  11. Scatter baking soda on icy sidewalks―it’s not as corrosive as salt.
  12. Discourage weeds by sprinkling baking soda into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.
  13. To clean a toilet, add ¼ cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.
  14. To deodorize a drain, pour about ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clean residue. NOTE: Use this method only if your pipes are metal. And never mix with other cleaning solutions. Don’t try this if you’ve recently used a commercial drain product.
  15. Here’s a cool video that shows how to clean 6 things in 60 seconds with baking soda.

 

The list keeps going on and on, and I haven’t tried every single one of these things, but the ones I have tried have been successful. More successful than my Fantasy Football picks. Hope this teaches you the eye-opener it taught me.

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What To Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide

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Hydrogen peroxide has many uses. From first aid..to cleaning bathtubs, this cheap and natural alternative to bleach is often overlooked.

Most importantly, it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-mold and anti-mildew.

I started using hydrogen peroxide to clean things in the bathroom. I found that using HP and dawn dish soap really was a powerful combo, especially for stains. HP can be used with other safe all-purpose cleaners, basically boosting the cleaners’ cleaning power. Just buying the 3% is enough to get the job done. Any higher is too acidic unless you dilute it properly.

What exactly…and where exactly… can you clean with this special liquid?

In the bathroom

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Use hydrogen peroxide on your white tubs.

Clean the sink, mirror, toilet (it’s a wonderful disinfectant).

Pour it into the toilet, it cleans so amazingly!

Clean showers that have mildew, and mold. With consistent use, it will keep mold away.

Combined it with baking soda and get the ultimate whitener for white surfaces, it can also dissolve soap scum.

 

In the kitchen

hydrogen peroxide

Disinfect cutting boards.

Clean your white tile floors or linoleum.

Clean glass anywhere around your kitchen.

Mix HP, water and dawn dish soap for an all purpose cleaner.

Wash and disinfect fruits and vegetables by soaking them in 1/4 c of HP with hot water.

Disinfect the inside of your fridge with the all purpose mix

Sanitize your sponges by soaking them in HP then putting them in the dishwasher.

Disinfect your microwave.

Around the house

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Soak toys in HP and hot water.

Ward off fungus from your house plants by lightly spritzing them with water and HP.

Keep your shower curtain and liners clean by using HP in place of bleach when washing it in the washer machine.

Run HP through your washing machine to disinfect it.

Whiten whites. (this really is the best bleach alternative!)

Make the ultimate stain remover with dawn dish soap and HP. It can remove stains like blood, coffee, and wine.

It’s the ultimate glass cleaner. 

Hydrogen peroxide is the best thing to clean with. It is so much healthier and safer than cleaning with bleach. Chlorine is very poisonous. It absorbs quickly into your skin. And when you breathe, it affects your lungs. It can cause choking as well.  Read here to learn why.

Get your house cleaned by true green cleaning specialists.

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5 things in your bathroom that should be replaced regularly

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A bathroom should typically be the cleanest place in your home. Even if you clean your bathroom regularly, there are still things that either need to be regularly washed or even replaced. The longer you hold on to these items without washing or replacing them, the grottier they get!

1. Shower curtains and liners.

Shower curtains come in all styles and material but, how do you know what material is best? A fashionable shower curtain makes your bathroom pretty, but if it’s not good material it can end up getting moldy, and it can make your bathroom smell mildewy. That’s not very inviting! It all has to do with the shower liner you are using.

If you plan on buying cheaper shower liners, they need to be replaced regularly.

If you want a washable shower liner, here is a guide on buying the perfect shower liner to protect that awesome shower curtain!

2. Bathmats/Rugs

Now this one is a no brainer! When you get out of the shower, you step on your bath mat and it gets all wet. That’s the perfect place for a mildew smell to develop and for mold to grow, especially since bathrooms tend to run at a warmer temperature due to your hot showers.

Here are 5 of the best bath mats you can purchase.

Either replace monthly or wash weekly with a half cup of hydrogen peroxide.

3. Loofa, sponges, and poufs

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Replace every three weeks

These bathing accessories can quickly become bacterial breeding grounds. We may soap them up and wring them dry, but they contain lots of nooks and crannies for fungal organisms to hide in. We also hang them in the shower, where they have little chance to dry completely. Find out here how to care for your loofas.

4. Towels and hand towels

Wash every couple of days – or even daily

They may look pretty and decorative, but they soon become nasty vessels of yuck as you use them more than once a day. Change every couple of days – or even every day if you have a large family or roommates. Throw them in the washing machine on the hottest setting, add in two cups of white vinegar, and then wash again on a regular setting with a regular detergent. Avoid using liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets if you want to keep them soft and fluffy.

Learn more here on how to properly care for your shower and bath towels.

5. Toothbrushes

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These guys should be replaced every three to four months

Keep your toothbrush far away from your toilet… because yes it really is true. Every time you flush, a plume of pooey bacteria is released into the air. Rinse it thoroughly after each use, let it dry completely, and replace as soon as the bristles show any sign of splaying. And remember, toothbrushes – even your old ones – have a second life as your most handy cleaning tool for crevices.

 

Make sure you stay on top of things, even if you have to hire an amazing house cleaning service to remind you of these great cleaning tips:) It keeps your bathroom clean-ER!!

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The Best Chemical-Free Mosquito Repellent Recipie!

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It’s that time of the year again! It’s nice and warm out, outdoor activities are in full swing, but so are the bugs! Bugs like… Those nasty mosquitos. They make you itch, and scratch and they leave those horrendous bumps.

I’ve always bought the go-to brands like OFF Deep Woods. But the smell made me sick, the chemicals in toxic bug sprays are terrible for your skin and the smell lingers FOREVER.

Why are toxic bug repellents like OFF so bad for you?

 

DEET

  • DEET is one of the most widely used chemicals as a mosquito repellent. While the use of DEET in lower concentrations is considered safe, when used in concentrations greater than 50 percent, DEET can produce skin irritation. Eye irritation is also common. DEET can also penetrate the skin and can, in rare instances, affect the central nervous system. In some individuals, slurred speech, confusion and seizures have occurred. These symptoms are most commonly associated with long-term, excessive exposure or improper use. Whoa! That’s super scary… especially if you are using it regularly.

Permethrin

  • “Permethrin” is another repellent intended for treating clothing and other items, such as tents, sleeping bags and other gear made of fabric. Permethrin can cause eye irritation. While “pyrethroid” chemicals directly affect the nervous system of insects, it’s unknown how these chemicals will affect humans, so care should be taken and you should follow the directions carefully. The Environmental Protection Agency has also classified “permethrin” as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” if ingested. Hmmm…

P-mentane-3,8-diol

  • “P-menthane-3,8-diol” may have some associated health hazards. The Environmental Protection Agency has found that long-term skin exposure produces microscopic kidney lesions as well as skin redness and swelling. Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency states that one study found “p-menthane-3,8-diol”may cause genetic damage. So if you plan on being outside every day, the toxic choice isn’t the best choice.. nor is it the only choice!
 Metofluthrin
  • California Department of Pesticide Regulation Report 2007-6 indicates that there was a possible increase in liver tumors and liver necrosis in rat and mice in toxicity studies. That’s a lot!!!

So how can you stop buying your typical toxic bug repellent?

Well, the good news is that you can make your own at home! The key is essential oils. And lots of them!

Dilute with some distilled water. (Distilled is specific) Do not spray directly on faces. Instead, spray in your hands and then rub onto your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
The best protection against mosquito-borne illness is avoidance. If you can, remain indoors during their peak hours (dawn and dusk).
This spray is not waterproof/sweat-proof, so you will need to apply again hourly to ensure continued protection. Citronella is what is commonly used to repel mosquitos as well as peppermint. Once this mix has soaked into your skin, those mosquitos will HATE the smell and won’t even go near you, let alone bite you!

 

This summer, Maid My Day wants you to make the right choice! If you don’t want to make your own, there are other natural- in store options you can find! Here are some favorites:

  1. This one is DEET free: Repel without Deet
  2. Without DEET: Herbal Amor
  3. And this one that’s pretty interesting: Picaridin

Keep mosquitos away, the right way this summer!

 

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What’s a Magic Eraser, Anyways?

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Magic Erasers have been around for years now. They’re a magical piece of foam that can tackle some weird, unexpected things.

I always wondered what, exactly, made up a magic eraser? So I did so research and uncovered some interesting things about them.

What are magic erasers and what are they originally used for?

Magic erasers are made from melamine foam.  Melamine is usually used in insulating and soundproofing studios.
But one day, someone discovered it can also remove some pretty hardcore marks and stains. Magic erasers ARE abrasive sponges because when melamine resin cures into foam, its microstructure becomes almost as hard as glass — causing it to act like a SUPER-fine sandpaper on stains.

This abrasive foam loosens up dirt and grime, and the open microstructure of the foam sucks it in and traps it there…weird…but cool, right?! Who knew?

The only catch about magic erasers is that they are like pencil erasers. With more and more use, they break down and fall apart.

You get as much use out of them if you cut one in half, then cut each piece in 5ths, as you do with a full one…but that’s a waste.

Are Magic Erasers Safe?

  • Ingredients in Magic Erasers have been safely and commonly used in a wide range of household cleaning products and are considered non-toxic.
  • No ingredients are subject to any health-related labeling laws in North America or in Europe.
  • Formaldehyde is not and never has been an ingredient in Magic Eraser, but one ingredient in Magic Eraser (formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer) contains the word “formaldehyde” in its chemical name. However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde and poses no health or safety risks

Where can these awesome “erasers” be used?

My most favorite way to use these bad boys is on scuff marks around the house like on white baseboards and walls.

Here are some other uses:

  • Remove marker, pen, and crayons off the walls and furniture.
  • Remove sticky labels from glass jars so you can reuse them
  • Clean scuff marks and dirt residue from fiberglass tubs
  • You can use it on leather to remove dirt, and pen marks from leather purses
  • Shower soap scum (it helps when used with a good soap scum fighting product
  • Remove coffee rings from a counter
  • Remove scuff marks from white bottom shoes (this works AMAZINGLY) doing this keeps those tennis shoe bottoms nice and white.
  • Use it as an eraser for a dry erase board. (It cleans all the marker residue SO well. It makes whiteboards look brand new again) Also, it removes permanent marker
  • And one last one, polish tarnished silver!

If you’ve never cleaned with a magic eraser, go to a local Wal-Mart or find them online on Amazon! Our cleaners at Alpine Maids and Cosmic Maids LOVE magic erasers for those stubborn, hard to clean tubs.

 

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A Letter from Our Friends at MSS Cleaning

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Hi,

I’m Andrew, president of MSS Cleaning, and a friend of Chris at Alpine Maids. MSS Cleaning is a locally owned carpet cleaning business based in Lakewood, CO. Carpets are our expertise, but we receive many inquiries about home cleaning services. Alpine Maids happen to receive many carpet cleaning inquiries that are better suited for our truck-mounted carpet cleaning tools. As a result, Alpine Maids and MSS Cleaning frequently refer customers to one another when our customers need something other than the services our respective companies provide. Alpine Maids provides superb home cleaning services, and MSS Cleaning offers powerful carpet cleaning solutions. We’ve always had stellar feedback from the customers we have referred to Alpine Maids.

When it comes to cleaning carpets, it’s important to have a periodic deep cleaning and maintenance performed using truck-mounted carpet cleaning equipment. This will prolong the look and life of your carpet while also reducing or eliminating any bad odors contained within it.

Here’s a few more detailed reasons why professional carpet cleaning makes sense:

  1. While a vacuum cleaner does a good job of picking up general dirt and dust, over time, dirt, mud, odors etc. can accumulate that a vacuum cleaner just can’t fully remove.
  2. Carpet stains, whether they are from mud, grease, food/drink, and especially pets can be hard to remove. The color or odor often remains without a deep carpet cleaning, such as what MSS Cleaning provides. We also have spotting kits and IICRC certified technicians with the right know-how to get spots and stains out.
  3. We fully rinse your carpets with a method known as “hot water extraction”, also commonly referred to as “steam cleaning”. Using powerful truck-mounted equipment, this service applies hot water and solution to your carpet at high pressure. The water is then vacuumed up and responsibly disposed of – the result is a complete rinse of the carpet with fast dry times. You’ll be shocked at both the visual improvement and the general odor improvements following the service.
  4. Carpet acts as a large “filter” in your home – trapping dust, allergens, pet dander, dirt and more. “low moisture” cleaners don’t clean deep into your carpet fiber and down to the pad. They only clean the surface of the carpet. This offers a visual improvement, but doesn’t remove clean deep into the carpet, as hot water extraction does.
  5. Dirt is an abrasive (think sand paper) that over time gets ground into carpet by walking on it. This damages the carpet fibers and reduces the lifespan of your carpet and also damages it’s visual appearance. Periodically removing this abrasive is important to keep your carpet looking is best for as long as possible.
  6. Over time, carpet can stretch or buckle, resulting in an unsightly appearance. Additionally, burns, pet damage, or tears in the carpet can also be unattractive. We can stretch, patch and repair any of these problems for you in addition to providing the best carpet cleaning around.

When used in conjunction with the excellent maid services provided by Alpine Maids, MSS Cleaning’s professional carpet cleaning will bring an added level of cleanliness to your carpets at your home or business. We’d be happy to be your Lakewood or Denver carpet cleaning resource. Expert advice and professional estimates are always free.

Please reach out to me at Andrew@msscleaning.com if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help!

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