Archive for January, 2010

Cleaning Tips for your Kitchen and Bathrooms

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Tip # 1 – Remove soap scum and water spots.

To remove soap scum and water spots in your shower, use a microfiber cloth and wipe white vinegar onto the shower walls. The acid in the vinegar will help dissolve the alkaline soap scum quickly and the microfiber is made up of hundreds of little loops which grab onto and hold dirt.

Tip # 2 – Spillproof your refridgerator

In the kitchen you can spillproof your fridge. Line your shelves with aluminum foil or wax paper so that when the soy sauce tips over you can just replace the foil without any cleaning!

Tip #  3- Make washing greasy dishes a snap.

To make washing a sinkful of greasy dishes a snap, fill a 24 oz bottle half full with water and add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar with a couple of drops of dish soap. After you scrape the dishes off, simply spritz them with the solution and let them sit for a minute or so.

By the time you are ready to wash, the grease and food bits will have dissolved. A bonus is that you can preclean your dishes without running the water, which is good both for the environment and your water bill.

Tip # 4 – Soak up stovetop grease.

To soak up grease on a stovetop shake some baking soda on it. It will absorb the grease so that you can easily wipe it away!

Tip #5 – A low-cost odor absorber

Newspaper is a great odor absorber. Try putting a few sheets in the bottom of the garbage can.

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Keeping a Cleaner Neater Home in 2010

Posted on January 17, 2010. Filed under: Cleaning Bedroom, Clearing Clutter, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: |

If one of your desires in the new year is to keep your home neater and cleaner there are a few tricks to help you along.

The one I like the most (of course) is to hire a professional cleaning service – like Sponge & Sparkle! It really does make life easier.

Even if you have service every other week, however, you still have 13 days to KEEP it clean, so here are a few ideas:

  1. The number one way to simplify cleaning is to organize and eliminate clutter and junk. The less “stuff” you have the easier everything is to deal with. The maxim is “if it isn’t beautiful or useful (to you) then get rid of it”. It is a good idea to periodically go through the house and look at everything with this in mind and as you go along have a trash bag with you and when it is filled take it to Goodwill or Salvation Army. You are reducing, reusing, recycling!
  2. Another idea is to organize your papers, mail, books,etc into files or baskets. Or simply just making a very neat stack of the papers that you have is so much better than just letting everything spread and migrate all over the surfaces which is their natural tendency, if not kept in check.
  3. Get in the habit of putting things away when they are in your hand – instead of putting it down somewhere to deal with later. That does NOT work!
  4. If you get into the habit of making your bed every morning and putting your clothes away before you leave the house you will set a standard for yourself that you will find you enjoy, and will make it easier to keep the rest of the house clean.

If you are looking for sales on organizing, filing & storage products, January is the month to shop. Many stores offer discounts for as much as half off.

For more ideas on keeping your space clean and organized, try The Container Store. It is a great resource for ideas and help with organizing.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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Use Your Microwave Safely

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Here us a very easy change that you can make that will make a big difference for your familly’s health.

When you are using your microwave, it is safer to use heat resistant glass or ceramic containers instead of plastic. Some plasticizers can cause cancer and reproductive harm and heating plastic elevates these risks.

Using nonplastic containers also reduces our reliance on plastics. The less we rely on plastics the better – they create CO2 in their production and some types of plastic fill up our landfills because they never really break down.

It is also a good reason to buy water in glass bottles if possible. Some plastic leaches harmful chemicals into the water.

Personally I dont even own a microwave, but if I did I would most definitely do this!

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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