Archive for May, 2014

How to Remove Red Wine Carpet Spills (Video)

Posted on May 23, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Household Tips | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

 

 

Spilled red wine on a carpet usually means disaster – but that doesn’t have to be the case.

 

The key to handling red wine stains is swift action. In this video, I show you, step-by-step, how to clean a red wine stain from your carpet.

 

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Steps to a Healthier Kitchen

Posted on May 8, 2014. Filed under: Green Cleaning, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , , |

Your kitchen is probably the hub of your home, and where your food is prepared (and often consumed). For this reason, having a healthy, toxic-free kitchen matters. Having a healthy kitchen is about much more than just food, however.

 

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Here are a few steps to a healthier kitchen.

1. Store your food carefully.

We should all know by now by storing your food in plastic is not a good idea.  Recent studies show that items advertised as BPA-free might not be as safe as you think. Your safest best is to use glass containers instead.

2. Ditch the coated cookware.

Your non-stick pans might contain teflon and other materials that you do not want to end up in your food.  Instead, try stainless steel or cast iron cookware. For tips on removing burned on food, click here.

3. Use safer cooking utensils.

Heated plastic leaches chemicals into your food. Try healthier alternatives such as wood, stainless steel or bamboo.

4. Use green cleaning products.

For a healthier kitchen, avoid anti-bacterial products.  Use green cleaning products to clean your kitchen and your dishes, and consider the original and extremely effective non-toxic cleaner, steam!

5. Avoid canned foods.

I know canned foods are convenient. Did you know, however, that the components used to line the cans might contain BPA? Do your research and choose wisely.

 

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Quick Household Tips – Atlanta House Cleaning Blog

Posted on May 1, 2014. Filed under: Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Bedroom, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

Here are 13 quick tips that work for keeping your house smelling fresh, cleaning your jewelry, reducing the spread of viruses and more.

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Tips to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

Lightly spray a bit of perfume on light bulbs to create a lovely scent when the light is turned on.

Drip a few drops of essential oil into the water of your humidifier.  A wonderful natural fragrance will fill your home.

Kitchen & Dish Washing Tips

Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and it will remain stain-free.

Throw your kitchen sponges in the dishwasher cutlery tray. They will stay in place there and come out bacteria free.

Purchase inexpensive oven liners (I get mine at Kroger) so that toxic oven cleaners never need to be used.

Laundry Tips

Substitute oxygen bleach for chlorine bleach.  Unlike chlorine bleach, this environmentally safe alternative will keep clothes vibrant without yellowing or weakening fibers, or leaving a bad odor.

You can throw most baby or pet toys in the washer with warm water and all purpose detergent.  Throwing in a towel  along with them will help to get any slime off.

For a nice change, try drying at least your towels outside in the fresh air and sunshine when the weather is nice.

Reuse Tips

Use an empty tissue box to store and reuse those plastic grocery bags.

Save the spare sets of chopsticks from Chinese take-out and use them to stake indoor plants and for paint stirrers.

Miscellaneous Household Tips

Polish jewelry by popping 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immersing the jewelry for 2 minutes.

Keeping the temperature indoors at 68 degrees or above and the humidity at 50% may decrease the likelihood of transmitting the flu virus through the air according to a 2007 study by the Mt.  Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.

Try putting Listerine in a spray bottle to deter mosquitoes! I tried this and it really works. Just spray liberally around where you are going to be sitting and wait about 10 minutes.

 

 

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