Remember to wash your hands and use gloves before starting.
Remove any noticeable stain on the mirror by soaking rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad and dabbing the stain. Continue to scrub till the stain is removed. Spray the mirror with glass cleaner, fold your microfiber cloth in half and wipe the mirror from top to bottom in a zig zag motion.
Supplies needed: glass cleaner, rubbing alcohol, cotton pad and microfiber cloth
Wipe any hair off the sink with paper towels and throw away in the trash. For toothpaste scrum, add a little bit of water to the scrubber and go over the area. Finally, spray your sink area with all-purpose cleaner and either wipe with paper towel or microfiber cloth.
Supplies needed: all-purpose cleaner, scrubber, paper towel or microfiber cloth
Apply toilet cleaner to the bowl and scrub using the toilet bowl brush. Next, spray the exterior of the toilet with all-purpose disinfectant and clean with paper towel. Option: disinfectant wipes are great to use and easy to throw out.
Supplies needed: toilet bowl brush, toilet bowl cleaner, all-purpose disinfectant and paper towel
1. Prepare the Basic Cleaning Essentials.
Be prepared to clean your fridge by having gloves, sponge/cloth, warm water, vinegar and baking soda ready. This will eliminate the need to procrastinate since supplies are readily available. Also, scheduling the time to clean your fridge will hold you accountable to completing the task.
2. Remove Everything.
Remove everything from your shelves and drawers. This may take a little bit of time but it will give you a chance to throw out anything expired and re-organize your fridge. This is also your chance to change your dietary habits to a healthier one.
3. Start Wiping and Scrubbing.
Fill a bucket with warm water, take your sponge/cloth and start wiping the shelves and inside surfaces of your fridge. Optional: Use 1 part vinegar, 1 part water to eliminate bacteria. Afterwards, use a small amount of baking soda with tiny amount of water to create a paste and apply it on for 15-30 minutes to remove any tough stains. The baking soda breaks down the particles and absorbs odor.
Lastly, don’t forget to clean the exterior!
There is a lot of things that need to be cleaned at the office. Tasks such as cleaning the public washroom, vacuuming the hallway carpet, trash removal from each cubicle, or remove dust from your desk. Hiring a professional cleaner makes your life easier and actually saves you money and time. Here are a few benefits to why you should think to hire a cleaning team for your business.
Professional cleaners bring their own cleaning supplies such as vacuum cleaner, mope, and cleaning solutions. Your office doesn’t need a designated space for heavy cleaning equipment nor do you need to invest in one. On top of bringing their supplies, they know how to clean efficiently and in a timely manner. Professional cleaners are trained properly on sanitizing your work area.
It is cost-effective to bring in a professional team than redirect the employee’s time from their job. A thorough clean work environment reduces the cost of employee sick day and boost productivity. And let’s be honest, the professionals will spend less time doing an excellent job than you will anyway. Daily cleaning at the office will reduce costs of having to replace carpets and furnishings by extending fabric life.
Lastly, most cleaning companies are affordable. If you are small business, you can get a cleaning team once a week for a few hours that wouldn’t make a dent in your pocket. A bigger business with more employees would definitely need a cleaner coming in several times a week. A good rule of thumb is the more employees sharing a common space, the greater the need for the cleaners to come in.
In conclusion, leave it to the professional cleaners while you prepare for your next business meeting.
Lemons are a great way to add flavor into cooking such as a marinade for chicken or fish to tenderize the protein. Lemons are also used for drinks such as the classic ice lemonade and the lemon drop cocktail. Many of us do not know that lemons are an excellent cleaning agent, especially in the kitchen. The acidity of the lemon can help break down difficult stains and eliminate odors. These are the 2 ways to use lemon on your kitchen.
The microwave is a convenient tool to warm up food. Unfortunately, some food containing fish, garlic and other smelly dishes can leave a stinky odor in the microwave. Instead of cleaning your microwave with soap and water which can still leave odors behind, why not try a cup of water with lemon. First, you take a cup of water and squeeze one lemon into the cup and drop the lemon rinds in it. Then, microwave the cup with lemon for 3 minutes or until you see it start to boil. Do not touch your microwave for 5 minutes to help loosen up the food particles so it can easily be cleaned off. Lastly, open the microwave door to remove the cup and start wiping the insides. This not only will clean your microwave but also leave a pleasant smell.
#2: Cutting Board
How many times have we thoroughly cleaned our chopping boards? The conventional way of cleaning it is by using soap and water. However, this old school way of cleaning still leaves an unpleasant smell and stain. The smell can be due to weeks of chopping onion, garlic and other stinky ingredients. One way to clean your chopping board is by scrubbing it with salt then squeezing half a lemon on to the board evenly. The salt helps to limit bacterial growth and the lemon removes stains and odor. Let the board sit for 5 minutes and then rinse it with water. This can be done once a week or when you start smelling a slight odor coming from your cutting board.
Germs and viruses are the last guests we want to invite to our home. Many people believe that the most contaminated items in their home is in their bathroom but that’s a common misconception. According to the National Sanitation Foundation International, the areas in which food is prepared contains more bacteria and fecal contamination than any other places in the home. The bacteria identified were Salmonella and E-coli which is known to cause people to get really sick and in extreme cases, it can be fatal. Here is the most contaminated items in your home you should be aware of:
Sponges and Rags
According to research from NSF International, high microbial concentrations was found in the dish sponges and rags. The high amount of bacteria on sponges and rags is due to our failure to disinfect it after each use. Typically to clean a spill, we get our sponges or rags and wipe it down until it dries out or out of sight. Then we rinse the dirty rags or sponges with water. This is enough for us to think that it is ready for the next wipe but the bacteria from the last spill is still thriving on sponges and rags. This creates a spread of bacteria around the surfaces of our homes. To reduce bacteria and keep our sponges and rags clean, we should disinfect our sponges and rags after each use. There are two different ways to clean sponges and rags separately.
The first way to disinfect sponges is to mix 1/2 cup of bleach in 3 litres of water and let it soak for 5 minutes. Afterwards, we can rinse the sponge under water and let it air dry. The second method is to microwave the sponge that has been saturated with water for 1-2 minutes.
Disinfecting rags is similar to sponges but it takes a little longer. The best way is to put the rags in the laundry machine and when it’s time to dry, put the dryer on high heat option. Another method is to boil the rags for 15 minutes and air dry after.
Lastly, remember to throw away sponges and rags that are worn out after 2-3 weeks.
Germiest Items in the Home. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/studies-surveys-infographics/germ-studies/germiest-items-home
Cleaning each room can be difficult sometimes and no one likes spending time to clean. On top of that, there are more important priorities than cleaning. Cleaning and organizing one room may be manageable for the average working person but realistically there are more than one room at home that needs cleaning. These 3 cleaning supplies will help you manage each room.
Tip #1: Spray Bottle with Solution
Start with finding a simple spray bottle that’s neither bulky nor heavy. Keep the spray bottle in each room be it your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or dining room. Keep it where you can easily access it but away from children. The spray bottle is excellent for cleaning counter tops, tables and walls. The spray bottle is handy and you can always refill the bottle with a simple solution of vinegar, baking soda and water.
Tip #2: Cleaning Wipes
Picture this scenario: Sitting on your desk comfortably in your room, you see dust forming on your desk but the storage room is too far. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, cleaning wipes is a great solution for you. Having a compact container with wipes will leave you no excuse not to clean your desk. The cleaning wipes are also handy when cleaning spills and way easier than running to the nearest faucet for a wet paper towel.
Tip #3: Hand Sanitizer
Let’s admit it, we forget to wash our hands sometimes. Hand sanitizer may be the most important item you can put in each room of your home. You may not notice that touching keyboards, phone and desk can spread bacteria and make you and your loved ones sick. Hand sanitizers are great at decreasing the spread of most bacteria and viruses upon contact. This doesn’t mean that it should replace water and soap but having a bottle of hand sanitizer in each room is a great reminder of cleanliness.