how to clean

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The average American spends just over half an hour on household cleaning every day. That adds up. Over the course of a year, you’d spend nearly 200 hours cleaning.

Even with all the time spent on cleaning, there are always those hard to reach places. We gathered up these tips on how to clean them. We hope they’ll help you clean every nook and cranny faster.

A Long-Handled Duster Is a Great Investment

There are plenty of surfaces that get dusty, but you may not wipe them off very often because they’re so high up. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

It’s still a good idea to dust these surfaces every once in a while. Dust can build up and cause irritation and allergies.

Consider a long-handled duster or other cleaning tools for hard to reach places. Cleaning cupboard tops, ceiling fan blades, and more has never been easier. Best of all, you don’t need to use a ladder.

Clean Hard to Reach Places with Cloths

You may not have the spare cash for new cleaning tools, but you probably have one versatile tool at home already.

Cloths can be used in many different ways to clean different surfaces. Wrap them around the end of a pair of tongs to clean blinds. You can also wrap one around a knife and slide it through your air vents to dust them too.

How to Clean Behind the Toilet

The space behind the toilet is an infamously hard to clean place. There’s not usually much room between the toilet and the wall. Most cleaning tools just don’t fit.

If you’re able, the best thing to do is get down on your hands and knees and give the area a good scrub. If this isn’t possible for you, it may be time to ask for help or hire a professional cleaning service.

Vacuums Are for More Than Floors

Another versatile tool you likely have in your house is your vacuum. Most people think of the vacuum cleaner for cleaning floors, and it’s great at that.

It’s also helpful in cleaning plenty of hard to reach spots in your house. For example, you can use it to dust corners and crown molding. Use the right attachment and vacuum the ceiling.

The right attachment can also help you clean the tracks of sliding windows and doors. You can even use the upholstery attachment to clean mattresses and more.

Natural Cleaning for Showers and Faucets

If you have hard water, you may spend hours trying to scale lime and other deposits off your faucets. These spots can be tricky to clean because of limited space.

For your shower head, fill a plastic bag with baking soda and plastic. Then tie it around the shower head. Let it soak for a few hours.

For hard to reach spots in the shower itself, apply lemon juice and baking soda. Let it sit for five minutes, and scrub clean.

For faucets, apply baking soda with an old toothbrush. The toothbrush is the perfect size for this task, and the baking soda will lift off those hard water deposits.

Get Help from the Experts

The good news about these hard to reach spots is that you don’t need to clean them every day. That’s why it often makes sense to hire a helping hand to deal with these tricky spots.

If you’re wondering how to clean your house even more thoroughly, take a look around the blog. We have plenty of expert advice to help you get that sparkle.

green cleaning

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Cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your home and living environment. But, if you use the wrong products, you can end up exposing yourself to all sorts of health risks.

These products can irritate your eyes and throat and cause serious health problems like cancer. But with green cleaning products, you can avoid many of these dangerous outcomes. Read on to learn more.

Green Cleaning is Good for the Environment

Creating a healthy home for yourself by using green cleaning products is also a great way to impact the world around you. The sanitary practices that we use to maintain our homes have a huge impact on water pollution, air pollution, and climate change.

Using green products also helps with recycling since the raw materials used in these products don’t often have toxic packaging. By choosing the right chemicals for your home, you also choose the chemicals that will end up in your local landfill.

Using Green Products is Better for Your Health

When you use a cleaning product indoors, it gets into the air of your home and can cause health risks because of the toxins.

By using natural products, you can avoid the irritation caused by using these products like headaches, skin burns, chemical poisoning, and nausea. Protect your family’s health by making the right decision.

You Will Save Money

When you buy healthy things, people assume they will be more expensive. But when it comes to natural cleaning products, green is the way to go. Green cleaning products often cost less than their chemical counterparts.

You can also look for coupons for new products to try. People love to spread the message of green cleaning and there are a lot of new options on the market if you’re ready to branch out and try something different. Look for coupons in your local advertisements or take the time to research products online.

You Can Limit Your Exposure to Antibiotics

According to the FDA, there is no advantage to using antibacterial soap. They are no more effective at preventing illness than plain soap and water.

When you use antibacterial soap, you are helping bacteria develop their resistance to the medications that we all rely upon to fight disease. It’s not worth the risk. Limit your exposure to antibacterial soaps by purchasing your own natural options.

You Know What You are Buying

Using green cleaning products in your home is a great way to take care of yourself while also caring about the world around you. You will also save money and protect yourself by avoiding antibacterial products and harmful chemicals.

But just because you want to go all natural doesn’t mean you have to clean your home yourself. For a green and clean home of your very own, contact us today for a quote.

spring cleaning checklist

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The flowers are starting to blossom, birds are chirping but your home still feels musty and untidy. It’s time for a spring clean. 

Simply spring cleaning is not the answer. Only 26% of Americans include deep cleaning in their spring cleaning regime. 

It’s important to have an action plan, you need a systematic spring cleaning checklist. 

How to Spring Clean

Most people amble from room to room, picking up the mess and randomly moving furniture around. This is not spring cleaning. 

Spring cleaning is the deep cleaning of the house, from corner to corner. 

Systematic cleaning of each room until it sparkles like new. 

Moving through the house can be difficult, and you can forget what’s been done already and what still needs to be done. Particularly if you live in more than a one bedroom apartment. 

The only way to truly spring clean your home is through the use of a spring cleaning checklist. 

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Begin by picking up a notebook. A pen. Make a cup of coffee. 

Now, list your rooms and all areas that need to be cleaned. From bedroom to bedroom, each bathroom, the living areas, the kitchen, the patio, even the garage, and storage areas. 

Each room will have low to reach areas and higher ones. List these. 

Don’t forget the air vents and the refrigerator. 

Think about the places that haven’t been touched in a while, like medicine cupboards and utensil drawers. 

Kids’ bedrooms also have toy boxes and wardrobes that are almost always, packed to the brim with unused and forgotten items. 

Deep Cleaning Checklist 

Part of your spring cleaning regime needs to be the deep cleaning. Draw a column on the edge of your spring cleaning checklist. 

Now, think about items that may need a deep clean. These are hard to reach areas that we spoke about. 

Inside wardrobes, bookshelves, DVD shelves, underneath furniture are a few examples. 

Create your deep cleaning checklist in your final column. 

You won’t have all the products and items for the deep clean, so make a small shopping list of those items you need.

Your sanity and the health of your family is what’s at stake. Yes, a dirty home can make you sick.  

You’re almost ready to go. 

De-cluttering 

De-cluttering is an important part of the spring cleaning process. 

Most people shuffle around unused items, pack them away in boxes and store them in places soon forgotten. This is not cleaning. 

I repeat. Moving clutter from one place to the next is not spring cleaning. 

The right way? 

Be relentless. Be unforgiving. 

De-clutter your house as if it weren’t yours. If items haven’t been used in over 6 months, do you really need them lying around and gathering dust? 

Maintaining a Clean Home 

We know the initial spring clean is important, stick to your spring cleaning checklist! 

The maintaining of a clean home is just as much so. 

You need to know how often to clean your home, having a schedule will help with peace of mind. 

If you simply can’t keep a schedule, and cleaning remains sporadic, then help is never more than an inquiry away with Elite Home Cleaners. 

daily chores

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Humanity only faces a few challenges that require constant small attention or face an inevitable end. The first is eating and drinking, the second is personal growth. Like these other two great wars of attrition in life, cleaning needs to be addressed bit by bit to avoid calamity.

Daily chores do more than keep a house under control; they also relieve stress. The link between clutter and stress demonstrates why even the smallest steps feel rewarding.

If you’ve lived in a house for any length of time, you notice some work always needs to be done. In a long list of maintenance cleaning, how do you compile a short list?

Read on to understand why this essential list matters.

Essential Daily Chores

The short list of daily household chores needs to cover easy-to-do things to increase motivation that delays larger cleaning projects. 

Many of these are the same bottom to top routines done to keep hospitals running. The home version is less work-intensive and wasteful—you are aiming for clean not objectively sterile conditions

1. Make the Bed

Not that you want to make it immediately. Leaving the bed open for a few hours gives time for the air to kill off the bacteria you form while sweating in it overnight.

After that, a quick bed tidying keeps out dander and dust and provides a little bump of accomplishment for the day.

Bed making makes a bedroom look put together, even when other elements are still in disarray. It also makes a handy staging platform for many cleaning and organizing tasks done in the room.

2. Address the Dust

Dust forms from a variety of unsavory ingredients. Seriously, a nuanced understanding of dust leaves you wondering why every house isn’t built with negative pressure to shove it all out.

Dust accumulates because we all die a little bit each day. 

Floors and surfaces accumulate this dust and then start to clog up mucus membranes and anything else they can touch. 

Start with the floor, then wipe down the middle surfaces and then the upper surfaces. Taking a few minutes per room leaves a fresh feeling all day long.

3. Wipe Down Bathrooms

On the opposite spectrum from dust is water buildup, specifically mildew and molds. The bathroom isn’t as frightening a place for clutter as many other rooms, but it does fall into disarray over time.

Wiping down the surfaces with a towel after the daily shower routine will keep the surfaces looking good and get the water dry sooner leading to less mildew later.

4. A Load of Laundry

What to do with that wet towel? Toss it in the laundry!

A load of laundry a day (or, more precisely, .75 loads per person per day) keeps the laundry in check. What are all those automatic washing and drying machines for if not to keep the house free of dirty cloth bits?

5. Clean as You Go

The most important of household chores doesn’t even make it to many daily chore lists. Simply clean up as you go. 

Every time you pass through a room, you can move one thing that needs to be placed somewhere else.

Try it and you’ll find that you start getting disappointed that everything always seems done before you even think about cleaning up. 

A Deeper Clean

While keeping a list of daily chores helps to keep a household running, it isn’t the final step in the battle. Eventually, you will want to hit the harder to reach surfaces with more power.

For the big projects and the yearly things, get quotes on outsourcing to keep your life free of the clutter of responsibility. 

citrus peel

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Citrus fruits can help to strengthen your immune system, improve digestive health, aid in weight loss, and reduce your risk of kidney stones. While you may know these are a healthy addition to your diet, you may not know that citrus fruit has a secret.

What’s that secret you may wonder?

Citrus peel makes a great, eco-friendly cleaning product.

Wondering how you can use this around your house? If so, you are in the right place. Learn more about the many uses of citrus peels for cleaning here.

1. Create an All-Purpose Cleaner

You can make your own, all-natural citrus cleaner using lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange peels. You can do this by using one or two quart-sized canning jars.

To make the cleaner, fill the jars three-quarters of the way with citrus peels. Then, pour vinegar to fill up the jar and let the mixture steep for several weeks. Make sure to shake it daily.

The longer you let the mixture sit, the more potent the cleaner is going to be. After a few weeks, remove the peels and put the infused vinegar into a spray bottle. You can use the mixture on countertops, toilets, bathtubs, stoves, sinks, and more.

2. Make a Carpet Freshener

You can make your own carpet freshener by adding three tablespoons of grated citrus zest, one cup of borax, and two cups of baking soda in a bowl. Stir the mixture well and allow it to sit until all the moisture is evaporated.

Store the mixture in a glass jar until it is needed and then sprinkle it on dirty rugs and carpets. Each time you use this mixture, allow it to sit for several minutes to absorb dirt and odors. The last step is to vacuum it up.

3. Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal can become pretty smelly and disgusting, pretty quickly. They fill up with grime and caked-on grease.

A great way to get rid of this smelly mess is by dropping a handful of citrus peels into the disposal. Make sure to mix in several ice cubes and then run it until all of these are gone

What is left behind is a fresh, clean disposal, as well as peace of mind.

The Amazing Citrus Peel

As you can see, there are more than a few ways you can use a citrus peel for cleaning around the house. Not only does this help to make a great smelling cleaner, but it’s also extremely effective at handling a wide array of problems.

When it comes to cleaning, we are experts – after all, cleaning is our business. If you want more helpful tips, such as why dusting is so important, be sure to check out our blog. We are dedicated to helping ensure you have all the information and resources you need to keep a clean and healthy home.

stainless steel appliances

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Real talk: refrigerator doors can be a real source of embarrassment.

Those 15 layers of smudges and remnants of last night’s spaghetti dinner on your stainless steel are not doing your kitchen any favors.

But don’t fret. Your journey to smudge-free stainless steel appliances and a squeaky clean kitchen has begun.

Before you run out to the store to buy a stainless steel cleaner, take a look in your cabinets. You likely already have everything you need for shiny steel glory right at home.

Cleaning your stainless steel may seem like an afterthought or an optional chore, but nothing screams “I’ve got my home together” more than a glistening kitchen.

Here are our top tips for cleaning stainless steel appliances conveniently and on the cheap.

1. The Cheapest Option of All: Water

This might seem like a no-brainer but water is a tried and true cleaner for stainless steel that won’t damage or degrade the metal and is 100% safe.

However, there’s a proper technique to ensure success. Using warm water is more effective at removing oil spots. Make sure you rub with the grain and dry the surface completely with a clean rag so there’s no residue. 

2. Dish Soap for Tough Stains

Yes, your old pal Dawn turns out to be a great stainless steel appliance cleaner. Dish soap cleans those tough stains out of stainless steel that is resistant to your everyday wipe-down with water.

Start small. Add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and apply warm water, Then, rub the stainless steel in the direction of the grain.

Don’t forget to rinse off the dish soap with a wet rag afterward and towel dry to prevent hard water spots. 

If you want to really go the extra mile, add a dash of baby oil to polish the appliance after it’s been cleaned with dish soap. Violà!

3. Vinegar + Olive Oil For A Clean Polish

If you think of stainless steel appliances as similar to wood, in that you need to regularly clean and polish it, vinegar and olive oil is a great combination that does both. 

Apply vinegar with a cloth or spray onto the surface of the appliance and wipe clean in the direction of the grain. Then use another clean towel and apply a small amount of olive oil to the surface of the steel. Again, rub in the direction of the grain. 

4. The Wild Card: Club Soda

You’ve likely never heard of club soda being used as a cleaning product but many swear by its magical cleaning and polishing properties.

Add the club soda to a spray bottle and apply liberally. Wipe clean with a dry cloth in the direction of the grain. You’re done!

To Sum Up

Now you have no excuses when it comes to having streak-free glistening stainless steel appliances in your home. Have a refrigerator you can’t wait to show off to your houseguests.

You don’t need to spend money and lots of time to achieve this goal with these easy tips. Who doesn’t love a good cleaning hack? Visit our blog for more house cleaning tips and tricks!

clean with baking soda

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There’s one thing in everyone’s pantry right now that can clean our pans, whiten our whites, and wash hair all at the same time. 

Do you know what it is yet? It’s baking soda and it’s eco-friendly to boot! A truly magical powder for all uses.

Interested in how I use it but don’t know how to clean with baking soda? I’ll teach you below.

1. Charred Pans and Caked on Food

I cooked the dinner for a little bit too long, and the bottom of the pan is scorched. Sometimes, I’m lucky and I can still salvage the meal, and just not serve the bottom bits.

It happens to all of us. But then I’m left with a pan with caked on food and black spots that you can’t scrub off, no matter what you do.

I even left the pan soaking in water and soap overnight, but that didn’t help. But you know what will?

Baking soda. Add about a fourth cup baking soda to the water/soap soaking mixture. Leave it overnight and then dump it out in the morning.

Use whatever baking soda settled on the bottom as a powder to help scrub, using a sponge.

The baking soda will have loosened everything and if it doesn’t work on the first try, just leave it and let it soak again.

2. Your Hair

Did you know that you can wash your hair with baking soda? It’s true. No more slippery bottles of shampoo in the shower that fall on your toe.

Or that leave a sticky mess of spilled shampoo down the side of the tub.

To wash hair with baking soda, put about three tablespoons in a bottle of warm water. Shake it up until it’s mostly dissolved.

Then pour it over hair and rub the mixture onto the scalp. Now there’s clean hair and less product buildup.

Plus, the baking soda is good for the drain, as it washes out. No one likes cleaning a clogged drain, not even me!

3. Color Booster in Laundry

Tired of buying those big tubs of Oxyclean? Then stop. All we really need is some baking soda. A fourth cup or a half cup, for really big loads.

Throw the powder in with the clothes and it’ll boost colors and whiten whites. I’ll even put a little baking soda and water over stains before I wash them. It works well on grease, as the powder can draw the grease up and out.

4. Mattress Cleaner

You know what you never think about cleaning? The mattress! But by the end of its life, it has something like ten pounds of dead skin cells and dust inside it.

That’s really gross. So cleaning it every so often is a must-do. All I do is sprinkle baking soda over the top of the mattress, let it sit for half an hour, then vacuum it up.

The baking soda will bond to the dust and dead skin cells (at least those near the surface) and the vacuum will suck them off your bed.

How to Clean with Baking Soda

If I’m really wanting to clean with baking soda, I’ll go to Costco or Sams club. They sell ten-pound bags of this magic do-all ingredient there, in the baking aisle.

I can and will clean about anything with the powder – and we can clean about anything with our power. Give us a call and schedule a cleaning here.

oven cleaning

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Kitchen remodeling is the most popular project to do in your home, second only to a bathroom remodel by 2 percent.

If you can do a complete kitchen remodel, then you can at least spruce up your kitchen with some tips and tricks. And you know if your oven is dirty and dingy, your kitchen simply doesn’t look as good as it could.

Make a good first impression when you’re entertaining, cooking, or just making food for yourself by doing a good, deep oven cleaning.

Oven Cleaning Tips to Get You Sparkling

If you want to clean your whole kitchen, here’s how to get the walls shining bright and white again. Start with oven cleaning, then move your way across the whole room to have a fresh, clean feeling throughout.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

There are two ingredients out there that can clean just about anything. If you haven’t been cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, then you’ve been missing out.

Baking soda and vinegar have the same effect on cutting through grime that your harsh cleaners have. Except they’re cheaper, and better for your kitchen. Mix them into a paste and let them cut into the grime in your oven.

Don’t Neglect the Oven Racks

You might never have cleaned your oven racks at all. Give them a good cleaning for once by taking them out of your oven, and soaking them in a large container or your bathtub overnight.

Once they’re nice and soaked, you can scrub them clean. Use your baking soda and vinegar mix and an abrasive pad, and watch them shine and sparkle like they’re new.

Open Up the Window

The glass door on your oven might be full of grime as well. Clean the inside and the outside of the window.

Coat it in an all-purpose spray, and allow it to sit. Once the cleaner has been soaking on the window, you can wipe it away with a sponge and be able to see into your oven for once.

A Note About Self Cleaning Ovens

When you choose to self-clean your oven, if the option is available, it skyrockets the temperature in the oven to 500 degrees.

The heat melts your grime away so it’s easier to clean. But if you have a lot of buildup in your oven, it can actually be a fire hazard. Only use the self-cleaning function on ovens that are moderately messy, and leave the deep cleaning to yourself.

If you do deep clean, remove the racks. The cycle takes about two hours.

Wall to Wall Clean

When you’re done with oven cleaning, you might catch the cleaning bug. You can do it yourself, but nothing’s going to look as good as when you let Elite Home Cleaners take over your home.

The difference between someone cleaning your home and when you do it yourself is huge. Also, you can have time to tackle all the other things you have on your to-do list.

Save time and have a cleaner home when you get a professional service to do it for you.

dusting

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More than 50 million Americans have reported experiencing allergies at least some time throughout the year. And a lot of them are actually allergic to dust.

Dust isn’t something that you probably have on your mind often, even though dust is constantly collecting around us. That’s why dusting is actually so important.

Why You Need to Be Dusting Your House

What’s dust? Dust is a blanket term that refers to the particles that collect in our homes. Most dust is made up of skin cells.

You don’t want skin cells lying all over your house. So get dusting.

Dust is Dangerous

If you have children that crawl on the floor and put their fingers in their mouths, they can be ingesting up to ten grams of dust per day. That’s putting their immune systems at risk, especially in homes with carpet.

Dust can cause allergies, asthma, runny noses, and itchy eyes. Households that contain a very high amount of dust could actually affect reproductive hormones and brain development.

It Looks Bad

If you walked into someone’s house and saw that their furniture was gathering dust, what would your first impression of their home be? Probably not a good one.

Dust that’s been sitting around will also stir up easily when you walk around. This makes it easier for the dust to fly into the air and go into your lungs. You can significantly increase your air quality just by keeping your home free of dust.

As mentioned, dust is made of skin cells, pollen, fungi, bacteria, animal dander, dust mites, and dead skin cells. If you want to feel clean and healthy, none of the things on that list are probably going to help you achieve that goal.

It Can Make You Sick

Sitting in the bacteria that might be present in the dust in your home can actually make you get sick. If you have asthma, a dusty room can contribute to poor breathing.

Dusting improves environmental safety. Some offices can cause you to develop something called “sick office syndrome.”

An office that’s not properly cared for with dust sitting around creates a neglectful image that makes workers feel discouraged and even develop an illness. Having a clean working environment will make you healthier and happier.

The same should go for your home. Even sleeping in a bedroom full of dust can cause you to have to breath it in for the entirety of the time you’re asleep.

Learn more about your options to get dust up and out of your house for good.

Get Dust Free

Dusting actually takes up more time than you might think it would. But you know that you can’t leave dangerous dust lying all around your house when you’re at work.

Get a cleaner that you can trust to do the job for you. Elite Home Cleaners will do more than just rid your house of dust. From an effective whole-home cleaning to deep cleaning, you can stop worrying about dust building u in your house and start feeling clean and safe instead.