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If you have been out and about lately, you have heard the jingle of holiday music filling the shops and preparing for the kickoff of the Christmas season. While it is exciting to start decorating and planning our Christmas lists, one thing that can often go forgotten is the impact all of our holiday activity has on the environment. Tissue paper, gift wrap, carbon emissions and packaging are only some of the carbon print left behind come the new year, why not consider going green this Christmas? Here are some simple tips to help you and your family celebrate a Green Christmas! Turn Down The Heat If you are feeling frosty inside your home make sure to bundle up before cranking the heat! Put on toasty socks and a sweater and use a blanket when curled up watching TV or…

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Have you been considering adding a regular, scheduled cleaning service to your home? If you are going over an extensive list of pros and cons and can’t make a decision, let us make it for you. Here is our top ten list of why our cleaning service is a great option for your home and family: Life is busy You probably say all the time that you wish you had more time to get things done. Well, let us get it done for you, properly. A cleaning service is a great solution for busy people on the go. Don’t worry if you have to stay late at work, or have to get your kids to soccer, because we will make sure the busywork is done before you even get home. Come home to a clean house Who doesn’t love stepping…

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While many people like to perform a large spring cleaning to say “out with the winter blues and in with the fresh air” it is also prudent to complete an autumn clean that prepares your home for winter and the upcoming holidays! Here is a quick checklist that will allow you to be winter-ready in no time at all! Work outside in Take advantage of the last of the warmer weather and clean up the exterior of your home before it’s hit with heavy rain and snow. Start by cleaning up all of your summer items including patio furniture and larger children’s toys. Be sure to give them a thorough cleaning before putting them in the appropriate storage for the winter months. Next, wipe down and cleanse all surface areas including doors, windows, trim railings, decks, and sheds. This is…

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Just finished a home or office renovation? Your contractor should make arrangements with you for how to remove large objects like drywall, countertops, old furniture, and others, as you will not be able to lift those heavy objects yourself. But even with the big stuff out of the way, there’s still lots of work to do to clean up the remaining debris. General tips Clean from top to bottom, so the jettisoned dirt falls to an area that still needs to be cleaned When removing wraps, tarps, and covers, do so gently to avoid stirring up the dust Use a dust, flu, or allergy mask to reduce irritation in breathing   Piles of dust In small amount dust is manageable because it’s easier to clean when it’s not clumped together, and it’s okay to leave to leave a small bit…

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Vinegar is touted as one of the most useful things to have at home because of its many purposes, aside from being used in food preparation. Most of the alternative uses fall under the category of cleaning, but vinegar can even be used for setting dyes in fabrics, killing weeds, and keeping ants away. White vinegar makes for a great cleaning agent because it is clear, but there are many other vinegars out there that can leave stains behind. Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, wine vinegar, rice vinegar, and apple cider vinegar are all examples of vinegars with dyes, sugars, and other stain-inducing ingredients. If you cook, bake, or pickle with these vinegars, read on to learn how to remove their stains. Keys to cleaning stains If you’re using water as part of your cleaning method, always use cold water…

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Toys come into contact with all sorts of grime, dirt and germs as they are hurled, hauled, dragged and kicked about the house. Even after cleaning them, it is only a matter of time before they are once again covered in dirt. It can be quite a tedious task, but that is one of the responsibilities of a parent or babysitter. While most parents are absolutely comfortable with the hassle, many of them do not know how to wash toys correctly. It may seem negligible, but how you handle different materials and sizes of toys carries a great deal of weight. Below is a guide on how to clean toys with respect to their size, material and other factors. How to Wash Different Sizes of Toys For small toys without batteries, dip them inside a washbasin with warm water and…

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Floods usually take homeowners by surprise, so possessions that are stored or used in affected areas of the home will be damaged by water. The main difficulty with cleaning up after a flood is the fight against time, so you’ll have to be strategic about your efforts. Stay safe Turn off the power at the electrical panel when it’s safe to do so. If you’re not familiar with electrical maintenance, call your local utility company or electrician for assistance in shutting the power down. It’s important to do this in case you’ve left appliances plugged into the outlets because there may be a risk of shock if you come into contact with the water. Furthermore, floodwater is often unhygienic as much of it hasn’t been treated, so make sure to take proper precautions to minimize exposure. Clear out the room…

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Fall brings forth cooler temperatures, and since it comes immediately after a very hot season, preparing in advance is advisable in order to avoid rushing to keep up once the season changes. Below are a few things you can do days, or even weeks, beforehand to avoid the adverse impact of the sudden switch in weather. Clean Your Gutters One of the prime characteristics of fall is the falling of leaves. Gutters are among the places where leaves readily settle and pile up if left untended. The risk of clogging increases and so does that of rainwater pooling, which causes damage when that water expands and freezes. Having leaves in your gutters also increases the risk of potentially dangerous icicles forming overhead. Trim Your Trees To prevent snow and ice clumps from forming on boughs that are closer to your…

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Some estimates say that there are at least 350 million kinds of algae, most of which are located in the oceans—but some algae can even grow on concrete, as long as the conditions are damp. Algae removal is slightly tricky compared to other types of messes you might deal with, but using the right tools, the clean up is simple. Algae, moss, or mold? All three types of growth can thrive in similar environments, so it’s not always enough to guess what kind of plant you’re trying to remove. Moss resembles a typical house plant the most, in that it has stems and is structured—in fact, it’s almost like a plant with feathery leaves. Mold can be greenish, but it’s also, black, white, red, or yellow. Algae is amorphous and usually a deep green, but the telltale sign is that…

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When you’re preparing to cook up a storm, the actual meal you intend to whip up isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about. The reason for this is that you don’t want to cook a delicious, multi-course meal only to end up with your kitchen looking like a hurricane passed through it. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to keep your kitchen clean and tidy while cooking. Start Clean It makes sense to ensure that your kitchen is clean before cooking a meal. Otherwise, your kitchen might not be sanitary enough for meal preparation. Also, a clean and uncluttered kitchen will give you more room to work with. At Your Disposal Make sure that you have your garbage can, compost bin or recycle box handy so that you can discard of things appropriately and right…

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