3 Ways to Get Rid of Foul Odours at Home

It is difficult to eliminate foul odour inside your home when you can’t identify its source. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with the stink as there are simple ways to keep your house smelling fresh. Check out the following:

Be Bin Smart
Since your rubbish bin is used to stash household waste, it’s no surprise that it’s often the culprit when it comes to sources of funky household fumes. While it’s inevitable that foul smells will waft up from your bin every now and then, there are a few ways you can prevent gross garbage odours from completely taking over your cooking space and surrounding area.

Removing rotting rubbish as soon as it starts to smell bad is the first step in the battle against stinky bins, followed by giving your bin a thorough clean at least once a week. Using scented garbage bags will also help your bin smell fresh … well, as fresh as can be, anyway. Source: Domain

Deodorize the Fridge
The age-old solution to tame fridge odors is to open a box of baking soda and stick it on a shelf or along the back. Change it annually and keep it away from vegetables since the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda can cause leafy veggies to wilt quickly. Sodium bicarbonate has a unique chemical property that attracts and absorbs odors. Source: Gizmodo

Maintain General Cleanliness
Wash. Clean hard surfaces regularly. Glossy paint, hard flooring, countertops, sinks and tables with soap and water or a mild cleaner that is appropriate for the surface being cleaned. Using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water, you can create your own cleaner that is environmentally friendly, inexpensive and effective for all surfaces. Lemon, substituted for the vinegar, also has antibiotic properties. For those areas where odors can really accumulate, such as bathrooms and kitchens, a cleaning solution may be more effective in removing those really tough odors. Bleach whitens and it is also effective in killing and removing mold spores. Source: Freshome

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3 Benefits of Maintaining a Clean Home

If you’re having a hard time squeezing household chores into your daily routine, you’ll probably start to feel motivated once you find out the benefits you can get from having a clean home. Take a look at the following:

Avoid allergies
Regular cleaning at home is one of the best ways to reduce dust and other nasty irritants. Simple chores like sweeping, dusting and vacuuming will eliminate dust, pet dander, dust mites and other allergens which can cause cold and flu-like symptoms. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you’ll find your symptoms relived and breathing far easier by keeping your house clean! Source: Rent

Ward off pests
In general, bugs and other household pests like warm, damp environments and they have a tendency to disguise themselves in dusty, untidy areas. Regular cleaning helps occupants discover pest problems and treat them accordingly. In addition to regular exterminations, simple chores like taking out the garbage, sweeping, and vacuuming keeps bugs and other pests from making your home their nesting ground. Source: BeforeItsNews

Reduce stress
House-cleaning reduces stress? Most people would say just the opposite; but if you go about it with the right state of mind and a couple of easy techniques, you’ll be surprised at how stress-reducing it can be. One simple technique is to use cleaning time as meditation time. Most chores do not require a lot of conscious thought, so your mind has time to wander. If you don’t like to work in quiet, another option is to turn on some music and get moving. Music helps to take your mind off the task at hand and may even make you work faster.

Another stress-reducing technique is to move quickly, i.e. running the stairs rather than walking. Quick movement releases endorphins into your bloodstream; endorphins are a natural mood-elevating hormone.

The end product of all this cleaning is a clutter-free, clean home, which in and of itself, relieves stress. It’s nice to have a clean kitchen to cook in and to know exactly where something is. Source: OldHouseWeb

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3 Dirty Things in Your House That Could Be Making You Sick

There are many possible reasons why you’re constantly feeling under the weather, but what you might not have considered is that the culprit might be right in your home. If you want to keep your house hygienic, you can start with taking a look at these things:

Computer Keyboards
Dirt and bacteria can find many places to hide, and one common place is your computer keyboard. Researchers have found that work desktops have 21,000 germs per square inch, compared with 49 germs per square inch on office toilet seats. In addition to your desk and phone, things that make you sick can include your computer’s keyboard, a likely place to pick up germs, since you touch it so often. To stay healthy at your desk, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your mouth and nose, and use an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your keyboard. Source: EverydayHealth

Old Furniture
Do you have a favorite chair? Or a favorite pillow? Have you had your mattress for a long time? These may be places where dust mites live and wreak havoc with your system. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that thrive on the humidity and warmth provided by our bodies—and they live in every home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But for someone who has asthma and allergies, they can set off a reaction that is uncomfortable and debilitating.

Solution: Wash your sheets and towels weekly in hot water and make sure they’re thoroughly dried. Vacuum and dust weekly to rid your environment of them in carpets, curtains, and furniture. May says most important is to encase your mattress and pillows in covers designed to keep dust mites from getting through.

Note: All people have dust mites in their home, but not all people have symptoms from them. Your need to deal with the issue will depend on whether or not you or someone in your household is suffering symptoms. Source: HuffingtonPost

Vacuum Cleaner
Although your vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to tackle dust bunnies in the bedroom, if you are using a vacuum without a HEPA filter, you could be sucking up dust, pollen, dirt and grime, only to have it spray right back out into your bedroom air. Look for a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters that contain even the smallest particles, and if the vacuum uses bags, make sure those are made from HEPA material as well. Source: TheSpruce

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4 Tips on Keeping Your Car Interior Clean

Cars can get messy, especially if you’re travelling with kids or pets. Because we spend a lot of time in our cars, we should keep them organized. To avoid additional stress caused by a messy car, check out the following tips to keep your car interior clean:

Keep a trash bag in the car
Why it’s effective: Get either a small trash can or just a trash bag and keep it in your car. It keeps your junk from falling into the tiny cracks around the seats, or from rolling under the seats, and generally getting where you’re too lazy to clean. Source: Jalopnik

Keep cup holders clean with cupcake liners
Cup holders can get messy, filling up with crumbs, toys and food wrappers. But just insert silicone cup cake liners inside to catch everything—when they get dirty, take them out and give them a rinse! Source: WomansDay

Get organized
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter that accumulates inside your car’s interior? Get an organizer. Available at many big-box retail outlets as well as auto parts retailers, you can find car organizers that fit behind the driver or passenger seats, on the floor or in a cargo hold. Fit anything you need on a regular basis, such as kids’ toys for commutes, cell phone chargers or media adapters, and tissues, and remove anything else from the car. Make sure to regularly remove any items that don’t fit in the organizer to help keep clutter to a minimum. Source: AngiesList

Create a glove box command center
When you have dedicated file folders for important papers, you’ll never rifle for receipts or your registration again. Source: GoodHousekeeping

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Tips on Cleaning Your Home Before Moving Out

Anyone who has experienced moving before knows how burdensome it can be.  In addition to everything else, to make sure that you get your rental deposit back, you have to properly and thoroughly clean the house before you go. Here are some tips that can help you out:

Clean the bathrooms
Thoroughly clean the sink, tub, toilet and shower. Make sure you have removed any buildup and wiped down the fixtures.

Clean the mirrors, medicine cabinet and any vents or light fixtures in the bathroom. Make sure you don’t use mirror cleaner with ammonia in it. Check to make sure the light fixtures are clean and that the light bulbs work. Again, throw those glass light fixture covers in the dishwasher.

Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Be especially careful around the toilet.

Repeat for each bathroom. Source: WikiHow

Don’t leave anything behind (or maybe do)
There’s disagreement out there about this one: is it common courtesy to leave a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom and some lightbulbs, or annoying to the new tenant? In any case, get rid of everything else. No matter how helpful you think those old cleaning supplies or extra pots and pans might be, your landlord might disagree and charge you for clearing them away. Source: Apartment Therapy

Bedrooms and living rooms

  • Clean windowsills, frames, tracks, casings, blinds and glass panels;
  • Clean sliding doors and fly screens inside and out;
  • Wash or dry-clean curtains;
  • Wipe down air conditioners and vents;
  • Clean the fireplace and replace the furnace filter (if applicable);
  • Empty wardrobes, closets, and drawers and clean them inside and out (shelves, rods, tracks, casing, both sides of doors);
  • Clean furniture – polish wood surfaces and steam clean the upholstery. Apply a fabric/leather protector, as appropriate;
  • Wash area rugs and clean the floors as described above. Source: MyMovingReviews

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Tips on Removing Common Carpet Stains

Removing stains from your carpet can be a challenge, which is why we do our best to prevent stains from happening!  But sometimes stains are inevitable, especially when you have children at home or whenever people come over. Don’t fret! Here are some tips to help you out:

Water Soluble Stains
These stains include alcoholic beverages, berries, cold drinks, pet accidents, food dyes, gravy, ice cream, milk, mud, washable ink and wet or latex paint.

To remove these stains, use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of oxygen bleach (or white vinegar) mixed with 1 cup of water. Source: Property24

Fat, Wax or Oil Stains
A drop of wax may have made its way from your candle stand onto the carpet, but you can clean it with ease. Place a paper down on top of the wax, then turn on an iron to a warm setting. Place the iron on top of the paper towel, then lift. The wax should adhere to the paper towel.

If that doesn’t work, fill a zip-close bag with ice and place it on the wax. Once the liquid is hard, smash it with a spatula or other object and vacuum the wax. As a bonus, this technique works on tablecloths and gum as well!

For fat or oil, try dampening a white cloth with an oil-eating solvent. Dab the stain with the wet cloth from the outside in; then blot again using a white cloth dampened with warm water. Let the stain dry then check on it later. If it’s lightened, keep doing the same steps over again until it’s gone completely. Source: Blog.Rent

Ketchup Stains
Jump right on this one because once a ketchup stain sets, it won’t come out (ever). Grab the salt and sprinkle it over the spill, let sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it up. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain is completely gone. Source: YellowPages

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4 Tips on Dealing With Pet Hair Shedding

Let’s admit it, as much as we love our pets, too much shedding can really be a pain to handle. It gets on our clothes, our furniture, and everywhere else. Here are 4 tips to handle pet hair shedding:

Schedule regular checkups
Excessive hair shedding can be a sign of disease. To keep your pets healthy and keep their hair under control, schedule regular visits to your veterinarian. Based on your pets’ skin and hair coats, the vet will be able to identify any problems and provide an effective treatment, if needed. Source: SheKnows

Don’t duck your grooming responsibilities; embrace them
Giving your dog or cat a quick one-minute brushing outdoors or in the garage every day will save time and effort spent dusting, sweeping and vacuuming every week. With a little hair off the dog (or cat) at a time and place of your choosing, you’ll soon see a reduction in the number of fur bombs you find around the house. Source: VetStreet

Clean with dampened rubber gloves
Remove pet hair from upholstery and fabric with dampened rubber gloves by running your hand over the surface to attract hair. Simply rinse off the glove when it’s covered with hair and repeat as needed. If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, try a slightly wet sponge instead. I like this method because it doesn’t use up lots of tape needlessly. Source: ApartmentTherapy

Get professional help
Pet lovers that could afford it found great value in professional services such as housecleaning services. Having their homes professionally cleaned every two weeks can make a big difference. Source: DogTime

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Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Sometimes, in our effort to remove tough stains or to make cleaning easier, we use multiple products at once thinking that a much stronger mix is better. What we don’t know is that some mixtures can cause bad reactions. Here are some examples:

Drain Cleaner + Drain Cleaner
“I would never recommend mixing two different drain cleaners or even using one right after the other,” says Forte. “These are powerful formulas, and could even explode if combined.”

Use one product according to package directions (typically, only half a bottle is needed per treatment). If it doesn’t work, don’t try another product. Instead, call a plumber, Forte says. Source: GoodHousekeeping

Baking Soda + Vinegar = Ineffective Cleaning Solution
How many times have you seen an ingenious solution on Pinterest touting the magical cleaning properties of baking soda and vinegar? The key is to use these two agents separately, not together — or you’ll end up with nothing.

Why: Baking soda is basic, vinegar is acidic. When you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really just mostly water.

The worst that could happen: you could waste your time cleaning your entire kitchen or bathroom using a solution that doesn’t do anything at all. Source: Buzzfeed

Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic Chlorine Gas
Are you noticing a common theme here? Bleach is a highly reactive chemical that should not be mixed with other cleaners. Some people mix bleach and vinegar to increase the cleaning power of the chemicals. It’s not a good idea, because the reaction produces chlorine gas. The reaction isn’t limited to vinegar (weak acetic acid). Avoid mixing other household acids with bleach, such as lemon juice or some toilet bowl cleaners.

What It Does: Chlorine gas has been used as a chemical warfare agent, so it’s not something you want to be producing and inhaling in your home. Chlorine attacks the skin, mucous membranes, and respiratory system. As best, it will make you cough and irritate your eyes, nose, and mouth. It can give you a chemical burn and could be deadly if you are exposed to a high concentration or are unable to get to fresh air. Source: Chemistry.About

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3 Tips on Keeping Your House Allergen-Free

If you or someone else at home suffers from allergies, it’s best to keep your home allergen-free by keeping it clean. However, it’s important to note that cleaning your house to rid it of allergens may not be as simple as your normal cleaning routine. Check out these 3 tips to learn more about it:

Stick to a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Keeping dust and pet dander at bay is a continual process, and it’s especially important to stay on top of cleaning when allergies are a concern. Be sure to wipe surfaces with a damp rag rather than dry dusting, which often just brushes dust back into the air.
Ideally, members of the household without allergies would take on the dustiest jobs, but if you have bad allergies and must clean, wear a dust mask — or hire a cleaning service if you can. Source: Houzz

Vacuum Once or Twice a Week
Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Some allergens are so small that they pass right through a regular vacuum filter. That means that every time you vacuum, you could be sucking them off the floor and shooting them into the air, where you breathe them in. Source: WebMD

Home Cleaning Products to Avoid
It’s best to avoid using cleaning products that contain harsh, potentially irritating chemicals. Common home cleaning chemical ingredients that can be irritating include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium lauryl sulphate
  • D-limonene
  • Sodium hypochlorite

These chemicals are found in many cleaning products, including:

  • Furniture polish
  • Disinfectants
  • Mildew removers
  • Dish detergents
  • Dish soaps
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fabric softeners
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Drain, oven, and glass cleaners

Learn to read labels and stay away from cleaning agents that have these ingredients. Source: EverydayHealth

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3 Tips for a Clean Refrigerator

Because we store a lot of food in our fridge, we should prioritize its cleanliness. Here are 3 tips on keeping your refrigerator clean:

Clean the Doors
Weekly: Wipe doors, including edges, and top of refrigerator with a cloth dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and water. Pay special attention to the areas around the handles, which can harbor sticky fingerprints. For stainless-steel surfaces, use commercial stainless-steel spray and wipe in the direction of the grain.
Seasonally: Clean the door seals, which can collect crumbs, with hot water and mild dishwashing liquid. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth. Check that seals fit properly. Source: MarthaStewart

Put Dates on Stuff
If it’s not obvious by now, the weirdest way to clean your fridge is to pre-clean it, or at least get it primed for best cleaning practices. The biggest villain in the fridge will always be the spoiled stuff that is there way past its prime—hello leaks, spills, and bad smells. But what if your pre-wipes and sightline tricks don’t work? Date things. Date everything! Stick a marker next to your fridge and use it to mark down the date an item enters your icebox so that when you’re wondering just how long that dried-out pizza has been there, you have an answer. (You can also use masking tape and a pen if you don’t want to write directly on things.) And then you have no excuse for not tossing it post-haste. Source: MentalFloss

Clean the Inside
If you can remove shelves and drawers, do it. Spray the inside of the fridge with a solution of vinegar and water, concentrating on soiled areas and let it soak in. Wash the removed shelves and drawers with warm soapy water and set them aside to dry. Head back to the fridge and wipe everything down with a rag. Source: ApartmentTherapy

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