Cleaning Tips

Quality is Key

One of the things that sets a professional service apart from another is their quality of work. While the price is also a main factor it is true what they say, ‘you get what you pay for’.

Here at Maids and Moore we feel that you should not have pick one or the other. You should have both. We offer affordable set rates that do not fluctuate and our quality is key to achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Quality should be above and beyond. It should knock your socks off. Why do we hire professional services? To obtain the results that we otherwise do not have the time to do or do not know how to achieve.

We strive to have the highest customer satisfaction and make sure to pay extra attention to detail and to the quality of cleaning that we provide for you. We hope to create time for what matters most.

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Getting Ready to Sell Your House?

Here are 11 Things Most People Forget to Do

You’ve started on your lists of small repairs, you’ve contacted a real estate agent, and now you’re in the final steps of getting ready to sell your house. But before you put your home up for sale, and certainly before having your first open house, here are 11 things to consider that most home sellers forget to think about and could cost you a sale.

1. Declutter and Organize Your Closets and Cabinets

Sure, you went through your entire house and reduced the clutter in each room, organized your desk and other surfaces, and arranged your collection of antique ceramic kitty figurines to be facing perpendicular to the window. However, did you tackle your closets and cabinets?

One thing you should definitely expect during an open house or individual home tours is that potential homebuyers will be looking in your closets, kitchen drawers and cabinets. Will your walk-in closet fit all of his shoes and her summer dresses? Is there enough storage space in your kitchen for their cookware, bakeware, and all the kitchen gadgets that they seem to collect each year? These are all questions homebuyers will be asking themselves as they walk through your home.

Of course, you as a home seller will have no idea what the needs are of a potential homebuyer, but you can definitely showcase what your house has to offer in terms of storage. Start by decluttering your closets, cabinets, and drawers, and then keeping only enough belongings in each to really show off the potential that space has to offer. Think of it as an extension of staging your home, but for your storage areas.

2. Clean Stains and Eliminate Odors

We should all consider small stains, marks, and other imperfections as badges of honor for a house that has been lived in for years. Nonetheless, these slight bumps and bruises your home has encountered over time will stick out to potential homebuyers, so tackle them head-on.

Begin by trying to put yourself in the shoes of a potential homebuyer and look at your house objectively. Start by going outside and then re-entering your house as if you didn’t actually own it but were an interested homebuyer looking at it for the first time. What do you see? Walk through every room and take note of all the imperfections you notice. You might surprise yourself with how quickly your list grows. You can then add them to your list of repairs so you can make your house truly be at its best before your first open house.

Also, if you have pets there is a strong possibility that your home has an odor which you can no longer smell. Deep cleaning your house is a sure fire way to help eliminate these odors, but also think about using an odor eliminating spray every day for about a week before your first open house. You can also place plugin room fresheners that offer a great crisp smell, like cucumber, to help infuse a sense of cleanliness throughout your house.

3. Replace Light Bulbs

Walk through each room in your house and look at every light bulb to see if it’s working. As homeowners, we sometimes forget to immediately replace a lightbulb when it goes out. You want your house to be at its brightest when new homebuyers are touring your home and replacing old burnt out light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to do it.

Also, don’t forget to walk around the outside of your house to make sure all the lights of your home’s exterior are working as well. Depending on the time of year, your open house or home tours could happen when the sun is going down or when it’s already dark. So be sure to make your house shine inside and out!

Pro tip: Make sure all your light bulbs are the same color temperature inside your house as well as outside. A soft-white light LED bulb can create a bright but welcoming environment for new homebuyers.

4. Think About the Small Details: Plants, Mirrors, Rugs

Consider each room’s individual characteristics, so you can really showcase the potential every room in your house can offer. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind while you start prepping every space for an exceptional open house experience.

Add a little green to your spaces

Nothing breathes life into a room more than a little greenery. A potted tree can work wonders in a living room, but for smaller areas think smaller plants such as a small potted herb garden in the kitchen or a miniature cactus on the mantel.

Open up even the smallest rooms

Mirrors can make small spaces seem large because they create the illusion of depth. Mirrors also work wonders in darker rooms as they reflect light deep into areas of a room that may not receive an abundance of natural light.

Add character to an otherwise unimpressive space

While staging your home, think about adding character to various spaces with rugs. However, keep in mind that you want to use rugs to enhance a space, not be the focal point of it. Also, if you have a strange space that you never really figured out a good use for, a rug could at least offer a little personality while leaving the space and its potential to the imaginations of homebuyers.

5. Enhance Your Outdoor Space

You’re probably already aware that enhancing your curb appeal is one of the most impactful things you can do to create a great first impression. However, you don’t want to forget about your other outdoor areas, such as your front porch or entrance, your back entrance, side yard, and backyard. You want to enhance your outdoor spaces around the house so potential buyers can see themselves living as much outside your house as inside.

Simple enhancements like placing potted plants to your front entrance or adding fresh beauty bark around the base of your hedges and trees can go a long way. If you don’t already have a designated outdoor space for entertaining, think about building a DIY fire pit and adding four Adirondack chairs to create the idea of outdoor fun. Ultimately, your outdoor space can be just as important of a space as what your home has to offer on the inside.

6. Get Professional (Aerial) Photography

By now your research has probably shown you that homes with professional photos sell for more and spend less time on the market on average. What you may not have considered is adding aerial photography to your listing photos.

Aerial photography can show off your entire property, a scenic view, and the surrounding area.  If you have a lot of property, an aerial shot can easily put into perspective the full scope all your land has to offer to potential homebuyers.

Furthermore, aerial photography has come a long way thanks to the rapid development of drone technology, resulting in reasonable pricing that is accessible for many homeowners today. For higher-end listings, drones can even capture video of your property, helping it stand out among the hundreds of other homes for sale.

7. Don’t Forget About Your Gutters

Imagine that you’re having your first open house and despite the rain, foot traffic has been steadily increasing all morning. Your house looks immaculate, like one of those home’s off of an HGTV show, and your real estate agent has been messaging you updates every hour about how great it’s going. But then the unexpected happens. A small stream of water starts coming down right in front of your large bay window in the living room. The stream is outside the house, but your would-be buyers watch on as it grows into a miniature waterfall.

Red flags go up for the homebuyers touring your house as the foot traffic thins then disappears altogether. What they didn’t see was that the spillage was the result of a clogged gutter, nothing more, causing water to spill over in a very inopportune place and at the worst time.

Depending on where you live, you may not see as much rain in locations like Phoenix, AZ, but in many locations where rainfall is a common occurrence, such as Seattle, WA, this situation is more likely to happen. If you don’t have time to clean your gutters yourself—because you have a house to sell and a million other little things to do—there are professional services that can clean your gutters for you so this little oversight doesn’t drown out your hopes of selling your home quickly.

8. Paint Your Baseboards and Crown Molding

It’s pretty common knowledge that you should paint the interior of your home a neutral color to appeal to more buyers. Homebuyers want to imagine themselves and their stuff in your space, so your red accent wall will need to be painted over with a more neutral hue. But what a lot of home sellers forget to do is pay attention to their baseboards and crown molding.

Where crown molding may just need some cleaning and touch-ups, your baseboards most likely have seen a lot more traffic, especially if you have kids. It may be a toy truck that has repeatedly crashed into your white baseboards, crayons that went rogue, or the black rubber wheels from bikes racing down the hallway, most likely your baseboards have been marked with years of life experiences.

To correct these homely blemishes, you can try cleaning your baseboards with simple dish soap and water. But if it has been years of wear and abuse, you most likely will need to paint. Use a paint with a semi-gloss finish that will offer a light sheen but not glossy enough to distract attention away from your floors. You can also match your crown molding using the same paint, making every room pop to potential homebuyers. Of course, if you end up hiring painters to repaint that accent wall of yours, you might as well have them paint your baseboards while they’re there.

9. Focus on Your Floors

Your hardwood floors were once beautiful and one of the initial reasons you bought your home, but after years of traffic your hardwoods have since dulled to a shadow of their former glory. Likewise, your once plush carpet has also now matted down into obvious paths that lead from room to room.

One of the first things potential homebuyers look at when entering a new home is the floors, so make yours a statement.

If your carpet is approaching that 10-year mark, it is most likely looking pretty worn. Think about recarpeting your house to make it look fresh and ready for new homeowners. Such as you did with your walls, you’ll want to go more neutral in color to appeal to the majority of homebuyers. If your carpet is only a few years old, however, getting it professionally cleaned can go a long way in bringing your carpet back to life.

If you have hardwood floors bring them back to their former glory by refinishing them. Refinishing hardwood floors typically includes sanding down the floors to eliminate the original finish and stain, then restaining with the desired color followed by a coat or two of sealer. Your floors will look brand new and really stand out during the open house.

10. Gather Your Documents

You might not be aware of this but you’ll want to gather all the documents you have in regards to warranties, manuals, service records, and repairs done to your house. These documents are hugely important for several reasons and certain ones are needed by different parties before you sell your house.

Your agent is your best friend during the home selling process. They are also your homes’ first line of marketing and the more information they have about your house, the better they can promote it. They will write out the specific details of your home as well as an enticing description that will highlight key features that homebuyers want. So, if you’ve made recent updates like a new deck, new roof, updated HVAC, or if your home has hot water on demand make sure your agent knows it and you have the paperwork to back it up.

During the home inspection process, home inspectors are going to go over your house with a fine-toothed comb. If your furnace or water heater hasn’t been serviced in years, they’ll let you know. Take a proactive approach by gathering all your service records so you’ll know ahead of time if something needs to be serviced before listing your home.

However, beyond the paperwork your agent and the home inspector would like to see, title companies require very specific documentation in order for you to even sell your home, including:

  • Mortgage loan information, which will show any outstanding mortgage balance and pay-off balance (if there is any)
  • Final purchase and sale agreement
  • Deed
  • Title report
  • Property tax information, including most recent tax statement
  • Homeowners insurance information
  • Lease agreement, if you’re currently renting the property
  • Any reports or documentation that relates to the property
    • Warranty paperwork, permits, service documentation, instruction manuals, dates of home improvement projects, and age of the roof, furnace, hot water heater, HVAC, and all the other major appliances.

11. Pre-Sale Home Inspection

The last thing most people don’t think about before they sell their home is getting a pre-sale home inspection. Though it is not mandatory, a pre-sale home inspection is a proactive approach to understanding your home’s condition at that point in time, and if there are any repairs that need attention, you can address them now versus trying to do it during the home selling process.

Homebuyers will most likely get a home inspection of their own, right? So, why would you get one as a seller?

A home inspection report will most likely turn up a list of repairs that will need to be fixed. Would you prefer to fix these issues now before you list your home, or after you’re in negotiations with a potential buyer? If you wait, you may push back the sale date of your house as repairs are being made. Or, homebuyers may ask for concessions on your asking price in order to cover the repairs and the time it takes to make them. Ultimately, getting a pre-sale home inspection will leave you in a better position when it comes time to negotiate with potential buyers.

You may feel like spending a lot of time and money on your house is pointless because you’re just going to sell it anyway, right? Just consider that the more you appeal to the majority of homebuyers the more bids you’ll likely see and ultimately help you sell your house quicker and for more money.

Originally published on Redfin

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Automated Window Cleaner

What are the important points to consider when buying an automatic window cleaner? To answer that question, you must first understand the basics. For one, a robotic window cleaner combines window cleaning technology with auto movements to clean. With the use of magnets and motor suction technology, the cleaner sticks to the windows. From there it will automatically clean your windows – from all edges. Below are some features in your home to consider before using an automated window cleaner.

The Type Of Glass

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First, you should consider the kind of glass surface your windows are made of. On one hand, there are models for cleaning uneven surfaces and rough glass surfaces. On the other hand, other models only clean those glossy and smooth surfaces. Is the window surface textured, frosted, filmed or patterned? Whichever the case, you must choose an auto window cleaner that can clean that specific glass surface.

Window Thickness

Besides the glass surface, you should also consider how thick your windows are. Every robot has a certain thickness it can clean. Hence, ensure you accurately measure the thickness of your window. Once you do, select a robotic cleaner that matches that thickness.

Window Shape

An auto window cleaner can only clean large windows that are square shaped. So if the shape of your window is circular or small, then do not buy a robotic cleaner.

Suctions or Magnetic Connectivity

Another point to consider is how the robotic cleaner connects – either magnetic or through suctions. If you go for a cleaner with a motor-powered suction, then you just need to place it on one side. Alternatively, for magnetic connectivity, you must strategically place another magnetic item on the opposite side of the window being cleaned. Each of these options has its benefits and drawbacks. For a motor-powered suction auto cleaner, often times it loses its connection and falls. Hence, you should get a security cord to make sure the auto cleaner stays put.

The Process Of Cleaning

Different robots use different processes of cleaning but most of them use brushes or pads. To make sure the glass surface is streak free and spotless; the robots feature a drying item like a squeegee. How many brushes or pads an auto cleaner has depends on its model. But in most cases, a robotic cleaner features a 2-step process. The first one is to wipe the dirt off and the other is to polish the window. Automated window cleaners have sensors that will tell them when they have reached an edge of the window. The automated technology makes sure the window is being cleaned edge-to-edge, and lets you know when it has finished cleaning.

Conclusion

Though an automatic window cleaner is very convenient, you should consider all these points before you buy one. This is to make sure that you get the right product for your needs. Automatic window cleaners utilize technology to make sure your window is entirely cleaned when it finishes. They are ideal not only for cleaning those hard-to-reach edges but for doing so effectively.

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Clean House Tips

Are you looking for some efficient clean house tips? There are numerous methods you can apply to keep your house spotless and neat throughout. No one wishes to spend the entire weekend scrubbing floors, mopping, dusting, cleaning washrooms, vacuuming and doing laundry. In essence, this is the perfect time to relax after the long work week. Just before you get caught in the middle of a messy home, here are a few helpful house cleaning tips that you can employ to save yourself some time.

1. Make Your Bed When You Wake Up

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Making your bed should be the first thing to do in the morning. The sight of an unmade bed in your bedroom is not so pleasant to look at, especially late in the day. This is just a simple task that involves tucking in sheets, spreading bed covers and sometimes replacing the bedding with clean ones. Making your bed can bring a positive change to your room by making it look clean and organized.

2. Make a Habit of Emptying Your Dishwasher Each Morning

It may sound like a challenging task, but it will only consume about five minutes to accomplish it. You should never overlook carrying out the daily emptying of your dishwasher in order to keep your kitchen clean throughout the day. On the other hand, emptying the dishwasher every morning will keep your dirty dishes from piling up in your sink. Having a pile of dishes in the sink will make the kitchen look messy, and be a breeding ground for bacteria.

3. Do Some Laundry Daily

You can spare some time to have fun across the weekend by devoting some time every day washing your clothes. In fact, you may start by washing a few smaller loads throughout the week to prevent the clothing from piling up. If you are not sure of what to clean, sort your laundry loads to make your work easier.

4. Skip your Traditional Mop

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Instead of using a tradition mop, you should turn to a microfiber duster. This way, you will be able to make your home look amazingly clean and less contaminated within the shortest time possible. Research shows that using wet mops leads to bacteria growth in the mop head if not properly sanitized after cleaning. Using a microfiber mop with single-use pads can keep your home clean and free of contaminants. You can also alternate reusable pads as they can be washed in the washer after each use.

5. Use your Vacuum to Clean the Blinds

Cleaning blinds is a complex task because it requires more time than what you can expect. However, you can make it easier by using an upholstery attachment on the vacuum cleaner and within no time that dust will be out of your sight. Alternatively, you may wipe them using a dryer sheet placed in a pair of tongs to give them a fresh scent.

Final Thought

There are many useful clean house tips you can try to shorten how much time it takes to clean. It is better to perform small amounts of cleaning throughout the week to avoid a large buildup of chores to complete during the weekend. Whether you are focusing on routine cleaning, or need to deep clean your home, our team of professionals here at Maids and Moore will ensure your home is spotless.

Amazing Household Tips

Managing home errands is not a walk in the park. There are many tips that you can follow to help keep your home clean and organized. In this article we dive into five amazing household tips to make your day-to-day life a little bit easier.

Amazing Household Tips

1. Lemon Juice Cures All

Lemons are readily available and you should always have one or more in your kitchen. In addition to boosting Vitamin C in your body, lemon juice can do wonders to make your Amazing Household Tipssink smell better. If you love seafood but you don’t like their smell, you can rub lemon juice over your hands and the smell will be no more. Interestingly, a splash of lemon juice on your vegetables adds flavor and freshness.

2. Always Keep White Vinegar On Hand

A solution of white vinegar and water is one of the best natural cleaning products you can ever have in your home. Vinegar is cheap and can do wonders. For instance from cleaning the garbage disposal, to washing your produce, and you can as well splash a cupful of vinegar in your washing machine to soften scratchy fabrics such as towels, the usefulness of vinegar is extensive.

3. You Should Have as Many Toothbrushes as Possible

It goes without saying that your home has toothbrushes for cleaning your teeth. But did you know that a toothbrush can do more than just keeping your teeth clean? Well, soak a toothbrush in a solution of white vinegar and hot water and use it to scrub the hard-to-reach places all over your home, such as the kitchen sink, the kitchen back-splash tiles, the bathroom faucet, and also the dreadful corners of your shower.

4. Baking Soda is Excellent in Removing Stains

Stains in your home are undeniably inevitable and if you want to live in a clean place, baking soda paste can aid in cleaning stains. From blood to ink, baking soda is your answer to remove the pesky stains; all you need is to mix baking soda with warm water. However, if you want to get rid of stubborn blood stains on your clothes or carpet, use cold water instead of warm. A mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can also be used to whiten your teeth.

5. Multi-purpose Use For Cooking Oil

Cooking oil in your kitchen can do more than aid in your cooking. Rub little oil over your Amazing Household Tipshands when chopping hot peppers and it will do wonders in preventing chemical irritant from sticking to your hands. If you love using a box grater, rubbing oil on it would prevent food from sticking to it and also enhances the performance of the grater.

Bottom Line

Running a house is not as easy as it seems. At times, we find ourselves spending a lot of time and money trying to find the right products to clean our home. Instead of breaking your bank, follow the amazing household tips above to ensure your home is cleaned correctly. Maids and Moore has a seasoned staff with the best cleaning techniques to help any homeowner.

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Dirty Shower Door? Clean it up with Maids and Moore

There is nothing tougher than cleaning those glass shower doors. It seems no matter how much you scrub them they just do not seem to get clean.  The secret to our success in cleaning these soap scum covered glass doors is vinegar.  Yup! You heard right.  We spray our non-diluted vinegar on the glass surface and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  The acid in the vinegar breaks down the soap scum and we revisit after time has passed and are able to wipe the soap scummed surface clean. 

 

By spraying your shower after each use with non-diluted vinegar it will help to prevent the buildup of soap scum in the future.

Maids and Moore have specialized in cleaning for 11 years and with many years of experience becomes the success in our techniques for cleaning and providing 100% quality and receiving 100% satisfaction from our loyal customers.

Call us today we will be happy to make your shower sparkle.  1-844 GOT DUST

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Preparing for a Festive Memorial Day Weekend

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If you’re like us the clean up for guests is just as important as the clean up for when they leave.  We wanted to offer a few tips to make your Memorial Day Weekend the best, without all of the hassles.

Put away all towels:  To save you from having to keep putting out clean hand towels thru out the house as it is used to clean up messes and dry multiple sets of hands.  Simply stock up on a bulk order of paper towels and leave rolls everywhere convenient.  This way you are not washing every towel and rag in your whole house come Tuesday.  Nothing like getting ready for getting out of the shower to the surprise of no towels clean.

No need to wash dishes: To save you from having to wash mountains of dishes.  Purchase disposable containers and utensils to serve in.

~To take that one step further instead of preparing all the food. Ask friends and family to bring their favorite dish in a disposable container this way you don’t have to prepare it and when the yummy dish is gone you can throw it away instead of having to be the sweet host that cleans everyone’s favorite one of a kind casserole dish.

*TIP from the editor: One of my personal favorite hacks, is instead of having chip bags toppled over everywhere and countless bowls for every flavor sitting out that will then need to be poured back in the bag or thrown out.  I simply fold in the bottom of the chip bag and make a bowl.  See an example from Pinterest here

Trash Gone Wild!: Trash will be everywhere. Unless you plan ahead.  Place a container for trash in every imaginable place possible to encourage party guest to throw away their trash.  By placing the cans around the tables, coolers, and food it will encourage them to throw away as they grab another.

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Guest have left what is next?:  Now that your guest are gone. What messes do you have left?  Dirty floors, sticky little kid finger prints on ‘EVERYTHING’, and urine on everything but the toilet.  Who has time for that ?…. Don’t worry we have you covered.  Call us today to get things back in order.  We specialize in “Creating time for busy people”.  By hiring professionals you will be able to get back to your routine and workflow without the hassle.  After all, school is about to be out for Summer ;D. Who knows maybe routine services are just what you need to get back in that routine!  Call us at 1-844 GOT DUST we would love to help you with your house cleaning needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Kid proof for summer break

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With the final school bell rung, end of year class parties over, and summer arrangements final that is right School is Out for Summer.  If you are like us the dread and overwhelming anticipation has set in.  No worries here are a few tips to kid proof for the summer.

Step ONE

Plan all meals.  Create a drawer or shelf in your pantry for snacks only.  If children are old enough to make their own meals, brainstorm with them a few meals they can prepare for themselves during the week without burning the house down.

Step TWO

To avoid the dreaded sentence, “I am bored…”  sit down with your kids and ask them some things they would like to do this summer.  Without dismissing any of their ideas, write them down then brainstorm and sort our your list with your significant other what things you can do for the summer.  Another avenue would be to implement activities they can do on their own each day. Our personal favorite would be The Bored Jar. Write down the activities mentioned above that they like to do or would like to do and add a few.  Anytime the kids are bored send them to The Bored Jar.  The internet offers many options or you can always follow us on Pinterest to see some of our favorites: https://www.pinterest.com/maidsandmoore/maids-and-moore/

Another avenue would be to implement activities they can do on their own each day. Our personal favorite would be The Bored Jar. Write down the activities mentioned above that they like to do or would like to do and add a few ideas of your own.  Anytime the kids are bored send them to The Bored Jar.

The internet offers many options or you can always follow us on Pinterest to see some of our favorites: https://www.pinterest.com/maidsandmoore/maids-and-moore/

Step THREE

Chores.  Yes, while controversial with some, chores are a wonderful part of a routine. Like going to school, it keeps the children accountable and on schedule.  Chores build character, teaching them to be responsible and certainly rule out boredom. Not to mention it take some of the mommy do list items away.  Make a list of chores to do for each child and as incentive offer allowances or getting to do their choice of something fun.  If you have multiple children accomplishing chores each week find an activity that will make all of them happy.

Step FOUR

Overwhelmed still….? Consider hiring professional services to help you with things such as babysitting, lawn care, and house cleaning.  Maids and Moore will be happy to help you take a load off with all of your house, carpet, and window cleaning needs.  The benefit of hiring a professional to do what ‘you do not have the time to do’ is the guarantee.  With so much up in the air during summer break, it is nice to have quality service to help you “create time” for the things that matter most to you.

Call us today for your house cleaning needs at 1-844 GOT DUST we would love to help you.

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Natural and Fresh Cleaning

Are you looking for an all natural, heavy duty cleaner for your home that will not fill the air with mystery chemicals?  Look no further…. are you ready for this?  It is Vinegar
Here at Maids and Moore, we have found vinegar to be the safest, natural cleaner for most surfaces.  It works great on glass, mirrors, toilets, tubs, and many more non-porous surfaces.
To make this even better we dare you to take it one step further… I know most of us typically do not like the smell of the vinegar so there is a way to kill that smell and make the vinegar even better for cleaning your home.  Simply infuse it with other natural elements that God blessed this earth with.
That’s right, today we are doing to tell you how to infuse and stay green while cleaning.
You mean cleaning machine you!
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First thing is first lets get our supplies together.  You will need the following:
*Large glass jars (mason jars, pickle jars, etc.) we like to use quart canning jars but any jar will work
*White Vinegar
*herbs, citrus peels (sage, basil, orange, mint, lemon, etc.)
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Wash your jars and fill them with your herbs and citrus.  Experiment here mix and mingle what you think would work best.   Now combine about 2 cups of heated (nearly boiling) vinegar to your jar.  Let sit for about 24 hours and it should be ready to use.  If you want the good new scent to be stronger let it sit longer before use.   When ready to use, strain the peels and herbs out of the mixture and discard, only leaving the new scented vinegar.  To keep it from going bad store it in a cool dark place.
You can use this infused vinegar to clean in several ways such as cleaning the window, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, garbage disposal or even as a pet odor remover, fabric softner, pest control and much much more.  A few of our favorites are below.  Enjoy!
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How to use your infused Vinegar for cleaning your home
*Toilet Cleaner
~  Spray the toilet inside and out and let sit for 30 minutes allowing the vinegar to do its magic.  Then simply wipe off the vinegar and tada clean, fresh, and deodorized.
*Shower and Tubs
~Spray the shower/tub with the infused vinegar and allow it to sit for 30 minutes or longer.  Come back with a cup of water and sponge and all of the soap scum and sludge will wipe right off.
*Garbage Disposal
~Freeze your infused vinegar in an ice tray and drop a few of these in the garbage disposal and grind them up it will remove all of the yuck off the walls and blades of your dishwasher removing unwanted smells and yuck.  Repeat weekly for best results.
*Floors ( DO NOT use on porous floors such as wood, stone, marble, and granite surfaces. Vinegar will dry out and damage these floor types and surfaces)
~This infused vinegar is best used on non-porous floors such as tile.  It just does wonders.  Mix 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water to a spray bottle.  Using a dry micro mop lightly spray a 4-foot space with your infused vinegar and mop moving thru the floor surface cleaning away and deodorizing those floors with the amazing aroma the new infused vinegar is putting off.
DISCLOSURE       DO NOT use vinegar on any porous floors or surfaces such as wood, stone, marble, and granite surfaces. Vinegar will dry out and damage these floor types and surface
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Neglect because we forget..!

Most of us are as busy as all get out, running from one event to the next. Trying to care for every part of our home can be a task. I mean if the trash needs to go out we take it out. Dishes stacking up we wash them. Scrub the toilet and pick up dirty clothes and wash them. Have you thought though about the trash can your trash goes in? The dishwasher storing your clean dishes? Just imagine how easily these things get neglected. So to help we have included a few tips as to why you should clean these and when.

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Dishwasher:
Should be cleaned quarterly if not monthly. By doing so you lessen your chances of food poisoning and build up of germs and bacteria. Dirt, food, and grease all build up in dishwasher over time and if water that drips does not drain it sours and spoils your clean dishes and your stomach.

How: Weekly remove the filter, soak, and clean it.  Run a heavy cycle with vinegar in the soap dispenser and baking soda sprinkled inside of the machine. Good as new!

Indoor Trash Can:
Clean every 2 months if not monthly. Trash tends to spill over and leak out causing your trash can to get sticky, smelly, and grow bacteria.

How: Take your trash can to the bath/shower and rinse it with warm soapy water. You can also spray it down well with a good antibacterial cleaner and be sure to wipe the inside, outside, and bottom.

Washing Machine:
This guy does so much for your household so monthly we clean it. Just like parents if we don’t reboot and charge we will burn out so do a courtesy to your faithful friend the washing machine. This inside of the washing machine will start to develop buildup which keeps the water from filtering and draining properly.

How: With the machine running hot water add a quart of bleach to the detergent dispenser. Let this run full cycle. Be sure to clean all compartments seals and hinges by hand these areas must be clean to prevent mold and bacteria growth from the moisture. Doing this monthly will keep you from the laundry mat.

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Refrigerator:
Should be cleaned quarterly if not monthly. By doing so you lessen your chances of food poisoning and build up of germs and bacteria. Not to mention from keep dust from building up on the coils and under the fridge causing moisture to damage the floors and the machine.

How: Pull out all drawers and soak them in warm soapy water. Clean the inside of the fridge with a rag or sponge using baking soda and vinegar on hard stains and yucky dried on food. Now, pull out the fridge vacuum and wipe down the wall behind the fridge, the back and side of the fridge, and the floor where it sits. Tada! Fresh and Clean and damage free.

Garbage Disposal:

Pew!! What is that smell..? It is your garbage disposal. The plastic rings and the disposal itself collect old food and bacteria. Using ice knocks off the buildup off the walls and blades of the disposal.

How: Freeze lemon juice and drop a few cubes down the drain weekly and turn her on. You may also like to use frozen vinegar either or.

We hope a few of these tips will help

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