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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pet Stains and How to Deal with Them

I know you’ve all heard this before but – pet stains happen. They happen and the odors that go along with them happens too. But we love our precious pets - don't we.

Whether it’s from your dog or from your cat you’ll want to know what to do. Here is a few things to consider:

• Whenever possible, act quickly. This can make things so much easier when it comes to cleaning up pet accidents. I say “whenever” because a lot of us work and will, unfortunately, not be around when this happens and may not even know it has happened until later.

• Don’t use ammonia on your pets urine stains. Pet urine contains ammonia and the composition of household ammonia is so much like the smell of urine your pet may mistake the ammonia you’re cleaning with as their own and will continue to urinate in the same spot again and again. Ammonia is highly alkaline and not good for carpet fibers. It will also leave a residue that is hard to remove completely, and this residue will only attract dirt as it is walked over.

• Clean and deodorize. Not only will you need to clean the stain but you will want to deodorize as well.

Removing Pet Stains from Carpeting

Maybe you forgot to take the dog out for his last potty trip before bed, maybe your pet is young or an elderly pet, whichever it is, let’s look at what you can do “when accidents happen”. This method will work for both urine and feces; it’s the best method when in a pinch.

Urine and Feces Stains

1. Use white paper towels and absorb as much mess as possible, blot (don’t scrub) until you can’t get any more liquid out of the carpet. It may take quite a few paper towels but you do need to get it all up. If you don’t have paper towels, use a clean but old rag.

2. Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on the stain then blot again with paper towels. Let this sit a few minutes. Repeat as necessary until staining is gone, let air dry. Using a spray bottle will help you from getting too much on the carpet so it doesn’t soak into the padding beneath.

3. When finished, use clean warm water to rinse. Blot until almost dry.

4. If any odor remains, use baking soda to sprinkle on the spot and allow it to sit overnight then vacuum in the morning. You can work it into the carpet with your fingers or an old toothbrush, be careful not to scrub so you don’t fray the carpet fibers.

With feces, carefully scoop up as much as possible then move on to step 2.
Something pet owners should consider keeping on hand is an enzymatic cleaner specifically for accidents of these types, especially urine stains. A couple of them to look into are: Nature's Miracle and Urine Off.

Remove Vomit Stains on Furniture

Oxyclean works very well to remove vomit stains. Remove as much of the vomit as possible with paper towels. Read the instructions on the oxyclean and prepare a mixture to clean the furniture.

Now get a clean cloth and blot the mixture on the stained area. Follow the cleaning by rinsing with clean water and using another clean cloth.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Efficiently Cleaning the Bathroom

A clean bathroom sink.

Do you want to make your bathroom sparkle? Following these bathroom cleaning tips will help you tackle this job, so get your cleaning tools and let's get cleaning.

Pre-Treating the Tub and Shower

Wear gloves so you can avoid getting any chemicals or irritants on your skin. Spray the tub and shower stall with a mildew remover or bleach. Let this sit while you get to work on the toilet.

Cleaning the Toilet

Spray the toilet bowl inside and exterior with disinfectant. Let it sit on the inside while you use a rag or sponge to wipe the rim and the outside of the bowl, lid, behind the seat, all the way down to the floor and around the base of the toilet.

With your scrub brush, clean the inside of the bowl, then flush. To remove tough toilet bowl rings, you can either use full strength white vinegar or a pumice stone to do the job quickly.

Moving back to the Tub and Shower

Go back to the tub and shower and if necessary rewet the surface with the same cleaner that was applied before cleaning the toilet. Using a scrub brush or sponge (whichever necessary), work from the top down to scrub the walls and tub area.

If necessary, use an old toothbrush to get around the faucet and drain areas. Rinse then take a look to see if any surface still needs cleaning.

Glass Shower Door

If you have a glass shower door, you can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Get it slightly wet to clean the glass shower door then rinse clean. Use the toothbrush to scrub around the seams.

When you are finished with the tub, shower, and door, rinse all surfaces well, and wipe down with a clean dry rag.

Keeping the Shower Clean Between Cleanings

To help keep the shower clean, keep a squeegee in the tub and shower area and wipe down when you are finished showering. You can also use a liquid body soap if you are tired of soap scum buildup.

Cleaning the Sink

Move all items from the counter area, spray the counter with a disinfectant that's safe for the surface you have. Spray the sink with household cleaner and/or a soap scum remover.

A regular household sponge specifically for cleaning works well for bathroom sinks and counters. Use the toothbrush to scrub around the faucet and drain to loosen any gunk or mildew.

When you've finished, rinse the sink well with fresh water then, using paper towels, wipe down the entire counter, faucet, and sink. Clean any wooden surfaces with furniture polish to protect from water stains.

Cleaning Mirrors

Using a soft lint free cleaning cloth, give the mirror a quick once over to remove any loose particles of dirt.

Using the same cloth, spray your cleaner directly on the cloth and wipe down the mirror.

Steakless Window Cleaner

A quick, easy and streakless homemade cleaner for windows and mirrors can be made using vinegar and alcohol.

Pour 1 cup rubbing alcohol with 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on a clean lint free cloth or old newspaper and wipe down the mirror.

Rubbing alcohol evaporates and does not leave a residue, vinegar also leaves no residue and is a disinfectant.

What Not To Do When Cleaning a Mirror

Do not spray cleaner directly on mirrors. It can produce a dim, stained look on the edges if not wiped down completely. It can also get behind frames and depending on the material of the frame, it could damage it.

Cleaning the Bathroom Floor

Last but not least, the floor. Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. This will deodorize and kill any mold and mildew that may be on the surface. Dry and put any rugs back in place.

Where Not to Use Vinegar

If you have marble or stone floors or countertops, do not use vinegar. It is acidic and can damage the surface. Use plain old water instead to clean.

Cleaning Checklists

It takes time to clean the bathroom, it takes time to clean other areas of the house as well. Your life is busy and there never seems to be enough time to get the cleaning done.

Mrs. Clean has a variety of free cleaning checklists that can be downloaded free and used to help you and for getting others involved too.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 Health Benefits of a Clean House

You've probably heard people say, "Why clean the house if it's just going to get dirty again?" This excuse may ring true for some, but people should also know that there are more incentives to cleaning than just having a sparkling house.

The act of cleaning has many physical, mental, and emotional benefits that may improve one's health. Check out these 10 health benefits of a clean house and get scrubbing!

Reduces Allergies

Regular cleaning is the best way to reduce dust and other irritating allergens from the home. Chores like sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming dispose of dust, dust mites, pet dander, and dozens of other allergens that cause cold and flu-like symptoms. People with allergies, asthma, and respiratory problems can relieve their symptoms and breathe easier by keeping their house clean.


Every time you clean the house with disinfectants, you are killing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that can compromise your health. These powerful cleansers target germs and bacteria, such as E. coli, staph, and salmonella that are responsible for many foodborne illnesses and infections. Sanitizing surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of the house will help protect you from these potentially dangerous bacteria.

Reduces Mold

Keeping your house clean provides more opportunities to detect mold growth and fix the problem in a timely manner. Mold can wreak havoc on people's health, causing allergic reactions, cold and flu-like symptoms, asthma attacks, and other severe health problems. Regular cleaning and inspections help control and prevent mold growth.

Lowers Risk of Injury

Keeping your house clean and organized can reduce the chance of injury by minimizing clutter and keeping things out of harm's way. Leaving loose items around like toys may increase the risk of trips and falls. Stacks of boxes and other large piles can easily fall on top of someone and injure them. Simply tidying up and organizing can make a huge difference in the overall safety of your home.

Reduces Stress

Both the act of cleaning and maintaining a clean house can help relieve and prevent unnecessary stress. A clean house makes maneuvering and finding things much easier. Easy cleaning like sweeping, doing the dishes, and making your bed will make your house look clean and ready for guests if the opportunity arises.

Wards 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.

Burns Calories

Cleaning doesn't just make your home look spick and span, it also burns calories. Everything from sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and hand washing the dishes can make you work up a sweat and burn off calories. To increase your calorie burn, dance to your favorite tunes while cleaning the house for at least an hour.

Encourages Cooking

A dirty and unorganized kitchen can deter people from cooking at home because they don't want to make the mess even worse. A clean kitchen is much more inviting than a messy one. Washing the dishes, wiping down the countertops, and cleaning out the refrigerator allow the kitchen to serve as a functional workspace where you can cook healthy meals for the whole family.

Improves Mental State

Let's face it: there's nothing better than walking into a house that is clean and organized. In fact, the process of cleaning and de-cluttering has been known to provide many mental health benefits. From the physical movements to the completion of a task, people find cleaning very cathartic. It's also a great way to release frustration, anxiety, and anger.

Reduces Health and Safety Hazards

A clean house can mean the difference between life and death. Those who live in an unsanitary environment are more susceptible to illnesses caused by bacteria, allergens, and pests. An untidy home can also be a safety hazard for its occupants. Clutter is a fire hazard and can physically trap occupants inside their homes, preventing them from escaping in an emergency. Cleaning frees up space and keeps messes from becoming serious hazards.

This is a guest posting from Liz Nutt at Insurance Quote Blog.

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