Do you ever wonder why your house becomes so dusty and where all the dust comes from? You're not alone. A dusty house is the result of either lack of air flow or a contaminated flow of air. Unsealed return ductwork running through attics, crawlspaces or in between walls contributes to a dusty home.
Dust collections made up in your home come from dead skin, hair, carpet fibers, clothing and upholstery, bedding fragments, and various particles from outdoors. In fact, 60% of the dust in your house comes from the outdoors.
Research conducted by 5 institutions, including the Natural Resources Defense Council. Focusing on peer-reviewed medical literature published since 2000, they analyzed the results of 26 studies that investigated chemicals from current consumer products found in U.S. indoor dust. They found that typical household dust contains an average of 45 chemicals. Ten potentially harmful compounds were found in 90% of all samples.
The chemicals identified in the study came from television sets, furniture, beauty and cleaning products and flooring materials.
There are many ways to prevent your home from becoming so dusty, we will discuss a few of those ways now.
You and your family deserve a dust free home!!!
Having a cluttered home can have some harmful effects on your mental, emotion and physical well being. We will discuss some harmful effects of living in a cluttered home or having a cluttered workspace in this blog.
So if you're experiencing any of the above symptoms it's time to do some spring cleaning!!
Also a 2017 study jointly conducted by the U.S. and Australia showed that people tend to overeat or binge eat when they live in a cluttered surrounding.
A 2017 study also showed workplaces revealed that chaotic surroundings effect your mental hygiene.
A Cornell University study of 2016 showed that people who live among clutter find it difficult to communicate with others due to too much stimuli from all the clutter in the home.
A recent survey of homeowners showed that 44% of us experience "mess stress" at least weekly and 72% of "naturally tidy" people have experienced stress from an untidy home over the pandemic.
If you understand the negative effects of clutter and realize how much it can rob you of enjoying your life and doing more things you love to do. We hope these negative effects will give you the motivation to start de-cluttering your home. Here are some tips to start de-cluttering your home.
The problem- Grass stains
The solution- Rubbing alcohol and water
Create a mixture of two teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Rub the mixture on the stain until it is saturated, then wash the garment as you normally would. NEVER use rubbing alcohol on wool or silk.
The problem- Red wine
The solution- Dish-washing detergent and white vinegar
Blot-not rub- as much of the wine off the carpet as much as possible. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid hand dish-washing detergent, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Sponge the stain using a white cloth and the mixture, blotting frequently with a dry cloth. Once the stain is gone, sponge the area with cold water and then blot dry.
The problem- New artwork on your couch
The solution- Dish-washing detergent, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol
To remove felt-tip marker stains from your couch, mix 1 tablespoon of liquid hand dish-washing detergent, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of cool water. Sponge the stain with the mixture on a white cloth. Let it sit for 30 minutes, continuing to blot every 5 minutes with more solution. Flush with cool water and blot the area dry. Use rubbing alcohol to sponge stain then blot dry. Sponge it once more with cool water and blot dry for the final time.
The problem- Grease stains
The solution- Baby powder, cornstarch or baking soda
Blot the stain with a paper towel to remove as much of the oil or grease as you can. Make sure not to rub it in further. Put baby powder on the area to draw out the oil or grease. Brush off powder after a few minutes.
The problem- Dog urine
The solution- Dish soap and warm water
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water. Pour the mixture directly onto the stain. Blot the stained area dry with a paper towel. Repeat process if needed.
The problem- Blood stains
The solution- White foam shaving cream
Simply dampen the stained area with some warm water and the spray the stain with enough white foam shaving cream to cover the stain. Allow the shaving cream to sit for a few minutes. Then rub the shaving cream in with a sponge or brush and allow it so sit for another few minutes. Wipe away any remaining shaving cream with cool water using a rag or sponge. When the area is dry vacuuming should remove any dried up shaving cream.
It is important to keep your home and workplace clean and sanitized in order to promote a healthy and safe space. Cleanliness is especially important now more than other with COVID-19 going around, but some of us just don't have the time with our busy lives from work, to being a parent, to your kids after school activities. Today I'm going to help you start cleaning smarter and not harder.
First start by making a plan- Create a personalized cleaning schedule that fits you and your family's needs. Cleaning one room or doing one chore at a time is much easier for those people that despise cleaning the house.
Always start from the top and clean down- Starting at the top allows for any dust particles to fall to the ground eliminating unnecessary redundant work.
Give everything a place- Being organized and having a place for everything reduces your time looking for items all over your house and creating a mess trying to find that item. If you can't find a place for that item, maybe it's time to donate it or put it in a box for a yard sale.
Use everyday household items to clean your home- Using everyday household items like lemons, baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide can save you money and in the process you're helping out the environment by not using harsh chemicals to clean your home.
Invest in a vacuum mop combo cleaning cool- Investing in a vacuum mop like the Bissell Crosswave to cut your time in half when cleaning your homes floors.
Cleaning stuck on food in your microwave- Place a microwavable dish with water in the microwave for one minute. This process allows the heat and water vapor to loosen up food particles easily.
Cleaning your shower head- Place a plastic bag filled with distilled white vinegar around your shower head, secure it with a rubber band. Wait one to two hours, then remove the bag and flush the shower head with warm water for a few minutes.
Cleaning a burnt pot or pan- First start by rinsing your pot or pan off with hot water, then sprinkle some baking soda over the burnt pot or pan. Add a little bit of water and start scrubbing with a ball of tin foil. Rinse off your dish with warm water. Repeat process if necessary.
Getting off soap scum easily- Mr. Clean magic erasers are a cleaners best friend. From hard to get off soap scum to built up food on your kitchen cabinets the magic eraser will remove it easily with minimal scrubbing.
Hiring a professional cleaning service- Maybe hiring a professional house cleaning service is what you need. If so contact Personal Touch Cleaning Co. for your cleaning needs today!!!
Keeping toilet bowl and tank clean- Put white distilled vinegar inside your toilet tank and toilet bowl and let it set for 30 mins, than flush your toilet.
Keeping your coffee making clean- Put a couple denture tablets where the water goes and run a couple cycles in your machine, this will clear out any gunk that could be forming inside your coffee maker.
Sanitizing your coffee maker- Once a month, fill your coffee maker's reservoir with four tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and then run it once more with only water to get rid of any lingering smells from the vinegar.
Keeping your blender clean- Pour some warm water, baking soda and dish soap in your blender, and blend it for a few seconds. When you're done, give it a quick rinse with warm water.
Using Vodka to clean mildew- Fill a spray bottle with a 50-50 mixture of Vodka and water, spray it on the affected areas, and leave it on for around 10 minutes. Wipe away or rinse away with warm water.
Soap scum and water spots on glass shower doors- Cut a lemon in half, dip one half in salt and scrub away! The abrasives of the salt and the acidity of the lemon eats away the soap scum and mineral build up.
Get rid of upholstery stains with shaving cream- Rub a little shaving cream (not gel) into the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then blot to dry. Try this on a small spot of your furniture to make sure it doesn't affect your furniture's color.
Freshen up your mattress- Start my vacuuming, after that sprinkle some baking soda on your mattress. Let it set for a few hours to soak up any odors, then vacuum again. This is recommended once a month.
Removing carpet stains- Mix up a 1:3 ratio of water and vinegar, spray affected area, place a wet cloth then steam it with your iron for 30 seconds.
Establish a cleaning pattern- Start by cleaning your bathroom first, the bathroom usually takes the longest to clean, then go onto your next room and so on. Every time you clean your house stick to this cleaning pattern.
As parents we are supposed to instill responsibility, good morals, values and habits, life skills and more. Introducing household chores to kids at an early age is a great way to teach your kids responsibility and more. Here are some of the benefits when your kids have household chores regularly.
Are you tired arguing with your family members for help with cleaning the house? Here are some simple ways to get your family involved.
Did you know that two out of every three households own a pet in the U.S? That's a staggering 393.3 million pets in the U.S. And with all those pets in the U.S I'm sure there are some of you dealing with trying to remove pet stains from your carpets without breaking the bank. Today we will give you some tips for removing pet stains from your carpets.
There are many ways to remove pet stains from your carpet and they all seem to use the same products just different way of applying the solution. Here are those ways:
Decluttering your home or workspace can be a daunting task that you either don't want to accomplish or something you don't have time for. There are so many benefits to gain from decluttering your home or workspace, so it's all worth it for the end results!
Did you know that your kitchen sink has 100,000 times more germs than your bathroom toilet? So it's important to know how to properly clean and sanitize your kitchen sink and get rid of any foul smelling odors your kitchen drain produces.
First you need to scrub and clean your kitchen sink, use hot soapy water with a clean sponge. Rinse out the sink with warm water. Next you will need to sanitize your sink. Once again instead of using harsh chemicals like bleach we will be using hydrogen peroxide. Put some hydrogen peroxide and water into a spray bottle, spray down your kitchen sink, let it stand for at least 5 minutes before wiping away clean with a clean paper towel.
To get rid of foul smelling odors from your kitchen sink you will need to pour hot water down the drain for a few minutes. The hot water will loosen up soap scum and any other foul smelling debris in the drain. Add 1/2 cup of coarse salt to the drain, The salt acts as an abrasive on debris clinging to the side of the drain. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Next you will pour 2 cups of white vinegar or lemon juice down the drain. Both vinegar and lemon juice will react to the baking soda right away. Cover the drain with it's stopper or place a towel over the drain to force the bubbling mixture down the pipe. Wait at least 10 minutes for the cleaner to take effect, than flush the drain with more hot water. Repeat these steps if you can still smell foul odors.
Kitchen germs are also present on trash cans, doorknobs, faucets, stove handles and fridge handles. You should be cleaning and sanitizing these kitchen items daily for a healthy kitchen space.
The fridge is a place to keep your food fresh for you and your family. So the one place that should be cleaned on a regular basis is the inside of your fridge. Here's the proper way to clean the inside of your fridge.
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