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House Cleaning After Being Sick

Despite your best efforts to prevent it, colder temperatures mark the season for nasty colds and the flu. No matter how well you quarantine sick family members, germs and viruses can spread through a household like a wildfire. That’s why it’s important to give your home a thorough cleaning after illness strikes. However, you don’t have to resort to chemically based sanitizing sprays, harsh disinfectants and cleaners. There are many green cleaning options that are just as effective at ridding your home of contagions. Here are the spots to focus your cleaning efforts on and the green cleaning options that can get the job done.

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Eco-Friendly Cleaners

Antimicrobial cleaners are used to eliminate or suppress the growth of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses on inanimate objects and surfaces. For a safe a healthy cleaning option, sanitize surfaces throughout your home with a spray bottle filled with distilled white vinegar. If the scent of vinegar isn’t appealing, add several drops of tea tree oil, which is well recognized for it’s antiseptic and disinfecting properties. Lavender, peppermint and lemon essential oils are also known to have antimicrobial properties and are effective at killing germs. Hydrogen peroxide is also a safe, all natural and effective sanitize, especially for use in kitchen and bathrooms.

Wash Bedding

While the patient is sick, wash and replace linens and towels as frequently as possible. Once symptom free, one of the first steps should be to wash all bedding, blankets and pillowcases that the sick individuals came into contact with. This includes any throws on the living room couch or stuffed animals that gave little ones comfort. Wash these items in the hottest water recommended by their tags and place them in the dryer, if permissible, to allow the heat to kill any remaining germs.

Contaminated Surfaces

Some surfaces in the home spread germs more easily than others because people touch them more often. Items such as doorknobs, light switches, remote controls and drawer handles can harbor germs. To help prevent the spread of germs, wipe these areas down using eco-friendly cleaners and a microfiber cloth. Similarly, sanitize your children’s toys with a vinegar-water solution, especially that they had contact with while ill. Don’t forget other commonly touched locations, like table lamp switches, cell phones, computer keyboards, refrigerator handles and buttons on microwave.

Lastly, since germs can get everywhere when you have a sick patient, wash hands frequently. No matter which type of soap is used, experts recommend washing hands for at least twenty seconds or comparable to singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

Bathroom Hygiene

Bathrooms are often germ infested. Accordingly, it is that much more important to clean bathroom surfaces daily when someone in the house is sick. Wipe down all counters and sinks with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar and water solution. Once a week, to thoroughly clean tubs and showers, add a little baking soda to the hydrogen peroxide to create a mildly abrasive scrub. Towels can also harbor bacteria. In addition to laundering frequently, family members should have their own dedicated towel and washcloth.

Trash Cans

It is crucial to line garbage cans with a plastic bag in order to contain the mess and make for easy disposal. Make it a point to frequently take out the trash while family members are sick. Before inserting a new trash bag, disinfect the inside and outside of the can by wiping it down with your choice of non-toxic cleaner, such as a vinegar and water solution or hydrogen peroxide.

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Holiday Messes Got You Down? Get Your Joy Back With These Tips!

Even though most of us love the holiday season and treasure the company of friends and family during this time, it can be so hectic that keeping our homes clean and welcoming becomes a huge problem. If you have concerns about how to handle the holiday messes this season, here are some tips to help you gain control and keep it!

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Start and End With a Clean Slate

Most families are busy all year round. Work, school, errands and all the other activities that make up our daily lives make it hard to keep up at home. Unfortunately, this problem is doubly worse during the weeks from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Combatting this issue successfully requires taking actions that will save time and help you cope all through the season. A great strategy is to consider starting and ending each holiday season by using a professional cleaning service like Mopfrog to get you on back on track before the season and to help you regain control afterward. Their eco-friendly cleaning techniques will leave your home sparkling clean and smelling wonderfully fresh without using any harsh chemicals or perfumed deodorizers.

Take Five: Daily Coping Strategies That Work

Even when starting with a clean, fresh home, some daily attention is a must. Enlist the help of family members and assign everyone a five-minute daily task. By working together for just five minutes, your home can look and feel cleaner and more welcoming to your guests.

  • Making a good first impression for your guests starts with the entrance. Take a few minutes each morning to straighten the entry area of your home. Hang up coats and backpacks and put away boots, scarves and mittens. For convenience, place a spray bottle of vinegar and water solution, as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth in the coat closet for wiping fingerprints off doors, doorknobs and glass and for cleaning up melting snow from boots and shoes.
  • People often tend to gather around the kitchen, especially when hosting holiday parties. To give the entire kitchen a clean appearance, never let dishes pile up in the sink. After each meal, load the dishwasher and wipe up spills on counters and tables. Spritz appliances with a vinegar and water solution and wipe with a soft, absorbent cloth, to remove smudges and .
  • Each morning, have every family member make their bed, straighten the room and deposit dirty laundry in their hamper or laundry room.
  • Take five minutes to walk through living areas with a laundry basket to collect toys, shoes and other items that need to be put away and then place the basket in the laundry room or a closet where all family members can go to retrieve their items each day.

A lot can be accomplished in a very short time when everyone contributes to the process, and surprisingly, it is a fun way for families to learn to enjoy working together.

Quick Fixes For Common Issues

Knowing what to do can keep common holiday problems from ruining your get-together. Here are some tips to remember.

  • Wine stains can ruin carpet and red wine is the worst offender. When spills occur, resist the urge to rub them and instead blot the excess and apply table salt to the spill. The salt will help keep the stain from setting and allow it to be more easily removed later.
  • Deal with burned on foods by soaking the pan or dish in hot water and vinegar. After soaking, use baking soda as a safe and effective cleanser to more easily finish the job.
  • Kitchen drains get a lot of use during the holiday season, keep them smelling sweet and fresh by adding a cup of baking soda and a cup of heated vinegar to each drain. Carefully pour the vinegar and allow it to fizz before flushing with water. This will not only help your kitchen smell fresh and clean, this will also help keep grease from building up and clogging your drains.
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Green Cleaning Tips for Granite and Quartz Counter Tops

When you begin making an effort to use more environmentally friendly and “green” cleaning methods in your home, there are still a number of important things that you need to keep in mind. Not only are green techniques safer for the environment and ultimately easier on your wallet, they can also be just as useful as traditional methods. The thing that you have to take into consideration, however, has to do with exactly what it is that you’re cleaning. If you’ve got granite counter tops in your kitchen or bathroom, for example, you can’t just use any old cleaning product. Using the wrong product at best will not get your counter tops as clean as they need to be and, at worst, could severely and irreparably damage them.

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Due to its antimicrobial properties, one of the best options to use for cleaning granite and quartz counter tops, especially food preparation areas, is a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide. This is the same type of hydrogen peroxide that you can buy at any grocery store or drug store for commonly disinfecting wounds. Spritz the counters and let sit for a few moments in order to help sanitize the surfaces, as well as loosen up dirt and grime. Use use a clean, dry cloth to wipe up the hydrogen peroxide and get those counters looking as good as new again.

Another great green cleaning method that you can use to clean your granite or quartz counter tops is vinegar. For general cleaning purposes, white vinegar is the way to go. If this staple item isn’t already in your pantry or kitchen cupboard, you can easily purchase a bottle or jug on your next shopping trip the grocery store.

Finally, baking soda is a great way to naturally cut through grease, stuck on food or harder stains that may be on your counter tops that other green cleaning methods are not abrasive enough to overcome. In combination with the vinegar, use a microfiber cloth to eliminate the gunk and leave your granite or quartz counter tops sparkling.

If you already clean with these natural ingredients, but want to give your arms a rest, hire an eco-friendly cleaning company to professionally rid your home of dust and dirt without the use of harmful toxins. 

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