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Cleaning the natural way

Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cleaning the natural way

Keeping your house, flat or office clean needn’t involve dozens of chemical cleaners. Indeed, these can sometimes cause more harm than good by releasing chemicals into the air that can cause pollution or exacerbate health conditions, such as asthma. They can also cause damage to more delicate surfaces and materials.

Most of us have plenty of everyday items in our larders that can easily replace specialist cleaning chemicals. They are readily available, cheap and, best of all, completely natural. Here are eight natural domestic cleaning suggestions, courtesy of Cheap Cleaning Services:

1. Think outside the box when hunting for house cleaning products. For example, you can use tomato ketchup to clean copper, or the inside of banana skin to polish leather shoes. Half an onion will help remove rust on old metal objects.

2. Don’t neglect hard-to-reach places. Use small items, such as cotton buds, toothpicks and toothbrushes, such as fridge seals, key holes or air vents. A few minutes’ painstaking work will make all the difference to the finished cleaning job.

3. Clear lime scale from a shower head by placing it in a bowl of hot white vinegar. Ensure the head is totally immersed, then leave for an hour. Rinse under hot water and buff with a duster.

4. Another lime scale tip – for the kettle. Pour half a cup of neat lemon juice into the kettle, then add two cups of cold water. Bring to the boil, then pour the lemon/water away. Refill with cold water, boil, then rinse until you have removed the residue.

5. Keep nasty smells away from the kitchen bin or laundry basket by placing a couple of paper towels in the bottom that have been generously sprinkled with tea tree oil.

6. Place tarnished silverware in a bowl lined with silver foil (shiny side up). Then add hot water and some soda crystals, swirling them round to cover the cutlery. Then, rinse the cutlery under a warm tap and buff with a clean tea towel.

7. Sprinkle salt on your chopping board after you have wiped it clean, to avoid the build up of bacteria on the damp surface.

8. Use a mixture of 25% white vinegar and 75% warm water to wash your windows. Polish them afterwards with a piece of scrunched up newspaper. If there are any streaks left, use a dry cloth to finish the window cleaning job?

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Bathroom cleaning hints

The bathroom is probably the most used room in the house. We all need to keep clean and we often decamp to the bathroom for a relaxing soak when we are worried, tired or unwell. Cheap Cleaning Services knows that a clean bathroom is essential for the smooth running of a household. Here are a few top tips:

1. Create a bathroom cleaning service daily routine. Use a cleaning spray straight after your shower to minimise the need for longer cleaning. Or keep a squeegee in the bathroom to wipe drips and condensation from tiles and glass shower doors.

2. Baby oil can help shift tougher soap scum stains on mirrors and glass. Coating your mirror with shaving foam, then wiping it gently off will also help repel scum stains or condensation for a couple of weeks.

3. Create a lovely smell the moment you step inside the bathroom by wiping a cool light bulb with a tiny drop of your favourite essential oil. The heat generated when the light bulb is switched on will disseminate the smell around the room.

4. Clean shower curtains by laying them in the bath and covering them with warm water and washing powder. Take off your shoes and stomp up and down on the curtains until they are clean. Good for relieving cleaning tensions too!

5. Use an old toothbrush to clean tile grouting, taps fittings and other small crevices in the bathroom. Make sure you know which is your old one and which is the one you are currently using though.

6. Run used tumble dryer sheets across your bathroom floor. The sheets will pick up any larger pieces of dust, long hairs etc, saving you the job of having to vacuum the floor too often.

7. Place two denture cleaning tablets in your toilet bowl and leave overnight. In the morning, give the bowl a good scrub for a gleaming toilet cleaning result.

8. Multitask. Use your time in the bathroom to clean – pr prepare. If you are supervising a child in the bath, you can fold towels, sort laundry and wipe mirrors, all while watching your child splash about.

9. Bathroom towels that have stopped absorbing water properly can be restored by placing half a cup in the rinse cycle of the washing machine. This cuts through any soap or fabric conditioner residue that might have built up over multiple washes.

10. Have a clear out of your bathroom cabinet from time to time. Check use by dates on medicines and make up and clean the gunk from the tops of shampoo and conditioner bottles. Wipe water marks from the shelves and throw away anything that has become too grimy.

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Kitchen cleaning clues

The kitchen is often the centre of the home. It is where food is prepared, dishes washed and confidences shared. So it must be warm, clean and – above all – hygienic enough to prepare food that is fit for us and our guests to eat. Here are ten suggestions from Cheap Cleaning Services to help keep a clean kitchen:

1. Clean a microwave by putting several wet paper towels and half a (non metal) cup of fresh lemon juice inside. Run it on high for around three minutes. The steam will loosen the stuck on food, ready to be wiped away, and the lemon juice will add a pleasant fragrance.

2. Deodorise a fridge by sprinkling equal parts salt and baking soda onto a damp sponge and using this to clean. Keep half a fresh lemon in the fridge to chase away any overpowering smells between cleans.

3. Rejuvenate wooden chopping boards, bowls and utensils that are starting to look dry and cracked by rubbing them generously with olive oil. Repeat this a few times to see the shine return.

4. Keep splashbacks, wall and floor tiles clean with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Wipe on liberally, then clean off with a sponge or mop. Or use vinegar to bring a shine to a wood floor.

5. To remove greasy stains, such as cooking oil, crayons or pesto from a painted wall, dab at them with a little dishwasher detergent mixed with warm water. Do not scrub too hard or you will remove the paint.

6. Remove (or reduce the visual impact of) scratches in stainless steel by gently running steel wool along the offending area, in line with the grain of the stainless steel. Then spray with a specialist stainless steel cleaner and polish.

7. Disinfect a waste disposal unit by grinding ice cubes made with half water, half white vinegar.

8. Clean a dirty food blender by adding some warm water and soap, then switching the blender on to let the water swirl about inside. rinse, then repeat with water until the blender is clean.

9. Clean coffee stains from cups by rubbing them with salt and rinsing off. For coffee pots, ceramic jars and other items that are narrow or hard to reach the bottom, use an alka seltzer tablet with some warm water instead.

10. Minimise nasty surprises in the washing up by putting dirty pans to soak in warm water as soon as you have finished with them – before you even sit down to eat what you have prepared. It only takes half a minute to do.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

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Cleaning in the bedroom

The bedroom is often a person’s favourite room. Somewhere they can relax and unwind after a busy day. So it stands to reason that having a clean, neat and tidy bedroom should be a top priority when it comes to domestic cleaning. Here are ten top bedroom cleaning hints form Cheap Cleaning Services.

1. Extend the life of your mattress by flipping it over four times a year and giving it a good vacuum. Leave the covers off from time to time to air it too, and invest in a mattress protector.

2. Don’t forget to wash your duvet and pillows from time to time. Make sure they have plenty of room in the washing machine and tumble dryer, due to their awkward shape and plump them vigorously once they are dry to make sure the filling smoothes out.

3. Stop drawers and wardrobe shelves from smelling musty by placing a small pot containing bicarbonate of soda. Replace when the content start to clump together, or you notice smells returning.

4. Dust on and behind furniture and light fittings regularly to stop allergens and bacteria building up that could disturb your sleep.

5. Wash carpets and rugs regularly too – vacuuming alone will not remove the dirt, and a good clean will rejuvenate the appearance of the carpet, making the whole room look brighter.

6. Keep fresh flowers in your bedroom for an instant boost. You could find blooms that match your colour themes, or opt for seasonal highlights. Just make sure you are not allergic to the pollen.

7. Keep a laundry basket in your bedroom and always put dirty clothes in as soon as you take them off. Put clean clothes away immediately too, to keep the room looking tidy. Keep shoes and outdoor coats out of the bedroom.

8. Use a hairdryer to remove dust from lampshades, net curtains and curtain tops.

9. Don’t forget to clean the tops of doors and cupboards, skirting boards, window frames and sills. Use a cloth wrung out in warm water mixed with disinfectant.

10. Get organised. Sort out your clothes drawers, make up, jewellery and hair accessories so that you can find what you need quickly in the morning – and are able to dust around everything in the meantime.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

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Children and cleaning at home

Children are a wonderful addition to any household. Yet they can also quite often be a chaotic one. Especially when their friends come over, your precious home can start to look like a tornado has hit. Yet Cheap Cleaning Services believes that they can help keep their surroundings tidy from an early age.

After all, breeding good habits is important for when they are older and have their own homes to look after.

1. Make the cleaning fun. Children love competitions, so ask them to see who can clean a window quickest, or pick up the most toys in a certain length of time. Or dress up like maids and pretend you are cleaning up after ‘the messy children who live in the house’.

2. Get them their own cleaning equipment – you can buy toy dustpans and brushes, buckets and mops from most good toyshops.

3. Put some music on and dance with your children as you clean. See who can make up the funniest dance routine, which includes cleaning something in the house.

4. Children from the age of two can take on simple tasks, such as dusting, putting away laundry, emptying the dishwasher and mopping up spills. They will love to be given such responsibility.

5. Give your slightly older child full ownership of certain tasks, such as keeping their room tidy, cleaning the bathroom or sorting the laundry. You could award them pocket money or add stars to a reward chart on completion of their allocated jobs.

6. Teach your children about recycling by setting a good example. Show them how to sort and separate rubbish and take them to the recycling centre to show them what happens to the rubbish once it leaves your home.

7. Show the children how to clean the bath after they have finished with it,. Wipe the sides and taps and put any sopping wet or dirty towels straight into the laundry bin. Put caps back on bottles and tubes and put them back where they belong in the cupboard or on the shelf.

8. Motivate reluctant boys by referring to cleaning as a special mission that only they can win. Set a timer and tell them they must have finished the job by the time to buzzer rings in order to save the world.

9. Keep up the praise and encouragement, and don’t let them get too tired or bored, or they will be put off helping another day. Make sure you factor in time to have fun in amidst the chores.

10. Finally, be realistic about what they will be able to achieve. You might have to lower expectations, or redo one or two jobs once they are in bed.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

If your story gets liked by our online readers and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter account, we may reward you by sending a cute gift!

A tidy mind, office cleaning

It is said that a tidy desk makes for a tidy mind. Common sense tells us that it is much easier to work in a clean, neat and orderly environment, so the office should never be neglected during the cleaning routines of daily life. Here are some ideas for keeping an office space spick and span.

1. Get organised. Investing some time and money in a decent organisational system will save time and frustration in the longer term. Colour co-ordinated folders, stationery pots and drawer dividers will help keep everything exactly where you want it.

2. Equipment such as the phone, keyboard and mouse get handled frequently, and so are magnets for bacteria and germs. Disinfect these items regularly with wipes or a spray.

3. Throw out the old – don’t hang onto things for sentimental reason, they will just clog up your working space. Any pens that don’t work, jammed staplers or torn folders should be replaced immediately.

4. Make sure communal areas such as kitchens and bathrooms are kept hygienic and clean. Provide plenty of bins to dispose of rubbish and encourage staff to leave the areas as they would like to find them.

5. Try redecorating on a budget. A tin of paint or some modular furniture won’t cost the earth and will make a huge difference to the look of your office.

6. Make sure the windows are cleaned regularly, to let in as much light as possible and provide workers with a decent outlook. A white vinegar and water mix, wiped with some scrunched up newspaper makes a good ecological window cleaning solution.

7. Avoid eating at your desk. Not only will crumbs get inside your keyboard, but you ruin the risk of spilling hot drinks and other foodstuffs. Go out at lunchtime for some fresh air instead.

8. Offices plants can often become neglected in the course of a busy week. As well as giving them plenty of water and light, it is a good idea to gently dust larger leaves from time to time using the inside of a banana skin to add shine.

9. If you have builders in, or hold a party in the office, it is worth investing in a one-off deep clean by a professional office cleaning company such as Cheap Cleaning Services. It will save a lot of time and effort.

10. Spring clean your technology too. Clear your phone of voice mail messages, tidy up your email in-box and sort out the contents of your computer’s desktop.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

If your story gets liked by our online readers and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter account, we may reward you by sending a cute gift!

Ironing out the laundry routine

Ironing.So often the bane of domestic life. Yet once the job is done, the results look amazing and provide real satisfaction. Whether you wash by hand or use a machine, the different textiles used in making clothes and linen must all be treated differently – check out the labels for washing, drying and ironing instructions – and then follow them to the letter.

Can Cheap Cleaning Services inspire you to get through that dreaded laundry pile? Here are some top tips and ideas.

1. Add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda or cream of tartar to your washing machine’s powder dispenser to produce brighter whites. Or add half a cup of lemon juice.

2. Buy a small meshed bag with a zip to keep smaller items, such as socks and tights together in the wash. This also helps prevent damage to underwired bras.

3. Sorting the laundry in advance by colours and washing instructions will save a lot of heartache afterwards and will avoid favourite items of clothing or bed linen shrinking or becoming discoloured.

4. Opt for a cooler temperature water for bright colours and lightly soiled fabrics to reduce the risk of shrinkage and to save energy by using less hot water.

5. Put larger items of laundry on hangers to dry, rather than using pegs. This will prevent peg marks and free up space on the dryer.

6. If you use a tumble dryer, putting a large, dry towel in with the wet washing will help everything dry faster. Never overload a tumble dryer.

7. Iron clothes while they are still damp. If items have become too dry to iron properly, pop them in the tumble dryer with a damp tea towel to loosen the fibres.

8. To prevent dark fabrics becoming shiny, turn them inside out before ironing. Help reflect the heat and speed up the ironing process by laying aluminium foil under the ironing board cover.

9. If your ironing board does not have a sleeve board attachment, use a rolled up towel inside sleeves to prevent creases.

10. Get rid of hard water deposits inside your steam iron by adding a white vinegar and water mix to it and leaving it switched on for a few minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

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After party cleaning

Holding a party at home can be enormous fun. All the preparations, cooking and cleaning is worth it as your guests have a wonderful time basking in your generous hospitality. But what about when it is all over. When the empty glasses and bottles are strewn around the house, the spillages are all over the carpet and the tables covered in dirty plates and dishes? Time to roll up the sleeves and get cleaning, says Cheap Cleaning Services. So, where to start?

1. A little pre-party planning might help minimise the post-event cleaning carnage. Before your guests arrive, put anything away you don’t want to get broken and close doors to the rooms you don’t want visitors to enter. Put any hostess gifts you might receive carefully away as you receive them as well, to stop them getting damaged.

2. Tempting as it might be to go to bed after the party and forget about the mess, it is well worth tackling at least the worst of it straight away – before the hangover kicks in. A sweep of the house with a bin bag will get rid of a lot of the visual chaos.

3. Don’t be precious about your cutlery and crockery. Keep your best china in the cupboard and opt for plastic versions. these will be easy to use, can’t get broken and can simply be binned at the end.

4. Sort out any leftover food that you want to keep straight away too. Wrap with cling film or transfer to suitable storage containers and store it in the fridge.

5. The next day, open the windows first to disperse any smells from the party and to get some air circulating. this will immediately make the house feel fresher.

6. If you did not use plastic glasses, gather and wash these early on to prevent them smashing in the general clear up operation.

7. Check the carpets and floors for stains and treat these quickly and appropriately. Wipe any hard floors with a mop and vacuum up the crumbs. Again, this simple task will make a huge difference to the feel of the post-party room. Don’t forget to move the furniture – and vacuum the sofas and chairs too.

8. Bathrooms often come off worse after parties. Give the toilet and sink a good scrub. Pour some bleach into the toilet bowl and leave it while you tackle the rest of the house. This will disinfect it properly, so you can give it a final clean at the end.

9. Check everywhere for stains, spills and party detritus, including unexpected areas, such as walls, halls and even the children’s bedrooms.

10. If it is all too much to tackle, there is no shame whatsoever in calling in professional help, such as Cheap Cleaning Services. Our dedicated cleaners will have your house back to normal in no time at all!

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

If your story gets liked by our online readers and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter account, we may reward you by sending a cute gift!

How to clean a flat in five minutes

In an ideal world, we would have plenty of time to clean, tidy and generally turn our houses and flats into show homes fit for the pages of a glossy magazine. Yet that is not how it normally works in the real world. Sometimes, we have very little notice to transform a room from a mess to a masterpiece. So Cheap Cleaning Services has come up with ten ways you can perform a five-minute clean to give the impression of a tidy home, ready to welcome any guest.

1. Clear the clutter. Toys on the floor, clothes draped over chairs, newspapers on the table… If you can clear everything away – even if it means throwing them in a basket or cupboard temporarily – the room will immediately look clearer.

2. Getting the vacuum cleaner out and going over any clear floor space is another quick fix that will remove any small bits and freshen up the carpets ahead of visitors arriving.

3. Make the living room sparkle with a quick sweep of the duster. Plump up the cushions too to make the room feel loved. Give the TV screen a wipe and tidy up the DVD boxes and remote controls.

4. Freshen up the bathroom with a quick swipe of the fittings with a disinfectant wipe. Shove some bleach down the toilet, pop a new toilet roll on, straighten the towels and clean smudges off the mirror with a damp paper towel.

5. If you have a dishwasher, pop dirty crockery and glasses inside before your guests arrive. If not, pile them in the oven temporarily. Give your kitchen surfaces and taps a quick wipe, put any food packets away and sweep the floor.

6. In the bedrooms, make the bed as soon as you wake up so it always looks presentable from the off. Open the curtains. Keep a laundry basket in there for discarded clothes. Plump cushions and give surfaces a quick dust.

7. Encourage the children to keep their things tidy by providing large, sturdy and fun storage. Stacking boxes or drawers can be very useful to quickly hide away their treasures when the house needs to look at its best.

8. Open the windows in nice weather for instant freshness. Or use room scents, such as candles, diffusers, sprays and essential oil. If you have time, get the coffee percolator on the go.

9. Put the radio or a favourite CD on and challenge yourself to sort out one room per song. The time restraint will motivate you to work harder and faster!

10. If you still have time after all that, empty the bins. There’s nothing worse than seeing overflowing rubbish in someone else’s house.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

If your story gets liked by our online readers and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter account, we may reward you by sending a cute gift!

Forgotten cleaning chores in the home

However assiduous we are at keeping our home lovely and clean, there are always places where dust and grime gather that we either forget to check, or find hard to access. However, these awkward spots still need our attention from time to time. Cheap Cleaning Services is turning the spotlight on them in a bid to help create a thorough domestic cleaning routine.

1. Around the fridge – dust gathers underneath, while the top gets greasy from prolonged exposure to cooking in the kitchen. Plus, the door seals attract crumbs and the shelves themselves need regular wiping. Lots to do for this cool customer!

2. Underneath the washing machine and tumble dryer – this is another popular haunt for dust and bits of lint from the clothing being washed and dried. Get someone to help move the machine and then sweep and mop underneath it.

3. Skirting boards and picture rails – out of sight, out of mind applies for these areas, yet a quick dust and wipe will make all the difference.

4. Dishwasher – this hard-working machine keeps out dishes clean, but what about its own interior? To maintain top results, run the dishwasher on empty once in a while, save for a commercial cleaning product or cup full of vinegar or lemon juice to cut through the residual grease from all the plates, cutlery and cups.

5. Lamps, shades and ceiling fans – these can often be ignored. Dust and wipe them from time to time – and don’t forget to wipe around the light switches too.

6. Inside the vacuum cleaner – empty your vacuum cleaner regularly to keep it in tip top condition. Don’t forget to clean it occasionally too to dislodge any stubborn bits of dust and to keep it looking and smelling nice.

7. Cupboards and shelves – don’t just wipe the outside doors. Periodically clear the contents and wipe down the insides of cupboards and shelves to remove spills, sticky patches and mildew.

8. Computers – these expensive items gather a lot of dust due to the static electricity generated. Carefully vacuum around, behind and underneath them to keep them dust free. Don’t forget to regularly wipe the keyboard, screen and mouse too.

9. Storage – check on items placed in storage, either in the attic, in blanket boxes or in the garage. Look for signs of moths, damp, mould or damage. You can get advice online about how to correctly store different materials.

10. Dustbins – these are normally kept outside, and so d not enter the radar when it comes to cleaning inside the home. Yet they can get very messy and smelly if neglected. Once they are clean, invest in large bin bags to keep them clean.

Can you write better?

We welcome our readers to write for us, be it cleaning tips, hints, strategies and even how-to useful articles for residential and commercial cleaning, so if you think you can write better for your fellow readers you are more than welcome to give us a call on 0800 689 8989 or send us an email at hi@cheapcleaningservices.com

If your story gets liked by our online readers and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter account, we may reward you by sending a cute gift!

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