How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

It’s laundry day and it’s time to wash and fold the bedding.  Pillow cases and flat sheet – no problem!  Then comes the dreaded fitted sheet.  You make 1 or 2 attempts and then roll it up and shove it into the linen closet.  Not anymore, here is a step by step guide on how to fold a fitted sheet courtesy of the Martha show.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet ⎢Martha Stewart

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How To Clean Before The Housekeeper Comes

The old trope of “cleaning up for the cleaning lady” isn’t entirely silly: While you should leave the real cleaning for the person you’ve hired to clean, you should also tidy up—and maybe even do a few spot-checks. If it’s your cleaner’s first time in your home, you should also have some instructions prepared. It’ll make both of you much happier.

First, clear out your clutter. If you hired someone to clean your home, and not to organize it, then you owe them a fairly well-organized home to clean. Otherwise, tell them which areas or piles they can ignore.  Feel free to put all your clutter in one room or on one surface, then tell the cleaner to just ignore that space. It’s a trade-off: The more thoroughly you want your place cleaned, the more you need to prepare (or pay).

Next, clean a little: Anything especially fragile, or at least anything you don’t trust your cleaner to properly handle. Anything that’s easy, like disposable coffee cups sitting out. (That’s just respectful.) And anything that you’ve agreed the cleaner isn’t responsible for. I like to wash the dishes myself, so I take care of them before the cleaner arrives. The cleaner’s visit has become a deadline for a household chore—a feature, not a bug.

If you don’t know where to draw the line between your job and the cleaner’s, write out two lists: one of the cleaning tasks you wish someone would do for you, and one of the tasks you like to do yourself. You can show that to your cleaner, ideally while you’re still discussing their time commitment and their fee.

The first time your cleaner comes to your home, it’s best for you to go through the whole place and talk out the process face to face. Failing that, write out your instructions, and don’t get mad if it takes a few visits to get things right. Working around someone’s home, learning what to change and what not to, is a complex task, and you won’t know how much you care about certain things until your old GQ issues go missing or your makeup shelf is all out of order.

Stuff will get moved around. Dishes might end up in weird places, or towels might get thrown in the laundry before you were ready. It all depends on how much you’re asking of your cleaner, and how much you communicate with them. Don’t be afraid to politely ask your cleaner to change something. (If you’re asking them to spend significantly more time on the job, pay them accordingly.)

Your cleaner might never learn where every little thing belongs. I have a little bird statue in my home, and every time she visits, my house cleaner carefully adjusts it incorrectly, because she thinks it’s a person with a hat. Since I can go months without seeing the cleaner in person, that misplaced tchotchke has been a pleasant reminder that she’s been around. That and the unbelievably well-made bed.

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7 Things you Can Clean with Vodka

While vodka is certainly best known for its use in many cocktails, it also doubles as a household cleanser. Since alcohol naturally kills germs (think rubbing alcohol and the base of hand sanitizer), vodka can leave things sparkly, clean, and new. Use it on a variety of surfaces as your general household cleaner or if you run out of your favorite cleaning solution. It’s so cost-effective and has such an array of uses that you’ll be wondering why you never thought of using it before.

1. Deodorizer

Someone cleaning a couch with a sponge and a spray bottle.

Vodka can be used to create an odor-removing spray for fabrics, carpets, clothes, and linens. In a spray bottle, combine 2 ounces of vodka for every cup of water. To give the spray a light, refreshing smell, add a few drops of essential oil, such as peppermint, orange, or lavender. Spray the solution onto the fabric and let it dry completely.

2. Mildew Smell Remover

Get rid of that musty, mildew smell using vodka. If clothes have been left in the wash too long or you’ve found some old clothes and linens in your basement with that damp smell, add just ½ cup of vodka to that load of laundry. Just as it deodorizes as a spray, vodka also can work with your laundry soap for extra smell-removing power. Give it a try on fabrics with other strong odors, as well—such as pet smells. You’ll be surprised just how powerful vodka can be at removing them.

3. Shine Enhancer

Someone cleaning a stainless steel dishwasher with a green cloth.

Just about any surface can be shined right up with vodka. From stainless steel and chrome to silver and gold, vodka can clean these surfaces and restore some of their original luster. Use it as a jewelry cleaner by applying a small amount to a soft-bristled toothbrush and then scrub the jewelry lightly. You can even leave a piece of jewelry in a small bowl or cup of vodka for a few minutes before scrubbing. Vodka can also be used to wipe steel or chrome surfaces for a streak-free shine. Be sure to always buff jewelry and shiny surfaces with a soft cloth after cleaning.

4. Stain Remover

For tough stains, apply vodka directly, as you would any other stain remover. The alcohol helps to lift stains from clothing—this is a great tip if you’re out on the town. Even really tough stains from makeup, ink, and wine can be removed using vodka and by dabbing at a stain with a cotton cloth instead of rubbing.

5. Glass and Mirror Cleaner

A woman cleaning a mirror with a yellow rag and a spray bottle.

For streak-free windows and mirrors, use pure vodka in a spray bottle and wipe the surface clean with paper towels. Dilute the vodka with a few ounces of water when cleaning hot surfaces or on a hot day, so it doesn’t evaporate too quickly.

6. Goo Remover

Having a hard time removing a label from a new product you’ve brought home or pulling a sticker off a glass surface? Vodka can battle that sticky goo! Rub a small amount of vodka over the sticky surface to remove the goo as well as the label using a cotton cloth or your finger. Add additional vodka to saturate the sticker, if needed. The remainder of it should come off easily.

7. Mildew and Soap Scum Remover

A person cleaning a bathtub with yellow gloves.

That dark stuff in the creases of the caulking in your bathroom and kitchen and the white, flaky residue that builds up on faucets, shower heads, and shower doors are mildew and soap scum. Battle them using vodka! Get rid of both mildew and soap scum by spraying vodka directly onto the affected surface and letting it sit for 10-20 minutes. After the time is up, scrub away mildew and soap scum with a soapy water solution.

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Ditch Dryer Sheets

Disposable dryer sheets contain harmful chemicals and the extra waste isn’t good for the environment.  They are free of chemicals, fragrances and dyes.  Wool dryer balls are a natural alternative from fabric softener.  They help reduce static and drying time by up to 25% and are safe for all fabrics.   Using dryer balls means you will no longer need to purchase liquid fabric softeer or dryer sheets.

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These wool dryer balls are a great way to take green cleaning into your laundry room and further your green lifestyle.  Please let us know how they work for you.

Meet Shasta

Every job has a story and this one in particular has a great ending.  While our crew was mid way thru a normal deep green cleaning, the family pet ran into the room the crew was cleaning and wagged his tail as if he was happy to meet them.  The customer then runs in and apologizes not knowing if the crew was afraid of dogs.  They explain to her that they are dog owners themselves and have no issues with the dog being around then during the cleaning.

The client then explained that Shasta was rescued by her daughter from a puppy farm.  It turns out, her daughter is so passionate about saving dogs from being eaten that she rescued one herself.   We thought it was admirable and she thought get green cleaning was excellent, so everyone was happy.

Outside Spaces

Unfortunately Southern California was greatly affected by multiple fires.   We pray for all of those who lost their homes.

Those of us in neighboring cities had a lot of ash blown our way covering our cars and outside spaces.  If you need help getting your backyard or outdoor kitchen and barbecue area back up to par, give us a ring or send us a email.  We will be happy to accommodate you.

Green Cleaning At Its Best

Have you ever read A DIY recipe, or a post regarding a cleaning tip And wondered if it really works? The cleaning tips and DIY recipes posted here have been tried and tested on the field with our cleaning specialists.

Here Are a few Before & After photos of field work done using our tips and recipes.

As you can see our crews have come across it all. So you can trust that our tips well get your home green and clean

NatureZway Bamboo Perforated Towels

We came across these bamboo perforated towels while cruising the paper products section of our local grocery store.  We  excitedly purchased them in hopes of incorporating them into our green cleaning routine.  Of course, we had to put them to the test first and the results were amazing.

We used them on a few spills and found that they had incredible absorbency. When wringing them out, we noticed that they are also very strong. We tried to tear it but they were so strong that we just could not. We were able to use the same cloth a few times before tossing it into the wash.  The packaging states that they can be washed 100 times, but we haven’t gotten that far yet.

They are made of bamboo, which is a sustainable material, and the lack of waste from not using paper towels is also an environmental benefit.  All in all, We highly recommend NatureZway bamboo towels and you will see them on the field shortly while green cleaning your homes.

Let us know how they work for you and don’t forget to tweet, pin, or share this post.

How To Remove Water Stains From Stainless Steel Dishwashers

A few clients of mine have been asking me about removing water stains from the front of their stainless steel dishwashers.  So I went home and made a concoction with a vinegar base and tried it on my personal dishwasher. The results were amazing and I had everything I needed in my pantry.

Here is a close-up of the project before I got started.

So here is what you’re going to need

  • Baking soda
  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • microfiber cloth
  • spoon

Mix one fourth cup vinegar with a half cup of baking soda. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil and stir all of your ingredients until they form a paste. Once your paste is made, take your microfiber and dip it in your mixture.  Rub it in small circles over your dishwasher.

Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes then dampen your microfiber and wife the surface of your dishwasher.

Notice how the gunk is coming right off? I love how simple this is. Once the dishwasher has been wiped off you can add a few drops of olive oil to a soft cloth and buff it right into the dishwasher surface to give it a great shine.

Here is the end result it may not be perfect but it’s 99.9% better and I’m happy. We have now successfully green cleaned the face of our dishwasher. Please leave your tips below and like, share, or tweet this post!