Everyone knows that spilling red wine on anything can be a real headache! The same goes with blood stains on fabric - it's almost impossible to remove the stains. Until now! This little handy little tip will remove red wine or blood from fabric and it's cheap, simple and easy! Simply mix a little hydrogen peroxide and dish washing liquid together and apply to the affected area. The oxygenation of the hydrogen peroxide lifts the stain from the area while the detergent has the cleaning power. For stubborn stains, blot up and repeat until the stains are gone. Thanks to one of our readers Christopher Fucci for this handy tip!
Pet Urine is the WORST! Once a pet has urinated on your wood floor or on bedding it can be a real headache and a very stinky problem. The most important thing you want to remember about pet urine is that you should never use ammonia to clean pet urine. Bleach is the best cleaner. However, it is not always possible to use bleach on certain surfaces such as wood floors. So here we will talk about different alternatives for cleaning pet urine from various surfaces.
If a pet has urinated in your bed, remove all bedding and run through the washing machine using a detergent and color-safe bleach. For the mattress, prepare a bucket of hot water with a small amount of laundry detergent and color-safe bleach and a large hand towel. Use the hand towel as a rag to wet and scrub the mattress with the detergent and bleach solution, this will remove pet urine and smells instantly. Don't be afraid to really wet the mattress and scrub the affected area. Take a dry towel and blot the mattress rigorously to soak up excess water. Apply a fan to the mattress to dry. Once the mattress has dried, Lysol Anti-Bacterial Spray will give the mattress a fresh clean scent and disinfect the mattress.
If a pet has urinated on a wood floor you may not want to use bleach to clean it up. We have found that this product Clorox Pet Urine Remover has worked very well for us when cleaning tough stains and odors from pets on wood flooring. There are many products out there but we have not found that any work as good as the Clorox Pet Urine Remover. In extreme cases where regular cleaning does not work, floors may be re-sanded and treated to remove the stains and smells.
Overall pet urine can be cleaned efficiently with bleach and hot soapy water.
Sometimes our pets have accidents, please remember not to blow your top when you have found that your pet has had an accident. It's abusive to hit or yell at your pet for having an accident. Remember to love your pet and make corrections to behavior the right way because your pet depends on only you for everything, You are his/her life!
We hope you have found this information useful. We hope you check back regularly to read up on our house cleaning tips.
Sometimes we take for granted which is common knowledge for most people when it comes to house cleaning. However, when it comes to do-it-yourself cleaning, there are some definite rules to follow to avoid household hazards. The most important point we can make to you our readers is that you should never ever mix bleach with ammonia. Mixing bleach with ammonia generates a toxic chloramine vapor which is very harmful. Remember when using bleach, do not use ammonia and vice versa. Ever!
Drains tend to slow up when they are used a lot. They can get gunked up with hair and soap residue, so before you go out and buy drain cleaners, try this do-it-yourself trick. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain and then chase it with a half cup of vinegar. Cover the drain to prevent fumes from being released into the air. Wait for approximately 5-10 and then flush with hot water. If the clog is tough to remove you may have to repeat the above process 1 or 2 more times.
Nobody really likes to clean their own home, that's why they call us! But, sometimes you just need to keep up your space in between cleanings. This is the best way to keep your place neat without spending too much time worrying about it and too much time doing it! Each day, or every other day, tidy up for 1 hour. This way you will not become overwhelmed and you can keep up day to day. If you don't have a whole hour to spare, then just do 1/2 hour. If you have pets you really should vaccuum every day if you can. Just run the sweeper around because pet hair builds up and releases allergens into the air and nobody wants that. Sometimes the best thing to do is just not to stress about it and make a plan to do just a little bit each day. You will be so surprised at how much cleaner and more comfortable your home will be. If you think it's just too much for you to handle then just ask our experts how you should schedule your cleanings and maybe schedule one extra cleaning a month. Sometimes it's all you need! All the little things you do each day add up so don't stress, tidy as you go.
We know keeping your bedroom tidy can be a challenge when you have lots of clothing and have a tendency to just drop clothes on the floor or drape them over your treadmill that you now use as a coat rack. There are some very simple things you can do to get hold of your clothing that's hanging out of your drawers and spilling out of your closet or hamper!
After you've washed your clothes and they are fresh out of the dryer, immediately place all shirts, jackets, dresses and skirts on hangers to hang in your closet. Portable clothing racks next to the dryer are very useful to get clothing on hangers quickly. Always have more hangers than you think you will need as a rule. Fold all jeans, slacks, socks and underwear to go into drawers or on shelves. Keeping all of the pants folded and in drawers/on shelves accomplishes two things: First, pants are easier to find and look through when folded in drawers or on shelves. Secondly, it frees up space in your closet to hang more. Its easiest to hang up pajamas too! Hang up everything you can and you will never have a problem finding your clothing and it keeps everything off of the floor which is the goal. When you get undressed, your clothing should either be tossed into the hamper or back on another hanger.
Next, make space in the closet for a hamper/basket to hold dirty clothes. This way, when you come home after a busy day all you will need to do is put the dirty clothes in the basket and reach for fresh clothes to wear. Keeping all clothing on hangers is the easiest way to keep them off of the floor and off of your treadmill!