When you first tackle cleaning your bathroom, what do you do?
Assemble a cleaning caddy with all of the supplies that you'll need + Clear, neutral dish soap + 3 containers of warm water + Total, all purpose cream cleanser + Fresh scented all purpose liquid cleanser + Vacuum + Grout brushes (plus optional extending pole for better leverage)
you're located in the Northeast, the snow has piled up like soot on a
non-dusted ceiling fan. As temperatures drop, they have the potential to
freeze your motivation to clean up your home. Fight the urge to hunker down while the dirt piles up!
1. Prevent your pipes from freezing by keeping your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher. - This is a step to prevent you from cleaning up pools of water (among other things) should your pipes burst. - On average, the coolest comfortable home temperature is 68° F. If you keep your home at68°
F during the day, you could save up to 6.2% on your heating bill. Just
think, for every degree above that temperature, your heating costs will
go up! -If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
2. Think salt stains your driveway... how about your carpet?
Not only does salt collect in your carpet fibers, it also stains
hardwood and tile floors. Once salt water drips off of your winter boots
and dries on your floors, you're left behind with unsightly stains and a
chalky residue. -
Prevent this by taking off your shoes at the door and laying them on
Ask Cindy's Terry Cloth Towels to absorb moisture and prevent floor
If your floors are already affected, steam clean your carpets and use a
freshly scented all-purpose cleaner/water solution on your tiles and a
clear dish soap/water solution on your hardwoods. ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO
DRY YOUR FLOORS!!
3. Warm, Dry air = DUST! DUST! DUST!
-Here's the key to a clean home! .... Wait for it .... TOUCH EVERY SURFACE :).
you tackle the dust in your home it is no different. You should dust
the blades of your ceiling fans, tops of books, window moldings, wall
sconces and other light fixtures. These actions will brighten things up
and improve your air quality!
- Dust with a micro-fiber towel for the ultimate results!
In the cold, dark winter, daylight is a precious resource. Sooty, grimy
windows will inhibit your access to sunlight and cloud your vision of
the wintry landscape. Especially if you have a fireplace and/or burn
candles, a layer of soot will form on the inside of your windows and the
The best solution to begin the process is a mixture of clear dish soap
and water. Use this solution, along with Ask Cindy's White Terry Cloth
Towels to scrub away the soot and debris. Then SEAL IN THE SHINE with
Ask Cindy's signature Glass Cleaner! It delivers a non-smudge,
5. Are your kitchen walls & ceiling yellow with grease and food debris??
If you live in an apartment setting and change habitats every 1-2
years, you are lucky in terms of dirt build-up. However, for those of us
who own homes, we have to worry about years of grease on the kitchen
ceiling and splatter on the walls.
The key to removing grease and keeping the paint on the surfaces is
this: soft microfiber. Use a clear dish soap/water solution with An Ask
Cindy Thick & Thirsty Microfiber Towel.
the cold season, the flu is undesirable #1! Help curb the spread of
sickness in your home by targeting your most touched surfaces!
Door knobs & locks
time you enter/exit your home or any individual room, chances are that
you're touching a door knob and/or turning a lock. Any surface that
you're touching constantly, without having just washed your hands, is a
perfect breeding ground for germs.
Light switches & surrounding plates
- Unless you can "clap on! clap off!", light switches are some of the most touch heavy surfaces in your home.
Cabinet handles & drawer pulls
Not only do these surfaces accumulate germs, they also have a tendency
to accumulate sticky, greasy debris due to their locations in kitchens
These surfaces are regularly touched by hands, and possibly other body
parts if you choose to slide down them :). In other words, never
cleaning them = GERM CITY
- Just think: you touch the flusher before you wash your hands, after doing your business.
You also touch the faucet handle in the bathroom before you wash your
hands... and then again afterward. If they aren't cleaned, touching them
feeds into a cycle of hand contamination.
Cleaning these will help to prevent soap scum buildup and the
transference of germs, especially if you don't wash your hands
thoroughly afterward. Also, if you pump out soap for children, an
unclean pump will dirty your hands.
- An everyday scenario: touch your phone, scratch an itch, touch your phone, eat, touch your phone, take out the garbage, touch your phone, shield a sneeze, touch your phone, blow your nose, and touch your phone again! Enough said.
Computer mice & keyboards
This category includes desktops, laptops, and tablets. That means that
not only are these items potentially dirty from activities inside the
home, but also have the ability to track in outside germs.
Remotes to electronics
If you've ever cleaned these before, I'll be thoroughly impressed! On
television, I've seen people scratch with these items. If life imitates
art, please clean these regularly & thoroughly!
of the items described above is a hard surface, therefore cleaning
should be painless. When disinfecting these high-touch surfaces, follow
**Do not spray cleaning solutions directly onto surfaces!** Dampen cleaning towels with solutions to prevent dripping/liquid damage.
a neutral and clear colored liquid dish soap, squeeze a few droplets
into 1/4 of a pail of warm water, to create the perfect cleaning
a multi-surface disinfectant liquid cleaner. Search for labels that
advertise a 99.9% kill rate of bacteria that includes Salmonella,
E.Coli, and certain strains of Influenza. Several items also contain a
non-astringent odor eater to freshen the home without harsh fumes.
Polish stainless steel faucets & drawer pulls
Spray the polish directly onto a lint-free towel, then wipe the surface and enjoy a powder free, smudge free finish.
(Key tips for cleaning household furniture & decorations)
(How to: clean your hall tree)
Using Ask Cindy’s fine, non-scratch,
ultra-thick microfiber towel, dust this unit from top to bottom. Don’t
forget the hanging hooks and hinges. Remember to flip your towel to the
other side once dust particles are clearly covering the cloth. These
towels are detailed dusting magic! Dust particles are held firmly in
Using a neutral and clear colored dish liquid soap, squeeze a few
droplets into 1/4 of a pail of warm water, to create the perfect
Using an Ask Cindy white terry cloth towel, dip one end into the
soap and water solution and ring it dry. Target smudges and
fingerprints. Wipe and clean with the wet end of your towel. Dry
immediately using the dry end of the towel.
GREAT TIP FOR SCUFFS/DISCOLORED MARKS: - Pour a
dollop of (lemon scented) BLEACH FREE grease cutting cleanser onto the
damp end of your white terry cloth towel. Specifically target marks,
smudges, and tough residue with this super effective scuff remover!
Don't forget to rinse with clean, clear water. Dry with a fresh towel.