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Carpet Stink – How to get rid of it

20130103-001303.jpgSometimes, more often than we’d like, small accidents happen with all sort of liquids falling on the carpet. It can be a fallen glass of water or juice or even milk. It’s not allways easy to clean it, specially if you cannot clean it and allow it to dry outside.

Recently I had to deal with it too, when a glass of chocolat milk fall on my living room carpet. I used some paper towels to absorb most of the liquid but just one day after it started to smell a lot. It was freezing outside, so washing it and opening the windows wasn’t a solution. So I had to apply an old but really simple technique: using baking soda!

Let me explain how does it work:
– Spread a lot of baking soda all over the ‘affected’ area of the carpet.
– Let it sit over night.
– By the morning, vacuum the area thoroughly.

And say good-bye to the smell! ūüôā

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Tip: For an extra care, you could mix some drops of your favourite essential oil into the baking soda before spreading it on th carpet.

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Super Quick Housecleaning Tips

Did you ever had unexpected guests or last-minute visits at home? I’m sure you did, everyone does! But worse, did it happen just in that day when your house seems a complete mess?

Well, if you cannot follow the Keep-It-Simple Method all the time, there’s no miracles! ūüėČ But there are some tips you can use to face this challenge of getting your house prep in just a few minutes.

Step 1: Design your action plan
– Select the rooms where your visitors will enter. I assume that the living room, the kitchen and the main bathroom are always included;
– Get a quick analysis of the mess within each room;
– Set the timer. If the visits arrive within 1 hour, set the timer to 45 minutes max. The remaining time will allow you to check everything one last time;
– Light some very discrete candle scent;

Step 2: Declutter each of the selected rooms
– Pick up any dirty clothes, lost shoes, bags, dirty dishes, trash, lost papers…
– Keep all the clutter in its right place, unless you don’t have enough time. In this case, just gather all the things and keep it in a separate room;

Step 3: Clean the critical spots
– Mop and/or wipe the floor;
– Wash your dishes or put it into the dishwasher;
– Clean the kitchen counter and stove;
– Clean the bathroom and change towels;
– If you have any pets, clean the litter boxes;
– Turn off the candle scent.

Essential Cleaning items

So, are you ready to simplify your cleaning routines? Once you’ve read¬†the Keep-It-Simple Method, you can gradually start to apply it into your daily life.

Now it’s time to simplify the items you really need to have always¬†on hand. I recommend you t

  • A pair of resistent rubber gloves
  • A microfiber cloth¬†(for multi-purpose cleaning)
  • A leather cloth (to clean windows)
  • An old teeth brush (to help cleaning those hidden corners or difficult small places around the house)
  • A dishwasher brush (for multi-purpose cleaning)
  • A spray bottler or vaporizer (for your cleaning product)¬†– I’ll soon write about the most fantastic and proven saving tips around cleaning solutions in a new topic – ‘Great Cleaning Saving Tips’ (old-fashioned based)Image

How to easily maintain your home clean and organized? Keep-It-Simple Method

In my honest opinion, there’s only one possible answer to this question: ROUTINES! Even if you’re a lazy person regarding housekeeping, there are simple and easy solutions that can make all the difference and make you feel comfortable at any time you receive unexpected visits. And better: with little efforts at each time you’ll see great results! The time limit suggested in each step has the intention to keep you motivated, please follow it!

Step 1: Identify all you rooms and essential tasks to do every single day. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 15 to 30 minutes maximum. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way.

In the morning

Bedrooms

  • open the windows for 15 minutes arrange the beds

Bathrooms

  • clean the sink with your hands after brushing your teeth

Kitchen

  • clean your dinning table after breakfast
  • wash the dishes
  • clean the kitchen counter and stove

General

  • put away all the garbage
  • mop the main areas floor

At night:

Bedrooms

  • put all dirty clothes in the laundry bag/box
  • do the laundry

Bathrooms

  • clean the sink with your hands after brushing your teeth

Kitchen

  • clean your dinning table after dinner
  • wash the dishes
  • clean the kitchen counter and stove General with a little basket catch the lost things in every room check animals food and litter box

Step 2: Print your ‘Daily Cleaning Checklist’ and put it in a visible place on the house (e.g. Fridge)

Step 3: Identify the essential tasks to do once a week. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 1 to 2 hours maximum. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way.

This list should include every single item of the daily list and add the following tasks:

Bedrooms

  • Change bed sheets

Bathrooms

  • Change towels
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Clean sinks and toilets

Kitchen

  • Clean the fridge and check your groceries

General

  • Vacuum only the carpets
  • Mop and Wipe all floor
  • Clean only the dirty windows
  • Mop furniture

Step 4: Print your ‘Weekly Cleaning Checklist’ and put it in a visible place

Step 5: Identify the essential tasks to do once a month. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 1 to 3 hours maximum. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way

This list should include every single item of the weekly list and add the following tasks:

Bathroom

  • Clean bathtubs

Kitchen

  • Clean the freezer
  • Clean the stove

General

  • Clean trash bins
  • Clean windows and doors
  • Clean walls, where necessary, and baseboards

Step 6: Print your ‘Monthly Cleaning Checklist’ and put it in a visible place.¬†

Step 7: Identify the essential tasks to do seasonally. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 1 to 5 hours maximum. Please divide the effort in two days. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way.

This list should include every single item of the monthly list and add the following tasks:

Bedroom

  • Rotate the mattress and vacuum it
  • Wash pillows
  • Declutter and organize clothes cabinets

Bathroom

  • Declutter and organize cabinets

Kitchen

  • Declutter and organize cabinets

General

  • Clean walls

Final notes: – By the end of these lists, you should verify if all details of your home are covered. But not worries, once you identify something’s missing, you simply add it to the appropriate checklist.

What about you? Please share your ideas and feedback!

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