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Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Good Friday morning, Moppers! Our favorite day of the week is finally here, and we’re ready to face it with as much grit and determination as we can muster…as soon as we’ve had our coffee.

Speaking of coffee, we were in line at our favorite local coffee joint this morning, and while standing there waiting for a fresh cup of java we noticed a lot of people with travel mugs. You know the kind, right? Those beautiful stainless steel mugs you can use over and over again? Yeah, those ones. They’re pretty brilliant, because not only are they environmentally friendly, they’re a reflection of who we are as people. Some folks had short, stout mugs, while others had tall, thin ones with cute logos on the side. These days you can personalize anything, and those stainless steel coffee mugs are no exception.

That begs the question? Do you clean them like one of your regular coffee mugs at home?

No. No you do not.

Surprising, right? Most of those travel mugs contain polypropylene and plastic components, which means they’re not safe for the dishwasher and need to be washed by hand. But with all those moving parts and small threads, how do you make sure it’s getting the care it needs?

Good thing we’re here to tell you!

Baking Soda & Vinegar

The problem isn’t necessarily keeping the inside of the mug clean, as that can be done with just plain old soap and water, but when it comes to stainless steel travel mugs the problem lies in the fact that most of them are darker in color inside, making it hard to see just how much it gets stained over time, and trust us—it’s a lot!

One way to combat the problem of stain build up in your travel mugs is to drop in a couple of heaping teaspoons of baking soda, followed by a healthy amount of white vinegar. This will cause everything to foam up, and as the baking soda agitates against the inside of the mug it will help to loosen those tough stains that even you can’t see.

From there you can wash the inside of the mug with soap and water, getting rid of any remaining residue that’s still residing in your mug.

Remember, baking soda and vinegar will react quickly, creating a lot of pressure, so make sure your lid stays far away from the top of the mug so it doesn’t shoot up and smack you in your peepers.

The Lid

This is where everything gets tricky. Why? Because stainless steel travel mug lids have a lot of threads and crevices, meaning if not washed properly, over time a layer of additives and bacteria can build up that leave a sour taste in your mouth, and start to release a pungent odor. If you drink your coffee or tea straight, you don’t necessarily have to worry about this so much, but if you use milk or cream you’re going to want to read on.

Thankfully, these days most stainless steel travel mug lids come apart for easy cleaning, so you can really get in there and give them a fresh look. Flip-open spouts can be popped off their hinges, and sliding lids will have a latch making them easy to pop off. If that’s the case then take apart your lid and give it a through wash with soap and water to get rid of any additive residue that might be on there, preventing any crusty bits of milk or creamer to build up.

If you’re unsure of how your lids comes apart, or you’re having trouble getting everything off, you can also clean your lid the way you cleaned the inside of your travel mug: with baking soda and vinegar. Just drop the lid in a bowl, scoop in some baking soda, and pour a generous amount of vinegar over everything so that the mixture can expand and clean every nook and cranny of your lid. From there you can give it a good rinse under the tap, and let it air dry.

This might seem like basic cleaning 101 to some, but you’d be surprised by how many stainless steel travel mugs we see that look anything buy stellar. Remember, this is something that you’re putting into your mouth on a regular basis, do you really want to take the chance that it might not be clean?

We didn’t think so.

Keeping your stainless steel travel mug clean on the daily will not only make it look good, but it will also preserve the life of it, meaning you’ll have to spend less money replacing it all the time…and we can all agree that saving money is a good thing!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, Moppers. Stay safe, and stay clean!

5 Natural Ways to Help Repel Fleas from Your Home

Happy hump day, Moppers! We hope you’re all having a fabulous week so far filled with fun and laughter. We’ve certainly been enjoying ourselves, being the busy little bees that we are.

Last night we got to spend some much needed time with friends, though, and the subject of fleas came up, as one of them had just discovered that their dog—unfortunately—has them. Ugh, what a pain in the butt, right? Fleas are absolutely the worst, because they infest everything. Carpets, beds, furniture…and of course, your animals.

While most people tend to turn to commercial flea products to get rid of them, a lot of those products can cause more harm than good, especially to your pets. You have to be very careful with what you buy, otherwise the chemicals and toxins in them could have a lethal effect on your furry friends.

That’s why when it comes to fleas we prefer going a more organic route, and sticking to methods that involve safe, non-toxic ingredients to help repel fleas before they can gain and even bigger foothold in the home.

1. Citrus Spray

Fleas don’t want anything to do with citrus, so it stands to reason that you can use citrus as a repellant, right? You betcha! To make a citrus spray flea repellant, all you have to do is place a few, thinly sliced pieces of lemon in some water, and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Once everything has cooled, steep the lemons in the water overnight so that the juices and oils can have enough time to blend with the water, and the next day transfer the solution to a spray bottle. From there you can spritz your carpets, furniture, and pet bedding to help get rid of those fleas. Don’t soak, just dampen, and remember…don’t spray your pets!

2. Homemade Flea Trap

One of the easier ways to help combat fleas in the home is to make your own trap, and it’s super easy to do. Simply mix a little bit of water with some dish soap, and pour the solution into a shallow tray. From there you can set it in any room of the house that has fleas, and wait for them to jump in. The soapy water acts like a glue, and prevents them from escaping. Pretty neat, right?

Bonus Tip: Fleas are nocturnal, so do this at night for maximum effect. Also, a small light source will help attract the fleas, you if you can setting the trap under one of those plug-in night lights would be ideal.

3. Vinegar Spray

Much like the citrus spray above, fleas hate vinegar, so if you don’t have any lemons kicking around, you can make a repellent spray using vinegar, too. Just fill a spray bottle with 1/2 apple cider or white vinegar, and 1/2 water, give it a shake, and spray any areas where you’ve seen fleas. This can also be used on your pets, and afterwards they won’t taste nearly as good to fleas as they did before.

4. Salt

When it comes to fleas, sat is a great home remedy because it acts as a dehydration agent, essentially killing them after a short time. To use this effectively, simply sprinkle some regular table salt all over your carpets, and let it sit for 1-2 days. That may seem like a long time to some, but when thinking of the alternative, it’s really worth it. From there you can just vacuum everything up, and empty the contents in a trash bin outside.

Bonus Tip: You can also treat infested areas on your pet with salt. Just dab your finger in some water, then some salt, and rub it over the affected area. Do this a few times a week, and those fleas will be gasping for breath before you know it.

5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Finally, one of our favorite methods for getting rid of fleas: eucalyptus oil. Not only does it smell great, but we’ll take any chance we can get to use essential oils. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil with 8oz of water, and place it in a spray bottle. Spray every area of your home that has fleas at least three times a week, and before you know it those fleas will hit the road, Jack…and never come back.

Fleas are a nuisance, for sure, but they don’t have to be. The methods described above will help repeal them from your home, and pets, leaving you secure in the knowledge that you didn’t have to use any harmful chemicals to get rid of them, which means your pets will be happier, and healthier, thanks to your efforts.

Until next time, Moppers. Stay safe, and stay clean!

Regular or One-Time Cleanings: Why Choose One Over the Other?

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope you’re all rested after another glorious weekend, and ready to tackle the work week with gusto. Our weekend was spent recuperating with movies, fluids, and food, so that we could be right here with you in the trenches, fighting the good fight the best way we know how…by cleaning!

Speaking of cleaning, we’re busier than ever these days as we start to head into the holiday season. Before you know it Thanksgiving will be here, and after that it will be time for Christmas. On our end we find it very important to listen to the needs of our clients so we know just how to please them, and while some people like us to come in on a regular basis to clean, there are others that are interested in one-time cleanings, so of course that got us thinking about how we could talk about that here on the blog.

Just what is the difference between regular cleanings, and a one-time cleaning? The answer might surprise you, as well as the reasons behind making such a decision.

One-Time Cleanings

Many folks hire a cleaning service to come in and do a one-time cleaning for various reasons. They could be throwing a party and need a quick surface clean. In-Laws might be coming to visit, and they’ve been too busy with work to do it themselves. Or perhaps a landlord is looking to rent an apartment, and needs it cleaned from the previous tenants.

Whatever the reason, a one-time cleaning is a great way to get a messy home looking fresh in a hurry. Mopping, dusting, windows, vacuuming…these are all things that people come to expect from a one-time cleaning, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes people like to take care of the real grunt work themselves, and hire a cleaning service to come in and just take care of the small stuff before they really get down to the nitty gritty like shampooing their carpets, or steam cleaning the couch. This way they can focus on the deep clean, while the service they hire takes care of everything on the surface such as messy counters, or scuffed floors.

Usually with a one-time cleaning a person will pay for a certain amount of time. It could be 3 hours, or 4, and in that time the service will come in and clean agreed upon areas so that when the homeowner gets home from work, voila! They can relax in a relatively clean house and not have to worry about doing it all themselves.

Also, a one-time cleaning is a great way for people to test out the validity of a service. Did they do everything expected? Did they take instructions well? Did they leave the house in perfect order? From there a homeowner can gauge the level of expertise a service has, and make an informed decision as to whether or not they want them to come in and clean on a regular basis.

Regular Cleanings

Regular cleanings could take place weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on a clients needs. Why would someone have a service come into their home on a regular basis to clean? There’s lots of reasons.

They could be busy with work. They could only live in the home a few months out of the year. They could realize they don’t have the skills a professional cleaning service does to do the job right.

Either way, by setting up a regular cleaning schedule you’re making sure that you don’t get a build-up of allergens, bacteria, dust, mold, or other harmful entities in your home. Keep in mind all that stuff could eventually lead to depreciation in your property value, so that if you ever want to sell your home you might find yourself getting low offers because you didn’t keep up with regular cleanings. Having everything squeaky clean on a regular basis reduces the chances of nasty build-up, thus keeping your home in tip top shape for potential buyers down the line.

Not only that, but regular cleanings offer a bit more than one-time cleanings, which can all be worked out before you hire a service. It could include ironing, deep cleaning, or whatever else you have a need for. As long as you keep those lines of communication open, there’s no reason your service can’t complete all your cleaning needs on a regular basis. All you have to do is ask!

When thinking about your reasons for hiring a cleaning service, you can usually gauge if it will be a one-time thing, or a regular relationship between yourself and the cleaners depending on what you’re looking for. Either way, there’s no harm in talking to someone that might be able to give you a better idea of the benefits of one over the other, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call.

Oh, and for those that might want to inquire about our services, all you have to do is contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Until next time, Moppers. Stay safe, and stay clean!

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