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New Year’s Resolutions for a Cleaner 2018

Happy Friday, all you amazing Moppers. We hope everyone had an excellent holiday with friends and family, good food, and lots of laughter. We certainly did, and now that it’s all said and done, it’s time to turn our attention to the new year ahead.

Of course with a new year comes those resolutions. Resolutions that are always made in good faith, but somehow fall by the wayside the middle of January. Not this year, though. Right?

RIGHT!

This time around we’d like to present you with some cleaning resolutions that are easy to make, easier to keep, and will have your home looking neat and tidy for all of 2018.

Daily Tasks

You might not think you have the time to clean every single day, but you don’t have to clean from top to bottom to make your home look great. By doing a few simple things each day, you’ll notice your living space will stay cleaner, longer, and you’ll develop healthy new habits that will do wonders for your psyche.

  1. Make Your Bed. It might not seem like much, but making your bed everyday will help start the morning off on a cleaner path, making it easier to tidy up other areas of the house.
  2. Hang Things Up. We’re talking towels, clothes you can wear again after one use…all those things that you would normally throw on the back of a chair. Put them in their rightful place if you want your home to stay to clean all year long.
  3. Pick Up at Night. Take a walk around each night before bed and pick up any bit of clutter that might be lingering. Newspapers, magazines, toys, and any stray dishes that didn’t make it into the sink after dinner. This way you’ll wake up to a neat home, which—combined with that bed you make—will feel awesome.

Weekly Tasks

Don’t fret, because since you’ve been keeping things neat and tidy on the daily, your weekly cleaning tasks will seem a lot less daunting. Here’s three you can resolve to tackle in the new year.

  1. Vacuum. Unless you have a major dirt disaster, vacuuming your rugs weekly is a great way to keep things clean, and to stay on top of all those allergens that can get trapped in your carpets.
  2. Clean the Toilet. Cleaning and sanitizing your toilet each week will help keep germs at bay, giving you a cleaner, fresher bathroom in the new year.
  3. Dust. Dusting each week is the perfect way to keep your home clean all year long, and if you suffer from any type of allergy it will also help keep those at bay, too! Remember, dust from the top down for optimal cleanliness.

Monthly Tasks

Whether it’s the last day of the month, or the first day of a new one, set aside some time to make these tasks your monthly duty, and since you’ve been keeping things cleaner each week, they won’t seem like such a big chore to get through.

  1. Clean Out the Fridge. We like to do this at least twice a month because we’re total clean freaks, but cleaning your fridge out once a month will suffice for these resolutions. Take everything out, toss any leftovers that have been lingering in the trash, and clean those shelves. When you’re done, put everything back in there along with a box of baking soda to keep things smelling fresh.
  2. Disinfect. Once a month, grab all the garbage cans around the home and disinfect them with a ratio of 3/4 cup bleach to one gallon of warm water. Scrub them, rinse them, and dry them out with a clean, dry cloth, or some paper towels. This will also help keep germs at bay, and help stave off any putrid odors you might have lingering in your home, because chances are they’re coming from your dirty garbage cans.

These are just a few, simple New Year’s resolutions you can make to yourself to help make your 2018 the cleanest year ever. There’s also seasonal cleaning in there, too, like spring cleaning when you wash the windows, flip the mattresses, and clean your window blinds, so don’t forget about that.

For now, you’ve got a great place to start with those daily tasks, so take it from there and trust us, once you get in the habit, you’ll never want to stop making your home feel fresh and clean.

That’s all for today, Moppers. We hope you have a great New Year’s Eve, and until next week, stay safe, and stay clean!

5 Ways to Reuse Your Leftover Wrapping Paper

Good Friday morning, Moppers. Congratulations on successfully making it through another week, and what a week it’s been, right? Christmas is just three days away, so a lot of us have been running around like crazy people buying last minute gifts, making last minute preparations, and of course…doing some last minute cleaning.

Not to mention wrapping all those last minute gifts, too.

When it comes to wrapping presents, though, we tend to put a lot of work into presentation. We want our gifts to look the best so the people receiving them can marvel at our stupendous wrapping skills.

And then tear it apart as they unwrap everything.

You know how it is. Christmas morning, wrapping paper everywhere…ugh, talk about a mess. Seems like such a waste, doesn’t it? All that wrapping paper just lying there, waiting to be thrown out.

Well this year don’t reach for the garbage bags, reach for your scissors instead, because this week we’re going to show you a few things you can do with all that leftover wrapping paper, so it doesn’t go to waste!

1. Confetti

After Christmas comes New Year’s Eve, and what’s a New Year’s Eve party without a little confetti? Instead of throwing that old Christmas wrap in the trash, shred it all up to be used as fun decorations for your New Year’s Eve gatherings. You can throw it in the air at the stroke of midnight, make some table decorations around the champagne. There’s all sorts of fun things you can do, just use your imagination!

2. Packing Material

Of course when the new year is here you’re going to be left with all that shredded wrapping paper and not a thing to do with it…or so you think. Gather it all up and store it away to be used as packing material throughout the year for parcels you have to send. You’ll save money on shipping materials, since it’ll be right at your fingertips.

Bonus Tip: Use whole pieces of leftover wrapping paper to store your delicate ornaments in for next year. Wrap them up tight, and the paper will offer protection so nothing gets broke.

3. Craft Paper

Do you have kids? Then you know how much they love to color, right? What’s not so fun is when they color the walls. Here’s a hot tip for you: tape some of that leftover wrapping paper to their bedroom wall with the blank, white bottom facing out. That way your kids will have a neat place to display their artistic talents, and you won’t be left with a messy wall to clean.

4. Shelf/Drawer Liner

Looking to spruce up your home? Try taking some of your leftover wrapping paper and using it to line the insides of your drawers, or your shelves. Not all wrapping paper is holiday specific, so if you have some that looks too gorgeous to toss in the trash, recycle it into some home decorations.

5. Save the Tube

It’s fun to make leftover wrapping paper into something artistic and useful, but what about that leftover tube that all the paper was wrapped around? Instead of chucking it in the trash, use it as a holder for some of your other wrapping paper so it doesn’t uncurl. You can store it easier for next year, and you don’t have to worry about using tape and having the paper rip later. Not only that, but you can cut the tube, and use it as a place to store some of your tapered holiday candles, too. Wrap them in tissue, put them in the tube, and pack it all away for next year. Neat, right?

Sure, all that wrapping paper on Christmas morning might look like a big ol’ mess to clean, but by transforming it into something for the home, it will look less like a mess, and more like an invitation to create. Plus, you’ll be doing the environment a favor by recycling, rather than adding to the mountains of trash to be disposed of.

And we’re all for making the environment a better place.

That’s all for today, Moppers. We hope you and yours have a very happy holiday, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

6 Ways to Remove Water Stains from Your Wood Furntiure

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you all had an amazing week despite how cold it’s been. We’ve been keeping warm by doing lots of cleaning, and by thinking about the weekend of course…and it’s only a few short hours away, so yay!

Last night we had some friends over, which meant lots of good food and drinks. We talked late into the evening, and while it was a whole lot of fun, this morning we woke up to something that isn’t fun at all: water marks on our wood furniture. Silly us for not putting out coasters, right?

This is the time of year when things like that can happen, though. People coming, people going, and drinks being served. Those water spots are unavoidable, really, because someone somewhere is going to forget to use a coaster.

Thankfully for you and I, we know a few methods that will take care of those water marks in a jiffy, so your wood furniture can continue looking its best all throughout the holiday season, and beyond!

Baking Soda

Baking soda seems to be a all-purpose fix for mostly anything, right? Well, water marks on your wood are no exception. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda, with 1 teaspoon of water, and mix it all together to form a paste. Then gently rub it in a circular motion over those unsightly water marks on your wood until they disappear. Remember not to use too much water in your paste, because that would kind of defeat the purpose.

Salt

If you’re out of baking soda, you can utilize salt in much the same way to get rid of the water marks left behind by sweating glasses on your wood. Combine 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water, and stir it to make a little paste. Rub that paste over the water marks using a sponge or soft cloth until they’ve completely disappeared.

Petroleum Jelly

This method takes a little longer, but the results are worth it if you don’t have time to make a paste, and sit there and rub those water marks away. Simply spread some petroleum jelly over the ugly spots on your wood furniture, and let it sit for about 8 hours. When finished, simply rub the jelly away, and take those water marks with it!

Toothpaste

Not only does toothpaste clean our teeth, but it can also take care of those water marks. All you have to do is gently rub some non-gel toothpaste over the water marks using a soft, dry cloth, then wipe it away with another clean, damp cloth, and let it dry. Voila! Bye bye water marks.

Vinegar/Oil

Vinegar and oil aren’t just for salads. In this case they can do wonders for your wood. Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar, then apply it to those ugly water marks using a soft cloth, going with the wood grain. Then, use another clean, soft cloth to shine everything up, and say goodbye to those water marks forever.

Car Wax

This one is a last resort, but it works great! Just grab some car wax, and rub it around the water rings left behind by those glasses, moving in a circular motion with your finger. Let the car wax dry, and then buff the wood with a clean, soft cloth.

There you have it, six easy ways to get rid of those water marks left behind by those who forgot to use a coaster on your beautiful wood furniture. Of course once you use the above methods to remove those rings, you’ll want to apply a bit of furniture polish to make sure everything shines like new again.

So the next time you see someone place their glass on your coffee table, don’t sweat it, because now you’re armed with all the tricks you’ll ever need to get rid of those water marks once and for all.

That’s it for today, Moppers. Enjoy your weekend, and we’ll chat with you all again next week. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

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