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Make Your Own DIY Air Freshener Spray

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We’re stocked up on caffeine, full of pep, and ready to get this day started. Hopefully you all had a good week, and have big plans for the holiday weekend. Us? We’re heading to an apple and cheese festival on Saturday, and then putzing around the house on Sunday finishing up some DIY projects, not the least of which is a homemade air freshener…and we’re all about the air fresheners.

Why?

Because part of having a clean home is having a home that is pleasing to the senses. No one wants to sit around with the stench of garbage and dirty socks surrounding them, right? Didn’t think so. Which is why we like to make our own air freshening spray, since those ones you buy at the store are packed with chemicals that do way more harm than good.

Hello? Formaldehyde, anyone?

Besides, it’s a lot more fun to do it yourself, so that when people ask you, “What’s that smell?” you can go on and on and on about how you make it from scratch and and doesn’t it smell nice?

Want to know how we do it? Here’s our super easy recipe that will have your home smelling awesome in no time!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (orange is one of our favorites for this)
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 reusable spray bottle
  • 1 funnel

Step 1: Fill

Grab your reusable spray bottle (preferably one that is opaque, as direct light weakens essential oils over time), and place your funnel into it. Next, pour in the purified water, and witch hazel. The witch hazel will work to keep the water purified so your homemade air freshener spray will last longer.

Step 2: Add the Oils

This step is pretty self explanatory. Simply drop in your favorite essential oils. This spray is so easy to make that you could do up different batches and have them placed around the home. Lemon for the kitchen, lavender for the bedroom, peppermint in the bathrooms…it’s totally up to you. Whatever scent is most pleasing to your senses.

Step 3: Cap

Put the cap back on your reusable spray bottle. Easy, right?

Step 4: Shake

Now give everything a good shake to mix it all together, and voila! You’re all done.

This homemade air freshener spray is completely safe to use anywhere in the home. Witch hazel dissipates quickly, and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue on your furniture or floors, so you don’t have to worry about slipping on a slick surface the way you do with commercial air fresheners.

Not only that, but essential oils last quite a long time in terms of odor power, so this spray will linger long after you’ve used it, something those commercial air fresheners never do.

And finally, if you’re not into spray fresheners, but would rather make something that’s a little more stationary, you can check out our recipe for making your own gel air fresheners using the power of essential oils.

That’s all for today, Moppers. We hope you have a wonderful weekend, and until next week…stay safe, and stay clean!

Cleaning Grease from Your Stove, Tiles, and Cupboards

Happy hump day, Moppers! We hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far. If you’re Canadian, you’ve got lots to look forward to this weekend, not the least of which is a big fat turkey to chow down on.

That’s right, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this coming weekend, and for some it means a long weekend, for others it means spending time with family and friends, and still for others it means lots and lots of cooking.

And of course with lots and lots of cooking comes even more cleaning, especially in the kitchen.

We’ve talked a fair bit about what it takes to keep a clean kitchen here on the blog, but this time around we’d like to hit on some of the finer detail work considering the holiday that’s fast approaching. One thing we notice a lot of is the amount of grease built up on stoves, tiles, and even cupboards. Grease that comes from cooking various foods that cause those grease splashes that—for whatever reason—go unnoticed, or aren’t cleaned properly in the first place.

So whether you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen before the big day, or looking for an easy way to clean up after all is said and done, here’s how to properly clean up that grease so your kitchen can look immaculate.

1. Blot

This step is for those of you that want to take down those grease spots as soon as you’re done cooking. For those that are looking to get rid of grease that’s been around a while, you can move on to step two.

Whatever the case may be, to help get rid of grease splashes in a reasonable amount of time, the first thing you want to do is blot them with a paper towel so that you can soak up as much grease as possible before you get to the nitty gritty cleaning work. Otherwise if you don’t, all you’re going to be doing is moving that grease around, making it that much harder to clean.

2. Wipe

Next, run a clean dishcloth under warm water, and gently wipe down the greasy areas to soften any grease that might have already begun to harden and stick. If that grease has been there for a while, this will also help to soften it up, making the following steps much, much easier to accomplish.

3. Combine

You’ve blotted, you’ve wiped, now it’s time to combine a few drops of liquid dish soap in a bucket of warm water. This will be your cleaning solution for getting rid of all that grease spots quickly, and efficiently. Again, if your grease has settled and been sitting there for a while, there’s still a few more steps to follow, but generally speaking if you’re cleaning up right after you’re done cooking, this is the mixture to use.

4. Sponge Wipe

Soak a clean sponge in the water/soap mixture, wring it out, then press and hold it over the grease spot for a moment, and then start to gently maneuver it in a circular motion to clean and remove any remaining grease. The water and soap will work to completely rid the area of any grease, thus leaving behind a smooth, non-greasy surface.

5. Paste

For grease splashes/stains that are still visible, meaning if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned, make a paste to help combat those stubborn spots using 1 cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of warm water. Stir it all around to form a paste, and spread that over that tough-to-clean grease. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then remove it with a clean dishcloth.

6. Vinegar

If you’ve done all of the above and there’s still stubborn, stuck-on grease remaining, your last resort is to combine equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle, spritz it all over that grease, and let it sit for 5 minutes before wiping it down with a clean dishcloth. That should take care of any left over grease that didn’t come off using the previous steps.

7. Rinse/Dry

Once you’ve done everything possible to get rid of those grease splashes, whether you’re cleaning it immediately, or cleaning it later, run a dishcloth under warm water and use it to rinse the area, then dry everything with some paper towels. After all that you should have a clean stove, clean tiles, and clean cupboards, completely free of any grease that might have splashed all over them during cooking.

Some of this might sound basic, but you’d be surprised how often we see grease spots kicking around when we clean peoples’ kitchens. In most cases it’s from spots being missed during general cleaning, but other times it’s left with the attitude that, “Oh, I’ll get to it later,” and unfortunately later never comes.

There’s no reason to have all that grease kicking around your stove, and with the holiday coming up, now is the time to take care of it once and for all so that when your guests arrive they can marvel at how clean your kitchen is.

Enjoy the rest of your week, Moppers. We’ll talk to you again on Friday, but until then…stay safe, and stay clean!

Why Your Business Needs a Cleaning Service

Good Monday morning, Moppers. The weekend is over, it’s officially October, and with that will come a whole heap of cleaning posts about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course, Christmas.

But not yet.

First there’s a little something we’ve got to get off our chests, because over the weekend we did a little shopping, and let’s just say that some of the stores we paid a visit to were less than stellar. Sure, they had nice stuff, and some good prices, but dirty? Oh my, were they dirty. That’s a big turn off right there. It doesn’t matter how well your business is stocked, how cheap your prices are—if your store looks like a herd of cattle traipsed through it…we’re walking out! Even though we’d like nothing more than to clean it!

So before diving in to all those holiday posts, we thought we’d spend a little time today enlightening you business owners out there, big and small, why hiring a cleaning company can greatly improve your bottom line.

1. Saves You Money

You’re probably thinking, “How does hiring a service save me money?” The answer is simple: time.

A professional cleaning company will clean your business in half the time it would take you or your employees to do it yourself because they know all the tips and tricks when it comes to cleaning well, and cleaning fast. They have the tools, and knowledge, to do the job right the first time, so that your employees can focus on their jobs, which isn’t cleaning.

2. Better Focus

Speaking of focus, are you a data processing company who hires people to data process? Or a small mom and pop shop that’s hired a few people to help you out through the busy holiday season? Whatever the case may be, you hired your employees to do a specific task, and unless you’re a cleaning company, that task shouldn’t be cleaning. By splitting the focus between the job they were hired to do, and the chore of cleaning the bathrooms everyday, you’re losing out on having your employees be the best the can be, at the job they’re paid to do.

3. Keeps Everyone Happy

Have you ever tried to work in a messy environment? Do you know how depressing that can be? By hiring a cleaning company to give your business the shine it deserves on a regular basis, it shows your employees that you care about them, and their health. Happy employees make for productive employees, and healthy employees means less sick time being taken, so it’s a win-win situation for everybody. You get a clean business, and your staff gets a clean work environment to flourish in.

4. First Impressions

We weren’t kidding when we said we walked out of some stores because of how dirty they were, and we can bet the farm that if your business isn’t being cleaned on a regular basis, you’ve lost customers over it. First impressions matter. In life, in love, and in business. As soon as a potential customer walks through your doors they should feel welcomed, and one of the best ways to do that is by keeping everything neat and tidy by regular cleanings.

5. Quality

Let’s face it, your staff isn’t professionally trained or equipped to clean things the way they should be cleaned in the eyes of your customers. Nor should they be. They’re hired to do data entry, or sell clothes, or stock shelves…why should you expect them to be expert cleaners? You shouldn’t! That’s why hiring a cleaning company gives your business an edge over the competition, because by having the pro’s take care of all your cleaning needs, it shows you care about the way things look, and if you care about the way things look on the surface, it also shows people you care about what matters most: satisfying their needs.

Whether it’s daily, weekly, or once a month, hiring a professional cleaning service to come in and spruce up your business can do wonders for everybody. Your staff, your customers, and yourself because you don’t have to worry about it anymore. The job is being done right the first time, saving you time, money, and allowing things to run smoother during operating hours.

And that’s good business!

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

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