HouseHold Cleaning Tips
We at Clean My Premises (Toronto) believe in research, action, and perfection. For us, you come first! We don’t just clean your house; we help you manage your lives, get rid of diseases/sicknesses, and create an organized and positive ambiance within a household. We make our own natural products and incorporate aromas that either energize or relax you. We study the physiology of the human body and how it reacts to certain chemicals to create the perfect blend of aromas for your household.
Here, we have created Household Cleaning Tips for 6 very important household items. These items range from personal hygiene products – toothbrushes, to seasonally used comfort items – fireplaces. We hope we are able to methodically guide your house cleaning.
Mattress Cleaning Tips:
“Dear bed. I’m sorry I broke up with you this morning. I want you back.”
Oh how relaxing it is to just lay in bed and sleep. Do you still check for monsters under your bed, or is this a childish act? Think again! Wicked, evil germs are lurking in your mattress. Let’s unravel their mysteries!
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is harmful penicillin resistant bacteria. If you have athletes in your house, you’re more likely to find these tiny, cryptic yet powerful enemies on your carpets and mattresses. They cling on to your feet, sweat, or unwashed gym bag. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria cause red bumps on your skin, which grow in size and get more painful with time. It also results in fever and rashes, to begin with!
Second on our list is Campylobacter. Do you or members of your family use a public washroom at least once in a day? Do you eat non-home-cooked meals? Do you cut and cook raw poultry? If you answered yes to any of these questions (we’re sure that’s probably all of you) then well, you may be bringing in these Campylobacter stomach-upsetting bacteria into your home, and onto your beds! These bacteria cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to this potentially deadly disease.
If you or your family members live or work in dusty areas, you’re more prone to bringing the Norovirus into your home sweet home. This virus can spread through shaking hands or through other close contact. It is contagious and hardy, as it can survive extreme temperatures. If you meet this virus and it sneaks into your body, you will go from being completely healthy the first day to miserably sick the third day. So it’s not quite the neighbor you want to welcome in to your home! This virus can survive on your carpet and bed for 4-6 weeks, and becomes airborne as you roll across it. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
Many fungi and molds such as Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Alternaria, Geotrichum and Cladosporium can invade your beds and cause serious allergies. They can also cause ergotism, alimentary toxic aleukia, and liver disease.
Other bedmates include Micrococci and Enterococci bacteria. Micrococci can cause scary skin infections, septic shock, meningitis, etc. Enterococci (a.k.a. e-coli) can lead to urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis and meningitis.
You donate your dead skin cells, sweat, and clinging germs to your mattress. It is also home to stains and dust mites. So how do we clean this soft yet dirty getaway? Clean My Premises is here to guide you through the steps.
- Remove the mattress cover and vacuum your mattress. Get rid of crumbs, pet hair, and other dirt.
- Clean stains with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap, baking soda and essential oils (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic). Blot and/or rub with a microfiber cloth. Alternatively, you can use a natural enzyme stain cleaner.
- Deodorize your mattress by sprinkling some baking soda on your mattress and leaving it there for a couple of hours. The baking soda will absorb any moisture and odor, leaving your mattress fresh and clean.
- Try to leave your mattress out in the fresh air and UV sunlight to naturally kill bacteria.
Television Cleaning Tips:
It’s a Sunday, and you’re done with your weekend chores. You grab a meal and switch on your TV. The news anchor is talking about new government policies. You try to focus on her words, but that big black spot on her nose keeps distracting you. You switch the channel to watch your favorite sports show, and are once again bothered by that black spot that’s now in the middle of the field. Ugh, you now realize that that black spot is actually an accumulation of dirt on your screen! How annoying!
Can I clean my TV screen with a paper towel and any cleaner? The answer is no. Never use window cleaners, scouring powder, soap or any cleaner with solvents such as benzene, ethyl alcohol, ammonia, acetone or ethyl chloride. These chemicals can cause your screen to turn yellow. Also, don’t ever use abrasive pads or paper towels. If you do so, you could scratch or strip the anti-glare coating off the screen and cause permanent damage.
Start by unplugging your TV and allowing it to cool down. You don’t want electric current passing through while you deal with liquids, to prevent static shock. And you can see the dirty and oily areas more clearly with a dark background. A cool TV will allow solvents to dissolve contaminants before evaporating. Take a soft, clean, dry, and lint-free cloth such as a microfiber cloth and clean the frame of your TV. If your cloth is lint-free, it’s less likely to build up a charge that can cause ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) and damage your TV. To clean your screen, first try gently wiping it with that soft, dry, clean, and lint-free cloth. If smudges, grease or fingerprints are still visible, spray your cloth with a screen cleaner solution and wipe the screen with the cloth gently and in circular motions. Make sure you do not directly spray on the TV screen as the liquid can run inside the monitor and cause damage. Then, let the screen dry before your plug the TV back in.
Do you want to make your own screen cleaner solution and save extra bucks? Just make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. That’s it! Are you wondering how to clean your computer monitor, laptop, smart-phone, tablet or e-readers? Just follow the same instructions listed above! It’s that simple.
Why is it important to clean your electronics? Cleaning reduces spreading of germs, removes dirt, dust, and grime, extends the life of electronics, and keeps electronics running and looking new.
Toothbrush Cleaning Tips:
You have a wonderful Saturday night. A night filled with great drinks, food, music and company! You wake up the next morning with a persistent headache (maybe you drank a little too much?). While you look into your cabinet to find a painkiller, you squint your eyes and loose balance as you sneeze. Two hours later you sneeze again. And then again! And then again! Your throat turns sore, and you develop a cough. All of a sudden, your place feels nippy and you’re getting chills. Your nose feels stuffy and your body weak. Can you guess what you’re down with? Yes, it’s a cold or flu! You’ve got bacteria/virus that your body now needs to fight.
As you start to recover after 3 days of worsening symptoms, you look at your toothbrush, and think whether it’s a good idea to put it into your mouth. I mean you used it yesterday when you were coughing like a dog! You almost threw up on it. How can you clean and disinfect your toothbrush to get rid of idling bacteria/viruses?
Regardless of which toothpaste or mouthwash you use, it will be difficult to have fresh breath and good oral health if the toothbrush you use is swarming with bacteria, mold, and decaying food particles. Here are a few steps you can follow to make sure your toothbrush is clean and healthy:
Before and after you brush, rinse your toothbrush with hot water, as hot water cleans and kills germs. While rinsing, move the bristles of your toothbrush back and forth with your thumb.
The bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic. Anaerobic bacteria survive in environments lacking oxygen. So, contrary to what some may say, do not cover your toothbrush with a cap, and do not store it in a closed drawer. A moist environment found inside a closed container will encourage bacteria to breed, so let your toothbrush breath openly! Exposing your brush to ventilation will kill the anaerobic bacteria on your brush.
Store it upright:
Your toothbrush should be placed upright (bristles up, handle down) so the water and particles can drain and collect at the bottom. You may notice the nasty scum present at the bottom of your toothbrush holder. You definitely don’t want your toothbrush bristles touching that scum, as that can cause your bristles to collect bacteria and mold.
Keep your toothbrush separate:
Toothbrushes touching each other can lead to cross-contamination so keep your toothbrush spaced out.
While adults don’t generally swap toothbrushes, it’s quite common for children to interchange their brushes. Write names or colour code toothbrushes to ensure there’s no switching over. When people interchange toothbrushes, they swap each other’s germs, and this could easily cause sickness.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months with a new one. However, if the bristles of your toothbrush fray and get bent, the effectiveness of your toothbrush highly decreases. Once your toothbrush stops performing as well as it used to, it’s time to replace it!
Deep clean and sanitize your toothbrush:
Do not boil, microwave, or place your toothbrush in a dishwasher as these could damage your toothbrush. In order to sanitize your toothbrush, place it for at least 10 minutes in an antibacterial solution You can use the following solutions to clean your brush: antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol, mixture of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar. You can sanitize your toothbrush this way once a week after your brush.
Some studies show that small amounts of germs become airborne from the toilet whenever it is flushed. Thus, make sure your toothbrush is stored 2-3 feet away from the mouth of the toilet bowl. When you are sick, there may be more pathogenic bacteria than normal on your toothbrush, so you may want to disinfect/sanitize your toothbrush more often than once a week.
Trash Can Cleaning Tips:
Something smells gross. You disinfect your kitchen countertops with a surface cleaner. The nasty smell still isn’t going away. You suspect maybe it’s your fridge. Perhaps there’s something in there that has expired, and is throwing off a stale smell. You open your fridge and deep clean it from the inside. After a good two hours of cleaning, all of your appliances and countertops are looking spick and span. Ugh what’s with that lingering bitter smell? What is it, and where is it coming from? Your husband’s home from work, grabs an ice cream from the freezer, and opens the trashcan to throw away the wrapper. Whoosh! A sweet scent gushes into his nose – or that’s what he expected. To his disappointment, that rush of air smelled more like rotting veggies with airborne mold spores waiting to breed. Okay, so it’s time to change the garbage bag. Your husband pulls out the dirty bag from the trashcan and takes it out to the garage. You open the trashcan to tuck in a new liner, but you see a thick, murky liquid sitting at the bottom. Oh that smell hasn’t left with your husband. It’s coming from the bottom of the trashcan!
What do you do in such a scenario? When traces of food and liquid fester in your trashcan, a gross stench develops because of growing mold, mildew and bacteria. It’s time to clean it out! First thing’s first, grab some rubber gloves and put on a mask if the smell is unbearable.
Now, empty the trashcan and remove any lingering particles. Then, take the can outside and hose it down or take it to your bathtub and wash it out. Pat dry with a paper towel! Now, spray the can generously with a disinfectant of your choice. Feel free to refer to our videos on how to make aromatic and natural cleaning products. Spray down the inside, outside, top and bottom of your trashcan. Take a clean toilet brush or other long-handled nylon bristle brush and scrub the surfaces of your trashcan. After cleaning, let the cleaner sit for 5-10 minutes. Last, rinse your can with water and dry it out with paper towels or in the sun. The sun helps eradicate mold. We hope that frown turns upside down the next time you open your trashcan! Also Visit Our Laundry Cleaning for more tips.
Fireplace Cleaning Tips:
You may ask us, “Why do I need to clean my fireplace and that too on a regular basis?” The answer is very simple and straightforward; it’s to avoid chronic health conditions that you and your family may encounter. Fireplaces are usually located in the family room on the main floor of a home or in the basement’s living room. This means that you and your family are always using this vital component in your home on all those great pomp and show moments and definitely in the winter season, when Mother Nature is wetting us with snow. Now it becomes very essential as a homeowner to get your fireplace tested every other winter season. When we use a fireplace, a lot of smoke from the firewood gets accumulated in the chimney and enormous amounts of ashes get piled up once the firewood burns down. This means that once the fireplace is lit up, it becomes extremely important to clean and sanitize the place. We suggest that you clean your fireplace at least once every other month that you’re using it.
Let’s begin with the materials that you will require to tidy up your fireplace.
- Goggles, rubber gloves, kneepads and closed shoes – these items will be needed as precautionary measures while cleaning the fireplace
- Trash bags, old clothes, fireplace shovel, and a rental vacuum from Home Depot/Rona or dust pan – these items will be needed for collecting the left over ashes from the firewood
Now that we have all these items we can start with the cleaning of our fireplace. Please note: we will talk about cleaning the door of the fireplace and the fireplace exteriors in our future articles.
To begin with, wear your protective items- goggles, rubber gloves, kneepads, and closed shoes so that you are safe from head to toe. Second, take the fireplace shovel and remove the tough debris and ashes, which might be stuck against the fireplace. Once this is done, we can move towards the third part of the cleaning process. Now, we need to use the rental vacuum, which we got from Home Depot to suck the debris or ashes left over from the firewood. Why are we using the rental vacuum? Well it’s because the regular vacuum at your house might get clogged with leftover solid bits of debris. Big corporations like Home Depot, Rona, and Canadian Tire carry industrial vacuums that have small bodies with bag-less chambers where all the debris or ashes are accumulated. Fourth, take a damp old cloth and clean the fireplace. Finally, empty the trash from the vacuum cleaner and dump it out into a garbage bag for disposal.
Ceiling fan with light kit Cleaning Tips:
It’s a hot and humid day. You can’t even sweat because of the humidity. It’s too hot to step outside. Well, at least you’ve been invited to your friend’s baby shower. There’s something to do in the middle of this heat! Your friend owns a beautiful gated house, with stone exteriors, high indoor ceilings, crown moldings made with handcrafted Italian designs, and the list goes on and on…that woman’s got style and well of course the money! You enter her house and feel a cool, pleasant breeze. The air conditioner is switched on, but it’s a different kind of breeze. You look up, and see an accented, fashionable ceiling fan with a light kit. The ceiling fan adds colour to the neutral palette of the room! Doesn’t the fan collect dirt and grime? Most definitely it does!
In fact, dust can lead to noisy fan operation and eventually cause motor damage. Moreover, dirty light fixtures use more energy and emit lesser light. Flying dust can also make you sick and cause allergies. Definitely not a situation you want to be in!
Here’s what to do to make your fan blades run smoothly and quietly:
- Turn off your ceiling fan and make sure your blades have come to a complete stop
- Take a step ladder and place it beneath the fan
- Moisten a microfiber or terry towel with water and wipe the surfaces of the fan blades. Repeat with a dry microfiber cloth.
- Wipe the motor housing and any pull-chains with a dry cloth
- If you’re a pro and have compressed air, spray the motor housing with it to blow out any interior dust
- Make sure you don’t press down too much or you could potentially bend, break, or warp the blades
- Avoid any abrasive or toxic chemicals (including baby wipes, alcohol, and alkaline cleansers) as these products can scrape or discolor the fan blades and motor housing
- Great, your blades are now clean. Now let’s make an anti-static spray by mixing one part of fabric softener to three parts of water. Apply some of this mixture to a clean microfiber cloth and wipe both sides of the blades.
Now that your blades are spick and span, let’s clean the attached light fixtures.
- Turn the mounting screws counter-clockwise to take off the glass shades of your light fixtures
- Wash the shades with soapy water and rinse them thoroughly. Now dry them.
- Replace the light bulbs
- Place the glass shades back into their original position and tighten the screws so that the glass does not shake and rattle when the fan is in motion
- You’re done. Yes sir/madam, you are done!
Where is your sex on the beach drink again? Yes, grab it and enjoy the clean, crisp, and fresh breeze.
After all of that hard work, you enjoy a break! Cleaning can be time-consuming and difficult, we at Clean My Premises agree. We’ve shared some of our cleaning tips with you, discussed pathogens, and given you some background behind the importance of each cleaning event. We hope we’ve managed to somewhat simplify your house cleaning tasks. Stay tuned for more updates!