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Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on: April 10, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: Great tips to honor earth day, April 22th

Here are some simple tips everyone can use to be a little more earth friendly!

Buy from a local farmer's market. Not only do small scale farms use their land more efficiently, there is usually less pesticides and harsh chemicals used.  Since the transportation of crops is minimal, there is less fuel used in getting the freshest produce to the consumer.  Make your carbon footprint even smaller by bringing your own bags.

Shower smarter!  The average shower head flows at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.  That comes to a whopping 9000 gallons annually for a 10 minute shower every day.  You can reduce your flow while still enjoying your shower by looking for a replacement shower head that is EPA approved with the WaterSense seal of approval.

When dining at home always use washable plates and siverware and cloth napkins.  Not only will you not be contributing to a landfill with diposable paper products you will have a much nicer dining experience. 

Turn off all lights and electronics when not in use.  Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when you are done charging your phone.  Power strips are a great way to shut down the electricty to multiple items with one flip of the switch.  Even when powered down many devices still draw unneeded power from outlets.

No one could be expected to start the day with a good cup of coffee.  Just make sure the coffee you are filling your cup with is grown, harvested and produced in a manner that is environmentaly responsible and improves the communities of where coffee is grown.  Check out http://www.fairtradeusa.org/ to learn how you can make the best coffee choice.

 If you would like to celebrate Earth Day and find out about some great volunteering opportunites, check out http://cincinnatiearthday.com/

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It's Spring, Get Cleaning!

Posted on: April 2, 2013 1:00 pm
Tags: Great tips for spring cleaning your whole house!

FOYER

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items. 
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.  
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need. 
  4. Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed. 
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up.
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights and lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Polish mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.


BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Polish mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures. 
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13. Sweep and wash floors.  
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings. 
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean cabinets/pantry.  Check food expiration dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Remove everything from refrigerator and wipe shelves.
  11. Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiration dates.
  12. Clean under fridge and stove.
  13. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  14. Clean microwave.  To loosed hardened food, place microwave safe cup of water with 1 T lemon juice in oven.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.
  15. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Dust light fixtures.
  20. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  21. Wash switch plates.  
  22. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  23. Wash doors and door knobs.
  24. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  25. Sweep and wash floor.  
  26. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty centerpiece with fresh spring flowers on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.

 LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Wash windows and window sills.
  7. Clean lamps and shades.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children's toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.


LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  7. Wash inside of washing machine.
  8. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  9. Wash laundry sink and faucet
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors. 
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable. 

STAIRWELLS

  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

OUTSIDE

  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.


REMEMBER TO:

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

Another great way to make your house fresh and beautiful after you have done all this hard work is have your carpets and furniture professionally steam cleaned. Call today for an appointment! (513)770-0925 

Happy Cleaning!

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