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Welcome & Let’s Clean Up Together

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The etymology of the verb “clean up” speaks for itself. As the verb has several meanings, so will our new blog strive to show you various perspectives to cleaning your home, and even changing your life. We are here to help you through difficult time, to laugh with you when you are happy, and help you resolve domestic emergencies.

Whenever you need help, deciding whether suede is in or out this season, whether you should redecorate the entire house, or simply change the upholstery in the living room, when you have a stain that you don’t know how to clean, we will provide a solution. Join our family of devoted writers and stunned readers, and you will find friend to support you in times of need. Visit https://www.back2newcleaning.com.au/carpet-cleaning-brisbane for more information about how to clean together. 


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At Home… With All Senses

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We all know that home is NOT just a place where you go to have a good night’s sleep, it is… how can I put it… a HOME. I am sure you have heard, read, blogged, tweeted or liked on Facebook various explanation of what makes it so special. Still, I would like to share my point of view as a semi-professional (or in other words self-proclaimed) expert on domestic matters.

So what does at home with all senses mean? It is pretty simple, actually, its all the tangible and intangible little details that make your space a reflection of your personality, your very own, very private, piece of the whole wide world.

We all have five senses, and when evaluating a property, visiting a friend or even coming home from work, we use them all, and not just the vision, to decide whether we feel good, whether we like it, and whether it feels welcoming or intimidating. Seems like a lot depends on the little details, right? Here is how to give a jump start to your senses:

Cleanliness:

Well, cleanliness can is a visual state, too, but here I am talking about the feeling that a clean home has wrapped around itself. De-cluttering a little bit every day, dusting, doing the dishes is all part of a ritual that sends a message to your brain that you are home. Have you ever been to a friend’s house, which is very classy with just the right accessories, yet something makes it look kind of shabby… That’s right, it is the thin, but impossible-to-miss, layer of dust on the TV and the picture frames.

According to Mark’s Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, to create a feeling of cleanliness, you need to be vigilant about cleaning a little bit every day. Furthermore, there is nothing that makes you feel at home better than puttering at home barefoot… and not having a layer of grime stick to your feet. To me, it’s the ultimate achievement!

Odour:

Nothing says at home with all senses like the smell of your home. Do you remember when you used to visit your granny, and her home always smelled like freshly baked cookies, and ever since when you enter a bakery (I know you wouldn’t even think to start baking on your own), memories of the happy childhood days start swirling through your brain.

Nowadays, we rarely bake, and cook but companies like Glade, are glad to compensate for the lack of cookie scent with various scents from ocean breeze through lavender to pine trees. Even now your home probably already has its own, unique smell, and, hopefully, it isn’t that of your pet! Make sure you do everything within your power to make it smell nicely, and it will not only feel better to be at home, but your brain will start recognising it as “HOME” the minute you walk through the door.

How to scent your home? You have unlimited options, starting with scented candles, air fresheners (thanks to the state-of-the-art technologies they can even look like small accessories), fragrance sticks, fancy cleaning products, something you have actually cooked or just plain old fresh air from outside. The choice is all yours, just remember – you need to be At Home… With All Senses.

Sound:
This might sound a bit strange but for those of you who live in high-traffic areas, it might be the most disturbing part of being at home. If you like pace and quiet, you would benefit from sound-proofing your home. Some of you, probably, can’t the stillness of the silence, and need to have music running all the time. Decide what makes you happy, and make sure you have the right music on when you enter your home.

What are your little secrets to feeling best at your home?


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Chores You Can Do While Speaking on the Phone

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Have you ever wondered how many hours you spend on the phone? In our age of smart phones and Facebook, and other devices, it is easy to loose track of how long you spend communicating with people all around the world. If you can’t sit still for long, or you simply like multitasking, you should consider crossing of some of the household chores while you are on the phone.

Some of the most annoying tasks on your To Do list will pass by unnoticed when you are having your daily gossip chit-chat with your best friend, update your mother on how the things are going, proclaim your love to your sweetheart, and etc.

If you like using a land-line that can easily fit between your year and your shoulder, you won’t have any problems going around the house with it, as long as your neck doesn’t start hurting. In case you prefer more hi-tech approach, and can’t live without your smart phone, you should consider using a handsfee, especially for the chores that require both of your hands to be free.

Without further ado, here are some of the chores that the pros at Fantastic Cleaning Fitzroy North have approved for doing while speaking on the phone:

1. Dry mopping: Vacuum cleaning, no matter how quiet your device might be, is out of the question while you are talking with someone. However, no one said anything about dry mopping or sweeping the floor. Cloth rags or even a swifter-type mop will help you get rid of the dust bunnies that always find their way to the edges of electronics.

2. Make the bed: What better way to start the day than with a nicely made bed. However, most of us secretly resent that task, as, to be honest, at the end of the day you are getting back in it. Nevertheless, the process will go very smoothly while you are distracted by speaking on the phone while pulling the duvet and fluffing the pillows.

3. Fold the laundry: Repeating mechanical movements while talking with someone on the phone is the ultimate solution to your restlessness, and to reducing the tremendous pile of clothes to manageable proportions.

4. Clean the bathroom: Aside from the final flush, you can have everything in the bathroom scrubbed, disinfected, and organised while speaking on the phone with your mother or another relative. Just a hint, though, if I were you, I wouldn’t let them in on my little cleaning secret.

5. Rearrange your closet: If both of your hands are free, it is the prefect time to get round to rearranging your closet, even colour-coding the items in it. Take a look at this closet organisation assessment to try, and figure out how to improve your overall scheme.


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Working From Home & Living Your Life

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When working from home, it is easy to go into work mode 24/7 – your home turns into a rather upgraded office as you can sleep in a comfortable bed, instead of on the couch. If you find that your dwelling is starting to loose its appeal as a place you go to rest, and leave the work-related problems at the door, it is high time to set some ground rules about working from home and living your life:

1. Say “NO” to working from the couch or yet worse, from the bed

The most important thing when working from home is to manage to separate your work area from the rest of the house. While the couch and the bed should be considered a leisure area, it might be tempting to stretch from sitting on the chair the whole day. However, we all know how things are going to end, or better to say how you will not be able to get anything right on time.

2. Say “NO” to eating while working and vice-versa

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You should cook for yourself, and enjoy your meals, instead of simply devouring everything you can find in your refrigerator. Not only will you not feel satisfied with the second scenario, but you are most likely to gain weight, too, so say “no” to eating while working.

3. Say “Yes” to schedules

When working from home it is easy to loose track of time, get buried in work, and forget to just take a break. However, it is important to set at least some flexible ground rules for having down time, lunch break and etc. If you feel the need schedule some free time to sit and stare with a blank expression for 15 minutes, basically use give your mind a break – you would if you were at the office, instead of at home.

4. Say “NO” to the chaos

Don’t let your office chaos (read documents all over the place, and office materials that threaten to take over your dwelling) transfer into your personal life just because you work from home. If don’t want to live as a hoarder, you should find time to clean up your mess. If you don’t want to combine the physical exercise and the cleaning, you should consider hiring Fantastic Cleaning Fitzroy North.

5. Say “Yes” to exercising

This is very important, if you value both your health and your body. If all you do at home is sit in front of the computer, how long will it take for you to fall out of shape? Make sure your body gets enough exercise – do yoga, go for a walk in the park during your “lunch break”, if you have a pet take it out, simply find some sort of activity that gives you pleasure, and explore it at least twice a week.


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How to Clean China

A nostalgic heirloom, or a brand new possession, antique china is a beautiful and delicate home accessory. With each generation it is passed on, the set increases its value. Don’t be fooled, however, tending to china is a full-time job. The trickiest part – figuring out how to clean china, and keep it in once piece. Personally, I consider each scratch, every crack or any other imperfection a direct insult to my ancestors. Therefore, I have developed my own ritual for tending to the precious set.

 

Firstly, you have to remember -china should only be hand washed! Forget all about how green it is to use the dishwasher. In our case, it poses a threat with its harsh detergents, high temperatures and prolonged cleaning cycle. Yes, I admit, it is possible to successfully, and without any incidents, run the china in the device, but if you want 100% guarantee that nothing bad will happen to your heirloom – do it the old-fashioned way.

General China Cleaning

Whether you are preparing your china for storage, or taking it out to impress guests, you have to sanitize the unit. As already mentioned, hand washing is your best option, and here is what you need to do:

1. Cover the bottom of the sink with a mat or a towel. In case you accidentally drop a piece from the set, the hit will be softened, and hopefully, you will avoid inflicting any damage.

2. As usual, fill the sink with water, but warm, not hot, and add a small amount of dish-washing detergent. Be careful what product you use as ammonia- or bleach-based cleaners could harm the sensitive surface of the china.

3. In case you are using a sponge (better not), make sure you use the soft side. Any abrasives or scrubbers will scar the unit. Your best choice – a soft wash cloth.

4. Let the china dry naturally, and then polish it with a microfibre cloth.

Natural China Cleaners

You are already familiar with how sensitive and breakable your china set is, so to avoid unnecessary risks with common household cleaning products, you can mix up your own remedies. As I like to say, when grandma’s antiques are involved, her cleaning methods work best! Even my friends, some of the best cleaners from St Albans, agree with me! If you have forgotten the granny methods, let me give you a heads up:

1. All-Purpose China Cleaner – A healthy, fresh-smelling remedy, composed of lemon juice and salt, will clean and shine your china! Make a paste from both ingredients, and rub it on a damp cloth. With the solution, you can effortlessly erase the harsh traces of time from your set.

2. Brown Stain Cleaner – Mix a paste from equal parts salt and vinegar to prepare the ultimate brown stain cleaner. Let it sit on the unit for as long as 15 minutes, rub and then rinse.

3. Tea and Coffee Stain Cleaner – When using your china on a regular basis, or you are simply a junkie for high-quality Arabic coffee or delicious English tea, your china will be inevitably exposed to stains. Luckily, all you need is some vinegar and baking soda. Wet the unit with vinegar. Get a dampened clean cloth and dip it in baking soda, and start rubbing the vinegar-covered surface.

Last but not least, I would like to remind you that antique china needs to be stored very carefully, since it is rather delicate. Never leave it in a moist, uncontrolled environment for longer than a couple of hours. When storing the unit, place paper sheets between the units to avoid unnecessary scratches.

Always appreciate your heirloom!

I learned these helpful cleaning tips from the cleaners St Albans. They advised me on how to store, clean and dry my antique china set, so if you have any additional questions, you can turn to them!


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Get Your Stripe On

What people love most is being fashionable in all aspects of their life. Sometimes, maintaining a certain vision is more than a life choice – it is a social standard that we ought to comply with. Additionally, our homes are the mirror to our souls, so we can’t claim the title “stylish”, if our dwelling isn’t just as smoothly arranged as our daily outfit. Amongst the best interior design trends for this year is home décor with stripes.

 

Psychologists say that using stripes as decoration feature is preserved only to the bold and dynamic personalities as it includes a certain amount of gambling. However, I believe that anyone can succeed with a few simple guidelines. So, get your stripe on and let’s decorate the living room with fancy, colourful lines.

What to Avoid When Decorating With Stripes

As previously said, there are a number of things that can go south when you start toying with stripes:

  • Too many stripes can distract the eye – Unlike other home décor elements of which you can never have too many, stripes can become overbearing when used excessively. Therefore, you need to draw the line at some point. For instance, if you want a wall covered in stripes from floor to ceiling, stop at one wall only. In case you are adding a “belt” of stripes to grid the entire room, don’t use stripped elements at other spots.

  • Avoid visual tension caused by clashing colours
     – Stripes can be dangerous to play with when you want to add a dramatic flair to the space with contrasting colours. It is much safer and creates a soothing effect to use shades and hues from the same colour family.
  • Stripes are fussy, counteract them with less intense elements – To achieve that eye-catching effect of the stripes, you see in the magazines, you need to allow them to pop out by completing the room decoration with rather plain accessories.

How to Pick The Right Type of Stripes

Basically there are numerous types of stripes, depending on their direction (horizontal, vertical and slanting lines), their thickness, the contrast between the colours of each line. The same rules one would use when choosing a stripped outfit apply to the stripe interior design. Thin horizontal stripes will make the room appear higher, while vertical ones will add optical depth to the space. Slanting lines can give you a mixed solution but are also trickier, so be careful.

Essentially, you need to be familiar with the peculiarities of the structure of the room to be able to select the best type of stripes. Bare in mind that they can make or break your home décor, and if you are feeling uncertain about how they would look, it’s much better to avoid using them in big room details like walls, massive furniture and etc.

Where is it Safe to Use Stripes for the First Time?

As far as striped surfaces go, the best places to experiment with stripes are cushions, curtains, bed covers and carpets… or a pretty mixture of all of the above. According to carpet cleaners at Melbourne, stains are less visible on a striped carpet or rug, so you can place one in a high-traffic area or in your kid’s bedroom.

Don’t get confused, there are options to experiment with different types of stripes throughout the room. However, it is a game that should be played only by experienced home owners who feel sure of their decoration skills.


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Fighting Back The Army of Chinese Food Stains

My fear is far more concerning than fighting some extra kilos. What I fear the most is going into an unexpected battle with the armies of Chinese food stains. These extra greasy protein stains are an opponent that needs much more than expert Kung Fu skills to take down. Skills far more different than an simple sponge handling are required. Classic weapons, like liquid dish soap or a bit of upholstery shampoo, are powerless in front of the might of a Chinese stain.

China is not only the most populated place on Earth. Many other stories hide behind the name of this country. Did you know that one of the food that leaves the scariest stains is told to be Chinese food. Their forces are strong, but we must have something to fight them back right? So how could you win a war with China?

It simpler than it seems. At first glance, a spicy Chinese food stain may seem to have settled on your clothes forever, but reality can be much more surprising. As every different enemy, diverse types of stains have that one thing that makes them week. If the fabric allows it, you can use Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with water in a 50:50 ratio to dissolve and completely remove the stains. Remember, you have to make sure you are using color-safe detergent. In more complex situations these stains will require much more scrubbing and batting than usually, but they will eventually come off. When things seem too much for a single hero to handle, I always rely on my dear friends from the stain fighting army of the expert cleaners from Bentleigh East . They’ve helped me many times when I was questioning my skills and knowledge, and we always won the fight.

There is no enemy you can’t fight back, there are only methods and tactics that works best in different situations. So next time a wild Chinese food stain appears on the sacred lands of your carpet and upholstery you can fight it with the new things you learned today.


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Can A Pet Really Improve Your Health

Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend but did you know that pets in general can make us both physically and mentally healthier? In fact, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals /RSPCA/, simply having our pets around us can lift our spirits and help us relax.

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Interestingly, the RSPCA also says that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership around the world. One study even found that thanks to the average Aussie’s love of cats and dogs, our precious pets have saved us approximately $3.86 billion in health expenditure in one certain year.

Physical Health Benefits That Owning a Pet Can Lead To

  • Improved cardiovascular health resulting in lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Fewer visits to the doctor.

  • Children developing stronger immune systems which reduces the risk of allergies. In turn, this sees kids with pets taking less sick days at school.

Another one of the physical health benefits that really caught our eye was an increase in physical activity. Of course, it makes sense as pets (especially dogs) encourage us to get out and about. Who needs a personal trainer when you’ve got a pet to drag you outside regardless of the weather?

Here are some other quirky facts from the Better Health Channel based on findings from selected studies:

  • People who walk their dogs are seen by others as being friendly and approachable.

  • Patients waiting in dentist surgeries found watching fish swim around an aquarium was as effective as hypnosis in terms of reducing stress.

Psychological Benefits Linked To Pet Ownership

  • Pet owners tend to suffer less from depression and are able to cope with grief, stress and loss better than those without a pet.

  • Pets have been known to enhance social connectedness – by all accounts, they’re great conversation starters!

  • Pets act as a constant source of support. After all, they keep us company when we’re feeling down or are sick. The Better Health channel even cites this non-judgemental companionship/unconditional love as increasing people’s self-esteem.

While there’s no doubt that pets can be very positive for kids, they also pose a lot of health benefits for older people. Transitioning from working full-time or part-time to retirement, is one of the biggest changes in life and one that many find difficult to adapt to.

And it’s only natural that as we age, we sometimes lose loved ones. Pets can assist older people in:

  • Enjoying life: Caring for a pet can add meaning to people’s lives and provide companionship at a time when family and friends may not always be present.

  • Help people to connect: Regardless of age, pets can help people to find a common interest and to meet new people.

  • Keep fit: Pets are playful in nature and often get people moving. They can make people laugh and boost energy levels.

While they can be a bit of a handful at times, it’s clear that owning a pet is advantageous to most people.

And hey, they can be a much-needed and constant source of support and happiness at times, don’t you think?


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These soft and chewy M&M Cookies are the perfect choice of a dessert. They are quick and easy to cook, especially when you are feeling tired of working or cleaning.

In my opinion, it is very hard to find a quality cookie recipe. Once you find it, make sure you write it down on a safe place. It is a treasure you cannot afford to lose! So get a pen and note this one:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • one package of mini M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, cornstarch and the baking soda in a bowl.
  2. In other large bowl, using a mixer, make a smooth paste from the butter and both types of sugar. Adjust the speed to medium and mix until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  3. Set the mixer on low and add in egg and vanilla. Return the speed to medium and mix until well compounded.
  4. Turn the mixer back on low and add the dry mixture gradually until dough forms. Blend in M&Ms by hand. Put the dough into the refrigerator for at least 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Get the dough out of the fridge and form balls with the approximate size of a walnut. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before removing and placing on wire rack to finish cool.

I highly suggest a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee with these!


Recipes

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These soft and chewy M&M Cookies are the perfect choice of a dessert. They are quick and easy to cook, especially when you are feeling tired of working or cleaning.

In my opinion, it is very hard to find a quality cookie recipe. Once you find it, make sure you write it down on a safe place. It is a treasure you cannot afford to lose! So get a pen and note this one:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • one package of mini M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, cornstarch and the baking soda in a bowl.
  2. In other large bowl, using a mixer, make a smooth paste from the butter and both types of sugar. Adjust the speed to medium and mix until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  3. Set the mixer on low and add in egg and vanilla. Return the speed to medium and mix until well compounded.
  4. Turn the mixer back on low and add the dry mixture gradually until dough forms. Blend in M&Ms by hand. Put the dough into the refrigerator for at least 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Get the dough out of the fridge and form balls with the approximate size of a walnut. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before removing and placing on wire rack to finish cool.

I highly suggest a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee with these!