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Abracadabra! Time to Celebrate Microfibre’s Magical Powers!

In 1999, The University of California Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) pilot tested microfibre mops for a year to see how they compared with wet loop mops. The results were staggering! Switching to microfibre mops equated to a 60% lifetime cost savings, a 95% reduction in chemical costs associated with mopping tasks and 20% labour savings […]

April 18th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Green Housekeeping, Health, Maintenance, Spring|

Cut it Out! The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Greasy Range Hood Filters

The saying ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ applies so fittingly to people’s relationships with their range hood filters. In 2010, the New York Times ran a story in which Robert Schwartz, an interior designer had this to say about vents: “I’ve gone into kitchens 20 years old, and people have never cleaned their […]

April 13th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Health, Maintenance, Spring|

Children’s Books about Cleaning

It’s not just doomed fairy tale children whose parents and not-so-evil stepmothers make them do chores; human children must learn this life skill too. Here’s a list of children’s books that teach children the important message that everyone must help out around the house:

A Wonderful Week by Marjolein Varekamp
Busy, Busy Town by author/illustrator […]

April 11th, 2018|Family|

Free House! …Dust Free, that is!

It’s not just asthma and allergy sufferers who benefit from minimizing the dust, pollen, and pollutant count in their homes. Clean air is good for all humans and animals alike. The only problem is that dust is a mostly-invisible-foe. With a few home design tweaks, new stick-to-it habits and some cutting-edge technology, you can keep […]

Smooth Operator: Fitness Tips for Cleaning your Blender

Blenders are kitchen juggernauts! They have the power to transform humble ingredients into delicious soups, smoothies and compost for your garden, as well as whip up all kinds of icy cocktails. Are you looking for a long-term relationship with your blender? The secret to success is this 3-step bulletproof cleaning system:

1. The Rinse Reflex

In order […]

April 4th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Maintenance|

Eco Makeover: No Need to Buy, Just Re-organize!

By simply rearranging artwork, furniture and some of your prized possessions, you can completely transform a room – or your entire home!

Start with Art

Go room by room and decide which pieces of hanging art could use a move to a new location. If you’ve got a ton of framed family pictures scattered across bookshelves and […]

March 30th, 2018|Organization Tips, Spring|

5 Simple Ways to Keep your Hotel Room Tidy

Whether you’re a family of four or a solo traveler, living out of a suitcase for more than a couple of nights can get messy. Even with daily hotel housekeeping on your side, you need to put some rules and systems into place. Here’s our tips:

Hang it up!

The closed-loop hangers provided at most hotels are […]

March 28th, 2018|Family, Health, Organization Tips, Spring, Vacation|

Hassle-free Tips for Cleaning Candle Holders

The soft illumination of a burning candle instantly sets the mood. Whether it helps to create a sense of calm or desire, the flicker of the flame almost always brings pleasure. But, sadly, these emotions are replaced with frustration when the candle has burned out and it’s time to clean out that icky stubborn leftover […]

March 23rd, 2018|Cleaning Tips|

How to Break up with yours Stacks, Heaps and Piles of Things

Here’s a not-so-secret-secret: the only difference between a tidy home and a messy home is allegiance to storage systems. Look around an organized home and you’ll see storage in every shape and size; custom shelving, cabinets, racks, storage boxes, bins and lovely baskets. Ready to reduce your unsightly mounds once and for all? Follow this […]

March 21st, 2018|Family, Organization Tips, Spring|

Keep your Home Tidy with these 3 Foolproof Ideas

Above and beyond our daily cleaning chores, something seems to break or need extra TLC in our homes almost every single day. The list can vary, from easy to replace remote batteries to time-consuming tasks, like sourcing obscure light bulbs or finding a place to repair a tent zipper to your basic tidying up. Tick […]

March 16th, 2018|Organization Tips, Spring|