Grow Your Own Ingredients: A list of useful plants to grow in your home this spring


April showers are in full swing, and flowers are beginning to bloom. One of the best parts of spring is being able to enjoy the outdoors. A great way to spend some time with nature is to grow a garden. Plants are not only beautiful; they can also be used as ingredients in natural health remedies or cleaning solutions.

Before you begin, here are some great tools from Urban Farmer to help you in knowing when to plant certain seeds. Climate and soil conditions drastically affect the ability to grow some of the plants we suggest, so be sure to check out the information on your local area. If you’d prefer to stay out of the unpredictable spring weather, all of our recommended plants can be grown indoor or outdoor. We have chosen some low-maintenance options that anyone can handle. If you are choosing indoor grows, you will need to maintain the atmosphere with products like this quest dehumidifier, lighting and temperature controls.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is one of the most well known indoor plants because it is extremely low maintenance. With a little water and some exposure to sunlight, you can easily grow an aloe plant. Aloe Vera has multiple uses. Most notable are its healing properties for burns and cuts.

Lemons

If you’ve followed our blog for long, you know we love lemon for all kinds of reasons. It is a great natural cleaner that fights grease and grime, but it also helps fight disease because it is filled with antioxidants and vitamins. This super fruit can be grown inside or outside your home as long as it is watered regularly and receives 8-12 hours of sunlight a day.

Ginger

Ginger is quite possibly one of the easiest plants to grow, and it’s benefits are enormous! This is a natural remedy for nausea and generally a great addition to your diet. Buy some from the store. Cover it with dirt, and keep it damp as it starts to grow.

Air-Cleaning Plants

Fresh Home compiled a list of plants that naturally filter the air in your home. These houseplants require little work, but help to keep the air in your home safe for you and your family. You could start with the most common houseplants like smaller palms, English Ivy, or a Rubber Plant.

Other Herbs & Natural Cleaners

With both medicinal and culinary uses, Parsley, Basil, and Sage are all great options for an herb garden. From fighting infections to anti-inflammatory properties, the health benefits of adding these into your diet are well proven. You can even make your own essential oils. These herbs require a lot of sun, so make sure to put your indoor garden near a window.

Here is another great list from Organic Authority of natural ingredients you can use to create cleaning solutions to use around your home. This list includes some of the plants we’ve already mentioned as well as chamomile, cucumber, and peppermint.

Get Started

While you’re tending to your garden, we’d love to take care of the housework. With our all natural cleaning methods and supplies, you can trust us to keep your home safe and clean. Don’t wait! Call us at 541-601-6236 to schedule a quote or a cleaning.

7 Tips for Outdoor Spring Maintenance


Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your entire house. Most people do a traditional indoor Spring Cleaning, but it is also important to spruce up the exterior of your home. It adds value and curb appeal that both you and your neighbors will appreciate. And, if you’re one of the many people who attempt to sell their home in the spring, your realtor will thank you as well.

  1. Invest in one big weekend of yard work. If you spend one weekend dedicated to checking off your outdoor to do list, you will thank yourself. Not only will the bulk of the work be done for the rest of the season, but you’ll also see a major improvement in just a few days.

  2. Clean the gutters. Cleaning gutters is a continuous job. We recommend cleaning them both before and after winter. In the fall, you should mainly be concerned with clearing out all the leaves and sticks that may be clogging them. In the spring, however, you may want to do a cleaning of both the inside and outside of the gutters. The amount of rain in the spring can really make a mess, and your gutters need to be draining properly. Here is “how-to” from Chaotically Creative. Lesley admits that while her DIY results were the impressive, hiring a professional can save time and energy.
  3. Inspect the exterior. From top to bottom, your house needs some TLC after the harsh winter weather and before the spring storms. DIY.com recommends several important areas to look at as you make your rounds. Check your roof and gutters for damage and look to get roofing contractors maryland in if there is gamage. Repaint or seal any areas that are chipping. Inspect your foundation and ensure the ground slopes away from your home to ensure proper drainage. These routine tasks are essential to the maintenance and upkeep of your home. Another thing to mention, is that you could have a look into getting some hd wireless security camera systems to show that the property has been looked after.

  4. Give your house a wash. According to Bobvila.com, “Vinyl siding is pretty low maintenance…to keep your siding free of grime and dirt, wash with a solution of 70 percent water and 30 percent vinegar, then rinse clean.” If you do not have vinyl siding or the proper equipment, it may be easier to leave this to the professionals.
  5. Organize your storage space. Whether you have a garage or shed or both, cleaning out and reorganizing your storage space is a great way to start off the season. Here are 12 Organizing Tips for Your Garage Shelves.

  6. Check yard toys. If you’ve got forts, playhouses, swing-sets, or other yard toys, make sure to do a quick safety check. Clean off rust and debris, and tighten any loose screws. If needed, replace old parts so that toys are safe for everyday use after a long winter. Some of these toys can be difficult to clean, so here is a step-by-step guide from Carrie at Carrie This Home.
  7. Improve the curb appeal. Particularly if you are putting your house on the market this spring, adding curb appeal is a must. You can do things like get your old Garage doors Charlotte replaced or getting your roof cleaned.

Lucky for you, we can help you with just about everything on this list. Call us today to schedule your indoor and outdoor cleaning projects. If you schedule a five-hour or more cleaning before April 6th, you’ll receive 10% off of your service.

3 Spring Services You Can’t Live Without


The time change doesn’t just mean that you lost an hour of sleep. It also signifies something else very important: Spring is almost upon us with that some people are looking to go to Green Facilities or somewhere similar to help with their spring cleaning. It’s time for that annual spring cleaning–inside and out. Check out our website for our top three most popular services for readying your home for spring.

Window Cleaning

What you can expect from our service:

  • Window cleaning by a professional window cleaner
  • Provision of all supplies and equipment needed to do the job
  • Detailed cleaning of all window, tracks, and screen surfaces

Do you need your windows professionally cleaned? We clean windows inside and outside, leaving them sparkling clean! Our window cleaning service also includes hand wiping out the tracks and cleaning the screens.

The Cleaning Crew, LLC knows how to handle your glass surfaces with great care and can tailor your window-cleaning needs to fit each situation.

We provide a complimentary evaluation of your home to determine:

  • Your window cleaning needs
  • Date, time and cost of the cleaning
  • We offer one-time, bi-yearly or yearly window cleaning. We also offer monthly or quarterly price packages

If this service is what you need, please contact us today for a free estimate! We can either provide the bid information over the phone or schedule an onsite bid.

What you can expect from our service:

  • Gutter cleaning by a professional gutter cleaning specialist
  • We supply the equipment needed to complete the job
  • Quality cleaning of all gutters and downspouts

Are your gutters and down spouts filled with leaves and debris? Would you like a friendly and experienced cleaning specialist to take care of your gutter needs? If so, call The Cleaning Crew, LLC today! If you need gutter installation, then you may want to contact melvinbelkroofing.com – once they’re installed, you can be sure we’ll clean them!

We are happy to provide a complimentary evaluation of your home to determine:

  • Your gutter cleaning needs
  • Date, time, and cost of the gutter cleaning

If this service is what you need, please contact us today for an free estimate! We can either provide the bid information over the phone or schedule an onsite bid.

What you can expect from our service:

  • Completed by a professional power washing specialist
  • We supply the equipment needed to complete the job utilising companies such as AirCompressorsUSA.com
  • Detailed cleaning of your exterior surfaces

Are the exterior surfaces of your home dirty? Are there cobwebs under your eves? Do your porches, decks and sidewalks need a cleaning to remove the yearly buildup of sediment and moss? We power wash your exterior surfaces with great care and are mindful of your plant beds and flowers.

In addition to power washing the exterior surfaces of your home and office, we also power wash commercial buildings and storefront walkways.

We provide a complimentary evaluation of your home or office to determine:

  • Your power washing needs
  • Date, time and cost of the cleaning
  • We can tailor your power washing needs to fit each situation

When you contact us for a free estimate, we can either provide the bid information over the phone or schedule an onsite bid.

Call us today!

Enjoy your time outside this spring, and let us take care of the hard work. We’d love to come over for a no-obligation, free estimate. To schedule a visit, call us at 541-601-6236.

7 Kitchen & Bathroom Organizational Hacks We Love


Since February is the month of love, we’re publishing some of our favorite things! Not much is better than saving time, space, and sanity. So, today we are sharing some of our favorite “life hacks” for kitchen and bathroom organization.

Kitchen

We stuff so many appliances, utensils, dishes, and groceries into one of the smallest parts of our home. No matter the size of your kitchen, everyone could use more storage. Here are a few of our favorite fresh storage ideas for your kitchen that we found on LifeHack.org’s list of 31 Clever Ways to Organize and Clean Your Kitchen:

Hanging Rack (#7)

Pots and pans can take up much of your cabinet space if you let it. One of the best choices you can make is to invest in a hanging rack for pots, pans, and lids. You can buy an overhead rack as seen in #7, or you can find one to hang from the wall.

Cutting Board (#4)

Free up counter space by finding a cutting board that can fit over your sink. Wash, peel, and cut your veggies all in one space.

Kitchen tablet (#9)

Replace paper calendars and cookbooks or recipe boxes with a more space-efficient electronic device. If you have an extra or unused tablet lying around, you can dedicate it to the kitchen and mount it on the inside of a cabinet or above the backsplash.

Under Cabinet Hooks

Turn your tea cup or coffee mug collection into interesting kitchen décor. This Kitchn blog shows us a beautiful example of this Pretty Storage Idea here. You can learn how to install your own mug hooks by reading this guide from the San Francisco Gate.

 

Bathroom

Bathrooms can never be big enough. Does it seem like you are always running out of storage space? Don’t let your vanity or linen closet overwhelm you. Get control of the mess with some of these helpful ideas for organization.

Above the Door

This may be our favorite “hack” of all. Turn unused space into a storage solution by simply installing a shelf above the inside of your door. Check it out here. This can make a great spot for towels or baskets with extra toiletries.

Vanity

From ice cube trays, to drawer dividers, to paper towel holders—everyday household items can be extremely helpful in organizing your vanity. There are several awesome ideas in this Redbook article. Check out numbers 1 through 10 for all your vanity organization needs!

Our favorite vanity clearing tip is #16 on this Cosmopolitan list. Keep all those little, hard to find items like clippers, bobby pins, and tweezers organized with a magnet strip.

Linen Closet

The linen closet can quickly become a nightmare if you do not have a practical approach to storing your towels and blankets. In this Life Storage article, they recommend 8 organizational tips for controlling the closet. Our favorites are numbers 3 and 4.

  • Rolling towels instead of folding them creates more space
  • Storing fitted and flat sheets inside their matching pillow cases keeps everything organized.

 

 

Keeping It Clean

We’d love to help you keep your newly organized home spick and span! But, if you aren’t even sure where to begin, we offer organizational services by professional organizers as well. Call us now at 541-601-6236 to schedule a consultation.

A 3-Step Cleaning Schedule That Will Help Save You Time


Life has always been busy. But, now-a-days, when we have plenty of advancements in technology to help us save time, many of have less time than ever. Let’s face it, keeping a clean house is on the top of most of our priority lists, but it can be hard to manage with a crazy busy schedule. So, here at The Cleaning Crew, LLC, we want to help you.

We’ve come up with a few easy scheduling tips to keep your house in order by helping you organize necessary duties. The first thing we recommend is separating your tasks into three lists: everyday, weekly, and monthly. These free printables even go as far as organizing by room. After you’ve made your list, prioritize the items accordingly. Below, you’ll see our recommended schedule and links to other helpful resources that you can use to handcraft a housekeeping schedule that fits your needs.

Everyday

If you do a little bit of work every day, it will take less time than if you let it pile up throughout the week. Our recommendation is to start the morning by making the bed, unloading the dishwasher and putting a load in the washing machine. Toward the end of the day, reload and run the dishwasher. Then, dry and fold the load you started that morning.


We also suggest sorting through mail every day instead of piling it up for later. Shred things that need to be shredded. Throw away the trash. Clip the coupons. It only takes a few minutes and will save you quite a bit of time (and a big messy pile) in the long run.

Other quick daily tasks include:

  • taking out the trash
  • sweeping or vacuuming rooms as needed
  • spraying the shower down with a daily cleaner or vinegar/water mixture
  • wiping all counters and toilet seats with wet cloth

Weekly

There are several cleaning tasks that can wait a few days without becoming overwhelming. Assign a day of the week to take care of all of these tasks at once, or create a weekly schedule to complete one task each day. However you do it, staying on top of these chores will keep your house fresh and clean without too much stress.

A few things you might want to add to your weekly cleaning list are:

  • Washing and changing the sheets
  • Vacuuming furniture and/or window treatments
  • Cleaning out refrigerator
  • Dusting
  • Washing rugs
  • Mopping
  • Scrubbing bathtubs and toilets
  • Disinfecting countertops

Monthly

Monthly tasks are not urgent, but they are important to the overall maintenance and organization of your home. There are several homeowner maintenance schedules out there. We like this one from My Home Ideas. It organizes tasks into monthly and seasonal tasks.

Some important monthly tasks include:

  • Organizing garage and other storage areas
  • Getting rid of unused or broken items
  • Changing air filters
  • Cleaning garbage disposal/washer/dryer

Once you get into the habit of doing these things, none of them take much time. This nifty schedule even estimates how much time each task takes. Incorporating a 10-minute pick-up at the end of every day can be very helpful. It’s impressive how much can be accomplished in 10 minutes!

>>>These schedules will help your housecleaning be more organized and efficient. But, you know what’s even easier? Calling us at 541-601-6236 for a free, no hassle cleaning quote. We will do all the cleaning for you which can help to give you more control of your crazy busy schedule in 2017!<<<

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Have a Happy New Year (Even in Your Older Home)


Every January is the same. It is a time for list after list of resolutions and tips on how to be and have the newest and the best during this new year. Creating change be a challenge if you find yourself in the same old surroundings. Most of us probably didn’t move over the holidays, so many of us find ourselves in the exact same place we ended 2016. Doesn’t seem like much of a new beginning, does it?

Because we want you to have a successful start on your resolutions, we thought we’d compile some tips to help you create an environment conducive to a fresh start. Even if you’ve lived where you are for a while, here are three easy ways to create newness in your well loved, not-so-new home.

Rearrange Furniture or Redecorate

Start the new year off by changing your home design. This will give your house a new feel even if you’ve lived there for decades. Move the furniture around to create more space or a different feel. Purchase new draperies or change out some of the décor. These small changes will make a huge visual impact.

Plus, moving the furniture can allow for a thorough floor cleaning and the ability to reach areas that may have gone ignored for months.  Even if you don’t change out the drapes, now is a great time to wash all of those things that get neglected throughout the year. Launder area rugs and shower curtains along with your window treatments and any other specialty fabrics.

Reorganize

We’ve talked about decluttering in previous blogs. During the new year it is nice to take some time to get rid of things and reorganize the things you have accumulated throughout the year.

If necessary, purchase an organizational system of some sort and put it to use. In this article, Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog walks you through the step-by-step process of totally reorganizing a room. Her first suggestion is to remove everything from the space. That’s a great time to call us in for a top-to-bottom scrub before you start putting things back into place.

 

Deep Clean

If you haven’t already guessed it, the biggest part of having a fresh new start for the new year is the word FRESH. While you’re rearranging and reorganizing, it is the perfect time to clean out all of those nooks and crannies that haven’t seen a scrub brush in a while and give them a good cleaning.

From vaulted ceilings to baseboards, we can help your house look it’s best–maybe even brand new–for the New Year! When your home is spick and span, it is a clean slate for you to begin whatever adventures await you this coming year.

Let us know in the comments ways you create a fresh start every New Year.

Start 2017 off well. We’d love to help you tackle your New Year to-do list and start conquering those resolutions!

Call us today: 541-601-6236. Or, shoot us an email: info@thecleaningcrewonline.com

Holiday Hits: 5 Recipes to Impress


 

Hopefully you already have us scheduled to help you clean up before the holiday guests start arriving. So, you have plenty time to plan and prep as the holidays approach! Before you head to the grocery store, here are some of our favorite recipes that you might want to add into the mix this season. Plus, some bonus kitchen cleaning hacks we can’t wait to share with you.

Breakfast

Breakfast seems to be overlooked during the holidays. We have large lunches and delicious dinners, but it’s hard to think about a big breakfast when you’re planning an important meal for later on in the day. Here is a great recipe that’s sure to please your overnight guests without taking away from the main meal.

Breakfast Pie

In less than an hour you can have these cooked and served. The great thing is you can make substitutions for picky eaters or allergies. Everybody loves croissants. Use them as the crust for a surprising breakfast pie. Check out the detailed instructions here on Pillsbury’s website.

  • Roll out each croissant.
  • Top with your favorite toppings
  • Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 18-22 minutes at 375.

***Are your pots and pans gross? Use acidic cleaners like white vinegar or lemon juice as a gentle, natural method. Alkaline cleaners like baking soda can cause discoloration. Then, line them with foil or paper next time you cook to make clean up a breeze.***

Lunch

Holiday celebrations traditionally mean a lot of turkey.

Make your leftovers something to remember by trying this recipe. You and yours can get warm and cozy by the fire with a nice bowl of Crockpot Turkey Chili. Throw all the ingredients in the crockpot after lunch, and you’ll have a simple but tasty meal ready by dinner!

All you need is:

  • 2 Cans Chili Beans
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Shredded Turkey
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Package of Chili Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder

Combine in crockpot and let cook for 4-6 hours on high.

***After you’ve served this delicious chili, your crockpot can clean itself! Use this awesome trick from Life Should Cost Less with water and vinegar to make clean up a breeze.***

Dinner

Mashed potatoes are a holiday staple. Don’t let traditional become boring.

 

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Put a twist on this classic! You can read the recipe at Little Spice Jar, but it’s pretty simple. You’ll need your traditional mashed potato ingredients along with sour cream, garlic, and cheddar cheese. Serving these loaded mashed potatoes will be sure to please.

Dessert

Peanut Butter, Ritz, and Chocolate Sandwiches

(In my house, we called them Yummies!) For those of you who would rather spend time socializing than over the stove, these are for you! These no-bake sandwich cookies are quick and easy to make.

Spread. Melt. Dip. Dry. That’s it.

All you need to do is spread your choice of peanut butter between two Ritz crackers, melt chocolate as directed, and cover the sandwiches completely with melted chocolate. Then, set out on wax paper to harden.

You can eat them as is, but if you prefer, you can get a little more creative by adding sprinkles or making edible characters like they did over at Something Swanky!

***Careful! Chocolate is yummy, but can make a mess. Chocolate is much easier to clean up while it is melted than after it hardens. Be sure to use hot water to keep the chocolate from hardening while you are trying to rinse the bowl. ***

Decorative Delights

Whether its for a class party, a pot luck meal, or the dessert table at the family gathering, you can impress and entertain with a decorative dessert. We couldn’t decide on just one. So, here are several ideas!

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We can’t help you with cooking, but we can help you with prepping your kitchen and cleaning up afterward.  Remember, there is less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Call us today at 541-601-6263 to schedule your appointment or grab a gift certificate for someone you love.

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3 Steps to Getting Your Home Holiday Ready


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The holidays are a busy time for all of us. We go from fall festivals and pumpkins straight into peppermint and winter holidays. Here at The Cleaning Crew, LLC we want to help make keeping your house clean a stress-free experience even while you are balancing a busy schedule.

Here are 3 easy tips to help you prepare for the holiday rush.

1. Declutter

The less clutter you have, the easier it is to keep your house clean. As the cold weather approaches and you are stuck inside, it’s the perfect opportunity to take the time to purge. If you’ve got belongings that you’re not planning on actually getting rid of, you could look into renting a self storage facility to keep your clutter out of your home for periods of time if needed.

We pinned a helpful decluttering list recently on our Pinterest Page. You can check it out by clicking here.

Don’t forget to sort through:

  • Fridge and pantry
  • Filing cabinets
  • Storage bins
  • Junk drawers
  • Knick-knacks and décor
  • Closet

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This blog entry at A Debt Free Stress Free Life has some great tips for decluttering, but any professional organizer will tell you to start by making 3 piles.

  1. Trash is the easiest to get rid of, so start there. Get rid of broken or used items, and shred old paperwork.
  2. In the spirit of the holidays, fill up a box to donate. These can be food items from your pantry or clothing and household items to take to the nearest donation center.
  3. Decide what is valuable enough to sell. Maybe you are a collector and have things that can be sold online at auction sites, or maybe you just have a few things you want to put together for a yard sale.

Whatever system you use for decluttering your house, it is the first step to a truly clean home.

2. Deep Clean

Most of us do a typical “Spring Cleaning,” but it is a great idea to do a deep cleaning every season. With all the gatherings and meals coming up, your kitchen needs attention now, not in a few months! Plus, your gutters and windows need attention after all the fall leaves, and your guest bathroom will be used more than it has been all year.

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That’s where we come in. The Cleaning Crew, LLC would love to take care of all the cleaning duties you don’t want to think about so you can focus on what’s important during this holiday season.

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Let us come help you with things like freshening up guest rooms, deep cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, gutter and window cleaning.

3. Prepare for Overnight Guests

Once you’ve got the house decluttered and deep cleaned, it’s time to prepare for guests.

Teresa at Tiaras and Tantrums has created a fabulous checklist for those preparing for overnight guests. You can find it here. But, we’ll give you the basics.

In the bedroom, keep things like tissues and extra blankets in sight. Give guests their own space. Leave room in the closet or dressers for them to unpack their things, especially if it is an extended stay. No one likes to live out of a suitcase.

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Also, make sure there is a dedicated guest bathroom that is stocked with plenty of necessities like toilet paper and towels.

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For an extra touch of hospitality, you can consider some of these ideas:

  • Supply extra toothbrushes or specialty soap.
  • Leave non-perishable snacks and water bottles in each guest room.
  • Have plugs available for charging stations.
  • Leave fans in each room if you know your guests will need them.
  • Supply them with air freshener or cleaning wipes.
  • Share the Wi-Fi password.
  • Write a note to welcome them.

Leave the preparation to us so you can enjoy the celebration! Give us a call at 541-601-6236 today for a hassle-free quote or to give the gift of cleaning with a Cleaning Crew gift card!

Solutions to Stubborn Stains


Lately, we’ve been working to improve our Pinterest page. We’d love to invite you to go over and take a look at our collection of awesome tips and tricks! You can find us by clicking here. During our overhaul, we ran into a crowd favorite pin that inspired this blog post.

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One of the most stressful things in the cleaning world is a difficult stain. We’ve all encountered them…don’t let them stress you out any longer! Here are a few MUST KNOW stain removal tips to make your life easier.

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By far, our most re-pinned post is Deep-Clean Your Natural-Fabric Couch for Better Snuggling from POPSUGAR.

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You can checkout the article for more detailed instructions, but here is an overview:

  1. First, the most important step is checking out the tag to see what material it is made from. This will help you to know what you can and can’t use to clean.
  2. Then, pre-clean by scrubbing with a white cloth. Using any type of dyed fabric runs the risk of further staining the fabric.
  3. Allow twenty minutes to an hour for baking soda (or another natural cleaner) to absorb stains.
  4. Finish off with a run of the vacuum to pick up the baking soda.

Need to clean or restore non-fabric furniture?

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If you’re looking to effectively shine or even repair wooden furniture without sticky, left-over residue, check out this DIY vinegar and olive oil recipe from Domestic Bliss Squared. You can create your own cleaner to help give your vintage furniture new life today with items you already have in your kitchen cabinet. Check out the amazing transformation documented with before and after pictures in her blog post.

Cleaning Water Stains

If you’ve read our recent blog post, Six Clever Ways to Clean With Vinegar, you know vinegar is a favorite here at The Cleaning Crew. Ceara at DIY Confessions agrees with us. She used a mixture of dish soap, vinegar, and lemon juice to completely transform her kitchen sink. Whenever you find yourself battling water stains, this will prove useful. You can read through the process she used to get these unbelievable results on her blog DIY Confessions.

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Cleaning ANYTHING Else

And I mean anything…

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Look no further! The students at University of Illinois have created a site specifically dedicated to stain solutions. No, seriously. They did. And, it’s awesome! From Worcestershire sauce to super glue to hair dye, the site has an index containing over 200 staining elements, the supplies you need to clean them, and the preferred method to clean the stain. You can browse through the alphabetized graphics or search using a toolbar by clicking here.

Many stains are the result of unexpected accidents, and one of the best ways to fight stains is to never let them set. So, knowing how to respond when a stain happens is important. To help with this, they also have a nifty “Getting Started” guide that helps you get organized to be prepared to fight stains as soon as they happen.

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While knowing how to respond quickly is key. Keeping things clean over time helps to reduce general build up that can lead to really stubborn, hard-to-remove stains, yellowing, and dinginess. Let us help you to prevent those by regularly cleaning trouble spots in your home.

To keep your house spotless, get a no-obligation quote! Give us a call today at 541-601-6236 or shoot us an email at info@thecleaningcrewonline.com.

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Entryway Fall Friendly


As summer draws to a close, it’s a great idea to change things up around the house with the seasons. You can start off with a seasonal deep cleaning by one of our cleaning specialists. Then, make a few changes in decor. One place that is easy to redecorate but can make a huge impact is your entryway. The curb appeal of a well kept front stoop and the warmth of a clean, welcoming entryway will be sure to wow your guests upon arrival. Before redecorating you are going to want to make sure you have a clean canvas to work with. This means cleaning away the build-up of cobwebs, leaves and debris from the entryway. You could either do this manually or with the help of machinery like a leaf blower. I would suggest investing in a blower as it is more convenient to use and you will need one year around. You can find more information on quality leaf blowers here: https://thebestleafblowers.com/best-gas-leaf-blower/. Once your entryway is clear and ready to be worked on, then you can start to consider the following factors as you move on to redecorating:

Color

What helps you identify with a season more than color? A neutral paint color in your entry way allows the area to easily transition from season to season. Use seasonal décor to bring in the warmer fall color pallet. Plants, candles, art work, or a wreath are excellent ways to add pops of color. You can find some great unexpected fall color palettes here.

Just be careful not to decorate with too many knick-knacks. It makes it difficult to dust properly, and makes your house seem cluttered rather than clean.

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Plants

Many plants are seasonal, so they are a great way to bring in a natural element to your décor. Here is a fun idea to transition your summer plants into a fabulous fall planter. Whether inside or outside, plants can help to naturally clean the air.

Mums are great fall plants that are also at the top of the list of natural air purifiers. Add some to your porch to add some color to the curbside view. Make sure to sweep your walkway several times a week to keep the falling leaves from dirtying your walkway.

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Seating

Whether you’ve got a rocking chair on the porch or a bench in the foyer, your seating solutions can easily transition from summer to fall by choosing accent pillows, throws, or seat cushions that feature warmer colors and fabrics with seasonal patterns. Solution dyed acrylics withstand harsh outdoor conditions and don’t stain easily, but are soft enough to use indoors as well.

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Storage

Entry way storage will change with the weather. As the leaves change, we will all break out our coats and jackets. These bulky articles of clothing can easily crowd and clutter your entryway.

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If you don’t have an entry closet, a traditional coat rack accompanied by an umbrella stand and shoe tray can add a storage solution with vintage flair. If you are going for a more modern look, a “drop zone” is a trendy storage solution. This Downright Simple blog entry explains how you can turn even the smallest of areas into a stylish storage solution.

Lighting

As time changes it will begin to get darker earlier. Lighting will be important both indoors and out. Inside, opt for a lower light from lamps. This will provide your guests with a sense of comfort and warmth as the weather begins to cool.

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Make sure that the outdoor area has sufficient lighting along any pathways. Better Homes & Gardens recommends motion sensitive lights for security and to cut down on electricity use.

 

Finishing Touches

We’d love to help you get started with your entryway revamp. Call us at 541-601-6236 to schedule a seasonal deep cleaning. We’d love to help your redesign shine!

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