Just the other day someone asked me the most efficient way to clean a house. And lo and behold a few days later this brilliant piece appeared in The New York Times. So even if you have one of my incredible teams cleaning your house every week, it’s super smart and well written and worth a read. And if you don’t have us cleaning for you, definitely do take a moment to read. It’s worth it. Also probably a good idea to send to those recent college grads… 🙂
I subscribe to a great site called, Women’s Voices for the Earth, and last week they released a new report about companies that produce cleaning products. You can access it here: Deep Clean: What the cleaning industry should be doing to protect your health.
And guess what? The four companies that we think we should trust because they’ve told us they have cleaned up their products have actually been lying to us. Surprise! And our pals at SC Johnson who make such “green” products like, Pledge and Scubbing Bubbles and Windex, are still using hormone disrupting synthetic musks. Nice, ehh?
The great team at Women’s Voices for the Earth has created a “Clean Sweep Campaign” to move companies to adopt a truly transparent and internal chemical screen policy. Learn more at: http://www.womensvoices.org/issues/reports/deep-clean/.
I’m sure the reason Boulder made one of the happiest places in America is because of all our happy clients!
A client recently asked how often she should clean her oven. Rule to live by: if something spilled or there are lots of grease splatters – clean the damn thing. Why?
And if that doesn’t motivate you, food that falls off in your oven and just sits there could eventually start tainting the taste of everything you cook.
If you wanna see an actual oven from a former client, click here!
My friends, I’m afraid The Wall of Shame continues to grow. The photo below was from an apartment where the tenant lived for only two very short years. Apparently he was really into cooking pizza without using a pan. Or maybe he was cooking meat right on the rack or maybe he tried to make fondue without a pot and just laid the cheese directly on the racks to melt. Whatever the case, this is disgusting. I’m certain that it was only a matter of time before I’m sure the fire department would have been called in to put out a roaring blaze.
One more time moms and dads — teach your children how to clean up after themselves!
Next week I am sending my only child off to college on the east coast. You would think I would be deluged with emotions of loss and panic over the impending adjustments we both have to make now that our lives are heading in their own directions, but I have not felt anything of the sorts. I am feeling very confidant in his abilities to navigate his life on his own. His skill set is complete. He is an expert at all of the following:
Setting an alarm, getting dressed, showering, being on-time, studying, socializing, eating, communicating, but MOST important of all—-CLEANING.
It has been a requirement in our home that he be tidy and clean, and he has learned it quite honestly from his clean freak mother (and father). Make your bed every day, clean your toilet once a week, sweep the floors, wipe the sink off every time you use it.
I get to see how other college kids of live, every July 31st—August 1st, when literally thousands of units get turned over on the hill at CU. Cleaning companies come as far as Denver to help out in this 24 hour process.
Here are some pics from our wall of shame this year.
NOTE: Son, I WILL kick your monkey ass if I EVER see your college apartment looking like this!
Worst soap dish – 2014.
Worst bathtub – 2014
Worst fridge – 2014
We’ve talked about this before, but now Elephant Journal has a say:
Take off your shoes.
And they even quote God.
So, for the last time people, take off your shoes in your house!
There is a lot, and I mean A LOT of greenwashing going on out there. Companies who say they are “green” or “non-toxic” but when you scratch a little beneath the surface or hell, just even just actually read their ingredient list (!!) you find nasty chemicals everywhere. Which is why I was so stoked to find out about this great e-commerce website called True Goods. They have a tougher screening process than my heroes over at EWG. Seriously. This site will not let a product into their marketplace unless it passes their Consciously Curated set of insanely high standards.
And the other reason why I love the site, they have awesome content on their blog. Check out these great articles:
Rethinking Clean ~ 5 Reasons to Detox Your Household Cleaners
Venting Is Good + Other Tips to Detox Your Air
And one last reason why I love them? True Goods was founded by a local Denver mom, Elizabeth Wasserman. How cool is that?!
Cleaning an oven is never really fun. But a client of mine, John R., recently told me that he learned how to clean his oven racks by soaking them in a bathtub overnight. He read about the trick at Life Hacker. However, instead of dishwasher powder, he just popped two dishwasher detergent gel packs in the tub and voila – the grime magically melted away.
Thanks for the tip, John!
I recently discovered that a simple squeegee (see photo if you have no clue what I’m talking about) wiped across your bathroom tiles after each shower means that you might never have to spend time seriously scrub those tiles again. Why? Water on tiles eventually creates a slimy film (gross, I know) which becomes what professionals call “buildup.” Once you have buildup it’s time to get out the big guns and scrub hard and long. But you can prevent buildup by just simply running that squeegee on the tiles every time you shower. If you can’t manage to remember it every shower, then try for a few times a week. I promise you’ll notice the difference! What to buy? A big rubber squeegee from a hardware store, not the little ones made just for bathroom glass.
Because unless you’re some crazy clean freak (like me!), I bet you have better things to do with your time. And if you don’t, call me and I’ll give you a job!