Odor Removal Tips

It’s getting cooler out, so right now, your windows may be open and you may be enjoying the fresh air. But, come next month, it will be time to close’em all up. That’s when you may start to notice any lingering odor in the house. You can only Febreze so much, so check out these tips to remove any lingering smells from your home.

Mildew Odor in Bathrooms

The humidity in the bathroom is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, leaving things with a wet, stale, smelly oddor. In order to cut down on the humidity, make sure your exhaust fan is working properly and is running when you shower. If you do not have an exhaust fan, an oscillating fan can be used after your shower too, or you can open a window. Wash towels, rugs, and cloth shower curtains regularly and make sure they all dry thoroughly after use.

Pet Smells

We all love our pets, but they do smell. Toss your cushions and pillows out in the sun on a bright day to air out the odor. Also, keep air conditioner filters changed and vacuum and dust regularly. There are also specific products for pet odor you can use on your furnitiure.

Garbage Cans

Changing your trash bags regularly is the most important thing you can do to avoid smells. Also, making sure liquids don’t get spilled in the trash can. If the odor remains after taking out the trash, scrub the inside of your can with a vinegar OR bleach wash to help freshen it up and to kill bacteria.

Garbage Disposals

One sure fire way to ruin dinner is to have a stinky kitchen. Make sure you empty the sink and run the garbage disposal when you’re done each night so there isn’t anything left behind to get smelly. If you’ve missed something, running vinegar down the sink will help and you can even make vineger ice cubes to grind in the disposal. (Make sure not to put those in your drink though!!)

Refrigerator Smells

Scrub up any spills and put a box of baking soda in your fridge and in your freezer. You can even buy boxes designed for that purpose. The baking soda soaks up the humidity and also the smell.

Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheets Aren’t just for Laundry Anymore!

Dust Bunnies

Dryer sheets can be used in your home more often than you think. Dust builds up on many different surfaces, and dryer sheets can be a quick clean up solution. Blinds and T.V.’s are hard surfaces to keep dust off of. Using a dryer sheet to clean those areas may be beneficial. They are still soft enough to not leave any scratches; but still tough enough to grab dust.

Pleasant Smells

If your home or car ever gets an unpleasant smell to it, dryer sheets are your buddy. Dryer sheets can be put in the air vents of vehicles or homes. This will make your home or car smell better and still allow your air system to function properly. They can also be put underneath furniture or car seats. If changed often your vehicle and home will continue to smell great!

Love your Vacuum

You may or may not have a vacuum that requires a bag; but either way a dryer sheet can be placed in the bag or container of your vacuum. This is done to keep your home smelling fresh. Sometimes vacuums can smell each time you turn them on. This is most common in homes where pets reside or a smoking home. This will still allow you to vacuum the way you wish too and collect all of your household dirt. It just helps the air coming from the vacuum smell better.

Bugs be Gone

I personally do not like the smell of insect repellent. As many others can relate, the feeling of the repellent is also irritating. Most people would ask, “Would you rather get bit or smell funny”? I never have to try to answer that question again. If I know that I am going to be outdoors I make sure to bring some dryer sheets along with me. You can tie one to the loop on your belt or rub them on your clothing. It’s safe for kids and insects do not like the smell so it keeps them away.

Hard to Clean

Everyone has that one dish in your kitchen that you have a hard time cleaning. After holidays is the worst. If you have tried all you can and have still been unsuccessful, give it one more shot. Grab the dish that tends to be difficult and fill it will hot soapy water. Add a clean dryer sheet to the dish. Let it soak overnight. It should wipe right off in the morning. Not only are these tips and tricks helpful, but they are also inexpensive and safe for everyone.

Dryer Sheets

 

Summer Clutter Help

Summer Clutter Help is here!

School is Out: It’s a Free For All!

The kids are out of school, but you still have to go to work. That means 2-3 times the dishes and 2-3 times the laundry. Socks on the lampshade and junk food everywhere. The kitchen is a wreck with dishes that fill both sinks every day. The bathrooms have an entirely new odor and nobody can find what they are looking for. If you add the kid’s friends, the neighbor’s kids and vacations to that, you have a tornado. Don’t have an anxiety attack, just get some clutter help.

Clutter Help: Tips & Tricks

Below is a list of tips & tricks that will help eliminate some of the stress during summer and keep you from having to hire clutter help.

  1. Before you leave for work, throw a load of laundry in the washer so that it will be done when you get home. After work just toss the load in the dryer while you eat dinner. This can help keep dirty laundry from piling up.
  2. Before you start cooking dinner, unload the dishwasher so that you can rinse and load the dishes you use while cooking. Make sure that everyone rinses their own plate and places it in the dishwasher after dinner. That will make doing the dishes as easy as pushing a button.
  3. Put a small trash can in every room so that everyone will be more likely to throw away any trash instead of leaving it on the nightstand or the floor.
  4. Make the kids a chore list of things that you want to see get done daily. Some examples would be: pick up bedroom or take out trash. Assign them to the chores before they can leave with friends or go to the swimming pool.

If you need additional clutter help or just have a busy summer schedule, we are always willing to help.

Crazy Smells

It is never a good feeling to walk into a room and start seeking out whatever is making that horrid odor. You can spray air freshener, turn on a Scentsy, or put fresh flowers in a vase. None of these actually rid of the smell. They only mask it. It is so hard to find out what is making that horrible smell when the house is a disaster. You have to pick things up and get each room organized in order to find whatever is causing the odor. Once you have gotten some clutter help, you can actually find the things that cause the odor and eliminate them.

 Summer Clutter Help

Sometimes you just need an extra hand or two during the summer. At Pit to Palace Cleaning, we understand the craziness of summertime. We can help you stay stress free and clean. Our professionals are experienced with picking up and organizing. We have plenty of room in our schedule. Just call 817-395-2136 or email us for an estimate on clutter help.

Cleaning Tips

Cleaning can be enough work without having to sort through several cleaning methods to find the cleaning tips that work. After years of experience in the cleaning industry, we have gained the wisdom and knowledge that is necessary to clean efficiently and effectively. In this blog, you will learn some of the answers to the most common misconceptions and questions about cleaning.

Cleaning Tips #1: Clorox or Lysol

You can ask hundreds of people and get a different answer each time about exactly which type of cleaning spray works the best. Whether you use Pine-sol or Bleach doesn’t really matter as much as mixing chemicals does. Did you know that you should not mix bleach products with ammonia products? It’s true, you may be tempted to just add a little Lysol to the bleach water to make the house smell wonderful. Cleaning tips #1: don’t do it! When bleach and ammonia are mixed together, the combination of liquids causes a lethal fume that could be dangerous for you and your family.

 Cleaning Tips #2: Streaky Glass

You may remember the all famous Windex commercial with the birds that play a prank on the home owner by ringing the door bell and shutting the glass door. If you have never seen it, please click the link above and watch, its hilarious!

Some people prefer to use paper towels while others prefer microfiber or newspaper. While all of these tricks can help, it is really the method than the supplies. Whatever glass cleaner or supplies that you choose to use, it seems so difficult to get the mirrors and doors streak free. Cleaning tips #2: wipe in circles and follow with a dry rag in circles.

 Cleaning Tips #3: Stinky Disposal

At some point, almost everyone has run into a stinky garbage disposal. This can be awful considering that it is located in the room that you cook and eat. No need to be offended when people think that your dinner stinks. Cleaning tips #3: slice up 1/2 to a whole lemon and put in disposal in small portions at a time. With running hot water turn on disposal and let lemons do the work. Caution: do not put a whole lemon in disposal without cutting it up first. This can burn up the motor.

Cleaning Tips #4: Smelly Dishwasher

We live in an age that dishwashers are common. We even have commercials advertising scrub free washing. As an average household, we probably run our dishwasher once a day with dirty dishes. After a while, the inside of the dishwasher can get a build up of food particles and begin to smell. Cleaning tips #4: run a 1/4 cup of bleach through the dishwasher to clean and freshen.

 

Check back with us for more cleaning tips. If you are in need of help cleaning, please call 817-395-2136817-395-2136 to schedule an appointment. We do clutter control emergencies and after party disasters.

House Cleaning | Children and Teenagers

Before we start a family our houses are so neat and organized. We hardly have to spend any time to keep it that way. House cleaning is not as difficult of a task with only one or two people in the house. When we first have children, they are so cute and everyone stands around the crib saying “aaww” and “he is so cute”. Babies are so adorable and for a short time we forget how messy raising children can be. It seems that God designed us this way so that we would totally forget how much work it can be. I thank God every day that he made me forget so that I could have the most amazing children even though I need my own housekeeper.

House Cleaning: Toddlers

Having babies is such an amazing experience. They are just so tiny, but babies spit up and sooner or later all your clothes are accessorized with spit up or baby food. I never understood how I could find clumps of baby food in my hair. Then babies grow to be toddlers and begin crawling or walking. Toddlers get into everything and house cleaning becomes a daily struggle.

When my children were toddlers, house cleaning was such a huge task to keep up with. You see, I had 4 toddlers at the same time. While I was preparing a bottle for one of them, another would be pulling all my clean laundry out of the basket and dragging it across the house. The other 2 would be playing in the toilet or eating dog food. By nap time, I was so exhausted that I would sleep too. I hardly had enough time to clean up the messes that my toddlers made on a daily basis, not to mention the deeper house cleaning tasks like dusting or cleaning out the fridge.

House Cleaning: The Eager to Please Age

As children grow out of the toddler stage, they become so eager to please. This is my favorite stage. “Mommy can I help?” becomes a commonly heard phrase. Suddenly things aren’t so bad. The children learn to pick up toys and want to help wash dishes. It couldn’t get better, house cleaning is easy! This stage doesn’t last long though. Soon enough, they grow again.

House Cleaning: Pre-teens & Teenagers

Eventually the strangest things start to happen. The girls become inspired by art and everything becomes a masterpiece! Now every color glitter, paint, bracelets, beads, and paper fill their rooms. There is nothing like going to work with glitter on your business suit and I speak from experience. Not to mention that girls change clothes 2-3 times a day. Laundry becomes an all day Saturday chore.

Boys begin to eat everything in sight leaving crumbs all over the house and dishes in places you would never think of. Of course teenage boys have a much different idea of clean than mothers, so they don’t even think it’s dirty. They will wear the same pair of jeans all week if you let them. This is the stage of all the stinky smells, when puberty hits. All of a sudden, your beautiful baby boy turns into a stinky man – also speaking from experience.

House Cleaning: Schedule an Appointment

Sometimes, no matter how old our children are, we just need a little help. Pit to Palace Cleaning understands these life happenings and would love to help you. Call us today 817-395-2136 or fill out the form below to get an estimate.

 

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