4 Tips to Knock Spring Cleaning Out of the Park!

It's Friday, April 13 and it's currently a balmy 78 degrees outside! It's been chilly the last couple weeks but it finally feels like spring! And that means you're probably getting real serious about that "spring cleaning" list you've been mentally preparing. Well we have 4 tips to not only help get you started but help you have a blast doing it!

  • Make a list for each room
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    Go through each room and make a list of things that need to cleaned. If you have a strong tendency to be obsessive down to the smallest detail, consider making two lists for each room -- the first (or only!) list is of all the things that need to be done that will make the biggest differences... When you get those BIG details out of the way, then you can consider focusing on the little details. If you try to do it all at once you might find yourself getting wore out before you make much headway or you might have trouble getting started at all!
  • Make another kind of list... a playlist!
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    Think of all of your favorite jams and make yourself a cleaning playlist! There is such a burst of mental energy and positivity that comes with listening to (and maybe singing along to) your favorite songs. And with that mental energy comes the much-needed physical energy to get things done.
  • One room at a time
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    Like our recommendation above for making a list for each room, and maybe making a first list of only the big details, this tip falls into a similar camp -- take it slow, take it steady, take it one room at a time. You don't even have to do all of your spring cleaning in one afternoon; heck, you don't even need to do it all in one day! Take it one room at a time and as you make your steady progress you'll find -like that cleaning playlist that you made- that you've got a much needed boost of energy every time you look at the hard work you've accomplished.
  • Use natural cleaners!
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    Aaaand finally, make or purchase your own natural cleaners. Or consider hiring us because we come equipped with cleaning expertise and our own homemade natural cleaners. Whether you're giving us a call or doing it yourself, we cannot stress enough the benefit of natural cleaners. According to this EPA article, not only are people [these days] spending about 90% of their time indoors, but indoor air pollution is often to 5 times worse than what we experience outside our homes -- and a lot of this is due to built up residue from nonnatural cleaning products. We take your health, our health, the world's health seriously and the natural cleaning products that we use are a reflection of this!

And there you have it, folks! That wraps up our four tips and we hope you're stoked to get started on that spring cleaning list. And if you'd like a hand be sure to give us a call!

Three Things You should Deep-Clean this Spring!

Hi, folks! We're a few weeks into spring and it's not quite all flowers and sunshine yet. We know (and understand!) that many of you have not tackled your spring cleaning yet, and that's ok! As you dream up your Spring Cleaning Wishlist, have you considered adding to that list some deep-cleaning tasks? Consider following the instructions below, and we think you'll be quite surprised by the difference it'll make!

  • Clean that mattress!

    This one really goes a long way because a) it rarely (if ever) gets deep-cleaned, and b) a clean, fresh mattress has been scientifically proven to expedite the onset of sleep! You'll fall asleep faster, you'll sleep deeper, and you'll likely better remember your dreams! You need three things for this deep-clean: a bottle of lavender essential oil, a box of baking soda, and a vacuum! Add about 20 drops of lavender oil to your box of baking soda, and shake up the box really well to more evenly distribute the essential oil and to break up any clumps. Next, sprinkle the entire box over the entirety of your mattress, and deep massage that baking soda into your mattress. And we mean deep massage that mattress! Let it sit for at least one hour and then vacuum it all up!
  • Help your dishwasher wash itself!
    This one's easy because you're pretty much just giving the dishwasher what it needs to clean itself. Step 1) Place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher and run it at the "hottest water" setting. Step 2) Liberally sprinkle baking soda around the bottom of your dishwasher, then run it on a short cycle, again at the hottest water setting. Step 3) Optional, if you have mold or mildew problems, pour about a cup of bleach into the bottom of your dishwasher and run it on a full cycle at the hottest setting. All done!
  • Ever considered washing your painted walls?

    That's right, wash those walls! When's the last time you gave 'em a good scrub?! Your interior walls can be a tremendous source of built-up, near-invisible dirt and grime. Rather than overwhelming this blog-post with these wonderful, in-depth instructions from Better Homes and Gardens, you should check out their link, here. Folks, you might not think you need to give your walls a scrub, but this is one of those things that once you do it... You'll be blown away by the difference it makes!

And there you have it! If you'd like a hand with the cleaning, give us a call! We'll get your home clean without leaving behind the odor of harsh, chemical cleaners -- because we only use natural, eco-friendly green cleaning agents!

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Lifehacking: Benefits of a Clean & Organized Home

A clean, happy, healthy home is the real deal, folks. Of course the idea of a clean, organized home sounds so appealing! Who wouldn't want that? But there's more to it than just surface-level appreciation of cleanliness or meeting an expected level of home decorum -- cleaning, de-cluttering, organizing your home has wonderful effects on your brain!

So, let me say it again: two words, six syllables: DE-CLUTTER and ORGANIZE!

Now, just seeing those words in capital letters “DE-CLUTTER” and “ORGANIZE” might stress you out… But don’t get stressed! To put things into perspective, you are not alone. According to a study conducted by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF), “we are living in the most materially rich society in global history, with light years more possessions per average family than any preceding society.” While you may feel simultaneously comforted and overwhelmed to be in such good company, the fact that you’re even reading this article about organization likely puts you ahead of the curve in terms of keeping your head above water in our material-rich society.

So what’s the good news? Well, now that you’re considering starting down this path of ordering one’s household, you should know that there is a veritable cornucopia of benefits afforded to those who take the time to organize their home.


    • Better organization, better sleep

      To paraphrase the Sleep Foundation's Bedroom Poll:
      "It’s worth noting that those who make their beds every day or almost every day are more likely [...] to say they get a good night’s sleep every day or almost every day." 19% more likely, to be exact. We'll wager you'll be more inclined to make your bed in the morning if you wake up to a clean and organized bedroom!


    • Clean Home, clean Eating
      According to a study conducted by  Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab, "Cluttered kitchens are caloric kitchens. When stressed out females were asked to wait for another person in a messy kitchen -- with newspapers on the table, dishes in the sink, and the phone ringing – they ate twice as many cookies compared to women in the same kitchen when it was organized and quiet. In total they ate 53 more calories from cookies in 10 minutes time."
      Get that kitchen organized!


    • You'll be more diligent about sticking to your workouts

      It starts with an organized home, after which you'll be organizing all sorts of things! For exmaple, PsychologyToday.com cites this study to say "people who carefully plan their exercise regimen, set goals and regularly record their progress are more likely to keep up an exercise program than people who show up at the gym without a clear plan in mind." It's time to get organized!


    • It will boost your productivity

      MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller states that we are "not wired to multitask well... when people think they're multitasking, they're actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there's a cognitive cost." Now... Imagine that you are trying to get something done around the house, and every time you start on a task you get distracted by that pile of knick-knacks you need to sort through, or that pile of clean laundry you've been meaning to put away for 72 hours -- that stuff takes its toll!


    • Stronger relationships

      Check out this article "Dirty dishes and divorces" from Dailymail.com. It states that "it has been revealed that three in ten divorcing UK couples blame arguments over the washing up and their other halves not pulling their weight around the house for the demise of their relationships."


With all that being said, don't let all this new information stress you out. Just take it slow and steady, but also... get to it! You'll love your more organized, more productive, happier & healthier life! If you need a hand getting your home to a point where it's clean and ready to get to organizin', don't hesitate to reach out to us!

5 Nontoxic Methods of Pest Prevention!

The first day of spring is March 20, 2018 and that is right around the corner! Spring brings beautiful warm weather but spring can also bring bugs... into your home. The ants are waking up and the ants might be marching one by one straight into your house. Bugs, of course, are not an ideal situation to have in the home but we at World Class Cleaning think that spraying insecticides on the surfaces of your home and into the air you breathe is equally less-than-ideal -- perhaps worse than the bugs. So we've compiled 5 nontoxic methods of pest prevention. Let's check 'em out!

  • Repair or seal openings

    It's about to be really nice outside so why not spend some time patrolling the perimeter of your home in search of any sort of opening that pests can use to gain access? Look out for cracks and gaps in brick and cement and consider patching these yourself or hiring somebody to do it for you. The upside? You may be saving yourself heating/cooling costs in the long run, especially if any of these holes prove to be particularly drafty. Better energy efficiency means reduced carbon footprint, too! Also consider adding or repairing screens in windows and adding "sweeps" to the undersides of your exterior doors.
  • Repel ants naturally

    Ants use pheromone trails to follow one another to sources of food so why not clean up those "scent trails?" But not with toxic sprays or solutions but instead with something simple like soapy water or white vinegar. You can even try using spices that deter ants such as turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, mint, and red chili powder. Yum!
  • Move firewood away from your home

    Maybe you have a nice backyard firepit you use in the fall and winter; or a fireplace or even a wood stove inside your home. And maybe you keep some firewood nice and dry on your back porch or otherwise near your house during those cold months -- well... once it warms up, move that firewood! Those piles of dry wood are the PERFECT home for any number of insects. The closer this Insect Empire is to your home, the more likely they are to end up next to you when you sit down to dinner.
  • Controversial suggestion -- leave those spiders alone!

    You could jettison spray-poisons all around the air of your home to remove insects & spiders or instead you could  leave the latter alone and allow them to take care of the former for you. If you're afraid of spiders, is it because you're scared of spider bites? From LiveScience.com: "Most so-called "spider bites" are not actually spider bites, according to researchers and several recent studies. Instead, "spider bites" are more likely to be bites or stings from other arthropods such as fleas, skin reactions to chemicals or infections, said Chris Buddle, an arachnologist at McGill University in Montreal." Spiders in your house? Leave 'em alone and let them dine on the blood of your enemies (pest insects, that is)!
  • Get your house DRY

    Wet, damp surfaces --especially wooden surfaces-- are the perfect environment for insects to live and breed. Check your pipes and faucets for leaks and get on the road to a DRY home!
  • Try some of these all-natural, old school homemade remedies

    From lifehacker.com: "A mix of peppermint oil and white vinegar is a solid go-to for repelling several pests, especially spiders. But research from Auburn University suggests the mix is good for the peskiest of pests too. To make your own cockroach deterrent spray, Brittney Morgan at Apartment Therapy recommends dropping 10 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle willed with two parts water, one part white vinegar. Spritz it around cupboards, under the sink, in the bathroom, and anywhere else that roaches might want to hang out. You can also use straight peppermint oil to wipe down countertops. Not only will it keep pests away, it’ll smell nice too."

Well, there you have it! We hope you've learned a thing or two and we want to wish you a happy-almost-spring! If you're interested in enjoying the sunshine instead of spring cleaning, give us a call and let us do the cleaning for you!

Top Five Reasons to Go Green with your Clean!

When World Class Cleaning Services is finished cleaning your house and we're walking out your front door, we want your home to be a) completely spotless and b) completely free of toxic fumes and harmful chemical residues.

We're passionate about the natural cleaning products that we make and use, and there are good reasons for that passion! We've compiled for you a quick list of some of our reasons, let's check them out.

  • There is no petroleum in natural-based cleaners! You'll feel better about minimizing your impact to global warming.
  • Fewer antibacterial cleaners means fewer "super bacteria" resistant to antibiotics. The FDA now says that washing with antibacterial soaps is no better than using traditional soap. Triclosan, a common antibacterial agent, potentially messes with your thyroid as well as your hormonal system.

  • With natural cleaners you don't have to worry about corrosive substances; or inhaling toxic, combustible fumes. Nor do you have to worry about getting any of it on your skin.

  • Less toxic cleaning chemicals down the drain means less pollution in our waterways -- think about Nemo!

  • Go green and alleviate ASTHMA! According to WebMD, use of toxic cleaners can increase the risk of children developing asthma.

There you have it, folks. Just a quick list of some of our favorite reasons to go green with your clean! Consider giving us a call and we'll make your home shine without any of the harmful side effects of harsh, environmentally-unfriendly chemical cleaners.