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3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Clean:
The reality is, I only make cleaning products; I’m not an expert cleaner. I am always learning about “how” to clean. One of my favorites resources to learn some solid cleaning advice is Melissa over at CleanMySpace She is practical and often has a variety of green cleaning options and I really like that!
If you are not familiar with her, Melissa Maker is host of the CleanMySpace YouTube channel and founder of Clean My Space, a housekeeping service based in her native Canada. With an ever-expanding community of YouTube subscribers (over 850,000 as of Jan 2018) and over 100,000,000 video views, Melissa dispenses useful, time-saving cleaning tips, tricks, and recommendations. This includes everything from developing a daily cleaning routine to decluttering and organizing around the home, for a global audience spanning 165 countries.
Why I like to learn from her? She wasn’t always a cleaning pro (or fan) and understands that people are looking for practical, time-saving solutions to everyday problems.
I have recently been battling a mildew problem in our master shower. So I have been starting new habits to try to beat the problem. Here are some steps I am taking. It has not resolved the problem completely, but I see improvements. There is one problem spot that I will be working on differently, because now I know it is under the grout :( I share how I learned this towards the end of this article.
1. Make and use your own daily shower spray.
Use a refillable spray bottle, preferably one that has a “mist” setting. For each 8 oz of water, add 10 drops of tea tree, oregano or cinnamon essential oil (or a blend of all three). Mist the everything in the shower area even the curtain (or doors) after each use.
2. Use a squeegee after you shower or towel-dry the tiles and tub.
This is my least favorite thing to do to keep the shower free from excess waster, but it works! The excess waster is exactly where the mold and mildew like to grow.
3. Open a window, keep the door open or use the exhaust fan. Try airing out the bathroom for a minimum of 30 minutes after a shower or bath. Not only does the exhaust fan help remove stink, it also helps remove moisture. A good indicator there is too much moisture in the bathroom is when the mirror gets fogged over.
Staying healthy is not just about what we put inside the body, it’s about what we are exposed to outside the body.
Keeping mold and mildew out of your home and using non-toxic ways of doing that is important.
Many times we see mildew or mold on the grout lines and it never seems to go away.
Here is a quick test I learned from my friends over at Sashco: on how to determine if the mold is on or under the grout.
The key to keeping mildew (or mold) from growing and coming back is to remove moisture and the environment on which it thrives. Try one, or all of these 3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Clean.
I hope you find value in this information. Feel free to share it with someone you care about.
4 INGREDIENT BATHROOM CLEANSER is a great plastic-free cleaning option!
Along the way, I get requests for new products. If you have something in mind,
I certainly want to hear from you!
I love tinkering with new ideas and even better when they come to reality.
But I digress…
Here are the Top 3 new product requests I get:
1. Dish Washing Soap Paste.
Being able to offer a paste that could be diluted into a liquid dish washing soap at home,
using your own container & water; would be awesome.
2. Hand Soap Paste.
Same ‘dilute-at-home’ concept but for hand washing.
3. Bathroom Cleanser.
In the past, I offered a liquid bathroom cleaner but discontinued it when I committed to plastic-free packaging.
No more liquid products in plastic bottles.
I have been working on all three, diligently.
Happy to tell you today that I am very close to rolling out #1 and #2.
Imagine refilling your hand soap pumps and foamers over and over again
without the plastic bottle waste!
Man, these are exciting times.
But, the news I want to share with you today is the Bathroom Cleanser.
It’s finally here!! A Powdered bathroom cleanser to be exact.
IT'S EASY TO USE:
Simply sprinkle the powder onto a wet sponge or directly on a wet area you want to clean.
Scrub the area as normal and rinse. Clean. Shiny. Done.
The cleanser is free of ...
is packaged in a small compostable cellophane bag!
There are no pollutants and no constant disposing of plastic containers.
It’s a clean, simple, environmentally friendly cleaner that really works great on
tubs, tiles, sinks, faucets, toilets, kitchen cleaning, even cookware.
I have a few warnings BEFORE USE:
Check Your Surfaces.
The ingredients are few but they are powerful cleaners!
Because these are powdered ingredients with essential oil;
it was easier for me to formulate this cleanser as compared to the Dish Washing and Hand Soap Pastes.
Powdered ingredients are WWAAAAAYYYY less finicky than soapmaking.
But I will prevail with the Top 2 requested soap pastes, soon!
Just like I did with the Bathroom Cleanser. [insert back patting motion]
Did I mention I’m also offering a new kick-ass shaker can in which said bathroom cleanser is dispensed?
Ah-HA...then check out this link !
The can is engraved, super cool, stainless steel, refillable AND useful!
I personally use this same can at home, well not the same can - if you order one it will be brand new. :P
The shaker is easily filled and forever refilled with the bathroom cleanser.
The powdered bathroom cleanser is packed in a small compostable cellophane bag.
Simply empty the contents of the shaker can with the powder, screw the lid back on and you are ready to go!
Well, that’s really all I had to share today.
Thanks for reading.
I’m glad we can connect here.
Before I go, I want to ask you,
What product do YOU want to see plastic-free and/or refillable?
Comment below or even better, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for taking time today.
Top 3 Most Neglected Home Cleaning
You might think keeping a clean home of important. I bet you have clean countertops (clutter not included) and you don’t leave the house wearing soiled clothes. But what about those ceiling fans? Do you wipe those down every month? How about once a year?
Many places on our home take care of us on a daily, some on an hourly basis. They deserve our love and attention. Let me share with you the Top 3 most neglected home cleaning places in most homes.
I got some really good advice from three professionals in the cleaning field and I want to share it with you today.
Let's start with #3 of the top 3 most neglected home cleaning areas.
Do you have a knife block? That beautiful chuck of wood. When is that last time that was cleaned out? Debris can accumulate on the knife blades and food particles can become trapped in the knife slots. McGee suggests using canned air to force out the dust and food debris. After using the air sprayer, soak the entire block in hot soapy water for 30 minutes. Rinse the block really well and then leave it upside down to dry overnight. Air-dry the block before putting your knives back in. Your knives work hard for you, they deserve a nice place to live.
The #2 most neglected home cleaning area is the dishwasher. Did you know you needed to “clean” your dishwasher? It’s job is to clean, I thought it was cleaning itself each time it cleaned my dishes. I have noticed a bad odor coming from the dishwasher from time to time but then it goes away, only to return. Sardone says those bad odors can be addressed by removing the filter screen in the bottom of the dishwasher. Soak the screen a use a brush to remove any extra debris. Next step is to fill a small dish with vinegar and place it on the top rack. Run an empty cycle using hot water. When the cycle is complete, open the door and let the dishwasher air-dry. The stink will be gone!
Any guess to the #1 most neglected home cleaning area?
The top neglected cleaning spot is….drum roll please ….it’s the shower head! Since it's just you and me here right now, I can admit to you that I have never “cleaned” the shower heads in my home. I’ve wiped them down and scraped it with my fingernail when one of the nozzles starts spraying sharp left or sharp right. But “clean” them, never. McGee says it’s easy. Don't worry, there is no removing of the shower head. Whew! McGee suggest wiping the shower head down every couple weeks. For deep cleaning to remove scale and reduce clogs, deep cleaning should be done twice a year. Homer recommends submerging the showerhead in a quart-size baggie filled with vinegar and water. Use a rubber band or elastic hair tie around the bag ad the pipe behind the head to hold the bag securely over the shower head. 10 minutes should be long enough for most shower heads to soak. For lots of build-up, you may need a little longer soak. After soaking, remove the bag, rinse off the vinegar, wipe down the showerhead and you are done!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the top 3 most neglected home cleaning areas and they are no longer neglected at your house. I learned some great tips from Beth, Debbie and Melissa. Maybe there is a tip or two you start at home. If they work for you, pass them on to others. Keeping a clean house is not always easy and can be quite time consuming. Personally, anything that gives me more time to play vs cleaning, is always a good recommendation to share!