How To Effectively Clean Your Fridge Like A Pro?

How To Effectively Clean Your Fridge Like A Pro?

It’s an unwritten rule that keeping a refrigerator clean is a must. It doesn’t take a genius on why this is important, but if it must be said, one of its main purposes is to keep our well-being safe aside from prolonging the shelf life of the food we store inside. Even though a fridge is cold enough, the bacteria and germs can still make it a breeding ground that causes foodborne illness. And we don’t want us to get sick, much worse be poisoned, because of mishandling the proper storing of food.

The Fridge is the Workhorse of the Kitchen

While a fridge is taking care of your food to keep it preserved and cool, some wear and tear of the storage is bound to happen one way or another. Cleaning it properly is one way to keep it working longer, keep it in good condition, and let it function for as long as it can.

Not every one of us thoroughly understands that our fridge works overtime just to prolong the shelf life of our foods. As it only stays in one corner, most of us often miss cleaning it regularly. But as mentioned earlier, it must be cleaned the same way we clean the other equipment we use in our house. Again, we don’t want it to be the breeding ground of germs and bacteria.

In this blog, we will share with you some new tips on how to keep your fridge clean and function as to how it is supposed to.

Cleaning The Interior

  • Clean The Fridge’s Shelves and Drawers The Right Way

Wiping the shelves, crisper, and drawers is just a temporary solution. You have to wash them! A fridge, when not cleaned the right way, may produce bad odors because of the stains, residue, and leftover smell of food. And this is the reason why we should wash the shelves, crisper, and drawers instead of just wiping.

Pull out these removable parts of the fridge and wash them with soap. If, in case, you’re unsure on how to remove these, check out the manual or read guides online. But be mindful that if the shelves are glass-type, let them warm up first after pulling out from the fridge. These will prevent them from shattering when you use hot water to wash and clean.

Yes, wash and clean them with hot water and soap. This will help for the residue and odor to be removed faster. Use antibacterial spray also to ensure that the germs and bacteria will be gone.

  • Remove The Fridge Odor

The odor in your fridge doesn’t just linger on the shelves and drawers as it is also on the inside. Once you have pulled out the shelves and drawers, you’ll understand more about it.

In these modern-day times, there are already refrigerators equipped with deodorizers designed to remove these foul smells even before you clean them. But you have to understand that there are limitations to it depending on how strong the smell the food stored in the fridge is.

Fortunately, you don’t have to use cleaning spray or products with harsh chemicals to remove the odor. Baking soda can help deodorize your fridge. Simply put a baking soda in an open container or open the box of it (if it’s a small one), and put it inside. This will absorb the odor lingering in your fridge.

  • Don’t Forget Cleaning the Gasket

The rubber gasket lined in the frame of your fridge door must not be forgotten. Aside from the fact that dirt might accumulate in it, it should be regularly cleaned to ensure that it maintains a tight seal.

If it accumulates grime or mold, you can use liquid dish soap or bleach-based cleaner. Rinse the gasket thoroughly. And to keep it from drying out, you can rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly.

Cleaning The Exterior

  • Wipe The Door, Side, Top, and Back

It’s not just the inside of the fridge that is important to clean, but also the outside. You don’t want it to look old and rusty as time passes by, right? You can use an all-purpose cleaner sprayed on a cloth to wipe these areas.

On the other hand, the method mentioned may vary depending on what type of fridge you have at home. If, for example, your fridge is a stainless-steel refrigerator then you can use a microfiber cloth to wipe it clean.

  • Clean The Coils

Cleaning the coils can be tricky. It doesn’t need to be cleaned everytime, but it’s good to clean it once in a while. For a better and safer way of cleaning the coils, it is best to refer to the manual which came along when you bought the fridge. Otherwise, you can search or hire experts to clean it.

  • Clean The Water Dispenser

If your fridge model comes with a water dispenser, make sure to clean it also. Cleaning it helps ensure that the dispenser’s filter is still good and you can drink clean water. The dispenser tray is also prone to stains and residue so make sure to not miss cleaning it.

Ensure Your Fridge’s Cleanliness

To prevent your fridge from producing a bad odor and keeping it longer, make sure to store food inside the right way. Check the expiration dates of the foods in your fridge. Toss away the spoiled and expired ones. Wipe the stains and residues on the shelves (remember that you still have to clean them).

Lastly, before you store your newly bought groceries in your fridge, make sure that they are cleaned.

About My Marvelous Maids

Do you need a professional to help clean your home? My Marvelous Maids has a team of high-skilled cleaning professionals who can take care of your house. We are ready to clean your place, making sure that you’ll experience comfort and cleanliness in your own home. We are serving homeowners in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas. Contact us today to book an appointment!

What To Consider When Choosing An All-Purpose Cleaner?

What To Consider When Choosing An All-Purpose Cleaner?

When you’re cleaning your house regularly, an all-purpose cleaner is a good companion for achieving your goal of cleanliness. It’s typically a sufficient solution for most of your cleaning needs and a generally safe choice in the house around people, pets, plants, and most home surfaces. On the other hand, it may vary from time to time depending on its content and capacity since it has limitations.

Most of us just choose a cleaning product without a specific preference. We just have one goal in mind which is for it to be able to clean and remove dirt, stains, bacteria, and viruses. Although your thought is right, there are still things you must consider in choosing. 

Choosing the right all-purpose cleaner is thoroughly important for the reason that it will help prevent, remove and eliminate dirt and grimes (along with germs, bacteria, and viruses) while protecting your health. So, to help you in this dilemma, here are some tips that you can consider when choosing and buying.

Factors When Choosing An All-Purpose Cleaner

  1. Alkaline/Acidity

An Alkaline-based all-purpose cleaner is formulated specifically of blends consisting of alkaline salts, wetting agents, and sequestrant (chelating) agents. This cleaner is somewhat better at breaking up organic grime like dirt, oils, and greases. You might want to consider the level of alkaline and acidity content of the cleaner you’re choosing.

  1. Earth-Friendly

Based on its name, earth-friendly all-purpose cleaners are not harmful to us (humans), our pets, and also to the environment. Most cleaners of this type are made from natural essence oils and do not contain harmful chemicals that might be dangerous to the environment. Check the label if the product you’re choosing is certified and approved.

  1. With Anti-Bacterial (And Includes Sanitizing And Disinfecting) Powers

We’re not capable of tracking bacteria with our mere eye, which is why cleaning products with antibacterial power are made to make our surfaces germ and bacteria free. 

Cleaning is not just about removing dirt that we see but also eliminating harmful elements to our well-being. In this case, you might as well check for all-purpose cleaners that come with sanitizing and disinfecting powers as well.

  1. Non-Toxic And Hypoallergenic (And Pet-Friendly)

Cleaning products differ from one another regardless of whether it’s an all-purpose cleaner. The content and ingredients of the product matter. Some all-purpose cleaners contain toxic chemicals and/or are not hypoallergenic which gives you (or your pets) side effects after using it to clean surfaces. 

  1. Easy To Use

Nowadays, most all-purpose cleaners come as spray-types whether it is liquid or aerosol-based. However, you have to see which products are easy to use. So, when selecting see which spray packaging would fit your needs when cleaning. Otherwise, there are refillable bottle sprays you can buy in the market.

In reality, there are still many factors not included in the list. It would take some time to evaluate everything. And if you’re looking for ‘the best’ all-purpose cleaner, you should know that the best one will depend on your needs. What’s important is to consider your well-being when choosing one.

Our Advice

There are many brands claiming and promising perfection of cleanliness when you use their products. It’s not a lie! It’s just that it will always depend on your preference and if it would suffice to your needs. 

Many cleaning products tend to be ineffective and may not give you the result you’re expecting. But for the record, they are not fake! If a particular all-purpose cleaner product did not work for you but worked out for someone else, you have to consider that it can be because it’s not what you’re looking for. Furthermore, it’s a big factor if you use the product properly.

My Marvelous Maids

If you need a reliable house cleaner to take care of your home, we are here to help! My Marvelous Maids offer house cleaning services to homeowners in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas. We have a team of highly skilled professionals who can clean your house thoroughly. Call us today to book a cleaning appointment!

Effective Ways To Eliminate Odor And Make Your Home Smells Fresh

Effective Ways To Eliminate Odor And Make Your Home Smells Fresh

Our homes are our sanctuary. This is the place we sleep, eat, rest, and stay. And there’s no denying that part of living in a comfortable home is by its smell aside from its cleanliness. A fresh smell in your home gives you peace of mind to relax and enjoy, especially for home buddies.

Based on studies, smell has a huge impact on our brains. It either enhances or breaks our moods. And when it comes to our homes, if the place smells fresh, our stress naturally reduces. Who would want to stay at home if it stinks, right? If it smells bad, we feel uneasy.

In this blog, we will share with you some of the effective ways to eliminate bad odors in your homes.

Fragrance Sprays Are Not Always The Solution

Here’s the thing, it becomes a misconception (and a habit) that when we smell something funny in our house, we tend to spray, spray, and spray fragrance solutions. But did you know that it is not entirely the right way to aid this problem?

Yes, through spraying strong fragrance solutions or aerosols, the smell fades away. However, the bad odor is not gone. What happens is it only gives a temporary solution but still the bad odor issue still exists. And eventually, it will persist, giving a stronger foul smell. Yes, a stronger foul smell!

It’s either the fragrance of the solution you spray fades away over time or it mixes with the bad odor which causes a stronger foul smell. And we don’t want that right?

How To Aid The Issue?

Actually, there is one basic solution to remove the bad odor. In order for you to solve the issue is by finding what causes it. Yes, that’s what we often miss doing. It is important to find what or which causes the foul smell. And once you do, you can see how to deal with it. It’s always about thoroughly cleaning!

Cleaning is so important. When after cleaning an area in your house and aesthetically it looks sparkling, but there’s still foul odor in the air, then it means something is not right. There is probably one part you might have missed cleaning.

Effective Ways To Eliminate Bad Odors

There are ways you can eliminate unwanted smells in your house. There’s actually a long list about it. And we listed some of the most important you might want to consider. We believe that the list below can greatly help you with your cleaning.

  • Open the windows

Know the humidity level of the room or area. Oftentimes, for example, mopping the floor, we tend to let the floor wet and dry naturally. It’s not good or bad—it actually varies depending on the situation.

If you mop the floor of a room with windows, open it so the natural air comes in which would help for the wet floor to dry more naturally. Opening the window has a big factor because it brings in the natural smell of nature (of course it varies, who knows if you are living in the city and opening the windows is not pleasant at all).

If opening the windows is not an option, then consider mopping with a dry cloth as your final moping. This helps dry the floor faster. This also helps so that the moisture in the room won’t be bad that may cause mold. If you can, you can use a dehumidifier.

  • Spot the obvious

Garbage bins, litter boxes, fridges, and all others that can produce foul smells should be attended to. Use the proper solutions when cleaning it to eliminate the smell or from keeping it from producing foul odors.

Our sense of smell can actually adapt to the situation. This leads us to sometimes miss some areas to clean because we just got used to its smell. But this is not good at all. We should keep our focus straight and realize which spots, areas, and stuff to be cleaned. As mentioned earlier, don’t just spray fragrance solutions just to hide the foul smell lingering on the issue.

  • Freshen up the air vents

It’s another thing we sometimes miss. Sometimes, your home is already clean yet there’s still something not right. You might find the cause of it through your air vents. Who knows that the reason why the air inside your house is not coming in/out is that the air vent filter is not clean.

  • Don’t miss out the soft surfaces

Pillows, quilts, bed sheets, sofas, linen, and window covers are smell-magnets. Take time to check these also and change/clean them when needed. For example on your couch, juice splurge into it and you just let it dry then spray fragrance solution. You thought it’s good again, but it’s not. It might look clean again aesthetically but bacteria and germs might have started to accumulate there. You should check out how to properly clean it.

  • Neutralizers

There are neutralizers that can be used to eliminate odors. It may come in different forms or commercial products. One best example is charcoal. Did you know that you can use it in your fridge to eliminate its funny smell? You can place it inside the fridge and it absorbs the smell/odor. You can also use it in a room by just placing it on a surface.

Another good example is plant. There are plants that naturally help purify the air and smell of your house. But please take note that it has its limits and proper ways of using it!

  • Simmer fruits and herbs in the stove

This works best if you want your kitchen to have a fruity or herb-like scent. However, this just suggests that it’s a good air freshener. So, much better to do this once you have resolved the bad odor issue in your home and want to make it have a brand new fresh (nature-inspired) smell.

In Conclusion

Eliminating bad odor(s) in your home can be said that it depends on how you thoroughly clean. When your house is odorless, then it is safe to say that it is clean. Fragrance sprays are not entirely the answer to eliminating the bad smells. You have to find the root cause!

When you are cleaning and want to achieve a high-quality of cleanliness, do it the right way. There is no shortcut to achieving it. Everything needs time, focus, and effort to achieve it! But if you need assistance, you can always do so.

If you are living in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas, and need help making your house sparkling clean, contact us today! My Marvelous Maids are ready to help you clean your house. We have a team of professional house cleaners who are ready to provide the best service possible. You can call us to book an appointment.

Debunking Some Household Cleaning Myths

Debunking Some Household Cleaning Myths

House cleaning has been part of our lives since before we knew it. It naturally became part of our routine—whether doing small or big cleaning tasks. Aside from the fact that we’re reducing the eyesore stuff that ruins the aesthetics of our spaces, it’s also the most hygienic thing to do. Furthermore, nowadays, we clean our homes to prevent and/or reduce the spreading of the coronavirus (Covid-19), especially now that there’s a variant that’s more threatening to our health compared to the original strain.

In short, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting would make a big difference to keep us away from the risks of becoming sick and unhealthy. Mentioning those three, you have probably already heard a lot of various cleaning methods to achieve the cleanliness we’re aiming for. However, since there are a variety of methods we’re read or heard of, we sometimes get confused on which to follow—and which works best—because of them may contradict one another. 

In this blog, allow us to share to you some household cleaning myths that we frequently encounter. This also aims to help you understand and give you more ideas about it.

Myths About Household Cleaning

  1. Bleach Cleans Thoroughly ‘Everything’

Bleach is a helpful tool and companion when you’re cleaning your house. It makes white become whiter. It removes stains that regular soap and water can’t deal with. However, you should understand that there are surfaces where bleach is not advisable to use .Yes, it can clean the surface but it can also harm and break down the build-up of that surface you’re cleaning.

Bleach can also be harmful to your kids and pets as it is concentrated. It also has a strong smell that can sometimes irritate your sense of smell.

  1. Cleaning and Disinfecting Are The Same Thing

Cleaning and disinfecting are different from each other. While both have one goal which is to make surfaces and spaces clean, they serve different purposes.

Cleaning refers to removing dust and dirt, but it doesn’t entirely remove germs from the surfaces. But cleaning is important because it reduces the number of germs in the surrounding area.

On the other hand, disinfecting kills germs through the use of chemicals. Some common disinfectants are bleach and alcohol. For a certain period of time, you leave the disinfectant on the surface to kill germs. But take note that disinfecting does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces.

Nowadays, both are playing vital roles in our lives because of the spreading of the coronavirus. We use both methods to sanitize surfaces and areas aiming to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses.

  1. Bleach Works Best In Hot Water

This is a myth! Contrary to what most people believe that bleach and hot water are a perfect combination when cleaning, it is not true. Mixing bleach into hot water can turn white into yellowish tint. To avoid this from happening, don’t use bleach and hot water together.

  1. All Cleaners Are To Be Sprayed, Then Wipe-Off Right Away

No, this is not true. There is also a window time for a disinfectant or a cleaner to work properly. Seeing the word ‘instant’ on a label of a product often leads to the misconception that cleaners work in just a click. But in reality, it doesn’t work that way. You have to check and read the directions of the cleaning products you’re using and you’ll see that there are minutes required for it to sit well on the surface before wiping it off.

  1. All Green Cleaning Products Are Safe To Use

This is a common misconception. A green label does not necessarily mean that it is the safest cleaner out there. There are variables and factors to consider. Some of the green label products are not safe around your pet or your children. And the best way to ensure you are using the right products according to your needs is by reading and understanding the label and description of it. Make reading a habit!

  1. If The Surface/Area Smells Clean, Then It Must Be Clean

Just because the area is already smelling flowery and fresh does not necessarily mean it is. Remember that germs, bacteria, and viruses can’t be seen by our bare eyes. In reality, the safest clean is when the smell is odorless. This is why you should not be fooled by the deodorizers included in the content of the cleaners you’re using. Always remember not to rely on it but to use cleaners that are right according to what you’re cleaning.

  1. Homemade Cleaning Products Are Not As Effective As Commercial Cleaning Products

This is a myth! In reality, homemade cleaning products are the safer cleaning products you can use in your house. They work well too! In fact, when you’re using homemade cleaning products, you’re sure about its content and know that it’s not concentrated with chemicals.

However, always remember that it has its limit. If you’re aiming to thoroughly clean and disinfect your house, choose the right cleaning equipment and cleaning products to use. Read the label to ensure if it fits your needs. And, lastly, follow the instructions to have it work properly.

Conclusion

One of the main goals of cleaning is to not just clean but to reduce the risk of picking up germs, bacteria, and viruses that can harm your health. But always consider also that you have to select and choose the right cleaning products for you to use that won’t harm your health also. Chemicals are harmful so ensure that while you are cleaning you are not risking yourself from being exposed to harmful elements.

If you are homeowners in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas and need assistance thoroughly cleaning your home, My Marvelous Maids is ready to help. Book a cleaning appointment with us today and we will send our highly-skilled professional cleaners to your home. Our aim is to deliver the best cleaning service possible to make your home a comfortable and clean place to stay in.

The Mental Health Benefits of a Clean House

The Mental Health Benefits of a Clean House

Over the last year, mental health has been one of the most concerning issues we’re facing since the Covid-19 pandemic has started. Don’t get me wrong, the issue of mental health has always been here—whether we’re aware or not. Overcoming it is a long battle, and the best help that we can get is not only with the medications and health specialists who help us get through each day, but also ourselves to keep on holding on.

It’s just that our concern with our mental health became a more pressing matter since we’ve drastically pushed to adjust our routine, work, and daily living because of the pandemic. Most of the time, we’re staying at home—and when we go out, it’s best to wear a facemask for protection against the virus. We’re limited to whom we meet in person and who we can invite over to our house. We’ve become cautious since we don’t know thoroughly who has it or not unless tested. It’s tough. And for our safety, most of us choose just to stay at home for our safety.

In reality, there are so many triggers and difficulties in life that are out of our control. And doing small things can actually help us fight these to keep our state of mind calm, healthy, and functional. One best example is cleaning and organizing your home. It sounds simple but, the truth is, it has a great impact on our well-being.

An Organized House Equals to an Organized Life

Okay, it may sound cliché, but the truth is this is a fact! Try closing your eyes for a moment. Imagine your house (or home) clutter-free, what you can see is all your stuff, furniture and appliances are all in perfect places. There is no dust and dirt you see. You can see and smell the cleanliness and comfort of the space. Isn’t it great?

Admit it, it’s awesome to be living in that state, right? Well, it’s actually possible to have this if you start organizing because in the bigger picture of doing this, you’ll be able to relax, focus, and live in comfort. Your stress will naturally go away, might not be completely gone, but still, your mind will calm down in some ways.

The clutter in your house doesn’t just build up things that turn into an eyesore but it also builds up stress in your head. And in order for you to avoid being stressed is to start decluttering. Putting away things from places where it doesn’t belong to is a great way to help you have a smoother and faster time on cleaning. Clutter also causes dust and dirt to build up over time.

So, a good way to start organizing your home is to start decluttering.

Cleaning Boost Your Health

We probably have mentioned it before on our other blog post(s), but allow us to reiterate it (in another way). Cleaning has a lot of benefits. It doesn’t just make your environment and your own space clean, but it also boosts your immune system. How?

Well, cleaning is also another form of exercise. And when you’re exercising, your boosting your physical strength and keeping yourself active. Also, when you’re cleaning, you’re ensuring that your surrounding is free from dirt. It also boosts your immune system since you’re killing germs, bacteria, and viruses.

Lastly, when the surrounding of your home is clean, it benefits your mental health as you’re able to focus and think without distraction. Your mind functions well also because your surrounding is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Improve Your Everyday Living

Having a clean home gives you peace of mind which is priceless. And having peace of mind is the key to having good mental health. It can’t be bought anywhere. But how can we have peace of mind naturally? Actually, one of the biggest contributing factors to having it is by having a good and comfortable sleep.

When you sleep well the night before, you have a higher chance of having a productive day. Sleep thoroughly impacts how you will function the next day as it improves your everyday living. According to people, they get a better sleep when they know they have a clean surroundings before and after they wake up. And this suggests that cleanliness is well connected to our physical, emotional, or mental health.

When you have an organized and clean home, your mind naturally relaxes.

Cleaning Has Evolved

Over the years, cleaning is experiencing its own evolution which is good. Aside from the fact that houses have more surfaces and areas to clean, it also requires special care now because the germs, bacteria, and viruses have evolved also. House cleaning can be time-consuming which is a fact and understandable. It requires focus and strength too, especially in some areas which is why it is also good if you’ll hire professional cleaners.

And if you need help taking care of the cleanliness of your home, My Marvelous Maids is ready to do that. Composed of highly trained professional house cleaners, we are ready to come into your house and do the work for you. If you are house owners living in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas, contact us today to book a cleaning appointment.