In 2017, Hurricane Irma passed directly over our house in Central Florida. It was a pretty scary time for us, but in the end, we were thankful that the only major damage to our property was some wind-driven rain that entered our back bedroom and soaked (then molded) the carpet. As a result of all that, I’m very familiar with issues that unwelcome water can cause to a home. (It also stays in the forefront of my mind because my husband works in homeowners insurance and is always sharing his nightmare claim stories with me!)
There can be several causes for flooding and water damage, including torrential rainfall, sewer issue, broken sump-pump, burst pipe, or damaged appliance. No matter the cause, the effect is devastating and unbearable. Water damage can ruin your furnishings, the structure and foundation, and other prized possessions occupying your house.
We talk a lot about cleaning here on the blog. I happen to think cleaning is pretty important, myself. But that’s just me! I also happen to think there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help when you need it.
If you are sick, you go see a doctor, or when your car breaks, you just don’t leave it there and buy a new one. So, why there are certain areas of life where help is deemed “okay” and others where it is ridiculed is a mystery to me. Nonetheless, I will try and debunk it with help from Maid This,who was kind enough to lend us a hand in understanding misconceptions about hiring a cleaning service, and how to deal with them.
Too good to get your hands dirty
There are people who think that you are lazy or spoiled if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. In reality, those people lead different lives and their schedule probably allows them to do this job themselves without needing any outside help ever. On the other hand, there are people who need to work, take care of their family and do bunch of other chores on a daily basis. For them, adding cleaning, which takes a lot of time and energy, can be overwhelming.
These days I feel like I’m constantly behind on things. Cleaning included. Anyone else with me? I feel like I get one area of my life caught up and nicely in order, but while I’ve been working on that, three more areas have burned to the ground! (A little bit of an exaggeration, but do you get what I mean?) When does it end?!
Of course, there are ways we can all help ourselves catch up. It just depends on our current situation. For me, I’ve been thinking more and more about hiring someone to come clean our house.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’ve done this before. I used to get overwhelmed with cleaning certain areas of the house (like our huge walk-in tile shower) and call a cleaning service to come out and do it. But that was when I had tiny twins, was working part time, and I felt like I had justification to call a company. When I started staying at home with the girls last year, I figured I could handle everything myself, no problem. But let me tell you: with 2 2-year-olds around here all the time, it’s HARD! And hiring someone to come in and clean would be SO helpful!
Okay, okay. I’ll admit it. I’m THAT person. I’m that person who notices how dirty the vacuum is when I go to the closet and pull it out. Often times, before I vacuum, I stop and wipe it down, and might even spray some disinfectant up inside of it. Not joking.
And it’s not just the vacuum cleaner. I clean all kinds of “cleaning appliances”. The dishwasher. The Roomba. The mop. The bottle sanitizer. The pressure washer.
And yes…the washing machine. At least once a week (normally more) you can find me running a cycle with just soap, or with just bleach, or with just bleach and soap, trying to clean my washing machine. It’s worse if anyone in the house is sick! Then I’m literally cleaning the washing machine in between every load! And thank goodness for “Stay Fresh”, which is a nice little cleaning mode my washing machine has that can be easily run. I think that helps tremendously!
If YOU don’t clean YOUR washing machine, no worries! The following guide will take you through how to clean your washing machine, step by step. Whether you have a top loading machine, or a front loading, this guide can help you.
Why Should I Clean My Machine?
Given how easy it is to regularly clean and maintain your washing machine, and how much time, work, and money it could save you, it is something that all of us should be doing on a monthly basis. You will both extend the lifetime of your machine, and also ensure that it continues to perform at optimum efficiency. Plus, it’s really not that difficult and takes very little time once you get started. If you need to know how to clean a washing machine, read on!
Okay. Time for some honesty. We’ve been in our current house for an entire year next month…and I haven’t cleaned the windows. None of them. Not even once. **SIGH**
Window cleaning is a task that most of us avoid (hi there, hello!) but it is also one that, if left neglected, becomes more difficult to manage over time. (Oh yeah. It’s gonna be fun, eh?) It isn’t an easy or convenient task but, in my experience, most people have a tendency to make the process more labor-intensive than it needs to be. Here is an easy 3-step process that will keep your windows looking bright and clean and you will only need to do it twice a year on average!
This is a good first step, especially for larger windows. Swab the surface with a mostly-water mixture with a few drops per gallon of any common dish soap. You don’t want the solution to be too sudsy, but you do want it to be soapy enough to break up the dirt that has settled on the panes over time. Strip applicators allow you to cover a large area at one time and they also absorb a majority of the soap. This will be important later on.