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Get Rid of Mold & Mildew in the Bathroom

If you’re having trouble getting rid of mold & mildew, you’re not alone. Mold & mildew thrives in dark, damp places with high humidity and low ventilation, so it’s the bane of every bathroom cleaner.

Mold & mildew will grow in the shower, on the tub, tiles, walls and floor. It grows quickly in areas with standing water, but given enough time and the right conditions, mold & mildew will even grow on shower curtains and painted walls too.

Soap scum, skin and body oils (yuck!), and any other decaying material- even rotting wood or certain chemicals will fuel its growth in the right environment.

Here’s exactly how to clean it all up and keep it from coming back!

Regular Cleaning:

Vinegar and Water:

Mold & mildew will not grow in an acidic environment. Plain white vinegar is a mild acid, it kills mold & mildew and makes the environment less hospitable for further growth.

Because vinegar is a natural deodorizer, once it dries the bathroom will not just look better, it will smell better too.

Start by using a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water. Pour ½ cup of each into a spray bottle and shake. Spray on all of the surfaces in the shower, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe it all down with a damp sponge.

Heavy Duty Cleaning:

Vinegar Only:

If you are cleaning a heavy build up, use 100 percent undiluted plain white vinegar. Pour it in a spray bottle, spray the shower and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a pot scrubber with plastic bristles, grout brush or an old toothbrush to clean it up before rinsing and wiping it down.

Chlorine Bleach:

Dilute ¼ to ½ cup of household bleach per each gallon of water used. Spray on the tiles and scrub with a plastic bristle brush. When you are finished scrubbing, rinse completely to remove all traces because any remaining bleach will make surfaces very slippery.

Note: Use caution when using bleach. Bleach is highly alkaline and will burn you just as easily as an acid will. Wear a pair of rubber gloves and protective goggles to keep any splashes out of your eyes.

If you’re working in a very small bathroom without much air circulation, turn on the fan, open a window and you might want to wear a mask.

Never mix bleach with any other cleaner especially ammonia, as this will create potentially deadly fumes.

Preventing Mold & Mildew:

There are things you can do to prevent mold & mildew regrowth. The way to do this is to change the environmental conditions in the bathroom: reduce dampness, increase air circulation and light.

1. Reduce Humidity: Use the fan when bathing or showering, and leave it after you are finished until all traces of dampness are removed from the air.

2. Increase Light: Keep the light on, open the window curtains to let the daylight in.

3. Increase Air Flow: Open the window if you can to let some fresh air in. This will increase air circulation which reduces odors as well.

4. Keep it Dry: If you make it a habit to dry the tub or shower after using it the mold & mildew will not have a chance to grow. A small squeegee is really helpful in removing all traces of water after showing.

5. Keep it Clean: An after shower wipe down also removes remaining debris on the shower or tub walls and floor so there will not be a food source for it to grow on.

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Cleaning Products

10 Must Have Cleaning Products

10 Must Have Cleaning ProductsThe 10 must have cleaning products cover a multitude of cleaning solutions from windows to counter tops to wood floors, tile floors, carpeting, furniture, clothing and more. The amount of cleaning you have to do may seem daunting, but these ten products will help you conquer the task.

Checklist: 10 Must Have Cleaning Products

Each of the products that made it to this list all have something in common: they are common, household products and tools. Window cleaner is just window cleaner, until you run out. The dishwasher is a dishwasher, until it does not work or the mop head is flattened and unusable. When they break down or run out, you realize just how much you rely on them.

Cleaning Appliances

1. Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is the most basic of the cleaning tools at your disposal. It is ideal for picking up loose dirt, hair and more from your carpeted and non-carpeted areas. Vacuum cleaner attachments let you clean the furniture, catching up crumbs, hair (human and pet), dust and dirt, refreshing as you go. For pet owners, a vacuum cleaner is a necessary cleaning product to keep the animal hair under control, particularly for heavy shedders.

2. Dishwasher

Not everyone has a dishwasher, but the cleaning product is one that saves you time and effort, while also helping you to sanitize everything from baby bottles to toothbrushes. When the dishwasher breaks down or cleans improperly, you may find food stuck to your dishes and glasses that are cloudy. The time saving cleaning appliance lets you rinse off your dishes, glasses, pots and pans and wash them as one load. Modern devices have energy saving features that help reduce the amount of water and power you use.

3. Washing Machine

Anyone who wears clothes, uses blankets, towels and other linen or cloth based products will appreciate the treasure of a washing machine. You can get by without a clothes dryer by hanging clothes on a line or on a drying rack. Without a washing machine in the house your alternatives are a Laundromat where a load of laundry can cost as much as two dollars and fifty cents (and that doesn’t include detergents or softeners) or to wash clothes by hand, which is simply not practical in the modern world.

4. Mop (Wet and Dry)

Whether you have tile, wood or linoleum floors, a mop is a cleaning product you cannot live without. Wet mops, like a Swiffer Wet Jet, provide the cleaner and a cleaning pad so that you can clean up the ground in dirt and stains from the floor. Standard mops come in flat head or rag mop. You use them in conjunction with hot water and soaps designed for floor cleaning. Mops may also be used when waxing or just dusting the floor. When you are dusting, you want a dry mop. Mechanized steam mops are becoming more popular, allowing you to “wet mop” the floor without the bucket and backbreaking labor.

5. Broom

A broom is one cleaning product that is handy to have around for sweeping up dust and debris inside and outside the home. Many households keep two brooms, one wide broom designed to sweep heavy debris (usually outdoors) and one standard broom with a shorter base and stiffer bristles for sweeping indoors. Brooms are useful for cleaning up broken glass, glitter and dry product spills on uncarpeted floor.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products range from store bought items such as window cleaner, wood polish and bleach are some of the standard cleaning products you need under your sink.

6. Window Cleaner

You want a clean windows without streaking. Window cleaners often contain an ammonia base to cut through dirt, dust and oil that accumulate on glass. Because glass is clear and shows every streak, raindrop, fingerprint and paw print that touches them, cleaning them with water alone is just not enough.

7. White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most versatile cleaning products you can own. With vinegar solutions, you can remove stains, clean glass windows, remove pet odor from carpets and much more. Using vinegar is a non-toxic solution for your household cleaning needs.

8. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the best house cleaning remedies you can have. Keep an open box in the refrigerator to reduce stale odors or put a layer of baking soda on the bottom of a cat litter box to neutralize the smell of cat urine. You can use baking soda to deep clean your pots, your pans, your bathtub and your drains.

9. Wood Polish

Wood polish comes in multiple product sizes including pre-treated rags that remove dust and allergens from wood surfaces. Standard wood polishes gather up dust, and then leave a shine. They also add a thin layer of protection to the surface of the wood, giving it that glossy appearance. When you’re cleaning a room, wood polish is ideal for all wood surfaces from chair backs to tables, desks and trim.

10. Bleach

Bleach and bleach products are highly toxic, but necessary for sanitizing surfaces and cleaning white surfaces particularly in the bathroom (bathtub, toilet, sinks).Oxy clean may be used a substitute for brightening white surfaces as well as removing stains from white clothing. The downside of bleach is that if you get it on any colored surfaces, it will leave white spots so use it sparingly. The disinfecting properties of bleach allow you to sanitize door handles and common surfaces when people are sick to prevent the spread of illness.


Using the 10 must have cleaning products are save you time and energy when it comes to getting your chores done and your house cleaned.

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Cleaning in between housekeeping visits

Cleaning In Between Visits

Cleaning in between visits

  1. Your cleaning in between visits can depend on three things:  1) how often you have housekeeping service  2)  your standards  for an acceptably clean house and 3) the number of high maintenance items you have, like clear glass shower doors, for instance.  But most people find they don’t need to do a lot of cleaning in between times.
  • Keep everything well picked-up.  Try never to go to bed with a messy house.  Get the family involved!  A neat and tidy house automatically looks clean.  Plus, you’ll get a lot more for your housekeeping dollar if the surfaces are clear and ready to be cleaned.
  • Wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters. Generally, you don’t have to move everything to clean underneath, but do keep the counters clean and shiney.
  • Clean kitchen sink and appliances as needed.
  • Wipe the spots off bathroom mirrors. Use Windex Wipes in each bathroom to take care of both mirrors and counters.
  • Sweep/vacuum floors. To preserve your carpets for years to come you must vacuum frequently.  If  that’s not an issue for you, you may not even run the vacuum between visits.   S ‘up to you.
  • Squeegee shower doors after each shower. The 30 seconds this takes means no soap buildup.  This too will save your housekeepers time, and you  money.
  • Dust if you have to. If dust allergies are an issue or your conscience demands you dust every day or two, for heaven’s sake buy a good quality lambswool duster (about $10.00 at most any hardware store).  Contrary to what some people think they do not “just spread the dust around,”  they actually attract dust by the natural oil found in lambswool. You won’t believe how easy dusting can be. ( On the other hand, some of us just think of dust as a wood preservative and don’t bother our pretty little heads about it!)

We realize there may be other things that are important to you to do between housekeeper visits, but these are the basics.

Can I Trust My Cleaner

Can I Trust My Cleaner?

Can I Trust My Cleaner

When you invite an outsider into your home, you do need to have a certain amount of distrust for them, simply because of the day and age that we live in. With so many people out there just waiting to steal our hard earned cash, out identities and even more, it makes sense to have an opinion of someone before you even have the chance to know them, and although this is unfortunate, you can never really be sure of just who you are dealing with.

When it comes to inviting a cleaner into your home to do the things that you just don’t have the time to do, you must remember that you can’t really judge them right from the very beginning of your relationship. By all means do your background research, but try not to make it obvious that their presence within your home is not entirely trusted; this just gives off a bad vibe, and is likely to result in them quitting before they have even started.

There are more than a few tips that you can use to ensure that you can trust your cleaner:

  • If you are going to be using a cleaning company, make sure that you use one that is reputable and reliable. There are plenty of ways to do your research, and for the most part, the internet has become a very valuable resource. Look for reviews on the cleaning company and ask if they perform background searches on the staff that they hire. If they do not, it is probably wise to look elsewhere. They will more than likely ask for references before they hire anyone, of course, and you are well within your right to ask to have a peek at these before you choose to let anyone in your home.
  • For the first few days that the cleaner is working within your home, ask lots of questions. They will be expecting this usually anyway, so you shouldn’t be too concerned about it. They will know that they are working in a complete stranger’s home, and they know how they would react to such a situation if someone they didn’t know, were in their houses, so feel free to ask as many questions as you wish – just try not to make them too personal.
  • It is understandable, to both the cleaner, and the company that they work for, for you to want to be around for the first few days that they have started work in your home. You can explain to them exactly what it is that you want them to do, as well as getting a feel for them as a character. If you feel unsafe or unsure about anything, discuss this with the cleaning company, and if you have really bad vibes, you could always ask for a second opinion from your partner or a friend.

It does make sense that you would want to protect your biggest asset – your home, and in the case of hiring external people to work within it, there will always be a certain amount of risk. Of course, the more you educate yourself, the easier the process will be.

We here at Dust Bunnies of Erie have utilized all the tips mentioned above and invite you to do research on our company. We have been established in our community as a Professional Cleaning Company for just over 5 years. We are Fully Insured and Bonded through Erie Insurance which requires background checks on all of our personnel that would be going into a clients home. We will also provide both Professional and Personal References upon request.

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So, you have decided to use Dust Bunnies of Erie for your cleaning needs, whats next? You should decide on the frequency of cleaning needed for your home by reviewing our Residential Cleaning Services and Residential Cleaning Pricing. Once you have done your research and know exactly what your looking for, you may Contact Us by calling 814.898.2431 or my submitting a request for a FREE IN-Home Consultation. We look forward to working with you!

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Cleaning your kitchen’s tough spots

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Even if your countertops are always immaculate and the dishes rarely pile up, chances are your kitchen has plenty of easily missed areas where dirt can accumulate. Use these great ideas to deep-clean those hard-to-reach places where grime builds up.

Cleaning the Refrigerator

Dust, debris and pet hair can build up behind the refrigerator vent, making it work less efficiently and increasing your energy bills. Check with your owner’s manual, but for many refrigerators, you can pull off the removable vent at the bottom of your refrigerator and use the crevice tool of your vacuum to vacuum the coils. Before you replace the vent, wash it or wipe it down with Windex® Multi-Surface Antibacterial.

As for the handles, which can quickly get grimy, use Windex® Multi-Surface Antibacterial and a soft cloth or paper towel to wipe them down, making sure not to miss the undersides of the handles and the area where the handle joins the door.

Cleaning the Stove

Drips and crumbs tend to gather in the space between the stove and the countertop. Debra Johnson of Merry Maids, a national cleaning service, suggests using a stiff brush to loosen and remove the crumbs. You can then wrap the bristles of the brush with a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water and sweep out the crevice again to clean and degrease the area.

If you have a range hood with a fan, the vent can quickly get grimy. Johnson suggests removing the filter at least every six months and giving it a good cleaning. If you have a carbon filter instead of a metal one, replace with a new filter as needed.

A soft-bristled toothbrush is a great tool for cleaning on and around the burners of the stove as well as in the area around the burners.

Remove the knobs, if possible, and then use the dry toothbrush to loosen crumbs before using Windex® Original Glass Wipes to wipe away remaining crumbs and residue.

Cleaning the Sink

A toothbrush is also just the right size to scour around the faucet knobs on your sink, in the crannies of the drain, or along the seam where the sink joins the counter. If the grout around the sink has been discolored, brighten it up with your cleaning toothbrush plus fantastik® All Purpose Cleaner With Bleach to remove stains like those from food, greasy soil and mold & mildew. (Since the toothbrush may cause splatters, be sure to wear old clothes.)

Cleaning the Microwave

For grease-spattered microwave interiors, boiling a cup of water with a few lemon slices in it for one minute in the microwave. The steam will soften stuck-on food, and then you can use clean water and a sponge to wipe away remaining grease and residue. To avoid possible injury from burns, be sure to allow the boiling water to cool for a few minutes before opening the microwave door and removing the container of water.

Cleaning Cabinets and drawers

If you reach into your drawer for the measuring spoons and come up with a handful of crumbs instead, it’s time to take action. Empty the drawer and use the corner nozzle on your vacuum hose to suck up crumbs, dust and other debris from every crevice and corner of the drawer.

For an extra-deep clean, take the drawers off their runners to vacuum behind them. Use Pledge® Multi Surface Wipes to get rid of even more dust. You can also use the wipes to clean and remove smears from the exteriors of your wooden cabinets.

(Reference: Original Post can be found at SC Johnson)

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9 Tips to an Organized and Clean Home

9 Tips to an Organized and Clean HomeWith the fast pace of life it is easy to find yourself at the end of the week standing in the living room surrounded by clutter, pulling your hair out because you can’t find anything. This can easily happen after a move to a new home. It’s hard enough to work a full-time job, run a home, unpack all of those boxes and now you’re expected to organize?!

Organizing is well worth the time and energy put into it. It is something that you will do that will need a little maintenance and attention every once in awhile but the reward of having an organized home is great.

Let’s say, you lose your keys twice a week and it take you a half an hour running around your home to find them. That is an hour a week, and that ends up being 48 hours a year. You spend two days a year, just looking for your keys! If you live in your house for 15 years and continue to be unorganized in your home that could be an entire month you spent looking for your car keys. That is just wasted time that you could be spending with your family and making lasting memories.

Being proactive and organizing your home is the only way to make sure that when you need something you can find it and your beautiful new home doesn’t get overrun by clutter.

Here are 9 must have tips to an organized and clean home.

1. Designate an area for important documents and bills. Many times countertops and kitchen tables get overrun with the week’s mail. Keep an area out of site where these items can be kept.

2. Have an area inside a closet or somewhere near the door to have everything you need on hand right before you leave the house. This could be a shelf for your keys, or a standalone wardrobe for
coats and shoes. If these items don’t have a “home” they will wind up all over your new home!

3. For the showers in your home, have shower caddies or organizing shelves.

4. To keep countertop space in your bathrooms clear buy shower caddy organizers and keep everything under the sink. This way you can easily pull it out and it has all of your lotions, hair
products, and anything else you would need.
You can also by a small magnetic strip to put under bathroom counters to keep little things like tweezers.

5. Labels keep the home organized. In general labels are a great way all throughout your house to stay organized. Labeling allows you the ability to quickly assess if something is what you need or want and saves you a lot of time. You can label drawers, cabinets, containers and much more in your home.

6. Use hooks to keep things off of the floor. Hooks are great for closets and entryways. This allows members of the house to hang their backpacks, coats and anything else that usually gets tossed on the back of the couch or bed.

7. Keep laundry baskets in every closet. It is even better if you can invest in presorted laundry baskets for whites and darks.

8. Keep extra bags for wastebaskets and trashcans INSIDE the containers. This eliminates having to store the bags separately and having to run to different rooms to get extra.

9. Keep a basket by the stairs on each floor. This way anyone heading upstairs can grab anything that needs to taken to the other floor.

Clutter will always happen, even in an organized home. Organizing just helps keep the clutter to a minimum and allows everyone in the house to carry with their everyday activities without being hindered by having to look for something every time they need it.

Congratulations on your new home! We wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing anything you might have to add on this subject.