When to Use (or Avoid) Vinegar for Cleaning

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Vinegar is on the short list of everyone’s natural cleaning favorites and, IMHO, deserves to be. But articles listing ‘1001 uses’ don’t help you understand how vinegar works… and that’s important since its acidic power can be used for good or for harm. Vinegar is technically a rinse agent, not a cleaner. (Shocking, I know) The thing it does better than anything else in the world of green cleaning is to dissolve […]

Hidden Expenses That Can Sink a House Cleaner

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Most house cleaners bring their own equipment and supplies to the job and are usually given due credit for that expense when a customer weighs the rate they will agree to pay… whether by the hour or by the job. But there are many other (and greater) expenses that customers, and often house cleaners themselves, might not […]

The Unexpected Benefits of Cleaning for a Living

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It was only after I was up and running with regular customers and an established house cleaning schedule that I realized I had stumbled into a jackpot of valuable benefits rarely found in other livelihoods.  Following are some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of being a self-employed house cleaner: Set Your Own Schedule Control Your Work Hours: To a large extent, you have control over which […]

The Blue Scrub Sponge: Why It’s My Cleaning Tool Addiction

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There are a number of cleaning tools I’ve come to rely on, but only one that I tuck into my suitcase when heading out-of-town for a visit… just in case I wind up puttering in someone’s kitchen. Seriously, I have no idea how to clean (well) without it…. That tool is the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, which allows you […]