A Clean Home is a…

Have you ever heard that a clean home is a happy home?  Well, we have found some proof as to why.  Let’s just not leave it at that.  A clean home can also mean a more productive and more harmonious home for us to live in.

Cleaning has been found to have positive effects on our mental health by helping us gain a sense of control over our environment. The physical activity can also have a calming effect on our mind. It can elevate one’s mood and provide us with the satisfaction of a job well done.  A study published in the journal Mindfulness found that participants who engaged in mindfully washing the dishes— meaning they took a moment to inhale the scent of the soap and to allow their skin to absorb the warmth of the water — reported a 27% reduction in nervousness, along with a 25% improvement in “mental inspiration.”

Decluttering and organizing our homes has become increasingly popular. However, creating an organized, clutter-free space should not be just a trend. It has real value when it comes to our mental health, productivity, and overall well-being. Organized spaces are proven to reduce stress, improve happiness, and even improve your eating and exercise habits. Studies show that reducing clutter correlates with an increase in productivity at home and in the workplace.

“The University of California gathered thirty couples for a study on stress hormones. Those who described their house as messy or chaotic showed increased levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone produced in response to stress. The study also found that women were more adversely affected by clutter than men. The evidence shows that decluttering and other housekeeping reduces cortisol levels and are healthy habits to adopt. But the benefits of a clean home also extend to your physical well-being.”

A clean home doesn’t just affect the parents. Children can reap the benefits as well. If you have children, you would think that they love messes and despise anything to do with chores.  However, research shows that if their bedroom and other family spaces are cluttered, they will have a hard time focusing and can tend to feel more agitated or stressed. This shouldn’t all fall on the parents though. We all know that children need boundaries and instilling good habits at a young age will carry them through adulthood. This includes being taught how to keep their spaces clutter-free and clean. Keeping a clean home gives them a safe and healthy space where they can play, do homework and sleep.  

A quick and very effective way to begin creating a more peaceful environment for your children is by limiting the number of possessions your child has. We know this can be hard. If your child is having a difficult time parting with items, try getting storage cubbies or stackable drawers for their closet. Have them keep their most favorite items out on their dresser and help them to organize the rest out of sight. If they can clearly see the items they have on display, they will know that each item has a designated space in their room and they will be more apt to help with keeping their rooms tidy. While some kids don’t clean their room because they don’t feel like it, most others just need a little help in getting their spaces organized so that the task isn’t so overwhelming! This will not only lead to a more relaxed, peaceful environment for your child, but will give them a sense of accomplishment, ownership, and self-confidence. 

The relationship between a clean house and mental health is one that should be important to your whole family. We all love a cleaner, more organized home and we typically feel more at ease with less clutter. When you consider the overwhelming benefits—better physical health, improved mental health and a cleaner, healthier environment, it’s easy to see how keeping a home clean can keep minds more calm.   

If you need help getting your home in order, Elite Home Cleaning is here to help. Whether it is one-time deep clean to get your cleaning routine kick-started or on a more frequent basis to give you back some time with your family… we are here to help you create a cleaner, healthier, more productive, more organized environment for your family!  

4 WAYS A CLEAN HOUSE CAN BENEFIT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH 

  1. INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY 

An organized, and clutter-free, space leads to less distraction and more focus, which in turn produces more productive results

  1. INSPIRES SELF CONFIDENCE

There is a great deal of pride, and satisfaction, that comes from maintaining a clean and organized home. You will have a visual reminder every day that you did this! Whether the organizing and cleaning is done by you, or hired professionals, you took charge and gained control over your home environment. 

  1. REDUCED ANXIETY LEVELS

The outside world, especially today, has a lot going on. These pressures create raised levels of anxiety and stress because there is so much we do not have control over. But, what we do have control over is our own personal space at home. We have a little microcosm all our own that we can create order within. When you keep a clean and orderly house, you will have a visual reminder every morning when you wake up, and every night when you go to bed, that there is order and you do have control. The peace that comes from this will carry with you out into the world.

  1. CREATES A MORE HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT

Does your spouse blame you for misplacing things? Do your children fight over missing toys? A clean and organized home where “there is a place for everything and everything is in its place” can lead to a more more calm and relaxed space for your family. Just make sure to have every family member playing their part in maintaining their own spaces. It should never fall on just mom! Everyone should have ownership.

 

4 QUICK TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME TIDY ON A DAILY BASIS

 

Whether you clean your own home, or have professional cleaning technicians do the job, there are small things you can do on a daily basis that will help maintain your home between cleanings.

  1. LEAVE SHOES AT THE DOOR

Create a shoe “drop zone” in the garage or right inside the door. No sense bringing in more dirt from the outside world

  1. CHOOSE ONE ROOM TO CLEAN/TIDY EACH DAY

Set a timer for 15-30 minutes and choose a space to clean/tidy each day. This will reduce the stress of trying to tackle the whole house in one day 

  1. MAKE YOUR BED

It only takes a couple of minutes, but the sense of neatness and order is a great way to start the day

  1. WASH THE DISHES AFTER EVERY MEAL

An empty sink feels great! Plus, it is a lot less work to clean up after one meal then a whole day, or more, of meals

 

How often should we be cleaning? What science tells us about cleaning our home.

While we may have different opinions about what constitutes a “clean” home, there are some standards to consider, if only for your health’s sake.

Bacteria and microbes consisting of viruses, soil, fungi, bacteria, animal dander, pollen, sweat, and skin cells all invade our homes on a regular basis. According to research in Popular Science, the life span of a germ varies greatly depending on the bacteria and the surface. E. coli (intestinal bacteria that can make you sick) can live for a few hours to a full day, while the calicivirus (a.k.a. the stomach flu) can live for days or weeks. We can’t always see these teeny tiny nasties, and if we saw them under a microscope I’m sure we would all be quite mortified. So how often should we be cleaning certain areas of our home? It is probably more often than you think.  Below you will find some important guidelines:

How often should sinks be disinfected?

Every day. Even if they look clean, sinks can become covered with invisible bacteria very quickly. The bathroom sink accumulates fecal matter (from washing your hands after you use the bathroom). Also, bacteria from food, like E.Coli and Salmonella, can contaminate the kitchen sink. Clean them daily to keep these spaces clean and healthy.

How often should floors be vacuumed and/or washed?

One to two weeks. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed on a weekly basis. More often if you have pets in the home. This will help to keep dust, dirt, and allergens from being kicked up into the air. Hard surface floors should be swept and mopped 2-4 times a month based on the activity in the home. Kitchen floors should be cleaned more often as this is where meal prepping and serving is done.

How often should sheets be changed?

Once a week – Beyond dust, bacteria and fungi, along with the dirt and oils sloughed off during sleep, can cling to sheets and your skin. This can lead to skin conditions. To keep your bed clean, change your sheets once a week, or a minimum of every two weeks, and wash them in hot water.

How often should bathrooms be cleaned?  

Once a week at least.  Bathrooms will need the most attention. It can host a whole swarm of unwelcome bacteria; E.coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. To keep this space as clean as possible, disinfect the toilet at least once weekly and scrub sinks daily. Tubs should be cleaned, at the very least, every other week. And don’t forget fabric shower curtains and liners. They should be disinfected on a weekly basis to avoid a build-up of mildew. 

How often should towels be changed out?

It depends on the room. Bath towels can become covered with fungi and bacteria (including staph and fecal) and if your towel doesn’t fully dry, that bacteria can grow.  Ideally, try to swap out your bath towels every other day. For kitchen towels, washing once a week should do the trick. However, if you have handled raw meat and wiped your hands on a towel, throw it in the wash immediately. Better safe than sorry!

How often should sponges be swapped out?

Every few days. A kitchen sponge can get pretty filthy, pretty fast… with billions of bacteria on every square inch! While most of the bacteria isn’t harmful, it is important to wash these frequently. Soap and water washing won’t do the trick, instead drop them into boiling water for 2 minutes or place them in the microwave for 2 minutes while damp every couple of days, and replacing them when they deteriorate.

How often should doorknobs be wiped down?

Once a week (in some rooms). Though doorknobs can accumulate a lot of bacteria, they need only need to be washed once in awhile. However, doorknobs in the bathroom and the kitchen are used much more frequently and should be disinfected about once per week, especially if there’s an illness in the house.

Following these important guidelines will help ensure a cleaner, healthier, and safer home.  Please feel free to contact us regarding your cleaning needs and cleaning questions.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order

To all of our valued clients,

 Due to Governor Whitmer’s executive order we will be temporarily pausing service.

 We will continue to monitor this fluid situation with hopes of opening for business on April 14, 2020.

 We appreciate your patronage and understanding during this challenging time.  

 We are hopeful that you will remain safe and healthy.  Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.  Ph: 248-844-3191 or email us at info@elitehomecleaning.net

 We will continue to post blogs on the website with helpful tips and information.  Check them out when you have a moment!

 Sincerely,

Lori, Erica, Erika and staff

 

Wash Your Hands

“Wash your hands!” This is the mantra for these uncertain times. It makes sense as handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

We wanted to take a moment to share with you some guidelines straight from the experts. You can find their recommendations below:

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water to Wash your Hands

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available when you need to wash your hands, you can use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use.

How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

There are a lot of make-it-yourself ideas floating around the internet right now. Like using vodka as a hand sanitizer. That will NOT be effective. Always refer to the experts when contemplating mixing up your own product. For a do-it-yourself hand-sanitizer we would suggest following the CDC guidelines by using at least 60% alcohol. You may fill some small spray bottles and add a few drops of an essential oil to give it a nice scent.

Protect you and your loved ones from the spread of germs…Wash your Hands! 

 

CDC Recommendations for Disinfecting

In these uncertain times, we are hyper-aware of the need to maintain a healthy home and body.  The CDC is a great place to start when looking for the most accurate information and effective solutions. Please find below CDC recommendations for disinfecting.  These can also be found at the CDC website. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces

It is critical to read and follow the safety instructions on any product you use. For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.  Below are the most important safety guidelines when using sanitizing products:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner
  • Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves, and eye protection
  • Try not to breathe in product fumes. If using products indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter
  • Use regular unscented 5%—6% household bleach
  • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water 

When using a bleach mixture, for surfaces that do not soak up water (examples: floors, stoves, sinks, countertops, plates, and tools): 

  1. Clean surface with soap and water first
  2. Rinse with clean water
  3. Sanitize using the directed mixture
  4. Allow to air dry 

For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning: 

  • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.

Hand Hygiene

  • Household members should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Household members should follow normal preventive actions while at work and home including recommended hand hygiene and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 

We hope you have found value in this CDC recommendations for disinfecting information and as always, feel free to contact us about home home cleaning and organizing needs at 248-844-3191. 

 

A Letter from Elite Home Cleaning on COVID-19

A Letter from Elite Home Cleaning on COVID-19

Dear Valued Client,

As your home cleaning professionals, it will be an honor to provide this important service to you in these uncertain times. With the threat and expected impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and other illnesses, it is our number one priority to keep you, your family, our employees, and all of our other clients healthy and safe. The CDC has shared on their government website that cleaning lowers the number of germs and the risk of spreading infection. We have been vigilant in educating ourselves on best practices during this trying time. We felt it would be helpful to provide you with some insight into our philosophies, processes, and commitment.

Our Staff

  • Staff members exhibiting any illness have been asked to stay home and take time to heal. We require all illness-based absences to be under the care of a physician and follow their “return to work” instructions
  • Staff members exposed to any illness of concern will also be asked to work with their physician and follow any quarantine protocol suggested
  • We will ensure that all staff members have adequate PTO (Paid Time Off) days available to them as warranted

Cleaning Updates

  • Handwashing: All staff are required to wash their hands at the beginning and end of each visit
  • Gloves: All staff will be required to wear gloves throughout the clean; and will change them frequently
  • Hand sanitizer: All staff have been asked to keep hand sanitizer with them throughout their cleaning day
  • Sanitizing of equipment: Each night, equipment is wiped down and sanitized
  • Towels and sponges: All cleaning towels are laundered and sanitized nightly
  • Supplying your own product/equipment: If you prefer for us to use any of your equipment/products, and not bring in our own, we would be happy to honor that request. Just ask the technician for a Release Form in order to proceed with using the items you supply. The same is true for any additional disinfecting product you may like us to use. If you need any suggestions, please feel free to contact us

Client Responsibilities:

  • We request, for the health and safety of our employees and other clients, that you reschedule your cleaning appointment if you or a family member is sick, experiencing flu-like symptoms, or has tested positive for the flu or coronavirus. This will help reduce the spread of any illness to our technicians or between homes.

Please “like” us on Facebook and check our blog regularly for updates, suggestions, and helpful hints. It is our job to ensure that you have a thorough cleaning each and every visit. We are committed to doing our part to keep our clients informed and their homes and families healthy. A clean home is a healthy home!

 

Sincerely,

Lori Frye – Owner

Erica Knowles – General Manager

Erika Stewart – Field Manager

9 Benefits of Humidifiers and How to Clean Them

In the midst of winter, the air is so dry and our skin really feels it. That is why most of us choose to use a humidifier in our home. Below, we list 9 benefits of humidifiers and then we explain house to clean humidifiers.

 

  1. Improve the air quality in your home
  2. Prevent dry, itchy skin
  3. Prevent dry eyes and nosebleeds
  4. Moisture in the air makes your home feel warmer
  5. Prevent static
  6. Prevent damage to wood furniture and floors
  7. May help to relieve allergy symptoms
  8. Help prevent airborne illnesses; researchers have found that humidity levels above 40% rapidly deactivate virus particles
  9. Reduce snoring

We can see from the list above that the benefits are numerous! While it is highly recommended to use a humidifier in your home, it is just as important to sanitize your humidifier often. The most important reason why you should keep your humidifier clean is to prevent spreading potentially harmful bacteria and mold into the air. Without frequent disinfection and cleaning, the water in your humidifier will become stagnate. Which means, if your humidifier is being used without properly disinfecting it, you run the risk of releasing contaminated water vapor into the air. We know you don’t want to be breathing that in!  We all want to maintain the benefits of humidifiers in our homes. 

Here is one way to keep your unit clean and disinfected so you can maximize all of those benefits:

  1. Each time you add water to your unit, make sure to empty any standing water from the basin and wipe out the water well. When refilling, use distilled water if possible. It has less minerals in it.
  2. Every few days, take a some time to give the unit a thorough cleaning and disinfecting
  3. First, unplug the unit from the wall and empty any remaining water into the sink
  4. Second, disassemble all of the parts
  5. If your humidifier has a filter, you may use cool running water to rinse this and then allow it to air dry while cleaning the rest of the unit
  6. Using a toothbrush and undiluted white vinegar, scrub to remove any scale build-up. If necessary, you may allow the vinegar to soak in the water reservoir for about 30 minutes before beginning to scrub
  7. Then, using a mixture of 1 tsp of bleach to 1 gallon of water (preferably, distilled) fill the tank about halfway. Close the lid tightly, then swirl the mixture around to coat all inside surfaces of the tank. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes.
  8. Afterwards, rinse all parts thoroughly until the bleach scent is eliminated. This may take a few rinses.
  9. Once all parts are rinsed thoroughly, allow to air dry before reassembling the unit.

There you have it! We hope you this article helped you realize more benefits of humidifiers in your home.  Now you can breathe easy. Your health and home will thank you for it!

 

 If you would like to learn more about how we can help you keep the rest of your house clean, please contact us.

What Makes Us The Best House Cleaning Service Near Rochester, MI

To help our valued customers, and prospective customers, learn a little more about us we thought we should share our Mission Statement and Core Values.  Our mission and these core values are what make us the best house cleaning service near Rochester, MI.  As a family-owned and operated company for over 15 years, we are committed to the following:  

Mission Statement:   

Our aim is to offer the best cleaning service available provided by a caring staff of professionals who are thorough, dependable, and trustworthy.   

Core Values:   

  • Respect for self and others
  • Take responsibility for how you show up to work each day
  • Fun, upbeat work environment
  • Go above and beyond to provide our customers the “WOW” factor
  • Open to growth that comes through positive changes and flexibility
  • Live with integrity each and every day
  • At all times, display our “A Player” mentality   

It is important to celebrate life and enjoy each moment. Our wish is to enrich each other’s lives and inspire one another as we live and breath these values not only through our work, but also in our daily lives. 

We love providing the best house cleaning services near Rochester, MI!  Don’t forget we also offer home organizing services too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Rochester Hills, MI

As February draws close, we all start to feel a little stir crazy being indoors more than we would like. We miss the sun, the smell of flowers, the green of the grass, etc.  Many of us experience the winter blues in Rochester Hills, MI!  Here we will give you six ways to beat the winter blues.

The winter blues is a very real thing. One great idea for combating the “cooped up” feeling is to surround yourself, and your home, with scents that give you a mood pick-me-up.

The power of scent cannot be underestimated. In addition to being the sense most closely linked to our memories, smell also triggers emotions. The perfume industry spends vast amounts of money based on this connection! So, what are some ways to bring the power of scent into our home? It can be much more than just spraying an artificial freshener into the air.

Here are some great ways to fill your home with scent, and get yourself out of the winter doldrums:

  1. A bouquet of flowers: This is a great one for also reminding us that spring is just around the corner. They not only brighten up our space, but they smell amazing.
  2. Plants: While most of them do not have a scent, they are great air purifiers! 
  3. Stovetop Potpourri: This is an amazing way to not only fill the air with scent, but it also humidifies the air at the same time. Your dry, winter skin will thank you. Take a medium or large pot and fill with water. Add items like lemon & rosemary, or lime & mint, or go spicy with ginger & cinnamon. Let the water heat up to a simmer. As the water evaporates, keep adding more water. Be creative and try different ingredients!
  4. Use an essential oil diffuser: There are so many essential oil fragrances out there. Just do your research to find a reputable brand that uses true essential oils and not just fillers.
  5. Bake something delicious: Not only will your taste buds thank you, but you will get to enjoy the warm and yummy scent of dessert while it bakes.
  6. Change your air filters: This is great to do anytime of year, but especially with all of the germs floating around in winter… keep your air as clean as possible by swapping out your air filters.

We provided six ways to beat the winter blues.   Do you have any additional ideas that you could share with our readers?

How To Clean Your Coffee Maker

We all love our morning “cuppa joe” and we don’t want anything getting in the way of that amazing, rich taste. So, when you start noticing that your coffee isn’t tasting it’s absolute best… it’s probably time to show your coffee maker some extra love!  Below, we will provide detail for how to clean your coffee maker, this includes the drip coffee makers and the single use coffee makers.

For Drip Coffee Makers:

  1. Empty your coffee pot of any leftover coffee. Be sure to also remove the used filter and grounds.
  2. Nothing beats the cleaning power of white vinegar. Fill your coffee pot’s reservoir with equal parts vinegar and water (4-5 cups of each).  Place an empty filter into the coffee maker’s basket, place the pot in position, and turn the machine on to “brew” the solution.  
  3. Once the brewing cycle has completed, turn off the coffee maker and allow the vinegar/water solution to sit for about 15-30 minutes.
  4. Finally, replace the filter once again and fill the reservoir with just water. Brew the water by itself for two cycles. This will remove any remaining vinegar left in the machine.
  5. Once the three cycles are completed, your coffee maker will be ready to brew some amazing tasting coffee once again. 

For Single-Use Coffee Makers:

  1. Empty the coffee maker of any water and make sure there isn’t a pod in the machine.
  2. Add a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water to the coffee maker’s reservoir. Keep the pod area empty.
  3. Turn on the coffee maker to “brew” the solution through the machine. Once the brewing cycle is complete, shut off the coffee maker and allow the vinegar solution to sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Brew water-only through the machine for two more cycles. This will get rid of any remaining vinegar taste. Get ready to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee!