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  • #159785

    ninakk
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    There was an article on professional cleaning in private homes in a local newspaper the other day and after stumbling upon this blog article
    http://dreamingofpoultry.com/content/how-clean-your-house-professional

    I was thinking about cleaning once again. I just ran out on a manufactured cleaning disinfectant, but find myself reluctant to purchase anything at this point, since I already have a few “recipes” that I can whip up in my own kitchen. I’m speaking of vinegar and baking soda, of course. Which leads me on to my question now; isn’t it odd that they tell us not to clean with water? In my opinion, that is completely absurd.

  • #207810

    Mimi
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    ninakk, sounds absurd to me, too. and i also do´t like the disinfectant-hype. i disinfect the toilet and every few weeks door handles. i use alcohol, it´s pretty much the basis of cleaning disinfectant and a lot of cleansing agents.

  • #207811

    grey
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    the no water thing is weird. i wish she gave an explanation why.

  • #207812

    poodle
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    Maybe the water diutes the vinegar/alcohol, resulting in a lower cleaning result?

  • #207816

    Scarlet
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    One of the comments actually addresses the water question. Direct link to the comment:

    http://dreamingofpoultry.com/comment/173#comment-173

  • #207817

    Rosa
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    The reason for disinfecting a hotel or a public shower room is that so many different people use it, many of them ill (whether they know it or not). Your home is not a place where strangers exchange bacteria and viruses, so you don’t have to disinfect it. You probably don’t wash your dishes and finish them with a bleach rinse like a restaurant, either.

  • #207820

    Demerna
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    Hotel cleaners arrive as concentrates, the staff add water to the solutions in a designated ratio. If you add more water you dilute the cleaners too much. Also, most of the cleaner bottles have nozzles that turn the liquid cleaners into a foam, if water is used outside of what is already in the bottle there is a lot of spotting and guests see water spots as dirty not a product of cleaning. A new rag should be used for every surface and it is not uncommon to use several clean rags when cleaning a shower/tub combo. I worked at a hotel for 8 years one of my jobs was to check the housekeepers rooms before they left. It is easy to tell when a housekeeper uses extra water or the same rag for multiple surfaces and then they get really mad at you when they have to redo it correctly.

  • #207828

    ninakk
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    I just find it weirdly worded. The purpose in the end is to offer a streamlined way of cleaning one’s home and she brings her own experience from a hotel to the table while keeping the home in focus.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I wash cleaning gear on a shorter program after each use, so the part about having bacteria breed in a wet rag doesn’t apply in my case. I really don’t feel like my way of cleaning is “pushing germs around” either, so apparently the article wasn’t for me in the end.

    (A tip for those who wear non-disposabel gloves: it’s a hassle to get the finger tips to dry completely, but after coming up with the idea to push wooden chopsticks into each finger, they dry like a dream)

    What I can take home, though, is the order in which things are cleaned in a hotel – since I’ve gone from cleanest to dirtiest (wc) in the past.

  • #207831

    ninakk
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    I just remembered I’m sitting on a bunch of “green” cleaning links to Apartment Therapy, here you go:

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-your-own-kitchen-c-108759
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/distilled-white-27636 (please read the reader comment on marble if that applies to you!!!)
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/-weve-posted-many-times-83973
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/1001-uses-for-white-distilled-99291
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/baking-soda-is-there-anything-116183
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/household-uses-for-lemons-48031
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/an-excellent-homemade-threeing-116677

    I’ll have to do this for the lemons (have you ever tried scrubbing your kitchen sink with the inside of half a lemon after you’ve squeezed the juice out of it?):
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/get-to-know-your-grocer-for-de-117811

    Gosh, I’m a bit excited about cleaning with the vinegar and baking soda that I’m sitting on currently!

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