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6 Common Cleaning Myths Debunked

What are some common cleaning mythsAnywhere you look online, there’s someone claiming to know clever hacks for a sparkling house. But are the tips you come across actually effective? How do you decide which homemade cleaning solutions will yield the desired results? And which will just make a greater mess? What if the cleaning methods everyone else swears by simply don’t work for you?

If you feel lost in this sea of information, there’s no need to get frustrated! The best house cleaning experts in West Hollywood, CA have gone through some of the most common cleaning myths and debunked them for you. Keep reading to find out more!  

What are some common cleaning myths?

Here are some of the most widespread misconceptions about cleaning: 

  1. Bleach cleans everything. Even though for some people bleach is synonymous with a tidy house, it is not a cleaning agent at all. It is a disinfectant. It can be used for sanitizing surfaces, which is particularly important in the COVID-19 era, but it shouldn’t be used daily because of its toxic fumes. 
  2. Vinegar is an effective cleaner for removing dirt and grime around your home. It is true it can do wonders for some kitchen appliances, including garbage disposal, fridge, dishwasher, etc. But it is not an all-purpose cleaner. Vinegar is an acid and it can damage natural stone surfaces, for instance. 
  3. Newspapers are perfect for wiping your windows. Certain kinds of newspapers can work for windows, but it’s far better to use a microfiber cloth or even a coffee filter. Some newspapers still use petroleum-based ink, so they can stain your hands and leave unattractive traces on the surface.
  4. Coffee grounds or lemons will eliminate odors in your garbage disposal. This is not a useful idea at all, as they can clog your drain. For more abrasive and deodorizing power, try this DIY baking soda cleaner: simply sprinkle about a half-cup of baking soda into the disposal, and add a cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture fizz for five to ten minutes, turn on the disposal, and run cold water to distribute the mixture through the unit.
  5. Cleaning solutions act instantly. Since most cleaning products contain powerful chemicals, you might assume that they work immediately. However, even the strongest cleaning agents need 5 to 10 minutes to break down germs, bacteria, and grime, so you shouldn’t wipe them off straight away. If you don’t want to scrub hard, and if you want to get the most out of your cleaning products, arm yourself with a little bit of patience.
  6. Hand washing dishes is better than using a dishwasher. This might be true only if you have a decade-old dishwasher. Today’s models beat handwashing by a mile. If you use a dishwasher that bears the Energy Star label, you can save up to 5,000 gallons of water, more than 40 dollars in energy costs, and 230 hours you would spend washing dishes every year. Finally, dishwashers heat the water up to 140° F, so they’ll sanitize your dishes as well.

Where can I book efficient house cleaning in West Hollywood, CA?

Where can I book efficient house cleaning in West Hollywood, CATired of dealing with a dirty, messy house? Don’t have time to browse the web for useful cleaning hacks and recipes for homemade cleaning solutions? Would you rather go shopping on Melrose Avenue? Don’t be too hard on yourself! Live life to the fullest and leave your housework to MaidThis. We will partner you with meticulous and trustworthy cleaning professionals.

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4 Best Homemade Cleaning Solutions

What is the best homemade cleaning solutionWhenever it’s time to find the right cleaning solution for your home, you are taken aback by the wide array of products available on the market. They all guarantee almost 100% success. To decide what suits your living space best, you have probably tried many of them and been let down one too many times.

How do you pick the right product that ensures both the efficiency of your cleaning and the safety of your family? You can hire trained professionals offering a tailored house cleaning service in West Hollywood, CA to choose safe products for you. You could also painstakingly study the labels on store-bought products and look for eco-friendly alternatives (though this requires a lot of patience). Finally, you can make your own natural DIY cleaners. Keep reading to discover a few mighty homemade cleaning solutions you can make in no time!

What is the best homemade cleaning solution?

The ultimate cleaning product does not contain any expensive and rare ingredients. Everything you need is probably already in your pantry: baking soda, vinegar, and lemons. You’ll also need essential oils, not only because they add a beautiful fragrance, neutralizing the scent of vinegar, but also because of their antiviral, antifungal, and disinfecting properties.

Here are the recipes for some myth-busting DIY cleaners that can be used for different purposes.

1. Multipurpose vinegar solution

Pour 1 cup distilled water, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, ½ lemon juiced (optional),15 drops of lavender, peppermint, orange, or lemon essential oil into a 16oz. spray bottle. Gently shake, and store in the fridge between uses because of the fresh lemon juice. Before spraying the cleaner on the desired surface, shake it gently again. Then, wipe the surface off with a damp cloth.

You can use this cleaner on a number of surfaces: bathroom and kitchen cabinets, the interior of your refrigerator or freezer, the surfaces in your bathroom or kitchen, carpets, and certain appliances. However, never use vinegar solutions on stone surfaces such as granite or marble, cast iron, aluminum, or waxed surfaces. The acid in the vinegar can damage these finishes.

2. Castile soap cleaner

To make it, pour 2 cups of distilled water in a 16oz. spray bottle. Add 2 tablespoons of castile soap and 15 drops of lavender, peppermint, or orange essential oil. Gently shake the cleaner, and store it at room temperature. Don’t forget to shake the spray bottle before using it. Make sure to wipe off the surface with a damp cloth thoroughly. Otherwise, it can leave a soapy residue.

This solution can be safely used on many different surfaces, including granite and marble (it’s best to test the solution in a small area before applying it to the entire surface to check if it can ruin it).

3. Baking soda paste

Mix one part water and three parts baking soda until you get a spreadable paste. Use it to deep clean your favorite kitchen appliances, such as ovens and stovetops. Just make sure to let it sit for some time before you wipe it off with a damp cloth. This mixture can also eliminate mildew in your bathroom. However, since it’s abrasive, don’t use it on marble, glass, or wood, as it can ruin the finish.

4. Glass + mirror cleaner

Mix 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water, and 3 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth for sparkling and streak-free windows.

Who offers a reliable house cleaning service in West Hollywood, CA?

Who offers a reliable house cleaning service in West Hollywood, CAIf cleaning and making DIY cleaning agents aren’t up your alley, and you would rather rely on professional help, don’t think twice. Call MaidThis cleaning experts to your rescue!

We know how important it is to have a clean house, especially with the pandemic taking its toll throughout the States. That’s why your cleaners will go to the moon and back to satisfy your needs and make your house spick and span! So, go ahead, spend your spare moments with a friend at Plummer Park without worrying about the cleanliness of your home. The specialist we send out will make your house stand out from the crowd. Call us today!

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12 Months Later: What We’ve Learned a Year after Lockdown, Part I

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since large parts of the world went into lockdown…in part because 12 months later some parts of the world are in or are entering their 3rd or 4th lockdowns.  But we’ve learned a lot in the past year about how the short-term rental market has changed and what hosts have had to do to adapt and continue to earn revenues during this time period.  We’ve learned so much, in fact, that we’ve had to break the lessons into two different articles!  Let’s get started!

Flexibility Matters

With governments making decisions on a week-to-week basis, guests are no longer able to book trips far in advance.  Guests are looking to book just a few days to a few weeks in advance, at the most, and are looking for listings with flexible cancellation policies.  While it’s true that listings with more generous cancellation policies attract more visitors, it’s also true that those same guests may take advantage of the cancellation policy and cancel at the last moment.  Individual hosts will need to make decisions based on what they know about their local market and their own listings.

A New Look at Cancellation

Airbnb is still dealing with the fallout of the decision they made to override the cancellation policies of their hosts worldwide during the earliest days of the lockdown. They made a decision to offer free cancellations to all bookings made before Mar 14, 2020 and that had devastating effects on the income of hosts. While Airbnb went on to set up relief funds for hosts and Superhosts, there was damage done to the relationship with hosts, as they were not consulted in any way about this decision.  Airbnb is no longer offering this generous cancellation policy, leading to some guests taking it out on hosts when the cancellation policy is enforced.  While each case varies, hosts should consider being more flexible with guests and/or listing on other platforms rather than relying on just one.

Focus on Local

With airline travel in irregular shape, many travelers are focusing on more local travel.  Airbnb at one point reported that the majority of domestic US bookings were within 300 miles.  People aren’t taking their traditional vacations and are choosing closer-to-home “staycations.”  If you’ve been used to serving out-of-town guests, you might consider promoting your listing through various local websites and resources.

Cleaning Standard Step Up

Airbnb created a new 36 page cleaning guide in consultation with experts and has it available for free in many languages.  Not only did Airbnb offer a badge to early adopters that accepted the new cleaning standards, which included social distancing and mask wearing when interacting with guests, but they set a deadline of November 20, 2020 for all hosts to comply or lose the right to continue hosting.  While not all vacation rental platforms did this, hosts who featured their listings on Airbnb had to comply, and clean listings, always a driver of bookings and revenues in “normal times,” came under even more scrutiny.  We’ve always known that guests show a marked preference for high ratings in cleanliness.  This has only become more pronounced during the pandemic, according to The Economist.

Guestbook Refresh

You may have taken many hours to put together an awesome guestbook for your visitors, showing them the best local attractions and restaurants…except that many of those places are possibly closed at the moment, and some, unfortunately, are closed permanently.  Take the time to create a different version of your guestbook that takes current conditions into account.  That may mean calling restaurants or attractions to see if they are open and if so, what the conditions are for accepting guests.  It may also mean highlighting some virtual experiences that are still locally-focused.

There are plenty more lessons to share, but we’ll save those for Part II!  For now, consider applying these lessons to your listing(s) so that you can increase your bookings (and revenue) even as the pandemic continues.

This article originally appeared in our Guest Book newsletter.

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4 Ways to Make More Money As an Airbnb Host in 2021

It’s clear that travel looks far different at the start of 2021 than it did at the beginning of 2020. With the global pandemic shifting travel patterns and guest behaviors around the world, hosts can’t rely on the same old strategies if they want to see continued success.

A savvy host, however, can use this time to build up his/her business and take advantage of new opportunities. Here are four ways you can breathe new life into your Airbnb business and make more money from hosting in 2021.

1. Re-optimize your listing

At the beginning of the year, it’s always a good idea to revisit your listing and improve your optimization. Replace low-quality photos with better ones, break up big chunks of text to make your listing easier to skim, and be sure to include keywords in your title that will make potential guests want to click.

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to add information about your cleaning process to your description. Guests want to feel safe while booking, and they’re more likely to choose a host who is taking the concerns of guests seriously.

2. Improve your communication

In this day and age, travelers are more cautious than ever when booking their travel. There are more questions than usual to ask before booking, such as whether you offer contactless checkin or if local attractions are open.

It’s important to improve your communication and reply to any messages as quickly as possible. A delay can mean losing out on a potential guest to one of your competitors. Set up alerts on your phone so you’re notified the second a message comes through and you’ll be able to respond right away.

3. Know the local scene

As mentioned above, there’s more uncertainty than usual when it comes to travel during the global pandemic. Local restrictions and regulations can change week to week, leaving travelers wondering if their plans will pan out.

You can make the process easier for your potential guests by keeping your listing up to date with all of the important information they’ll need about your area, such as whether restaurants are open and what attractions they can experience while they’re there. You can win over more guests simply by making the booking process as convenient as possible.

4. Offer online experiences

Airbnb has recently launched “online experiences” as a way to help hosts make money even if visitors aren’t traveling as much as they used to. These experiences allow hosts to capitalize on their talents by filming video classes or experiences that anyone can pay to watch.

These can range from meditation lessons to tarot readings to escape rooms—the possibilities are endless! If you have a knack for cooking or a passion for yoga, you can share it with the world while opening a stream of passive income for when the travel season dies down.

Although it’s certainly a challenge to adapt to the shifting travel landscape that 2021 has to offer, a savvy host can still find success. By thinking outside the box and simplifying the process for your guests, you can ensure that your business stays active, no matter the news.

This article originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book newsletter.

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8 Reasons to Plan Your Free Time

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Plan my free time?  Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?  Actually, no.  By planning your free time, you are helping to ensure that it will happen, instead of just making it to the end of another day/week/month in which you didn’t take time for yourself.  What can you do in your free time?

Chat with a friend.
Read.
Work on a project/craft.
Exercise.
Play a game (that Candy ain’t going to Crush itself!)
Journal.
Plan a vacation.
Do nothing.

Those are just some ideas.  There are plenty more you could add.  So, let’s go through the reasons you want to start planning your free time.

1. Encourage self-care

Think of the phrase “pay yourself first” but applied to your free time.  This doesn’t mean you have to start your day with free time (though you could), but rather that you actually have it scheduled.  You know that no matter what else happens today/this week/this month, you will have made time for something you truly care about outside of your work and home responsibilities.

2. Give yourself something to look forward to

Closely related to the idea of self-care is the motivation that comes with having something on your calendar that you are looking forward to.  That can help you get through the tasks in front of it more easily.

3. Give yourself more control

So many people feel “out of control” these days in relation to time and calendars.  Rather than just being captive to what others are demanding of you, you are staking your claim to your own demands of yourself.  This increased agency will lead to better management of your other tasks as well.

4. Get up

It’s now well-known that simply sitting in your chair for hours and hours isn’t the best way to work.  By having things (even if it’s a small 5-15 minute break) that break up your work, you’ll have a reason to get up, move around, and keep yourself from staying too long in one position.

5. Be more productive

More and more it is being acknowledged that the most productive workers have proper balances in their lives.  By giving yourself more free time, you’re reducing your stress and necessarily becoming more productive.

6. Create buffer

As we know, sometimes meetings run long or start late, or sometimes clients don’t get you what you need on time.  By having free time blocked out in your calendar, instead of simply being frustrated when these things happen, you can dynamically shift around based on the activities you have planned for yourself.  Again, instead of being only acted upon, you can take more agency into your hands.

7. Be more creative

Aimlessness or boredom can boost creativity.  I know, we were never told this when we were younger because, well, you don’t tell an 8-year old who complains, “I’m bored,” that that’s a wonderful thing and that some creativity is sure to commence!  But seriously, studies have shown that there are many instances in which the mind’s activity during periods of boredom or aimlessness can lead to more creativity.

8. Be intentional

The most successful people don’t simply expect things to happen for themselves.  They help make them happen.  If you want more free time, you’re going to need to plan for it.  It won’t magically appear in your calendar.  You need to put it there.

This content first appeared in our Open Calendar Club email newsletter.

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