Find their entry points and seal them with caulk or petroleum jelly. Natural ant repellants include cream of tartar, pure cinnamon, coffee grinds, garlic, chili pepper, paprika, cloves. or dried peppermint. Leave a sprinkling of one or more spice at entrances where ants enter the house to deter the critters from crossing into your home. Lemon juice and peel are also useful. The commercial non-toxic ant repellant Orange Guard is harmless to humans and other animals, and drives ants away without harming them.
Sanitize the Sink: It’s hard to believe, but your dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant, or make your own. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.
Do Dishwasher Duty: Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E. Coli. During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.
Crumple Paper Towels…Forever: Use microfiber cloths instead. When wet, they sanitize and clean floors, counters, glass and tile, and eliminate the need for other cleaning products. They’re reusable (machine-wash, hang to dry) and cost about $5 for a two-pack.
“We have been using H & H for a number of years now. We continue to use them, despite the variety of services available, because they do an outstanding job.
Not only does H & H clean very well, but they are normally on time and efficient. The teams work very hard, and have attention to detail. H & H seems careful not to break delicate items. It is a convenience to me to not have to mop the floors. I highly recommend H & H Cleaning!”
Rebecca Hyde Park
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