Bringing the Outdoors In: How to Make Your Home Feel More Connected to Nature

It’s springtime here in Chicago. And while it may be rainy and gray on the day that I’m writing this, I know that fresh, bright, and sunny days are just around the corner — and that’s got me yearning to go outside and into nature. It’s also got me thinking about the best ways to bring the natural world indoors, for those days when you can’t spend hours in the Great Outdoors.  Studies have shown that nature is good for our health. Really! A growing body of research has shown ...

2021-04-16T13:12:13+00:00 April 19th, 2021|Residential Cleaning|

Best Eco-Friendly DIY Room Deodorizers

There’s nothing like a freshly scented room to give you a smile and lift your spirits. Knowing how to keep your most-used rooms smelling sweet and fresh is one of the keys to keeping your home feeling like new between cleanings; there is also a wide body of research connecting our favorite scents to our emotions and memories.  Unfortunately, many of the store-bought deodorizers out there are anything but environmentally friendly. Many commercial air freshening sprays use a ton of excess packaging, as well as chemical propellants that can cause ...

2021-04-06T13:15:32+00:00 April 12th, 2021|Residential Cleaning|

10 Cleaning Ideas That Can Freshen Up a Room in 10 Minutes or Less

Today’s post is all about the quick and dirty — or should we say quick and clean?  Sometimes, all you have is a few free minutes to get up, get active, and get cleaning. In those moments when you have a burst of productivity, or just a few spare minutes between Zoom calls, working out, and cooking dinner, it helps to know where you should put your focus.  In these moments, cleaning your whole home can feel daunting, causing you to procrastinate and put things off. On the other hand, ...

2021-04-06T13:04:35+00:00 April 6th, 2021|Residential Cleaning|

Why We Love Eco-Friendly Tote Bags

Why do we love canvas tote bags? Let us count the reasons!  No, I’m not going to break into poetry like Shakespeare today. But I am going to take a few moments to talk about the importance of reusable tote bags. We’ll explore a few reasons why it’s time to say no to single-use; some resources you can check out if you want to make a reusable cloth bag of your own; and some great places to purchase an eco-friendly bag that will last you through hundreds of trips to ...

2021-03-29T14:39:59+00:00 March 23rd, 2021|Residential Cleaning|

Where You Can (And Can’t) Use Your Magic Eraser Sponges

If you’ve ever had to remove your toddler’s latest crayon masterpiece from a wall in your home, you probably have already heard of Magic Eraser sponges. These remarkable cleaning products have garnered a reputation for being so easy to use and effective that they really are almost like magic. But like any tool, Magic Eraser sponges are designed for specific jobs and, if used incorrectly, they can cause real damage to your favorite surfaces. So, which jobs are right for your Magic Eraser sponge — and which should be left ...

2021-03-02T13:07:57+00:00 March 8th, 2021|Residential Cleaning|