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    "A heartfelt, personal story of the gradual awakening of a woman who comes to see that preferring the 'human to the perfect' does not alienate her from authentic spirituality but allows her to live more fully."

    Kathleen Norris,
    author of The Cloister Walk

    Cleaning Tips From Mom


    A great tip from a client – Angela Perez

    Hate clothes stains? Use Murphy’s oil!

    In addition to cleaning wood floors, Murphy Oil Soap makes a great laundry pre-spotter, especially on organic stains like grass or blood. Angela also tried this with pen stains and it worked just as well. Wet washable, colorfast fabric, add a drop of Murphy directly to the stain, squish through the fabric and wash as usual.


    Does your home smell funny right after being cleaned? Check out your maid’s vacuum!!

    "What is that smell?"

    Think about a typical day for a cleaning lady. One person can visit up to three homes a day.

    The first house could be a family of four with a cat and two puppies. The second may be a young couple who work all day, so the place might be a bit messy. And the third and final stop could be a single male with a serious cleaning habit; his house is always spotless but he feels better with a professional around.

    What are the chances the maid changed the vacuum filter between each job? In the very beginning of our service, we had a very difficult time getting our girls to change the filter on their vacuums after each client. For us, it was up to six changes per day!! The last thing we wanted was to cross-pollute between clients.

    So, we switched to the safest and most advanced vacuum in the market: the HYLA vacuum system. This vacuum is truly amazing - we fill it with water when we get to a clients home. At the end, the water is all dirty and HAS to be thrown out so that the vacuum can be transported. They throw the water out and disinfected it before putting it away. It's essentially a brand new vacuum at each visit. It totally fixed the issue.

    There are other benefits to this machine but one the best is the air purification. If you or someone in your family has asthma this is an added benefit. When our crews are using the vacuum in your home, the suction system actually filters dust and air pollutants in the air as well as the floors. It literally improves the air quality in your home.


    How to remove ring around the toilet, from our friends at

    One of the questions we’re asked most often is, “How do I get that ugly ring out of the bathroom toilet bowl?” The answer is a pumice stick. It’s remarkable how fast it removes scale, rust, hard water and mineral deposits from porcelain without scratching the surface. Just wet the ring, rub the pumice stick on it gently, and the ring is GONE!


    Hate fumes from oven cleaning sprays? Use a Pumice stone for a green way to clean the oven!

    What you’ll need:

    1. Rubber gloves
    2. Pumice stone
    3. All purpose cleaner
    4. Sponge/green pad
    5. Microfiber cleaning cloths – oldies are best
    6. Razor blade scraper

    A pumice stone is great tool to have on hand for all sorts of cleaning jobs. In the oven cleaning application, the pumice stone is used to scour burnt on food and other marks safely away. Very important note: Make sure that the stone is soaking wet and that the surface you are working on is also wet. The stone will disintegrate as you work with it and a gritty film is left. The grittiness is normal and is what breaks down the gunk. As long as the stone is wet, it will not damage and/or scratch your oven surface.

    First thing you’ll need to do is spray the whole thing down with an all-purpose cleaner/degreaser. Spray enough liquid so that you can “soak” Clean the inside of the door with your green pad, use the razor blade for the glass door by holding it at a 45 degree angle and firmly sliding it across from end to end. Use the pumice on any stubborn marks or stains. Spray the area again with your all purpose cleaner and wipe it clean. By starting with the door you won’t get dirty by reaching for the inside =)

    Next, clean the grates with soapy water and degreaser spray.

    Now onto the real dirty business! Starting with the top, use your green pad and put a little dot of dish soap to help breakdown the grease. Don’t wipe it until you’re completely done with the whole oven. Now move onto the interior. As you encounter gunky areas, use your scraper first to remove most of the dirt. You’ll find that the scraper will do the job most of the time. The idea is to knock off most of what you’re removing with the scraper first and then get what remains. For those areas that the scraper is not effective, grab your pumice stone and work it into the spot – saves a lot of time! Keep scrubbing it until you feel it clean. Do not wipe it yet.

    Once you’ve battled the ceiling, both walls and the bottom, run your gloved hand over each surface to “feel” that all areas are smooth to the touch. Use the pumice stone on any remaining areas.

    You’re almost done.

    Take an old microfiber cloth and wipe away all the mess. Start at the top, then move to back; wipe the sides and finally the bottom. Don’t worry about cleaning the cloth, just grab a new – washing is time consuming and messy! Once all the gunk is wiped clean, spray a bit of all purpose cleaner once last time to wipe any remaining dirt, continue until your cloth comes up clean.


    A quick and easy way to clean your sliding glass doors and tall windows

    Living in beautiful sunny South Florida, most of us have sliding glass doors in every room of our home and some are lucky enough to have the ocean on the other side of that door. =) This tip will be most useful for those living near the ocean battling ocean spray and/or serious wind and rain.

    The easiest way to clean sliding glass door is to use dishwasher detergent!

    What you’ll need:

    • Bucket – a rectangular that fits your squeegee combo set is best; it’s quicker and neater.
    • Dishwasher liquid detergent
    • Rubber gloves
    • 10 microfiber rags
    • 1 scrubber/squeegee combo

    Here’s how*: Fill a bucket with warm and a tablespoon of dishwasher soap. Swirl the mixture a few times to dissolve the soap. Soak the cloth side of your squeegee until its fully saturated. Squeeze out excess water but be sure to leave enough so that you still have plenty of water when you reach the bottom of the pane. Starting at the top left hand side of the windowpane, work your way to the right and down working the scrubber in an s-shape squiggle until you reach the very bottom. At the bottom, immediately lift up the scrubber pad so that you don’t have water pooling at the bottom. Next, flip over to the squeegee side – Very important – wipe down the rubber strip with your dry microfiber cloth so that the strip is completely dry. With the same left, right, down, left movement, work your way to the bottom of the pane. You might see some thin strips of moisture or splatters left of the glass, wipe those dry right away. The result is a gleaming just like you’d get with your cups! =)

    *This technique should only be used on glass that does not have tint/darkening film. Most films are applied to the interior of windows to avoid excessive weather damage but you should check on this before you start.

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