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The Busy Kitchen In One’s Home

Looking into the kitchen, in most homes, this is a busy gathering point! This meet-up space will always draw an attentive crowd; the all-important cook, members of the household: advanced in years and eager young people, & visitors, will all assemble for the oh so yummy food-treats, beverages, and conversations. The possible aftermath left behind is varying grime, trash, and annoying smudges on surfaces, walls, decor items, and appliances after each gathering. Well, an outstanding quick wipe up will make a visible difference immediately following the closeout of kitchen activities. Here are the necessary quick steps before saying adieu! 

Quick note: *All essential cleaning products and helpmates can be purchased on my secure website: www.askcindyshop.com – FYI: cleaning solutions & vacuum cleaners are shipped by Amazon. Here to serve: www.askcindyshop.com  is your one-stop-shop for all of your housecleaning essentials. All items are competitively priced, and they ship the same day, up through 7 pm. Easy & Done! Thank you in advance.

ACH Kitchen Wipe Up Recipe – The Essential Ingredients: 

  • Water
  • Ivory-Neutral/Degreasing Dish Soap 
  • Ask Cindy’s White Terry Cloth Towel
  • Clorox or Lysol Pop-Up Disinfecting Wipes
  • Ask Cindy’s Microfiber Towels
  • A bucket 
  • Ask Cindy’s Wet & Dry Mopping System-w/reusable velcro attaching pads (Blue for wet mopping & Yellow for dry dusting). Easy! 

Stop, but, if you have a shedding pet, you must vacuum first! Why? If you clean first, the disturbed fly away pet hair will land on your newly cleaned surfaces, appliances, etc. The vacuum cleaner picks up pet hair & particles with one push/pull action at a time. 

Important Organizing Tip: 

Organize your cleaning supplies into a caddy – lay your mop stick & floor pads (Ask Cindy mopping system) away from the walkway areas; lay these items alongside a wall on the kitchen floor, in the corner. If you are vacuuming first, put your vacuum away upon completion. 

The Cleanup Process:

  • Fill the kitchen sink with lukewarm water: 1/4 full. 
  • Place three droplets (small amount!) of dish soap into the water (change out the water when it’s dirty/murky & recreate the soap to water ratios) 
  • Submerge a few white terry cloth towels into the soap & water solution. Wet them thoroughly and ring them all out, leaving them slightly wet & drip-free.
  • Using the microfiber dusting towel, wipe the counters and eat-in table to pick up minute & large particles.
  • Next, use the slightly wet cleaning towels to clean the following: countertops, refrigerator & dishwasher handles (if necessary), the related exteriors of these appliances, tabletop, and the chair-backs, wiping to remove fingerprints & adhered food matter. All of these are profoundly touched kitchen items. 
  • Using an unsoiled dry microfiber towel, dry the newly cleaned surfaces, appliances, etc. 
  • Using a pop-up sanitizing wipe: wipe your countertops to kill off bacteria and microorganisms; microbes that are unseen by the naked eye! Allow these newly sanitized items to air dry.
  • Lastly, (A) dry dust the floor surface to gather & pick up the dirt particles & discard this matter. (B) Using the bucket, add-in Lukewarm water (1/2 fill) – add two droplets of Ivory dish soap and submerge the blue mopping mop. Wet thoroughly & ring it out for a damp mopping (no dripping). Clean high trafficked & visibly soiled areas only (this is a quick wipe-up). 

Honorable Mention: The described Ivory dish soap and water mixture (using the same ratios), and using the wet & dry cleaning towels you can safely wet wipe to remove grease and soil. Dry the newly cleaned painted surface & its related knobs. You can also clean & degrease light fixtures, clean the interior & exterior of a microwave, and the interior of the refrigerator too. Safe cleaning is key!

The on-going use of your kitchen requires a quick wipe-up routine to support a wholesome environment in your cooking & eating space. Also, a team approach is always best 🙂 

I wish you numerous happy gatherings!

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Cleaning & Disinfecting Kitchen & Bathroom Countertops!

Cleaning & disinfecting touchable kitchen & bathroom countertops when doing housecleaning tasks is a healthy requirement. Especially now more than ever, during a modern-day pandemic. 

A few minutes every day, I’m cleaning & disinfecting high-touched countertop surfaces as complementary tasks. Why? – Your eyes cannot see the lurking & transferable microbes/germs on surfaces. Cleaning & disinfecting supports a healthy & touchable environment for the household. 

FYI: Cleaning versus disinfecting: Cleaning with soap and warm water removes the soil from a surface. Still, only designated EPA cleaning solutions will specifically target and kill lurking germs & bacterias that soap and water cannot destroy. More than ever, during a modern-day pandemic, we must clean and disinfect to eliminate these undesirable microbes from kitchen & bathroom countertop surfaces. 

Ask Cindy’s cleaning & disinfecting how-tos for clean & sanitized countertops is an essential recommendation to stop the spread/transference of germs during & after this global epidemic. 

My recommended cleaning & disinfecting solutions/products are on my eCommerce site: www.askcindyshop.com – the menu drop-down for ‘SHOP” is the location for trusted cleaning essentials used and recommended by Cindy. Opening “Cindys Go-To Cleaning Product Brands introduces the disinfectants & products that I use & recommend for absolute success! Your selection from these favs depends on your specific situation. Have a question? Email Cindy – cindy@askcindyshop.com

ACH Recipe for Countertop Cleaning: 

  1. Clean the exposed countertop surface with a soap & water solution (1/4 bucket of warm water, placing two droplets of clear dish soap into the water). 
  2. Using an appropriately measured white terry cloth cleaning towel, submerge it into the solution, wetting it thoroughly and wringing it firmly (no water should be dripping from the cloth). 
  3. Wipe to remove any embedded soil from the countertop surface. Repeat steps 2-3 if necessary or if the water becomes dirty, change it, and repeat steps 1-3. We want a soil-free countertop surface – then the surface is clean and ready for disinfecting. 

ACH Recipe for Countertop Disinfecting: 

  1. You can select from any of the disinfecting cleaning solutions advertised on my site. Please follow the directions on the product label for the product to water ratio to create the disinfecting solution. 
  2. Regionalize a large countertop surface into equal parts to be disinfected. To prevent reapplying germs to the surface. FYI: submerging the cleaning cloth into the cleaning solution often rinses out collected bacteria from your towel as you wipe. 
  3. Allow the newly wet surface to sit for at least five minutes before drying it with a new/ freshwater dampened cloth. Buff the freshly clean & disinfected countertop dry. 
  4. Done! 

P.S.: I highly recommend using 100% white cotton cleaning towels for the wet and drying cleaning process, as described. Importantly, one can see the captured dirt and soil without competition from design patterns and colors. The 100% white cotton cleaning towels machine wash hygienically with laundry soap and disinfecting bleach. This disinfecting process is conducive for reusing these magnificent cloths over and over again. The described how-tos will become effortless activities pretty quickly. Promise! 

Stay well, stay safe and remember to take action against unwanted germs! 

Best regards,

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Coronavirus Cleaning Tips

Ask Cindy recommends and uses EPA-approved products to clean and disinfect. “Clean is Clean, and it truly matters”

Present-day, due to the evolution of germs, we must sanitize and disinfect high touch items & surfaces regularly; this includes the exterior of delivered packages, the hard surfaces in our bathroom, and kitchen areas, and light switches, because they can harbor unhealthy microorganisms. During this moment in time, our health can become compromised dramatically. 

General wipe-up cleaning is about eliminating dirty and soiled circumstances; you can see these visual circumstances. But disinfecting is about killing virus germs and bacterial microorganisms. The naked eye cannot visually see these germ agents. Cleaning effectively matters more than ever!     

Lysol-Disinfecting Wipes is an essential germ eliminator in Ask Cindy’s tool kit. These pre-moistened towels disinfect and sanitize your home’s bathroom & kitchen countertops – doorknobs, light switches, cellphones, mailbox handles, delivered boxes, supermarket bags, reusable shopping bags, car interior handles and steering wheel, for example.

Quick Disinfecting Wipe-Up Before You Have Contact with High-Touch Items & Surfaces:

  • Pop up a single-use Lysol- Disinfecting Wipe towel (Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria) and wipe the surface or item. 
  • Allow the newly cleaned item or surface to dry independently for two minutes (Each product indicates its dwell time).
  • Discard single-use wipe immediately.  

If you need to wipe up a large area, regionalize the area to be cleaned into sections and clean in like manner, utilizing as many wipes as necessary. Also, wipe in one direction instead of back and forward, to avoid recontaminating a newly cleaned and disinfected area. 

Each single-use disinfecting wipe has completed its mission after each use! 

The Supreme Thorough Cleaning Process for Countertop Surfaces: 

  • Remove all items from the kitchen or bathroom countertops Note: Sealed nonporous stone surfaces, Marble, Granite, etc., are included for cleaning. 
  • Cleaning Task: Create a neutral soap and water solution (warm water & a few drops of liquid dish soap) to wash up and remove any food spills, crumbs, greasy residue, or soil of any kind from the counter surface. Use a 100% white cotton towel for this cleaning.
  • Dry your surface completely, using a new 100% white cotton towel. These reusable towels have completed their mission. Off to the laundry with this used towel!  
  • Important Disinfecting task: Using a Lysol-Disinfecting Wipe, wipe in one direction to disinfect and sanitize the countertop surface. 
  • Allow the wiped surface to air dry independently for two minutes (Each product indicates its dwell time). 
  • Wipe the clean surface with plain warm water, using a brand-new 100% white cotton towel.  
  • Last, dry the countertop surface completely using a different brand-new 100% cotton towel. 

I highly recommend using 100% white cotton cleaning towels for the wet and drying cleaning process, as described. Importantly, one can see the captured dirt and soil without competition from design patterns and colors. The 100% white cotton cleaning towels machine wash hygienically with laundry soap and disinfecting bleach. This disinfecting process is conducive for reusing these magnificent towels over and over again. The described how-tos will become effortless activities pretty quickly. Promise! 

Stay well, stay safe and remember to take action against unwanted germs! 

Best regards,

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Curb the Spread of Flu in Your Home!

During the cold season, the flu is undesirable #1! Help curb the spread of sickness in your home by targeting your most touched surfaces!

1. Door knobs & locks

Every time you enter/exit your home or any individual room, chances are that you’re touching a door knob and/or turning a lock. Any surface that you’re touching constantly, without having just washed your hands, is a perfect breeding ground for germs.

2. Light switches & surrounding plates

Unless you can “clap on! clap off!”, light switches are some of the most touch heavy surfaces in your home.

3. Cabinet handles & drawer pulls

Not only do these surfaces accumulate germs, they also have a tendency to accumulate sticky, greasy debris due to their locations in kitchens & bathrooms.

4. Stair railings

These surfaces are regularly touched by hands, and possibly other body parts if you choose to slide down them :). In other words, never cleaning them = GERM CITY

5. Toilet flushers

Just think: you touch the flusher before you wash your hands, after doing your business.

6. Faucet handles

You also touch the faucet handle in the bathroom before you wash your hands… and then again afterward. If they aren’t cleaned, touching them feeds into a cycle of hand contamination.

7. Soap pumps

Cleaning these will help to prevent soap scum buildup and the transference of germs, especially if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly afterward. Also, if you pump out soap for children, an unclean pump will dirty your hands.

8. Telephones

An everyday scenario: touch your phone, scratch an itch, touch your phone, eat, touch your phone, take out the garbage, touch your phone, shield a sneeze, touch your phone, blow your nose, and touch your phone again! Enough said.

9. Computer mice & keyboards

This category includes desktops, laptops, and tablets. That means that not only are these items potentially dirty from activities inside the home, but also have the ability to track in outside germs.

10. Remotes to electronics

If you’ve ever cleaned these before, I’ll be thoroughly impressed! On television, I’ve seen people scratch with these items. If life imitates art, please clean these regularly & thoroughly!

HOW-TO:

Each of the items described above is a hard surface, therefore cleaning should be painless. When disinfecting these high-touch surfaces, follow these steps:**Do not spray cleaning solutions directly onto surfaces!** Dampen cleaning towels with solutions to prevent dripping/liquid damage.

1. Degrease

Using a neutral and clear colored liquid dish soap, squeeze a few droplets into 1/4 of a pail of warm water, to create the perfect cleaning solution.

2. Disinfect

Use a multi-surface disinfectant liquid cleaner. Search for labels that advertise a 99.9% kill rate of bacteria that includes Salmonella, E.Coli, and certain strains of Influenza. Several items also contain a non-astringent odor eater to freshen the home without harsh fumes.

3. Polish stainless steel faucets & drawer pulls

Spray the polish directly onto a lint-free towel, then wipe the surface and enjoy a powder free, smudge free finish.

Each of these cleaning solutions will work best with Ask Cindy’s Premium Terry Cloth Towels!

  • Lint-Free
  • Soft
  • Absorbent
  • Durable
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Who is Ask Cindy?

(An Ask Cindy Testimonial)

Written by: www.lohud.com blogger Mary Shustack

I was away for a couple of days this past weekend and came home to, I have to say, a bit of a mess. I had packed very quickly, tossing things to the side, leaving them for later. Well, later came around and I have yet to be in the mood to sort through all the clutter. 

I had to laugh when I knew I’d be speaking with cleaning expert, Cindy Inman. Would she know I was the owner of a big old mess? Well, we didn’t get personal. After all, my clutter is my problem. But had I brought it up, I knew she wouldn’t give me a hard time about it. One of the first things she said to me about coming into a client’s home was,  

“I do this in a fun way, 
and I don’t come with judgment.” 

I still remember the enthusiasm that came through my friend and colleague Linda Lombroso’s story on Cindy Inman last year. Through her company, Ask Cindy, Inc., Cindy offers super-detailed home (and commercial) cleaning services.  

Here she is, in a photo taken by another of my colleagues, Carucha L. Meuse, for that story:

While I do have my own cleaning issues, I was speaking to Cindy Inman to get a few more details about her newest venture, her own branded cleaning products which are now featured on her website. 

www.AskCindyHow.com

“I have a lot of fun tools that I’m now sharing”, Cindy said, mentioning the Ask Cindy Glass Cleaner and the Ask Cindy Stainless Steel Polish, in particular.

Not the most exciting thing to shop for, to be sure, but even I have to admit it is a necessity. Cindy Inman told me that people are overwhelmed by the idea of a large cleaning project. “I am there for everyone because it can be overwhelming,” she said.  

Her site is full of tips and ideas, things she also offers through seminars. She was telling me that she’s now expanding to work with some appliance stores and companies to offer presentations to shoppers. After all, if you’re going to invest in a fancy new appliance, you want to be sure and keep it clean, right?

Throughout the process Cindy tries to keep it simple. She mentioned that giant Martha Stewart book on housekeeping, for example.”It is a very good encyclopedia for me”, she said with a laugh. But it is not the way she would offer advice: “I try to do it in a very fun way. I try to do it in a way that will limit the steps to success.”

Check out Cindy Inman’s site, especially if you’re curious on how to keep all those lovely things you buy in like-new condition. And I have to warn the world’s restaurants and restrooms: You just might be her next target. “The world is dirty”, Inman said. It really annoys my senses and sensibilities. Hey, I’ll do my part this weekend to clean up my own little world. The public places, I’ll leave to Cindy Inman’s next venture. 

This entry was posted by Mary Shustack.

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Spring Cleaning Overhaul: One Project at a Time

  • De-clutter
    • Recycle extraneous paperwork
      • Clear out the files in your home office
      • Streamline the junk drawer in the kitchen
      • Toss old magazines & newspapers 
    • Donate rarely worn clothing / gently used toys
    • When is the last time you’ve thought about tossing stained & worn linens?
    • Have you tackled the spice rack in the kitchen, recently?
    • Donate/ recycle books, CDs, DVDs, & video games
  • Dust
    • First, vacuum thoroughly 
      (to prevent kicking up dirt onto newly dusted furnishings)
    • Dust your ceiling fans, window sills, & ledges with the extending microfiber duster
    • Wipe down your table tops, picture frames, and wood furniture with our magnetic microfiber towels
    • Vacuum again to collect newly fallen dust
  • Sanitize
    • Spray Ask Cindy’s Glass Cleaner onto your reflective surfaces to dissolve grime
    • Use 3 parts water, 1 part liquid all-purpose cleaner/sanitizer and a white terry cloth towel to cleanse and degrease your non-porous surfaces (counter tops & tables)
    • Use 2 parts water, 1 squirt of clear dish soap and a white terry cloth towel to remove any sticky residue from sanitizer
    • Remember to wipe down the bottoms of winter shoes & boots before you store them away as the seasons change

CELEBRATE SPRING 
ASK CINDY STYLE!

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Don’t Just Make it Clean, Make it Easier! (Tips for Cleaning Bathroom Floors)

When you first tackle cleaning your bathroom, what do you do?

1. Assemble a cleaning caddy with all of the supplies that you’ll need 

+ Clear, neutral dish soap 

+ 3 containers of warm water 

+ Total, all purpose cream cleanser 

+ Fresh scented all purpose liquid cleanser 

+ Vacuum 

+ Grout brushes (plus optional extending pole for better leverage) 

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+ White terry cloth cloth towels 

2. Change your shoes to non-slip cleaning booties

3. Open any windows in the vicinity/ turn on the overhead fan for air circulation

4. Lay down plastic or a trash bag outside of the bathroom door to place supplies on

5. Clear the floor of all rugs, decorations, trash cans, accessories

6. Vacuum the floor thoroughly to pick up all hair and debris! (this step ALONE will make a HUGE difference and save TONS of time) 

Tackle the details next!

7. Dip your grout brushes into a 1 to 1 mixture of warm water and all-purpose cream cleanser (preferably with a bleach component)*be careful if the area outside of the bathroom is carpeted*

8. Scrub your grout lines in smooth strokes (continually dipping into the scrubbing solution), while letting the brushes do most of the work.

– Use the large grout brush (attachable pole available) on open spaces

– Use the smaller grout brush on edges, corners, and behind the toilet tank

9. Mix 2 parts water, 1 part all-purpose liquid cleaner

– Dampen a terry cloth cleaning towel in the mixture and wipe your floors vigorously, applying pressure to remove any stickiness

10. Mix 1 squirt of clear, liquid dish soap with 3 parts warm water

– Dampen a terry cloth cleaning towel in the mixture and go over the floors to remove any cleaning residue left behind

11. Dry your floors thoroughly with a terry cloth cleaning towel and stand back to admire the shine!

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Let’s Clean House with Cindy!

(Key tips for cleaning household furniture & decorations)

How To: Clean Your Hall Tree

Cleaning Steps:

1. Using Ask Cindy’s fine, non-scratch, ultra-thick microfiber towel, dust this unit from top to bottom. Don’t forget the hanging hooks and hinges. Remember to flip your towel to the other side once dust particles are clearly covering the cloth. These towels are detailed dusting magic! Dust particles are held firmly in place!

2. Using a neutral and clear colored dish liquid soap, squeeze a few droplets into 1/4 of a pail of warm water, to create the perfect cleaning solution.

3. Using an Ask Cindy white terry cloth towel, dip one end into the soap and water solution and ring it dry. Target smudges and fingerprints. Wipe and clean with the wet end of your towel. Dry immediately using the dry end of the towel.


GREAT TIP FOR SCUFFS/DISCOLORED MARKS:
– Pour a dollop of (lemon scented) BLEACH FREE grease cutting cleanser onto the damp end of your white terry cloth towel. Specifically target marks, smudges, and tough residue with this super effective scuff remover! Don’t forget to rinse with clean, clear water. Dry with a fresh towel.

4. SMILE at your glittering Ask Cindy finish!

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Ask Cindy’s 5 Cleaning Principles

Based on my many years of being involved with residential and commercial cleaning, it never ceases to amaze me when a customer is surprised when I explain the requirements of an initial cleanup.Most homeowners have a mindset of spray & wipe, when connecting with house cleaning tasks. Surface cleaning allows one to get an immediate burst of appreciation, but only when they first see it. A reality check eventually takes place once items in a home are rearranged, or surfaces are inspected in a detailed way. The unsightly discoveries are unacceptable, now what! Quality vs. Quantity: The new possibility, for house cleaning tasks.

I always walk in with 5 cleaning principles:

  1. Knowledge: Investigate cleaning how-to’s, because every surface and furnishing must be appropriately cleaned.
  2. Create a cleaning plan for your tasks.
  3. Select your cleaning tools and solutions with serious consideration.
  4. Move forward knowing that the initial detail cleaning of room(s) or items is an investment of time.
  5. There are no shortcuts; only improved cleaning techniques will lead to efficient acts for eliminating dirt.

My basic point is, when you’re involved with cleaning restoration (after things no longer look nice), the initial clean can be intensive. At this point, your cleaning tasks require labor, time, and insightful how-to’s.There is no way around these principles, especially during the initial cleanup. After the initial cleanup, maintenance doesn’t require the same level of intensity. This is especially true if maintenance commences right away. Expressions like, unbelievable and wow, can be yours! Clean is always a vivid presentation in a home.Let’s face it, you get out what you put in! Ask Cindy’s 5 cleaning principles are required for a good cleaning result. While the surface spray & wipe approach will show some immediate improvement, the unsanitary layers beneath the surface will begin to show through very shortly. Over the years, people have shared that they were prepared to have certain items replaced. Ask Cindy’s housecleaning principles have renewed household appliances, light fixtures, furnishings, and so much more. Clean is clean!By the way, we are not talking about magic here. Ask Cindy joins process and housecleaning knowledge, yielding outstanding cleaning outcomes. Reading forward, your home can experience a visible difference. Happy reading!