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All About Handmade Soap Products

My Naples Home Services Celebrates 37 years in 2018

It would not be uncommon after all this time of professional housekeeping to take a bit more interest in soap products that can be used for personal use.
This is just the beginning when introducing natural solutions to hand crafted soaps. Many of us prefer natural cleaning products to clean our homes so why not use wholesome ingredients for skin care as well. 

What are some natural ways to incorporate color and pigment when making handmade soap?

Natural Solutions to Handcrafted Soap and Cleaning Products


Natural Solutions to Handcrafted Soap.

I have been a professional housekeeper for over 37 years.
I started the business before I finished high school. While my friends were working side jobs for spending money, I was trying to figure out how to get 56 customer names into a teenager’s size diary address book. 

With that said, why not try to understand more natural solutions to cleaning, washing and what we use on a daily basis. 

Each day I am challenged with the special care of ...fabric clothing, antique furniture, home accessories, unique cleaning procedures and more.

Vacuum Cleaner Update

VACUUM CLEANER UPDATE

The news is, recently Kenmore has stopped selling the orange canister vacuum model # 29319.

What to do!!??? I have searched everywhere and they were flying off the showroom floor at Sears, and Amazon, not one left on the shelf at the discounted price. I was just too late to snag two or three to use for work and home purposes. What a fantastic vacuum cleaner.

I have recently, with great struggle in my search, found the Burgundy Panasonic Canister Vacuum cleaner model #MC-CG902 You may find this on Amazon or type in the search bar for other locations.

GARDEN HOSE SAFETY


GARDEN HOSE SAFETY

During a home watch inspection garden hose safety is one area of concern especially when the home is vacant and no one to supervise in case of water damage. Let’s speak frankly here and not beat around the bush….. It’s not uncommon that someone will use the hose to fill a pool, fill a weed spray bottle or water the plants.  Be mindful not to allow water to stand in the hose after using it. This may mean removing the spray nozzle, sprinkler, or other gardening device from the open end and draining remaining water as you coil the hose back up.

REMOVING MAKE-UP FROM PILLOW CASES OR BED LINENS

REMOVING MAKE-UP FROM PILLOW CASES OR BED LINENS

Removing make-up stains from pillow cases or bed linens has to be one of our biggest challenges. No matter how many cleaning items we have in our buckets we could never have enough with all the tasks that come our way. Even so….detecting the stains before washing the item is also tough. King size sheets and duvet covers are so big that a smudge of eyeliner or face powder stains can go undetected and then it’s almost too late.
Light colored face clothes and hand towels have been ruined by removing certain types of makeup that cause bleaching effects, rendering the towels unusable for guests.

WHICH DIRECTION DO THE BUTTONS GO ON A DUVET COVER WHEN MAKING THE BED?

WHICH DIRECTION DO THE BUTTONS GO ON A DUVET COVER WHEN MAKING THE BED?

It’s a practical question that deserves an answer.
Which direction do the buttons go on a duvet cover, the head or foot of the bed? Du~vet pronounced “due-vay” is French for “down” a comforter filled with down with a washable cover.
A duvet cover is the protective cover that slips over the down comforter. From a professional housekeeper and an obsessive home-makers point of view the answer is truly a preference, but in all honesty the buttons go to the foot of the bed.

POOL SAFETY ALARMS

POOL SAFETY ALARMS

Pool Alarms can alert parents to emergencies before it’s too late.
Yesterday during a home watch I set off what I thought was a house alarm, in fact it was eventually discovered it was a sliding door pool alarm. How genius! PRESS THIS BUTTON which is high enough on the wall for an adult to shut off the alarm, but if the door opens again the alarm will sound one more time. Inconvenient? Maybe.... but this home owner was not taking any chances. This home is equipped for safety. Research Institute tested seven pool alarms (they tell you when the water is disturbed) and six gate alarms (installed on a barrier around your pool, they sound when the gate is opened). This alarm is on every wall next to the sliding glass doors to the pool. The more layers of protection, the better. I have not checked to see if there is also an alarm in the pool, but with as loud as this alarm is, you cannot mistake the sliding door opening.

BATHROOM SHOWER DRAIN CLEANING

BATHROOM SHOWER DRAIN CLEANING

Cleaning a shower drain is easy and takes only 10 minutes to do. The process helps to eliminate odors and soap scum, and at the same time allows you to check on any drain clogs and calcium build-up. Calcium deposits typically accumulate in areas where water is constantly present. Since water is continuously washed down your shower drain, the calcium deposits are common, and the buildup can multiply quickly. Keep the pipes clear of the calcium buildup with inexpensive household items that dissolve the calcium as well as any other buildup off your drain and pipe walls without damaging the plumbing system.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A PRO-ACTIVE HOME WATCH SERVICE

PRO-ACTIVE HOME WATCH SERVICE

It looks like it's going to be one of those days again. Accurate and dedicated home watching is so important to the home owner as protecting their investment against potential issues while the home is vacant is the most important piece of mind. Repairing the damage is really the least of the problem. It's finding out the problem could have been resolved easier when the home watch service you hire catches it before the ceiling falls down. In this case we need to call the Fire inspector to evaluate the leak.

HARD WATER STAINS IN TOILET BOWL

HARD WATER STAINS

During home watch visits a house can sit for two weeks to a month without any movement. Between the higher temperature of the interior home and the evaporation of water in the toilets sometimes a hard water ring forms in the toilet. This can happen even if water is sitting to the proper water level.
An etching affect happens and even if you scratch the etch line you cannot remove the ring around the toilet bowl.
This procedure might help. Turn the water valve OFF. Flush the toilets so very little water enters the bowl.