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Green Home for the Green Hand: How to Clean Your House and Your Garden

Green Home for the Green Hand: How to Clean Your House and Your Garden

If you think about it, a home designed with different sorts of plants and flowers seems to be a pleasant sight. But, imagine how you're gonna set it a up. Right! I'm sure the image that goes around your head right now is full of messy and dirt. But, worry not because this will help you out.

What decorates our home best aside from the natural fragrant flowers that we usually see? Almost nothing. Right? This is just one reason why it's worthy to give your lawn and garden some attention.

Here we will discuss some tips on how to maintain a home while you're doing some gardening:

Regularly pick up the obvious stuff. You’ll likely need to go around your yard and pick up litter, dog waste, and larger plant debris (like fallen branches) from time to time. Be sure to use a pair of gloves and beware of broken glass or you can use Lola Whisk Broom to brush the debris and prevent your hands from getting dirty. It is also important to take note that leaving debris on your lawn can prevent new, healthy grass from growing in.

Now that you are all clear,  it's time to take a clean your lawn and get rid of any remaining dead leaves, twigs, and pinecones using Angle Broom and make your lawn nice and healthy and ready for new plants. You can also plough to to your land. If you don't want any other weeds from going on it. After all this work, you have to clean your equipment because leaving it unclean for too long will allow different elements to combine and it may poison the soil. You can use Lola Any Which Way Flexible Scrub Brush to clean them "any which way" you want.

This could also be applied on the materials that you will use to clean up your garden beds. This includes scissors or small garden shears which can be used to eliminate dead leaves and stalks from perennial plants and ornamental grasses. It is practical to keep the tools clean especially if you plan to bring them within the house or use them on other tasks.

Remember to always inspect your tools including your lawnmower, your hedge trimmer, and your whipper-snipper and clean them up before growing season hits in full force. Make sure all blades are sharp and rust-free, look for cracks and other signs of wear in visible belts. Rest assured that in every part of cleaning them, Lola is there to offer things that may come in handy for you.

Make sure you fully understand the plants, shrubs that you will put into your garden. Also check of they are compatible to live on the same soil. It is also crucial to check if they attract insect and other organisms that may also live near your home. Being knowledgeable about this may save you from sickness that may come into your door due to mismanagement.

Your tool storage regardless whether it's inside or outside your home, must be well maintained to prolong the longevity and durability of the gardening and cleaning equipment.

Your plants are not the only thing that requires tender loving care because you can only provide these with properly maintained tools and a clean surrounding. Keeping yourself sound and healthy is also a must because the caretaker is the one responsible of it all and without you, the garden is no different from a little forest of wold grass filled with critters and crawlers.

Don't Pamper the Dump: Proper Waste Management and Disposal Tips

Don't Pamper the Dump: Proper Waste Management and Disposal Tips

I'm sure you already had enough with all the fuzz going around about climate change with a lot of people calling for a greener and cleaner environment. Well, aside from efforts being asked from the authorities, we can all agree that it all root down on the basic units of the society; the family and you. How? the answer is right in your trash bins. Right, waste management and disposal.

Let me make thinks easier to understand with this fresh yet familiar triple R formula: I call it Reuse, Reduce and Revamp.

Reuse and recycle

We heard this words for more than a million times already. Yet, it's still hard to get some sense out of it. All we know that when it comes to saving the environment, this is the first thing that everyone should do. But, the question is. Are we doing through the right means and with the right purpose?

In our homes for example, recycling clothing to be reused as rugs may seem like the right thing to do. But, it is actually not recycling at all because we remove it's actual purpose and convert it into something else. So, why not donate or trade with other families? Especially those that are still decent and can still be used. Why destroy it just to find it ending up on the trash?

Appliances can also be recycled instead of being thrown away. This way we can reduce our mechanical and technological footprint. It can be traded as well if you don't have the enough skills to work on them yourself. Give chance to the mechanics or Craftsmen to find value in them.

Compost food scraps are things that shouldn't be left with all the other kinds of waste. Instead you can make a simple composter pit in your home where you can put your own food scraps and with proper research, I'm sure you'll find a purpose for them such as a fertilizer for your plants or as an ingredient for projects or experiments.

Last but not the least, re-usable shopping bags are available on almost a grocery stores today. So, using them is a wise choice as these are not only better for the environment but they are stronger than any plastic or paper bag available. It is also important to note that bags are not the only reusable things that can be useful for you. You just have to check and find out.

Reduce

Paper is the recyclable material that is thrown away the most by most households . A great way to reduce the amount of paper you use is to switch out paper towels for reusable cloth rags such as Lola's Wowables which can be washed and reused.

Avoid single use plastic cups, containers as well as cleaning materials because you are only increasing the world's waste. Check Lola products to find reusable and environment friendly cleaning tools that will keep not only your home but also the world clean.

Revamp

Ditch your usual cleaning tradition and equipment. Do not settle for cheap but inefficient materials. Instead, equip materials that are durable, multi-purpose and environment-friendly. Luckily, Lola has all this. So, you can now say goodbye to your plastics tools which brings nothing but toxic to our surrounding.

And this brings us to the bonus R which is Responsibility for without any sense of it, no matter how well-equipped you are, you will fail to keep your home bright, clean and happy.

Ways to Clean and Prepare your Home for Thanksgiving

Ways to Clean and Prepare your Home for Thanksgiving

There are a lot of things that makes us busy throughout the year; work, studies, travel, hobbies and whatsoever. Holidays are among the only times that we get to catch up with our love ones and friends. So it is always a must to have a thorough preparation to make sure they will always be special. So, here we’ll discuss how you can make sure that your thanksgiving and the following holidays would be extra memorable.

Keep your Home Designs as Simple but as Relevant as Possible

You don’t have to be too fancy because your home is not a museum for your visitors to wander about and spend most of the day looking at the display. Instead, your goal is to make spend as much time as possible with you and with the other people around. So keep your displays minimal but still gorgeous. It will also save you some time and stress from removing them after the celebrations.

Brace the Brasses

Holidays commonly comes along with a lot of cooking and meal preparations especially if you have a family who values the tradition. This means you have to bring out your long-hidden kitchen/cooking wares and clean them appropriately. Wash silverwares and metal materials thoroughly; remove stains or leftover grease with a Lola Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Comparable Rubaway Eraser Pads then wipe them dry with a cloth such as Lola Jumbo Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. Meanwhile, cauldrons, pots and pans should be treated with some brushing-preferably using Lola Pro Pot N' Pan Brush to make sure no foreign element would mix up with the food and affect its taste.

You also have to make sure you have enough equipment and resources so you won’t run out of supply on the last minutes.

Make the Dining Room Dine-able

Eating time is one of the happiest times during the celebrations and it is a must to have a venue that is clean and appetizing because no matter how delicious the food are, your visitors would lose appetite if they are in an unclean and messy dining room. Allot some time to clean after preparing the food. Sweep using Lola’s variety of brooms, Mop using either Lola Rola Sticky Mop, cloth mops to make sure every corner would be clean. Make sure your dining table have lots of rooms for all the visitors and that it’s free from stains, grease or any inappropriate substance.

Give an ‘at home’ feeling to your Guest room/s

Holidays may last for days and it is inevitable that some people may have to spend some nights at your home so if you have a guest room where they will rest, make sure that it wouldn’t feel uncomfortable to them. Your job is to make them feel as if they are at home so they can peacefully and comfortably sleep. This is by preparing some fresh and fragrant blankets, pillows and mattresses.  Secure a dim light that will give them relaxation and provide window covers to make them feel secured. Remove any unnecessary furniture and design which can make it the room so closed as it can give a feeling of unease.

Make Lively Living room

After eating, the living room is the place where most of you will spend time together to chat and share some laughter. This is also where you do games and share gifts in case there is. So this part of your home must imbibe the enthusiastic and energetic feeling of the celebration. Start by making sure the lights are bright and the couches and the carpet are free from dust using Dust Pan & Brush Set Clip-On.

It may sound sad but it is true that you never know until when you can spend these events with the people you love the most. So you must value these times as much as you value the people because during these time you bond with them while making memories which you can keep and reminisce even though even when you’re not together.

Natural Cleaning: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ways and Products

Natural Cleaning: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ways and Products

You might think that using plastic cleaning equipment and chemical-based products will save you money. But the truth is, they are pricey and pose danger to your health. Plus, their manufacturing and disposal are also highly harmful to the environment. So why not consider some natural and eco-friendly alternatives?

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Scrubbing Tips and Tricks to Revolutionize Surface Cleaning

Scrubbing Tips and Tricks to Revolutionize Surface Cleaning

If humans have skin, our home as well as the furniture inside it also have surfaces. Just like us and our beauty regimen, our shelter’s surrounding also needs some thorough care to be on its best condition. However, it may not be as easy as it seems as property is a much larger area to work on compared to our body. Plus, it is composed of different types of surfaces which require different measures and materials to deal with.

Unfortunately, many home owners don’t bother to look into this area. But, it is non-negotiable. Everyone must accept that the usual method of wiping a surface with dump cloth is not applicable to everything because sometimes, you also need to do some scrubbing.

Concrete walls and surfaces should be treated differently from plastic materials, wooden tools, steel wares and ceramics. It is crucial to be aware of this to prevent jeopardizing the quality of your possessions.

It is also important to take note that you can’t purely rely on products that you can buy on the supermarket. You also have to invest time and make efforts if you really want to maintain your property.

On soft surfaces as well as on cloth, leather and cotton, it is really advisable to be careful. Mild scrubbing using Jumbo Microfiber Cleaning Cloth cleans without the use of harsh chemical. If there are stains that are hard to remove, research first about what is the effective agent to remove it without damaging the material itself.

While wooden and glass which are both sensitive to cleaning agents especially liquid ones should be handled with extra care especially if you use them for food. It is also advisable to use smooth materials such as cloth or sponge. You can try Lola  Wowables and save yourself from stress cause of its effectiveness even after several uses.

Ceramics on the other hand should be mopped. In Lola, you have plenty of choices from The Revolution microfiber spin mopSqueezematic Sponge Mops, Scrubber Roller mop, Flexible dust mops, and the Sticky Mop.  It is not recommendable to use soap, vinegar and even ammonia on this surface as it may trigger the growth of molds and may damage your floors.

On plastic countertops, cabinets and equipment, an all purpose cleaner will do. But, brushing is a must. Make sure not to use brushes with bristles that are too rough as they may leave scratches and dents on the furniture. Instead, you can use organic and all-natural Tampico scrub brush which are suited for delicate surfaces.

Lastly, on stainless steel surfaces, never use abrasive cleansers or bleach because it can pit the surface. Just a Cellulose Sponge Cloth with the help of a solution made out of water and baking soda will do.

This may seem a lot but believe it or not, a bucket of equipment is enough. As long as you know what works best on what kind of material, then you won’t have a problem and definitely won’t have to spend too much just to clean everything inside your house.

Clean Green: Eco-Friendly Tips for Cleaning Your Home

Clean Green: Eco-Friendly Tips for Cleaning Your Home

Everybody is trying hard to go green these days. From individuals to the largest corporations being eco-friendly and doing things with sustainability in mind have become essential for improving your health and environment.

 Having a green, eco-friendly mindset is most important in your own home. By using cleaning methods and environmentally friendly products, not only will your house shine, you will have the peace and comfort of knowing that you’ve done your best to keep your family, home and the environment safe and free of toxic chemicals that can cause dermatological, respiratory, and other conditions.

You might be asking yourself, “aren’t green cleaning products more expensive?” Certainly an understandable concern. Fortunately, green cleaning products don’t have to be more expensive than conventional cleaning products. Prices are coming down everyday and these products tend to be sustainable which means they last longer and may be even more effective.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to help get you started in keeping your home clean and green:

Take an inventory of your current cleaning products:  Did you know that cleaning products account for about 10% of the toxic exposure cases reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers? It’s important to take a close look at your cleaning products to see if they are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. It’s easier than you than you think to find replacements that are green and safe.

Use natural cleaning ingredients and products:  Just about every green cleaning product contains the same cleaning ingredients that mom used to use. Use the following natural cleaning items to keep your home spic and span:

  1. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) - reacts with acids such as vinegar and lemon to create a gritty scrubber that works wonders with our Eco Clean™ Tampico Scrub Brush
  2. White vinegar - loosens dirt and disinfects
  3. Lemon juice - use this great disinfectant with vinegar and water to cut through grease to clean your glasses, jars, coffee mugs/pots, vases, blenders and more with our  Eco Clean™ Tampico Bottle Brush (which does not scratch the surface)
  4. Olive oil - use this natural wonder and our eco-friendly microfiber mop or our Wowables reusable paper towels to polish wood
  5. Borax - whitens, deodorizes and disinfects

Invest in your tools:  Always use gloves because skin is naturally very absorbent. Also, choose only the very best cleaning products, particularly eco-friendly and reusable products made of natural and sustainable materials.  Instead of a chemical cleaning product, reusable microfiber cloths can do the heavy duty job of dusting and scrubbing. An eco-friendly and naturally stiff brush will come in handy for jobs like cleaning grout.

Keep your home smelling fresh and clean naturally: Maintain better air quality and have a sweet smelling house without the use of household air fresheners. In general, keeping your house clean should eliminate most odors. Also, use natural odor-eaters like vinegar and baking soda. But perhaps the best air freshener of them all is to crack a window open (do this especially while you are cleaning)!

How to NEVER be Afraid of any Dust or Dirt Again

How to NEVER be Afraid of any Dust or Dirt Again

You may be wondering why no matter how hard you try, your home still seems all dirty and dusty all the time. Well, you are not alone on this because almost everyone also deals with this dilemma daily. Whether they like it or not, this issue must be dealt with immediately because it can lead to illnesses such as asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems. This is why it is crucial to know how to effectively  get rid of dust as part of making a happy and healthy home.

The source  of having dust at home can be because of many different particles such as dirt, pollen, mold spores, dead skin cells, hair, and fabric fibers, as well as airborne pollutants such as wood ash, chemicals, and vehicle exhaust. These may be challenging to deal with and it involves different parts, furniture and aspects of home.

Here we'll discuss some of the ways to keep your home as dust-free as possible. I'm sure you already know that a regular weekly cleaning which includes washing, dry-cleaning, and vacuuming. These are all essential to maintain your home so the air is as clean, comfortable, and as dust-free as it can be.

Have some Cloth as Company

Dust and dirt commonly  travels on a one way only; from outside to inside. Notice that every you or your home's visitor come in, they bring dirt into the house. This is almost impossible to prevent except if you have a filtering area which will wash away everything before they can access your actual house. But, one effective way to make it easier to clean up is by using cloth or leather door mats which would catch and trap all the dirt and stop it from traveling farther into your home. Wash or vacuum the mats regularly to prevent buildup. You can also use towels to wipe shoes and other footwear being used outside. In this case,  Lola's reusable Wowables towels can do the job.

Check on your Furry Friends

Our furry pets produce a lot of hair and dead skin cells which can then turn into dust. This is why it is important to groom pets regularly not only for us but also for them. Want to get rid of pesky pet hair? Lola Rola Sticky Mop can do the job! It collects dust and hair in an instant. Also, keeping your pet's litter box covered will also help reduce the spread of dust particles.

Keep your Windows Clean and Closed

During the warm sunny days, opening the windows to get some fresh air can feel so refreshing. However, little did we know that it is one of the manor contributors that actually increases the amount of dust in your home. It enters through large gaps and openings such as doors and windows in the form of pollen, mold spores, and airborne pollutants, which when combined can create a significant buildup that can be visible on windowsills and the only way to deal with this is to keep your windows shut—especially on windy days. Also, don't forget to clean them to make sure nothing gets pass your defences. Try Lola's Jumbo Microfiber Cleaning Cloth which is delicate to the glass and effectively wipes off hard-to-remove dust.

Damp it All Down, Yo!

Water seems basic but it should never be taken for granted. Know that a good damp mopping and is effective in eliminating almost 90 percent of the dust in your home. It is also important to note that plain water is the most environmental friendly cleanser that you can find. So, when you feel everything else fails, know that a damp rag or mop captures and holds dust, which can then simply be rinsed down the drain along with all your problems and stress.

Don't be Blind over the Blinds

Being close to the window, this is also a sticking point for dirt. So, don't think that just because you've exchanged fabric window treatments for blinds means you already got rid of the dirt for good because dust is drawn to blinds like moths to a flame, so you should clean them on a regular basis. Brushes and dusters can be a helpful tool. Luckily, Lola has got many variants that you can choose from. So, check it out!

Clear and Declutter

Lastly, it is always a wonder how dust makes it's way to untouched shelves and cabinets. That's why you should not keep it waiting for too long. Stocking too many items may also contribute. So, do some decluttering from time to time and throwaway things that you won't have to keep anymore.

Practice all of these tips and I'm sure, no matter how many times dirt and dust comes back within your home, you can always beat it all the time. Now, you can make your home a more comfortable one not only for you but for your whole family.

Best Ways To Clean Your Bed

Best Ways To Clean Your Bed

After a long and tiring day, it's where you find comfort --- Through it's warm embrace you finally feel home and safe and as you rest, you go into your most vulnerable state; prone to illnesses possibly brought by the dirt and bacteria lurking within your sheets, pillow and blanket.

Our bed is where we supposedly improve our well-being because it goes us enough undisturbed sleep. This is why this should be one of the most cleanest and safest part of your home. So, no part of it should pose risk to you or your family's health.

Remove and wash all the bedding

First and foremost, you have to collect and replace all the sheets, pillowcases, and mattress covers regularly. Those that we're already used for a couple of days or weeks should be immediately thrown into the washing machine while you work on cleaning the mattress. Using warm water in cleaning will help a lot in getting rid of any dust mites. Meanwhile, pillows can or cannot be washed depending on the type of pillows you have. Double-checking the care label behind it is the easiest way to make sure.

Vacuum the mattress

To reach the small gaps near the insides of your mattress, grab your vacuum cleaner's upholstery attachment and go over the entire surface including its sides. Look thoroughly for seams and examine  the crevice attachment to get any hidden dirt or dust. Do this once or twice to assure that no part is left untouched.

Spot clean your mattress

You cannot apply water or cleaning solution directly to your mattress because some of its materials are not supposed to be wet at all. Instead you might need a little bit of wiping and brushing to remove stains and dirt. Lola offers various tools which can help you accomplish this task; from the hand-held Angled Broom to its different kinds of Swiffer® Sweeper® Comparable wet & dry sweeper floor mop, these will help to pick up fur and other materials stuck in your mattress.

But aside from that, spot cleaning stains would also require you to use some stain remover. Of course, this stain remover should depend on the type of stain and the type of mattress. Be careful though, because not everything will work on your mattress. You also have to consider whether the effect of what you will use to you and o your family. Lack of caution may lead to unnecessary and negative reactions such as allergies.

Use the Tool+Solution combo

But, with proper research, you might pull it off. Aside from store-bought agents, you can also use some home ingredients that you can mix and use. This does not save you from doing some extra efforts, of course. For it is still more effective if you use the appropriate tools to remove the leftover stains that were not eliminated by the solution.

With the power of the two; dust, dirt and germs will be dealt with, through the best way possible. Making this a habit will assure the cleanliness of your home. Now, you can have a more comfortable and relaxed sleep because you know that your surroundings is clean and safe. You also don't have to worry about itch caused by harmful and microscopic elements because you are backed by your brush, scrubber, vacuum and cleaning agents which are ready for a fight 24/7.

 

 

 

MOP, MOP and AWAY: How To Clean Your Home's Floors Leaving Them Spotless

MOP, MOP and AWAY: How To Clean Your Home's Floors Leaving Them Spotless

Cleaning the floor is one of the most underrated household chores. It is seldom seen as important and sometimes is just ignored. But, it is just as important as the other parts of the house. Thus, it also needs the same amount of attention and care. While many might think that sweeping and vacuuming will be enough to remove all the dirt from your floors, the reality is that mopping is also a must as it can help remove difficult grime that brooms simply can't get up. Basically, mopping is a simple process, but some tips can help you get the job done faster. 

Clear and Sweep before Mopping

Making sure that the area is clean before mopping is important. You should remove all furniture such as tables, chairs and throw rugs to make the cleaning easier and faster. Keeping it free from debris is also a way to make sure every part of it will be cleaned. Mopping also doesn't go well when there’s dust and crumbs around because instead of cleaning it, the mop will only spread it around. So, don’t forget to sweep the floor using an item like the Flexible Dust Mop before mopping because debris is also one of the causes of scratches on the floor. Every time you finish mopping your floor, you also have to make sure everyone that is in your home will not step on the floor while it is drying. Also, clearing the area will make things much easier when you are trying to remove grime and debris.

Use Warm Water

Before starting the process, using a mixture of your chosen cleaner along with warm water is an effective strategy. But make sure you fill the bucket with water to the point that the mop will be completely submerged in the water. If you have a dried out mop, then it will need to soak in the warm water before you begin cleaning.

Mop in Sections

It is better to mop floors in small sections as it will help remove grime build up and debris. Newer mops like The Revolution Microfiber Spin Mop can significantly speed up your cleaning time. 

Rinse and Wring Out Your Mop

Don’t forget this step every time you finish a section. Make sure you wring out your mop before wiping the small section with the wrung out the mop. It is an essential process because it prevents the spread of dirt on to other parts of the floor. In case of hardwood floors, rinsing of the mop must be done twice. Our Spin Mop has advanced Built-in Wringer Spin-Cycle Technology which allows for complete control of the drying and wringing out of the mop to your desired moisture level, so no dripping, streaking and most of all-no mess!

 

Mopping floors should be a part of your cleaning routine. Keeping your floors clean can prevent bacteria and keep mold out of your house. Mopping may seem like a chore, but it is necessary for you to do to have a clean home. To make sure these tips provide maximum effectiveness, take a look through Lola’s wide variety of mops as you'll be sure to find the perfect mop or mops for all the floor surfaces in your home.

 

Saying Goodbye To Throwaways with Reusable and Refillable Cleaning Tools

Saying Goodbye To Throwaways with Reusable and Refillable Cleaning Tools

There’s been an on-going debate on what’s better between cloth or paper towels in terms of being used in cleaning. But to be honest, both have their fair share of disadvantages. In one hand, paper towels are single use only and they have limits as where you can use them as they can tear apart. Meanwhile, cloth towels though washable can easily become a nesting ground for millions of germs and bacteria plus it commonly remain damp for long periods of time making it easier to pick up and actually just pass the dirt and other properties from one place to another. This unconsciously poses a threat within the household. So in the end, both will just end up in the trash.

But imagine if we combine the power of the two in one product? Think of it as an improved paper towel that is washable and reusable so you won’t have to instantly throw it away in one use making your wastes minimal. Now, let me introduce to you the multi-purpose Wowables; your new cleaning partner which can be used to clean thousands of different types of surfaces and remove almost any kind of germ or stain. All you have to do is to rinse it after every use and squeeze it for the excess moisture before using it again. Unlike rags, it is also more absorbent making it more effective in dealing with different kinds of messes.

Aside from that, Wowables also have the 12 and 30 count roll meaning you can choose just the right amount that you need and you won’t have to buy more than what you intend to. Indeed, it has the potential to create an impact not only by reducing the use of disposable and single-use paper towels but also by making us more conscious on our usage. Aside from that, it also lessens the health risks caused by our usual habits.

Wowables is truly life-changing; in fact, not only to usual families but for special ones with fur-parents and their fur-babies because it can also be used to clean after our pets and their mess.

Speaking of cleaning after our pets, you may also be stressing out due to all the fur being left by your pets on couches and bed. Well, stress no more because Lola Rola Refillable Sticky Mop is here! Not only can it pick up dirt and debris right after you vacuum but also your pet’s shedding all around the house.

Using these reusable and refillable items is more than enough to help ease the worsening condition of the planet by reducing our wastes. Meanwhile, on a personal level, it saves us some costs gives us more convenience and helps us make our homes cleaner and enjoyable to live on.

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