May 11, 2022

Let’s clean up all our angry houses!

The start of a new year brings a sense of hope, a promise that things can be different and that clutter and chaff can be swept aside in favor of a clean slate. Our Fresh Start package takes both literally: a stress cleansing review (with tips!); a test drive of the next big sustainable lifestyle trend and, figuratively speaking, with a life coach’s take on why it’s so hard to change. Roll up your sleeves and dive into it!

I will never forget to hear an unofficial suburban guy say at a dinner party, “You are proud of your house or you are not.” Am i? I was wondering. I think I am. The fact that I run into a frenzy of wiping / sweeping / pushing things in the closets every time someone comes shows me yes. (That precious motivation is lacking on these days without guests.) But as much as I would like to think so, I mostly feel like I’m failing to keep my house tidy.

Maybe that’s why, when I clean my apartment, I get angry. Or it’s possible that when I’m angry, I’m cleaning up. Honestly, it’s hard to tell which comes first, but rubbing and wiping inspires all kinds of sighs, sighs, and puffs – and the occasional snap of those that annoy or spoil me as soon as I’m done.

There are a lot of infuriating things to funnel into a good stress cleansing session right now, but the cleansing itself causes this reaction as well. Partly, I’m overwhelmed as this happens and I’m starting to see each new spot and layer of dust as further evidence that I haven’t managed to stay on top of the rising dirt. (Have you ever thought about what’s in the dust? Don’t!)

It’s also constant – the satisfaction of a sparkling kitchen or gleaming faucets is so fleeting. You can never truly break free from the tyranny of dirt especially if you have kids / pets tearing the place apart, leaving little toys in their wake and crushing fish sticks in the mat without worrying about your weaklings. efforts. It’s especially exhausting if you’re at home all the time, littering the place with your mere existence. It’s impossible to ignore all those grubby nooks and crannies when you’re constantly forced to stare at them in broad daylight.

There’s something deeper about this desperation too – perhaps a residual ’50s housewife mentality that judged women on their ability to run a ship-shaped house and condemned messy ones like sluts. The idea that cleanliness is next to godliness goes all the way, applying the frequency of bleach use to the very soul.

The idea that cleanliness is next to godliness goes all the way, applying the frequency of bleach use to the very soul

Of course, many wealthy people outsource this particular source of stress to cleaning professionals – or have done so until outside family members come in and out and become verboten. “We’re here to help you get your act together,” says Calgary-based cleaning company GoCleanCo’s website. Sarah McAllister, her 37-year-old owner, saw her regular household cleaning business end with the spring 2020 COVID shutdowns. Suddenly she went from “running a business and cleaning toilets five days a week” to “nothing only time ”. “

She began sharing tips on proper disinfection and using bleach on the @gocleanco Instagram account, which had 10,000 respectable followers at the time. The mad masses of Lysol quickly moved closer to its above-average cleaning wisdom, distributed through Insta and the first of three digital cleaning manuals, and in less than a year its subscriber count has exploded to 1, 6 million.

Are his followers all clean monsters, I ask? McAllister laughs. “Oh, 90% of them are bastards and freely admit it. »She hears from her disciples a parcel. She says the most important theme in the comments right now isn’t the cleansing technique, but the emotion. “Cleaning gives people a sense of control over the world right now, a sense of pride,” she says.

“Cleaning gives people a sense of control over the world right now, a sense of pride”

McAllister is the kind of person who properly disassembles and puts away all of their Christmas decorations on December 27th. festively decorated living room in a sparkling clean sea of ​​cream cushions soothing to the New Year. She says her mother taught her everything she knows about cleaning from a young age. “A lot of people really don’t know how to clean properly,” she says. “I have trained so many of my staff from scratch, and I can confidently say that I can teach anyone how to clean. “

It seems that many of us want to learn. Watching McAllister clean up various things – Vitamix, range hood filters, fishing gear – in her stories is a fascinating viewing, in large part because she provides extremely useful information: never mix bleach and vinegar ; you should wash your vacuum cleaner filter once a month; clean glass shower doors with a mixture of dish soap and vinegar to avoid streaks.

But it’s also so watchable because of the freedom with which she takes her followers to the test not to mop twice or have dirty baseboards. (She says the first sign of a really clean house is the condition of the baseboards. Did you just check yours? Don’t!) Said. “We all need someone to shoot us, the cleaning is both horrible and satisfying.”

It is a true fact. This morning, inspired by GoCleanCo’s ‘bathroom’ highlight, I rubbed the pink scum between my bathroom tiles * during * my shower (not a technique adopted by McAllister ). Even though it was slightly revolting, I felt a lot better for it!

I learned a lot in the time I spent watching McAllister clean up, but it occurred to me that at least some of that time might be better spent doing more cleaning. So it’s time to channel the anger, despair, and tricks into my new mop. Just stay out of my way.

Want to clean yourself up? Here’s McAllister’s expert cleaning wisdom.

1. Take one piece at a time

“People are overwhelmed. They lack concentration, wander from room to room, waste their time. My staff did that too at the start until we figured it out! Our system works one piece at a time: work in a circle, top to bottom, left to right. Finish the play and take a break and reward yourself.

2. Purge

“Get rid of the clutter. You don’t need so much. Period. It will free up your free space as well and once you start with one room it has a domino effect throughout your house.

3. Clean your machines

“Front-loading dishwashers and washing machines, wherever there is water, gets moldy and smells bad. Check your manuals first, but both of these devices have a filter that needs to be cleaned monthly and a bleach cycle to sanitize. Cleaning a dishwasher filter is always horrible. We think our dishes get clean and 80% of the time we wash them with moldy water. Do it today! “

4. No brooms allowed

“We don’t allow brooms in the Go Clean Co cleaning army. They just make a mess. First of all, we vacuum, even the bathtub. It saves so much time. Vacuum up dirt and hair first, then scrub!

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself

“Listen, I’m busy, my house is a mess, sometimes the bathrooms aren’t cleaned for a month. I am a mother and an entrepreneur; I get tired and ignore things like everyone else. I am not perfect at all and I do not know everything. I often show it, better to be honest than to create the illusion that my life is as simple as a pin. Social media is usually just smoke and mirrors.

THE TOOLS

“People don’t understand how to use the products,” says McAllister, but the right ones are the key to an effective cleaning job. Here are his top five cleaning tools and products.

Bissell PowerForce vacuum, $ 70, Walmart.ca

A good vacuum

“You want something smaller and lighter that is easy to lift, but plugs in for good suction. “

gocleanco cleaning tips
Vileda EasyWring Spin Bucket and Mop, $ 40, amazon.ca

Vileda wringing mop

“This is my favorite mop in the world. If I could marry her, I would. Fill it to the line with water as hot as hell, add a teaspoon of Tide powder. Pump the pedal seven to 10 times until it is almost dry and scrub. Check your water, change it often. It is horrible and exciting at the same time.

HE Tide Original Powder Laundry Detergent, $ 23, walmart.ca

buy now

Tide powder

“It must be the powder. We use it to clean walls, floors, linens, bathrooms and carpets.

Clorox Bleach, $ 17, amazon.ca

buy now

Bleach

“Don’t be afraid of it. It disinfects and makes everything so clean! I can clean an entire house with just water, bleach, and tide.

gocleanco cleaning tips
Friend of the Barkeepers, $ 9, amazon.ca

Friend of bar keepers

“It’s currently pretty hard to find, but this stuff is magic. It will make a stainless steel sink shine. He removes rust, he polishes brass and silver, he removes scuff marks on walls. The list is lengthened increasingly. Take some.”

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