My Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum Review: Bye Bye, Oreck! No Way, Dyson!


I've used an Oreck vacuum cleaner for the past 13 years. I've been quite happy with it. Mostly, I like how lightweight it is -- only 8 pounds! And I never doubted that my carpets were getting clean... until now. Recently, Costco had a special sale price on a Shark Navigator vacuum. My mind immediately flashed to the long list of benefits that I'd been compiling as my reasoning for buying a Dyson vacuum soon: … [Read more...]

Looking For A Handheld Vacuum? (Me Too) I Found These To Be The Best Hand Vacs For Pet Hair, Hardwood Floors & Stairs


For the past 12 years, I've been using this Oreck Compact Canister Handheld Vacuum. It's not at all like today's modern hand vacs. It's kinda clunky, slightly noisy, and has bags that need to be changed all the time. So I set out to find a better hand vac. Here's what I found...   First, Why Hand Vacs Are Great We mostly have hardwood floors in our 2-story house. Downstairs, there's only one room that has any carpet at all. Upstairs, the stairs and the landing are hardwood, … [Read more...]

The Shelf Life Of Household Products & Cleaning Supplies – See How Long Things Last (Typically)

What's the shelf life of cleaning supplies?... Check here... photo by Collin Anderson on Flickr

Earlier, I wrote about the life expectancy of home components -- things like appliances, doors, flooring, faucets and fixtures. That got me wondering about the shelf life of other common things within our house -- like cleaning products and electronics. So I set out to see what I could find about how long other things last...   How Long Household Products & Cleaners Last Here's what Real Simple says about the shelf life of common household products like cleaners and items … [Read more...]

Best Household Cleaners According To Interior Designers Whose Jobs DEPEND On Clean


I like seeing unbiased reviews regarding peoples' favorite household cleaning products.  Honest feedback from those whose opinions truly matter is hard to come by.  That's why I'm grateful to House Beautiful for posting these interviews with 14 top designers. In addition to their favorite design styles and products, there is also valuable information about their favorite household cleaners. One thing's for sure: an interior designer needs to make a great first impression. And high-end … [Read more...]

Roombas & Other Robotic Vacuums …Finally, SEE How Well They Work!


Modern technology is a wonderful thing! While we may not yet have mechanical maids tending to the dusting and delivering a tray of cool beverages to your favorite recliner, the likes of Rosie the Robot (the maid on The Jetsons cartoon series) might be closer than you think -- thanks to electronics and microchips. Enter robotic vacuums (like Roombas). These self-propelled vacuum cleaners keep carpets clean without any real physical human input. The iRobot Roomba is a round disk-shaped … [Read more...]

Floor Cleaning: A Simple 2-Step Method For Cleaning Hardwood Floors Fast!


In my profession of cleaning houses for a living, I have cleaned hard wood floors time and time again. And I'm always trying new things to save time.Some of the things that I've tried when cleaning hardwood floors include:string mopssponge mopscleaning the floors by handAll of these ways work, but they can take a lot of time!Plus, using a string mop or a sponge mop requires that you lug around a bucket of water, and you have to repeatedly rinse the mop. Cleaning hardwood floors by hand means … [Read more...]

Why The Miele Vacuum Is Better Than The Dyson, Rainbow & Oreck Vacuum Cleaners


The Miele is probably the best vacuum cleaner that I have ever used. In my business of cleaning homes for a living, I've used many different types of vacuums. But the Miele stands above the rest. Here's why I choose the Miele vacuum cleaner over the Dyson, the Rainbow, the Oreck, and other vacuum cleaners...   My Review Of The Miele I like the Miele vacuum cleaner best because: It's lightweight, very manageable, and easy to use. It has the option of a true hepa … [Read more...]

Bissell Carpet Cleaners Are The Best… Especially The Bissell Proheat Steam Cleaner!


With two dogs in the house 24/7, we NEED a powerful carpet cleaner more often than we'd like to admit! I can't tell you just how many times I've used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up even the toughest of pet stains. If you're wondering how it works, and whether or not it's worth the money, consider this... We've used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up "pet stains" including: blood urine diarrhea vomit mud   … [Read more...]

Nothing Cleans A House Better Than These Heavy-Duty Cleaning Products

Since we don't currently have maid service at our residence (yet!), cleaning the house is a chore that we regretfully have to do ourselves. Case In Point: Recently, our big dog had a bout of doggy diarrhea, and since Jim is only mildly helpful in situations that involve strong odors, gooey discharges or excrements, I'm now a PRO when it comes to "deodorizers" and "stain removers". Which gives me a chance to share some highly recommended products that we use regularly...   … [Read more...]