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    Therapy Clean offers up fall cleaning tips and a checklist

    Moving into a new season makes it the perfect time to do some deep cleaning around the home. While general cleaning gets done all year long, there are some things that only need to be tackled a few times per year, doing it with the change of the seasons is ideal. By giving the home a good cleaning as we move into fall, we can feel good knowing routine issues have been addressed.

    “If you make the changing of the seasons a time to do deep cleaning you will keep on a good schedule all year long,” explains Anne Ruozzi, co-founder of Therapy Clean, a company manufacturing a line of plant-based specialty cleaning products. “This will keep your home looking great inside and out.”

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    Here are 5 expert tips for fall cleaning around the home (find the handy checklist at the bottom of the article):

    • Get the right products. Ensuring that you have the right products will help you do the job better and have better results. If, for example, you are giving the stainless steel refrigerator a good cleaning, then you need to use cleaner specific to that type of material. Forget general purpose cleaners, instead opting for those that are specific to the job you are doing. Opt for green cleaning products to help make the home safer and healthier.
    • Use a checklist. It’s difficult to remember what should be cleaned each season. By having a checklist you can simply go down the list and check off what has been done. This will keep you on track as you work over the course of a week or two to ensure that everything gets done. Being organized goes a long way when it comes to cleaning.
    • Don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to look at the amount of cleaning that needs to be done and feel stressed out by it, but the stress will not help the situation. It will actually make it worse. Stay calm and clean on, reminding yourself that there is no rush to get it all done. You can work on a little bit each day.
    • Start from the top. When doing cleaning the pros always start from the top and work their way to the bottom. For example, start with the ceilings, chandeliers, and ceiling fans, and then work your way down. The floor should be the last thing that gets cleaned.
        • Hire help if you need to. There are many tasks that may be better to get help completing, such as pressure washing the driveway or hiring a window cleaner. It’s okay to go down the list and do what you can do, delegate some tasks to family members, and hire people where necessary.

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    Fall Cleaning Checklist


    __ Clean light fixtures.
    __ Give the grill a scrubbing.
    __ Clean out dryer vents.
    __ Windows and screens.
    __ Pressure wash the exterior walls of the home.


    __ Clean light fixtures.

    __ Clean and wipe down all ceiling fans
    __ Clean baseboards, top of doors and above cabinets.
    __ Clean any heating wall units, baseboards or heating ducts.
    __ Cycle out cleaning supplies, unwanted items, etc.
    __ Re-organize and clean out closets. Donate where you can!
    __ Safely clean electronics.
    __ Vacuum and flip your mattresses.
    __ Condition any leather furniture.
    __ Wash fake plants (using a 1/2 vinegar / 1/2 water solution, spray on and wipe off).
    __ In your kitchen, clean out stove vents
    __ Run the grates and covers from gas stove through the dishwasher.
    __ Clean out pantry and donate unwanted (unexpired) items to a local pantry.
    __ Clean kitchen cabinets with a 2-in-1, cleaner and polish formula to add protection.
    __ Check the spice rack for anything expired. (Tip for cleaning your spice rack* – most pantry spices lose flavor. Rule of thumb and a good starting point is: ground spices last up to 2 years, dried herbs up to 3. Smell the spice for potency and think about writing the date opened on a label on the jar.)
    __ Clean under stove, as well as behind and under the fridge.
    __ Empty the fridge and wash all fridge drawers and shelves with warm soapy water.
    __ Wipe off any visible smudges on the walls.

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    “Most people can’t do all fall cleaning tasks themselves and that is fine,” added James Dudra, co-founder of Therapy Clean. “I realized we could develop a product which outperformed conventional brands. “The goal is to get it all done, not prove that you can personally do it. Get the products, tools, and help you need to ensure your home is in top shape.”

    Therapy Clean offers a full product line of natural plant based cleaners. They offer products for specific surfaces, including stainless steel, wood and cabinet, granite and stone, tub and tile, and glass cooktop. The products are certified from the USDA BioPreferred Program, and they are certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny.

    Cleaning products that contain harmful ingredients can contribute to such things as asthma, respiratory illnesses, headaches, microbiome imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, skin and eye irritation, and much more. Therapy Clean helps people clean their home without having to worry about if they are damaging their health along the way.

    Therapy Clean products can be purchased online at and the Therapy Clean website, as well as other retailers’ sites. Their products can also be found in over 50 independent specialty stores nationwide. To get more information, visit the site:

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