How To Get Rid Of Ants Without Chemicals

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Finding ants in your house can be frustrating and annoying. While it’s tempting to grab an ant spray or ant traps to eliminate the pests quickly, you should know these products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to humans. Pets and small children are especially vulnerable to ingesting pesticide residue because they are usually near the floor where you spray. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-toxic remedies you can use to get rid of ants before resorting to pesticides. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to get rid of ants without using chemicals.

Step 1: Identify What They're Attracted To

Ants are entering your home because they detect a food source. It’s usually sugar. Once you figure out what the ants are after, you’ll need to store that food source in an airtight container or get rid of it completely. Whatever you do, make sure they can’t detect the odor.

If you succeed in getting rid of the ants that are currently in your home, but fail to seal off the food source, then more ants will appear very soon. So don't skip this step. 

Step 2: Find Their Path

Ants DO follow a regular path. So, you need to track them from the food source back to their nest location, if possible. This way, you know where to use your natural remedies to repel them. The more accurately you place your repellant, the better chance you have at truly eliminating the problem.

Step 3: Use Repellent Along Their Path

Now that you’ve contained the food source and found the path the ants are taking into your home, you can try these three natural repellents to get rid of the ants.  

3 Natural Ant Repellents


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Lemons are more powerful than you think. There are many household uses for lemons and repelling ants is one of them. Get rid of ants by squirting lemon juice along the ant’s path, especially on door thresholds and windowsills. You can also squeeze lemon juice into cracks and crevices where ants are getting in. They hate the smell and will flea. You can also wash your floors and pantry cupboards with a simple mix of the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) and 1/2 gallon of water.  


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Usually ants are looking for sugar. Give them cayenne pepper instead. They hate it. Sprinkle cayenne pepper where the ants are searching, e.g. the back of your cupboards, pantry shelves, and baseboards. If you can locate their nest, you can also pour the pepper down the ant hole.


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Ants hate the smell of vinegar. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Then spray it along the entire path you located in step 2.  Before long the ants will disappear.

While there are many other natural remedies for eliminating ants, we think these three are the most straightforward, practical and effective. Please remember, though, that unless you contain any detectable food sources (see step 1), the ants will keep coming back for more. This is true whether you use a pesticide spray or non-toxic repellent!

After you've eliminated your ant problem on your own, perhaps you want to give your entire house a Deep Clean? Rubio's is here to help. 

Call us at 530.415.2505

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Cocktail ~ Mocktail Recipe For 4th of July

4th of July is here my friends! Who’s ready to kick back and celebrate this weekend? Last year we sent you a special drink recipe to help you get into the Summer spirit. It was a hit! Click here to see last year’s recipe.

This year we’re giving you another festive option. We got the idea for this recipe from and gave it a Rubio’s twist. The original version uses rum, like a traditional mojito. But Jesus loves Tito’s Handmade Vodka. So, we decided to try it with vodka and it turned out great!  You can also make this as a mocktail by not adding alcohol at all. The result will be equally delicious.

Red, White, and Blue Mojito

Makes 1 cocktail. Takes 5 minutes.

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  • 3 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 2 fresh strawberries, diced
  • small handful of mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/2 medium lime, juiced (about 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar (or other sweetener)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (we like Tito’s Handmade Vodka)
  • Ice
  • Club soda


  • Muddle the blueberries, strawberries, mint, and lime juice in a tall serving glass.
  • Add the vodka and agave. Stir to combine.
  • Fill the glass with ice, then top with club soda.
  • Stir to combine, then garnish with additional mint leaves and berries as desired.
  • Enjoy immediately.

Staying Safe For The Fourth


Fireworks are the best! But they can be downright dangerous if not handled with care. Just a few precautions can go a long way to keeping your home and loved ones out of harm's way.

  • Keep a bucket of water close by to soak used fireworks
  • Have a hose ready as well for any rogue flames
  • Remember pets are sensitive to the noise from fireworks, so keep them in the house protected from the exposure to loud sounds

Read more safety tips here:

As always, if you need the Rubio's Crew to clean for you before or after your celebration, give us a call and schedule a cleaning.

Call Rubio's Cleaning at 530.415.2505

Happy Independence Day!

from the crew at Rubio's

SUMMER GOALS: Get Organized

Summer is here, which means you probably have a list of home projects that you'd like to get done so you can enjoy time with family and friends. Except, when you take a look at the list, it feels overwhelming. Am I right?! Well, we've got just the solution for you. Hire a personal organizer! 

Shannon Vigil is a Clutter Consultant who can help you sort out your stuff, and your life!

She Specializing In: 

* Closets
* Office Spaces
* Kitchens + Pantries
* Garages + Storage Spaces

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She'll also help you make some extra $$ by selling the stuff that's collecting dust in your closet or garage. It's a WIN-WIN!

FYI: Shannon is offering a special discount to Rubio's clients for the month of June. Book her for an in-home session this summer and get 15% off the standard rate!  

Contact her for a free consultation. Tell her Rubio's sent you ;) 
ph: 916-718-2684   email:

Happy Summer Vibes From Rubio's

Celebrate Dad This Weekend

Father's Day Is This Sunday, June 17th!

Dads Like A Clean House Too... 

I don't know about you, but in my household dad was just as neat and clean as mom. Turns out everyone loves a tidy home. So don't forget about dad this weekend! Show him some love with a gift certificate from Rubio's for a deep cleaning. It's the perfect way to get ready for summer. After your deep cleaning we offer once a week or once a month service. 

Book a Deep Cleaning in the month of June and we'll give you $25 off! 

Call Rubio's @ 530-415-2505


Happy Father's Day From Rubio's!

Mother's Day Is May 13th?

Moms do so much. They deserve our gratitude and appreciation. May we suggest a unique gift idea for your mother, sister, or wife this year? Give her the gift of a clean and tidy house! By hiring Rubio's Cleaning to do a Deep Clean, you will not only give her a clean house, which makes everyone happy...You'll give her a sense of relaxation and the freedom to spend more time doing the things she loves. 

Does she love to cook and bake? 

Nothing makes a cook happier than an organized pantry and a clean oven. Rubio's will do a Deep Cleaning that'll make her time in the kitchen extra joyful. 

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Is she at her best when she's entertaining? 

Let her focus on what she loves, which is planning and hosting. We specialize in Pre and Post Party Cleaning. Let us make sure the house is ready for company and/or give it a good scrub after the festivities!

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If she loves spending time outdoors or traveling...

No worries. Let Rubio's complete a Deep Cleaning while she's away and she'll return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

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Whatever the reason, giving the gift of Rubio's Cleaning Service is a unique and thoughtful gift for any Mom. Give us a call to purchase a Gift Certificate for Mother's Day and get $25 off a Deep Cleaning

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Call Rubio's Cleaning at 530.415.2505

We'll send you a certificate that you can print out for your recipient.  

Know someone who's looking for a Mother's Day gift? Pass this email along to them and you can receive a Referral Bonus. It's a win-win-win! 

Earth Day 2018 - Help End Plastic Pollution!

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Happy Earth Day everyone!

This year Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22nd! It’s a wonderful opportunity to remember how beautiful our planet is and what we can do to keep it that way. We know our clients are conscientious world citizens who care about the environment, but many of us struggle when it comes to what we can do as individuals to make a difference.

Today we will share with you some reasons why you should care about ending plastic pollution; the main focus of Earth Day 2018, as well as some things YOU can do in your home and community to participate in this effort.

Earth Day 2018 Goals

The Earth Day Network announced that this year’s Earth Day will focus on mobilizing people globally to End Plastic Pollution. Their specific goals include things like ending single-use plastics, promoting 100 percent recycling, corporate and government accountability programs, and encouraging “people worldwide (THAT'S YOU!) to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics.”


Some Facts About Plastic Pollution

According to an article by the BBC:

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  • 9.1 billion US tons of virgin (non-recycled) plastic has been produced to date.
  • Generating 6.9 billion US tons of plastic waste.

  • ONLY 9% of that waste has been recycled!

  • 12% has been incinerated.

  • The remaining 79% (5.5 billion US tons) of plastic waste has accumulated in landfills and the natural environment.

  • By 2050, 13.2 billion US tons will enter landfills or the environment if current production and waste management trends continue.

How Plastic Pollution Affects You: Why You Should Care

1. Your Health and Wellbeing

Plastics can make our lives easier, but after decades of using these products the negative side-effects are evident. Chemicals leached from plastics in our food and beverage containers are now recognized as a public health hazard and known to cause harm to the human body, such as: 

  • Reproductive system abnormalities

  • Impaired brain and neurological functions

  • Cancer

  • Cardiovascular system damage

  • Adult-onset diabetes,

  • Early puberty,

  • Obesity, and

  • Resistance to chemotherapy.

2.  Climate Change

Plastic pollution isn’t just about the amount of litter we accumulate, but also the fact that plastic production is based on oil. The processing of oil into plastic releases emissions into the environment, such as carbon monoxide and methane (a greenhouse gas that causes a greater warming effect than carbon dioxide).

This connection between plastic pollution and climate change is huge! Because climate change affects our weather cycles, our food production, our sea levels, and on and on.

What YOU Can Do To End Plastic Pollution

Now let’s get down to Earth! Here are some practical things you can do in your home and community to participate in the cause. Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, Remove. While recycling is great, it’s not enough. It’s important to start with reducing the amount of plastics we purchase in the first place. Ask yourself these two questions before you buy plastic products:

Do I need it? Can I use something else?

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Here Are 5 Simple Ideas To Do Your Part In The Earth Day Movement

  1. Tell your waiter you don’t need a straw! And if you still want to use a straw to drink, purchase a glass or metal one and bring it with you.

  2. Refuse plastic bags at the register AND for fresh produce. Most of us are using our own bags to carry home the groceries, but we can take the next step by using cloth or reusable mesh bags to pack our fresh produce and bulk items as well.

  3. Get a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic ones and throwing them out.

  4. Consider purchasing clothing made of natural fibers and avoid buying clothes made of nylon and polyester which contains microplastics.

  5. Know your recycle rules. They differ in every community. Visit and enter your zip code to quickly find out what items you can recycle in your area.

*** If you want to find out how much plastic you’re currently using, check out the Plastic Pollution Footprint Calculator here:

***If you’d like to read more about Earth Day 2018, click here.

***References: Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit END PLASTIC POLLUTION EARTH DAY 2018, Earth Day Network. 


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Help Us Raise Money For LLS Woman Of The Year


What is the LLS Woman Of The Year Campaign? 

Each year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) nominates a few men and women to become Man and Woman Of The Year. This year a dear friend of mine, Sarah Lee, has been nominated as one of three candidates for Woman Of The Year. The candidate who raises the most money between March 1st and May 12th is named Woman Of The Year, but that is not what's important to her. 

Sarah Lee's mission is to raise at least $50,000 so that she can name a Research Grant in the name of the Gaoiran Brothers to honor the uncles she lost to cancer. 

You can read more about Sarah Lee's story here.

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man & Woman of the Year.

Why I'm Supporting Sarah Lee's Mission

When I was just a little kid, I lost my grandpa and uncle to cancer and I have always wanted to do something to find a cure. That is why I am supporting Sarah Lee in her mission as candidate for the LLS Woman of the Year Campaign. Our team is working to raise as much as possible over the next 10 weeks. Every dollar we raise counts as one vote for my team's candidate. The candidate whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of "Man or Woman of the Year".

No donation is too small or too large! Together we will find a cure!

About LLS

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Their focus is on blood cancers. But did you know that the research done on blood cancers can be applied to all other cancer research? Specifically cancers that are caused by an unknown primary? This is why I can so ardently support LLS – because their research can be so widely applied.

And I will NOT lose another loved one without a fight. A knock-down, drag-out FIGHT." - Sarah Lee

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit

Rubio's Thanks You For Your Support!

Moving Out? Call Rubio's To Help!

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Two Reasons To Hire Rubio's When You Move Out

The Rubio’s team has cleaned countless homes and apartments for people that are moving out. We’ve learned how to make the process simple, stress-free and financially efficient. Here are two reasons why you should have Rubio’s clean your rental when you’re moving out:

  #1 Rubio’s will provide a professional receipt to give to your landlord.

  #2 Rubio’s guarantees our move-out cleaning.

These two things bring great peace of mind to you AND the landlord. When you perform the final walk-through, the landlord or property manager can inspect the rental and if they find anything we missed, we will come back to the property to take care of it.

For you, this means that your money is well-spent and that you’re guaranteed to get as much of your security deposit back as possible.  It’s a win-win!

It's Your Lucky Day!

If you or someone you know is moving out of a rental or selling your home, be sure to give Rubio’s Cleaning a call and handle it in a professional way. 

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we are offering a coupon for any Move In/Out deep cleaning service valid through 3.31.18.

Purchase a Move In/Out deep cleaning and receive $25 off!

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Call us at 530.415.2505

Happy St. Patrick's Day From Rubio's!

Did You Watch Us On Good Day Sacramento?

Last Tuesday, February 6th, Rubio's Cleaning was featured on Good Day Sacramento! If you weren’t able to catch the segment Live, you can see view the cleaning hacks online. Click on the video below to watch our founder, Jesus Rubio, walk you through a couple of cleaning techniques that we swear by.

Do You Want To See More?

If you liked our cleaning tips and want to see more of Rubio’s Cleaning Service on Good Day, you can help us out with that!

Email, cc and ask Good Day to bring us back on the show so you can learn more cleaning hacks for your home. Maybe even mention the possibility for Rubio's to be a regular guest?

Anyone who writes in will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card and a Rubio’s Cleaning candle.

What are you waiting for?! Click to watch the segment and send that email!

We hope you’re having a great day!

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Preparing For The New Year

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New beginnings start with an ending. So it's a good idea to prepare for 2018 by closing out 2017 properly. One way to do this is to take down the Christmas tree and other decorations and start the year off right with a clean home. Most areas in Sacramento and Roseville have a Christmas tree recycling program. First, ready your trees to be recycled by removing all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands, and nails. Next check these links to understand where and when to recycle your tree: 

Recycling Programs in Sacramento County
Recycling Program in Roseville 

Start The Year Off With A Clean Home

Once you've removed your tree, give us a call to schedule a deep cleaning. We're offering $25 off a deep cleaning through the end of January 2018! 

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Call us at 530.415.2505

Happy New Year From The Team At Rubio's!

Prepare For Last Minute Guests In 5 Easy Steps

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The Holidays are a time best spent with family and friends. This means receiving guests in your home and often with very little notice. Don't let the perceived stress of preparing for visitors get in the way of sharing quality time with special people! Follow these 5 Easy Steps to prepare for unexpected guests in your home and enjoy your Christmas company. 

5 Easy Steps To Prepare For Unexpected Guests

1. Guest Bathroom - Clean the toilet and wipe down the counter and sink in the bathroom your guests will be using. It's also a good idea to create space on the counter or in a drawer of the vanity. Your visitors will likely have a travel toiletry kit and they'll need space to store their items. 

2. Kitchen - The kitchen is always a place where people gather, especially during the holidays. Be confident and calm by simply making sure the counters and sink are clean in your kitchen. 

3. Guest Bedroom - This is where your guests will get their rest and privacy. Make sure the bed has clean sheets and bedside tables are dusted. Then leave a set of clean sheets on the edge of the bed for a welcome touch. 

4. Common Area Floors - Many modern homes have an open concept layout, which means the floors are a focal point. Spend a few minutes sweeping, vacuuming, mopping the common area floors are your whole house will look like it's been cleaned top to bottom. 

5. Create A Nice Vibe - Just before your family and friends arrive, light a candle and put on some light music in the background. This is not only a nice touch for your company, but it will help YOU relax before their arrival as well! 

We hope these 5 easy steps help embrace holiday togetherness in a stress-free way. 

From Our Family To Yours, Happy Holidays!

Need To Schedule A Last Minute Cleaning?

If you need our help with a cleaning, please never hesitate to give us a call. Even if you already have a regularly scheduled cleaning, we may be able to reschedule it to accommodate you. 

Call us at 530.415.2505

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Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

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We are feeling the Christmas Spirit and wanted to share this lovely image of a festive home in holiday decor to inspire you! 

We also designed a wonderful Gift Certificate for this holiday season. 

Giving a gift of a home cleaning is a unique and thoughtful idea. We've heard from many of our clients that people are surprised and excited when they receive a gift certificate for Rubio's Cleaning Service. 

You can purchase a Rubio's Gift Certificate for any amount by calling us at 530.415.2505. We will email you the Gift Certificate that you can print out and share with the recipient. Please share this website link with anyone you think might be interested. Or just have them give us a call. 

Happy Holidays!

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Schedule Your Holiday Cleaning

We know the holidays can get busy. Let us help you with the cleaning so you can spend more time enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Give us a call to schedule your next cleaning. 

Call us at 530.415.2505

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Traditions

We love Thanksgiving, not just because of the wonderful food, but because of the traditions you can practice with friends and family each year. We are grateful for you, and we want to show our gratitude by sharing our Thanksgiving Traditions Pinterest Board. It’s packed with lots of ideas on practicing gratitude, decorating your home, and activities to do on Turkey Day.

Here Are Our Favorite Ideas For Thanksgiving Traditions

(click on the photos to be linked to our Pinterest Board)


Thanksgiving Table Cloth

You can very easily create a simple table cloth that allows each person to write what they are thankful for.

Gratitude Tree

DIY craft ideas for creating a gratitude tree. Each person writes what they are grateful for on the leaves and hangs them on the tree. It doubles as decoration and connecting with friends and family.

Watching Uplifting Movies With Your Family

Movie lists are pinned for you to get ideas for some wonderful holiday movies.

Make Your Home Smell Amazing

With homemade potpourri simmers and essential oil diffusers.

In The Spirit of Giving Back

We are all about giving back to our community! If you have any silent auctions or raffles at your kids’ schools or your workplace, please let us know. We are willing to donate to help your organization’s fundraising endeavors.

Call us at 530.415.2505

From Our Family To Yours,
Happy Thanksgiving!

How To Minimize Dust & Allergies In Your Home

Did you know Sacramento is one of the worst cities in the country for allergies? It’s no surprise since we live in a fertile river valley and most allergies are caused by pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Recently, we’ve also experienced quite a bit of wind and fires, which only exacerbates the problem. Here are a couple of things you can do at home to not only keep the dust to a minimum, but also help with allergy symptoms.

How To Minimize Dust And Allergies At Home

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1. Close Your Windows

That cool breeze that blows in the morning and evenings in Autumn might be refreshing, but leaving windows open, even small bathroom windows, can bring in a lot of dust and pollen.

2. Set your Air Conditioning to recirculate

If it’s warm enough, use the AC on recirculate mode. If it’s not hot, leave the setting on filter-only mode.

3. Replace HVAC filters

If you close the windows, it traps and recirculates the air inside. So this is only a good preventative tip if you also make sure to have an air filter that will cleanse the air and capture dust particles. It's recommended that you change your air filters at least every three months. Rubio’s can help with this! Just leave a new filter somewhere visible with a note and ask us to replace it for you when we clean.

Speaking of windows, Fall is also a great time to have windows and screens cleaned! Call Rubio’s for a discounted quote.

We look forward to cleaning for you soon!

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Donate To North Bay Fire Victims

All of us here at Rubio’s have been watching the devastation unfold in the North Bay Fire. We want to take action and let you know how you can help, too. So we teamed up with Urban Fitness in Midtown Sacramento to organize a donation effort to help fire victims in Santa Rosa, CA.

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People’s homes have been destroyed and thousands have been evacuated. Please give what you can.  We’re collecting:

  • Baby formula, wipes and diapers
  • Pet food and supplies - collars, leashes, beds
  • Toiletries - new
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Socks - new for men, women, and children
  • Underwear - new for men, women and children
  • Bedding - new or gently used and washed
  • Towels - new or gently used and washed
  • Sleeping bags
  • Kitchen items - new pots, pans, dishes, utensils
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Phone chargers

Of course cash donations are also accepted and appreciated. 

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We can pick up donations on your cleaning day. Just leave a bag with a sign and we’ll make sure it gets to the victims. You can also drop donations off at Urban Fitness, 2525 J Street in Midtown Sacramento.

If you would like to donate, please do so by Monday, October 23rd. 

If you have any questions please call us at 530.415.2505.

Our Hearts And Prayers Are With All Of Those Affected By This Disaster! 

Get Your Home Ready For Fall

Today is officially Fall Solstice! In our opinion, this is the best season in the Sacramento area. Lower temperatures and falling leaves are a welcomed relief from the hot, dry summer. Fall is also the perfect time to give your home some attention and get ready for winter before “The Holidays” sneak up on us. Here are some things to check off your Fall Cleaning List.

On The Outside


First, make sure you enjoy some time outdoors now that the weather is bearable! But in the next few weeks, look into the following:

  • Clean patio furniture and cover or store them.
  • Inspect caulking around windows and doors and recaulk if necessary.

  • Check that garage door is functioning properly and closes securely.

  • Clean gutters and spouts to prepare for rain.

  • Hire a professional to get your fireplace and chimney ready for those cold winter nights.

On The Inside


As winter approaches, we’ll spend more time indoors. So it’s not surprising this “inside” list is a bit longer. If you do some deep cleaning now, you and your family will be warm and comfortable when the first cold night arrives.

  • Clean window sills, vacuum drapes, blinds and baseboards.  See our blog post about using your vacuum attachments.

  • Vacuum upholstered furniture and cushions, or have professionally cleaned if needed.

  • Wipe down kitchen cupboards and organize cabinets for winter cooking and baking.

  • Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil.

  • Give light fixtures a scrub and let the lights shine bright indoors.

  • Inspect and protect wooden floors.

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Check dryer vent for built-up lint and debris.

  • Rotate mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to balance wear and tear.

  • Launder all mattress pads, pillows, duvets, blankets, and comforters.

  • Declutter and reorganize your closets, bringing cold weather clothing to the forefront.
    See our blog post for a 7-Step Guide.

  • Get your carpets professionally cleaned, if necessary. Carpets are your natural air filter. Get them cleaned and you will notice the difference, especially if you have allergies!

  • Replace the furnace filter if you haven’t done so within the past three months. And purchase some extra filters to have on hand. It’s recommended to change your filters monthly for energy efficiency and air quality. Have a professional inspect your furnace, if necessary.

If it sounds like a lot to do, let us help you! While we may not be able to check off every item on the list for you, we can take care of a good chunk.

New Clients … Call us today to schedule a
Fall Deep Cleaning and receive $25 off.

** Existing clients, refer a new client and receive $15 off your next cleaning.
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We look forward to cleaning for you soon!

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Our 4 Favorite Cleaning Products And Why We Love Them

We consider ourselves experts when it comes to cleaning products because we’ve tested so many over the years. So, when someone recently asked us what our favorite products are...the ones we could not do without... the answer was easy. What makes these our favorite cleaning products is knowing we could walk into any home or business with just these 4 things and tackle any cleaning job, big or small.

#1 SimpleHouseware Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

We use these cloths for anything and everything. They are very soft and won’t scuff any surfaces. They are super absorbent, holding up to 8 times their weight in liquid. And they dry very fast. See our blog post about how we use these cloths to make your sink sparkle.

When everything else fails, this pumice scouring stick comes through. We like to think of it as an eraser. Great for hard to remove stains in toilet bowls, sinks, and showers. Also comes in handy for ovens and grills. Plus, it’s surprisingly gentle and safe to use around children and pets.

We love and trust the Dyson for many reasons. First of all, it’s hypo-allergenic. So, you know you are picking up and trapping allergens and bacteria, not just recycling them into the air of your home. Secondly, it works just as well on hardwood floors as on carpet. Third, it’s not just for floors. The attachments help you clean many surfaces from window sills to mirrors. See our blog post about how to use your vacuum attachment tools.

Consider this your all-purpose cleaner. It works on everything from hard water in your shower to glass surfaces and all the way to cleaning the fog from your car headlights. It’s powerful, yet non-toxic because it uses oxygen bleach with no chlorine or harmful chemicals. So again, we feel great about using products that are safe for the environment, your pets and your kids.

We'd love to know if you have a favorite cleaning product, too. If you ever want us to use your favorite product when we clean your home, please let us know and we will make every effort to do so! 

The links to the products above are affiliate links, which we receive a small commission for when you make a purchase. This allows us to keep The Clean Blog running, providing you with tips on how to care for your home.

We look forward to cleaning for you soon!

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We Appreciate You!

As always, we appreciate your business and referrals are a win-win. Refer friends and family and you'll receive $15 off a future service. Your referral will receive $10 off a future service, too. Just forward this email to them with the referral card below. 

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How To Make Your Sink Sparkle

Today we share a quick How-To on the best way to clean the most heavily-used surface in your kitchen and bathrooms. This is the exact process we follow when we clean for you, but you can get the same effect day-in and day-out. Whether it’s a brand new sink or one you’ve had for years, you can make yours gleam in a few simple steps.


  • Soft Scrub with Bleach    
  • Two-Sided Scrub Sponge  
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

*items below are linked to amazon for your convenience    


Rinse the sink to clear any loose food particles and debris.


Add a quarter-size dollop of Soft Scrub with Bleach to the soft side of the scrub sponge. Wipe every inch of the sink including the edges. If there are dried particles stuck to the surface, you can use the rough side of the sponge. But be careful not to overuse the rough side as it can sometimes scratch. Rinse the bleach well from the sink as it can stain if you leave it on too long.


Next take your microfiber towel and wipe the entire sink. This will absorb the water and remove any remaining Soft Scrub. Plus, this gives it a nice even finish. And Voila, you are sparkling!

We Appreciate You!

As always, we appreciate your business and referrals are a win-win. Refer friends and family and you'll receive $15 off a future service. Your referral will receive $10 off a future service, too. Just send them a link to this blog post.  

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It's Not Clean 'Til It's Rubio's Clean!

How To Use Your Vacuum Attachment Tools

We hope you're having a great week and enjoying the slight relief from the heat. Today we’ve got a quick tutorial on how to use those interesting looking vacuum attachment tools. There may be times when you have last minute guests or someone drags mud into the house. A Dyson or other high-powered vacuum is a great household appliance to use when Rubio’s isn’t around. Here are some tips on how to make the most of it with the attachment tools.


This tool is a staple with most vacuums. It’s long and thin, which is perfect for hard to reach areas, tight gaps and awkward spaces. We use this tool to clean out dryer vents and in between sofa cushions.


A very common vacuum attachment and it works wonders. The rigid bristles can loosen up dirt or other debris that gets stuck on carpet or other surfaces. We love this for dry food or mud on carpet. Be careful with this tool on sensitive surfaces as the brush can be abrasive. Use the soft dusting brush instead for anything more delicate.  


As mentioned above, we like this tool for dusting delicate surfaces. The tiny bristles are soft and fine so you can increase the amount of dust you pick up. There is also a felt bumper which protects from scratching. We use this for lamp shades, picture frames, and window sills.

Note: For mini blinds, you can either use the stiff bristle brush or the soft dusting brush!


If you have a choice of tools for your Dyson, we highly recommend this flat out tool. It has a lower profile and keeps it’s suction strength even when you lay the handle flat to the ground. We use it under furniture on carpet and under cabinets and appliances on hardwood floors.

Even if you are in between regular cleanings, we are always here for you. If you need us to come at the last minute, give us a call and check our availability. Often times we can make it work.

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It's Not Clean 'Til It's Rubio's Clean!

Stay Safe + Hydrated for the 4th!

Summer in Sacramento has been FUN and HOT so far! And there's more fun to be had over this 4th of July weekend. So we thought we'd send you a few ways to stay safe and hydrated so you can enjoy every minute of it.

Firework Safety

Everyone loves fireworks, kids and adults alike. But they can be downright dangerous if not handled with care. Just a few precautions can go a long way to keeping your home and loved ones out of harm's way. 

  • keep a bucket of water close by to soak used fireworks
  • have a hose ready as well for any rogue flames
  • remember pets are sensitive to the noise from fireworks, so keep them in the house protected from the exposure to loud sounds

Read more safety tips here:

Hydration Doesn't Have to be Boring 

Being outside in the summer heat can really have an effect on us. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can sneak up quickly and water doesn't always cut it. Watermelon is a delicious way to stay hydrated; it contains 92 percent water and is full of important electrolytes, too.

Watermelon Spritzers Recipe
Here's a simple and healthy recipe for Watermelon Spritzers we found on  We already have a batch prepped in the fridge for the weekend! 

4th of July is Next Tuesday

Even though the holiday falls on a Tuesday, we are working! If you need to reschedule your regular appointment, please let us know. Or perhaps you want to us to clean before or after a party? Give us a call.

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Happy Independence Day!

from the crew at Rubio's