3 Tips for Making Your House Smell Great

3 Tips for Making Your House Smell Great

At Citrusolution we are proud of the all natural citrus-based cleaning solution we have been using in Nashville, Franklin and Brentwood area homes and businesses for 20 years. Our proprietary cleaner is non-toxic and safe to use around kids and pets and it smells great. Whether you use our carpet cleaning services or entrust us to clean your upholstered furniture and rugs, we leave your home smelling fresh and clean!

Are you a pet owner? Let’s face it we may love our pets, but there are a lot of odors that pet owners must deal with. Did you know that CitruSolution is extremely effective in removing pet stains and odors? When we combine Odorcide 210, a deodorizer, and Benefect, a botanical antimicrobial, with our already powerful citrus-based cleaning solution, pet odors will be entirely removed, which also serves as a deterrent for future accidents.

During fall and winter, you may be spending more time indoors. Artificial fragrances, especially plug-in types of air fresheners, are full of chemicals and candles can produce a lot of smoke indoors. Here are a few tips for making your house smell great, naturally!

Make Your Own Stovetop Fall Scent

Even if the temperatures aren’t cool outside, certain smells evoke memories of fall — cinnamon, apples, pumpkin. Many people can’t tolerate the artificial scents in candles or chemicals in home sprays. A safer, natural alternative is to make your own solution to simmer on your stovetop. A simmer pot recipe with fresh orange peels and cinnamon will have your home smelling like fall in minutes.

Fill a small saucepan with water and add the orange peels and cinnamon sticks. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes then add more water if needed. You can even get creative and add additional fall scents to the mixture, such as apple peels, whole cloves or vanilla.

Add Essential Oils to Your Air Filter

Another great way to add scents to your home naturally is to place a few drops of essential oil on to your air filter. When air blows through the vent, the scent of the oil (whether it’s lemon, mint, or lavender) will permeate your entire house. You can choose a fall or holiday inspired oil blend in the winter.

Make Your Own Reed Diffuser

Add fragrance to any room with an easy-to-make reed diffuser. You may have seen them at home decor stores for as much as $20, but you can make one yourself! Just gather a few ingredients: a glass container with a small opening, rattan reeds, alcohol, almond oil and the essential oil of your preference. Lavender essential oil is a perfect calming scent for a common area or bedroom, while lemon essential oil is perfect for the kitchen.

Here are simple directions: In a glass measuring cup, add 1/4 cup of your almond oil (your carrier oil). Add about 25-30 drops of essential oil and a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol and stir thoroughly. Be sure to keep stirring until it’s all incorporated well. Add the mixture to your jar and insert the sticks. Swirl the jar and flip the sticks over about every week or so until the scent is gone.

Have you tried any of these eco-friendly ways to make your home smell welcoming?

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

Celebrate Fall with These Fun Events in Middle Tennessee

Celebrate Fall with These Fun Events in Middle Tennessee

Happy fall Nashville! It’s a busy time of year and there are lots of ways to celebrate fall in Middle Tennessee.

From special events to craft fairs and festivals, we’ve compiled a list of 10 upcoming events that are perfect for celebrating fall in Music City.

Nashville Oktoberfest
October 11-14
The 39th annual Nashville Oktoberfest German Street Fair and Fall Festival will span 10 city blocks on the edge of historic Germantown next to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In addition to parades, crafts, German food and multiple music stages featuring all types of music, the festival boasts “the world’s longest beer slide,” plus beer tasting stations and beer gardens. Annual traditions include Saturday’s Oktoberfest parade, which includes a Pup Parade; wiener dog races on Sunday; and the bratwurst eating contest. 300,000 attendees are expected this year, making it one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country.

www.thenashvilleoktoberfest.com

Southern Festival of Books
October 12-14
The 30th annual Southern Festival of Books is Oct. 12-14 at War Memorial Plaza and the Downtown Nashville Public Library. The festival is for all ages, with author talks, readings, panels, signings, children’s storytimes and new and used book sales. The roster includes Rick Bragg, Ben Fountain, Craig Johnson, Tayari Jones, Lorrie Moore, Celeste Ng, Deborah Plant, Luis Alberto Urrea, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Jacqueline Woodson. The festival annually attracts 25,000 attendees.

www.humanitiestennessee.org

Tennessee Craft Fair
October 12-14
The 40th annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, with more than 200 craft artists, is held each year at Centennial Park Oct. 12-14. The fair is a great way to spend the day whether you are there for the shopping, craft demonstrations or food. There’s also a hands-on tent for kids! www.tennesseecraft.org

Light the Nations
Saturday, October 20The annual Light the Nations event is Saturday, October 20 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event takes place on 51st Avenue in the Nations and will spotlight local businesses, art and vendors. There will be a kids’ area, dog park, food trucks and live entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

Symphony Free Day of Music
October 27
The Nashville Symphony’s 13th annual Free Day of Music will be Oct. 27 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The symphony will kick off the day with a full orchestra concert in the Laura Turner Concert Hall at 11 a.m., followed by free performances until 9 p.m. There will be 25 performers (everything from classical to rock and country) on four stages inside and outside the center. Acts include Nashville in Harmony, Nashville Salsa Machine and classical ensemble Chatterbird. In addition to music, there will be a Q&A with the symphony conductors, family activities, the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, an outdoor beer garden and food trucks.

www.nashvillesymphony.org

Pumpkinfest
October 27
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 35th annual Pumpkinfest celebrates fall and Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 along Main Street in beautiful historic downtown Franklin. Festive fun for families includes live entertainment, a Great Pumpkin display, arts and crafts vendors, extreme pumpkin carving and fun costume contests for all ages, as well as pets! Last year’s event attracted more than 65,000 people.

www.williamsonheritage.org/pumpkinfest/

Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival
October 27
The new Tennessee State Museum plans to open Oct. 4 in its new space at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street. The annual Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival which is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be a photo booth, costume contest, crafts, scary stories and games and an outdoor hay bale maze. This popular event always includes a ghost trail, chilling ghost stories and Tennessee characters such as the Bell Witch. Admission is free.

www.tnmuseum.org

Family Day: The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
November 3
Enjoy a day of free fun at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Activities will include a petting zoo, inflatable zone, fall festival, games, face painting, hayrides, food trucks, horse demonstrations, crafts, miniature train rides and pony rides.

www.franklintn.gov/government/parks/city-parks-events/family-day

Nashvember
November 10
Project 615 will host the 5th annual Nashvember on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Track One. There will be over 60 local vendors, food trucks and local radio station Lightning 100 will be broadcasting live from the event. Admission is free for this family-friendly event.

www.nashvember.com

What are your plans for this fall? Do you have any favorite fall traditions? Bookmark this article (or share on Facebook/pin to Pinterest) for future reference for fun fall events in Nashville.

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

Fall Sports Family Survival Must Haves

Fall Sports Family Survival Must Haves

Mom, where’s my practice jersey? Where are my shin guards? Where’s my other sock?

Whether your child plays soccer, football or hockey, fall sports season is underway in Middle Tennessee. While there are only so many times we can remind our youth athletes to keep their gear organized, there are steps parents can take sure everyone is organized and stress free on practice and game days!

Here are 10 must have items to keep on hand to help you survive fall sports:
First Aid Kit

While most coaches carry a first aid kit, it’s helpful to keep your own. Include bandages, alcohol wipes, aspirin or other pain reliever, and first aid ointment, such as Neosporin.

Blanket

You never know when you’ll need a blanket for an impromptu seat on the sidelines or for its intended purpose – to keep warm!

Hand Sanitizer

Sports complexes and schools don’t always have the best equipped outdoor bathrooms. Keep hand sanitizer on standby.

Water & Healthy Snacks

Here in Middle Tennessee, practices can be held in 90 degree weather. Make sure everyone stays hydrated. A large water jug can be used to refill water bottles. Portable snacks like grapes, granola bars, fruit leather and raisins don’t require refrigeration and are easy to eat.

Sunscreen

Keep sunscreen on hand and be sure to toss some in your kids’ sports bags. (Keep bottled sunscreen in a resealable bag and in a separate zippered pocket to avoid spills).

Camping Chair

Keep an extra camping chair in your trunk or hatch just in case complex bleachers are full or you need a place to sit.

Umbrella

An extra large umbrella comes in handy to shield yourself from rain (or sun.)

Extra Bags

You may need to transport muddy cleats home in your car but you may not want to after you see them (and smell them!) Consider keeping a bag of large Ziploc type bags in your car to seal up dirty shoes and socks.

Cash

If you’re headed to a game or tournament you may need cash for admission or concessions stands and you won’t find an ATM on site. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have cash, small bills especially!

Hand and Feet Warmers

Lastly, while it is still warm throughout most of fall sports seasons, end-of-season night games start to get chilly. Do yourself a favor and buy hand and feet warmers before they sell out at the first mention of frost or snow!

Muddy cleats ruin your carpet? Call CitruSolution! Our fast-drying cleaning formula is perfect for busy families. Plus it smells great!

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

10 Back to School Organization Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

10 Back to School Organization Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

It’s back to school time in Middle Tennessee and fall (and the holidays!) are right around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to get organized. College-age kids have returned to campus, high school kids are involved in sports and busy with homework and elementary school and preschool kids are involved in fall programs and field trips.

Whatever parenting stage you’re in, one thing is for sure – back to school means getting back to a routine. Today on the blog we thought we’d share some helpful tips for getting your family organized for the school year. It’s also an opportune time to schedule your fall carpet cleaning, especially your college student’s room. When they come home for fall break, they’ll have a fresh and clean room waiting for them!

Back-to-School Organization Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

  1. Fill a car organizer with everything your child needs in the morning — including grab n’ go breakfast options like granola bars, hand sanitizer, a lint brush, extra pens and pencils, etc.
  2. Hang a file organizer with a slot for each family member. You can find great magnetic hanging organizers that fit perfectly on the side of your refrigerator or home office filing cabinet. Use a different colored folder for each family member, including the family pet!
  3. Make freezer meals once a month. These are great to have for those busy nights when you get home late from sports games or school programs!
  4. Post a dinner schedule on your refrigerator or on a family command center bulletin board so everyone can make plans accordingly. This is great for teens, especially, if they are working or have sports after school.
  5. Add a pocket folder to your child’s backpack for loose papers. Remind them to place any permission slips, announcements and all the other miscellaneous paperwork that gets sent home from school in this folder, so they don’t get crumpled in the bottom of their backpack!
  6. Create a drop-off point for backpacks. Depending on your home, this could be at the back door, your mudroom or even the front door. The important thing is to establish this one drop-off spot so there is no more last-minute “where’s my backpack” scrambling in the morning!
  7. Create a homework and school project station by filling a supply bin with everything your kids need to do their homework, from highlighter pens and pencils to scissors and glue sticks. There’s nothing worse than realizing your child has a science project due and you have no glue sticks, markers or other supplies handy!
  8. Make early morning routines easier with a portable hair-styling kit with a handle so your child can fix their hair in their room or even your powder room. This is especially helpful if you have kids who share a bathroom.
  9. Have your child select their outfits for the week and then store them in a hanging organizer or designate a “school week” drawer where everything is in one spot.
  10. Prepare school lunches in advance. While making dinner the night before, make up the kids’ lunches and store them in the fridge.

What back to school time saving tips work for you and your family? The team at CitruSolution of Middle Tennessee wish you a very happy 2018-2019 school year!

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

Get Your Car Ready for Family Road Trips

Summertime is traditionally a time for the great American road trip. In fact, record-breaking nearly 47 million Americans traveled during the July 4th weekend.

There are still several weeks of summer left, and many of you will hit the road, whether for a Labor Day weekend getaway or a longer retreat. You won’t forget to pack your sunscreen, toothbrush, snacks or other road trip essentials, so don’t forget to make sure your car is as ready to travel as you are.

Here are a few tips to get your car ready for your next road trip, many of which can be knocked out by visiting your local mechanic or service center:

Pack Emergency Essentials: Pack an emergency roadside essentials kit which, at the very least, would include jumper cables, coolant, and a flashlight and extra batteries. Check your spare tire and make sure the lug wrench and jack are in good condition.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Roadside Assistance Options: Do you have Triple A? Make sure your membership is up to date. Also, check with your car insurance provider to see if roadside assistance is included. Many auto insurance companies, like Geico, offer policyholders roadside assistance as part of their coverage. Make sure you have these contact numbers and information readily available so you’re not scrambling should you have a breakdown or a flat tire.

Check Your Car Battery: Your road trip can quickly come to a halt if your battery dies. Check your battery life and ensure that it has a good charge. If your battery is corroded, use baking soda and water to clean around the posts.

Change the Oil and Check Fluids. Your oil should generally be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles anyway, but it’s a great idea to have it checked out before a major road trip.

Check Lights: Are your brake lights in good working order? What about your headlights? Check your turn signals and flashers. Test them out before hitting the highway.

Air Conditioner Check Up: Summer road trips are no fun if your AC goes out. While your car is in the shop, be sure to have the AC checked out, especially for coolant levels. Replace coolant with refrigerant.

Change The Air Filter If Needed: A dirty air filter can affect your vehicle’s performance by allowing less air to get into the engine when needed.

Check Tires: Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommended tire pressure for all your tires, including your spare. Remember that tire pressure should be checked when the tires are “cold” which means when your car hasn’t been driven for three hours. You’ll also want to check the tread.

Spare Tire: Speaking of tires, you should also have a spare tire. Check to be sure it’s fully inflated before heading out of town!

Check Brakes: Have your local service center check your rotors and brake pads. A worn brake system can be dangerous. If warranted, you’ll want to have new brakes installed if you’re about to go on a major road trip.

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.