If You’re Not Storing These 10 Things in a Cool Place, You’ll Probably Regret It

Perfume and cologne

Scents, especially pricey ones, are often in a bottle that is a veritable a piece of art. It’s tempting to display the pretty bottles in on your dresser or in your bathroom, but that’s not such a great idea. “Heat and light can alter the scent of fragrances. It is best to keep cologne in a cool, dark environment,” says Nancy Haworth, a professional organizer and owner of On Task Organizing, LLC. Keep the cologne is a dresser drawer, closet shelf, or anywhere it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight. Want to make your scent last longer on your skin too? Try these tips to your perfume last longer.

Medicine

Despite it’s name, the bathroom medicine cabinet is not an ideal place to store meds, says Henrieta Tim, the manager of the outpatient pharmacy at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. “The steam from a hot shower can cause the chemicals in medicine to decompose, which could make the medicine less effective,” Tim says. Additionally, Tim says, storing medicine in temperatures that are also extremely cold could cause problems as well. Store these items in your medicine cabinet instead.

Leather goods

Tattered and worn bomber jackets may give you the vintage fashion statement you’re looking for, but if you want your leather coats, boots, or even handbags to stay soft and subtle, store them in a cool and dry place. Light and moisture are sworn enemies of leather. When storing in a closet or other location, make sure it’s not close to a bathroom or kitchen where moisture could change the climate. If you’re hanging leather coats or pants, use a sturdy wood or plastic hanger and don’t store in a plastic bag that could trap moisture (try a cloth garment bag or cotton sheet instead).

Seeds

If you want to plant some herbs, veggies, or flowers this spring, don’t start with soggy seeds. While some seeds require a little soak before planting, store bought seeds need to be stored in a cool, dry space before the sowing and planting process begins. Moisture can cause mildew or mold to grow on seeds. If you collected seeds from your own plants, keep them in a paper envelope and store in a cool, dry place.

Cleaning supplies

Bleach and ammonia are tough on stains—and your noses. “Cleaning supplies should be stored in a cool place so as not to explode or emit noxious and potentially harmful gasses into your household,” says Jim Ireland, owner of White Glove Elite, Inc, a NYC cleaning service. Equally important, never store ammonia and bleach together. If accidental spillage or leakage occurs, the two become a toxic gas, which can be fatal. Here are some other dangerous cleaning combos.

Cosmetics

It’s a no-brainer to store makeup in your bathroom; it’s got the best light and the biggest mirror, after all. But that’s a mistake, because warm and humid conditions can cause the preservatives in cosmetics to breakdown and microorganisms grow faster. And, according to the FDA “all natural” cosmetics have a shorter shelf life, because they contain plant-derived ingredients and non-traditional preservatives (or none at all) that make microbial growth even easier.

Shelled nuts

The unsaturated oils found in nuts can be healthy additions to your diet, but they can spoil if not stored correctly. “Most shelled nuts should be stored in an airtight container and placed in a dry, dark, cool place,” says Molly Morgan, RD, CDN ofNuts.com. “Light and heat speed up the time it takes for nuts to spoil, and keeping them in a dark cool place can increase their lifespan,” Morgan says. When kept in cool, dry conditions, nuts can be stored for about six month to a year.

Vinyl

Vinyl is hip again and if you want to play The Smiths the old-school way, Haworth recommends keeping your records in a cool dry place away from humidity, heat, and direct light. “These items can easily melt or otherwise get damaged from extreme temperature changes,” says Haworth. Other media such as film strips and camera film should be stored the same way. Here’s whatyour favorite music reveals about your personality.

Pearls

A few pearls of wisdom are needed when storing these organic, cherished gems. “Pearls should be protected from heat, sunlight, and dry conditions,” says Lynel Brown, vice president of Brown Safe, a line of safes. “Extremes in temperature can cause the pearls to dry out, and if they get dry enough, they’ll crack.” The other pearl of wisdom your grandma knew about wearing pearls: They should be “the last thing you put on when dressing and the first thing you take off when you get home.” Why? Pearls are an organic gem with calcium carbonate and are susceptible to deteriorate from exposure to perfumes, makeup, and hair care products.

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Series, Part II: Our NYC Cleaning Service Supports Artists

As a continuation of our series, Meaghan volunteered to highlight the ways in which White Glove Elite has enriched her life. Here is her testimonial outlining how the wages she’s earned at White Glove Elite helped her pursue a career in theater:

“I am a performing artist hustling in NYC, and like many others, I need a survival job that helps me pay my rent while allowing me to audition, film and leave town for theatre work. White Glove Elite offers me flexibility in scheduling, competitive pay, and support in the field so I always feel taken care of. WGE cares about both its employees and clients, and I am incredibly grateful to Jimmy and his crew.”

Stories like Meaghan’s are numerous among our cleaners. We look forward to sharing more with you over the next several weeks. We hope you enjoy them as much as they’ve motivated us to maintain our standards for being a socially conscious company.

Series, Part I: Our NYC Cleaning Service Supports Artists

Here at White Glove Elite, we encourage our cleaners to achieve and pursue their passions. We are a socially conscious employer who encourages personal growth, a healthy work-life balance and above-average compensation. We’ve decided to share their stories in a regular installment called

Below is a testimonial from one of our long-time cleaners, Michael Fasano:

“Hi! My name is Michael Fasano and I am an actor as well as a singer and dancer. I currently live in Connecticut and commute to New York City for auditions and dance class. I chose to live outside of the city with my family to save my money and to free up my time as I pursue my dream of being on Broadway!

White Glove Elite has turned out to be an absolutely perfect match for me for a few reasons. One reason is that cleaning totally relaxes me and centers me for my professional life, which can be somewhat chaotic and stressful. Another is, I have a regular client who’s business I clean who I get along with wonderfully. He couldn’t be more supportive or accommodating of my changing schedule!

With a lifestyle like mine, flexibility is essential. Not only do I feel like White Glove is accommodating and supportive, but I also I feel they go out of their way to match me with clients who I’m very comfortable with and respected by.

I’m very happy at White Glove Elite!” –Michael Fasano

Stories like these are heartwarming, inspiring and plentiful here at WGE. They motivate us to remain socially conscious and empowering to our diverse and talented staff.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Childrens’ Room Clean

It’s about time to cut the clutter, get organized and clean your children’s bedroom like never before!

Children’s rooms are quite tricky to clean, especially since they are usually filled with old toys, clothes, storage boxes and school-related clutter.

Below are 5 Childrens’ room cleaning tips courtesy of our CEO, Jim Ireland:

1. Use Storage Containers

Using storage bins on a regular basis is critical in maintaining a clean room. Use separate containers for crayons, pencils, markers and paints in order to keep supplies organized. Assign and label bins for toys and separate them according to their category (stuffed toys, blocks, etc.).

If space is an issue, be sure to purchase storage containers that will fit on all of the shelves in the room. You can also utilize the space under the bed to ensure that your children’s toys remain out of sight!

2. De-clutter Regularly.

You’d be surprised at how quickly junk can accumulate, especially in your child’s room. Bi-monthly routine cleanings will ensure that your children’s space remains clear of any disheveled clothes, toys, and unused supplies.

3. Teach Your Children To Play With One Toy At A Time

Don’t let your child play in a room full of scattered toys! As a household rule, have them place toys back in their proper place right before they pull out a new box. It’s a win-win situation: More floor space = more room to play!

4. Put Old Toys In A Storage Box And Keep Them Hidden Away Each Season

Don’t put all of your toys out at once! Keep some of your children’s toys stored away each season. When the new season arrives, unveil their “new” box of toys. It’ll be like Christmas all over again!

5. Donate Toys To Charity

Look for toys that are not being played with and ask them to give their old toys to a relative or a friend. It’s always nice to teach children how to give what they used to cherish for other people they love and care for.

It is never too early to set your children on the right track to a life of organization! If you want an organized room for your children, now’s the right time to de-clutter and have your children play in a room without all that mess.

DIY Homemade Disinfectant Spray

It’s best to avoid using too many chemicals in your home. Chemical disinfectants like Lysol can end up having a reverse effect and disrupt the balance of both good and bad bacteria in your home. Try this recipe for a non-toxic, homemade disinfectant:

All that’s needed is your standard dish soap, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and 2 spray bottles.

1. Clean area with soap and water
2. Spray a mist of vinegar
3. Spray a mist of hydrogen peroxide (do not mix with vinegar)
4. Let the area air dry for 10 minutes

5. Wipe down with a damp paper towel.

Testing out our cleaning tips? We would love to hear your thoughts!