Tips for “Cleaning Like Mom” from THE MAIDS Home Services

July 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Front Page, Green Cleaning, Tips

These simple ingredients will make your home sparkle safely. Photo: Joe Hennager

In an attempt to reduce the burden of chemicals in our bodies, we all need to carefully consider the products we use to clean the spaces we live in. Think you have to sacrifice a sparkling clean appearance to get a safely clean home? Not so, according to THE MAIDS Home Services. The following green-cleaning tips, sent to us by THE MAIDS Home Services will help you safely clean and shine your home with ingredients so pure you can eat them (in appropriate quantities, of course!). — Julia Wasson, Publisher


You can undoubtedly find a product for virtually every cleaning need. Sometimes, however, the simplest methods are still best. Dig through your pantry and embrace your inner naturalist with the following solutions from the cleaning experts at THE MAIDS Home Services, a residential cleaning service.

Reach for the vinegar instead of the bleach.

  • A simple yet effective surface cleaner can be concocted by pouring equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Not to worry, once dry, the only thing you’ll smell is clean.
  • Remove odors from your home by simmering vinegar on the stove for 30 minutes.
  • Add ½ a cup of vinegar to your laundry’s rinse cycle to help break down laundry detergent – great for family members with skin sensitivities. It also naturally softens your clothes.

Stock up on lemons during your next outing to the grocery store.

  • Run a cut lemon half over chrome faucets, then buff it for instant shine.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the other half to scrub away stains.
  • Grind a lemon half through the garbage disposal to freshen.

Baking soda is a wonder cleaner.

  • Like vinegar, baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and inexpensive. Use baking soda as a safe, natural scrubber rather than bleach-based abrasive cleansers.
  • Absorb odors from the refrigerator and freezer by placing a box inside.
  • Avoid clogged drains by pouring ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain and following with one full cup of white vinegar. Do this weekly for the best results.

Courtesy of THE MAIDS Home Services

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