Experts at The Maids (www.maids.com), the only franchised residential cleaning service to clean for health, offer the following tips for turning your spring cleaning into green cleaning.
Glass - Lemon juice is acidic and can cut through grease and grime. Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to a half-gallon of water and use the solution and an old cotton T-shirt to clean windows, mirrors and other glass objects.
Wood - Furniture polish usually contains petroleum and other toxic materials. For a green clean, make a two-to-one solution of olive oil and lemon juice and rub it onto wood items with a soft cotton cloth.
Flooring - A cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water will clean most floors - ceramic tile, linoleum, sealed wood, or vinyl. Mop floors using only a small amount of the mixture; be sure not to saturate wood floors.
Bathrooms - Fill the bottom of the tub with hot tap water and pour in several cups of vinegar. Wait 20 minutes then scrub with a brush to remove grime. Place a water/vinegar mixture in a spray bottle and spritz shower curtains after each use to keep away mildew. A paste made with water and baking soda -- a mild abrasive - can be used to scrub stubborn grime in tubs and sinks.
Kitchen - Clean kitchen cabinets and other woodwork with a mixture of hot water and vinegar (in equal parts) and a few drops of olive oil. The vinegar will cut grease and grime and the olive oil will make the cabinets shine. A paste of baking soda and water cleans the inside of microwaves and refrigerators.
About The Maids:
Known for its 22-Step Healthy Touch® Deep Cleaning System, The Maids is the only franchised residential cleaning service to clean for health, combining environmentally preferable cleaning supplies and state-of-the-art equipment with a methodical process to maintain the healthiest living environment possible for families. The Maids enjoys a 96 percent customer referral rate, distinguishing them as the residential cleaning service of choice. Visit The Maids (www.maids.com) for more information.
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