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Cleaning Tips and Green Initiative

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Environmentally Friendly Techniques

Before you call in the help of the professionals at Cleaning Connection, here are some cleaning tips that can take care of small, specific stains and smells! Taking care of your home will be easier than ever with an arsenal of cleaning tips using products you may already have in your home.

Coffee grounds: You can easily get rid of unsavory scents in your freezer or refrigerator by placing a small bowl of coffee grounds near the area where there are odors that need to be absorbed. Coffee grounds can also remove food smells from your hands if you rinse your hands with coffee grounds after cooking. They will remove the scents in question, and as a bonus, you can use coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin in the shower! Last but not least, you can get rid of small furniture scratches by gently rubbing them with damp coffee grounds.

Steam cleaning: Because steam reduces and destroys bacteria, you can use steam cleaning as a technique to freshen up your rugs. You can get rid of stains and smells before steam cleaning by dissolving 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water and pouring it over the affected area. It's best to steam clean on warm, dry days so that you can easily dry out your carpeting in an open space. If you keep your windows open you can avoid over-steaming the room.

Biodegradable sponges: Switching to biodegradable sponges and scrubbers is better for the environment - they also last longer than traditional oil-based neon sponges that tend to fall apart quickly. Cellulose is a biodegradable renewable resource that will last longer! You can throw these sponges into your dishwasher or a pot of boiling water to disinfect.

Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is a cheap, handy resource for bubbling away any germs you need to get rid of. Just throw it into an opaque spray bottle (clear containers expose it to light, which reduces its effectiveness) and spray on germ-covered surfaces. After letting it sit for a few minutes, simply scrub and rinse your scrubbers clean. Peroxide is a great non-toxic alternative for areas where you store food and dishes. You can use hydrogen peroxide as a mild floor cleaner by combining a one-half cup with a gallon of hot water. You won't even need to rinse!

Lemons: Avoid highly toxic cleaners and detergents by utilizing one of the nature's natural cleaners - lemons! Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice onto the counter. By using the lemon as a scrubber, move the juice around. If you leave the juice on the counter, it will remove stains - you can then rinse the counters with water and let them dry. You can also use bottled lemon juice as a substitute. Bleach stains out of clothing using lemons by mixing a half cup of lemon juice with a gallon of hot water and soaking the clothes in the solution. Cotton and polyester are the best materials for this. You can soak the clothes for an hour to overnight - it's impossible to over-bleach with lemon juice. After the stains have soaked, wash the clothes as you normally would, adding the solution the clothes soaked in.

Foam shaving cream: Get rid of nasty grease stains in your carpet using foam shaving cream! Spray the foam over the greasy area of your carpet and massage it into the carpet fibers. You can let it dry, leaving a residue and then vacuum the residue - the grease stain will come up with it.

Baking soda: Freshen and clean any room of your home with baking soda!
  • Soak hair brushes and combs in a water and baking soda mix
  • Scatter baking soda under cushions before storing furniture
  • Freshen up your grill by scrubbing the grate with a damp brush coated in baking soda
  • Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and let it sit, then vacuum
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to your regular laundry detergent for cleaner and brighter clothing
  • Removed baked-on residue by shaking baking soda onto pots and pans, adding hot water and detergent, then scrubbing like normal after 15 minutes
Corn meal: Use corn meal as a grease absorber! After blotting a grease stain with a paper towel, sprinkle cornmeal on the area and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.

Orange cleaner: Create a natural cleaner by putting orange peels in a jar with vinegar. After this solution has been sitting for two weeks, strain the solution and you'll have a great cleaner! You can put it in a spray bottle and use it as you would a regular cleaning spray.

Mayonnaise: This popular condiment can also be used to get gum out of carpet and crayon stains off of walls. Water stains on wood can also be removed with mayonnaise.

Kool-Aid: Kool-Aid has an unexpected use as a household cleaner - you can use it to clean your toilet. Before you go to bed, flush the toilet and dump a packet of Kool-Aid in the bowl to sit overnight. It won't leave stains since toilets are porcelain surfaces. You can also use a can of Coke or Pepsi for the same purpose!
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Our Green Initiative

In everything we do, Cleaning Connection is dedicated to protecting you and the environment.

Matting: We recommend customers use bi-level matting at all entrances

Chemicals: We utilize green cleaning products like Clean by Peroxy, Biorenewables Glass Cleaner, and Water Soluble Neutral Cleaner

Equipment: We use high-efficiency vacuums and check the filter bag before each use

Processes: We spray cleaning solution directly on the clothes, not the surfaces, and we also use eraser sponges to clean

Paper products: Our paper products meet or exceed EPA guidelines

Can liners: Our liners are made with post-consumer content. We also promote recycling programs for every customer
If you have any questions, call our qualified staff at 515-727-1383
We use products that are safer for you and for the environment.

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