Fenton MO Maid Service

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8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?

Fenton MO Maid ServiceWe assume they are safe. But in fact, many popular household cleaners are dangerously toxic. Learn about the eight scariest substances hiding under your kitchen sink, and how to replace them with safer, more natural options that really work.

When a pain in Beth Greer’s shoulder led her to a chiropractor nine years ago, she wasn’t that worried. After all, she led a healthy lifestyle: She watched her weight, meditated regularly, and ate mostly organic food. Greer’s chiropractor wasn’t worried either; he diagnosed her with a herniated disk. But after three sessions, not only was she not better, the pain was beginning to radiate down her arm and into her fingers.

An MRI revealed the true cause of Greer’s pain: a tennis-ball-size tumor in her chest. The good news was the mass was benign. Still, each of the three thoracic surgeons Greer saw strongly recommended she have it removed. One wanted to get at it by going in under her collarbone, one wanted to reach the mass through her armpit, and the third wanted to remove a rib to get the tumor from the back.

They all agreed on just one thing: The surgery was risky. Because the tumor was in such a nerve-packed place, there was a real possibility that removing it could cause Greer to lose feeling in her hand.

Greer opted out of the surgery, and instead focused on doing everything she could to support her body’s healing capacity. Curious by nature (she and her husband, Steven Seligman, owned the Learning Annex, a group of schools offering short-term classes on everything from relationships to real-estate), Greer decided to learn everything she could about her condition and discovered that tumors typically grow in response to irritation and inflammation. Eliminating environmental toxins that might be contributing to her tumor’s growth seemed like a practical first step.

First, she turned her attention to the conventional household cleaning products tucked away in her cabinets. “I’d look at a label and it would say ‘hazardous to humans and domestic animals,’” says Greer. “So why would anyone want to use that?”

She ultimately tossed her entire collection of toxic cleaning products and began making her own with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and essential oil. She also swapped her commercial body-care products and makeup for nontoxic ones, and she cleaned up her already healthy diet by eating only whole, unprocessed foods — without any labels.

Nine months later, her tumor was gone. Completely. Although she can’t pin her results on any one environmental change, Greer’s confident that cutting down her exposure to toxins played a critical role — so much so that she’s made sharing that information with others a central part of her life.

Today, Greer consults professionally with others who want to detoxify their homes and offices. In 2002 she and Seligman sold the Learning Annex and she began writing about toxin-free living. The result is her book, Super Natural Home (Rodale Books, 2009).

During her research for the book, Greer was shocked to learn that there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products. Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”

The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, say environmental experts. We’re exposed to them routinely — from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

Manufacturers argue that in small amounts these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to be a problem, but when we’re exposed to them routinely, and in combinations that haven’t been studied, it’s impossible to accurately gauge the risks. While a few products cause immediate reactions from acute exposure (headaches from fumes, skin burns from accidental contact), different problems arise with repeated contact. Chronic exposure adds to the body’s “toxic burden” — the number of chemicals stored in its tissues at a given time.

This toxic body burden is EWG’s chief concern about household chemicals. Sutton explains: “Our concern is daily, weekly, chronic exposure over a lifetime. Maybe if you’re exposed to a chemical a handful of times it wouldn’t cause harm, but some chemicals build up enough or cause enough harm in your body over time that it triggers some kind of disease outcome. The concept [of body burden] is that pollution is not just in our air and in our water — it’s also in us.”

No one can avoid exposure to toxic chemicals altogether, but it is possible to reduce it significantly. In the following pages, Greer, Sutton and other experts weigh in on the worst toxic offenders commonly found in household cleaning products, and offer ways to swap them for healthier, safer options.

1. Phthalates
Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.

Health Risks: Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Men with higher phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts, according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem, warns Alicia Stanton, MD, coauthor of Hormone Harmony (Healthy Life Library, 2009). Unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.

Healthier Choice: When possible choose fragrance-free or all-natural organic products. Greer recommends bypassing aerosol or plug-in air fresheners and instead using essential oils or simply opening windows to freshen the air. Besides causing more serious effects like endocrine disruption, “Aerosol sprays and air fresheners can be migraine and asthma triggers,” she says. Also consider adding more plants to your home: They’re natural air detoxifiers.

2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
Found in: Dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners.

Health Risks: Perc is a neurotoxin, according to the chief scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General’s office. And the EPA classifies perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well. People who live in residential buildings where dry cleaners are located have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. While the EPA has ordered a phase-out of perc machines in residential buildings by 2020, California is going even further and plans to eliminate all use of perc by 2023 because of its suspected health risks. The route of exposure is most often inhalation: that telltale smell on clothes when they return from the dry cleaner, or the fumes that linger after cleaning carpets.

Healthier Choice: Curtains, drapes and clothes that are labeled “dry clean only” can be taken instead to a “wet cleaner,” which uses water-based technology rather than chemical solvents. The EPA recently recognized liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) as an environmentally preferable alternative to more toxic dry-cleaning solvents. Ask your dry cleaner which method they use. For a safer spot remover, look for a nontoxic brand like Ecover at a natural market, or rub undiluted castile soap directly on stains before washing.

3. Triclosan
Found in: Most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.”

Health Risks: Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Explains Sutton: “The American Medical Association has found no evidence that these antimicrobials make us healthier or safer, and they’re particularly concerned because they don’t want us overusing antibacterial chemicals — that’s how microbes develop resistance, and not just to these [household antibacterials], but also to real antibiotics that we need.” Other studies have now found dangerous concentrations of triclosan in rivers and streams, where it is toxic to algae. The EPA is currently investigating whether triclosan may also disrupt endocrine (hormonal) function. It is a probable carcinogen. At press time, the agency was reviewing the safety of triclosan in consumer products.

Healthier Choice: Use simple detergents and soaps with short ingredient lists, and avoid antibacterial products with triclosan for home use. If you’re hooked on hand sanitizer, choose one that is alcohol-based and without triclosan.

4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
Found in: Fabric softener liquids and sheets, most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial.”

Health Risks: Quats are another type of antimicrobial, and thus pose the same problem as triclosan by helping breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They’re also a skin irritant; one 10-year study of contact dermatitis found quats to be one of the leading causes. According to Sutton, they’re also suspected as a culprit for respiratory disorders: “There’s evidence that even healthy people who are [exposed to quats] on a regular basis develop asthma as a result.”

Healthier Choice: You don’t really need fabric softener or dryer sheets to soften clothes or get rid of static: Simple vinegar works just as well. “Vinegar is the natural fabric softener of choice for many reasons,” explains Karyn Siegel-Maier in her book The Naturally Clean Home (Storey Publishing, 2008). “Not only is it nontoxic, it also removes soap residue in the rinse cycle and helps to prevent static cling in the dryer.” White vinegar is your best choice for general cleaning; other types can stain.

Alternatives to chemical disinfectants abound, including antibacterial, antifungal tea-tree oil. Mix a few drops of tea-tree oil and a tablespoon of vinegar with water in a spray bottle for a safe, germ killing, all-purpose cleaner. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil for scent.

5. 2-Butoxyethanol
Found in: Window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.

Health Risks: 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. Although the EPA sets a standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace safety, Sutton warns, “If you’re cleaning at home in a confined area, like an unventilated bathroom, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are higher than workplace safety standards.”

Healthier Choice: Clean mirrors and windows with newspaper and diluted vinegar. For other kitchen tasks, stick to simple cleaning compounds like Bon Ami powder; it’s made from natural ingredients like ground feldspar and baking soda without the added bleach or fragrances found in most commercial cleansers. You can also make your own formulas with baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. See the “DIY Cleaners” sidebar for a list of clean concoctions.

6. Ammonia
Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry; also in glass cleaner.

Health Risks: Because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. That sparkle has a price. “Ammonia is a powerful irritant,” says Donna Kasuska, chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management consulting company. “It’s going to affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.

Healthier Choice: Vodka. “It will produce a reflective shine on any metal or mirrored surface,” explains Lori Dennis, author of Green Interior Design (Allsworth Press, 2010). And toothpaste makes an outstanding silver polish.

7. Chlorine
Found in: Scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water.

Health Risks: “With chlorine we have so many avenues of exposure,” says Kasuska. “You’re getting exposed through fumes and possibly through skin when you clean with it, but because it’s also in city water to get rid of bacteria, you’re also getting exposed when you take a shower or bath. The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disrupter.”

Healthier Choice: For scrubbing, stick to Bon Ami or baking soda. Toilet bowls can be cleaned with vinegar, and vinegar or borax powder both work well for whitening clothes. So does the chlorine-free oxygen bleach powder made by Biokleen. To reduce your exposure to chlorine through tap water, install filters on your kitchen sink and in the shower.

8. Sodium Hydroxide
Found in: Oven cleaners and drain openers.

Health Risks: Otherwise known as lye, sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive: If it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it can cause severe burns. Routes of exposure are skin contact and inhalation. Inhaling sodium hydroxide can cause a sore throat that lasts for days.

Healthier Choice: You can clean the grimiest oven with baking-soda paste — it just takes a little more time and elbow grease (see recipes in “DIY Cleaners” sidebar). Unclog drains with a mechanical “snake” tool, or try this approach from the Green Living Ideas Web site: Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain and plug it for 30 minutes. After the bubbles die down, run hot water down the drain to clear the debris.

Beware of Greenwashing
If a cleaning product at your supermarket proclaims itself “green,” “natural” or “biodegradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nontoxic. In 2010 the environmental consulting firm TerraChoice Group produced a report called “The Sins of Greenwashing.” In it the group found more than 95 percent of so-called green consumer products had committed at least one “greenwashing sin,” like making an environmental claim that may be truthful but unimportant. “CFC-free,” for example, is a common one, since CFCs are banned by law. Donna Kasuska of ChemConscious offers this advice: “When gauging ecological claims, look for specifics. ‘Biodegradable in three to five days’ holds more meaning than ‘biodegradable,’ as most substances will eventually break down with enough time.” source: experiencelife.com

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Chesterfield MO Cleaning Service

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Chesterfield MO House CleaningHere are 10 foolproof ways to Evaluate, Eliminate, and Reduce Clutter:

1. Don’t keep it just because it’s sentimental.

If it’s sentimental but not useful, take a picture, showcase it in a beautiful frame and get rid of it! You and others can actually admire it on a daily basis rather than keeping the item tucked away in a closet.

2. Donate on a regular basis.

Keep a giveaway box at all times and then find a donation center to utilize. I’ve previously mentioned 10 ways you can sell or donate items to clean out your house and simplify your life.

3. Sell things you don’t need and make some extra cash in the process.

The link above lists a few avenues for making money on those little things cluttering up your home.

4. Don’t go shopping.

Seriously. Just don’t!

Easier said than done, right?!

There are certainly items that we really do need. If you are honest with yourself, though, the majority of purchases you make are probably unnecessary. You may shop for leisure. You might want to upgrade and get the latest and greatest gadget. You just have to buy that cute outfit because it’s a good deal!! I like shopping as much as the next person, but when I refrain, my house thanks me!

5. Use what you have.

This can be applied to so many aspects of life (cooking, clothing, etc.) but let’s focus on home decor for the moment.

Instead of buying new home decor, consider moving your furniture, knickknacks, blankets, etc. to a new location in your home.
Use paint to bring new life to old furniture. Think up creative ways to re-purpose what you already have. Sometimes a new arrangement can completely transform the look of a room.

6. Implement a trial period mentality.

We are in the process of putting our home on the market and one of the greatest (and hardest) things we’ve had to do is pack up some of our belongings for storage. We only kept the things we use on a daily basis. It’s surprising how many things I’ve been keeping around “just in case”. I’ve come to realize that I don’t need, want, or love any of those things.

If there’s something you’re hesitant about getting rid of, consider storing it in a special place for a specific time period. If you haven’t needed it by the end of that time, sell or donate it.

7. Keep a gift list.

If you’re family gives gifts at birthdays, Christmas, etc. and celebrating in an alternative way is not an option, keep a list of items you’d like to get as a gift. You know you’ll be receiving a gift at some point during the year so make sure that item is useful to you. If you buy everything that you want or need, the gift giver may struggle to find something for you and there’s a high probability that you’ll receive something that will just clutter your life and home. Have an ongoing list for when that special someone asks you what you want.

8. One thing in, One thing out.

This advice has been given time and time again. It seems so simple, yet it can easily be overlooked “just this once!” The things is, “just this once” becomes the norm rather than the exception.

You must be intentional about removing an item every time you bring something new into you home.

Keep a box or bag somewhere in your home to put items you no longer need. When the box is full, drive to the donation center or stick it in the yard sale corner of the garage. When you get a new black shirt, get rid of the old faded shirt. When your kids get a new toy, help them pick out a toy that they’ve outgrown. Be intentional.

9. See your “valuables” through someone else’s eyes.

Have a trusted friend come over to help you see your home as they do. Ask them what stands out and doesn’t look great in your home. Ask them to be honest and then TAKE their advice. If it doesn’t add value, give it away or sell it.

It may be hard, but you’ll be glad when the clutter is gone.

10. Get a new perspective.

Visit a homeless shelter, spend time with someone who’s been down on their luck, or even visit a third world country. When we personally invest in the life of someone who’s struggling for food, water and shelter on a daily basis, our “stuff” suddenly becomes less important and much easier to eliminate. source: idreamofclean.net

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St. Louis Maid Service

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The 5 Top Benefits of Hiring a St. Louis Maid Service

St. Louis Maid Service“Why should I hire a maid service?” homeowners may ask. “Should I really be paying someone just to do my chores?” Let’s take a look at the benefits that come with having a house cleaning service take care of your dirty work.

1. A really clean house. Whether you like it or not, sometimes keeping up with housework on top of your job, family and pets can be overwhelming. Even if you don’t let laundry or dishes pile up, when was the last time you managed to get the guest bathroom scrubbed down, or the dining room floor waxed?

2. No supplies to buy or store. When you hire a maid service, they bring the best cleaners and equipment with them, so you don’t have to worry about having cleaning supplies spilling out of every cabinet and closet.

3. Experts do your cleaning. Sure, anyone can push a broom or scrub a toilet, but having trained professionals cleaning your house means they know exactly how to get that stain out of the living room rug and they have that special attachment needed to vacuum your floor to ceiling drapes.

4. Pay only for what you need. Using maid service in Cleveland, Ohio that charges for a block of time instead of a set package of services ensures that you get to prioritize what tasks come first. If you really just want the bathrooms to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and the dishes done, that’s what gets tackled before anything else.

5. More free time. Are you missing those family movie nights, and getting to take the whole family out skating or bowling? With housework already done, you get more hours to spend doing what you love – with the help of a few maids, Cleveland can be fun again!

Hiring a maid service today can help you get your life back! It’s well worth the small cost and you won’t regret it once you see how much your life is improved. source: mightymaidsohio.com

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Creve Coeur Residential Cleaning Service

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Creve Coeur Residential Cleaning – Scrubily

residential cleaning creve coeurClutter can disrupt many aspects of your life-not just your daily routine or tidy home.

Here are some surprising benefits of keeping your home neat and clean.

Prevents Infection

When you use disinfectants to clean your home, you get rid of microbes, viruses, fungi and mold that are capable of making you very sick. By disinfecting the toilet, bathrooms, kitchen counter tops, and other areas in your home, you can be protected from these potentially harmful pathogens.

Lowers Stress Levels

It feels good to live in a clean, clutter-free home, but the process of cleaning can also relax you by reducing stress and anxiety levels.

Improves Concentration

A cluttered, messy home can distract even the most focused among us. Without huge stacks of newspapers and laundry strewn all over the floor, and an overflowing wardrobe, research shows you will be able to focus better on the task at hand.

Keeps Allergies under Control

A house that is cleaned frequently will have a reduced amount of dusts and allergens. Allergies are caused by bacteria that irritate your eyes, throat and nose. Dusting and vacuuming your house frequently reduces allergens that cause breathing problems. source: indiatimes.com

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House Cleaner Ladue MO – Scrubily

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The 3 Big Reasons Why You Should Hire a Ladue MO House Cleaner

House Cleaner Ladue MOIt may seem like a luxury, but hiring a housecleaner makes practical sense. Here are the big three reasons why you should do it.

1. Nobody can clean everything

Maybe you do a great job of keeping the kitchen clean, but struggle with the showers and tubs. Or maybe it’s the dusty baseboards and door frame moldings that never seems to get done, while making the bed every day is a cinch.

We all have some cleaning task in our home that tends to get behind, no matter what we do. In today’s busy world, it’s okay to do the cleaning that you’re good at doing, then call in a professional to handle the stuff you hate. How much more would you love life if you never had to clean a toilet again?

2. Keeping things clean saves money in the long run

Your home is probably your single largest investment. Maintaining its surfaces is essential to maintaining its overall value. Tiles, countertops, furniture, floors, walls, baseboards, and built-ins–all of these surfaces need regular cleaning to stay fresh. The longer you allow dirt and oils to build up on these surfaces, the more likely you are to need severe actions, such as sanding and refinishing, to undo the damage.

If you don’t provide maintenance, you risk incurring higher costs for repair or replacement later on. Regular cleanings prevent wear and tear from progressing much faster than it normally would.

3. Your time is more valuable than the cost of a cleaner

Many cleaning services offer customized cleaning for a minimum time and charge. For less than you spend on coffee each month, you could get that time back. If you generally spend every Saturday cleaning, then think about how you could spend that Saturday if it was given back to you.

The time that you budget for a cleaning service is time that you give back to yourself and your family. That time isn’t just valuable–it’s priceless.

Hiring a housecleaner may seem like a luxury, but it’s actually a smart, money-wise decision in the long run. What do you think? source: porch.com

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Chesterfield MO House Cleaning

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5 Benefits of Choosing a Professional Chesterfield MO House Cleaning Service

Professional House Cleaning Chesterfield MOBetween work, kids, family, and social obligations, cleaning your house can quite literally become a chore. When you decide to hire a professional house cleaning service for your home, you’ll receive excellent service and your home will be cleaned to your standards. Consider these top five benefits of hiring a professional house cleaning service to maintain your home.

1. Cleaning Supplies Are Provided

Your toilet needs to be scrubbed, but you’re out of cleaner? Not to worry. Professional house cleaners bring their cleaning supplies with them.

Each Maid to Shine house cleaner carries the highest quality certified green cleaning supplies to clean your home and protect your health. Rest assured the cleaning products contain no dangerous chemicals and are safe around children, pets, and guests. Even though they don’t leave a trace, germs don’t stand a chance. Your home will be shiny clean and you won’t need to worry about keeping cleaning supplies on hand.

2. Professional Service

Professional house cleaners offer you the quality service you deserve. They’re educated on cleaning a home to standards and work fast while double checking they don’t miss a thing. You’ll know when you hire a professional to come into your home, you’ll receive great results and top-notch professional service.

3. Custom Cleaning Plans

Though cleaning packages are available and fit most families, custom cleaning plans can be built to fit your exact needs. If you have hard to clean areas in your home, professional cleaners can work with you to design a plan just for you. Ask the professionals about customizing your house cleaning plan to create a plan that’s right for you.

4. Safety and Peace of Mind

Chances are you don’t allow just anyone to come into your home. With professional cleaning services, you’re working with a bonded and insured company with trusted employees who pass background checks and references. This offers you peace of mind knowing you and your possessions are safe and secure each time a professional cleaner enters your home.

5. A Clean Home!

Let’s not forget the most important benefit: a clean home! Professional cleaners know all the tips and tricks to make your home spotless and germ-free. You’ll love coming home to a clean home after a long day at work. You can rest at ease knowing your home is cleaned to your standards and you’ll have more time to focus on other fun activities. source: maidtoshinecleaners.com

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Fenton MO Residential Cleaners

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5 common cleaning mistakes — and how to fix them

Here are some of the top cleaning sins the study found to be common — and how to change those messy ways:

Fenton MO Residential CleanersChanging sheets once a month. We get it. Stripping the bed, stuffing the sheets in the washer and dryer, then remaking the bed is annoying. But, as Good Housekeeping Meaghan Murphy told TODAY earlier this year, it needs to be done weekly. Our tip: Set a routine so that the same time every week, those sheets come off and get in the washer. Or swing by a discount home store and pick up a spare set so you can rotate between two pairs.

Expired food in the refrigerator. Are you guilty of leaving that container of cream cheese in your fridge a tad too long? Avoid this stinky, germ trap by clearing out expired food every time you grocery shop — before adding the fresh food into the fridge. If your fridge needs a deeper clean, consider these tips that will get that fridge spick and span in 15 minutes.

Leaving stains in the microwave. While we’re in the kitchen, step over to the microwave. Is last month’s spaghetti dinner still leaving its mark on the appliance’s interior? Follow these incredibly easy instructions to clean your microwave in minutes.

Not vacuuming the stairs. Unfortunately, this task does involve picking up the vacuum with each step. But it may be worth picking up a handheld vacuum to make this task easier and quicker. And make vacuuming last with these tips.

Dust on the television. Check the frame of your TV. Is it covered with flecks? Don’t bother picking up the towel and cleaning spray. One of our favorite tricks is using a Swiffer cloth. Swipe it across areas that need dusting. Quick, easy and effective! source: today.com

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Ladue MO Maid Service

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4 Benefits of Hiring a Maid Service

Ladue MO Maid ServiceWhen it comes to cleaning many homeowners simply don’t have the time or are physically unable to clean and maintain a home. The perfect solution to these common problems is to hire a maid service. A maid service provides you with basic house cleaning tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, kitchen and bathroom cleaning. Here are four ways you can benefit from hiring a maid service.

Perfect for a busy schedule: Time is a valuable resource and keeping up with cleaning tasks around the home can be very time consuming. If you simply don’t have time to clean, your list of cleaning chores can become very overwhelming. A Maid service will save you time spent on cleaning and will help you manage your cleaning chores.

Regular Basis Cleaning: Keeping your home clean requires constant upkeep, hiring a maid service will make sure cleaning gets done on time and on a regular basis. Such cleaning tasks like regular basis vacuuming are important for maintaining the longevity of your carpets. Scheduling a regular basis maid service ensures your house will be clean and maintained.

Experience: When you hire a maid service you are also hiring experienced and professional cleaners. Experienced cleaners know how to clean effectively and efficiently. Cleaning a house isn’t easy, but the more experience the cleaner has the more you can rely on them to do a good job cleaning your home.

Custom Cleaning: Maid service plans don’t have to involve an entire house cleaning. Maid services can be used to clean areas of your home that require more frequent cleaning such as the living room and the kitchen. This can help you save money spent on cleaning the rooms of your home that do not get dirty and disorganized as frequently as others. source: arcocleaning.com

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St. Louis Maid Service

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5 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Making

St. Louis Maid Service These everyday slip-ups may seem like no big deal—but your health could be paying the price

Common cleaning blunders

Sure, we all want a germ-free home. But when we’re short on time (and really, when aren’t we?), too often we rush the job, leaving icky germs behind, or misuse cleaners, causing everything from skin irritation to dangerous respiratory reactions.

Fortunately, you can correct the most common mistakes and limit your exposure to toxins, leaving your home with a healthy sparkle. Here, five familiar slip-ups, and how the experts say to fix them.

1. You rush the job

If you spray cleanser and immediately wipe it away, chances are you’re leaving germs behind.
“The cleanser surrounds soil particles and lifts or emulsifies them,” explains Debra Johnson, training manager at Merry Maids, a nationwide cleaning company. “Allowing the product to sit gives it the chance to finish the job.” Disinfecting agents need this “dwell” or “contact” time to maximize their ability to kill bacteria and other microscopic organisms, adds Robert Orenstein, DO, a Mayo Clinic infectious disease researcher. The surface germs you miss could include foodborne bacteria like Salmonella and the parasites responsible for toxoplasmosis.

The healthy move: Observe the dwell time on the label—the EPA requires household disinfectant manufacturers to print this information, and other cleaners often include it as well. Although some products (like soap scum remover) need only 2 to 3 minutes, others can require 60 or more, says Johnson. Some pet stain removers may need several days, while most multisurface cleaners require 60 seconds.

2. You mix cleansers

Combining certain cleaners can have risky results.
“When bleach and acids found in many toilet cleansers and bathroom scrub products come in contact, for example, they create chlorine gas, a highly toxic substance that was used as a chemical weapon in World War I,” says Donna Duberg, an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University. “Anytime you mix the two, you could pass out—and in an enclosed space, this error could be fatal.” Another dangerous move? Mixing bleach and ammonia, which can inflame your airways and damage the lining of your lungs, says Clive Davies, chief of the Design for the Environment program at the EPA. His advice: Never mix any cleansers.

The healthy move: Use one product at a time, and choose the least toxic option. For instance, while you need heavy cleaners for tough jobs such as removing mold and grease, you don’t need harsh chemicals for surfaces, like countertops and tables. Duberg suggests trying a solution of 10% vinegar in water, which is 99.9% effective in killing bacteria and “leaves a nice shine.” (Make your own effective green cleaners with these 7 easy eco-friendly recipes.)

3. You skip the rubber gloves

Even healthy skin absorbs chemicals from cleaning products.
Its permeability is one of the reasons birth control and nicotine patches are so effective. According to Davies, the surfactants (wetting agents that allow the cleanser to carry away soils) in many cleaners can make it easier for toxic substances to work their way below your skin. “A class of common solvents called ethylene glycol ethers can damage red blood cells, kidneys, and the liver and could potentially cause cancer,” he says. These substances were found to cause adverse reproductive and developmental effects in a 2008 study from the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland.

The ingredients in some household cleansers may also trigger contact dermatitis, causing inflamed and swollen skin, as well as chapping and cracking. “These breaches provide a direct route for bacteria and chemicals to enter your bloodstream,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist.

The healthy move: Wear gloves—either disposable latex or reusable rubber ones, suggests Johnson. And use a different color for each task (for example, reserve green for dishwashing, yellow for cleaning your bathroom) to avoid cross-contamination.

4. You don’t wash pillows and comforters

We all know that washing linens kills dust mites—microscopic critters that feed on protein, like human hair and skin cells.
But we often ignore the other places they thrive, such as pillows, comforters, and duvets. Not only can dust mites, dander, and pollen worsen allergy and asthma symptoms, but contact with contaminated clothes and bedding can also aggravate skin conditions like eczema, says a 2008 study from the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

The healthy move: Wash sheets weekly in hot water (140°F or above); launder or dry-clean pillows, duvets, and comforters at least once a month, recommends Gary Rachelefsky, MD, a professor of allergy and immunology at UCLA. Keep heavier items from losing their shape by tossing a clean tennis shoe in the dryer to prevent lumping. If you have down bedding, consider switching to synthetic—feathers are another food source for dust mites.

5. You get carried away with spray

While it’s easy to get trigger-happy on big messes, more isn’t always better.
“Many cleaners are very toxic, so overusing them can create an unhealthy environment,” says Duberg. “Too much spray means more aerosols coming in contact with mucous membranes through the eyes, nose, and mouth. This can irritate the linings of airways and lungs and cause allergic responses.” People who use spray cleansers at least once a week are 49% more likely to report asthma symptoms than those who don’t use them at all, says a 2007 study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study also found that applying cleaners directly on a rag didn’t cause noticeable symptoms.

The healthy move: “A few spritzes on a cloth is probably adequate for most jobs,” says Laura Handrick, vice president of innovation for The Maids Home Services. Wipe the surface afterward with a clean, dry rag to remove product residue. In general, always read the product instructions, which list EPA-mandated warnings and directives. “These may include wearing eye protection or rubber gloves or spraying in a well-ventilated room,” says Duberg. Also, don’t assume a product is harmless because it’s labeled natural, adds Handrick: “Poison ivy is natural too. Read the label, whether it’s ‘green’ or not.” source: prevention.com

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The 13 Things Most People Forget To Clean In Their Home – And How To Best Clean Them

Sure, everything in your house needs a deep scrub every so often. Obvious to-dos are the fridge, baseboards, the oven, and behind the toilet. But there is oh-so much more. Here are 13 things most people forget to clean, and my tips for how to best clean them:

1. Coffee & Tea Stains

With a little vinegar and baking soda, you can clean the stubborn coffee and teas stains out of your favorite mug or thermos. Get the full instructions from DIY Cleaning Products.

2. Your Keurig

It may seem super scary, but there is a simple way to clean your Keurig. We’ve got the instructions here.

3. Outdoor Umbrellas

Every spring, homeowners drag out their patio furniture and give it a good spray and scrub. This year, don’t forget the inside of your umbrella. Over the winter, bugs and creepy crawlies may nest in the folds and any moisture can create a mildewy mess. Do yourself a favor, and scrub the inside of your umbrella with some baking soda and water so they’re aren’t any surprises when you open it for the first time over your guests.

4. Bath Mats

How often do you wash your towels? If you’re like me, about once every week. Towels gets dirty from dirt and epithelials from your body. Guess what? Bath mats do too. Just remember every time you wash your towels to throw your bath mat in as well!

5. Your Iron

Have you ever ruined a shirt because some gunk got on your iron, then subsequently was pressed onto your clothes? I sure have. Thankfully, Thrifty & Chic has a great tutorial, using vinegar & baking soda, to get your iron squeaky clean.

6. Storage Baskets

Often the catch-all for shoes, sports equipment, and pet toys, baskets can acquire a ton of dirt and grime. Next time you’re vacuuming near one, dump it out and suck out any dirt and debris.

7. Your Reusable Bags

If you use reusable bags or totes for groceries, here’s your reminder to give them a wipe (or gently wash) every few months. Different foods can contaminate the bags, and occasionally, there’s a spill. I recommend to make sure to have a bag that’s only used for raw meats. You get a gold star if you do this already.

8. Lamp Bodies & Shades

Sure, you occasionally wipe them with a duster, but did you know the heat from your lamp can cause dirt to stick a little harder? My recommendation: once a month, use a soft attachment on your vacuum to suction off the hard-to-remove dust. Don’t forget the inside of your lamp shade too.

9. Behind Your Faucets

Sure, you wipe them down every time you clean the sink, but every once in a while, scrub around your entire faucets with an old toothbrush. Simply make a paste with baking soda and vinegar and scrub away. You’ll be amazed (or disgusted) at what comes off.

10. Your Vacuum

This little guy spends its entire life cleaning for you, why don’t help him out by making sure he’s clean too? Daily Mom has simple step- by-step instructions. All you need is a can of compressed air, water, dish soap + some paper towels, scissors and a flathead screwdriver.

11. Your Humidifier

Proper humidity in your home can help lessen the symptoms of the cold. But when you combine water and heat to make steam, that can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Apartment therapy recommends cleaning your humidifier about once a month when frequently being used. Here is their great DIY steps on how to clean your humidifier.

12. Your Remotes

Lots of items in your home may have a remote – the TV, DVD player, XBox, Amazon Fire, ceiling fans, the list goes on. To clean, start by gently scrubbing with a toothbrush then gently wipe with rubbing alcohol.

13. Heat & AC Vents

Once every few months, you should clean your air vents. I typically like to do this the same time I’m vacuuming my baseboards – I’ve already got the soft attachment hooked up, so it’s a simple thing to add. Cleaning the vents that blow (and return) air to/from your furnace can help cut down on airborne dust particles in your home.

Got a floor vent that you can easily pull up? Turn it over and use the vacuum to clean the air flappers. You’d be surprised how much dusts collects there (much like the top of your fan blades). source: simplemost.com

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