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MaidGreen Tidy Tips

Ants are social insects, have you accidentally invited them into your home? Since ants are social where a consistent food source is available, they will be there, with their friends, and soon… you’ll have a colony. Preventative measures include a clean floors and entryways, food in sealed containers and frequently emptying trash receptacles.

Tidy Tips for naturally repelling* common ants in your home:

1. Essential Oils: Use essential oils such as peppermint, citrus oil and tea tree oil to make an ant-repellent spray. Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil and 10 drops of citrus oil. Shake well and spray areas where ants are commonly found, including baseboards, window tracks.

2. White Vinegar: Vinegar spray makes great natural ant repellent. Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of common white vinegar and water. Shake well and spray areas where ants enter the home such as entryways, floor drains, utility lines, cracks and seams in walls, etc.

3. Cornmeal: Cornmeal is a natural repellent, sprinkle cornmeal around ant nests and entry points, which repels them but does not kill them.

If keeping a clean, non-toxic green home is a priority, Maid Green Made Clean Since 2006® is your answer. Cleaning for health first and appearance second without compromise. Call Maid Green Made Clean Since 2006® today to schedule your cleaning service.

Five Ant Factoids:

1. An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.

2. Ants don’t have ears. Ants “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.

3. Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes.

4. When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.

5. When ants fight, it is usually to the death!

*Please Note: Always take necessary precautions regarding the health and safety of your children and pets when using any insect repellant.

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Tidy Tip Bleach

Bleach is an effective home disinfectant but not a cleaning agent. There are dangers of using bleach, which may outweigh the advantages. Hopefully most people are aware that mixing bleach with ammonia creates a toxic gas. What everyone may not be aware of is that urine contains ammonia. So when cleaning with bleach on pet stains or urine on a toilet and the surrounding floor, take care, you are probably creating a toxic situation. Pet owners be especially vigilant.

Another commonly missed hazard is mixing bleach with acid which causes a toxic gas. Vinegar is a commonly used acid household cleaner. Cleaning with a combination of bleach and vinegar could be a recipe for disaster.

Exposure to bleach may cause: coughing from inhaling fumes, abdominal pain, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting and more.

Bottom Line: please use extreme caution when cleaning with bleach.

Maid Green Made Clean Since 2006®uses EPA-approved cleaning solutions, which are composed of sanitizers and virucides. SANITIZER Reduces the Number of Bacteria and Lowers the number of bacteria on surfaces to levels that are considered safe by public health organizations. VIRUCIDE Kills Viruses Destroys or irreversibly inactivates viruses in the inanimate environment.

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Tidy Tip #3

Between Cleanings, it is recommended to focus on cleaning household HIGH-TOUCH points frequently with a sanitizing product. Get rid of Corona Virus Covid-19.

Entry Points — Doorknobs, light switches and handrails.

Handles — Microwaves and cupboards/cabinets.

Appliances — Ovens, refrigerators and washers/dryers.

Electronics — Keyboards, computer mouse and tablets.

Hand Helds— Cell phones, remotes, and gaming controls.

Surfaces — Countertops, cutting boards and tables.

Bathrooms— Toilet handles, including seats and lids.

Children— Toys, infant changing tables and furniture.

Furniture— Hard-surface chairs, tables and lamps.

If keeping a clean, non-toxic green home is a priority, Maid Green Maid Clean Since 2006® is your answer. Cleaning for health first and appearance second without compromise.

Tidy Tips helps you maintain your home and Break the Chain of Infection. Maid Green Maid Clean Since 2006® wants your family to be healthy during this flu season. We use Enviro-friendly EPA approved Cleaners and Virucides.

Maintain a clean home and Break the Chain of Infection. Maid Green® wants your family to be healthy during this flu season. Here are some tips on cleaning household HIGH-TOUCH points frequently with a sanitizing cleaning solution. We used three microfiber cloths, yellow for kitchen, green for entry points and red for restroom.

Posted by Let it Shine Natural Cleaning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Tidy Tip #2

It is Nature’s Odor Neutralizer

Tidy Tips helps you maintain your home, and Tidy Tip #2 utilizes the economical easy-to-use and easy-to-find Baking Soda. Maid Green Maid Clean Since 2006® wants your home to stay clean and fresh between visits.

  1. Fridge Odors–Open a small box of Baking Soda and place it in the back corner of your refrigerator to neutralize noxious odors. Refresh monthly.
  2. Garbage Odors—Make a baking soda sachet and place it in the bottom of the trash can. How? Pour a heaping amount of baking soda into a coffee filter, and close it up tight using a twist tie. For a metal can, you’ll need to take this extra precaution to avoid corrosion.
  3. Carpet Odors—Vacuum the carpet, sprinkle baking soda, let sit for at least 2 hours or overnight. Vacuum. Best Practice: Do not walk on the treated carpet.
  4. Air Freshener–Place 1/3 cup of baking soda to a small mason jar. Scented Option: add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Cover with cheesecloth and secure with string or the mason jar band. When the scent begins to fade, give the jar a shake.
  5. Freshen Drains—Pour 1/3 cup of baking soda in the drain first, then add 1/3 cup of vinegar. Wait 3-5 minutes, then flush with warm water for 1 minute.

Using Baking Soda, a naturally occurring compound, allows you to control household odors without using harmful substances which are found in many store-bought products. Baking Soda is extremely affordable because it is a simple ingredient which is often in your pantry.

If keeping a non-toxic green home is a priority, Maid Green Maid Clean Since 2006® is your answer. Baking-soda based cleaners are part of our daily cleaning arsenal. Family coming for the Holiday? Call Maid Green Maid Clean Since 2006® today to schedule your cleaning service.