Category Archives: Green Cleaning

Tips for Green Cleaning in Your Home & Office

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Many cleaning products can be found just about everywhere in our homes and offices: on furniture, clothing, floors, windows, doors, and basically every single surface we come into contact with. Waging a war on dirt and germs may actually be making things worse instead of better!

Most conventional cleaning products we use every day contain petroleum-based substances that can be harmful to both our health and our environment. Cleaning products are meant to kill germs, but they don’t necessarily have to be made from strong and toxic ingredients. There are many good options for using natural products and cleaning methods available to us.

Four Tips for Green Cleaning:

  • Begin using green cleaning products
    As we are starting to realize the impact conventional cleaning products have on our health and the environment, more and more brands are now offering healthy and effective green cleaning products. It’s also easy to make your own: vinegar and baking soda mixed with water can also be used to clean almost anything.
  • Improve your indoor air quality
    Keeping the windows open and airing out your rooms is one way to freshen up the air to remove any indoor toxins present, leaving the air you breathe healthier and fresher. This is especially important while you are cleaning your home or office.
  • Be careful not to overuse antibacterial cleaners
    Antibacterial cleaners and overuse of them don’t necessarily make things any cleaner but do run the risk of breeding “super germs”, which are bacteria that can survive most cleaners. It has been proven that antibacterial soaps do not work any better than plain soap and water.

Employ a green cleaning service today. Hire a cleaning service that uses only green cleaning products and practices green cleaning methods to keep your home naturally clean and healthy.

Tips for Combating Spring Allergies

Tips for Combating Spring Allergies

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Springtime is the season of renewal… with flowers blooming and spring rains here to help things grow. Of course, that also means that the trees, flowers, weeds, and grass that are blossoming spread pollen throughout the air – which makes springtime the height of allergy season for many people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Often times, along with the rains making everything green outside, we are also renewing our homes inside with spring cleaning. This has the potential to bring out dust mites, and may cause some allergies to worsen.

With all of these factors in mind, here are some tips to help reduce allergens in your home:

Clean Air in Your Home
Keeping your indoor air clean is important so that you don’t allow more pollen to seep in through doors and windows. Keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible will help reduce the pollen inside, and the air you are breathing will be cleaner air. Be sure to change filters in air conditioning units and vents frequently.

Cleaning Rugs and Carpets
Area rugs can be washed once a week, and this will help remove any pollen brought in from outside. For the wall to wall carpeting, professional steam cleaning is best to have done mid-season. This will help to remove pollen tracked in from outside. It’s also a good idea to wash bedding once a week in hot water to remove any allergens.

Clean Surfaces in Your Home 
Hiring a professional cleaning service to come in and clean, dust, and vacuum all the surfaces in your home will not only create an inviting space, it will also greatly reduce allergens. This will help keep all your surfaces that you touch on a daily basis free from dust, allergens, and pollen build-up.

Remember to follow these simple tips during spring and summer seasons to help reduce your pollen levels and any other type of allergens that are present during these months. You will be breathing a little easier! To schedule a cleaning with us, please visit our website: www.homeservicesenterprise.com

Back to School? Time to Clean and Organize!

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Now that the kids have gone back to school in the Rockville area and summer vacations have come and gone, the house is empty and (hopefully) quiet. This is the perfect time of year to clean and purge your home of unwanted items. Why not go through all the things you and your family members have accumulated all year long and decide what you’d like to keep, donate, or throw out?

With everyone is out of the house for most of the day, it’s much easier to go through and clean, organize, and donate things that are no longer wanted. Once that is accomplished and your home is more spacious and less cluttered, it’s time to clean and organize!

Home Services Enterprise offers a wide variety of Standard Cleaning Services and Special Services.

Standard Cleaning Services:

  • Dust all surfaces and under all furniture
  • Clean windows, ledges, and frames
  • Clean fans, vents, and doors
  • Dust and polish all baseboards, light switches, and doorknobs
  • Hand wash all floors
  • Clean bathrooms including sinks, tub and shower, toilet, and treat mildew
  • Vacuum all carpets and under furniture
  • Change bed linens
  • Scrub kitchen counters and sink
  • Clean interior and exterior of refrigerator, oven, and microwave
  • Load and unload dishwasher
  • Collect and take out trash

Special Cleaning Services:

  • Windows – cleaning interior and exterior
  • Walls – cleaning and washing
  • Plants – watering, dusting, and trimming
  • Decluttering and organizing – closets, kitchen, garage, children’s rooms, storage areas, paperwork,  and offices
  • Exterior – cleaning garage, sweeping deck, cleaning and polishing outside light fixtures, cleaning and polishing outdoor furniture
  • Laundry – washing, folding, ironing
  • Polishing – silver flatware, serving and decorative pieces

With all the cleaning services that are offered, you can enjoy that same old-fashioned cleaning that your mother and grandmother were proud of in their day. Your home will feel refreshed both inside and out!

Go Green & Clean! – Kitchens & Bath

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These days, most people are at least somewhat concerned about all of the chemicals that can be found in our food, cleaning products, clothing, and just about everything else. The good news is that it’s getting easier and easier to find natural products. The bad news is that these products are typically quite expensive.

The great news is that making your own cleaning products with the supplies most of us already have at home will be less costly and much healthier for both you and our planet. You may even have memories from childhood of our mothers and grandmothers using these methods. There are three natural ingredients found in most homes – vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda – that are used not only for cooking and baking, but also for cleaning your home.

How Vinegar Works as a Cleaning Agent: Vinegar’s active ingredient, acetic acid, is a strong cleaning agent that dissolves dirt, grease, and grime build-up. It also kills germs, mold, and bacteria. Use white vinegar because it’s less harsh and will not stain light surfaces.

Using Vinegar in the Kitchen: Mix equal parts vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray this on your stove top, appliances, and countertops, then wipe them down. Using vinegar and water to clean tile floors in kitchens will leave them shiny and clean.   

Using Vinegar in the Bath: Using straight vinegar, wipe down the bathtub, toilet, sink, and countertops. Use equal parts vinegar and water to mop the bathroom floor.

Lemon Juice and its Uses: Lemon juice is a natural ingredient that can be used to clean certain items in your home. Lemon juice can dissolve mineral deposits and soap scum. It’s also a good for cleaning and shining stainless steel, copper, and brass fixtures throughout your home. Lemon juice has the added benefit of keeping your home smelling fresh and clean.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is a great deodorizer for your home. Place an opened box in your refrigerator to absorb odors from food.  Baking soda also acts as a mildly abrasive cleanser that can be used to scrub surfaces throughout your home.  It will keep odors away and your home smelling clean.

Want to clean your home with eco-friendly natural products but don’t have the time in your busy schedule? You can count on Home Services Enterprise to use ecologically responsible cleaning products throughout your home. Give us a call today. 301-674-9564

5 Fun Ways to Clean House After the Holidays

Little girl wiping  dust off a kid chair

Now that the excitement of the holidays had settled, you may look around your home and find a bit of a disaster area. Whether you had holiday gatherings and house guests or traveled to see loved ones, the change in routine that the holidays bring can make it hard to keep things clean and organized.

Here are a few fun ways to get things back in order:

  • Have a party. Organize cleaning parties with a small group of friends where you all agree to help clean each other’s houses. Choose whose house will be first, and make the cleaning process fun by having races, singing along to loud music, and enjoying the support of community.
  • Take a vacation. If cleaning parties sound like the furthest thing from fun to you, hire a cleaning company (like us!) to come in while you’re on vacation and take care of everything for you, from laundry and dishes to organizing closets and paying your bills.
  • Barter the broom. Another creative way to get your house clean is to barter with a friend or neighbor. Find something you love to share with others (cooking, for example) and barter for cleaning services – trade a few homemade casseroles for a clean house.
  • Take it slow. If you’d rather clean things yourself but don’t have much time, remember that you don’t have to do it all at once. Try doing one room a day. Or start with dusting, and do the bathrooms another day and floors another. Taking small but consistent steps can get your house clean and keep you stress-free.
  • Get the kids involved. Make it a family event where everyone pitches in. And to celebrate the teamwork, take each other out to the movies or dinner when you’re done. The best part is that you’ll come home to a nice, clean house!

No matter how you choose to clean house, the results are always worth it. We encourage you to have fun with the process, and to call us if there is anything we can do to help. We wish you a Happy, Clean, and Healthy New Year!

Give Your Kitchen Some TLC

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No matter how clean you keep your house or how hard you try to stay on top of keeping things neat and organized, there are always those little things that build up and need some special attention every once in a while – especially in the kitchen.

Here’s a rundown of some simple steps you can take, whenever needed, to give your kitchen a little TLC:

Toaster Oven
The toaster oven is one of the most versatile appliances in the kitchen. To give your toaster oven a thorough cleaning, start with the crumbs. Remove the crumb tray, and dump any crumbs out of the toaster oven and into the trash. Next remove any cooking racks and clean either by soaking in soapy water until baked-on food is easy to remove. Finally, clean the oven itself with your preferred all-purpose cleaner, paying special attention to the glass.

Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink is something that may need special attention more often than anything else. You can clean any spots or grime in your sink with an all-purpose cleanser. To sanitize your sink, fill it with warm water, and add a tablespoon of bleach. Let that sit for about ten minutes, and then rinse it all out.

Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, there is an easy way to both keep it running smoothly and smelling nice. Cut a few lemons into thin wedges, place them in a Ziploc bag, and then freeze the wedges. Any time your disposal needs a little freshening, simply put a few frozen lemon wedges down the drain and turn on the disposal for about ten seconds. Then turn on the water with the disposal still running for another few seconds, and viola – you have a clean and fresh garbage disposal. Save the rest of the wedges in the freezer for next time.

Refrigerator
The most important thing you can do for your refrigerator is to go through its contents regularly, throwing out any old or expired food. Aside from that, give the trays and drawers a quick wipe-down or scrubbing as needed.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a good time to make sure your kitchen is ready for anything. Even if you’re not cooking any big meals at your home, cleaning out your fridge will ensure that you’re ready to receive leftovers and sweets at any moment!

Cleaning Up After Moving Out

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Whether you’re making sure you get your security deposit back after renting, or making sure you are fulfilling the requirements of the contract for selling your house, you’ll need to make sure you leave things clean after you move out.

Don’t try to keep it clean while you’re loading up the moving truck. While you still need to be careful not to cause damage to walls while moving furniture out, and you want to make sure you don’t stain carpets, don’t worry about things like dust and dirt while moving your things. Putting protective runners made of plastic over high traffic areas can help protect floors and keep things worry free.

Once the place is empty, it’s time to start cleaning.

Start at the top:
Go through every room and dust all ceiling fans, door and window frames, ledges, etc., getting rid of any cobwebs hanging out in the corners. Work your way down as you dust light switches, outlets, doorknobs, and baseboards.

Bathrooms:
Scrub, clean, and rinse any soap scum or mold from the shower and sink. Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces, from the vanity to the toilet. Then clean the toilet bowl. Make sure you clean out all drawers and cabinets of dust, hair, and products that may have spilled. Also be sure to remove all shower curtains and trash cans.

Kitchen:
Clean the oven. If you have a self-cleaning oven, you may want to do this a day or two ahead of time, as it takes a few hours and can have a strong odor. Dust the inside of all cabinets and scrub if necessary. Wipe down the front of all appliances and cabinets. Scrub the inside of the refrigerator and the sink. Clean and disinfect all countertops, the stovetop, and the faucet.

Windows and Mirrors:
Make sure you clean all windows as well as any mirrors that are staying with the house or apartment. Be sure to get the mirrors in the bathrooms as well.

Floors:
Last, go through the whole house and clean all floors. Vacuum, sweep, mop, or polish where appropriate.

Garage:
The garage doesn’t need to shine, but it should be empty, swept, and free of cobwebs.

Of course, moving is stressful enough without having to worry about cleaning up after moving out. Another option is to hire a professional cleaning service to come through after you’ve moved out. Just be sure to time things well so that all cleaning will be done before the buyers or the owners do the final walk-through.

Going Green in your Home – Good cleaning benefits

nVrihFiThis is the age of getting back to basics by “going green” and using natural, environmentally friendly products in your home, eco-friendly clothing and organic foods. Using eco-friendly products is being widely accepted as healthy for our planet but may not be the most cost-effective in terms of buying specially-made products with special ingredients deemed healthy for our planet.

Making your own cleaning products with natural supplies you already have stocked in your home may be the easiest, most cost-effective way of going green in your home. You can use three natural ingredients found in most households such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, which are effective cleaning products.

The active ingredient in vinegar is acetic acid which can be a strong cleaning agent that dissolves dirt build-up, grease and grime. It is also effective for killing germs, mold and bacteria. Using white vinegar will cut down on any staining that may occur.

Some good cleaning uses:

  • Vinegar in kitchen & bath – using vinegar in the kitchen is done by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on stove top, appliances, countertops to make them clean and shiny. For the bath, spray on bathtub, toilet and sink. It can also be used it to clean tile floors in the kitchen and bath.
  • Lemon juice uses – lemon juice is a natural ingredient used to clean and dissolve mineral deposits and soap scum. It can also shine stainless steel, brass and copper fixtures throughout the home. Lemon juice keeps your home smelling fresh and clean.
  • Baking soda uses – an effective deodorizer for your home. Place opened box in your refrigerator to absorb odors. Baking soda is similar to a non-abrasive cleaner which is used to scrub hard to clean surfaces in the home. It will keep your home odor-free.

Home Services Enterprise can clean your home using eco-friendly natural products if you don’t have the time in your busy schedule. Microfiber cloths are used to keep dust from becoming airborne and irritating allergy and asthma sufferers.

Call today to schedule a cleaning: 301-674-9564

Reducing Allergens in your Home – Good Tips for Spring

dogIf you suffer from seasonal allergies avoiding the outside and staying indoors presents its own set of dangers inside your home. If you have pets, there may be animal dander, mold and mildew which can cause sneezing and coughing. House plants, draperies, bedding and carpets can also contain mold and dust mites causing swelling and itching.  Sometimes the best way to combat the stale air inside your home is to let the fresh air in! Open the windows and doors, also using fans to keep the air circulating throughout your home.

The best way to prevent health problems and allergies is by reducing the allergens in your home:

  • Check moisture in your home-one of the main contributors of allergens is moisture. High moisture levels can lead to mildew in your home. The best way to keep the air clean and dry is by using air conditioning and a dehumidifier in your home. Also remember to change the air filters in the furnace to keep the air clean and remove allergens.
  • Clean curtains and carpets – curtains, upholstery and carpets can all collect dust and allergens over time. Vacuuming regularly and having them professionally cleaned to remove dirt and dust will cut back on the allergens and keep your furniture and carpets smelling fresher. If the carpeting is the main source of your allergens removing it and installing tile or wood floors will eliminate the allergens lurking in your carpets.
  • Cleaning Solutions – many times the fumes and odors from over-the-counter cleaning products can often cause breathing problems to allergy sufferers. An option would be to go green using natural and organic products or to make your own out of vinegar, baking soda and hot water. This will neutralize various allergens, clean the air and is better for the environment.

Home Services Enterprise uses all green cleaning products to keep the air in your home fresh and the environment clean. Call us today for a cleaning:www.homeservicesenterprise.com  

Going Green in your Home Office – Good Tips for the Environment

home house office cleaningIf you have a home office that you use when working at home, or if you use an office full-time for a home business, it is important for the environment to be more eco-friendly. No matter how small or large your home office, there are ways to make it friendlier to the environment.

Going green does not have to be as difficult as some people might think and can also save you money down the road. Your home office can use up more energy and resources than anywhere in your home simply because of the office equipment used such as computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and any other machines using up electricity and other resources.

Three tips for going green:

  1. Save on resources – be conscious of how you use your office equipment, turning it off, unplugging it or making use of screen savers whenever possible to conserve energy.
  2. Recycle bin- keeping a bin next to your desk for recycling will remind you to recycle anything such as batteries and printer cartridges versus throwing them away. This will help separate the trash from the recycling items.
  3. Reduce your printing-being aware of how much you print and start to cut back unless it’s absolutely necessary. This will reduce waste and save on energy and printer ink. This will be more cost effective with paper and printer cartridges lasting longer.

Start today using eco-friendly habits around your home will help make it a cleaner environment for you and your family and will also impact the future environment. It can be very important becoming aware of how much energy you are using during your work hours in your home office.

Home Services Enterprise is committed to protecting our environment by using ecologically responsible products to clean your home and office. To set up a cleaning contact: www.homeservicesenterprise.com