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Cleaning with Baking Soda


Sure, you use baking soda for making your grandma’s famous cookies. However, baking soda is a super-effective and gentle abrasive cleanser! Which is also a great natural deodorizer, so it’s helpful in all sorts of trouble area’s.

Here is 10 ways you can use baking soda to clean with.

  • Extra greasy dishes and pans Give baked-on food the one-two punch by dialing up your dish detergent power with baking soda.
  • Foul-smelling fridge.  Baking soda will absorb strong food odors so they don’t linger or change the taste of neighboring foods.
  • Unrinsed fruit and veggies. Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and the waxy coating on produce.
  • Stained and stinky containers.  To freshen your containers, wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or erase tough stains by soaking in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water.
  • That Musty smell. Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then wiping it away or vacuuming it up.
  • Crayon on the wall.  A parent’s worse nightmare! Scrub lightly with a damp sponge sprinkled in baking soda to get rid of your childs art work on the wall.
  • Laundry.  Both whites and colors will come out of the washing machine brighter if you add a cup of baking soda to your load. Combined with liquid detergent, it helps balance the pH levels to get clothes cleaner.
  • Kitchen. Nearly early every dirty spot in your kitchen can benefit from a baking soda treatment. With water, use it to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, range hoods, and cooking utensils.
  • Bathrooms. Scrub your tub, tile, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda. Rinse to reveal gleaming surfaces.
  • Garbage can odors Place some baking soda in the bottom of your can to fight trash stink.

All of these are reasons to stalk up now!


Benefits of cleaning with Lemon



While we usually look to lemons as something to juice for lemonade or add to our meals we prepare,  the truth is that lemons are a powerful cleaning agent. You can save money by replacing most cleaners with a little lemon.

Lemon juice contains a lot of acid, which makes it one of the best cleaners due to its low pH and antibacterial properties.  They also smell great and usually do not cause damage on surfaces.

Here is a list of ways you can use citrus to clean your home.

Around the house

You can make furniture polish with ½ cup lemon juice and 1 cup olive oil. This mixture can also be used to shine wooden floors.

Use to keep your fridge smelling fresh buy having a lemon half, which is similar to a box of baking soda.

Is the inside of your microwave covered on splattered food? Clean your microwave by placing a half lemon in a bowl of water and cooking on high for three minutes. Simply wipe down the microwave afterwards, and it will smell fresh.

Clean Glass surfaces

Just like furniture polish, glass cleaner can also be used with lemons.

Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Add water to fill. Use this mixture to clean glass and mirrors and to disinfect kitchen counters and other grimy surfaces.

Lemon-fresh laundry tips

Replace your Bleach with Lemon juice and baking soda, your clothes will come out looking white!

Scrub underarm stains with equal parts lemon juice and water.

Use straight lemon juice for ink stains, preferably as soon as they happen, then wash garment in cold water.

Get rid of mildew or rust stains on clothes with a paste of lemon juice and salt, then let dry in sunlight. Repeat until it’s gone.

Clean Shower Doors 

Cutting through hard water deposits is easy with lemon juice. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors to remove gunk and build-up. Rinse with warm water.

Deodorize and clean your Dishwasher

Notice that your dishwasher has a funky smell to it?  Add one cup of lemon juice to a coffee cup or other dishwasher safe container and put on the bottom rack in the dishwasher. Run the rinse cycle. Once done, you will notice the smell is gone and your dishwasher will be clean too!


Washing dishes

Have a little dried cheese you can’t get off the grater? Grab a recently juiced lemon, a little coarse salt, and get to scrubbing. You can also add it to your water for a fresh scent!

Clean and remove stains from plastic containers.

Ever wonder how to get rid of the stains in your plastic container? Rub a lemon over the inside of the container, or rinse it with lemon juice to help remove stains and smells.

While this is just a list, there are also many other benefits to using lemon juice as a household cleaner. Such as, polishing brass, polish cutlery, sink faucets, cleaning your toilet bowl,  eliminate the smell of food on your fingers from preparing and much more!



Cleaning hacks #1



You ever notice the brown build up around your drain in your sinks?  Ever wonder how to get rid of it, without using too much elbow grease?


If you don’t know what kind of product to use, this could cost you time and money wasted on the wrong product!

All you need to remove the browning near the rings, is Fantastic with Bleach!   This requires no time from you to scrub the sink, you just spray it on, let it sit for a few min and wipe away.  This will help kill the bacteria in your sinks as well as make it look very clean.    This is always good to do every now and then, as we use our sinks for many different things including raw foods!  Think about the bacteria that lives in it…


Cleaning tip: Make sure you do not get the product on your clothes as it will bleach them. Ensure sink is rinsed well afterwards. Also, check to see if this product is OK for your sink before you spray.    It does work in mst sinks, toilets, showers etc.




Purchasing a Vacuum





Vacuums play a very important role in the cleanliness of our homes, especially the floors.   With so many different models out there, it can become very difficult to pick out the right type of vacuum for your home.

There are two general types of vacuums, one being an upright and one being a canister.  Many make the mistake purchasing the wrong one.

The most popular vacuum people tend to purchase is an upright vacuum.  Personally, I am not sure of the pros with this vacuum are other than maybe great suction for carpets.  They are heavier, hard to get under furniture, if you have steps, it’s hard to carry it up and down and vacuum the same time.  Difficult to maneuver around tight spaces, and take more space to store.  Most upright vacuums do not come with retractable cords, so you need to wrap the cord up and carry it around wherever you go.

The best type of vacuum in my experience and one you should consider purchasing is a canister vacuum.   Many of these vacuums can come with attachments to vacuum carpets, corners, floors etc.  It makes it easy to maneuver around and under furniture, easy to carry up and down stairs while vacuuming, less likely to scratch your floor due to its bulkiness.   It can go where no upright can go!

If you’re considering purchasing a new vacuum, my suggestion would be to choose a canister vacuum.  It will save you tons of hassle and time!  There are many different models and prices so make sure you read up on which one will suit your needs more before you make the purchase!



How to remove Hard water stains

We’ve all seen it, those water stains that turn while build up on our shower stalls over time.   How do you get rid of them?  How does it happen?


You will notice a buildup of soap scum and hard water stains over time in your shower if you do not regularly maintain the cleanliness of your shower.   Many people often dread this task and want to know what the most effective way is to remove them.

Here is some tips on to help you maintain your shower the easiest way!

First off, if possible, purchase a squeegee and run up and down your shower walls after every use. This will help you with the time it takes to clean your shower regularly as there will be less build up.   Make sure your bathroom is also properly ventilated.  If it is not, mold can even form in the shower grout from poor ventilation.   If you do not have a window or fan, suggest keeping your door open to let some of the heat escape.

Although you can find over the internet natural ways such as vinegar and lemon juice to remove soap scum and hard water, it seems to only get the surface part and not the stubborn stains!

We have experienced in our many years of cleaning business the most fast and efficient product that we’ve used is called Bar Keepers Friend.   It’s so easy to remove stains making your shower look brand new!

To use Bar Keepers Friend:

Dampen a sponge and pour the cleanser on the soft side of the sponge.

Apply to area that needs it and lightly scrub.

Rinse off with water or a damn microfiber rag and dry with paper towel or a t-shirt rag.

You will instantly see the difference!



Deep cleaning appliances

Cleaning a fridge by yourself can be a daunting task, let alone considering the oven. It seems like an easy task. Most folks who’ve tried it on their own know that it’s not as quick as you think. Removing the the food items, the shelving, glass inserts, from the fridge and putting it all back together again is a job in itself. Then you have to consider the oven. But wait! My oven has a self cleaning mode. Have you ever tried the self-cleaning cycle? Notice it doesn’t do the rack nor the inside of the oven door, especially the glass.

Unless you’re dedicated to spending a full Saturday or Sunday to cleaning these appliances, I would highly recommend a professional cleaning company like Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning. We’ve cleaned hundreds of appliances in our 18+ year history, it’s almost like we can do it in our sleep.

Why would someone consider using a cleaning service to clean the appliances? Well, two good reasons: Convenience and No headaches.

Deep cleaning your appliances may only be needed once or twice per year. Let the professionals do it for you. You’ll be glad you did.

Maret’s has developed a coconut oil based cleaning product specifically for heavy duty jobs likes ovens. Similar to hand cream, the coconut cleaning cream is thick, clings to vertical surfaces, makes glass, rubber and plastics sparkle without much effort. It’s enjoyable to use, even without gloves. The beauty of this cream is that there’s no toxic smell, no danger to employees, children nor pets. Contact Maret’s to inquire, you’ll be glad you did.