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A Non-Toxic Way to Handle Your Kitchen’s Worst Chore

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Kitchen cleaning chores are some of the most difficult. In most homes, the kitchen doubles as not only a place to prepare meals and store food, but also the place where families gather to talk, play games and spend time together. With this type of heavy usage, it is no wonder that supermarkets and other retailers stock row after row of harsh, chemical cleaners intended to help consumers clean their kitchens.

What these retailers don’t want you to know, however, is that you already have all the ingredients you need to cut through tough kitchen grease and grime in your pantry and even better, these ingredients are non-toxic, have no irritating odors and are safe to use around children, pets and food preparation areas.

Oven Cleaning in a Box?

Cheap and plentiful, baking soda is an ingredient found in nearly every home in America. Used in baking, it helps breads and baked goods rise properly, as well as freshening the interiors of our refrigerators and freezers. But many people do not know that baking soda is also an excellent oven cleaner that works, yet gives off no harsh odors and does not require the use of rubber gloves to protect skin from dangerous chemicals.

To use baking soda to clean your oven, follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure the oven is cool, then remove the racks and place them in the sink full of sudsy water to soak
  • Wipe loose food particles from the oven and dispose of them
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, aiming for the consistency of a thick cream
  • Apply the baking soda paste to the walls, floor and interior of the oven door, making sure to put an ample coating on areas with heavy soil
  • Spritz the baking soda mixture with a spray bottle containing a solution of three parts plain water to one part white vinegar
  • Let soak for a few hours or overnight
  • Wipe away the dried baking soda paste with a microfiber cloth
  • Spray the interior with the vinegar and water solution once again and wipe any remaining residue from the oven interior
  • Wash oven racks and dry thoroughly before replacing them
  • While one treatment is usually enough, heavily soiled ovens may require an additional treatment to remove tough-baked on soil

Once you experience the ease and results you get by using all natural cleaning solutions, you will wonder why you waited so long to give them a try.

Mopfrog of North Buckhead, a leading eco-friendly cleaning company, takes great pride in providing safe, effective, all-natural cleaning methods and techniques to every one of their customers. Call them today and make an appointment to have them handle your spring cleaning chores this year, while you enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

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Top Ten Tips for the Best Spring Cleaning Experience

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There is something wonderfully fresh about a home that has just been given a thorough seasonal cleaning. In addition to making our homes look more organized and welcoming, this type of cleaning also makes them healthier by removing accumulated dust, dirt and bacteria. If you want your family to enjoy all the benefits of spring cleaning but worry about the amount of time it will take, these ten tips will help you have the best spring cleaning experience ever!

One: Assemble Durable, Functional Supplies

Avoid frustration during cleaning by gathering the supplies you will need before you begin. Remember to choose basic, multi-purpose supplies to make the entire cleaning process fast and easy. You will need:

  • A supply of microfiber cloths and mop pads. These tools are absorbent and able to attract and hold dirt, instead of just pushing it around
  • A good HEPA filtration vacuum with attachments for upholstery, crevices, drapes and an extender wand
  • Vinegar solution, baking soda or a non-abrasive and natural cleanser, like Bon Ami
  • Steam mop for hard surface flooring and tile
  • Lemon oil for polishing wood

Two: Plan For Efficient Cleaning

Avoid creating extra work by cleaning from top-to-bottom, so that any dust and dirt that falls from walls or furnishings will be picked up with the final vacuuming. Likewise, always begin vacuuming or mopping floors opposite to the doorway where you will exit so that dirt is not tracked over freshly cleaned areas.

Three: Use Tools Effectively

Make short work of wiping down walls and ceilings by swiping them clean with a microfiber mop. The long handle and wide mop head will allow the microfiber pad to quickly wipe away cobwebs from those high corners while you stand safely and comfortably on the floor. In addition, you can use it to easily dust behind heavy furnishings, instead of dragging them about.

Four: Window & Window Treatments

Remove curtains and put them into the dryer on a cool setting to freshen them and remove dust. While the curtains are in the dryer, make the windows sparkle by washing the glass, sills and frames with vinegar and water and using a clean microfiber cloth to buff them dry. Don’t forget to wipe the blinds with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust and grime.

Five: Lampshades and Decorative Items

Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to easily remove dust from lampshades and soft decorative items.

Remove wall art, framed pictures and mirrors from the wall. Wipe them clean with a dry microfiber cleaning cloth and then wipe the wall down, too, before rehanging them. It is important to never spritz any type of cleaner directly on framed pictures, mirrors and wall art, because the moisture can seep through the frame and ruin the photo or artwork behind the glass.

Six: Cleaning Floors

Clean the floors of your home quickly and completely with these tips:

  • Vacuum carpets thoroughly using the edger attachment to clean the seam where the carpet meets the baseboard.
  • For large area rugs, remove the furniture on one half, then roll that section of rug up out of the way, vacuum thoroughly beneath it and then unroll and vacuum the surface. Repeat with the other side.
  • Use a steam mop to clean hard surface floors, like tile, hardwood, vinyl and laminate.

Seven: Mattresses & Upholstery

Working from the top down, vacuum mattresses, box springs and upholstered furnishings with the bristled, upholstery attachment, taking extra care near seams, welting, tufts and pleats.

Eight: Furnishings

Using your microfiber cleaning cloths, wipe down all furnishings as you clean each room. Fine woods will look lustrous and smell wonderful when buffed with a bit of lemon oil after cleaning.

Nine: Appliances

Spritz your vinegar solution onto a microfiber cloth to clean the exteriors and tops of kitchen and laundry appliances, then buff to a shine with a second, dry microfiber cloth.

Use the microfiber mop to dust behind appliances like the stove, washer and dryer. If possible, pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the back of the appliance thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.

Ten: Opt for A Pro

If your work schedule or family commitments prevent you from giving your home a thorough spring cleaning, opt to hire the eco-friendly cleaning professionals, instead. In just one Deep Clean Service Visit, Mopfrog’s team of cleaning experts can take your home from winter blah to springtime fresh. Call today and then relax knowing that our locations, like Mopfrog of Brooklyn, have all your home cleaning needs covered!

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Top 5 Household Items We Forget To Clean

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We are constantly reminded to wipe down counters, sanitize cutting boards, and even keep the toilet seat clean. Mopfrog dishes the dirt on the often overlooked and most contaminated surfaces in our homes. Keep reading to discover how to clean these forgotten household surfaces effectively.

One: Cleaning Sponges

Wiping up our spills and messes each day leaves the common cleaning sponge smelly and filled with bacteria and germs. Difficult to clean, many of us find ourselves throwing them out after just a few uses. Instead, use this tip to clean and sanitize any non-metallic sponge.

Combine water and lemon juice in a microwave safe bowl, soak the sponge thoroughly in the solution and then microwave for one minute on high. Your sponge will be clean and fresh, and your microwave will smell wonderful, too.

Two: Remote Controls (TV, Gaming, Garage Door Openers)

The antibacterial action of hydrogen peroxide is the perfect answer to cleaning those remote controls that get handled often by every member of the house.

To clean these germ-laden gadgets, simply moisten a soft cleaning cloth with 3% concentrate and wipe clean. Take care to ensure that the cleaning cloth is damp, but not wet and make sure to use another dry cloth to dry thoroughly.

Three: Kitchen Sink Drain & Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals and the kitchen sink drains have a particularly dirty job. If not cleaned regularly they will soon develop unpleasant odors. Baking soda, vinegar and boiling water is all you need to keep them clean.

Pour one-half cup baking soda and one-half cup white vinegar in each drain. Once the foaming action subsides, complete the process by rinsing with a gallon of very hot water.

Four: Garbage Cans

Cleaning and freshening smelly garbage cans is easy too, when using the power of baking soda and white vinegar.

To clean, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda inside each trashcan, and add undiluted white vinegar. The foaming action will loosen grime and remove odors. Scrub the interior of the can with a brush and then rinse thoroughly. Let dry before replacing the lid or adding bagged trash.

Five: Handles, Door Knobs, Switch Plates, Drawer Pulls

Handled multiple times per day by every member of the family plus guests, these surfaces are bustling little germ factories. Cleaning them frequently, especially during the cold and flu season, can even help keep your family well.

Fill a spray bottle three quarters full with clean water and then finish filling with white vinegar. Spray surfaces and wipe clean several times a week.

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