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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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Green Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Spring-Cleaning_iStock_000021273995Small_crop1When spring enters with the smell of green grass, rain showers and flowers in bloom, many turn to the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Just because it’s an intense cleaning time, doesn’t mean you need to use harsh chemicals to get the best results. This season plant the seeds to a healthier, cleaner and greener home.

Many think the stronger the cleaner, the more effective it is. This is not the case. In fact, the chemicals found in traditional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. Ensure you are getting rid of dust, dirt and grime without adding more toxins and chemicals to your home. Mopfrog offers a few suggestions to polish up your spring cleaning methods.

  • Ditch the paper towels! Paper towels are one of the most wasteful materials used to clean. Switch to microfiber cleaning cloths and mop pads, which can be reused. Old t-shirts, socks and towels are great alternatives for dusting furniture. For windows and glass, newspapers do a great, streak-free job.
  • Vinegar is more than just a dressing for salad. Distilled white vinegar cleans glass, appliances, tile, countertops and more. It also kills bacteria and mold. Create your all-natural cleaning solution with one part vinegar to four parts water.
  • Lots of green cleaning power in a little orange box.  Baking soda is a multi-purpose cleaning agent and deodorizer. In the kitchen combine with a vinegar and water solution to remove spills, grease marks and burnt on food from your stovetop. In the bathroom it can be used to remove stubborn stains and prevent clogs in drains. Other uses include eliminating scents from carpets, as well as keeping clothing fresh and stain free by replacing half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda
  • Lemon fresh! Lemon juice is one of the best natural cleaners due to its antibacterial properties. Shine up chrome fixtures or brass and copper items. With the power of lemon, you can also cut grease, sanitize and deodorize surfaces, as well as remove stains.
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What Mom Tried to Teach Us About Green Living

momvacuumMom taught us a lot while we were growing up. Thanks to her, we know some useful lessons to help us manage the care of our own families and homes. Much of what mom taught us is not only wise, but also frugal, healthy, eco-friendly and very relevant for today. If you are having trouble remembering all the lessons your mom tried to teach you, the list below may help refresh your memory!

Use it Up…

Growing up my mother always said, “waste not, want not.” This theory was applied to many areas, such as food or turning holed socks and worn out t-shirts into soft, absorbent cleaning cloths. Why spend money on expensive paper towels and dust mops when your family is always generating a constant supply of these cloths from their out-grown, worn or stained clothing items.

Use What You Have…

Purchasing special cleaners for each specific cleaning need can become very expensive, not to mention causing a storage problem. Instead, Mopfrog of Brooklyn, a family owned and operated eco-friendly cleaning franchise, suggests figuring out what you already have that can be used for special cleaning problems that crop up, such as:

  • Using ketchup to clean tarnish from copper cookware
  • Using toothpaste to polish silver
  • Using citrus peels to freshen smelly garbage disposals
  • Using salt to remove wine stains on carpet

Use a Good Daily Cleaning Strategy…

Grease, cooking spills and dirty fingerprints only get worse with time. Learn to keep a sink half-full of hot, soapy water and clean pots and pans, rinse dishes and load the dishwasher as you cook, instead of allowing these messes to sit for hours and become very difficult to clean.

Keep a spray bottle of a vinegar cleaning solution, containing your favorite essential oil, nearby while cooking to quickly and safely sanitize and freshen food prep and eating areas.

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