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It is day three of National Cleaning Week and Maid Brigade is celebrating by offering useful tips that will help keep your home feeling fresh, healthy and green clean!

Fresh Green Air: 

Most people associate clean with what they smell.  We want everything to smell clean.  Here are some ideas that will keep your home smelling green clean:

Burned Food:

Boil a few slices of lemon in a saucepan to clear the air of the smell of burned food.

Fried Food:

Place a small bowl of white vinegar next to the stove when you fry foods.  The odor seems to disappear.


To get rid of strong odors, nothing works better than dry, fresh coffee grounds.  Put them in a bowl and leave them in the fridge until the odor disappears.


If you smoke in the car, put a layer of baking soda in the bottom of the ashtray to absorb smoke odor.  You can also put dryer fabric softener sheets under the seats to keep the smoke smell under control.

Home Odors:

Put a few drops of Wintergreen oil on cotton balls and stash them in plants, decorative pieces, etc., around the house.

Make Your Own Air Freshener:

To absorb odors, place bowls of vinegar or baking soda around the house.  Be sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets!

To make the air more fragrant, use essential oils or boiled herbs.  To make boiled herbs, choose any herb or spice that you like, boil it in the water for a few minutes until the heat causes it to release its odor.  Let it cool a little and put it out in a bowl.  You can also add salt to discourage the growth of fungus.

Change Air Filters Regularly:

Replace the air filters in your furnace every three months or so.  A clean filter will catch more of the dust and particles in the air and will also reduce the energy your furnace consumes.

Vacuum the Right Way:

Chemicals and allergens accumulate in household dust.  Using a vacuum that has a strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out into your home.  For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.

Keep your air smelling fresh and green clean!  Join us and share your green cleaning stories and tricks and learn from everyone else’s! Celebrate National Cleaning Week with Maid Brigade by going green!  


Marie Stegner

Meet Marie Stegner

Marie Stegner has written 717 posts in this blog.

Marie Stegner, Consumer Health Advocate for Maid Brigade, is a nationally recognized healthy living and green cleaning expert. She writes for this blog so that consumers can understand how harsh chemicals and unhealthy practices can negatively affect them physically and mentally, with the hope that they will be able to make informed decisions and pursue a more green and healthy lifestyle.