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Make Your Home Clean and Green!

A green home is a happy home! 

Going green doesn’t have to be expensive.  All it takes to make your home healthy, safe, and green are simple changes in your life.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

Find eco-friendly alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners, which can cause health problems and pollute the environment. Several brands of non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products are available at both natural grocery shops and chain stores.  Better yet, make your own using baking soda.  Baking soda is a cheap and effective all-purpose cleaner, scourer, polisher, and fungicide. Switch to natural disinfectants such as tea tree oil or citrus oils. Try borax and white vinegar as a toilet bowl cleaner. 

Skip the cleaning products altogether and switch to micro fiber cloths designed to attract dirt on their own.  A damp cloth can clean glass, stainless steel, brass, wood, and ceramics. A dry cloth is great at wiping away dust.  

Minimize the use of pesticides in your home.  Instead of using repellents, keep insects out by sealing cracks and holes around doors, windowsills, and baseboards. Keep food stored away and kitchen and eating areas as clean as possible.

Grow your own salad greens, veggies, and herbs. A garden can help reduce soil erosion and reduce air pollution. Grow plants that don’t use a lot of water.  Instead of using toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizers, try organic and earth-friendly products. 

Learn to compost to reduce landfill waste.  Mix yard trimmings with your coffee grounds and leftover fruit and veggies.  This combp makes a great soil enhancer.    

Water your garden in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.  Water evaporates more slowly when it’s cool. Water that’s been used in sinks, bathtubs, showers or the washing machine  can also be used to water the garden, if it contains only biodegradable soaps.

Grass cuttings act as natural fertilizer when they decompose. So take advantage of them. 

Ditch disposable razors for reusable ones. Swap plastic cups and paper plates for ceramic ones. Choose reusable food containers over plastic wrap. Choose rechargeable batteries over the conventional single-use kind. 

Look on labels for recycled products like toilet paper.  Choose food items like cereals and crackers packaged in recycled cardboard.

Donate used toys to a worthy organization. Host a clothing or book swap. 

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about our environment and health of you and your family.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to and  To learn more about the hidden allergy and asthma triggers in your home, log on to

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