Monthly Archives: August 2014

Safely Disposing of Household Cleaners

Household cleaners are so effective these days – but at what cost? Disposing of harsh chemicals is causing our rivers and soil to become polluted in many instances. Because of this – and for your own peace of mind – it’s good to know which chemicals you can throw away with gusto and the others that you want to treat with extra special care to prevent harming the environment. Do read on…

waterbottle

Meanwhile, all cleaning products have an expiry date. The reason for this is that the chemicals contained in them tend to lose potency over time.

Water-soluble products

Water-soluble products are very easy to dispose of and can even be flushed down your garden drain. Gels and powder cleaners also come under this category and can be dealt with likewise. So to can bleaches and detergents.

Take to the trash

The type of cleaning products that shouldn’t be put down the drain are those which are solid to begin with eg in disc, pad or crystal form. The reason these should be disposed of in the trash rather than poured down the drain is because the longer they take to dissolve, the higher the risk of the chemicals they contain doing damage.

When to ask for advice

All cleaners – particularly those for use on ovens or drains – will usually contain instructions on the best way to dispose of them. If you are at all unsure about how to dispose of the cleaners then it is usually possible to call the cleaning company (the manufacturer’s for which will probably have a toll-free number on the bottle).

If you find that your cleaning products are getting out of date or have already expired then perhaps it’s time for you to call on our services here at Budget Maids. Our team of professionals offer household cleaning in Columbia, home cleaning services in Vienna and maid services in Falls Church and other areas of VA and Maryland. So don’t delay – give us a call today!

Re-purposing Everyday Household Items

Have you ever re-purposed a household item after running out of conventional cleaning equipment or fluids? If your clever switch gave you a sense of satisfaction – as well as a cleaner home – then read on for we’re sure you’re going to be very interested in the following:

No steel-wool? Use foil

A small amount of aluminium foil rolled into a ball can work just as well as steel wool when it comes to scrubbing dishes and glasses. And if recycling is important to you and your family, you can even consider scrunching up used foil (provided it’s not too greasy). Apply dishwashing soap to the foil ball and scrub as you usually would.

toothbrush

Old toothbrush? New scrubber!

Old toothbrushes are the handiest of items for getting in to hard-to-reach corners (such as crevices behind bathroom taps) or scrubbing down grout between tiles. Just pour some general purpose cleaning agent into a bucket of hot water and you’re good to go.

Old pillowcases or towels for dust cloths

You’ve used them for years, and want to chuck them out. But think twice. Worn pillowcases or towels make great cloths for dusting, wiping or drying surfaces. The fact they’re not new makes them even better for dust absorption.

Multi purposes for the dishwasher

Dishwashers are a saving grace in most households. And you can use yours for a whole lot more than just washing crockery. Vases, many ornaments and even plastic water bottles or refrigerator and fridge drawers or shelves can all be given a spruce up in the dishwasher.

We live at a time where re-using, recycling and re-purposing aren’t just trends, but expected of us. And here at Budget-Maids we try to be as eco-friendly as possible. If you’re finding that your home or office cleaning jobs are becoming too much to handle then no do give us a call here at Budget Maids. Our friendly and reasonably-priced service includes house cleaning in Columbia, cleaning services in Olney and maid services Vienna as well as other areas in VA and Maryland.

Cleaning: remember your home’s exterior

We all appreciate the joys of coming home to a clean home – and that means your home’s exterior as well as its interior. Here’s some basics you can carry out on a warm day when you’ve not much else to do:

Managing mould

There’s nothing that can make your home look more rundown than a mould-covered roof. But it’s not that difficult to get rid of, really. You can get rid of it with a power washer (get a handyman if you can’t face going up on the roof yourself). Thankfully you’re only looking at needing to do this every three to five years.

Guttering

Getting the gutters clean

Gutters require more regular attention than roofs – especially after autumn or a rainy season. That’s because they get clogged with leaves, debris and other organic matter. It causes the dirty rainwater inside them to fall onto your walls, windows and paving. Again, if height is a problem when it comes to cleaning them then get in professional help. It’s definitely worth paying for clean gutters.

Fight the infestations

Certain building surfaces lend themselves more to attracting insects and spiders than others. But most homes will show signs of resident insects and spiders – especially those with a garden.

This needn’t prevent your home’s exterior looking smart though. The way to get rid of insects is to wash your wall down with a hosepipe every now and then. At the same time keep an eye out for more serious infestations. If you do find an infestation then contact a pest control service company right away. A good place to inspect for signs of infestation is foundation walls – a termite’s ideal spot.

If you want to take a month or even a season to intensively clean and rejuvenate your home’s exterior, why not call Budget Maids to look after the interior during this time? We offer house cleaning in Reston, maid services in Rockville and cleaning services in Arlington as well as other areas in VA and Maryland.

Why a cleaning obsession is bad news

No doubt you will have heard about those parents who do everything in their power to keep their beloved offspring from coming into contact with potential contaminants or germs ie the mums and dads with the cleaning obsession. Using disinfectant soaps, they scrub, wipe and dust every surface, dish and household object in their home so that it’s sparkling. Unfortunately in doing so they – ironically enough – actually risk their family contracting more germs. Are here are the reasons why:

Housewife dusting in bedroom

Are germs really our enemy?
Sales of disinfectants, germ-killing products, and anti-bacterial soaps are reaching new heights according to consumer sites. A lot of people, it seems, are keen to live in squeaky clean homes. But are germs really our enemies? Science has shown that we actually need a fair degree of exposure to the likes of bacteria in order to allow us to build up a resistance. A healthy immune system means our family will stay healthier for longer, with less chance of developing allergies or other nasties.

Using disinfectants and anti-bacterial soaps
Cleaning with strong disinfectants is all about balance. For instance, rather than cleaning your countertops and floors with disinfectants and anti-bacterial cleaning agents on a weekly basis, switch to a much healthier once-a-month use of strong cleaning agents. For everyday use stick to general purpose cleaners or natural cleaning aids such as citrus (lemons or limes), bicarbonate of soda, vinegar etc.

Too much cleaning?
A sticky floor and dirty workspace left for a day or two won’t do any harm whereas over-cleaning will (as we mentioned above). Keep to a regular schedule which doesn’t go over the top.

If you don’t have time (or, let’s face it, the inclination) to clean, then do get in touch with the team here at Budget Maids. We can offer you expert cleaning services to make sure your home and family remains healthy. Our services include house cleaning in Reston, maid services in Falls Church and cleaning services in Rockville and surrounds in VA and Maryland. Do get in touch to see what we an offer in your area.