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Cleaning Services Arlington – Barbecue Safety

cleaning services ArlingtonHey, it’s barbecue season and cleaning services Arlington is sure you’re getting ready for some fun summer parties.

If you are planning a barbecue, it’s important to keep hygiene and food safety rules in mind. You don’t want people to remember your party for all the wrong reasons the next day when they’re confined to the bathroom.

Here are our cleaning tips for your barbecue safety…

Cook on a clean barbecue. Want to know how to clean your barbecue? Check out our cleaning services Arlington post here. As well as promoting hygiene, a clean barbecue works better, and you’ll enjoy evenly-cooked food fast.

Keep raw and cooked meats apart. Raw meat should be stored in the fridge until you cook it. Allow ten minutes out of the fridge for the food to come to room temperature. Use different plates, tools and chopping boards for raw and cooked meat. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, using warm water and soap.

Charred doesn’t mean cooked. Sausages and burgers can be burnt on the outside, but still raw inside. Turn the meat regularly to stop it burning, and cut it open to check.

Don’t Wash

Do NOT wash raw chicken or other raw meat. This spreads germs. Cooking for the appropriate time will kill the bacteria present in raw meat while washing it spreads germs and bacteria such as campylobacter.

Wash salad leaves. Give them a clean with cold water and dry in a salad spinner. Add mayo-based dressings at the last minute so that your salad doesn’t sit around in the heat with a raw egg based dressing.

Keep anti-bacteria wipes handy. Most of us will be eating barbecue foods with our hands. That’s part of the pleasure, right? If you’ve got kids present, their little hands might not be as clean as they should be. Keep wipes handy, so everyone can get stuck into their food, germ-free.

Barbecue safety also means avoiding burns and fires.

  • Make sure your barbecue is stable, secure and sturdy.
  • Check it is in good condition before you start.
  • Locate it away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees.
  • Don’t light in an enclosed space.
  • Never pour petrol or fire-lighting accelerant onto your barbecue.
  • Don’t leave children unsupervised near a barbecue, and check your equipment is fully extinguished before you leave it alone.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you get your home ready for a great summer barbecue party?

 

House Cleaning Arlington: Food Mess

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Eating – it’s a messy business…

Eating is a messy business – let the house cleaning Arlington experts help you keep your house spic, span and hygienic!

First up is food storage. Your fridge needs cleaning once a week. Empty out the contents, wash the drawers in warm, soapy water. Throw out anything that’s passed its sell-by date. For a non-harmful disinfectant that also gets rid of smells, wipe over the services with lemon juice mixed with a little baking soda. Rinse well.

Now check your cupboards. Again, look for food that is passed its use-by date. Tins, cans and dried food often scape out notice. Take all of the food out of cupboards and give them a wipe over, cleaning up any spillages. With food cupboards, it’s tempting to throw in everything and shut the door. But arranging packets, tins and boxes in an orderly way will make you feel better and it’ll be easier to find ingredients when you need them.

The kitchen floor needs regular cleaning – food spills encourage rodents and insects. Sweep the floor at least once a day and wash once or twice a week. A mild solution of washing up liquid or specialist floor cleaner is best.

House Cleaning Arlington – Preventing Smells

Empty the trash on a daily basis. And wash out the trash can once a week. Spillages or leakages from bags will happen so keep the can clean. Regular emptying and washing prevents smells too.

Eat at the table. This is good for family harmony, for a start. Conversations during the meal provide opportunities for everyone to bond, plan and connect with each other, fostering warmth, security and love. But also you’re confining food to certain areas of the house. Crumbs down the sofa or in bed? Dirty plates in bedrooms? Spillages on carpets or furniture? No thanks!

Cool foods down before storing. Say you’ve got left-overs to store in the refrigerator or you’ve done a batch of bulk cooking and there’s a whole lot of ragu sauce awaiting containment, let them cool down first. Food for storage in the fridge should be room temperature or cooler.

Store food properly in the fridge. Uncooked meats need to be stored below cooked meats. Veg and salad goes in the drawers. Once you’ve opened cheese, wrap the remainder in wax paper or foil. Take stuffing out of leftover chicken or turkey before storing. Finally, don’t overstuff the fridge. Air needs to circulate.

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure food and its storage isn’t make a mess of your home?

 

Top Tips for Kitchen Cleaning

Sponges can be a magnet for bacteria.

Sponges can be a magnet for bacteria.

Your kitchen is likely to be one of the most frequented rooms in your home – from working, to socializing to dining – everything gets done in the kitchen so it’s important to keep it clean.

Here we share our top tips for kitchen cleaning with you…

 

 

  1. Kitchen cleaning should end with what is likely to be the dirtiest part of the kitchen – your stove, to stop you spreading dirt and grease around the rest of your kitchen. Begin though, by soaking pans and racks in hot soapy water to make them easier to clean when you have finished.
  2. Kitchen sinks can have more bacteria in them than your toilet seat! You can create your own disinfectant for the sink by cleaning with soap and water first, then applying a spray of vinegar, followed by a spray of hydrogen peroxide and leaving it to air dry. For safety, don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together.
  3. A few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth can be used to keep stainless steel sinks shiny and help prevent water build-up and mold.
  4. To get rid of smells in the disposal unit, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and some ice cubes.
  5. Do service washes for dish-washers and washing machines. You should do a service wash on both on a regular basis to keep the machines clean and efficient. For washing machines, this involves running an empty cycle on the highest setting, and for dishwashers you should run an empty cycle with a specialist cleaning product.
  6. If you use a sponge for cleaning, these should be disinfected every evening as they can quickly develop a build-up of bacteria. Rinse and squeeze it out, and then place in the microwave for a minute to disinfect it.
  7. Microfiber towels provide a more cost-effective cleaning solution than paper towels. Machine wash and then hang out to dry.
  8. To make life easier in general, clean up as you go. Fill your sink full of hot, soapy water when preparing dinner and fill with the cooking utensils, pans and your plates as you go.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service in Arlington or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that your kitchen is sparkling clean?

Picture thanks to Horia Varlan.

Top Tips for Washing Up the Dishes

dish washingSometimes we like to go back to basics with our blogs here at Budget Maids, so this time we are focusing on washing up!

For those of you not lucky enough to own a dish-washer, washing up is usually a daily chore. Of course, you can choose to leave dishes stacking up in the sink encrusted with food but if the hygiene aspect doesn’t get to you, how about this food for thought… there is a connection between clutter and over-eating so keeping a neat and tidy home could provide you with that little bit of extra help to lose weight.

Anyway, here are our top tips for washing up.

First of all, it is best to wash your dishes in temperatures of approximately 60 degrees C so that you are able to get rid of all the germs and bugs. Hot temperatures and soapy water can dry out your skin, so wear washing up gloves every time to protect your hands.

You may have a dishwasher, but it’s best to wash glasses by hand as well, to prevent breakages. Wash glasses first (before you start on the dinner plates or dirty pots) and wash in very hot water. You only need to apply only small amounts of foam to the rim and bottom of the glass and make sure you rinse them well in hot water, drying them afterwards with a lint-free cloth for best results.

Silver cutlery also responds better to hand-washing, although you can wash silver cutlery in the dishwasher (but make sure that you don’t put it in the same basket as stainless steel cutlery).

A good washing-up liquid will remove most dirt and grease, but for a little extra help with burnt-on food, put baking soda onto a scouring pad and rub the burnt on food with this before washing with hot water and washing up liquid.

For mugs or cups with coffee or tea stains on them, rub the mug or cup with half a lemon before washing with soap and hot water. The lemon juice should help shift stains easily.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a maid service in Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure washing up is problem-free?

Pets and Home Hygiene

cat in kitchenMany of the clients we work with have pets – a welcome addition to the home, but they do bring their own challenges to household cleaning and hygiene.

Pets are very popular in the US. It is thought that 37-47 percent of households have a dog, and 30-37 percent of households have a cat (this translates as roughly 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats according to the American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

The risks with animal ownership are issues such as ringworm which can be passed from animal to human; and the more serious toxoplasmosis, a parasite found in cat feces which is dangerous to pregnant women, and toxocariasis, an infection in dog feces caused by worms which can lead to blindness.

If you own a little or large bundle of fluff, here are some tips for how to juggle pets and home hygiene.

Simple hygiene is the first goal – washing hands and ensuring your children do after handling and feeding pets is good practice.

Cleaning out pet litter trays should be done by adults (unless a woman is pregnant). Feces should be scooped out on a daily basis, and the litter changed three or four times a week – daily, if there is more than one cat using it.

Keep cats off kitchen surfaces and dining tables if at all possible. It’s best to deter this behaviour from the beginning, but if you put foil on the tops of your surfaces this can discourage cats as they don’t like the feel and noise of it.

Never leave food out in the kitchen and on surfaces, as this will encourage your cat to jump up, looking for food he can steal!

Cat and dog hair is a real issue in homes so regular vacuuming is a must, but there are also other ways to pick up stubborn hairs. Running a balloon over a carpet or rub will help pick up hairs because of the static electricity, as can sprinkling the surface with a light coating of baking soda and then vacuuming. Grooming your pet regularly also helps reduce hair shedding.

If you cat or dog has a little accident in the house, make sure you clean it up as soon as possible. It is also important to use a product which contains ingredients that will get rid of the ammonia in urine because pets will return to the same place to pee if they can smell it. (Remember, their sense of smell is much more powerful than ours.)

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Olney, a maid service in Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (ie VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you with all your house hygiene needs?

How to Clean your Fridge

fridgeThere are some cleaning jobs that are regular – washing up the dishes, for example – and other jobs that are more occasional.

Cleaning the refrigerator comes under the category of occasional, but how often is occasional – particularly when it comes to a domestic item that has a key role in your family’s health and safety?

Of course, that is a subjective question. In a busy household where family members are opening and closing the refrigerator all the time then cleaning requirements are greater than in a bachelor household where the fridge is used solely for the storage of beers (we hope we are not stereotyping bachelors here!).

In general though, it is a good idea to aim for cleaning the fridge once a week. Here’s how to do it:

  • Remove all the food from the fridge, take out the shelves and wash them in warm soapy water.
  • Use warm, soapy water to clean the interior of the fridge. Bicarbonate of soda will help shift stains (mix with water to make a paste). Remember to rinse well and dry everything.
  • If your fridge smells, soak a cotton wool ball or sponge in lemon juice and store in the fridge for several hours.
  • Use a white wine or cider vinegar solution to clean the stainless steel elements of your fridge.
  • Clean the door seals, as they can harbour germs, dirt and food debris. Clean with a sponge or cloth and soapy water and dry thoroughly.
  • DO NOT use bleach or household disinfectants inside your fridge, as traces will end up in your food.
  • Make sure all of your leftovers and food are stored in airtight, clean containers as this is the best way to maintain fridge hygiene.

In general, you should keep an eye on everything in the fridge – throwing out items that have gone past their use-by date or have turned moldy. It’s easy to forget opened jars of sauces and condiments, but keep a regular check on them.

Clean spills as soon as they happen because they will contaminate other things in the food and result in bad smells.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Columbia, a maid service in Arlington or cleaning services in Oakton, Reston, Vienna and a host of other places. Why not give us a call today and let us help you with all your cleaning needs?

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