Green Cleaning TIps

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Whether it’s from kids, pets or from just being clumsy, spills on carpets are inevitable but thanks to this week’s Green Tip; stains don’t have to be!  Instead of reaching for a chemical laden carpet cleaner, try out this all-natural spot cleaner the next time your drink decided to land on the floor. You probably have all of the ingredients in your house right now!

Mix 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax and 1/4 cup vinegar, then apply this paste to deep stains or heavily soiled sections of carpet. Allow the paste to sit on the carpet for several hours until it dries completely, then vacuum it away.

Wool dryer balls are all the rage these days but how is adding a few balls to your dryer helpful, you may ask?

For starters, wool balls are a more eco-friendly choice than traditional chemical laden dryer sheets because with all that bouncing around they do, they actually reduce dryer time. Saving you on time and energy. Compared to traditional dryer sheets, they also last longer, cutting down on single use waste. They also don’t contain any of the chemicals and fragrances found in many dryer sheets. Best yet, once a natural wool dryer ball reaches the end of its life, it takes much less time to decompose than a polyester dryer sheet.

Now’s the time! Pick up some wool dryer balls, we promise you will love the change!

  1. As you read this tip you may be wondering if we are trying to repel vampires or insects with this week’s green tip! But it turns out mosquitos and other insects dislike garlic as much as vampires!  If your garden is being overrun with pests, this all-natural spray may be the ticket! 

You’ll Need:
• 4 cloves of garlic
•1 Tb Mineral Oil
• 1 tsp dish soap

Chop garlic (or use 4 cloves worth of minced garlic)  of and cover them with mineral oil. Allow mixture to sit and soak for 24-48 hours. After they are done soaking, remove the minced garlic chunks and mix the oil with 1 pint of water and 1 tsp of dish soap. This liquid is the base. To use in your garden, add 2Tb of concentrated garlic liquid to 1 pint of water in a spray bottle.  Be sure to test and make sure plants can handle mixture. If there is any plant damage, solution may need to be diluted more.


Here’s a tip for any teenager to keep in their back pocket the next time your father asks you to mow the lawn: just tell him to let it grow another week. Right before your father loses his mind, let him know that letting the grass grow can reduce carbon emissions. It doesn’t matter if the mower is gas powered or electric, waiting longer between cuts will condense fuel or electricity usage. And longer grass is more drought resistant in the summer months.

One last Hail Mary before he throws you outside and changes the locks – let him know that less frequent mowing will encourage the dandelions, and other wildflowers to grow and bloom. This will attract bees to pollinate the surrounding flowers and plants. It’s worth a shot, right?

Houseplants create more than just an improved look and feel to your budding interior design skills, they also earn their keep by improving the air quality in your home. Different plants can serve a variety of purposes, so base your choices less on aesthetics and more on function:

  • The “Dracaena trifasciata” plant emits most of its oxygen at night, which makes it a perfect addition to your bedroom.
  • Peace lilies and Boston ferns love atmospheric conditions in rooms with high humidity, and often absorb mold spores from the air. These plants would be an ideal fit for your bathroom.
  • Weeping figs are known to be one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde released from furniture and carpets, a byproduct from their manufacturing, making them a great fit for your living room.

This is an important tip that falls in the category of “practice what you preach.” For years now, Green Maids Cleaning has abandoned the paper towel in favor of the microfiber cloth for cleaning surfaces. This simple act eliminates so much waste. If the average US family would cut back on their paper towel usage by 3 rolls per year, it would eliminate a remarkable 120,000 tons of waste. Paper towels alone create nearly 254 million tons of trash around the globe each year. Think of how light just one roll of paper towels is – let that sink in!

If microfiber cloths aren’t on your shopping list as of yet, try cutting up old t-shirts to use as rags. I mean, if they’re already gathering dust in your closest, why not put them to work on your kitchen counters and achieve the same goal?


Here’s an interesting fact: a family of four will need to wash approximately 5 loads of laundry in an average week. In total, that equates to 130,000 watts of energy the washer will use each year. Sure, this is a necessary convenience for modern living – unless you’re ok wearing the same clothes for the entire week – but one way to minimize that consumption is to simply wait for a full load of laundry to build up before you run the washer. If you can cut back at least one load per week, that cuts your energy usage by 20%.


We know, we know… some parents with teenagers might have just had milk shooting from their noses laughing so hard when they read that headline. But hear us out! The average shower uses 5-10 gallons of water per minute. When you factor in a 15–20-minute shower and then do some basic 4th grade math, you can start to see how much water consumption we take for granted. We won’t even discuss the energy used to heat all that water… that’s a topic for another day.

Maybe next time just before you hop in the shower, set a game plan – focus on the necessary time to get yourself clean, wash your hair, rinse, and then call it a day. Or set a goal to take quick showers throughout the week and treat yourself to one longer shower on Saturday or Sunday. And for those of you with teenagers – we might suggest locating the hot water shut-off valve in your house. It might come in handy to help prove a point, but you didn’t hear it from us…


Most of us will remember from high school biology that plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce oxygen as a byproduct of their respiratory systems and their photosynthesis processes. Since we know that an abundance of greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide! – trap heat within our atmosphere and contribute to Global Warming and climate change, it would only make sense that we should grow more plants to help diminish some of that excess CO2.

Growing your own vegetable garden will help play a part in battling the effects of Global Warming. Even if it’s a small step, it’s a step in the right direction. There are other environmental impacts to this as well. The produce you buy at big-name grocery stores are often flown in from other parts of the country or world, which is a tremendous use of energy and fuel. You might not be the best gardener at the start, but give it time. Before you know it, you’ll be embracing your new hobby and your dinner table will be overflowing with homegrown vegetables.

By the time we hit March, winter has usually worn out its welcome, and we all look forward to the first glimpses of spring. Maybe the first step to help usher in that spring-time freshness is to simply open your windows. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the dirty truth is that the air quality inside your home can be more harmful than the air outside. The winter buildup of pet dander, mold spores, chemicals, and pollen – yes, even pollen finds its way indoors – can lead to an unhealthy indoor atmosphere. These factors can make life uncomfortable if you suffer from allergies and asthma. Opening your windows will create an airflow that will help push those pollutants outside.

Pro-Tip: You don’t have to wait until the temps reach the upper 60’s. Try opening your windows – even for 30-minute stretches – when the sun is bright and it’s warm enough to melt the snow. A breath of fresh air will do wonders for your health and your outlook during those late winter doldrums.  

Have you ever heard of a thing called “Vampire Power”? It’s a term used for the constant draw of electricity by idle devices and electronics. We never think about the steady drip of energy used by your tv, microwave, printer, etc. when they aren’t in use, but that toll on your electricity bill is always lurking around every corner of your house. The statistics are staggering: It’s estimated that in the US alone, the yearly cumulative energy draw on idle electronics would be the equivalent to the production of 12 power plants combined.

If unplugging your electronics every day is a bit of a hassle – which is understandable – consider investing in power strips. Flipping the switch on a power strip into “standby” mode has the same effect as unplugging each device from an outlet and will put an end to the threat of any Vampire Power in your home.

Did you know, almost 90% of the energy used to run a load of laundry in your washing machine goes to heating the water? By simply switching your cycles to run on cold water, you can reduce nearly 1,600 lbs of CO2 emissions every year. Plus, the cold water keeps your colors more vibrant and in better condition than with warm water. If you need to use hot water, try keeping it only for small batches those tough stains. Your clothes will thank you!


After your next dentist visit when you come home with a shiny new toothbrush, stop yourself before you throw out your old one! There’s still life for those bristles after it’s scrubbed its last incisor. Old toothbrushes are nifty for getting into those hard to clean areas where a sponge just can’t compete. Try using it to clean the soles of sneakers, or the grout between your tiles. Do you have a grimy track for your shower door? It’s no match for a toothbrush. There are plenty of uses for that little brush that the American Dental Association never dreamt of, so keep them around for a second chapter in their lives. Feel free to let us know how you reuse your old toothbrushes!

Switch to LED Bulbs

We’re all feeling the pinch of higher energy costs these days, but a simple switch to LED light bulbs could go a long way to help reduce your electricity usage. Approximately 9% of your home’s energy goes to lighting! Believe it or not, standard incandescent light bulbs radiate a surprising amount of heat… and in the summertime, that’s an extra strain on your air conditioner.

Here at Green Maids Cleaning, we’re all about small steps that add up to big differences you can make toward greener living.

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One of our favorite solutions to tarnished silver/silverware is grabbing a bottle of ketchup. Use ketchup to clean your silver by squeezing a small amount onto a towel and rubbing it gently on the tarnished areas. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes so the ketchup can soak into the silver. If your silver has detailed or textured spaces, use a toothbrush to clean between the crevices. Next, rinse clean and see your silver sparkle!

If you’re looking for a professional routine cleaner in New Hampshire or Maine – contact our team of dedicated green cleaners today. We look forward to servicing your home or business!

use sprite to clean jewelry

Believe it or not, you can use Sprite or any lemon-lime soda to clean the dirt and grime off of silver kitchenware or jewelry. Soak your silver in the lemon-lime soda for about an hour, and then rinse with water. Let the pieces dry thoroughly and then see them shine!

sponge, gloves and vinegar

Grime on your showerhead? When dirt and hard water collects on your shower head it can make it hard for the water to flow out of the little holes. Don’t buy a new shower head and stress about installing it, just fill a small bag with white vinegar and wrap it around the head with some rubber bands. Make sure the white vinegar submerges the outside of the showerhead so the acid has the chance to eliminate the grime and build up. Let the vinegar dissolve the acid for a few hours and then remove. Ta-da! Your showerhead is now sparkling clean!

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Have you ever thought about how dirty your sponge is that you use to clean everything? According to studies, the average kitchen sponge contains over 360 different types of bacteria. Yuck! That’s extremely unsanitary. The best solution for cleaning a dirty sponge is to microwave it on high for 2 minutes. This will kill all the active germs and bacteria.

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Trying to cut with a rusty knife is nearly impossible. If you have a rusty knife, try using lemon scraps to remove the rust. Wrap the lemon around the knife and wipe it clean. The rust will dissolve from the surface.

Oh no! Did your child decide to use your walls as their own drawing board? Don’t worry, just peel a cucumber, slice it down and remove the drawings off the wall effortlessly. Rub the wall and the crayon marks are sure to come off. Repeat this process until needed and then gently use a microfiber cleaning cloth on the walls to wipe up the residue. Use this trick for pen and marker wall art too!

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