Five Green Cleaning Recipes for a Spring Home Detox?

Five Green Cleaning Recipes for a Spring Home Detox?

Maid Brigade Reveals Natural Cleaning Tips to Minimize Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

ATLANTA— Did you know that ground cinnamon is an effective and organic way to control ants? How about using a combination of sea salt and lemon to clean chrome, copper, and brass? It doesn’t take harsh chemicals to get the house cleaning job done well. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor environments may be two to five times more polluted than the outdoors, in part due to the regular use of traditional cleaning supplies laden with harmful chemicals.

Detox your home this spring with the HYPERLINK “http://www.maidbrigade.com/green-house-cleaning/asthma-and-allergy-green-guide” Maid Brigade Spring Cleaning Go to Guide authored by Green Cleaning Coach Leslie Reichert and Maid Brigade Consumer Health Advocate Marie Stegner. Below are some natural, green cleaning solutions as featured in the guide to minimize asthma and allergy triggers and improve your family’s overall health.

1. Daily All-Purpose Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1-cup seltzer water
8 drops tea tree oil
1/8-cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on surface to disinfect and let soak for several minutes before wiping away. Hydrogen peroxide eventually loses its strength so you will need to add more to the mixture each time you use the solution.

2. Furniture Polish
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. water
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix liquids in a spray bottle. Shake well and apply to furniture. Allow polish to sit for 5 minutes before buffing with a dry polishing cloth.

3. No Wax Floor Cleaner
1/4 cup lemon juice
8 drops dish soap
3 tbsp. skim milk or powdered milk
2 cups warm water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and spray directly onto floor. Use a microfiber cloth to clean, then rinse the floor as needed. This method does not require a bucket and uses less cleaner and water than traditional methods.

4. Ant Repellant
Ground Cinnamon

Find where the trail of ants is entering your home and spread ground cinnamon around the entire area. Ants do not like the smell and will go back to the nest with cinnamon stuck on their legs, moving out shortly after.

5. Chrome, Copper, and Brass Cleaner
1 whole lemon
1 small dish of sea salt

Cut the lemon in half and dip it in the salt. Rub the salted lemon on the tarnished metal. Then squeeze the juice of the lemon out slowly to cover the metal. Once clean, wash in warm water with a gentle dish soap.

For even more green cleaning recipes and healthy HYPERLINK “http://www.maidbrigade.com/house-cleaning-tips” house cleaning tips visit www.maidbrigade.com.

About Maid Brigade?Headquartered in Atlanta, Maid Brigade is the only HYPERLINK “http://www.maidbrigade.com/house-cleaning-guide”house cleaning service that is Green Clean Certified® with more than 400 franchise service areas in the United States and Canada. Established in 1979, Maid Brigade is the green cleaning industry leader and has a longstanding legacy of providing quality customer service and consistent and thorough cleaning using the most advanced techniques and equipment. The company has also implemented a consumer advocacy program in response to reports from the EPA linking chemicals in traditional cleaning products to a wide range of health risks. For more information visit maidbrigade.com or call 866-800-7434.

Nine Tips to Ease Your Routine and Stay Green this Summer

Nine Tips to Ease Your Routine and Stay Green this Summer

Nine Tips to Ease Your Routine and Stay Green this Summer

With summer in full swing, who wants to spend their free time on cleaning and household chores? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 84 percent of women spend an average of 2.6 hours per day on household activities such as cleaning, lawn care, and cooking. No wonder 72 percent of women feel they work a ‘second shift,’ as found by a recent survey conducted by Maid Brigade and Mom Corps.

Greening your day while you ease into your summer routine to spend more fun time with the family is the focus of these nine tips from Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for the leading cleaning company, Maid Brigade.

1. Leave the car at home. Bike, walk, or push the kids in a stroller. Get to know the public transit system to save gas and limit air pollution.

2. Dry clothes outside. Dry clothes on a clothesline or drying rack to save energy and money.

3. Fire up the grill. Invite friends and family over for an eco-friendly barbeque complete with reusable cups and plates, composting and recycling bins, and local or organic food.

4. Deal with bugs safely and naturally. Get rid of those pesky ants with citrus and try beer for fruit flies. To keep mosquitoes away, plant basil.

5. Hit up the farmers market. Support local farmers, lower your carbon footprint, and stock-up on delicious produce. What could be better?

6. Save in moderation. Only turn on air conditioning window units for rooms in use. For central air systems, turn the thermostat up a few degrees. This will make a big difference in your energy savings and still keep everyone comfortable.

7. Cool down and reuse in a kiddy pool. Let the kids have their fun. Then, reuse the water for the garden afterwards.

8. Choose your sunscreen wisely. Health food stores sell biodegradable sunscreen products including zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that protect the environment as well as your skin.

9. Hydrate with tap water. Avoid buying bottled water. Use a reusable bottle and fill it up with fresh ice water instead.

Maid Brigade cares about the health of today’s families. With more than 25 years of experience, the company is the national leader in green cleaning practices and has a longstanding legacy of offering the latest in maid services and technologies. Maid Brigade is the first and only Green Clean Certified® cleaning services franchise that implements a certification program for green house cleaning so customers know that they’re getting a green cleaning that is safe and truly green. For more information on Maid Brigade or for more healthy living cleaning tips visit maidbrigade.com or http://blog.maidbrigade.com/.

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Did you know Women are twice as likely than men to suffer from depression including seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which causes feelings of depression and lethargy during the winter months? Winter flu activity is also increasingthroughout the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reported nearly 25 states that cited widespread or regional geographic influenza activity in the early part of February 2011. Maid Brigade Consumer Advocate Marie Stegner, offers five winter survival tips to help families stay both emotionally and physically healthy.

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Maid Brigade Offers Tips to Eliminate Winter Stress and Illness
Women are twice as likely than men to suffer from depression including seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which causes feelings of depression and lethargy during the winter months. Winter flu activity is also increasing throughout the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reported nearly 25 states that cited widespread or regional geographic influenza activity in the early part of February 2011.
While it’s normal to worry about increased stress and illness during the blistery winter months, Maid Brigade Consumer Advocate Marie Stegner, offers five winter survival tips to help families stay both emotionally and physically healthy.
Blues Beaters:
Drink green tea. Known to have a high amount of polyphenols (chemicals with potent antioxidant properties), green tea provides the same level of energy and attentiveness with fewer ups and downs than other caffeinated drinks.

Let the sun shine in. Maximize the amount of time spent in the sunlight by opening up curtains and venturing outside.

Exercise. One hour of aerobic exercise outside has the same therapeutic effects as 2.5 hours of indoor light treatment. So hit up the slopes or organize an ice-skating adventure at the local pond.
Flu Beaters:
Eliminate germs where they breed. When cleaning to eliminate germs, remember that spraying and wiping isn’t enough-the disinfectant needs to remain on the surface being cleaned for up to 10 minutes to effectively kill lingering germs and bacteria.

Throw out nasty chemicals. Ordinary household disinfectants contain neurological toxins that can be harmful, especially to children, pets and the elderly. Eliminate harsh chemicals from your arsenal of cleaning supplies and replace them with ecologically sound disinfectants or homemade, natural solutions including vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and cornstarch.

Maid Brigade cares about the health of today’s families. With more than 25 years of experience, the company is the national leader in green cleaning practices and has a longstanding legacy of offering the latest in maid services and technologies. Maid Brigade is the first and only Green Clean Certified® cleaning services franchise that implements a certification program for green house cleaning so customers know that they’re getting a green cleaning that is safe and truly green. For more information on Maid Brigade or for more healthy living tips visit www.maidbrigade.com,www.greencleancertified.com or http://blog.maidbrigade.com/blog/maid-brigade.