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Toxic Household Cleaning Agents

  • Lee
  • December 28, 2015

Toxic Household Cleaning Agents

Some of the most toxic chemicals are living right under your nose. They are sitting in a bucket under the sink or in the laundry room on a shelf. Cleaning agents can be very deadly to our health and our home. The fumes from most of these are the most toxic. An average home contains many different gallons of toxic chemicals. Cleaning companies do not have to list every single ingredient in their product and for them that is probably a good thing, for us not so much.

Cleaning companies are able to hide certain ingredients under “secret ingredients” because they claim that is what makes them so unique and by law they are allowed too.
When you pick up a cleaner and it has many warnings on it, do you really want to use it in your home? You are locking those cleaners away for a reason so that your child or animal doesn’t get ahold of it because if they do it can be very fatal.

  • Chlorinated phenol – this chemical is often found in your toilet bowl cleaner and has toxic fumes. This is not good for your respiratory system.
  • Diethylene glycol – this agent is found in Windex and is deadly to your nervous system.
  • Phenols – this agent is often found in Lysol spray or other disinfectants. It is also dangerous for you to breathe in the fumes.
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylate – you will generally find this agent in your everyday laundry detergent and surface cleaners. Do you really want to wear this substance or lay your food on it? This chemical is illegal in Europe.
  • Formaldehyde – this chemical is often found in things like Febreeze and Glade to freshen your room. It can also be found in your nail polish.
  • Perchloroethylene – is a chemical in stain remover. Has been found to cause kidney damage.

This list could keep going for miles. There is hundreds of chemicals out there in our everyday products that we do not realize we are breathing. We think our home is clean, but truthfully it is full of chemicals that are dangerous to our health. This is why natural products are important to use every day.

At Maid Savvy Cleaning Services, we always go above and beyond to make sure that your home is clean and safe of toxic chemicals each time we visit. We always try to use the safest cleaning agents possible so that your home is a safe area for your family. Book your cleaning today!


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Top 5 Allergens in your Home

  • Lee
  • December 17, 2015

Top 5 Allergens in your Home

Allergens are everywhere, especially in the Southeast during the spring time. With the number of trees, grasses, and flowers in the area, the number one allergen is pollen. You may be thinking that pollen is an outside allergen but it easily finds its ways into your home. Every available entry way into your home can lead to increased pollen levels. Pollen can come in around cracks in the door, through the air conditioner, and even through the mesh screens in windows.

There are a couple of steps you can take to reduce the amount of pollen in your home:

  1. Keep the doors and windows closed tight
  2. Make sure that you are changing your air conditioner filter on a regular basis
  3. Wash shoes during especially heavy pollen periods.

Cockroaches are another high allergen. Cockroaches cause lots of people to have allergies and the stuff you kill them with can also cause you to sneeze. Cockroaches are one of the nastiest bugs because they carry disease and germs, which they spread throughout your home. You may not even be aware that you have any, but you could have a few lurking in small spaces. Another way to get rid of them instead of using roach killer would be to sprinkle a little borax out. Make sure you do it were your child or dog wouldn’t get in it!

Mold spores are another top allergen. They like to grow and breed in damp places, such as your bath mat if it stays wet, or the bottom of your shower curtain. You could also have find mold down the back of your refrigerator if it sweats. Other places are under the cabinets and behind the toilets.

With Maid Savvy, each cleaning can help reduce the number of allergens in your home by making sure they are swept, wiped, and mopped away. A Maid Savvy house cleaning is just a few clicks away when you check out our booking page!


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Tips on Removing Dog Smells in your Home

  • Lee
  • December 14, 2015

Tips on Removing Dog Smells in your Home

The first tip to keep your home smelling nice is obviously to get a Maid Savvy cleaning (..duh), but otherwise a good rule of thumb if you have pets it yo make sure your dog is potty trained. If your dog is not potty trained and you have carpet that can present a very bad problem. Dogs are much bigger animals than cats and they urinate a whole lot more at one time. If you are constantly cleaning the carpet you are eventually going to have to take the carpet up. Trust me on this because I have seen it happen over and over.

If you are potty training your dog, make sure to keep his potty pad somewhere out of sight and out of the way. Usually a laundry room or the mud roof is a good place for it. If you dog is being potty trained to go outside, this will cause him to have to be groomed frequently because he will begin to smell and stink up your home.
Keep the animals off furniture especially soft furniture. Soft furniture seems to soak up odors and over time it becomes hard to remove. If you have leather furniture it will be easier to clean, but remember that all pets have sharp nails and it could tear your furniture.

Another way to keep the smell down is to mop and vacuum as much as you can. Keeping the floors swept and mopped also keeps the germs down as well.
Don’t forget to wash the dogs bedding and toys that he plays with. If his toys are not washable and they are beginning to smell really bad toss them and buy some new ones.
Another way is to spray a deodorizer in your home that kills the smell and not just covers it up. Your dog is going to need to be groomed on a regular basis since it is in your home, but you are not going to be able to groom him every day.

If you have multiple pets, including dogs, check out our similar post on how to remove dog odor from your home.


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Tips on Removing Cat Odor from your Home

  • Lee
  • December 11, 2015

Tips on Removing Cat Odor from your Home

When you enter your home does there always seem to be something unpleasant that greets you at the door. Does it greet your guests as well? No, I’m not talking about your kitty cat. I’m talking about the strong urine smell that comes with owning a cat. Charlotte, NC is one of the top feline pet owner areas in the nation (out public transit system was even named after cats!).

Here are a few tips on cat ownership that can help ensure that your house doesn't smell like a litter box.

  1. If you know that your cat has urinated somewhere other than the litter box, make sure you clean it up right away. If you have carpet use paper towels to absorb as much as you can and then sprinkle baking soda on it and vacuum it up. If the urine is on a wall make sure to wipe that down with hot soapy water. If the cat peed on your curtain, you will have to take those down and wash them. The same goes for your sofa, you will have to scrub it best you can with baking soda and let it air dry.
  2. Make sure to purchase a cleaner that is made to break the scent down or remove the scent. Cats have a better sense of smell than humans and just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean the cat can’t. The bottom line is if the cat can still smell it, more than likely the kitty will potty there again.
  3. Another great way to rid the smell is to rent a carpet cleaner. This type of cleaner puts out fresh clean water and sucks back in the dirt and grime. This generally is the best way to deal with the smell. It also gives your home a nice fresh smell and it makes your carpet look new. Some carpet cleaners have attachments and are made to deep clean cushions and other soft furniture. This is also great because you can clean that stinky sofa that you kitty keeps peeing on.
  4. Make sure to sprinkle baking soda on the carpet on a regular basis and vacuum it up because it helps to give the room a freshly cleaned smell.

If you have multiple pets, including dogs, check out our similar post on how to remove dog odor from your home.

One of the most common requests we get when new customs call is to remove the hair and smell from their cats and dogs. At Maid Savvy, pet hair and smell are included in our Charlotte house cleaning guarantee and we will make sure the job is done right!


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