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Earth Day…April 22, 2012

Designer Maid wants to help you help the environment on Sunday April 22…EARTH DAY! When you purchase an Introductory Cleaning Special you will receive a tree or shrub to plant or a $25 gift card from Lowes to pick what you want! View this great special here by clicking this link!


Is It Really Green?

How do you know if a product is truly “Green” or not?

There are several North American agencies with different agendas and mandates. However the EPA, Terrachoice Ecologo, Green Seal, Gold Seal, INFORM Inc., Purdue University Relative Hazard Chemical Score and many other sources provide a window into this important subject.

We are partnered with Better Life and our trained cleaning professionals use their eco-friendly cleaning products to provide you and your family a safe healthy environment.

Learn more about how to protect your family by cleaning green.

Home Show a Great Success!!!

Many thanks to everyone who made this past weekend a great success at the WNC Home and Garden Show at the Civic Center in Asheville!!

Congratulations goes out to the winner of our raffle basket valued at $750 to Paul Wilson of Tryon!!!

See you all next year!!!!

Cleaning for Health and Safety..Sanitizing with Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Here is a great question submitted to ICAN (International Custodial Advisors Network)

I have recently read that a combination of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar sprayed separately onto surfaces provides a high degree of sanitation.

Is there any truth to this?

Yes, it appears there is. In tests, the best results came from using one mist right after the other; this was 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer.

In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner.

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The Vinegar Institute says that white distilled vinegar will clean and disinfect cutting boards, and the acetic acid it contains will remove mineral deposits and various films on common surfaces.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes hydrogen peroxide as an oxidizing agent widely used as a disinfectant, therefore a sanitizer. Keep in mind that it is a bleach, so it needs to be used with caution. Dilution ratios are also critical since high concentrations can damage skin. Proper storage must be provided (peroxide is damaged by sunlight).

Many commercial cleaning products based on hydrogen peroxide are now being sold by Jan-San supply houses, so its value is recognized in the industry. However, both white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are inexpensive and readily available.

If they work well for your applications, use them with confidence.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor

One Minute Chores…Clean a mirror! Tip # 3

Tip #3… Clean a Mirror!

A clean mirror makes a room look cleaner and brighter! If you don’t have glass cleaner and paper towels, try using vinegar and an old newspaper. This is a lot less expensive and it works just as well!

Always remember to give your cleaner a few seconds to do its work before you begin to wipe. Finish the job by going back over with a clean dry towel or newspaper to remove any streaks left behind!

Tips on One Minute Chores!

Our lives can be quite hectic and full of activities most of the time and it can be difficult to find the time to do all of the household chores that need your attention!!  Perhaps you only have a minute to spare.  Here is one thought!

ONE-MINUTE CHORES….Only have a minute for cleaning? No problem. Here you will find tips that will give you some ideas for chores that take less than a minute!

Dust One Thing!  It only takes a minute to choose one thing and dust it. You can either use a feather duster, a dust spray and a rag, or a dust wipe.  It’s that easy.

You can quickly dust:

• TV screens    • Shelves    • Blinds     • Ceiling fans    • Air Vents

Tips for Feeling Good about a Clean House!

According to a survey done by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA): • 98% of people feel good about themselves when their house is clean. • 97% of people believe their families appreciate a clean home. That said… housecleaning can be a very overwhelming job! Call Designer Maid today @ 828-684-1113 or visit our website @ Let us help you feel better today!