Monthly Archives: September 2014

Kitchens: Dirtier Than They Appear

During house cleaning in Bucks County, homeowners may be surprised to know they are focusing on the wrong areas. Many people may believe the bathroom is the dirtiest room in the house for obvious reasons, but believe it or not the kitchen surpasses the bathroom with flying colors. Sinks, stoves, counters, and coffee makers all surpass toilets and showers as the grossest spots you can find in a modern house or apartment.

Soap-the-Sink-tooThe reason is food preparation spreads a tremendous number of germs, especially if you’re a meat-eater. The kitchen is a high traffic area and germs spread even from purses and grocery bags touching the counter. Make sure to wash counters every day and after all food preparation with hot, soapy water and then rinse.

Kitchen sinks are notoriously germ-filled, even more so than bathroom sinks. You may not realize it, but the kitchen sink gets more use than the bathroom sink, and between the runoff from hand washing, dirty dishes, and residue from raw food particles, they can contain more bacteria than public toilets, which are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Though this may horrify you to no end, the simple solution is to just take some time to scrub the entire surface of the sink once or twice a week. Use hot water and soap and be sure to remove all traces of coffee grinds, egg residue, and other food particles.

Make no mistake, bathrooms need plenty of cleaning, but don’t be fooled into thinking the kitchen is pristine because the sink don’t stink. With our house cleaning service in Princeton and Bucks County, PA, Minch Professional Cleaning LLC can help you keep the whole house clean and comfortable.

Cleaning Bathrooms without Chemicals

Keeping bathrooms clean is important and should be done often, but you may be uncomfortable with constantly spraying potentially harmful chemicals in such a frequently used room. A 50/50 vinegar and water mix is perfectly safe and effective in cleaning many different surfaces.

To clean mirrors with this solution, you can fashion a rag from old t-shirts or newspapers, but the ideal method is to wipe with microfiber cloths – one wet and one dry. You’ll be surprised at the results you’ll get without the use of any chemicals.

The vinegar and water mix is also effective for cleaning counters, tiles, and even soap scum in showers and tubs. For very tough stains and grime stuck to showers, try a baking soda and water paste, or baking soda and vinegar for an even stronger solution. Scrub tile grout with hydrogen peroxide and a soft toothbrush to loosen set-in dirt and grime.

To keep toilets relatively clean in between visits from house cleaning companies in 

Princeton, coat the inside of the bowl with baking soda and pour a cup of white vinegar into the water. Scrub with a toilet brush, and the chemical reaction should remove most stains and odors.

You can even find recipes online for chemical-free air fresheners as an alternative to Febreeze or Lysol. Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC has even more tips on our website for effective natural house cleaning in Princeton.