12 Cleaning Tips We Bet You Didn’t Know

February 16, 2017

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Do you enjoy cleaning your home or business? Or is it something that you simply do not have time for anymore? Is there a company out there that you can trust to do it right and who won’t be satisfied until the job is done to your satisfaction? ServiceMaster Quality Services to the rescue!  

If you want to use fewer over-the-counter cleaning agents in between your ServiceMaster regular janitorial service, we have some ingredients, tools, and tips to help you.


  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach (on rare occasion) 
  • Lemon juice
  • Baby oil
  • Club soda

Citrus fruits, when freshly squeezed, make safe and convenient all-purpose cleaners. A pasty mixture of 2-cups of baking soda, 1/2 cup of liquid soap, 1/2 cup of water, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar combined and mixed well in a 16-ounce spray bottle can be applied to many tough to clean surfaces. Remove many types of stains with a mixture 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Allow the carpet to dry and vacuum. 


  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Soft-bristled paint brush
  • Duster
  • Squeegee


  1. Label all containers with do-it-yourself cleaning recipes. Read all warnings, if any. Don’t mix organic ingredients in that old ammonia bottle you’ve been saving or in any other chemical laden container. Keep out of reach of children.
  2. Don’t mop yourself into a corner! Carefully plan your exit strategy so you end at a doorway instead.
  3. Use cleaning cloths, sanitized sponges, and dusters instead of paper towels and disposable cloths. Your pocketbook will thank you and the environment will thank you, too.
  4. Don’t wait until cleaning the house becomes a project. Simply spend a few moments each day cleaning and tidying up one room at a time.
  5.  When dusting, dust from the top down. Allow gravity to assist. 
  6. Begin a weekly regiment of pouring boiling hot water down your kitchen drains. Congealed grease, oils, and vegetable matter can all get stuck in the kitchen drain and the frequent ministering of boiling water will keep the drains free from debris. (This action will also help prevent and control drain flies.)
  7. Spend a few moments each day putting things back where they belong and your home will become a clutter-free. For most people, a clutter free home is like a deep breath of fresh air. A clutter free home can create a clutter-free life.
  8. Place a flat metal rectangular pan under your toaster to capture crumbs that otherwise would have fallen through to the counter. 
  9. Clean white appliances with a mixture of 1/2 cup of bleach, 8 cups of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Rinse the appliance with clean water and dry completely. Rinse again with a mixture of 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Two things to think about: Do not use this mixture on stainless steel appliances and do not mix vinegar with bleach.
  10. Rub away unsightly fingerprints with baby oil and rinse with club soda.
  11. Why fill up your sink with hot water or turn the dishwasher on with only a few dishes to clean? Obtain a small baby food container, poke 4 or 5 holes in the lid, cut a piece of cellulose sponge and glue it on the top of the lid. Add some dish detergent to the container and you now have a functional easy-grip dishwasher. 
  12. Scour away tough to remove food that has become stuck on your countertops. Sprinkle some salt on the surface to be cleaned and rub a cloth dipped in lemon juice or white vinegar. 

Contact ServiceMaster Quality Services today for a more helpful cleaning tips. 


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