Archive for February, 2008

Multiple Uses for Baking Soda

   When it comes to natural cleaners, there is not much that beats baking soda.  Check out some of its uses:

1. To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.

2. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.

3. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won’t damage anything it touches.

4. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs.

5. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.

6. Wash garbage cans with baking soda.

7. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.

8. Oil and grease – stained clothing washes out better with soda added to the washing water.

9. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water.

10. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.

11. Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.

12. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.

13. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.

14. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.

15. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.

16. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.

17. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells.

18. To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water.

19. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water).

20. Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse.

21. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.

22. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.

23. Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse.

24. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry.

25. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.

26. Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda on the bottom.

27. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.

28. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.

29. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day.

30. Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain.

31. Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.

32. Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water.

33. Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor.

34. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge – sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc.

35. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.

36. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.

37. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse.

38. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it.

39. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.

40. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.

41. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby’s bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.

42. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water.

43. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox.

44. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

45. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth.

46. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain.

47. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water.

48. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.

49. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water.

50. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly.

51. Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.

52. Use soda as an underarm deodorant.

53. If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away.

54. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white.

55. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.

56. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.

57. Add to water to remove the “gamey” taste from wild game.

58. Use to sweeten sour dishcloths.

59. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

60. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.




House Cleaning: We Get What We Pay For

I spoke recently to a woman who lives in a 3,513 square foot home. If you are not really familiar with sqare feet, trust me when I say that that’s a huge home. The woman had called me because she wanted to know my company’s house cleaning prices.

After I gave her an estimate, she exclaimed, “I’d never pay that much!” And she went on to explain that she had been using a woman (who is now in the hospital ill) who cleaned her home every two weeks for about $30 each visit.

I inquired as to whether or not the woman was insured, bonded or even registered as a business in her state. The woman told me “no”. It was at that point that I explained to her that the reason the woman is able to charge her dirt cheap prices is because:

a. The woman is charging cash and paying no taxes

b. The woman is not a real cleaning business

c. If the woman ever gets hurt in her home, she has no insurance, and will sue the home owner

d. If the woman ever breaks an expensive item in the home, she will have no way of replacing it because again, she has no insurance to cover such things

In short, I wanted the woman to know that no authentic cleaning service would clean a 3,513 square foot mini-mansion for $30. And in fact, it is next to impossible for a woman to clean such a huge home alone. I am 100% positive that no “deep” cleaning of that home has ever taken place. The cleaner more than likely enters the home, vacuums, mops, dusts a few items and leaves with her $30 cash.

On the surface, the home appears clean. In actuality, it’s just as dirty as it always has been. Deep cleaning includes so much more than a simple quick vacuuming and dusting.

If you are thinking of hiring a cheap, off the street cleaning person, think twice. It actually is dangerous. Check the story below:

A registered sex offender was arrested after a Mesa home was robbed during a house-cleaning Wednesday, police said.

The home was recently purchased and being cleaned before the homebuyer, Bart Passey, completely moved in this weekend.

About $3,700 worth of property was taken from the home, Mesa police said.

It’s pretty scary, Passey said of the incident. He said the cleaners were found by the previous homeowner on the Internet using craigslist.

Daniel Roman, 45, of Phoenix was arrested Wednesday evening after he was found to be in the possession of stolen goods from the home, police said. Roman has been convicted numerous times, including for rape and armed robbery.

The cleaners, which included Roman, his wife and granddaughter, arrived at the North Raven Avenue home at 3 p.m. Wednesday, police said. They entered the home through the garage using the keypad, Passey said.

The previous homeowner received a phone call about 5:30 p.m. from the cleaners asking to be paid in cash at a different location, police said. The person was suspicious of the demand and asked Passey to check on the home, police said.

Passey found some items were missing, including two guns and a laptop computer. He said he also found items moved outside, including two other guns.

They were trying to stage a backyard scene, said Passey, who called police.

Authorities arrived at the payment location and questioned Roman. Police said he told them he stole the goods and that they were inside his vehicle.

He was caught red-handed, Passey said.

Roman faces three Class 4 felonies, including a theft charge and two charges of misconduct with a weapon, police said.



UpperCrust Maids of Maryland/DC Offers Move-in, Move-Out Cleaning

Real esate companies can rest assured that UpperCrust Maids, LLC is the best choice for cleaning your vacant properties:

Let’s face it. Your properties are important to you. When you show a property, you want it to be in appropriate shape, beautiful and definitely clean. That’s where UpperCrust Maids, LLC enters the picture. We will clean it thoroughly, from top to bottom—the first time.

We offer you peace of mind in the following situations: We are aware that tenants often leave abruptly, and leave the home in bad, filthy condition.  We will get to work right away to bring the home back to a clean, shiny state. We are aware that you often are put in a position where you need to get a home in show condition on short notice. We can help you with that. Just give us a call and we will work with you to get that home clean in a timely manner.

No one wants to move into a dirty home. UpperCrust Maids, LLC understands that and will get your homes ready for the market.

How we can help you: Do you need a quick turn around? That’s no problem for us. Relax…and give us a call at 301-322-7112.Are you wary of fly-by-night cleaning services? Relax…we are bonded and insured for your company’s peace of mind and protection. And yes, our employees are legal residents of this country.

Call UpperCrust Maids, LLC today and let’s discuss getting your properties cleaned tomorrow!

Spring Cleaning Tips from Martha Stewart

Spring is right around the corner, believe it or not. Check out some of Martha Stewart’s tips—and then call UpperCrust Maids, LLC so that we can help you out!

Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you’ll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.

Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.

Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh
Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.

Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.

Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.

Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.

PRESS HERE and watch the video regarding the 6 tips that she offers

Of course, you may not want to do your own spring cleaning.  At UpperCrust Maids, LLC we understand that. And that’s why we are here. Our goal is to serve you and to make your life a little easier.

With that in mind, March is right around the corner. Bring in spring with all the beauty that we envision when we think of spring.

UpperCrust Maids, LLC is bonded and insured for your protection. Our cleaning technicians are experienced and professional. We respect the confidentiality off all of our clients. Call us TODAY so we may get out to your home and start the cleaning process.

We offer environmentally friendly, “green” cleaning and we service the following areas:


Chevy Chase




Silver Spring

Takoma Park

Upper Marlboro

Washington, DC (selected areas)


You don’t see your location? Ask us whether or not we service your area and we will see what we can work out to your satisfaction. Remember, we are here to serve you!

Call at 301-322-7112 OR fill in our quote form at

Organize and Save Time!

Are you an organized person? Most people are not naturally organized, yet organization cuts down on stress and it makes for an easier go at finding the various important papers, clothing items, etc. that you will need to access at any given time.

Check out the tips video above which shares some simple things you can do to organize your life.