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Customized Cleanings

Are you about sick and tired of cleaning your own home?  GREAT!  Turn it over to the experts…and I can tell you now that very few cleaning companies give “expert” service.
UpperCrust Maids, LLC is not your average cleaning company. We are above average and it shows in our work ethic.
Unlike most cleaning companies, our cleaning techs clean only TWO houses a day. That means that they have more time to devote to your home and no rushing through.
Secondly, our services are customized. We use several different all natural products and we determine which products to use based on the needs of each home. There is no “one size fits all” here.
For example, in homes that are particularly dirty or mildewed, we would use stronger products than in homes that are in a cleaner condition. And as homes improve, we monitor and change the products chosen.
Are you ready to bring your home to a standard of beauty and state of cleanliness usually reserved for model homes? Give us a call TODAY or email us.





Eco Friendly House Cleaning for Your Pets


By Cathy Green

Approximately 50% of the clients that we service have either a cat or dog or combination of both. Great. We are a pet friendly business and we work just fine around pets.

One thing I have noticed is that cats tend to be under the impression that the home is being cleaned specifically for their personal comfort. Dogs generally want to play and socialize when we enter the homes.

For certain, it does not take long at all for your pets to get to know our staff and for us to work around each other while respecting each others’ space.

Because pets become a true member of the family—and for some people, pets are like children, we are as careful with your pet as we would be with a child. And that’s another reason we use safe, natural products. We use OdoBan, Benefect and Weiman products. On your wood floors, we use vinegar-water. No need to worry about your animal inhaling our products and becoming ill.

If you are presently in the process of searching out a cleaning company, one thing you should inquire about—especially if you have children or pets is the quality of their products. If they are using harsh chemicals, you should think twice about hiring them. The truth of the matter is, there is no need to use dangerous, harsh chemicals to clean a house. As the owner of a natural cleaning company, I can assure you that your home will be equally as clean with the green, eco-friendly products we use.

So…your toddlers and children are safe to breathe in our products. You are safe. Your pets are safe. And your home will be equally as clean!  Questions?  We are only an email or phone call away.  301-322-7112 or

Go Green and Help the Planet and Your Lungs

People often ask me why it is that I chose to use all environmentally safe products as opposed to off-the-shelf, conventional products when I founded UpperCrust Maids, LLC.

For me it was a simple choice. In a world where there are issues with global warming and ozone problems, I wanted to do my part to protect the environment as much as possible—and it was important to me to only expose my clients to products that are at a minimum, safer than the old ozone-destroying chemicals that people often use.

I truly wish that more people, especially those with young children, would buy into the eco-friendly movement that is taking hold. Look at the exerpt below, from an article I found recently:

Lisa Borden was at a loss over what to do about her newborn daughter’s eczema, which persisted despite several months of treatment with a prescribed ointment.

It was her father, a physician, who suggested that the skin condition might be an allergic reaction to a household detergent or chemical.

So Borden eliminated a strong cleanser she was using for the bathtub along with some other household chemicals. Within three days, she noticed a dramatic improvement in daughter Joey’s skin.

The experience opened Borden’s eyes. The marketing consultant has since become a strong proponent of reducing the use of toxic chemicals in favour of greener alternatives. Now she counsels some of her clients on how to keep their indoor air fresh. She sells the Eco-Me line of green products for the home, body and even pets.

“We’ve become too afraid of dirt and germs,” she says.

“Bacteria actually stick to chemicals. A clean dry surface without chemicals retards bacterial growth.

“You don’t realize how bad some chemicals are until you eliminate them. I suggest going without them for a week. Use a cloth and water instead.”

Borden does much of her household cleaning with an E-cloth, which is made of millions of tiny fibres that trap and absorb minute particles of dust and dirt. They’re washable and may be reused. They retail for about $8. (For GTA locations, see

The Ontario Lung Association suggests that, whenever possible, people should avoid using hazardous household chemicals, such as pesticides, air fresheners, aerosol sprays and cleaning agents. Concentrations of indoor air pollution can exceed outdoor levels greatly, because of the number of chemicals being used in the home, combined with poor ventilation.

Go HERE to read the remainder of the article.    

Have you ever wondered whether or not natural cleaning products clean as well as the conventional ones? The answer is yes—but you need to find the right ones. I experimented a great deal when I first opened this business. And now I believe I have the right disinfectants, all purpose cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, degreasers, etc. The only difference is, they are not bringing harm to my clients and they are not contributing to the destruction of the planet.

GO HERE to the FAQS section of my website to see the list of products UpperCrust Maids uses.

Going Green in the Kitchen

For some excellent tips, PRESS HERE and check out this interesting video.  There are so many ways to go green, to use products that are friendly to our environment.  Let’s all do our share to protect our environment for future generations.

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.



Green Cleaning With Vinegar

 Although you would rather hire the professionals at UpperCrust Maids to do your house cleaning rather than doing so yourself (We don’t blame you!), there may be times when you need to clean something in a hurry.

As you know, UpperCrust Maids uses only natural products in homes. But if you are temporarily, for whatever reason, not able to utilize our services, we have a suggestion for you. Here we will share a secret with you. Did you know that vinegar is a natural cleanser? Check out some of vinegar’s uses and natural cleaning recipes. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Floors No-wax floors:
To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

Carpet stain removal:
A mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered.Windows & Walls

Streakless windows:
Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.

Washing woodwork:
You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and Venetian blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.

Water or alcohol marks on wood:
Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.Kitchen

Garbage disposal cleaner:
Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.

Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):
White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)

Clean the microwave:
Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.

Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

Clean the refrigerator:
Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.

Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:
Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.

Brass polish:
Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and stir in flour until it becomes a paste. Apply paste to the metals and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water and polish until dry.

Ant deterrent:
Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances:
Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances. Try in an inconspicuous place first.

Cleaner Dishes and Glasses:
Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap. Wash full cycle.

Remove Refrigerator Smells:
Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator. Within 2 days, any smell is gone!Bathroom

Bathtub film:
Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.

Shower doors:
Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.

Toilet bowl cleaner:
Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.

Unclog the showerhead:
Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.


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What Fumes are You Breathing In?

Some of the old fashioned household cleaners that people use are downright toxic and dangerous.

Check out this short cartoon video which captures the danger of off the shelf products and compares them with more natural products.

Note that UpperCrust Maids uses only environmentally safe cleaning products in our customers’ homes!

Presently we clean homes in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Takoma Park, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Hyattsville, Upper Marlboro, Largo, Bowie, Mt. Rainier, Capitol Hill and Georgetown.

To reach us, our business line is 301-322-7112

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