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7 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Disinfected

Hello! I’m Alex and I work for a cleaning company in Dallas. It’s exciting to be invited to NW Maids for a collaboration where we’ll be sharing some tips for keeping your home clean and disinfected!

Nowadays, we are more aware than ever of our environment and how dangerous it is to interact with surfaces and rooms without disinfecting them. COVID has brought tremendous damage, but it has made us more cautious about what we touch with our bare hands and even about the air we breathe.

Now, our home is the place we spend most of our time and this means that we should keep an eye on our cleaning products and techniques. And unless you hire a professional cleaning service, you’re on your own so it’s best to make informed decisions to keep your home clean and safe.

Let’s get right into it! Here are our tips for cleaning and disinfecting your home.

7 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Disinfected

Your home is not easy to clean and disinfect. Source: Josue Michel / Unsplash

Disinfect and Clean Your Home Regularly

The secret to a clean home is, in fact, something really simple: consistency and knowing the right products and techniques.

You should prepare a cleaning schedule whether it’s just for you or all your household members. You could try either cleaning a bit every day after you finish work or leave a couple of hours free during the weekend for cleaning just on Saturday or Sunday (or both).

There are many different cleaning templates available on the internet, for both a weekly and a weekend schedule. Find the one that fits your needs the most, and don’t be afraid to adapt it! Maybe you have an extra room that needs additional care, or you are only available for cleaning every other day. Guides on the internet are just that, a guide. Make it functional to your own lifestyle and schedule.

Even professional cleaning services usually recommend cleaning at least once a month, to ensure everything stays fresh and sanitized. A good cleaning should take no less than 3 or 4 hours, so make sure you fill that quota (more or less, depending on the size of your home) at least once a month.

This can turn into two cleanings per month of two hours each, or 15 minutes every other day, for example.

Look for the Best Disinfecting Products

Read the fine print carefully: a disinfectant is not the same as a sanitizer. A sanitizer reduces bacteria on surfaces up to a level that is considered safe. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it will kill them.

On the other hand, a disinfectant kills nearly 100% of bacteria and viruses that come into contact with it. If you think about it, this is why you hear often “Hospital-Grade Disinfectants” but not “Hospital-Grade Sanitizers”.

Of course, a hospital needs to be sterile all the time, and if you want your home to be just as safe, look for products that are capable of disinfecting, killing the most common household bacteria (such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus).

Make sure at least one of your cleaning products has disinfecting properties.

Disinfect and Clean Your Home Regularly

Make sure you have at least one disinfectant. Source: Claudio Schwarz / Unsplash

Clean Your Home Using Hot Water

Whether is for doing your dishes, mopping your floors, cleaning your shower, or doing laundry, hot water is always more effective at killing bacteria and other germs.

If you want to remove grease from items that are medium-sized or small enough to fit in your sink, just soak them in hot, soapy water. If you want to deep clean your kitchen towels/cloths, put them in a pot with hot water and one cup of vinegar. Afterward, wash them as per usual. They will come out clean and deodorized!

And naturally, hot water turns into steam, and steam cleaners are effective and popular, especially over the last couple of years. Water at its highest temperature (steam) is capable of killing some germs. Besides, it can soften things like grease, soap scum, and grime.

Hot water will not disinfect surfaces, but it will help with cleaning more than cold water.

Don’t Forget to Do Your Laundry!

Talking about laundry, you really shouldn’t skip doing your laundry if you want to keep your home clean and disinfected.

When doing laundry, keep an eye for delicate fabrics such as linen or wool. They should be washed using only cold water.

If you want to remove stains from your clothing, you should use cold water as well. Heat will only set the stain and make it almost impossible to remove.

Everyone loves pets and many people like sleeping with their dog or cat. Although this is not ideal, if this is the case don’t forget to clean your sheets at least 1 to 2 times a week. Preferably, don’t let them under the covers if you want your sheets to remain clean. They should sleep on the top of the bed.

Look for the Best Disinfecting Products

Don’t forget to do your laundry, especially your bedsheets. Source: Annie Spratt / Unsplash

Choose Safe, Eco-friendly Alternatives

Not only you’d want products that are effective, but that are also safe to touch and breathe around as well. Fortunately, now you can find brands that are created with organic, plant-based, and mineral-based ingredients, as well as safer chemical agents that are less harmful than the regular cleaning products at the store.

Eco-friendly cleaning companies avoid chemicals that are dangerous for you or the environment. As you imagine, residues of these cleaning products end up either in the atmosphere or in the ocean. You should avoid chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, phosphates, phosphorus and nitrogen, formaldehyde, as well as artificial fragrances. They are contaminating during the manufacturing process and after they’ve been used because they hurt the ocean ecosystem.

Products that contain ammonia are mildly dangerous, especially if they come into contact with your skin or if you breathe their fumes. Never mix ammonia with bleach because the fumes are dangerous and can present a serious risk to your health.

Up to a point, this might even increase the frequency of your cleaning and improve the experience by not having to stand terrible chemical fumes and removing the chance of dangerous liquids coming into contact with your skin.

Clean Your Home Using Hot Water

Choose Eco-friendly cleaning products. Source: Ron Lach / Pexels

Keep Your Distance

Besides cleaning regularly, there are measures you can take to avoid coming into contact with potentially infected areas.

If someone in your household is sick, try to keep your distance and maintain separate silverware and dishware, and a separate bathroom if possible.

Always wash your hands! Especially before preparing food and after using your toilet or touching your pets or other animals.

Keep a hand sanitizer nearby all the time. Sanitizing your hands after using your computer or any other tool you use often in your workspace, especially if you share it with someone else.

Remember to disinfect doorknobs regularly. They are high sources of contamination. The same goes for electronics that are shared with several household members such as computers and tablets.

Don’t Forget to Do Your Laundry!

Always keep a hand sanitizer nearby. Source: Naipo.de / Unsplash


You need to fight humidity as much as you can! High levels of humidity can be the cause of both bacteria and mold. Bacteria only need water and organics to stay alive, which is why we find so many types of bacteria in our kitchen.

Remember to wipe your countertops and your kitchen sink after you’ve cleaned them. And, of course, squeeze your kitchen sponges after using them and replace them at least once a month.

Mold and mildew need humidity as well, which is why we often find them near bathrooms or laundry rooms. In this case, sunlight and airflow are your biggest allies. Let fresh air to all your rooms for at least 15 or 30 minutes a day, especially in cold, small rooms (bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, even your kitchen). Remove curtains to let sunlight as well.


Last but Not Least: Be Cautious Around Cleaners and Disinfectants

Even after choosing safe, eco-friendly cleaning products, part of cleaning also includes safety. First, always read instructions, especially warnings to protect your skin, eyes, or lungs. The standard safety measures are using gloves, a mask, and safety goggles.

Second, remember to store them in a safe cleaning products pantry or cabinet.

When you’re using your cleaning products, always keep a window open to let airflow. Some cleaning products might release fumes so it’s important to bring fresh air into the room.

You shouldn’t mix different cleaning products unless instructions specify that it’s okay and/or after checking from several reliable sources. Strong chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, and baking soda are extremely dangerous to mix with other agents.

Choose Safe, Eco-friendly Alternatives

Don’t forget safety measures when cleaning your home. Source: Towfiqu Barbhuiya / Pexels


That’s it! These tips will help you have a clean, disinfected home. Let’s do a quick recap of these 7 tips that we mentioned in the article.

First, it’s important to create consistency through a cleaning schedule that works for you and your household.

Next, make sure you know exactly what you’re using to clean your home. Take your time to select the cleaning products that are effective at disinfecting (i.e., killing bacteria and viruses) and not just cleaning. On the other hand, they should be safe and non-toxic for your skin, eyes, and lungs. Finding eco-friendly products will be safe for your personal use and for the environment once they are disposed of.

Dare to use hot water for cleaning! This will help soften grease, remove grime and kill viruses that won’t remain alive beyond boiling temperature. If you want, you can try using a steamer as a cleaning tool to work faster and more efficiently, without having to scrub for hours. You can use hot water for doing laundry as well.

And talking about laundry, it’s important to clean your bedsheets often to avoid bacteria from building up as well as other residues from the human body.

Finally, take all safety measures that you need to increase the distance between you and potentially harmful or contaminated areas. This includes sanitizing surfaces and tools constantly and keeping protective gear while you’re cleaning.

We understand this might seem a bit overwhelming, even for cleaning aficionados. Remember you can always look for help from a house cleaning service if you want professionals to take care of your home using the right supplies and techniques.

Once again, thanks to NW Maids for this collab and we hope you enjoyed these cleaning tips!


Housekeeping is the process of maintaining a clean and orderly household. This includes vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, and doing the laundry. It can be a challenging job, but it is also gratifying. A clean and organized home provides a sense of peace and tranquility that can be hard to find elsewhere. In this article, we will discuss what housekeeping entails and provide some tips on keeping your home or business clean and organized!


What is housekeeping?


Housekeeping is the process of keeping a home clean and tidy. It includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning bathrooms. [1] Housekeeping also involves laundry, making beds, and cooking meals. The term housekeeping can also describe the job of a person who cleans and maintains a business or office. It is also the removal of unwanted personnel, methods, or policies from a secure area. [2]


A housekeeper is employed to clean and maintain a home or business. [3] It is someone who performs these tasks. A cleaner does not necessarily have to be a housekeeper. A cleaner may only perform some of the tasks involved in housekeeping. [4] According to the 1861 Victorian era Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, the housekeeper is second in command in the house, and “except in large establishments, where there is a house steward, the housekeeper must consider his/herself as the immediate representative of her mistress.” [5]


Why is housekeeping important?


Housekeeping is one of the most important aspects of any home. It is responsible for keeping everything clean and organized. This includes sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, and laundry. Housekeeping is also responsible for taking out the trash and recycling.


Housekeeping is essential because it keeps the home clean and free of clutter. This makes it a healthy place to live in and helps to prevent illness. It also helps to prevent illness by removing dirt and bacteria from surfaces. A clean home is also more pleasant to live in and can make it easier to find things you need. When homes are cluttered and messy, it can lead to stress and anxiety. [6] Finally, housekeeping can save you money by preventing costly repairs down the road caused by neglectful maintenance. [7]


Tips on how to keep your home or business clean and organized


One of the essential aspects of housekeeping is developing a routine. Creating a schedule for yourself will be less likely to procrastinate on those pesky chores. Some things you may want to include in your routine are vacuuming once a week, dusting twice a week, and doing a deep clean of the kitchen and bathroom once a month. Of course, this will vary depending on the size of your home or business and how many people live or work there. Find what works for you and stick to it!


Another way to keep your home or office clean is by decluttering regularly. This means getting rid of any items you no longer need or use. Not only will this free up some space, but it will also make cleaning much more manageable. Once you have decluttered, be sure to put things away in their proper place so that they are easy to find when you need them.


Finally, one of the best ways to keep your home clean is using the right cleaning products. Many cleaners are available on the market, so it can be tough to know which ones to choose. We recommend sticking with all-natural or eco-friendly cleaners whenever possible. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also tend to be gentler on your skin and hair.


What is the role of housekeeping?


The role of housekeeping is to ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of the home. They are responsible for cleaning, laundry, and other various tasks. Housekeepers typically work in shifts and have designated areas to clean. It is essential for housekeepers to be detail-oriented and have good time management skills. They must be able to work independently and be able to follow instructions. Housekeepers can find employment in various settings, including hotels, hospitals, and schools.


Some typical duties of housekeepers include:

– Sweeping/vacuuming floors

– Wiping down surfaces

– Doing dishes

– Laundry

– Grocery shopping

– Preparing meals

– Caring for pets

– Organizing/cleaning closets and cabinets

– Changing bed sheets

– Dusting furniture



Housekeeping can be a challenging but rewarding job! It is essential to have the right tools and supplies to make the job easier.


Broom and dustpan: These are essential for sweeping up dirt and debris.


Mop and bucket: A must for cleaning floors.


Window cleaner: For streak-free windows.


All-purpose cleaner: Cleans surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms.


Vacuum cleaner: Sucks up dirt and dust from carpets and floors.


To ensure safety while performing housekeeping duties, it is essential to read the labels on all cleaning products and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Wear gloves when using harsh chemicals. Ventilate the area if possible. And always store cleaning products out of reach of children and pets. [8] With the right tools and supplies, housekeeping can be a breeze!


What are the types of housekeeping services?


There are various types of housekeeping services, but the most common include:


Cleaner or Maid: These professionals come to your home and clean regularly. This can be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.


Housekeeper Cleaning Companies: These companies offer a wide range of cleaning services, from deep-cleaning to just tidying up. [9]


Laundry: If you don’t have the time or energy to do your laundry, many housekeeping services will take care of it for you.


Window Washing: It’s essential to keep your windows clean so that you can see out and the sun can shine in. Many housekeeping services offer this as an add-on service.


What are some of the benefits of hiring a housekeeping service?


There are many benefits of hiring a housekeeping service, but some of the most common include:


Saving time: When you hire a housekeeping service, you don’t have to spend your valuable free time cleaning your home.


Saving money: Many people think that hiring a professional housekeeping service is expensive, but it can save you money in the long run.


A clean home: A clean home is a happy home. By hiring a professional housekeeping service, you can rest assured that your home will always be clean and tidy.


Peace of mind: When you hire a professional housekeeping service, you can relax and enjoy your free time knowing that your home is in good hands.


What to look for when hiring a housekeeping service?


Licensed and Insured: It is essential to ensure that the housekeeping service you hire is licensed and insured. This will protect you in case of any accidents or injuries while they are working in your home.


References: Ask for references from previous clients to get an idea of the quality of work the housekeeping service provides.


Bonded and Insured: Housekeeping services should also be bonded and insured. This means that if any damage occurs while cleaning your home, it will be covered by their insurance policy.


Check Reviews: Before hiring a housekeeping service, make sure to check online reviews to see what other people have had to say about them. This can give you a good indication of the quality of work they provide.


Get a Quote: Get a quote from the housekeeping service before hiring them. This will give you an idea of how much it will cost to have them clean your home.


Please schedule a Consultation: Schedule a consultation with the housekeeping service so you can meet them in person and discuss your cleaning needs. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about their services.


Housekeeping Services should also provide you with all the necessary cleaning supplies and equipment. If they do not, make sure to ask what kind of supplies you need to provide for them.


Social Significance


Though men or women can do housekeeping, most argue it is a women’s job. Historically, women have been the primary caregivers in most societies. They are typically responsible for cleaning the home, preparing meals, and caring for the family. This is still seen as the case in many parts of the world. [10]


Although housekeeping is often seen as a women’s job, many men enjoy and are skilled at doing it. Housekeeping can be an enriching and satisfying activity, regardless of gender.


A survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 concluded that approximately 43 percent of men did food preparation or cleanup on any given day, compared with approximately 70 percent of women. In addition, 20 percent of men did housekeeping chores (including cleaning and laundry) on any given day, compared to approximately 50 percent of women. [11]


The Swedish practice of death cleaning (döstädning) could also be seen as a form of housekeeping. [12] This is the process of gradually downsizing one’s belongings in preparation for death or moving into a nursing home. [13]


While the thought of decluttering your home before you die may seem morbid, it can be a very therapeutic and empowering experience. It’s a way to take control of your life and your death and leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones. [14]



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DiGiulio, Sarah (2017-11-02). “What is ‘Swedish death cleaning’ and should you be doing it? Go ahead. Clean your closet like there’s no tomorrow”. NBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-18.

Facts About Emerald City, Seattle

The Emerald City is a nickname given to Seattle, Washington. It was coined by locals in the late 1800s and has been used ever since. We all know that Seattle is home to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and coffee shops galore! But what else do you need to know about this city? Keep reading for some facts about Emerald City Seattle, WA.

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Seattle as Emerald City

Seattle is the largest city in Washington, and it is located on an isthmus between Lake Union and Puget Sound. It has a mild climate with heavy rainfalls all year round, but especially during the winter months. Seattle was named after Chief Sealth, who led the Suquamish tribe residing there and for whom present-day Seattle’s first park (Denny Park) was called. The current population of Emerald City is more than 700 thousand people, which makes it more populous than such cities as Philadelphia, Boston, and Atlanta.

The city covers 142.5 square miles (369 km2) and includes two significant bodies of water: Lake Washington and Puget Sound. It’s the fourth largest city in the country, but you wouldn’t know that from looking around; it feels much smaller than its population would suggest!

The city is a major seaport that exports products like lumber and agricultural goods to other countries worldwide. It also has strong ties with Japan since many Japanese corporations have their headquarters in Emerald City. About 40 thousand people of Japanese descent live there; furthermore, Seattle hosts the annual Sakura Matsuri, a traditional Japanese festival celebrating spring blossoms.

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Why was Seattle called the Emerald City?

The Emerald City got its name because of the lush green forests that surround it. Seattle is known for having some of the most beautiful greenery in the world.

Seattle became known as the Emerald City in 1982. Seattle was first called “New York-Alki” or the “New York of the West.” The city offers everything from a great food culture, world-class coffee shops, and microbreweries to fascinating museums that highlight Seattle’s history. Seattle’s location has helped it become one of the most livable cities in America, according to Forbes Magazine. The average temperature ranges from about 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 23 C or 73 Fahrenheit in July, making Seattle a year-round destination for those who love to travel.

Seattle is a major seaport that exports products like lumber and agricultural goods to other countries worldwide. According to Forbes Magazine, Emerald City has an estimated population of about 720,000 people, and it is considered one of the most livable cities in America.

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What to See on Emerald City?

Seattle’s skyline is considered one of the most beautiful ones among all American cities; there are about 480 high-rise buildings in Emerald City, and more than half of them were built during the past 20 years.

Seattle is a major center for the arts and music scene, with many jazz clubs, art galleries, and theaters located all over Emerald City. It also hosts the annual Bumbershoot Festival, one of the most significant contemporary arts festivals in America, featuring popular bands and musicians from around the world each year on Labor Day weekend.

The Fremont Bridge was the first bridge connecting two sides of Emerald City; it has six different steel wire cables supporting its structure, making it unique in America.

As with many US cities in this age range, Seattle struggles to keep all aspects clean, including the sewage system. The problem stems from a lack of infrastructure investment that makes old pipes harder than they need to be for local engineers to fix. In addition, just over half believe that the government should make access affordable even if there are some cuts elsewhere. There used to be only one bridge connecting two sides of Emerald City, nowadays three bridges cross waterways, Dillion Bridge, Fremont Bridge, and Spokane Street Viaduct.

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Facts About the Emerald City

Emerald City is known for many things, but its history of being a hub of activity due to the gold rush in the 1800s has made it an attraction. Nowadays, Emerald city is still popular with tourists and locals alike because of all the great activities that are available there. Let’s look at some facts about the emerald city Seattle that you need to know!

The first thing people usually think of when they hear Seattle are rain and coffee shops. Several things are going on in this area that can be linked back to Starbucks, including one of the most profitable companies in America today. This isn’t all there is, though, as Seattle has been ranked among Zagat’s best cities for foodies a few years ago with their fresh seafood and produce from nearby farms. They were rated #16 out of 25 cities around the country, making them a great location if you love cooking or trying new foods! The following fact relates directly to their nickname, Emerald City. Their summers are arid and mild, which allows for many outdoor activities like hiking or biking around town.

Seattle may be known as Emerald city because they have more forested land than any other major city in America today. Over 22% of its total area is covered by trees, giving them beautiful greenery at every turn. There are also several different parks located throughout the emerald city of Seattle, making it easy to get outside whenever you want! The last fact about Seattle everyone should know is how clean it is compared to some other cities on the west coast. They just won an award for being one of the best cities in America for “green power” coming from their hydroelectric dams. This saves them a lot on energy costs and makes it an overall very environmentally friendly city!

As you can see, Seattle is not only Emerald City because of its green trees, but they are also known as one of the most beautiful places to live by many different publications, including Forbes magazine. It has been ranked among the top ten places to visit too, so if you haven’t gone yet this year, maybe it’s time to go check out emerald city Seattle yourself! It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in America, and it is no wonder since Seattle has more than 12 miles worth of public parks within its borders!

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What Makes Seattle so Green?

Seattle is one of the greenest cities in the United States. Seattle was ranked as America’s seventh-most walkable city, and it has a bike-sharing program that lets citizens easily commute with bikes. In addition to this, many parks have been built around the city for residents to enjoy outside activities such as hiking or biking. The topography also makes Seattle more environmentally friendly by collecting rainwater from roofs and streets to reuse rather than waste drains. Despite its location on Puget Sound, less water per capita goes down drains compared to other major U.S. cities because of these efforts put forth here, making “the Emerald City” so green!

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What Does Emerald City Seattle have that Makes it Unique?

One thing about this city is the fact there are a lot of things to do here. There are plenty of activities to participate in, including seeing different attractions like the Seattle Great Wheel and many more! There’s also Pike Place Market where you can visit, which has tons of great food options too. You can always take a walk around and enjoy all of the incredible views that this city has to offer.

One thing about Seattle is that there are many food options for people who like different cuisines! With these excellent restaurants, you can be sure that everyone will find something they like in emerald city Seattle, such as seafood and more. Seattle also has impressive views of the water, so you can enjoy all of these things while doing your favorite activities too!


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How To Clean Coins? Updated 2022

Cleaning coins is a difficult task. It requires suitable materials and the knowledge of how to clean them to get your money’s worth properly. If you are considering cleaning coins, then this blog post will help you with that process. We will discuss what type of material is necessary for cleaning and what techniques work best on different types of dirt.

We’ll also talk about how to store your coins after they’ve been cleaned so that they stay protected from dirt and other debris!

Cleaning coins is an easy project that can be done at home. Depending on the material, you may need to use different techniques. A couple of standard methods are described in this article, along with some images of before and after cleaning results for several types of metals commonly found in circulated U.S. coinage.

The first step is to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface using a soft toothbrush, old cotton swabs, or your hands if possible (wear gloves when handling copper). If stubborn stains have adhered to the metal, try gently scrubbing them off with fine steel wool (#0000) until they fade away. After brushing, clean all surfaces thoroughly rinse each piece under warm water while rubbing it firmly between your fingers.

The next step is to dry the coins thoroughly and remove any moisture by placing them on a paper towel. Last, you want to buff each currency with a soft cloth, gently moving away from the raised areas of design until they shine. It may take some time, but eventually, your result will be worth it! If desired, you can even try using toothpaste or baking soda mixed with water as an alternative cleaning solution. Just make sure not to rub too hard when scrubbing stains off metal since this could scratch up both sides of the coin’s surface.

A common question for those new at cleaning their coins has to do with whether or not there are specific chemicals that should never be used during this process—the answer is yes! The following are considered harmful to both the metal and your health.

Ammonia, chlorine bleach, or any other solution containing these chemicals should never be used for cleaning coins since they will cause them to corrode over time. Other products that contain harsh acids like vinegar, muriatic acid (pool grade), hydrochloric acid, etc., can also ruin metals, so it’s best not to use those either if possible. It may take more effort, but you’ll have a much better result in the end without using anything too risky during this process.

Alternatively, some organic solutions work well on copper-alloy pieces, such as Indian head pennies, including lemon juice mixed with water or baking soda, salt water, or white vinegar. White distilled vinegar is one of the better choices since it does not contain any harmful chemicals and can help remove stains from copper coins without damaging them. Other options for cleaning pennies include using toothpaste (gel types work best) on a soft cloth or even mixing some warm water with table salt to clean away any stubborn dirt that may be present—a bit more elbow grease will likely be needed, though!

Using these techniques, you should have no problem removing most tarnish marks very quickly, along with getting rid of other blemishes which are stuck onto your coin’s surface once they’ve been thoroughly cleaned off. If there are still persistent problems after trying different methods consulting an expert specializing in rare coins may be your best bet.

To conclude, cleaning coins is a great activity to do at home if you know what you’re doing and have the proper supplies on hand. Even damage caused by corrosion can often be reversed as long as it hasn’t eaten away too much of the metal or gone too deep into any crevices around raised markings. Sometimes older pieces will even show off oil-like stains, which are hard to remove, but these issues can usually be dealt with relatively quickly using one of many different techniques for this purpose! Just make sure not to use anything harsh like bleach or acid-based cleaners when trying out new solutions since those could potentially damage both sides of the coin’s surface instead. As good luck and happy collecting!


Cleaning Coins: Cleaning Techniques for Dirty Coins

How to clean coins by brushing them off with fine steel wool (#0000) until they fade away.

After brushing clean, all surfaces thoroughly rinse each piece under warm water while rubbing it firmly between your fingers. The next step is to dry the coins thoroughly and remove any moisture by placing them on a paper towel. Last, you want to buff each currency with a soft cloth, gently moving away from the raised areas of design until they shine. It may take some time, but eventually, your result will be worth it! If desired, you can even try using toothpaste or baking soda mixed with water as an alternative cleaning solution. Just make sure not to rub too hard when scrubbing stains off metal since that can cause more damage.



  • Soak coin in vinegar for 24 hours. This will remove the black tarnish and corrosion on your cash! If you don’t have any white or apple cider vinegar, use one bottle of regular distilled vinegar and add a teaspoon of salt to help draw out more dirt and corrosion from the coin. You can also use lemon juice if you prefer not to use vinegar; however, it is not as effective at removing heavy spots on your pennies as this method is.
  • Ensure to clean off all remnants of wetness with warm water after soaking (also dry completely) before adding baking soda paste next because this could cause additional spotting later when we wipe away everything with a toothbrush. Add some baking powder/soda to a bowl of water and mix it to make your paste.
  • Apply the baking soda mixture with an old toothbrush, being careful not to scrub away any details on the coin’s surface, which you don’t want removing! Use a soft circular motion when applying so as not to scratch the metal either.
  • Use vinegar again for this next step because it will help remove refined grains of dirt or corrosion that remain after the brushing process is complete. Soak coins in vinegar solution again until all tarnish appears gone (allow 24 hours). After soaking time is up, dry off completely before placing them back in an airtight container if you will store them somewhere else later on.
  • If some more refined details are still unclear, you can try using toothpaste or baking soda paste once more to clean up the surface. If this doesn’t do it, then you might need to use fine 0000 steel wool instead for your final cleaning step. This will help remove any stubborn rust deposits so they don’t damage the coin further in future handling or if left untouched over time. Be very careful when doing this last bit, though, because it could scratch away details on coins!
  • Repeat the same process to another side of the penny only if needed after completing the first side with the steps above, making sure both sides are fully dry before storing them back into an airtight container. Try avoiding touching surfaces again until the next time you get ready to work on these pennies again.
  • Seal container to keep all your pennies protected, organized, and separated from other coins! (You could also store these in paper coin sleeves instead if you don’t have any airtight containers.)



  • Soak silver dollars for at least 24 hours first before beginning the scrubbing process with a toothbrush because this will help loosen up dirt/corrosion already on the surface of each coin; allow them to dry completely after soaking time is over before applying the paste. You can use regular baking soda or mix some water + dishwashing liquid soap into a bowl until it forms a thick white mixture that looks like frosting. When ready, Add more salt again as you did before if you feel this would help more.
  • Apply the mixture using a toothbrush to the coin’s surface until all corrosion is removed, being careful not to remove any details or designs on the front side of cash that you don’t want to be scratched away. Allow time for the paste to dry completely after application so it can work effectively without damaging surfaces further in the scrubbing process (you could speed up the drying by fanning off with a hairdryer). Avoid touching areas again until next time when getting ready to clean coins because dirt/residue will be transferred back onto them from hands easily during handling. Be sure both sides are thoroughly dried before storing each one into the airtight container!
  • When silver coins look dull and tarnished, a good way of cleaning them is by soaking the coins overnight in milk. This will help remove stains from either side of the coin

Thank you for reading my blog post about how to clean dirty or tarnished old pennies! I hope this has been helpful to those who need it most!


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How is NW Maids prepared for COVID-19 Coronavirus?

From Our Cleaning Family to Your Home

We are delighted that you are our client and have entrusted the health of your home to NW Maids. We are guessing that with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak some of you might be thinking about NW Maids more than usual and wondering if we are taking any extra precautions when cleaning your home.  Yes, we are and we would like to share with you a little about it right now.

First, and most important, our entire staff is committed to consistently using our sanitizer products and process for cleaning that will allow NW Maids to ensure that your home is protected from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to a 99.9% germ free level, each and every time we clean your home. The Industry Standard for cleaning a residential home is 97% germ free.  During this time we have chosen to raise the bar to the highest germ free level available at this time.

We began our effort by disinfecting all high-touch surfaces. Here is why this is important:

  • Our Sanitizer products are the most effective disinfectant, killing 99.9% of germs on surfaces (reducing cross-contamination).
  • It was also shown to kill the Coronavirus (COVID-19)* and Hepatitis A in 60 seconds.
  • It proved to eliminate Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli and Norovirus in 30 seconds.
  • It leaves no harsh odors or fumes.
  • It is safe to use at businesses, restaurants or homes, since it requires no rinsing after use on food surfaces.

It is the most powerful surface cleaner that meets all of our standards for cleaning, household safety, multi-surface compatibility and 99.9% total disinfecting. NW Maids is committed to your safety and to making sure that our cleaning process is thorough and complete. To show our commitment to complete cleaning, our sanitizer product will be used on all household and workplace surfaces during our regular cleaning process. This product will be used alongside our regular scrubbing, polishing, dusting, mopping, vacuuming and cleaning services. We want to offer the best to our clients and assure them that we are taking the best precautions against the spread of harmful germs and bacteria.

We always maintain housecleaning best practices. During this time, we have added a new high-touch disinfecting procedure where we use disinfectant cleaning agents on all door knobs, light switches, door frames, hand rails, appliance control panels and other high touch areas in the home.

As we said earlier, our staff is committed to keeping your home Coronavirus free and have also committed to staying home if they are sick to protect you, our clients and their co-workers.  We are also asking for your help in keeping all of our homes healthy.  If there are symptoms of illness for any persons in your home please give us a call so that we can postpone or reschedule your cleaning.

A clean home is a healthy home, and now, it’s more important than ever!  

We hope that you have found this information useful and feel that NW Maids is adding to your safety and peace of mind while you are in your home. Your health depends on a clean environment, and we’re here to help you maintain a clean and safe standard of living.

We will do everything that we can to insure we meet or exceed your expectations for a healthy home. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve, enhance or expand our services to better meet your needs.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call our office at (206) 508-5850 or…


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