Author Archives: GreenGuru

Cobwebs

Spiders can be great. They eat insects and keep away the mosquitoes and flies. They can also be a bit creepy. For instance, when an eight-legged creepy crawler surprises you in the corner of your shower, it’s not exactly the most pleasant experience.

But I digress.

The real topic at hand here is about the magical cobweb. How does it appear? Where does it come from? And more importantly… how do you clean it?

First of all, what exactly is a cobweb?

A cobweb is actually an old, dusty spider’s web that has been abandoned by their former inhabitants.

What does it mean if you have cobwebs?

You have a new arachnid friend hanging around the nooks and crannies of your home. He’s probably perusing his way around the house, looking for new places to create a web to catch his next meal.

Why does it get so dirty?

The residual spider silk left behind is very sticky. This attracts pollen, dust and other remnants, making the cobweb grimy and creepy looking.

Running into a cobweb is usually unexpected and always unpleasant. Get rid of those cobwebs simply by using the extension nozzle on your vacuum to suck them up. Windows, doors, ceilings and corners are prime real estate for those daddy long legs to make a comfortable home.

If you don’t have a vacuum, a sock at the end of your broom will do just fine.

Prevention is key to keeping the cobwebs from forming in your home. Spiders taste with their legs (weird fact of the day) and will stay away from any room that has lemon, peppermint or eucalyptus within it.

Take a cotton ball and dab it with one of these essential oils. Place them in areas around your home to deter spiders from entering. If you can’t reach an area, spray the oils directly on the space to keep the spiders out.

It’s a simple solution and win-win situation: your house smells great and you end up keeping the creepy crawlers from making themselves at home!

Posted on: 16 Nov 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Clean Blinds

It only takes a moment or two, but cleaning the blinds is one of the few tasks that we tend to forget about over time. It’s only when we come to realize that the dust and dirt is building up so much that even the sunlight is having trouble making its way through!

Regular dusting will keep the need for a deeper annual clean at a minimum; your house looks brighter (that sunshine does wonders to brighten up a room!) and the allergens that come along with the thick coating of dusty particles will diminish significantly.

Here are a few tips:

Microfiber cloth – These incredible little inventions are great for swiping away the dust.

Dip a clean cloth in a bowl of diluted vinegar and swipe your hand across the top and bottom of each slat.

Microfiber cloth also reduces static cling and decreases the dusty mess left behind.

Vacuum – After a quick swipe with a dry microfiber cloth, gently use the vacuum brush attachment to get rid of the excess dust and dirt.

Lemon Oil – If you have stain finished wood blinds, dilute some lemon oil with distilled water and spray the solution on the blinds. Using a microfiber cloth, gently wipe the oil and let dry. Not only does it clean your blinds, but they look shiny and new, and smell great too!

Detergent – Faux wood blinds and venetian blinds are less expensive and made of a hardier material. Remove excess dust with your vacuum brush attachment first. Then mix together a combination of warm water and a dab of mild detergent (such as Dawn). Dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe the top and bottom of each blind, then let air dry.

Word to the Wise: Excess moisture could warp your blinds and/or discolour your blinds, so don’t overdo it on the liquid. This includes water, detergent, oils, etc. If you’re working with any of these materials, simply dampen your cloth. That’s more than enough to get the job done.

Cleaning your blinds can be an easy task with these tips. So you have to stop and think to yourself: when’s the last time you ran a white cloth across your blinds?

Posted on: 02 Nov 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Green Cleaning Products

It goes without saying that you want your house, your home, to be as clean as possible. It just feels and looks nicer, safer for your family and it’s inviting to all your guests. Now clean is one thing and using super harsh chemicals is another — what’s the point of cleaning with something that isn’t safe for you to smell, get on your skin or eyes? The point is that there is no point in doing that.

Posted on: 19 Oct 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Essential Oil Cleaning

You could say that they’re known as the “essentials” of modern day cleaning.

Essential oils have made a huge impact in the health and wellness of many lives, cleaning included. They are added to natural cleaning ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and white vinegar to help maintain a fresh, sanitary environment.

Every essential oil is different, and depending on the mix and potency of the oil provide different components and strengths each task.

Here are a few essential oils and how you can benefit from using them in your home, your office, and in everyday life:

Lavender:

Lavender is a cleansing herb, with strong disinfecting components. It’s also known for its soothing properties and really nice smell.

  • On its own, dilute lavender with distilled water and spray on your linens before bed to help you relax, for a better sleep.
  • Add a few drops of lavender to vinegar for an antibacterial mix. Spray on floors, carpets and furniture.
  • Put a few drops in homemade dish soap or to your laundry for a sweet, soothing smell.

Lemon:

  • Mix together a cup of distilled water with a few drops of lemon to make a super effective cleaning combination spray for furniture, carpets and room spray.
  • Harness its fresh scent and antibacterial elements: shake together a cup of baking soda and a few drops of lemon in a glass jar and sprinkle on your carpet before you vacuum.

Peppermint:

It’s cool, it’s invigorating and it’s a natural deodoriser.

  • Create an air freshener that also deters ants and spiders from making their way into your home. Mix 10-15 drops of oil with a cup of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray along cracks, crannies and anywhere else the little critters are known to squeeze through.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca):

A multi-purpose germ, bacteria and virus deterrent, this essential oil is a mean, clean, germ-fighting machine.

  • Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to diluted water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray throughout your home (inside and out) to deter lice and other uninvited pests from making an appearance.
  • Combine tea tree oil, vinegar and distilled water to use on kitchen counters, sinks, and floors for a strong anti-bacterial cleaner.

These ideas are just a small example of what essential oils can do for your cleaning routine. Adding oils to your cleaning routine can have many benefits to keeping your home clean!

Posted on: 05 Oct 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Floor Cleaning

A clean house isn’t really a clean house unless the floor is spotless. The floor picks up everything that you bring in from outside, everything you drop when you’re cooking and everything else in between. Plus what if you have little ones? Your pets track in goodness knows what and if you have other little ones like babies and toddlers, you want floor really clean — like hospital clean.

Posted on: 21 Sep 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Homemade Toilet Cleaner

The worst cleaning job in the entire house has got to be the toilet. If you live alone, it may not be that bad but if you have roommates or a medium to large family — yikes. Because everybody does their business in their, not just you and of course, you are the cleanest person on the face of the earth and everyone else is a crazed lunatic  when they use the facilities.

Posted on: 07 Sep 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Stain Removal

Stains, like it or not, are a part of life. No matter how careful you are, they will happen. Nobody wants to use harmful chemicals to get things clean and they might not even do the trick. There are simple every day things you can use to remove stains from carpet and upholstery. The name of the game is to blot and not rub when you attempt to remove a stain.

Posted on: 17 Aug 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Hiring a Cleaning Service

Customer service is an important part of any business.

When you stop by a local coffee shop, you expect efficient service, clean food and hot coffee. When you visit a boutique down the street, you expect competent customer service and a great selection of clothing to choose from.

In general, we want out experience to be comfortable, reliable and consistent. The same can be said about hiring a commercial cleaning company for your business.

Expectations

Before hiring a cleaner, you need consider what services are important to your business. Discuss how the cleaning will be done and be clear about your expectations so that the company can figure out the best way to reach, and exceed, your ideals.

Some services offered by professional cleaning companies include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Waxing
  • Dusting
  • Commercial carpet cleaning
  • Bathroom cleaning
  • Trash removal
  • Recycling
  • Post-construction clean-up

Keep in mind that some cleaning companies will have a set service package, while others will provide cleaning contracts customized to suit your particular requirements. Some companies may even offer both options.

Communication

When you have questions and/or concerns, you need to be able to get in touch with your cleaning company. Make sure you have their contact information should anything happen.

Value

The lowest quote is not always the best option. Before you sign a contract, make sure that you receive quality commercial cleaning at a competitive price.

Trust

A reputable cleaning company should be licensed, bonded and insured. Ask about background checks as well.

Consistency

Your clients expect the same, effective solutions from your business, which is why it’s important that a professional janitorial company remains consistent in their cleaning methods as well.

Your business is important to you, your employees and your clientele. When you hire a professional janitorial service, be sure they are able to maintain a comfortable, consistent and reliable experience.

Posted on: 20 Jul 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Plants In The Office

Working in an office can take its toll, especially if you’re stuck in the same building, day after day. It’s hard to be in the office when the sun is shining and the weather is so nice.

In 1984, the World Health Organization created the term, “sick building syndrome,” which relates to complaints made relating to time spent inside an enclosed building environment, including ailments such as asthma, headaches and nausea.

Also in 1984, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term, “biophilia,” in his book of the same name, which refers to humanity’s innate need for nature.

When you combine the two concepts, you’ll find that there’s a simple solution that can bring a positive outcome to the comfort and health of employees in the workplace.

As a Matter of Plants

“Plant-scaping” is known as a popular way to incorporate plants into an office environment.

Known as an inter-office plant care program, you may have also heard it referred to as a “living wall” or “green wall.” These terms refer to the idea of bringing natural elements into the workplace.

It’s been shown that plant-scaping can help to reduce stress, tension and anxiety, all the while increasing worker efficiency thanks to better air quality.

That’s right – healthy, living plants have the ability to clean the air you breathe, trapping and disposing of airborne contaminants found in every day products. Dust levels and man-made toxins within and office environment can be significantly reduced by plants.

How Does It Work?

Plants grow through a natural process known as photosynthesis, which converts sunlight into sugar. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide along with airborne contaminants and replaces it with oxygen.

The right type of plants for an office setting requires proper planning. Choose plants that are able to thrive in a workplace setting where air conditioning, heating and other environmental conditions must be taken into consideration:

  • Cactus
  • Succulents (such as hens and chicks)
  • Ivy
  • Spider plants
  • Bamboo

There are many positive aspects to adding an inter-office plant care program into the workplace; it increases the overall productivity and focus of your business, and it also makes your workplace look fresh and inviting to clients and staff.

At the end of the day, a healthy office is a happy office.

Posted on: 06 Jul 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Wash Your Hands

Germs can be found in every nook and cranny of our lives. They’re literally everywhere: your home, office, school and especially hospitals; these places are all prone to nasty bacteria.

With numerous ways to clean and disinfect, there is one simple thing you can do to make a big impact on keeping germs at bay:

Wash your hands.

It may seem like common knowledge, but there are still many diseases and conditions that are spread by not washing hands with soap and water.

If soap and water are not readily available, try using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

While it doesn’t get rid of all types of germs, it does disinfect for the most part until you are able to access soap and clean, running water.

Handy Hints

On average, a person washes their hands more than six times a day.

If that seems excessive, take into account that you should be washing your hands any time before you eat, which works out to approximately 3 to 4 times a day.

You should also be washing your hands after going to the bathroom, which also works out to about 8 times per day!

Other times you should be washing your hands:

  • Preparing food
  • After sneezing or blowing your nose
  • While caring for someone who is sick
  • After taking out the garbage
  • After changing diapers
  • If handling an animal or picking up animal waste
  • Treating a cut or an injury

Clean Up

Washing your hands properly is easy.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water
  • Apply soap and lather your hands by rubbing them together for at least thirty seconds
  • Rinse your hands
  • Dry your hands with an air dryer or a clean towel

If you’re using a public restroom, take a piece of paper towel and use it to open the door to get out of the bathroom. This will keep your hands clean from any bacteria that may be on the door handle.

Healthy habits can help protect everyone from getting sick, and hand hygiene is the best way to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria.

Posted on: 15 Jun 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
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