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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
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
Maintain Your Home

Keeping Up with Clean

You’ve scoured and vacuumed and washed and scrubbed your home from top to bottom, and now you want it to stay that way. Maintaining a clean home can seem like an arduous task, but with a few simple steps, it’ll take no time before you’ve figured out a daily routine!

By maintaining the clean and clutter in your home and office, it’s easier to establish an orderly environment. And you don’t have to spend hours a day cleaning.

Tidy Tasks

Make it a habit to clean as your go. Remember the saying, “a place for everything and everything in its place?” This applies to keeping your home tidy.
For example, start by taking a few minutes at the end of each activity to put items back where they belong. Having accessible storage is a great way to keep your space clean.

Drawers, shelves, baskets and clear storage bins can help make putting things away in their proper place so much easier.

Sanity Saver

Make a schedule to establish a cleaning agenda, and focus on only one or two tasks per day.

If you share the space with your family or roommates, sit down and make a schedule that involves everyone. It’s a positive way to make everyone accountable for cleaning up after themselves.

Having a designated cleaning time frame means there are set days to do particular housekeeping tasks.

For example:

  • Monday: Vacuum living room and bedrooms
  • Tuesday: Wipe down bathroom, do laundry
  • Wednesday: Pay bills, make grocery shopping list
  • Thursday: Go grocery shopping, dust and clean windows/mirrors
  • Friday: Spray down bathtub, wipe down kitchen counters
  • Saturday: Deep clean the house

The Dirty Truth

Remember, not everyone will have the same standards of cleanliness. What you think is clean may still be an utter mess to someone else. Talk about your standards of cleanliness and create a housekeeping schedule as per those guidelines.
A few minutes a day may be the only thing keeping you from maintaining a clean and clutter-free household!

Posted on: 01 Jun 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Cleaning with Vinegar

You probably know by now that vinegar makes an excellent non-toxic cleaner. But you might not have realized how many things can be cleaned with this cheap and plentiful substance.

Posted on: 04 Feb 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
How Green are “Green” Products Actually?

Consumers and businesses alike are now turning to green products so they can ensure they are doing their bit for the environment. However, there is still little regulation over some terms such as eco-friendly, so how do you know how green the product you intend buying is? This article will help to provide a guide.

Posted on: 19 Jan 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Holiday Cleanup

The holidays present a whole slew of cleanup challenges:  sap from your Christmas tree, salt from the roads tracked in my merry guests, spilled wine from really merry guests — these are just a few of the holiday problems that can present themselves. Plus, you want the place to smell good, look good, all without hurting environment.

Posted on: 06 Jan 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Protect Your Hands While Keeping Green

Keeping your house clean can be a challenge, what with kids, pets, and the way the Great Outdoors insists on making it indoors, and onto your floors. Even tougher is keeping your house clean while not completely destroying your hands. 

Posted on: 16 Dec 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
Go Green this Holiday Season

The Christmas holiday season means festive parties, elaborate decorations and presents under the tree. Post-Christmas season means cleaning up the gift wrapping, throwing away the tree and packing up the decorations. If you take a more eco-friendly vision into your decorating and party planning you can enjoy the holidays while reducing your environmental footprint.

Posted on: 02 Dec 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
Going Green with your Laundry

So you’ve switched to vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. You eat organic food. You recycle. But what about your laundry?

Detergent is incredibly detrimental to our freshwater and the fish that live within. It is poisonous to all aquatic life in sufficient quantities; it can damage gills and destroy the protective mucus layer that keeps fish healthy. It can also cause algae blooms, which are bad for the fish, bad for the environment and bad for us.

Posted on: 23 Sep 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
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