Archive for September, 2011

You Dont Actually Need A Disinfectant!

Posted on September 27, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , |

Forget the antibacterials and disinfectants. Soap and water does the trickWe have been educated to think that we need to kill ALL the germs, viruses, and bacteria on our household surfaces, so we use products designed to do just that.

Overzealous Disinfecting Breeds Super Bugs

Many of these products though, are overkill,  and made with  chemicals that can cause the same problem as overuse of antibiotics – superbug overgrowth  – according to the Tufts University School of Medicine.  Superbugs are pernicious bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Children, the sick or elderly are particularly susceptible to superbugs, but they are bad news everywhere.

Disinfectants and Pesticides have Something in Common

In the U.S. a product  can only be labeled as a disinfectant, antibiotic, or antimicrobial agent only after it  is registered as a pesticide  with the EPA!

Overzealous Disinfecting Linked to Health Problems

Disinfectants have been linked to health problems as well.  A recent study highlighted concerns that nurses who  were regularly exposed to cleaning products and disinfectants shared a significantly increased occurrence of asthma.  And some antimicrobial agents commonly used in  products like antibacterial  hand  soaps are suspected endocrine disruptors and immunotoxins.

Check the Labels

Check the labels of  the cleaning and toiletry products in your home and you will truly be amazed at how many places you find registered antimicrobial ingredients, including even some toothpaste!

Reduce Germs the Natural, Non-Toxic Way

The EPA recommends washing with soapy water to reduce germs!  Just be sure that you are using a real soap, as some products that call themselves soap are actually detergents, which are unlikely to work as well as a real alkaline soap (many detergents are closer to a neutral ph).  A good one is Dr.  Bronners all natural soap, and it even comes with peppermint or lavender which further enhances germ killing properties (safely).

Our professional house cleaning service uses non-toxic, yet highly effective cleaning agents.

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Want a Clutter-Free Home? Take a Look at this List

Posted on September 20, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Clutter free home officeClutter can be a major source of stress. It transforms your home from a haven to a reminder of unfinished projects and things that need to be put away.

It stands to reason:  it is difficult to get the restorative rest you need if where you sleep every night is out-of-order.

Fortunately, Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project   has an outstanding list of tips to move from chaos to order:  27 Tips for an Orderly Home.

Don’t try to incorporate all 27 tips at once. Instead, look over the list and choose 1 to 3 that will make the most impact in your life. Incorporate the tips until they become habits (at least 21 days). Once you are at the point that these habits are second nature, revel in the serenity you experience at home.

Want to take your serenity to the next level? Consider having a professional house cleaning service clean your clutter-free  home from top to bottom.

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3 Non-Toxic (and Affordable!) Disinfectants

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Little Girl Holding Spray BottleYour eyes know. Your nose knows. Most anti-bacterial cleaning agents are filled with noxious items.

Tufts University research finds that in most cases, over-the-counter disinfectants are unnecessary.  The study reports that these cleaners are only necessary in places with high amounts of germs, or in homes where seriously ill people live.  Everyone else can probably eliminate most bacteria through proper hygiene such as hand washing.

Here are three natural, effective disinfectants.

1. White Vinegar:

Undiluted distilled white vinegar, which you can easily find in a supermarket, kills 99% of bacteria, 82 % of mold, and 80% of germs. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle with few drops of tea tree or lavender oil. Spray and don’t rinse.

2. Warm Water and Soap:

Many experts agree that warm water and soap is effective in getting rid of bacteria. To clean an area, apply warm soapy water, use “elbow grease” to scrub well, and rinse clean.

3. Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil should never be used full strength – a couple of drops in a spray bottle is probably all you need. Keep the oil in a dark bottle since sunlight can reduce its effectiveness. Search the Internet for “tea tree oil cleaners” to find recipes.

In addition to being much less irritating, these natural cleaners have the added benefit of costing much less than the ones you buy in the store.

Of course, we use all natural, non-toxic cleaners when we clean our clients’ homes.  Shaklee is one of our favorite product lines.

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Does NOT Getting Organized Lead to Less Clutter?

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Picture of organized spaceI was initially attracted to this post on the Happiness Project blog because of the title: A Secret to Happiness: Don’t Get Organized.

It seems counter-intuitive, but once you read the article you will know how not getting organized will lead to a clutter-free home.

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