Top ordinary cleaning ingredient and its extraordinary uses
We decided to research the most popular homemade cleaning products and we came across several basic and versatile ingredients. Every green household and office should have these on hand to make non-toxic cleaning solutions. Conventional cleansers can expose us to chemicals linked to asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis and cancer (US National Center for Health Statistics).
Chemical-laden commercial cleaning products also often have pesticides added as antibacterial agents. These chemicals wash down into the water systems and are released into bodies of water and can harm marine life.
White vinegar for green cleaning
In this article we’ll summarize the uses of white vinegar in our pursuit of cleaning solutions that will not make us sick and won’t wreak havoc on the environment.
Each week we’ll focus on a different green cleaning solution that you can use at your home or office.
Diylife.com, davidsuzuki.org and thedailygreen.com all agree that white vinegar is the base for all do-it-yourself green cleaning products. Touted as the miracle cleaner it is inexpensive, multi-use, environmentally friendly and non-poisonous to humans. Keeping a spray bottle half filled with white vinegar and water near your desk at work will prove useful. You can use this simple concoction to kill germs, mould, and bacteria.
Is it your turn on kitchen duty at the office?
Clean the office microwave by mixing one part white distilled vinegar per one part water in a microwave-safe bowl and bring to a boil. Baked-on food will loosen, and can be wiped off easily.
You can also give all the office kitchen counter tops a wipe with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar. The solution will buff and deodorize the surface.
Your coworkers will thank you for this
You can remove mineral deposits from coffee makers. Fill the water reservoir with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Then, to rinse, run it twice with clean water. The mild acid in white vinegar will actually make the coffeemaker more alkaline and improve the taste of coffee.
Did you know… Vinegar was used by ancient civilizations as early as the Babylonians and it is one of the oldest products used by humans.
We encourage our clients to inquire about our special green cleaning packages. We use Real Green products that contain zero identified toxins and carcinogens.
How are you greening your workspace?
Healthy environment is not just about cleanliness. True- impressing clients who walk into your pristine office is great for business. But office health is also about watching out for the long-term happiness of your staff, environmental ethics, and the prevention of environmental degradation.
There are myriad of opportunities to make your office more environmentally friendly. There are two ways to think about making a difference whether you work from home or share your space with co-workers: saving the environment or saving your health. We’d like to suggest a few easy ways to accomplish both.
Look around your space.
Is your office cluttered with paper?
The look of your workspace can affect mood. We want to feel at ease when we enter our office or cubicle. Clutter not only attracts dust: it can also be a stressor. Try encouraging your office to go paperless and use email and overhead projection at meetings instead of paper memos and handouts.
Is your staff kitchen filled with disposable dinnerware?
“Real” dishes and mugs brought from home personalize your office and reduce waste as they can be reused indefinitely.
Are your cleaning products possibly toxic?
Invest in a good commercial cleaning company who use non-toxic green products. Alternately make your own do-it-all cleanser: a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar 5 parts water. This mixture does not eat away at your keyboard or computer screen like a bleach-based cleaner can.
Is the reception area clean and bright?
The aesthetics of indoor spaces are also important to health and make a great first impression on potential staff and clients.
Give “Cleanestouch Commercial Cleaning” a call for an estimate and consultation on how to beautify your office.
Mould can pose a host of problems in your home or office. Mould and fungus gro
w as a result of water damage, however minor. Structures in the Lower Mainland are particularly vulnerable to water intrusion because of the region’s oceanic climate and heavy rainfall, especially between October and March.
When the landing spot for rain becomes saturated with water, there’s no place for it to go. Water often migrates into cracks in roofs, walls, crawl spaces and basements. Mould grows most often on building components such as drywall, wood and wall framing.
Health Canada warns that there is a relationship between indoor mould, damp co
nditions and increased eye, nose and throat irritation. Organic contaminants should be taken seriously at your work place and if you see mould growing on surfaces near windows, you should alert your office building maintenance.
With this in mind we recommend that every building management company call in a moisture survey of the building materials, foundation and roof, followed by indoor air quality tests. Building managers should note that operating a mould free office building can be beneficial to business and can attract quality long-term tenants.
How should you immediately deal with surface mould?
There is a simple way to clean a spot where the mould is visibly concentrated. First, make sure you have a breathing mask that will protect you from breathing in mould spores. The most important thing to remember is that mould likes moisture so the clean-up should be as dry as possible.
- Vacuum the mold spot
- Take 1 tbsp of laundry detergent, 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of bleach and mix vigorously
- Take only the froth of the mix and apply to the spot by dabbing it on with a sponge
- Wipe away excess with a damp microfiber cloth
- Dry the spot with a hairdryer
- Clean your vacuum thoroughly
Read more: Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/promotion/public-publique/home-maison/mould-moisissure-eng.php