Dec122017

Outside Spaces

Unfortunately Southern California was greatly affected by multiple fires.   We pray for all of those who lost their homes.

Those of us in neighboring cities had a lot of ash blown our way covering our cars and outside spaces.  If you need help getting your backyard or outdoor kitchen and barbecue area back up to par, give us a ring or send us a email.  We will be happy to accommodate you.

Aug282017

Lifehack: Filling A Bucket That Wont Fit In The Sink

Ever tried to fill a bucket with water in a shallow bathtoom or bar sink?  The bucket usually won’t fit forcing you to waste thine by filing cups of water and dumping them into the bucket.

Save time by using a clean dustpan as a funnel to flow the water.  Its simple, yet genius and saves time!!

May252017

Green Cleaning At Its Best

Have you ever read A DIY recipe, or a post regarding a cleaning tip And wondered if it really works? The cleaning tips and DIY recipes posted here have been tried and tested on the field with our cleaning specialists.

Here Are a few Before & After photos of field work done using our tips and recipes.

As you can see our crews have come across it all. So you can trust that our tips well get your home green and clean

Jan262017

NatureZway Bamboo Perforated Towels

We came across these bamboo perforated towels while cruising the paper products section of our local grocery store.  We  excitedly purchased them in hopes of incorporating them into our green cleaning routine.  Of course, we had to put them to the test first and the results were amazing.

We used them on a few spills and found that they had incredible absorbency. When wringing them out, we noticed that they are also very strong. We tried to tear it but they were so strong that we just could not. We were able to use the same cloth a few times before tossing it into the wash.  The packaging states that they can be washed 100 times, but we haven’t gotten that far yet.

They are made of bamboo, which is a sustainable material, and the lack of waste from not using paper towels is also an environmental benefit.  All in all, We highly recommend NatureZway bamboo towels and you will see them on the field shortly while green cleaning your homes.

Let us know how they work for you and don’t forget to tweet, pin, or share this post.

Jan252017

How To Remove Water Stains From Stainless Steel Dishwashers

A few clients of mine have been asking me about removing water stains from the front of their stainless steel dishwashers.  So I went home and made a concoction with a vinegar base and tried it on my personal dishwasher. The results were amazing and I had everything I needed in my pantry.

Here is a close-up of the project before I got started.

So here is what you’re going to need

  • Baking soda
  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • microfiber cloth
  • spoon

Mix one fourth cup vinegar with a half cup of baking soda. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil and stir all of your ingredients until they form a paste. Once your paste is made, take your microfiber and dip it in your mixture.  Rub it in small circles over your dishwasher.

Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes then dampen your microfiber and wife the surface of your dishwasher.

Notice how the gunk is coming right off? I love how simple this is. Once the dishwasher has been wiped off you can add a few drops of olive oil to a soft cloth and buff it right into the dishwasher surface to give it a great shine.

Here is the end result it may not be perfect but it’s 99.9% better and I’m happy. We have now successfully green cleaned the face of our dishwasher. Please leave your tips below and like, share, or tweet this post!

Jan122017

Boxed Water Is Better

While doing my regular weekly grocery shopping, i came across a display of this boxed water.  The treehugger in me got instantly excited so i purchased a case.

I got home and almost immediatly went for the water.  It tastes great because you dont taste the plastic, and as an added bonus, it makes you feel like a kid again drinking out of those tiny carboard boxes.

Some of the environmental benefits include:

  • 76% of the box is composed of resources, trees. Making it one of the most sustainable beverage packages available.
  • The trees used to make the box come from certified, well managed forests. In these forests, trees constantly grow replacing the ones harvesting removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • They ship their boxes flat to their filler which is significantly more efficient compared to shipping empty plastic bottles to be filled.
  • Their boxes are recyclable and can be easily flattened to their original state taking up less space.

We were able to find this product at our local Vons / Safeway.  If you don’t have one you can visit www.boxedwater.com to find out where to get yours locally.

Jan032017

New Year, New You : Home Edition

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, or dropping a bad habit such as smoking or drinking alcohol.  While anything that will help our mind body and health are a great thing, we should also include our homes an our New Year’s routine.

It is a proven fact that a clean space increases free and open thoughts, and can also put you in a calm and relaxed mood.  Here are a few things you can do to start off the new year with a green and clean living space

Clean:  if Budget allows, you can take the easy route and order a maid service to do a deep cleaning on your home. Otherwise, set a few hours aside, and do a deep cleaning of your home. Include your spouse and children if you have any to assist you in this process.  Be sure to use eco-friendly house cleaning products like Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyers

Organize:  Now that your house is green and clean, you can organize your closets, cuboards, and drawers.  File away any statements or bills laying around.  In the kitchen clean out and re organize your pantry and fridge.  Then head to the closets and fold and organize your clothes and shoes.

Purge and De Clutter:  So you are all cleaned and organized.  Now its time to get rid of all the stuff you dont need.  Take your old clothes and shoes to Goodwill.  Seperate the rest of your trash from the recyclabes and toss them away.  You will feel so much better with less things to worry about

Replace:  Now would be a great time to replace any lights to CFL bulbs, make sure your cleaners and laundry supplies are all eco friendly, and gear your future purchases toward items made from sustainable materials.

Please let us know how well these tips worked for you!

Jan012017

Happy New Year

Happy 2017 from the Green & Clean team

Dec132016

D.I.Y Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Well maintained hardwood flooring can change the entire dynamic of the house.  If shoes make the outfit, then it can be said that hardwood floors make the room.  They come in different types, styles, and can be stained a variety of colors.  The only downfall is that they need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order ro preserve their beauty.

Every house is different in terms of traffic, but most floors need to be mopped at least once a week.  To make your hardwood floor cleaner all you need is:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Place the solution into a reusable spray bottle.  I like to spray the solution onto the floor and wipe it up by placing a microfiber cloth onto the bottom of a swiffer ( those reusable cloths get expensive and cause unneccessary waste).

If you want to be fancy, you can purchase this refillable mop from Rubbermaid.  Simply pour your vingear floor cleanig solution into the reservoir, use as directed, and your floors will be green clean in no time.

Dec062016

14 Things In Your Home That Probably Need Cleaning

Most of us spend our green cleaning time on our kitchens, bathrooms, and floors.  However, there are a few things around the house that collect dirt and germs that most of us skip during our house cleaning routine.  Here is our list of items in your home that probably need cleaning:

  • Toothbrush Holder: toothbrush holders and the basis for electric toothbrushes can get pretty icky from dripping tooth paste residue.  Soak in hot soapy water or put in the dishwasher
  • Blinds and Drapes: dust accumulates quickly I’m blind. To clean metal or plastic blinds, white with a damp cloth and Multi Purpose Cleaner.  4 wooden blinds, use a cloth damp with just water. 4 fabric blinds, white with a microfiber cloth. Drapes can usually be put into the washing machine and hung to dry. The same goes for fabric shower curtains. Wipe down plastic ones or hand wash in the tub.
  • Types of Appliances: these are often ignored but can be gross dust and grease traps. Wipe down the top of your refrigerator and microwave while cleaning the front and sides. And while we’re at it, Bayshore to clean in between appliances and counters, i.e,  that strip of gunk that gets caught between the stove and counter.
  • Bottom of Rugs: it’s smart to vacuum both side of a rug, at least occasionally, because dirt does accumulate on the bottom as well.
  • Handbags: Handbags are set down on the ground frequently collecting grime and germs of all kinds. Learn how to clean your bag by checking the manufacturer’s website or by using a gentle natural cleanser and washing by hand. Dry quickly to ensure no mustiness, a hairdryer is helpful.
  • Cleaning Tools: Don’t forget to clean the cleaners! Kitchen sponges should be soaked in a vinegar water mixture. Rags, wash cloths, and removable Mop Heads can be washed in hot water. Vacuum filters should be washed every 3 months. You should also vacuum your broom heads.
  • Television Remote: With all those hands using the remote, and with its occasional visits to the floor, a remote can get pretty nasty Without You realizing it. Wipe down with a damp vinegar soaked cloth.
  • Reusable Shopping Bags: Turn inside out and wash to get rid of residual food bacteria. I do the same for my cotton mesh produce bags every week.
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves: Another item used daily during cold weather that often gets neglected, these need to be washed too. Launder and air dry. Wipe down leather with a multi purpose cleaner instead of submerging in water.
  • Gym bag: Some can be washed in the machine, while others must be done by hand. Sprinkle the inside of the bag with baking soda to get rid of stubborn bad odors.
  • Garbage Can and Compost Bins: Make this apart of your regular cleaning routine. Wash with hot soapy water and let dry in the sun if possible. Sprinkle bottom with baking soda to absorb odors if necessary
  • Pillows: Pillows collect disgusting amounts of dust, skin cells, and bacteria over the course of their lives. This means that thorough cleanings are needed on a regular basis.
  • Handles and Railings: Don’t neglect toilet handles, door handles, and stair railings. Wipe with a damp cloth and Multi Purpose Cleaner or white vinegar. Do the same for light switches while you’re at it.
  • Ceiling and Fans: Dust can accumulate on the ceiling, so give it a good sweep once a year. Use a freshly cleaned broom and a bandana to cover your face. Wipe down both sides of fan blades with a damp cloth. Do this before cleaning the floor.

Completing these chores in addition to your regular cleaning routine will ensure that your entire home is green clean from top to bottom.