Thursday, March 27, 2008

Not Sun Tzu : The Art of Cleaning House

Before you begin cleaning
In order to know what needs to be cleaned, it helps to keep a list of important cleaning projects and chores that need to be done on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual basis. Be cautious when using any type of cleaning solvents; some individuals may have allergic reactions to chemicals in cleaning solvents and some solvents can even damage the case. One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don't need. Most of the time, this is the only cleaning you'll need to do.

Don't have time for cleaning?
For people don’t have the time to clean their own homes, fortunately there are an increasing number of green cleaning services out there to help get things spic and span. Remember, cleaning your own windows is a big job, and it can be tedious and frustrating, not to mention time consuming and dangerous. And here's a tip: If you've just put some cleaning fluid on your cloth and tried wiping off a fingerprint, and there's still some there, wet another spot of the cloth (or a new cloth) and wipe again. I believe this would make my cleaning routine not only faster, but also more focused, less stressful, and possibly even (ok, maybe this is a stretch) enjoyable.

Cleaning Products Available
Instead of opting for cleaning products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects. As the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products become more thoroughly understood, more and more brands of healthy, green, and effective cleaning products have started hitting the market and competing for that coveted place of honor under your sink. Green Seal is another standardization organization that is certifies cleaning products among other things. With a couple of new products on the market, it is possible to sanitize everything from food to fabrics in a manner that doesn't harm the environment. Some cleaning products, however, can contain harmful chemicals that contaminate the environment and endanger human health. A growing number of commercial non-toxic home cleaning products are also available, as healthier and environmentally responsible alternatives.

Cleaning Alternatives
Using ordinary household glass cleaner on special screens, especially cleaners with ammonia can remove anti-glare protection and/or other special surfaces. This delayed effect is particularly seen in glass cleaners. Borax, ammonia and baking soda are safe alternatives that can clean and disinfect to meet hospital standards and are much cheaper than name brand cleaners. This will reduce the toxic cleaners needed for rugs as vinegar and water works great for cleaning non-carpet floors.

Thinking Green
Utilized correctly, green cleaning can help to reduce many of these health and environmental hazards. Use the formulas described above or purchase 'green' commercial alternatives and most importantly of all when replacing your cleaning products, don’t just throw the old ones in the trash.

Article Source Art Of Cleaning

Albert Ghero is a cleaner in bolton,



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