Chesterfield MO Professional Maid Service

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5 Steps to Allergy-Proof Your Home

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You can’t get rid of allergens in your home altogether, but these tips will help reduce their effect.

INTRODUCTION

Spring can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Here are five simple things you can do to cut down on dust, mold and pollen.

STEP 1

Remove Clutter

Clean up clutter. The less stuff in your house, the fewer places for allergens to hang out. And, just as important, the easier it will be to clean thoroughly once a week.

Get rid of old rags, newspapers, clothes and other porous items.

Limit knickknacks, magazines, and other dust catchers that you don’t use or enjoy.

Focus on bedrooms especially, because you and allergens both spend more time there.

STEP 2

Clean the Air

Making your home inhospitable for allergens sounds like a daunting task. In a particulate sense, it’s going to be you against millions of mold spores, dust mites and pollen. Fortunately, though, you’re smarter than these minute microbes, and following these tips can help you keep allergies at bay.

A well-ventilated house and nonleaking ductwork is a first line of defense against bringing allergens into your living space.

Use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in the air conditioning system.

Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent. Mold likes moisture, and dust and pollen are easily stirred in dry air.

Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest: in the early morning hours, between 10 am and 3 pm, and in windy conditions.

Pollen and mold spores settle on clothing, so when you come in from outdoors, remove your outer garments in the mud room, and take a shower.

STEP 3

Clean the Cleaning Room

Your bathroom is for mold what your bedroom is for dust mites — heaven at home.

Inspect water pipes for leaks and fix.

Regularly clean walls with a nontoxic cleaner.

Make sure that ventilation fans are routed to the outside, and run them for 30 minutes after a shower or bath.

Scrub away mold on pipes and fixtures.

STEP 4

Reduce Dust Generators

Fabrics and carpeting generate help create dust by the breaking down of fibers. Consider pitching curtains, high-pile carpeting and upholstered furniture in the bedroom: all cozy accommodations for allergens.

Best bet: washable throw rugs over wood, linoleum or tiled floors.

Damp mop regularly, and clean walls and other surfaces.

If you must have carpeting, make it short, tight pile and vacuum weekly with a cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

STEP 5

Smart Landscaping

Make smart selections for the landscape. The yellow, sticky pollen that bees carry from plant to plant rarely causes allergic reactions. It’s the fine, lightweight particles that are blown about by wind that trigger discomfort.

Avoid adding allergenic trees like maple (male), birch and ash (male) to the landscape. Instead, choose low-allergy trees like dogwood, double-flowered cherry and magnolia. Female ash and female maple trees are considered low-allergy, too, but buy from a reliable nursery source to be sure of the tree’s gender.

Low-allergy flowers include astilbe, impatiens, hosta, scabiosa, columbine and viola. source: diynetwork.com

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Quick Tips For Keeping a Tidy Home

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Do you ever go through spurts of cleaning and tidying? You’re ready to get your house picture perfect. You do a sweep of the house and everything is finally in its place. We tidy up our space and then at some point the tidiness escapes us. For many of us, this cycle is on repeat. A few weeks later, you find yourself going through the motions again.

So how can we keep a tidy space? Admittedly it would be nice to not have a care in the world if a friend drops by unannounced because your space is already tidy. So I’ve put together four simple tips for you to get a tidy home and, most importantly, keep it that way.

Start With a Clean Slate

It’s often much easier to keep something going than it is to start. We dread starting, but in the end, that’s the hardest part. Even if you start with a room each day, tidy up each room and style it. Untidiness breeds untidiness. Why would you ever be motivated to tidy if it never actually meant your space as a whole was tidy? We exert effort with an end goal in mind. Seeing your home in its ideal state will motivate you to keep tidy and not mess up the perfection.

Pick Up as You Go

Yes, this is the same as your mother’s age-old advice. The easiest way to keep the clean slate you created is to form a habit of picking up after yourself. I call this the one-touch rule. If you come home from work and change clothes, where do those clothes (immediately) go? If you’re doing meal prep and you’re done with your knife, don’t put it in the sink, to then later put it in the dishwasher. If you can take five seconds now, do it now instead of waiting.

Hit the Hot Spots

Every room has a hot spot. Depending on our habits, they might vary slightly. A hot spot is an area of a room where the tidiness, or lack thereof, makes a world of difference. It could be a tidy entry or a made bed; in the kitchen, it could be clear counters and an empty sink; in a living space, it’s cleared off tabletops and styled sofas. If these things aren’t done, the entire room won’t feel right. So if you’re pinched for time, these high-impact spots are the spots to hit.

Set a Routine

The best thing you can do for yourself is to stick to a routine for your home. At the end of the day we can press refresh and wake up to a mess free home. After dinner, clean the kitchen. Have a schedule for your laundry. Take 15 minutes before bed to pick up anything that’s out of place. We get ourselves into trouble when we put it off and think, “oh I can do that later.”

As the clutter piles up, the to do list gets longer, and we dread tackling it. Then, we have to go back to the first tip and create a blank slate. Don’t do that to yourself! These daily rituals allow us to keep our space completely picked up even when we get busy throughout the day and leave our clothes on the bathroom floor and our dishes in the sink. source: theeverygirl.com

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Top 8 Dangerously Toxic Cleaning Chemicals to Avoid

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Many people have no idea that, in an average household, there are some 62 (or more) toxic cleaning chemicals lurking in their house. It’s ironic how these cleansers are supposed to keep us safe from dangerous bacteria and germs but they are deadly toxins themselves! Of course, we assume they are safe, because, after all, isn’t this America? Aren’t these things tested before they are sold?

Manufacturers will tell you that, in small amounts, their products are safe. The problem is in a word called accumulation. It’s not as if we are only using one product every now and then. Think about the number of times you whip out that bottle of window cleaner, antibacterial soap, air fresheners, even toilet paper, every week? These chemicals accumulate in our bodies and there have been no studies done to see what happens when we mix these deadly toxins inside our bodies.

Although in today’s world it’s simply impossible to eliminate your exposure entirely, but you can significantly reduce your exposure level. Take a look at the top 8 most toxic chemicals in your cleaning products. Dump these for safer alternatives and protect the health of your family.

1. Sodium Hydroxide

Found in drain openers and oven cleaners. You probably know this chemical by its more common name of lye. Sodium hydroxide is very corrosive. It causes severe burns should you come into contact with it. Inhaling even a small amount can cause throat irritation for days.

Avoid this chemical and use a paste made with baking soda instead. It only takes a bit more scrubbing to clean your oven with this mixture. You can clean out drains with a mixture of one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of vinegar. This works much better than you can imagine and it’s body and environmentally friendly. Read also about lemons and baking soda

2. Phthlalates

Although you won’t actually see this word on the label, however, anytime you see the word “fragrance” or “parfum”, then that product contains this toxic chemical. You will find this in air fresheners, dish soap, laundry detergents, toilet paper, and fabric softeners, just to name a few. Due to copyright laws, manufacturers don’t have to tell you exactly what is in their scents.

This chemical is a known hormone disruptor, which means that it leads to reproductive problems such as low sperm count in men. Studies show that men with high levels of phthalates in their blood had lower sperm counts, according to the CDC. Although this chemical is mainly inhaled, you can also absorb it through the skin by using scented soaps.

Whenever possible, choose all natural, organic products or choose fragrance free options. Avoid those plug in or aerosol air fresheners and use natural essential oils instead. You can also add some plants to your home which naturally clean the air of toxins.

3. Chlorine

Commonly found in toilet cleaners, laundry whitening agents, mildew removers, cleansers, even tap water.

There are so many ways you can get exposed to this chemical! It’s absorbed through the skin, not only from cleaning agents but if it’s used in your city’s water supply to kill bacteria, you are literally showering in chlorine. You can also inhale the fumes when cleaning. It’s an acute irritant when inhaled but on top of all this, it’s a major source of thyroid dysfunction.

Use baking soda or Bon Ami for scrubbing sinks, pots, pans, and toilets. You can also use vinegar to clean toilets, and a mixture of borax and vinegar to whiten clothes naturally. There is also an oxygen bleach that is chlorine free that is now sold in many supermarkets. To reduce your exposure even further, use a whole house filtration system.

4. Perchloroethylene AKA Perc

This chemical is often used in carpet and upholstery cleaners, spot removers, and dry cleaning solutions.

Perc is a well-known neurotoxin as well as a possible carcinogen, according to the EPA. There have been numerous reports of people who live in buildings where dry cleaners are located that have stated they have symptoms of dizziness, loss of coordination, and other types of symptoms. These complaints have been so pervasive that the EPA has ordered that all perc machines to be removed from residential buildings by 2020. The State of California has gone even further and has said that they will no longer allow perc use in their state by 2023 due to health risks. Most people are exposed through inhalation, the smell on clothes that have been freshly dry cleaned or fumes that hang around after having your carpet, drapes, and furniture professionally cleaned.

You can avoid this by taking clothes, curtains, even small rugs that are marked as “dry clean only”, to wet cleaners, which use cleaners that are water based, not solvent based. Always ask your dry cleaner which method they use. Instead of chemical spot removers, simply rub some undiluted castile soap right on the stain before laundering.

5. Ammonia

You will often find this in polishing products for sinks, bathroom fixtures, glass cleaners, and jewelry cleaners.

Ammonia does not leave streaks and evaporates quickly, which is why it’s a common ingredient in window cleaners and other types of cleaners where we want shiny, streak free surfaces. That shiny surface has a price, however, as ammonia is a powerful irritant, especially for those who have lung problems, breathing problems, asthma, or the elderly. Ammonia is almost always inhaled when it’s used. People who are exposed to ammonia regularly, such as maids or housekeepers at hotels, often develop asthma or chronic bronchitis. If mixed with bleach, it creates a deadly gas that kills.

If you still want those shiny surfaces, use vodka! It makes a super reflective shine on anything metal or on any mirrored surface such as glass. If you want to polish your silverware, use non-gel toothpaste, it works like magic!

6. Triclosan

This is an antibacterial agent that is found in almost any liquid marked “antibacterial”, such as hand soap, dish soap, body wash, shampoo, even toothpaste!

Although it’s true that Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial compound, it actually has promoted the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria. These antibacterial, antimicrobial soaps don’t make us any heathier, or safer, rather, they are creating new dangers in the forms of “super bugs”. Triclosan is also a serious hormone disruptor for women. Numerous studies have found that there are now dangerously high concentrations of triclosan in streams and rivers, where it kills algae. The EPA is currently investigating if triclosan is a possible carcinogen.

You can use any soap to kill germs. Look for natural soaps, not ‘washes’ or ‘beauty cleansers’. The shorter the list of ingredients, the more natural the soap is. If you like using hand sanitizers, use ones that are alcohol based, and do not contain triclosan.

7. 2-Butoxyethanol

You find this product in items listed as “multi-purpose” cleaners, kitchen cleaners, and window cleaners.

This is the main ingredient in many all-purpose cleaners and it’s generally recognized by its sweet smell. This chemical belongs to a group of toxins called glycol ethers, which are solvents you don’t want to mess around with. Unfortunately, laws don’t force manufacturers to list this ingredient on the label, even though the on the EPA’s website it’s known to cause sore throats, pulmonary edema, liver and kidney damage, and narcosis. If you use this cleaner in a closed area, such as a bathroom, you could easily inhale more than what is legally allowed in most workplaces.

A much safer choice would be to clean windows with vinegar and newspapers. Bon Ami powder is a safe choice for kitchen counters, as is baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils.

8. Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, AKA Quats

This is another type of antibacterial/antimicrobial and has similar problems as triclosan. Besides breeding superbugs, this chemical is a skin irritant. A 10 year study showed that contact dermatitis was connected to quats. There is also evidence that even healthy people develop asthma after regular exposure to quats.

You find this in products labeled antibacterial or antimicrobial, liquid fabric softeners, dry sheets, and many household cleaners.

Read the label carefully! You don’t need expensive, potentially toxic fabric softeners to keep clothes free from static or to make them soft, vinegar, plain old white vinegar, does the same thing and no, your clothes will not smell like vinegar afterwards! Vinegar removes soap buildup, stops static cling, helps to keep clothes bright, and is completely nontoxic!

Extra Tip:

If you should see a cleaning product with a big label that says “green”, “biodegradable”, or “all natural”, that doesn’t mean it’s nontoxic. This terminology is called “green washing”, and an environmental consulting firm, TerraChoice, found that at least 95 percent of “green” products had at least one toxic chemical in their ingredients. For example, saying a product has “natural ingredients” means it can be made of mostly water. Also, CFC-free doesn’t mean much since it’s illegal to sell things with CFC. Also, pay attention to words like “completely biodegradable”, well, almost everything is biodegradable if given enough time. A plastic bottle is biodegradable in, oh, a thousand years, or so, right? Look for labels that say something like “Biodegrades within 14 days.” source: naturalon.com

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Fenton MO House Maids

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10 Cleaning Habits to Blame for Your Messy Home

Everybody seems to have a different recommendation for how to clean each surface in the house… but not all of these cleaning habits do what their proponents claim. Many materials require specific cleansers, and using the wrong one may render your efforts useless

  1. Replacing Disinfectant with Vinegar

    Vinegar is an effective cleaner, busting through grease and creating a wonderfully inhospitable environment for some bacteria. But vinegar won’t prevent the spread of certain persistent germs like the flu virus, so be sure to use a home cleaning solution that is labeled as a disinfectant every now and then during flu season.

  2. Using Bleach for Everything

    Conversely, bleach is a very effective disinfectant, but it may not be a successful general cleaner. To actually lift dirt, mildew, and residue from a surface, scrub and rinse the area before applying bleach. Bleach may also be too harsh for certain surfaces like granite or marble.

  3. Mixing Ammonia with Other Cleaners

    Ammonia is considered to be less harmful to the environment than bleach, and it can be found in many household cleaners, but mixing ammonia-based cleaners with bleach can be dangerous. Likewise, using ammonia straight is not advisable. Instead, it should be diluted and used in a well-ventilated area. Better yet, avoid using ammonia altogether, especially if you have any type of respiratory disorder.

  4. Ignoring Floor Finishes

    We’ve all heard that the type of wood floor you have determines the cleaner that’s required. That’s not entirely true— what really matters is your floor’s finish. Find out what type of finish is on your floors before you clean, or you could end up damaging them. Surface-sealed floors can be swept and then mopped with a gentle pH-balanced cleaner. Untreated or oil-treated floors should be coddled, simply wiped with a damp rag when necessary and protected with a liquid or paste wax.

  5. Cleaning Pet Accidents with Vinegar

    When Fido has an accident on the carpet, it’s important to act fast to avoid stains and odors. Diluted vinegar is a green cleaning method that’s gained in popularity, but if you’d rather not contend with the pungent smell of vinegar on top of everything else, opt for a commercial pet stain remover instead.

  6. Skimping on the Vacuum

    Take note, wary vacuumers! Contrary to popular belief, frequent vacuuming does not ruin carpets and rugs. In fact, it can extend the life of your carpet by removing dirt and debris that would otherwise become ground into the fibers. Dirt is abrasive and will ultimately damage the rug more than any vacuum would.

  7. Confusing Disinfectant with Sanitizer

    Many people confuse sanitizing with disinfecting and therefore end up using cleaning products incorrectly. Here’s the difference: To be labeled a sanitizer, a solution must kill 99.9 percent of bacteria in 30 seconds, while disinfectants must kill all organisms within 10 minutes. You should use a sanitizer to clean anything that comes into contact with food, while a disinfectant is more appropriate for cleaning the toilet.

  8. Avoiding the Hot-Water Cycle

    It is true that setting your washing machine to the cold cycle saves money and energy, but cold water is less effective at destroying viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Choose hot water when washing sheets and towels to kick up your cleaning power. And if family members are sick, be sure to wash their clothing in hot water too. Drying laundry on high heat will further protect against germs. source: bobvila.com

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When you hire a maid cleaning service, you’re not just buying a clean living room, bathroom or kitchen. You’re buying time. You’re buying piece of mind. You’re buying experts who know how to get the job done.

Benefits of Hiring a Chesterfield MO Cleaning Service

Cleaning Service Chesterfield MOMaids Have A Consistent Cleaning Schedule

Most homeowners have a schedule for work, kids, dinners, cleaning and an abundance of other activities. However, more often than not, life gets in the way and certain dilemmas come up. As you probably know first-hand, cleaning the house usually gets pushed to the side.

If you hire a maid cleaning service, you’re hiring a consistent cleaning schedule done by someone else. Life can’t get in the way. Whether it’s once a week of once a month, you know your house will be cleaned because you hired a maid.

You’re Hiring Experts

Just like a roofer or an electrician, you’re hiring an expert in the field. They know how to remove tough stains or funky smells. As with all home jobs, go over the specifics with the maid or group of cleaners before they start the work to make sure they can handle what you’re asking. Similar to a carpet cleaning professional, you want to make sure they know how to get the job done right.

You’re Buying Free Time

The No. 1 reason homes get dirty is lack of attention. Besides life getting in the way, many homeowners don’t like to clean. After a long day of work, who could blame you? Hiring a maid cleaning service buys you free time with the family. It buys you alone time. It buys you piece of mind knowing you have professionals cleaning your house as often and efficiently as possible.

You Never Have to Clean A Toilet Again

On top of laziness, homeowners “ignore” certain areas of the home, like the bathroom, because they don’t like scrubbing floors or toilets. To be honest, there are some jobs, like reaching in vents or cleaning the attic, that homeowners don’t have a stomach for. source: improvenet.org

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Cleaning Wrong

House Cleaning Ladue MOCleaning your house is an emotional roller coaster — you want to clean it, you procrastinate, you finally clean it and then your house is dirty again. But if you’re not cleaning your house correctly, certain items stay dirty and that can be bad for your health.

We want you to stay healthy. So we’ve rounded up some of the best advice we’ve ever heard on how to clean the stuff in your home — from the bedroom to the bathroom and beyond.

1.Toilets
Even though your shower is sparkling and your toilet bowl looks impeccable, there’s one area you’re probably missing, and that’s the back of your toilet. Though it’s hard to see, it’s easy for urine and fecal matter to build up there, leaving a residue that’s both gross and tough to clean. Try this HuffPost hack from author Jolie Kerr: Roll up a few paper towels like a cigar, soaking them in a bathroom cleaner and “floss” the area until it’s spick-and-span.

2. Garbage disposals
Though you might be convinced your kitchen garbage disposal gets rid of all the food you throw down there everyday, it’s important to clean the (likely smelly) disposal once a week. Instead of using a store-bought sink cleaner, using homemade white vinegar ice cubes (yep, just freeze ‘em yourself) or throwing in citrus rinds and cold water is just as effective.

3. Towels
Aside from squashing that whole “higher thread count is better” rumor, luxury linens designer Nancy Koltes also shot down the use of fabric softeners to “clean” towels. “Fabric softeners or worse, fabric softener sheets, function by putting a coating on fabrics which cannot be removed, rendering towels in particular less absorbent.”

4. Humidifiers
Using a humidifier helps prevent congestion in the winter and alleviates the symptoms of psoriasis, but it can also do serious damage (like give you the flu or another serious lung infection) if you’re not cleaning it regularly and the right way. Instead of just changing the water every so often, the Mayo Clinic advises changing the water in the tank daily, cleaning your humidifier every three days and making sure the surrounding area is dry. Make sure to deep clean your humidifier at least once a month by taking everything apart and scrubbing it with white vinegar.

5. Pet hair
Pet hair can be one of the biggest nuisances in cleaning your home and despite daily cleanings, you might not always get up all the hair and fur you want to. One of the best tricks in the book is to wet a pair of rubber gloves and run it over furniture — ensuring you get everything the vacuum, tape and lint rollers did not.

6. Workout clothes
If you think you’re really washing the smell out of your workout clothes by simply using detergent, think again. Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Cleaner Plain & Simple, told HuffPost’s OWN that she recommends adding white vinegar and baking soda to kill the smelly bacteria. Put clothes in the washer as your normally would, adding vinegar the first time you run the load. After one wash, use a half-cup of baking soda, and then throw clothes into the dryer.

7. Red wine stains
Contrary to popular belief, using white wine to get out red wine stains isn’t the best option for cleaning them up. Instead, Ingrid Johnson, Professor and Assistant Chairperson of Textile Development and Marketing at the Fashion Institute Of Technology, told us to sprinkle salt on freshly-spilled wine before blotting it up, and oxi products for old red wine stains that have already dried.

8. Coffeemakers
Instead of cleaning out coffeemakers with hot water (or worse, coffee) every so often, Carolyn Forté, director of the Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, told us, “The carafe, lid and filter basket should be cleaned daily with warm, sudsy water.” This advice also applies to cleaning Keurigs, though Forté recommends running white vinegar through the machine every few months as well.

9. Knives
Are you one of those people that thinks just about anything can go in the dishwasher? If so, your sharp knives are getting duller by the wash. Make sure to take anything that’s not dishwasher safe (yes, that includes those knives) and hand wash them with warm water and soap.

10. Sheets
It’s estimated that people spend about one-third of their lives asleep, which means we have to try even harder to keep our bedding extra clean. While we thought washing our sheets once a week was acceptable, for those who eat or snack in bed, one expert told us that wasn’t nearly enough. According to Kadi Dulude, the owner of top New York City cleaning service Wizard Of Homes, those who eat in bed will want to wash your sheets at least every three days. source: huffingtonpost.com

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4 Benefits of Hiring a Maid Service

Ladue MO Maid ServiceWhen it comes to cleaning many homeowners simply don’t have the time or are physically unable to clean and maintain a home. The perfect solution to these common problems is to hire a maid service. A maid service provides you with basic house cleaning tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, kitchen and bathroom cleaning. Here are four ways you can benefit from hiring a maid service.

Perfect for a busy schedule: Time is a valuable resource and keeping up with cleaning tasks around the home can be very time consuming. If you simply don’t have time to clean, your list of cleaning chores can become very overwhelming. A Maid service will save you time spent on cleaning and will help you manage your cleaning chores.

Regular Basis Cleaning: Keeping your home clean requires constant upkeep, hiring a maid service will make sure cleaning gets done on time and on a regular basis. Such cleaning tasks like regular basis vacuuming are important for maintaining the longevity of your carpets. Scheduling a regular basis maid service ensures your house will be clean and maintained.

Experience: When you hire a maid service you are also hiring experienced and professional cleaners. Experienced cleaners know how to clean effectively and efficiently. Cleaning a house isn’t easy, but the more experience the cleaner has the more you can rely on them to do a good job cleaning your home.

Custom Cleaning: Maid service plans don’t have to involve an entire house cleaning. Maid services can be used to clean areas of your home that require more frequent cleaning such as the living room and the kitchen. This can help you save money spent on cleaning the rooms of your home that do not get dirty and disorganized as frequently as others. source: arcocleaning.com

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5 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Making

St. Louis Maid ServiceThese everyday slip-ups may seem like no big deal—but your health could be paying the price

Common cleaning blunders

Sure, we all want a germ-free home. But when we’re short on time (and really, when aren’t we?), too often we rush the job, leaving icky germs behind, or misuse cleaners, causing everything from skin irritation to dangerous respiratory reactions.

Fortunately, you can correct the most common mistakes and limit your exposure to toxins, leaving your home with a healthy sparkle. Here, five familiar slip-ups, and how the experts say to fix them.

1. You rush the job

If you spray cleanser and immediately wipe it away, chances are you’re leaving germs behind.
“The cleanser surrounds soil particles and lifts or emulsifies them,” explains Debra Johnson, training manager at Merry Maids, a nationwide cleaning company. “Allowing the product to sit gives it the chance to finish the job.” Disinfecting agents need this “dwell” or “contact” time to maximize their ability to kill bacteria and other microscopic organisms, adds Robert Orenstein, DO, a Mayo Clinic infectious disease researcher. The surface germs you miss could include foodborne bacteria like Salmonella and the parasites responsible for toxoplasmosis.

The healthy move: Observe the dwell time on the label—the EPA requires household disinfectant manufacturers to print this information, and other cleaners often include it as well. Although some products (like soap scum remover) need only 2 to 3 minutes, others can require 60 or more, says Johnson. Some pet stain removers may need several days, while most multisurface cleaners require 60 seconds.

2. You mix cleansers

Combining certain cleaners can have risky results.
“When bleach and acids found in many toilet cleansers and bathroom scrub products come in contact, for example, they create chlorine gas, a highly toxic substance that was used as a chemical weapon in World War I,” says Donna Duberg, an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University. “Anytime you mix the two, you could pass out—and in an enclosed space, this error could be fatal.” Another dangerous move? Mixing bleach and ammonia, which can inflame your airways and damage the lining of your lungs, says Clive Davies, chief of the Design for the Environment program at the EPA. His advice: Never mix any cleansers.

The healthy move: Use one product at a time, and choose the least toxic option. For instance, while you need heavy cleaners for tough jobs such as removing mold and grease, you don’t need harsh chemicals for surfaces, like countertops and tables. Duberg suggests trying a solution of 10% vinegar in water, which is 99.9% effective in killing bacteria and “leaves a nice shine.” (Make your own effective green cleaners with these 7 easy eco-friendly recipes.)

3. You skip the rubber gloves

Even healthy skin absorbs chemicals from cleaning products.
Its permeability is one of the reasons birth control and nicotine patches are so effective. According to Davies, the surfactants (wetting agents that allow the cleanser to carry away soils) in many cleaners can make it easier for toxic substances to work their way below your skin. “A class of common solvents called ethylene glycol ethers can damage red blood cells, kidneys, and the liver and could potentially cause cancer,” he says. These substances were found to cause adverse reproductive and developmental effects in a 2008 study from the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland.

The ingredients in some household cleansers may also trigger contact dermatitis, causing inflamed and swollen skin, as well as chapping and cracking. “These breaches provide a direct route for bacteria and chemicals to enter your bloodstream,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist.

The healthy move: Wear gloves—either disposable latex or reusable rubber ones, suggests Johnson. And use a different color for each task (for example, reserve green for dishwashing, yellow for cleaning your bathroom) to avoid cross-contamination.

4. You don’t wash pillows and comforters

We all know that washing linens kills dust mites—microscopic critters that feed on protein, like human hair and skin cells.
But we often ignore the other places they thrive, such as pillows, comforters, and duvets. Not only can dust mites, dander, and pollen worsen allergy and asthma symptoms, but contact with contaminated clothes and bedding can also aggravate skin conditions like eczema, says a 2008 study from the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

The healthy move: Wash sheets weekly in hot water (140°F or above); launder or dry-clean pillows, duvets, and comforters at least once a month, recommends Gary Rachelefsky, MD, a professor of allergy and immunology at UCLA. Keep heavier items from losing their shape by tossing a clean tennis shoe in the dryer to prevent lumping. If you have down bedding, consider switching to synthetic—feathers are another food source for dust mites.

5. You get carried away with spray

While it’s easy to get trigger-happy on big messes, more isn’t always better.
“Many cleaners are very toxic, so overusing them can create an unhealthy environment,” says Duberg. “Too much spray means more aerosols coming in contact with mucous membranes through the eyes, nose, and mouth. This can irritate the linings of airways and lungs and cause allergic responses.” People who use spray cleansers at least once a week are 49% more likely to report asthma symptoms than those who don’t use them at all, says a 2007 study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study also found that applying cleaners directly on a rag didn’t cause noticeable symptoms.

The healthy move: “A few spritzes on a cloth is probably adequate for most jobs,” says Laura Handrick, vice president of innovation for The Maids Home Services. Wipe the surface afterward with a clean, dry rag to remove product residue. In general, always read the product instructions, which list EPA-mandated warnings and directives. “These may include wearing eye protection or rubber gloves or spraying in a well-ventilated room,” says Duberg. Also, don’t assume a product is harmless because it’s labeled natural, adds Handrick: “Poison ivy is natural too. Read the label, whether it’s ‘green’ or not.” source: prevention.com

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8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?

Fenton MO Maid ServiceWe assume they are safe. But in fact, many popular household cleaners are dangerously toxic. Learn about the eight scariest substances hiding under your kitchen sink, and how to replace them with safer, more natural options that really work.

When a pain in Beth Greer’s shoulder led her to a chiropractor nine years ago, she wasn’t that worried. After all, she led a healthy lifestyle: She watched her weight, meditated regularly, and ate mostly organic food. Greer’s chiropractor wasn’t worried either; he diagnosed her with a herniated disk. But after three sessions, not only was she not better, the pain was beginning to radiate down her arm and into her fingers.

An MRI revealed the true cause of Greer’s pain: a tennis-ball-size tumor in her chest. The good news was the mass was benign. Still, each of the three thoracic surgeons Greer saw strongly recommended she have it removed. One wanted to get at it by going in under her collarbone, one wanted to reach the mass through her armpit, and the third wanted to remove a rib to get the tumor from the back.

They all agreed on just one thing: The surgery was risky. Because the tumor was in such a nerve-packed place, there was a real possibility that removing it could cause Greer to lose feeling in her hand.

Greer opted out of the surgery, and instead focused on doing everything she could to support her body’s healing capacity. Curious by nature (she and her husband, Steven Seligman, owned the Learning Annex, a group of schools offering short-term classes on everything from relationships to real-estate), Greer decided to learn everything she could about her condition and discovered that tumors typically grow in response to irritation and inflammation. Eliminating environmental toxins that might be contributing to her tumor’s growth seemed like a practical first step.

First, she turned her attention to the conventional household cleaning products tucked away in her cabinets. “I’d look at a label and it would say ‘hazardous to humans and domestic animals,’” says Greer. “So why would anyone want to use that?”

She ultimately tossed her entire collection of toxic cleaning products and began making her own with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and essential oil. She also swapped her commercial body-care products and makeup for nontoxic ones, and she cleaned up her already healthy diet by eating only whole, unprocessed foods — without any labels.

Nine months later, her tumor was gone. Completely. Although she can’t pin her results on any one environmental change, Greer’s confident that cutting down her exposure to toxins played a critical role — so much so that she’s made sharing that information with others a central part of her life.

Today, Greer consults professionally with others who want to detoxify their homes and offices. In 2002 she and Seligman sold the Learning Annex and she began writing about toxin-free living. The result is her book, Super Natural Home (Rodale Books, 2009).

During her research for the book, Greer was shocked to learn that there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products. Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”

The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, say environmental experts. We’re exposed to them routinely — from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

Manufacturers argue that in small amounts these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to be a problem, but when we’re exposed to them routinely, and in combinations that haven’t been studied, it’s impossible to accurately gauge the risks. While a few products cause immediate reactions from acute exposure (headaches from fumes, skin burns from accidental contact), different problems arise with repeated contact. Chronic exposure adds to the body’s “toxic burden” — the number of chemicals stored in its tissues at a given time.

This toxic body burden is EWG’s chief concern about household chemicals. Sutton explains: “Our concern is daily, weekly, chronic exposure over a lifetime. Maybe if you’re exposed to a chemical a handful of times it wouldn’t cause harm, but some chemicals build up enough or cause enough harm in your body over time that it triggers some kind of disease outcome. The concept [of body burden] is that pollution is not just in our air and in our water — it’s also in us.”

No one can avoid exposure to toxic chemicals altogether, but it is possible to reduce it significantly. In the following pages, Greer, Sutton and other experts weigh in on the worst toxic offenders commonly found in household cleaning products, and offer ways to swap them for healthier, safer options.

1. Phthalates
Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.

Health Risks: Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Men with higher phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts, according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem, warns Alicia Stanton, MD, coauthor of Hormone Harmony (Healthy Life Library, 2009). Unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.

Healthier Choice: When possible choose fragrance-free or all-natural organic products. Greer recommends bypassing aerosol or plug-in air fresheners and instead using essential oils or simply opening windows to freshen the air. Besides causing more serious effects like endocrine disruption, “Aerosol sprays and air fresheners can be migraine and asthma triggers,” she says. Also consider adding more plants to your home: They’re natural air detoxifiers.

2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
Found in: Dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners.

Health Risks: Perc is a neurotoxin, according to the chief scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General’s office. And the EPA classifies perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well. People who live in residential buildings where dry cleaners are located have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. While the EPA has ordered a phase-out of perc machines in residential buildings by 2020, California is going even further and plans to eliminate all use of perc by 2023 because of its suspected health risks. The route of exposure is most often inhalation: that telltale smell on clothes when they return from the dry cleaner, or the fumes that linger after cleaning carpets.

Healthier Choice: Curtains, drapes and clothes that are labeled “dry clean only” can be taken instead to a “wet cleaner,” which uses water-based technology rather than chemical solvents. The EPA recently recognized liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) as an environmentally preferable alternative to more toxic dry-cleaning solvents. Ask your dry cleaner which method they use. For a safer spot remover, look for a nontoxic brand like Ecover at a natural market, or rub undiluted castile soap directly on stains before washing.

3. Triclosan
Found in: Most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.”

Health Risks: Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Explains Sutton: “The American Medical Association has found no evidence that these antimicrobials make us healthier or safer, and they’re particularly concerned because they don’t want us overusing antibacterial chemicals — that’s how microbes develop resistance, and not just to these [household antibacterials], but also to real antibiotics that we need.” Other studies have now found dangerous concentrations of triclosan in rivers and streams, where it is toxic to algae. The EPA is currently investigating whether triclosan may also disrupt endocrine (hormonal) function. It is a probable carcinogen. At press time, the agency was reviewing the safety of triclosan in consumer products.

Healthier Choice: Use simple detergents and soaps with short ingredient lists, and avoid antibacterial products with triclosan for home use. If you’re hooked on hand sanitizer, choose one that is alcohol-based and without triclosan.

4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
Found in: Fabric softener liquids and sheets, most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial.”

Health Risks: Quats are another type of antimicrobial, and thus pose the same problem as triclosan by helping breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They’re also a skin irritant; one 10-year study of contact dermatitis found quats to be one of the leading causes. According to Sutton, they’re also suspected as a culprit for respiratory disorders: “There’s evidence that even healthy people who are [exposed to quats] on a regular basis develop asthma as a result.”

Healthier Choice: You don’t really need fabric softener or dryer sheets to soften clothes or get rid of static: Simple vinegar works just as well. “Vinegar is the natural fabric softener of choice for many reasons,” explains Karyn Siegel-Maier in her book The Naturally Clean Home (Storey Publishing, 2008). “Not only is it nontoxic, it also removes soap residue in the rinse cycle and helps to prevent static cling in the dryer.” White vinegar is your best choice for general cleaning; other types can stain.

Alternatives to chemical disinfectants abound, including antibacterial, antifungal tea-tree oil. Mix a few drops of tea-tree oil and a tablespoon of vinegar with water in a spray bottle for a safe, germ killing, all-purpose cleaner. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil for scent.

5. 2-Butoxyethanol
Found in: Window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.

Health Risks: 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. Although the EPA sets a standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace safety, Sutton warns, “If you’re cleaning at home in a confined area, like an unventilated bathroom, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are higher than workplace safety standards.”

Healthier Choice: Clean mirrors and windows with newspaper and diluted vinegar. For other kitchen tasks, stick to simple cleaning compounds like Bon Ami powder; it’s made from natural ingredients like ground feldspar and baking soda without the added bleach or fragrances found in most commercial cleansers. You can also make your own formulas with baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. See the “DIY Cleaners” sidebar for a list of clean concoctions.

6. Ammonia
Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry; also in glass cleaner.

Health Risks: Because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. That sparkle has a price. “Ammonia is a powerful irritant,” says Donna Kasuska, chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management consulting company. “It’s going to affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.

Healthier Choice: Vodka. “It will produce a reflective shine on any metal or mirrored surface,” explains Lori Dennis, author of Green Interior Design (Allsworth Press, 2010). And toothpaste makes an outstanding silver polish.

7. Chlorine
Found in: Scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water.

Health Risks: “With chlorine we have so many avenues of exposure,” says Kasuska. “You’re getting exposed through fumes and possibly through skin when you clean with it, but because it’s also in city water to get rid of bacteria, you’re also getting exposed when you take a shower or bath. The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disrupter.”

Healthier Choice: For scrubbing, stick to Bon Ami or baking soda. Toilet bowls can be cleaned with vinegar, and vinegar or borax powder both work well for whitening clothes. So does the chlorine-free oxygen bleach powder made by Biokleen. To reduce your exposure to chlorine through tap water, install filters on your kitchen sink and in the shower.

8. Sodium Hydroxide
Found in: Oven cleaners and drain openers.

Health Risks: Otherwise known as lye, sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive: If it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it can cause severe burns. Routes of exposure are skin contact and inhalation. Inhaling sodium hydroxide can cause a sore throat that lasts for days.

Healthier Choice: You can clean the grimiest oven with baking-soda paste — it just takes a little more time and elbow grease (see recipes in “DIY Cleaners” sidebar). Unclog drains with a mechanical “snake” tool, or try this approach from the Green Living Ideas Web site: Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain and plug it for 30 minutes. After the bubbles die down, run hot water down the drain to clear the debris.

Beware of Greenwashing
If a cleaning product at your supermarket proclaims itself “green,” “natural” or “biodegradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nontoxic. In 2010 the environmental consulting firm TerraChoice Group produced a report called “The Sins of Greenwashing.” In it the group found more than 95 percent of so-called green consumer products had committed at least one “greenwashing sin,” like making an environmental claim that may be truthful but unimportant. “CFC-free,” for example, is a common one, since CFCs are banned by law. Donna Kasuska of ChemConscious offers this advice: “When gauging ecological claims, look for specifics. ‘Biodegradable in three to five days’ holds more meaning than ‘biodegradable,’ as most substances will eventually break down with enough time.” source: experiencelife.com

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Chesterfield MO House CleaningHere are 10 foolproof ways to Evaluate, Eliminate, and Reduce Clutter:

1. Don’t keep it just because it’s sentimental.

If it’s sentimental but not useful, take a picture, showcase it in a beautiful frame and get rid of it! You and others can actually admire it on a daily basis rather than keeping the item tucked away in a closet.

2. Donate on a regular basis.

Keep a giveaway box at all times and then find a donation center to utilize. I’ve previously mentioned 10 ways you can sell or donate items to clean out your house and simplify your life.

3. Sell things you don’t need and make some extra cash in the process.

The link above lists a few avenues for making money on those little things cluttering up your home.

4. Don’t go shopping.

Seriously. Just don’t!

Easier said than done, right?!

There are certainly items that we really do need. If you are honest with yourself, though, the majority of purchases you make are probably unnecessary. You may shop for leisure. You might want to upgrade and get the latest and greatest gadget. You just have to buy that cute outfit because it’s a good deal!! I like shopping as much as the next person, but when I refrain, my house thanks me!

5. Use what you have.

This can be applied to so many aspects of life (cooking, clothing, etc.) but let’s focus on home decor for the moment.

Instead of buying new home decor, consider moving your furniture, knickknacks, blankets, etc. to a new location in your home.
Use paint to bring new life to old furniture. Think up creative ways to re-purpose what you already have. Sometimes a new arrangement can completely transform the look of a room.

6. Implement a trial period mentality.

We are in the process of putting our home on the market and one of the greatest (and hardest) things we’ve had to do is pack up some of our belongings for storage. We only kept the things we use on a daily basis. It’s surprising how many things I’ve been keeping around “just in case”. I’ve come to realize that I don’t need, want, or love any of those things.

If there’s something you’re hesitant about getting rid of, consider storing it in a special place for a specific time period. If you haven’t needed it by the end of that time, sell or donate it.

7. Keep a gift list.

If you’re family gives gifts at birthdays, Christmas, etc. and celebrating in an alternative way is not an option, keep a list of items you’d like to get as a gift. You know you’ll be receiving a gift at some point during the year so make sure that item is useful to you. If you buy everything that you want or need, the gift giver may struggle to find something for you and there’s a high probability that you’ll receive something that will just clutter your life and home. Have an ongoing list for when that special someone asks you what you want.

8. One thing in, One thing out.

This advice has been given time and time again. It seems so simple, yet it can easily be overlooked “just this once!” The things is, “just this once” becomes the norm rather than the exception.

You must be intentional about removing an item every time you bring something new into you home.

Keep a box or bag somewhere in your home to put items you no longer need. When the box is full, drive to the donation center or stick it in the yard sale corner of the garage. When you get a new black shirt, get rid of the old faded shirt. When your kids get a new toy, help them pick out a toy that they’ve outgrown. Be intentional.

9. See your “valuables” through someone else’s eyes.

Have a trusted friend come over to help you see your home as they do. Ask them what stands out and doesn’t look great in your home. Ask them to be honest and then TAKE their advice. If it doesn’t add value, give it away or sell it.

It may be hard, but you’ll be glad when the clutter is gone.

10. Get a new perspective.

Visit a homeless shelter, spend time with someone who’s been down on their luck, or even visit a third world country. When we personally invest in the life of someone who’s struggling for food, water and shelter on a daily basis, our “stuff” suddenly becomes less important and much easier to eliminate. source: idreamofclean.net

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