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Green Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Spring-Cleaning_iStock_000021273995Small_crop1When spring enters with the smell of green grass, rain showers and flowers in bloom, many turn to the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Just because it’s an intense cleaning time, doesn’t mean you need to use harsh chemicals to get the best results. This season plant the seeds to a healthier, cleaner and greener home.

Many think the stronger the cleaner, the more effective it is. This is not the case. In fact, the chemicals found in traditional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. Ensure you are getting rid of dust, dirt and grime without adding more toxins and chemicals to your home. Mopfrog offers a few suggestions to polish up your spring cleaning methods.

  • Ditch the paper towels! Paper towels are one of the most wasteful materials used to clean. Switch to microfiber cleaning cloths and mop pads, which can be reused. Old t-shirts, socks and towels are great alternatives for dusting furniture. For windows and glass, newspapers do a great, streak-free job.
  • Vinegar is more than just a dressing for salad. Distilled white vinegar cleans glass, appliances, tile, countertops and more. It also kills bacteria and mold. Create your all-natural cleaning solution with one part vinegar to four parts water.
  • Lots of green cleaning power in a little orange box.  Baking soda is a multi-purpose cleaning agent and deodorizer. In the kitchen combine with a vinegar and water solution to remove spills, grease marks and burnt on food from your stovetop. In the bathroom it can be used to remove stubborn stains and prevent clogs in drains. Other uses include eliminating scents from carpets, as well as keeping clothing fresh and stain free by replacing half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda
  • Lemon fresh! Lemon juice is one of the best natural cleaners due to its antibacterial properties. Shine up chrome fixtures or brass and copper items. With the power of lemon, you can also cut grease, sanitize and deodorize surfaces, as well as remove stains.
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Get a Greener Home This Spring in 10 Easy Steps

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If you have always been interested in making your home more eco-friendly, but are concerned that the process will be difficult, expensive or time-consuming, it may be time to reconsider. Actually, many families who make the switch are happy to discover that choosing to go green actually creates an opportunity to live a simpler, less-stressful life. While preparing your spring cleaning checklist, if you would like to capture the benefits of a green lifestyle for your family, the following ten steps will make your journey easier than you ever thought it could be.

One: Opt for Natural Cleaners from Your Pantry

Remove the clutter of commercial, chemical-laden cleaning products from your home and opt to replace them with simple, all-natural products that you probably already stock in your pantry. Vinegar, salt, baking soda, lemon juice and others can be quickly formulated to effectively clean and freshen nearly every surface in your home.

Two: Opt to Deter Pests with Cleanup Regimens

Ants, roaches, mice, flies and other pests make their way into homes that welcome them with food sources. Crumbs, grease splatters, spills and even pet food can attract these pests and allow a serious infestation to occur. Make it a rule to wipe down and vacuum up crumbs in food prep and eating areas every day. Additionally, serve snacks and meals only in the kitchen or dining area, to help deter pests.

Three: Opt for Glass

The uses of certain types of plastic are thought to leach harmful chemicals into foods that are stored or microwaved in them. Go green for cooking and food storage by opting for glass or ceramic storage and cooking vessels, instead of plastic.

Four: Opt for Organic or Sustainable Food Choices

Shopping for organic food or locally grown produce, meats, poultry and fish are easier now than ever, due to the use of special labeling. In addition, the prices for these products have become much more affordable as more people understand and choose to enjoy the benefits these foods offer for their families.

Five: Opt Out of Plastic Shopping Bags

Eliminate even more exposure to plastic in your life by choosing to use reusable shopping bags when shopping. Readily available in many styles and colors, shoppers find their sturdiness makes shopping easier, as well as being better for the environment.

Six: Opt to Recycle

The recycling movement has come a long way over the past few years. Now many urban garbage collection services routinely offer recycling bins and convenient pickup at the curb for glass, plastic, paper and metals that once would have ended up in the landfill.

Seven: Opt for Microfiber

Instead of using roll after roll of paper towels for cleaning, invest in a dozen, good quality microfiber cleaning cloths for cleaning, dusting and mopping up spills. They are specially designed to attract and hold dust and moisture and can be laundered over and over.

Eight: Opt to Eliminate Chemical Air Fresheners

In addition to being expensive to purchase, commercial air fresheners can aggravate some types of breathing difficulties and leave chemical residue in the home. Instead, choose to freshen your home by cleaning with vinegar and water (you may even add natural essential oils) to assist in cleaning and removing problem odors.

Nine: Opt to Save By Adding Insulation

Some forms of insulation can lose much of its loft as it settles over a few years. When this happens, it can no longer create a barrier to cold or hot air. Have your insulation checked by a professional and consider adding more insulation if needed to decrease utility bills and make your home more comfortable.

Ten: Opt for Energy Star

ENERGY STAR appliances have been proven to operate more efficiently than other models, so it makes perfect sense to upgrade appliances to take advantage of these savings.

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Microfibers: Your Best Choice For Efficient Cleaning

Today, many of us strive to provide our families with a clean and healthy home. We now know that the cleaning solutions and tools we use can help make this process easier, as well as create healthier indoor and outdoor environments. Choosing to utilize microfibers in our cleaning routines is an excellent example.

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What Are Microfibers?

Just as the name implies, microfibers are tiny, but very dense polyester and polyamide fibers that are many times smaller than the diameter of the average human hair. Strong, yet soft and absorbent, these fibers are well suited to cleaning.

Why Use Microfibers?

When these minute strands are woven together, they are capable of trapping more dust, dirt and moisture than traditional cleaning cloths, mitts and mops. In addition, the polyamide component is a form of nylon that creates a static charge capable of attracting dirt and holding it until the cloth is laundered.

Microfibers can be used wet or dry to clean almost everything and yielding incredible results. They also hold many times the amount of water or cleaning solution of standard cleaning rags, mops or disposable paper products. In addition, they come in a variety of colors, which lessens the chance of cross-contamination between rooms and are lightweight and easy to maneuver, even in tight corners. Efficiently and effectively clean, dust and polish any array of hard surfaces such as kitchen counter tops, appliances, sinks, bathtubs, chrome fixtures, windows…the list is endless.

Caring for Microfibers

Microfiber cleaning cloths, mitts and mops are long lasting, when cared for properly. Launder them in cold or warm water and mild laundry soap, and tumble dry on a low setting or hang dry. Avoid using bleach and fabric softeners or dryer sheets to keep microfiber products in top condition.

The Choice of Professionals

Microfibers are now becoming popular for home use, but professional cleaning companies also appreciate their value.

In fact, Mopfrog, a popular green cleaning company utilizes microfiber cleaning cloths and mop pads in their all-natural cleaning program. Their customers are enthusiastic about the benefits that microfibers can add to the green cleaning process. Isn’t it time you tried microfibers in your home cleaning routine? 

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