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Worried About Germs? Green Clean Them Away!

September 07, 2011

The biggest problem with germs is that you cannot see them.  Even in the cleanest homes, large numbers of viruses, bacteria and fungal spores are living and breeding there. Thankfully, not all germs cause disease, but to protect yourself and your family from harmful germs, you need to get rid of as many as possible.

Green Cleaning is just as effective as using traditional cleaning methods but is much kinder to you, your pets, your family, and the environment.  Once you adopt some simple green cleaning strategies, you will realize how easy and healthy green cleaning actually is.  Here is a Green Cleaning plan to help you get started:

Look for environmentally friendly cleaning products that contain only natural, biodegradable ingredients. They kill germs as well as detergents and disinfectants containing toxic chemicals, but are much less likely to trigger allergic reactions or cause other health problems. Does your vacuum cleaner suck up germs at one end only to blow them out at the other? If so, consider replacing it with a HEPA filter vacuum.  Use microfiber cloths, dusters and mops that pick up and hold bacteria with a single wipe. Conventional cleaning accessories often only move germs across surfaces before releasing them into the air.

Some of the facts and figures about germs are truly alarming. Did you know that a single bacterium can multiply to six million in just eight hours? Understanding how germs move around, and what conditions suit them best, gives you the advantage of being able to stop them before they make themselves at home. Knowing that germs can survive for limited periods on dry surfaces, but need moisture to thrive and multiply, will remind you why you shouldn’t leave damp towels lying about.

Give your home a thorough, deep clean, paying special attention to all those cracks and crevices where germs are normally left undisturbed. Deal with one room at a time and clean systematically so you don’t make extra work for yourself by re-contaminating clean areas.

Once your home is as clean as you can make it, aim to keep it that way by guarding against further germ invasions. Germs come into your home via air, people, and pets.  It might be impossible to stop all germs, but you can slow them down. A good dirt-trapping doormat, and taking off shoes indoors will stop germs from spreading throughout your home. Close the toilet lid before flushing to prevent germs escaping from the toilet bowl.

The battle against germs is never-ending, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours rubbing and scrubbing. Target your everyday cleaning at places that are especially attractive to germs. Wipe up food spills and visible dirt without delay. In most homes, the greatest concentration of germs is found in the kitchen sink. Develop the habit of quickly cleaning the sink after each use and you will drastically cut the number of germs available to spread to the rest of the kitchen.

Green Cleaning is all about making the modern home cleaner and healthier using simple, natural products and efficient techniques. 

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about our environment and health of you and your family.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to greencleancertified.com and maidbrigade.com.  Watch our video on achieving work/life balance at greencleancedrtified.com/greentv.  To learn more about the hidden allergy and asthma triggers in your home, log on to greencleancertified.com/greentv.

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