In: House Cleaning News

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Here at Total Home Cleaning, it is our priority to maintain a clean, healthy, and eco-friendly environment in the homes of our clients. It is our duty to tackle the big cleaning jobs, but for the regular household cleaning that is done in between visits, we recommend a few green-friendly products approved by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s Appliances & Cleaning Products department rigorously tested 23 green cleaning products. They have crowned the top green products in the categories of laundry detergent, dishwashing liquids, all-purpose cleaner, and heavy-duty all-purpose cleaner. Here are the results of the study:

Arm & Hammer, Essentials 2X ConcentratedArm & Hammer, Essentials 2X Concentrated took the crown for best laundry detergent. Not only is the liquid gel biodegradable and plant-based in formula, but its lightweight plastic bottle is as well.

Purex Natural ElementsThe runner-up detergent happens to be the #1 selling natural laundry detergent – Purex Natural Elements. This detergent is hypoallergenic, dye-free, and costs about half the price of its competitor.

Planet Ultra Dishwashing LiquidThe study found that Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid worked great against dried-on grease and cleaned the most plates per use. Because this product is hypoallergenic, it can serve many other purposes such as bubble bath, body wash, and pet shampoo.

Sun & Earth All PurposeFor the all-purpose cleaner, Sun & Earth All Purpose cleaned most effectively, cleaning countertops with ease. Its non-toxic formula is free from petroleum-based solvents and is composed solely of natural surfactants.

Green Works Natural All-Purpose Cleaner from CloroxA cheaper alternative is Green Works Natural All-Purpose Cleaner from Clorox, which claims to be at least 97% naturally derived.

Simple Green All-Purpose CleanerFor the heavier jobs such as cleaning barbecue grills and concrete floors, Good Housekeeping recommends Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. The makers of Simple Green have spent over $3 million to verify the safety claims that the product is non-toxic and biodegradable without the harmful effects of bleach.

When shopping for green cleaning products, look for those that are biodegradable, phosphate and chlorine free, and are natural or plant-based. To learn all of the details of this study from Good Housekeeping, click here.


In: Holidays

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The Do It Yourself “D.Y.I” movement has motivated people to save more, be more green, and to be more creative with their living spaces.  If you’re looking to do any of the above this holiday season we have you covered.  Check out this resource of projects that the whole family can participate in.

First up, Did you know it takes 7 to 10 years to grow a Christmas tree? Save a tree from being chopped down and avoid the environmental impact of purchasing a fake tree by purchasing a live potted tree.  Tree farms allow for local pick up and there are services out there that deliver live trees.  For example check out Adopt A Christmas Tree if you’re in the San Diego area.

With the change in seasons now is a good time to make sure heating and cooling air ducts are sealed properly.  You can put a brand new (HVAC) system in an old house, and if the duct work is old and leaky, you’ll never see the efficiency from the new equipment.

Add a more personal touch to your gift giving by making hand made gift wrap.  Design Sponge Online has this great tutorial.  Many of the materials are easy to find around the home.  They’ve even included a stencils and patterns for you to download and use.

Smell is a powerful sensory trigger.  Get further into the holiday mood with DIY Christmas Potpourri.  If you’re skipping on having a tree this year this is the perfect way to get that pine holiday scent without sticking a Glade freshener in an outlet.

Can you believe this is a shelf?  Ikea Hacks has many ways to take cheap Ikea pieces and extend their utility, looks, and value beyond that of even more expensive designer pieces.

Reward your self with a homemade brew after all the DIY work you’ve accomplished.  This kit by Coopers includes everything needed to make 23 litres of great tasting beer.

And if you don’t have time to dip into the DIY world, don’t forget we’re here to take care of your home cleaning needs.


In: Lifestyle

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Do you make a conscious effort to eat healthier?  If you’ve changed your eating habits to live better, lower your stress levels, and to be more productive than a home cleaning service lines up directly with your life style goals.

Culturally we think of “hired domestic help” as part of the realm of the privileged rich but we’re living in the time of outsourcing and the Four Hour Work Week.  We are not maids  living in the guest house of your property but a professional cleaning service with a goal to make your life easier.

Let’s do a thought exercise.   Read through this list imagining that the task has been taken care of while you’re enjoying that activity you’ve been putting off because of your lack of time.

Formal Living Dining & Family Room Areas:

Dust furniture

Vacuum carpets

Clean under couch cushions

Dust light fixtures, lamp shades and artwork

Dust exposed heat registers and baseboards

Dust windowsills

Damp mop floors

Patio doors inside and out

Kitchen and laundry room:

Clean kitchen, including sinks, appliance exteriors, countertops, items on countertops, cabinet fronts, and table and chair legs

Inside oven window

Refrigerator seals and air vents

Inside window above sink

Wash inside microwave

Hand wash floors

Bedrooms & Office Areas:

Make beds / change linens

Dust furniture


Dust exposed heat registers & baseboards

Dust light fixtures, lampshades & artwork


Tub/shower stall

Commode inside & out

Lights, mirrors & counter

Clean cabinet exteriors

Paper holder/towel racks

Vacuum & hand wash floors

Dust exposed heat registers & baseboards

Don’t you feel better thinking about catching up on Netflix, finishing that book that’s been gathering dust, or finally having the time to exercise?  If you’re ready to invest in joy and well being use our free estimator below.