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Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is good for your home, health and overall well-being! Check out these tips for the deep annual clean.

The first step of spring cleaning is to make a checklist and a schedule of what to clean and when. Try to include the areas of your house that don’t usually get attention like ceiling fans, lamp shades, the space behind your fridge, etc.

Recruit family members to tackle the tough jobs like cleaning out the garage and landscaping the yards. Competition always makes everything more fun, so divide up in teams and see who finishes their chores first! Listening to music is always a great motivator too.

Take pride in your hard work! A clean home is a happier, healthier home and well worth the work. This article from MedicineNet.com lists the benefits a good spring cleaning can have on your health. Here are some of tips we found most helpful:
Thoroughly dust your home and clean air filters, ducts and vents to decrease your family’s exposure to allergens.
Remove toxic trash from your home, this includes old and/or expired cleaning products, paint cans, and batteries. Remember to properly dispose of these items at hazardous waste centers!
Clean mold and mildew from damp areas with non-toxic cleaners.
Also remember to donate any items you no longer need and recycle everything that you can.

After you finish reward yourself with some new green décor, like these eco-friendly accessories from Pottery Barn!

And of course, have us here at Total Home Cleaning come by regularly to maintain your clean home!

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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.

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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.