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Cleaning With Essential Oils- The Best Essential Oils To Clean With!

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Cleaning with essential oils is a definite game changer when it comes to green cleaning. There are tons of oils that have cleaning properties…but how can you start incorporating them into your home, and which ones are good to use? I’m going to list 8 oils that are my favorite and really work…not to mention they smell AMAZING.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and evaporation, having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or whatever other sources it is extracted from. Lavender, Cinnamon, and Lemon are VERY few examples of where the oils come from. To make these cleaners, I get distilled water and castile soap. Dilute the castile soap and add the oils! Usually, cleaning services Denver, house cleaning Pheonix and many other cleaning companies can’t use essential oils due to regulations.

Like anything, there are thousands of brands. How do you know what works? Here are a few tips:

  • Look for 100% pure. No carrier oils added. Seed to Seal is best.
  • Aura Cacia is the best and safest store bought brand.
  • Test the oil by putting a drop on construction paper, if it evaporates it’s good.
  • Store your oils in a dark place away from sunlight

Lemon Oil

My absolute favorite! Any citrus oils are wonderful. (Like orange, lime, tangerine and grapefruit.)

  • Polishes chrome and helps remove soap scum stains
  • Antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
  • Great for cutting grease and grime
  • Gives an energizing feeling

Peppermint oil

  • Powerful antibiotic and antiseptic…that makes it great for bathrooms and kitchens
  • Stimulating and revitalizing (increases alertness and performance)
  • Kills dust mites and repels spiders

Tea Tree oil

  • Antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal
  • Gets rid of insects when applied to the area regularly
  • Works the best for mildew
  • If you don’t like the smell, add some orange oil 🙂

Eucalyptus oil

  • Great for killing dust mites, mold and mildew- like in the shower and shower curtain
  • Pairs amazingly with spearmint
  • Mix with baking soda to clean the toilet
  • very antibacterial and antifungal and it can be used in the kitchen and bathroom.

Lavender

  • Antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal actions perfect for a kitchen cleaner
  • Causes relaxation throughout the nervous system
  • Deodorizing and insect repelling

Cinnamon and Clove Essential oil (I paired them together because they both are spices)

  • Cinnamon and Clove are VERY antibacterial and antimicrobial together. Makes for a great all purpose
  • Add orange essential oil and it creates an amazing smell perfect for the holidays-enhances mood
  • Clove kills bacteria, perfect for toilets.

Cleaning with essential oils has drastically improved the health of my own home. Not only because all of these are antibacterial and antifungal, but when you inhale the oils (like when cleaning) the oil releases molecules and enters the body and then traveling to your lungs to make their way throughout your body. It also triggers the limbic system(emotional brain.) So, when I note the part about cleaning with essential oils and them affecting your mood it’s because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.

Comparing this with the old school conventional cleaners, there is NO reason not to start cleaning with essential oils. Inhaling things like Lysol, bleach, ammonia, CLR etc.. cause longer term effects on the lungs and can burn nose receptors. It also causes you to become dizzy and can create dangerous chemical reactions if not handled the right way. Conventional cleaners are always harmful around children, whereas essential oils can actually improve air quality if you use them regularly.

Have you ever thought about using essential oils? If so, do some hefty research and make sure you get a trusted brand of oils. Make sure you know how to use them. And if you’re still skeptical, read here to learn more about how exactly they work for cleaning!

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How To Find The Best Maid Service in Denver

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Finding the best maid service in Denver is not as hard as you think. If you have never used a maid service Denver, you might not exactly know what you are looking for.

Alpine Maids, a great maid service Denver, delivers all the ideal qualifications you want so it’s worth the time… and money!

  1. A perfect house cleaner is always on time OR notifies you if they are running behind in advance.
  2. One main thing that in my opinion is important, are the cleaning products they use. They care about the product and are knowledgable about what they are using. Here at Alpine Maids you can rest assured knowing our products are up to date with the EWG.
  3. A great maid service should be specialized in residential house cleaning. The equipment they are using (vacuums, mops, dusters, towels etc) should be appropriate for different surfaces.
  4. If you have a newer cleaner, you know the cleaner will be great if they make sure to ask what your specific needs and concerns are. They will make sure the most important things are taken care of and respect your things by not throwing away belongings or damaging them.
  5. The maid service pays close attention to detail. They don’t skip areas. They lift things that can easily be moved or slide them over to vacuum underneath. They don’t just vacuum around.
  6. They make your bed. Any maid service that does this, is a very considerate one.
  7. The maid service takes a little extra time to organize things that may be scattered, making piles of paper or books neat. They pick things up off the floor, fold blankets, straighten couch pillows and wipe knick-knacks free of dust and debris.
  8. If you have pets, your maid service is always considerate to vacuum the couch, cat trees or dog beds to remove hair.
  9. A great maid service is self disciplined. When they start cleaning, they have a start to finish, top to bottom system. They are efficient so time is not wasted. They are thorough every single time.
  10. And finally the most importantthe maid service has GREAT customer service skills, you trust they are honest and can trust them in your home if you are not there. If you do find a maid service you love, they respect your piece of mind enough to give you a heads up that someone new is coming. Along with that, they should stand behind a 200% satisfaction guarantee and when the maid service leaves, you should never feel like they could have done a better job.

So, if you are looking for a great Maid service Denver, you don’t have to look too far! All of Alpine’s Maids have been vetted and trained to provide the absolute best maid service in the area! If you happen to be in the Florida area and are looking for a great maid service in Tampa, check out our friends at Sudsy Buckets Cleaning to get all your cleaning needs taken care of!

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Before Hiring Any House Cleaning Services, Be Aware Of These 7 Common Cleaning Mistakes

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House Cleaning Services house cleaning servicesIt is safe to say hiring house cleaning services is the most effortless way to keep your home clean. Cleaning  is not the easiest thing to do… if you have never done it. One day when you take a look around the house and notice it could use a good cleaning, be aware of these common cleaning mistakes that can either ruin your things or cross contaminate surfaces.

1.You can use vinegar on everything

Tread carefully! Vinegar is acidic. Keep it away from granite/stone/marble. Sealed and waxed wood furniture is also a big no-no. The acid from vinegar strips the seal right off.

2.  Dusting with a dry cloth

Have you ever dusted something and it just keeps flying around?! Well there is nothing to pick the dust up. I like to use a wood polish. Just fold a VERY DAMP dust cloth in half, then fold again…spray a very light, non-greasy wood polish onto the towel(disperse evenly) and wipe! I like to have a dry cloth as well.

3.  Using the wrong tools

Using something too abrasive on the wrong surface can be irredeemable. You can easily have scratched stainless steel and a scratched stove top, so before you try to clean a surface you have never cleaned and are unsure how to, do your research.  Also, floors are a common thing people get wrong when cleaning and end up with too much water beneath the cracks. Just Google how to care for whatever surface floor you have and abide accordingly.

Here some reviews for the top 5 best vacuums for laminate floors: http://thehomemakersjournal.com/best-vacuums-for-laminate-floors/ to save you some time 🙂

4.  Not letting the product do it’s job

Don’t just spray and wipe right away. Especially in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. When spraying off that chopping board, or cleaning the tub and shower make sure you spray and let the cleaner sit for a few minutes. It will be more antibacterial and cut grime easier.

5. Forgetting to clean notorious germ-filled areas

Professional house cleaning services always remember to get the details. Door knobs, light switches, outlets, the toilet flush handle…the list can go on! When you have little ones, their hands are on everything everywhere and then into their mouths. Make sure you keep light switches, toys, and other surfaces wiped down with an anti-bacterial cleaning product.

6. Giving yourself a break once in awhile

 house cleaning servicesSure, getting your house cleaned professionally can be very costly. If you are a person that keeps up with their cleaning well for the most part then you don’t need to hire a regular housekeeper. When you need a more thorough cleaning and you just can’t find the time or energy to do the whole house in a day, hire a house cleaning service. This house cleaning service Oklahoma City is the perfect example of hiring a company that is worth the help – at least every once in awhile!

7.  Aaaand finally..your stained carpet cleaning habits

Spill something that’s going to stain? DO NOT spray a ton of product and scrub! Take a white terry cloth or paper towel (preferably Bounty) and soak up AS MUCH of that spill as possible. Scrubbing damages the fiber and forces the stain deeper. Use a light but effective carpet cleaner.

Cleaning doesn’t have to be rocket science. With a little research and following the directions of a product, you can clean anything!

 

 

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