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February 2018

Eco-Friendly Computer Cleaning

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I’ve really learned to love to clean things in an eco-friendly way. I use lemons for pretty much any surface. I can tell tales of how many things distilled white vinegar can clean. Though when it comes to my laptop computer, something I use everyday, I don’t clean it in a eco-friendly manor. Why?

I haven’t got a clue. I guess just because we are always told this is how to clean them, than that is the way to go. I mean I can’t imagine trying to clean my computer with a lemon, but I guarantee there is a solution out there. These are my thoughts as I researched this. I found some good ideas, some good products, and some good suggestions. Also, things I thought that were okay that simple were not.

Alcohol Swabs.

You know the kind the doctor wipes on your arm before giving you a needle? I’ve seen plenty of colleagues use them to clean their keyboards. I even seen some use them to clean their screens. I learned THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. Some sites swear by it, but after doing some digging. The alcohol can eventually break down the letters on your keyboard. They may fade or completely disappear. As far as the screen goes, the alcohol can break down the coating on the screen. Also, this means stay away from Windex like products, and nail polish remover. You get the idea.

 

Instead, I found some natural spray cleaners for screens. I’m not endorsing any of these products; I’m just going to talk about a couple of alternate options for eco-friendly cleaning.

One spray I found was on Amazon. It’s called EcoMoist.

It’s a natural organic screen cleaner. It comes with it’s own micro-fiber cloth. It’s runs just under ten dollars. I ordered it to give it a try. For being eco-friendly, I thought it did just as good of a job as any of the major products out there that don’t boast about being natural.

The next spray I found was sold at Staples. This one is called TechTonic 2.

It is non toxic, alcohol, and ammonia free. Complete with a antibacterial fiber cloth. It runs for just under fifteen dollars. I bought a bottle and tried it on my work computer. Once again, I can’t say it works any different than the major brands. It did exactly what it was supposed to do.

There are quite a few more eco-friendly screen sprays on the market, but at this point I already found what I was looking for. I had run my small experiment, and was happy with the results.

As far as a comparison between the two I tried. It’s kind of a wash. I liked them both for the same reasons. They both did their job, and were both eco-friendly. If I was forced to give an answer, I’d say EcoMoist, but that’s like comparing an apple to an apple.

Next up is the keyboard. I solved the screen problem, but the keyboard is just as important. Now, for those of you who have a touchscreen keyboard, then the above already solved that problem. I admit, it’s on purpose, I haven’t switched to touchscreen.just because I’m so used to using a keyboard. Though, this is coming from a person who has no problem using a touchscreen phone. Anyway, the keyboard can be wiped down with the screen cleaner, but in my opinion that’s like washing your hair with soap, when shampoo exists. The screen gets attention, why not it’s friend the keyboard?

My first thought was the duster. Obviously, the aerosol air duster we’ve used all these years to clear our keyboards of daily debris isn’t eco-friendly, just based on the aerosol alone. That’s not mentioning the countless other chemicals and gases in those products.

 

The first eco-friendly keyboard duster I came across is called O2 Hurricane Canless Air System.

This thing looks pretty cool, however, I can’t give a review from using this product. The Hurricane costs between eighty to one hundred and fifty dollars. Thus, I would have loved to buy it and try it out, but just price wise I couldn’t. Now, with that said, if I owned an office building and this thing did what it says it does, then I’d have one on every floor. The way is works is like a reverse vacuum. It doesn’t have to be used just on keyboards. You can blow the dust off things in your home, or even inflate balloons with it. No chemicals. It’s all just the natural air you breathe. It runs on electricity, but I couldn’t tell if you charge it, or have to use it while plugged in, and I couldn’t find that information on the site. Good news is, there is an eco-friendly keyboard duster out there.

Next, I came across the e-cloth.

A general purpose cloth. Also eco-friendly. The company makes many e-cloths for different cleaning needs. I found the electronics version of the product on Amazon. I was able to purchase it for around seven dollars. It claims it will clean the debris off your electronics and give it a shine. It did what it said. My keyboard did look better. Cool thing is is that to clean the cloth all you need to do is toss it in the washing machine. Nice thing is it cleans the dust off the screen as well. I still think the sprays worked better on screens, but you can be the judge.

There were a ton of products I came across as I researched. There really is a demand out there for eco-friendly products like these. These were just a few examples. Look around and see what is your best fit.

The best part about all of this, for me, is I see other people have an environmentally friendly conscience like myself, and are creating new and inventive ways to keep the world we live in as clean as possible with more and more harsh things coming onto the market everyday!

Pepper Must Be Jealous…Salt Cleans Everything

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My friend and I were having lunch, sitting at the bar in a neighborhood restaurant, watching ESPN. The bartender had brought us our pints of beer and had put two cocktail napkins down in front of us. He sprinkled some salt onto each napkin and placed our beers on them. I asked “Why did he sprinkle salt on the napkins?” The bartender replied “It’s an old bartender’s trick. Condensation makes the glass stick to the cocktail napkin. The salt makes it so the glasses don’t stick.” I never knew that. I never thought about it. I’m not even sure if I’ve ever seen a bartender do that, but I most likely never payed attention. I told the bartender that was interesting. I’m pretty sure I’ve only used salt for two things; food and snow. The bartender talked about his wife was a salt fanatic. My friend said his wife was also a salt fanatic. Their wives use salt to clean all kinds of stuff in their homes. ESPN is recapping the big plays of the weekend games and we’re having a conversation about SALT. However, it turns out, salt is actually pretty amazing. And being the I have to understand everything kind of guy I am, I looked into it. Salt is cheap, and so am I. If this stuff cleans half as much as the say it does, I’m going to save all kinds of money. I looked into it, and this is what I found out:

 

 

Salt works as an effective yet gentle scouring agent. Salt also serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as distilled white vinegar, to boost cleaning and deodorizing action. For a basic soft scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.

 

Clean sink drains:

Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.

 

Remove water rings:

Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.

 

Clean greasy pans:

Cast-iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.

 

Clean stained cups:

Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.

 

Clean refrigerators:

A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator. This is a great way to keep chemical cleaners away from your food.

 

Clean brass or copper:

Mix equal parts of salt, flour, and distilled white vinegar to make a paste. Rub the paste on the metal. After letting it sit for an hour, clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.

 

Clean rust:

Mix salt and lemon juice with just enough water to make a paste. Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and buff with a dry, soft cloth.

 

Clean a glass coffee pot:

Every diner waitress’ favorite tip: add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously, and rinse. The salt scours the bottom, and the ice helps to agitate it more for a better scrub.

 

Attack wine spills:

If wine is spilled on a cotton or linen tablecloth, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with a pile of salt, which will help pull the remaining wine away from the fiber. Soak the tablecloth in cold water for thirty minutes before laundering. This will also work on clothing.

 

Wine spills on the carpet:

First, while the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes. Now vacuum up the whole mess.

 

Tackle mildew or rust stains:

Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then allow the solution to naturally bleach the stain. Wipe clean with a moistened cloth.

 

Ease fireplace cleanup:

When you’re ready to turn in for the night but the fire is still glowing in the hearth, douse the flames with salt. The fire will burn out more quickly, so you’ll wind up with less soot than if you let it smolder. Cleanup is easier, too, because the salt helps the ashes and residue gather into easy sweepings.

 

Remove watermarks from wood:

Watermarks left from glasses or bottles on a wood table really stand out. Make them disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone.

 

Freshen your garbage disposal:

Is an unpleasant odor wafting from your garbage disposal? Freshen it up with salt. Just dump in 1/2 cup salt, run the cold water, and start the disposal. The salt will dislodge stuck waste and neutralize odors.

 

The list doesn’t stop there, but I’m going to stop there. That list alone will save a bunch of money. The cost to clean is cut to about 10 bucks a year. You can’t beat that. All these things are easy to do, and every bit of information I looked up always had the words “natural” and “eco friendly”. So, this is actually good for the environment as well. I’ve noticed differences in the cleanliness of my house. I’m sure you will too. Pepper must be jealous…

 

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