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Splosh – Eco-friendly Cleaning, Almost Zero Packaging Waste

September 6th, 2016

splosh logo If you read this blog enough, you know by now, that I hate waste. I hate that we have to throw out perfectly good packaging items such as spray bottles, glass jars, and cardboard shoe boxes. I reuse as many as I can but at some point, there is a limit. So, when I stumbled on Splosh through the Ellen MacArthur website, I saw a company after my own heart. Splosh makes eco-friendly household cleaners and has thought of every facet to minimize waste production along the way. Once you are set up with your first cleaning kit — first order includes the bottles — you order your refills via a website. » Read more: Splosh – Eco-friendly Cleaning, Almost Zero Packaging Waste

Keeping Indoor Air Quality Healthy

July 18th, 2015

Keeping the Indoor Air Quality HealthyKeeping the Indoor Air Quality Healthy

One of the things people rarely think about is the air quality in their homes. Air is usually something we never notice, after all. But keeping it clean is a very important task as it does have a great effect on our health, especially the indoor air quality – after all, you spend most of your life in your home. But how do you go about maintaining the air’s healthy quality?

There are many ways of doing that. One of them, of course, is preventing the bad air to penetrate your home. Avoid smoking indoors. You have seen the signs on all cigarette packages, so you should be aware that smoking is harmful. Double that when you smoke inside as the smoke seeps into all the furniture and curtains, and not only leaves a questionable air quality, but a very nasty and hard to remove odour, as well. If you are a smoker and cannot give it up, simply use the balcony or smoke when outside.

Two, you should avoid using certain types of paints, stains, coatings, and carpeting that contain volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, arsenic, formaldehyde and xylene.. Similar to the smoking they leave a bad odour behind, and will off-gas  , potentially causing negative health effects such as respiratory problems, headaches and general illness, dizziness, etc. These products have been known to emit their VOCs for days, weeks and even years after use or application. Be careful about what type of paint, varnish or carpeting you bring to your home and look for low or zero VOC options which are now more commonly available. Three, have a look at your cleaning products. You will notice that most cleaning products have a very volatile effect on the air quality, as they are filled with different chemicals that evaporate right into the indoor air, and if you do not ventilate properly, you breathe in all the toxins from that product. Try avoiding all this with green cleaning products. If you are all too attached to your own cleaning products and have no intention of changing them, here are some tips on how to keep your indoor air quality healthy :

Use only the amount necessary for cleaning.
Do not mix cleaning products.
Always read the label.
Ventilate often (keep your kitchen and bathroom fans on while cleaning).
Rinse after application.
Throw away old containers.

But, ultimately, you should just use green products. There are many new eco-friendly products today on the market that specialise in air quality control. They are more costly, but health has no price. Otherwise, you can go completely green and use home-made products while home cleaning. There is a variety of everyday items in your very kitchen which you can use. Use baking soda and vinegar for just about everything – carpet cleaning, oven cleaning, kitchen cleaning, etc. They can fight any stain just as good as a labeled cleaning product, but without the negative effects. Use salt for the dishes to avoid rashes on your hands, and all the dish washing fluid’s chemicals affecting the air. Add lemon juice to the picture and it will not only remove all previous nasty odours, but it will freshen up the air with a nice smell as well.

You do not have to resort to cleaning companies to keep the air clean in your home. Simply think green and the air quality will rise when you remove all the chemicals and toxins from your home. Read more at: Oneoff Cleaning.

Green Living and Recycling Go Hand in Hand

January 25th, 2015

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There are many way to embrace an eco – friendly lifestyle. Recycling remains a cornerstone of the “green “mindset. With the increasing world population, the problem with the waste disposal becomes more severe. Furthermore, recycling is vital for the sustainable living and preserving the planet’s resources.  In order to fully incorporate this practice, people need to know not only the benefits, but also the ways in which they can support the initiative.

Recycling vs. Raw Materials

One of the mains benefits of recycling is that it reduces the need for raw materials. Mining, logging and quarrying as well as the processing of goods produce an enormous amount of pollution. Even the electricity required to fulfil those tasks have a great impact. In the process of getting raw materials, the natural habitats are destroyed, resulting in the death of the local wildlife.

Recycling on the other hand requires less energy. Opponents of the idea argue that transportation of the recycling materials also adds up to the pollution.  This is true, but it is nothing compared to the emissions produced for transferring the raw materials. In most of the cases recycling uses less energy, thus have less influence on the environment. For example, the bags made from reused material, rather than polyethylene decreased the energy consumption by two – thirds.

Some of the materials cannot degrade for hundreds of years.  They will continue to pollute the Earth even when we are no longer here. They will not only flood our planet, but will also poison the soil. Cleaning the ground from these toxic ingredients will become almost impossible.

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7 Ways to Clean with Vinegar

December 10th, 2014
Vinegar is a great household cleaner

Vinegar is a great household cleaner

 

  1. Vinegar works as an excellent surface cleaner. If you want to work something different in to your house cleaning techniques, then try using a spray bottle of half vinegar and half water as your regular household cleaning fluid. You will find that the acid in the vinegar cuts through the grease and dirt that can accrue on the surfaces in the kitchen very nicely, and won’t be harmful at all, like some stronger chemical cleaners can be. You can use neat vinegar on tougher jobs, like oven cleaning or floor cleaning.

 

Use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for cleaning.

Use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for cleaning.

  1. A splash of vinegar in the washing up bowl will mean that you are able to get your dishes cleaner even easier. Using the same grease cutting chemical process, you will find that vinegar makes light work of getting rid of dried on and greasy stains form your dishes, leaving them looking sparkling.

 

  1. As a glass cleaner, vinegar is an excellent product for ensuring that you are able to reduce the amount of streaks that you get, because it dries out a lot more quickly than water, reducing the residue marks as it evaporates. For the best results, you should use a really clean cloth, and go downwards in a zig-zag motion. For even better results, follow the vinegar cleaning process with a rinse of water, and a squeegee dry off!

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Guide to Cleaning a Lawn Mower and Preparing it for Winter

October 27th, 2014

 

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This is a guest post by Hally Bertram

Lawn mowers are useful tools for cutting grass around your garden. They are powerful and easy to use. Just like any other machine, lawn mowers need to be maintained. If you want your machine to last longer, you just take care of it.

So, here is a guide to cleaning a grass trimmer. Just make sure you follow the steps of Deluxe Gardeners London and you’ll be fine.

Here is a guide to cleaning and preparing a lawn mower for winter. Just make sure you follow the steps and you’ll be fine.

First things first, clean the machine thoroughly, following the steps from below. Remember to remove all the debris and grass that have built up in the mower. After you finish cleaning, use a light oil on the metal surfaces. This will keep them from rusting.

Step 1: Clean your  lawn mower

Things you’ll need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Damp cloth
  • Soft brush
  • Stiff brush

Steps:

  1. Before you begin, be sure to unplug the machine. If you’ve used it just recently, let it cool.
  2. Avoiding the motor areas and switch, start by wiping down the machine. Use a slightly damp cloth.
  3. Ventilation slots: grass, dirt or debris might clog the ventilation slots of the machine. To rid of blockages, either vacuum the slots or use a really soft brush that won’t damage the surface. If the ventilation slots don’t work properly, the motor will get overheated due to poor ventilation. For this reason, it’s important that you pay attention to this particular part of your lawn mower.
  4. You should also remove debris from the guard plate and feed area. Use a stiff brush.
  5. Remove grass off your machine: it’s not only about cleaning your lawn mower, you also need to remove all the grass that remains in it. It’s very easy actually. You may use a putty knife. Just be careful not to cut yourself. This is the fastest way to get rid of grass. Another way to do it is by using a power washer.

Step 2: Fuel

Fuel and oil reservoirs need to be drained before you put away your lawn mower. To do this, remove the cap of the machine then using a bucket just pour the liquid inside. Of course, there will be some fuel left. To get rid of it, simply put a paper towel into the tank. It will absorb the remaining fuel.

Step 3: Air filters and engine inspection

Remove the spark plug and replace with new one if it is too dirty. If you’ve been using it for less than a year, then there is no need to replace it. Use a carburetor cleaner to rid of any dirt. Brush the surface with a stiff brush, then let dry. Before you put it back were it belongs, you need to make sure the cylinder is free of dirt. Sprinkle with WD-40 and start the machine a few times to help the oil get to all the sides of the gap.

Clean the air filter by spraying  WD-40. Wipe down with a clean rag.

When you put away your lawn mower, you should always keep in mind that the place should be dry and sheltered. It is advisable that you cover the machine with a cloth to keep dirt and dust away.

Additional tips and advice

  • Always read the manual that comes with your lawn mowers. You’ll find useful information such as required routine maintenance, type of maintenance it needs, ways to properly take care of it, etc. The biggest problem is that many people don’t know how to maintain their machines, that’s why they fail to work properly at some point. But if you perform routine checks of your machine, you’ll be able to avoid a variety of problems that may occur because of poor maintenance. If this information is not available in the user’s manual, check out the repair manual.
  • What does a routine check include? Usually it should involve inspecting the spark plug, air filter, controls and line.
  • Things you should check every season:

–After each use: mower line (see if it’s low); air intake (remove any debris or grass);  trimmer (damage repair, look for loose parts)

–10 hours after use: air filter (blow dust from filter or wash with water)

–25 hours after use: spark plug (inspect for damage or wear)

–40 hours after use: follow up with a complete inspection of the machine (check for missing, loose or damaged parts, repair or replace parts where necessary)

 

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