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Behind the Scenes Green Spring Cleaning

Behind-the-Scenes--Green-Spring-CleaningSpring is in full bloom and we are all enjoying the sunshine and beautiful weather after a long and dull winter. As we start to open our windows for fresh air and venture outside more, a lot of us feel more energized and start thinking about Spring Cleaning. For most of us, this might mean going through toys, the garage, your closets, etc but have you thought about the dirt and buildup “Behind the Scenes” in your home? Sometimes its the dirt you cannot see that could cause the most amount of trouble.

Cleaning your power outlets

We probably don’t think about cleaning power outlets often but we should. Dirt, dust and pet hair can easily build up in the crevices over time. Now would be a great time to inspect your outlets to make sure they are functioning properly and give them a cleaning if needed. First, shut the power (safety first!) then remove the plate cover. If damaged, very old and beyond cleaning it’s best to replace them. Vacuum the outlet if excessively dusty/full of hair then dab a clean cloth (do not saturate) in a 50/50 vinegar solution and carefully wipe the outlet down.  Wipe down outlet cover with 50/50 vinegar solution, then replace. All clean!

Cleaning your Vacuum

Yes, you do need to clean your vacuum! Your vacuum works hard to keep your home clean and in order for it to work properly and for a long time it needs to be cleaned on a regular base. Learn How to Clean a Vacuum here.

Keeping your Air Ducts Clean

When was the last time you cleaned the air ducts in your home or office? If you’re stumped for the answer this post is for YOU! Duct cleaning involves the  cleaning of all heating and cooling system components of forced air systems which includes the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles/diffusers, heat exchangers, heating/cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and housing, along with the air handling unit housing. Mold, pollen, dust and dust mites get trapped in these area and can cause air quality issues, especially for those who have respiratory issues or allergies. Learn how you can Keep Your Air Ducts Clean here.

How to Clean your Dryer Vent

Keeping your dryer vent clear and clean is extremely important. According to the The Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 15,000 clothes dryer fires occurring in North America every year so it is of utmost importance to make sure your vents (indoors and outside) are clean and inspected at least once a year.

Start by unplugging your dryer or turn off the gas if you have a gas dryer. Remove your lint trap and remove any lint from the screen. Use a dryer vent brush (available online and at most home improvement stores) to remove any residual lint left in the trap. Follow up with a shop vac or vacuum cleaner attachment to collect any residual lint left behind.

The next part might be tricky if you aren’t handy. You need to disconnect and clean the dryer’s exhaust duct tube. You can pay a professional if you aren’t comfortable taking your dryer apart but this tutorial walks you through it and it’s pretty easy, even for a novice. Either way, it needs to be cleaned for efficiency and safety.

Keeping your Washing Machine Clean

You might not think that your washing machine needs to be cleaned but in reality, cleaning and maintaining it can mean the difference between a machine that runs well or an  expensive service call (or worse!) It only takes a few simple steps to keep your machine working well and keeping those service calls to a minimum. As with any appliance, keeping it clean and maintained will keep it operating at its optimal performance over time. Lean How to Clean Your Washing Machine here.

There you have it! If you have any tips on keeping the Behind the Scenes of your home clean, we would love to hear them. Simply comment below.

 

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Make Your Own Cleaning Products and Save Money!

This is the time of year when we start thinking about how we indulged too much, ate too much, spent too much and how this year, it will be different! Soon those holiday bills will be rolling in and some of you will be looking to make a positive change in how you spend your money. Read More →

They came, they ate, they STAINED! Now what?

The stains of the holiday

It happens every year. Weeks of planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning to create the perfect holiday. We all do it to to create wonderful memories with family and friends and sometimes we get more than we bargained for…like stains! Eek! The good new is, if you are prepared to deal with the most common stains before they happen, chances are, you wont have an unwanted memory left behind after the party is over. For even less stress, make sure you check out our amazing deal at the end of this post to help you get through all the holidays! Read More →

Just had a baby? Make the switch and ditch those toxic chemicals!

Have you ever seen the look on the face of a mom when a mom-to-be makes the announcement that they are having a baby? It is a look of joy, excitement and a little bit of knowing. Veteran moms know that no matter how many videos you watch, classes you take or books you read, you are never fully prepared. Until you live with a baby, you cannot fully know what you are in for. Read More →

Teacher Tips

It’s back to school week, as you can tell by the droves of parents and children pouring into stores like Kohl’s and Target. If you’re a teacher, you know that children spend the majority of their day in school. It’s not always easy to get them excited about the new school year, so how can you start the year off right? Here are a few suggestions from local Long Island Teachers. Read More →

Allergies and Asthma Attack

Many people suffer from allergies and asthma every day, two conditions which are especially common among school age children in particular. Both are essentially conditions of the respiratory system and while they are related, they are not exactly the same. You should be aware of some pretty distinct differences between the two, especially if you have young children.

What is an allergy? An allergy is an abnormal response exhibited by the immune system to what are usually considered relatively harmless substances in our environment. Since allergies are so common, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that at least two out of every ten Americans suffers from them. Yours truly has been suffering from awful seasonal/environmental allergies since I was a child and it can make life very unpleasant when an attack is triggered. There are times where taking medicine doesn’t even help and I have difficulty sleeping through the night, waking up the next morning groggy, tired and worse than the day before. Substances triggering an allergic reaction are called allergens, which can include anything from dust, pollen or mold to a particular food.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/default.htm

Symptoms vary depending on the type of allergy and the severity of the allergic reaction. Environmental, seasonal and pet allergies usually cause sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion and wheezing. Food allergies result in the affected area becoming red and swollen, although some people may also experience difficulty breathing and vomiting. Skin allergies cause a rash and/or itchy skin.

For more information on the different types of allergies and their symptoms, you can visit this website: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergy-symptoms-types

What’s the difference between allergies and asthma you ask? Asthma is a disease of the windpipe, in which the bronchial tubes experience difficulty actually carrying air into and out of the lungs. Some people have what is called allergic asthma, a specific type of asthma (there are several), which is actually triggered by an allergic reaction. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states there are 10 million Americans living with asthma in the United States today. That’s half of the American population, so as you can see asthma is also a very common condition.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/asthma-allergies

Green cleaning is the most optimal way to better the quality of life for allergy and asthma sufferers at home and school. Teresa’s Family Cleaning is the premier green cleaning and chemical free company on Long Island, servicing Suffolk County, Nassau County and the Hamptons. Our Ionator XP Activeion technology utilizes ionized water to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on contact.  Meanwhile, the Unilux Vapor Steamer transforms ordinary tap water into a powerful, deep cleaning vapor, leaving behind only water.   These highly effective green cleaning and chemical free practices will vastly improve your indoor air quality and standard of living for the entire family.

Green Is Good

  A new school year is just around the corner and that means teachers are getting ready to prep their classrooms for the influx of students come September. Are you a teacher looking for ways to eliminate chemical toxins from your environment? Here are three easy tips for how to do so naturally.

1. Air Out The Classroom Regularly

Enclosed spaces can actually trap germs and harmful toxins, compromising the air quality of a school environment. School buildings in today’s world employ some type of ventilation system in each classroom to keep the air clean. An effective ventilation system circulates air, so that fresh air is contained inside the classroom and toxins are kept out. Since natural air is often safer than inside air, another effective tactic is opening the windows to let in fresh air.

http://sustainability.about.com/od/GreenBusinessOperations/a/7-Green-Cleaning-Tips.htm

2. Utilize Green Cleaning Supplies At School

Studies show that childhood asthma, allergies, cancer and low air quality can actually be attributed to the toxic chemicals used in school cleaning products. Increasing awareness of the dangers associated with such cleaning agents has led to an increase in green cleaning products being put on the market. Green cleaning certified products to look out for are EcoLogo, Green Seal and Design for the Environment approved cleaners. Since they are usually made from renewable resources, they’re free of dangerous toxins that contribute to many childhood diseases contracted from school. Teachers, please make sure you send a note home to each student’s parents informing them of the green cleaning products being used, as well as the ingredients contained in each one. It is extremely important for parents to know what is being used, in case their child is allergic to a specific ingredient.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/chemical-free-kids/green-cleaning-supplies-47072802

3. Natural-based Cleaning Agents

It’s extremely simple to create an effective homemade cleaning kit, free of toxic chemicals. All you need are baking soda, washing soda, white distilled vinegar, a good phosphate-free liquid soap or detergent, tea tree oil, 6 clean spray bottles and 2 glass jars. These household items are excellent all-purpose cleaners that will clean and disinfect most grimy surfaces in a school building, without compromising air quality or student wellbeing with toxic chemicals.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/make-your-own-non-toxic-cleaning-kit.html

These are just some green cleaning tips you can try to maintain a healthy learning environment in your school building. It might be helpful to hire a green cleaning service for your school, such as Teresa’s Family Cleaning, which has an excellent reputation in green cleaning. Teresa’s uses the Activeion technology (ionized water) to kill bacteria naturally. This eradicates the hotbed of germs in your classroom, while also reducing the possibility of students becoming ill from exposure to toxic chemicals. Smart and safe!

Its tough being a dad, but somebody has to do it!

Whether you are a stay-at-home dad, single dad, or just a regular dad, spending quality time with your children is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your kids.

by Malik Green

As a dad you have many responsibilities to your family.  You have to earn a living, take care of the home, and make sure the kids are fed, clean, and have done their homework.  On weekends you are busy with handyman projects and grocery shopping.  You also play taxi driver, taking the kids back and forth to after school activities and play dates.

Finding quality time to spend with your children can be a daunting task.  After committing most of your time to earning a living and running your household, you have very little time left for yourself and your significant other.

In order to make this work you must learn to manage your time effectively.  Time is a precious commodity and should be treated as such.  Scheduling time to spend with your children will help you become a better dad and allow you to build a stronger bond with them.

One way to schedule and spend quality time with your kids is to join a “Daddy & Me” program.  Daddy and Me programs have sprung all over the country in the last 20 years.  I am sure this is due to the increase in single dads, and stay-at-home dads over the last two decades.

Joining a “Daddy and Me” program is an excellent way for dads and their children to spend some fun time together.  Spending fun time together with your children will forge a powerful bond between you and them.  This bond will prove to be very important in their later years.  You and your children will develop a greater understanding of one another when you spend quality time together.

As a father of three, I can attest to the joy and closeness I experienced with my children when I spent quality time with them.  If you are a dad and would like to spend more time with your children, I highly recommend you check out one of these “Daddy & Me” programs:

http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Suffolk-SAHDs/   – Ronkonkoma

http://www.meetup.com/Conscious-Dads/    – Manhasset

There are several benefits to joining Daddy & Me programs.

  1. The fun and joy you will get when you see you children enjoying themselves being with their daddy.
  2. You get to be around other dads, and get to learn parenting tips from other dads.
  3. These programs are structured.  The activities and events are well coordinated, and conducted in a manner that allows dads to focus on having fun with their children and not on organizing or supervising the activities.

If you are interested in joining a “Daddy & Me” program you can begin with the following website:  http://www.meetup.com/.   At this website you can search your area for “Daddy & Me” programs.  These programs are not usually conducted as an individual entity.  They are usually sponsored by a community group, or local church.

If you have trouble finding a “Daddy & Me” program in your area, the same website – http://www.meetup.com/ can help you find one.  They will also allow you to create your own “Daddy & Me” program.  You can form your own group of dads and setup your own activities and events for dads in your town right on this site.

Remember, being a dad is a wonderful thing, but it also comes with great responsibilities.  Be a great dad; spend quality time with your children.

FYI:  If your cleaning chores are preventing you from spending quality time with your kids, then you should give Teresa’s Family Cleaning a call.  We’ll take care of your cleaning chores, while you take care of your children.