Showing posts with label cleaning products. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cleaning products. Show all posts

Saturday

Essential Oil Aromatherapy Toxin Free Housecleaning

Now that I've gotten your attention with some crunchy buzzwords...
This is not something I offer as a service and Imma explain a little of the why.

Not all essential oils (EOs) A-actually (EOs) and B-are safe to use around pets or kids.
Cats have a long ass list of EOs that are super duper toxic to them.
Dogs also have a list of EOs that they shouldn't be exposed to randomly.
Birds and fishes and all those other small exotics kids like to have---yeah they got a list of NO to EO as well.
Trying to remember what compounds are and aren't safe with which species is just not something I want to worry myself with in the name of cleaning your home.

Kristen Bell's book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals is a must have for anyone interested in oils and how they positively and (sometimes negatively) interact with animals.

...moving on to humans...

If someone in your home has asthma, a lot of the clean smelling, breath of fresh air EOs are full of VOC (volatile organic compounds), which will probably trigger an asthma attack.

The EOs that are allegedly "good for allergies" are some of the very ones people are commonly allergic to either via breathing or skin contact.
My husband is very scent sensitive. Some of my favorite scents are completely off-limits because they trigger violent sneezing fits or all out hayfever type allergic reaction.

I've heard people (read: EO sales consultants) say shit like 'breaking out after using an EO is your body detoxing', or the oil is inferior quality.
No boo-it's an allergic reaction.


Further reading:
Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young-Essential Oil Safety: A Guide For Healthcare Professionals 2nd Edition.
This book is a must have for anyone interested in using EOs in their everyday life. Robert Tisserand is a highly respected authority in the field of aromatherapy and essential oil use and safety.

This isn't meant to scare anyone off using Essential Oils or Aromatherapy housecleaning.
I use EOs in daily life and have done so for over 20 years.
I feel it's important to make and use EO based cleaning products in your home safely.

Monday

Deep Cleaning Carpet Freshener Powder DIY

Step One-DON'T.
Listen-if your carpet smells so bad you're using carpet powder, said rug needs a professional cleaning.*

Next to mini blinds-carpet powder is the bane of my existence.
One it usually smells like fake ass chemicals and cheap.
Two-it clogs the hell out of a HEPA filter on a vacuum.
Lately I'm seeing a lot of DIY carpet powder recipes pop up on Pinterest
Just because it's natural and DIY doesn't make it better for your carpet or your vacuum...especially your vacuum.
When carpet powder gets all nice and coated in your filters or bag, it cuts off the airflow, which makes the motor run hotter. I don't care if you have a Dyson or an Oreck or (insert high end name or even a low end name here) vacuum-powder coating the important pieces and parts is not happy times for your vacuum.
Continued use of carpet powders causes a build up of said powder in the carpet--which breaks down the carpet fibers and causes your carpet to hold dirt.
Since your carpet is now filthy, you're probably going to either DIY carpet clean or call a professional carpet cleaner.
Chances are the next day, you'll be either: A-re-doing the carpet B-calling to complain about the residue left from what you consider a crap cleaning.

*That residue? That's your embedded carpet powder wicking to the surface or your carpet. It isn't the fault of the carpet cleaner you hired/rented.

Protip: if you go the professional carpet cleaning route, be real upfront with what you've been putting on your carpets.

Bottom line carpet powder=no no bad. Don't. Just don't.

Friday

How To Get Urine Out of Flooring

Urine, pee, potty, tinkle-whatever you call it-once it has set into your floor removal becomes a pain in the ass.
Once urine soaks through and saturates the subfloor, getting the smell out usually requires replacing the subfloor. You can soak it in whatever concoction you want--once pee gets that far in, there is no getting it out.
Before bad aim or a potty accident (human or furbaby) makes your house reek of piss...

Carpet Blot up as much urine as possible. The more urine you can get out before it dries the easier it will be to remove the odor. Rinse with clean warm (not hot) water and blot dry. Sprinkle baking soda over affected area and let dry. Meanwhile...go buy an enzyme cleaner specifically for urine. Vacuum dried baking soda from carpet. Spray pee affected area with enzyme cleaner as directed. You may have to pull up the carpet and treat the carpet padding as well. Without the enzyme cleaner-it is always going to smell of pee-pee. Always.


Floors and Around the Toliet You can bleach or use toliet bowl cleaner on it every day and still not get that lingering potty smell out.  See also: Bleach is not a cleaning product
Enzyme cleaner. For Urine. Accept no substitutes. Saturate well-let dry. Lather rinse repeat as needed for urine on regular floors and around the toilet. Always always always test any new cleaning product/enzyme treatment in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it isn't going to cause damage to your floors/carpet/upholstery.

When all else fails-call a professional. Better to spend a few hundred to get rid of a urine odor issue than a few thousand replacing flooring.




Thursday

Bleach Is Not A Cleaning Product

I read this on a cleaning tips website "Bleach is a very effective green cleaning solution." sigh
Bleach is NOT a cleaning solution. Lather Rinse Repeat-not a cleaning solution.

It is a disinfectant-something one does to an already clean surface to prevent the spread of bacteria. For years, bleach has helped purify water – particularly during times of disaster.
When used properly bleach also helps kill germs and various bacteria that make people ill.
Bleach is a great mildew and stain remover when used according to directions.
Bleach also makes it impossible to use other cleaners since mixing bleach with other chemicals like ammonia can cause toxic gases.
Even using bleach along side other cleaning products can cause problems-which is why many cleaning products carry a warning stating do not mix with other cleaning products or products containing bleach.
Bleach is the world's most powerful and effective DISINFECTANT but it is not and never will be a stand alone cleaning solution.

I won't lie-I love bleach. LOVE. The fumes from bleach---not so much---which is why I stopped using bleach and went green in the first place.
For mildew--it is still my go to. Past that...not so much.
Saying 'Bleach is a very effective green cleaning solution' is not only misleading but does bleach a disservice.
Bleach is what it is-a disinfectant, stain removal and laundry whitener. Not a cleaning product... /rant

Tuesday

Degrease All The Things

I bathe in coconut oil. For real.
I make this bath scrub with 2 parts brown sugar/1 part coconut oil/1 part Dr Bronner's (Almond).
This mix is great for my skin but my acrylic bathtub is a slip and slide of death.
It MUST be de-greased after I use it. On the plus side, the tub is a great testing ground for using various de-greasers.

409-It smells terrible. Fake lemon scent of death.
It does a meh job. Running plain hot water does the same job as this shit.
I breathed some in one day-WTF?!? Listen I huff chemicals on the real and that shit is vile.
It won't even get you high. Leave it on shelf.

Simple Green-once upon a time it was my go to.
They changed up something and it has an odd chemical-ish smell and doesn't clean worth a shit.
Nope nope nope is the nicest thing I can say about this product.

CitraSolv-I make no secret that I love me some CitraSolv.
HOWEVER...it will strip the finish right off some stuff it not diluted properly (this is important) and HOLY ORANGE SCENT.
I love the smell. The hubs-does not.
I would put this in my #1 spot if it scent didn't bother the Mr so much.

'Homemade' degreaser- 1 tsp original blue dawn 1/4c vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Some people add lemon or orange oil to the mix. It's not required and I don't recommend getting all fancy with Essential Oils if you have pets or allergies and/or don't know wtf you're doing with EOs.
As a de-greaser it does a pretty ok job and is the most cost effective of the bunch.
It also does well as a general cleaner. Highly recommend.

For all of these I sprayed the product into my tub, let it sit 5 minutes and rinsed with hot straight out the tap City of Norfolk water.

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