How clean is clean?

A better approach to cleaning is less about appearance and more about cleaning for health.That means completely eliminating microbes and soil while maintaining a healthy indoor air quality.When you think about something being clean, what comes to mind? Is it the scent of lemon cleaners or the more chemical smell of bleach? Or maybe it’s [...]

By |2014-06-27T19:13:35-05:00June 27th, 2014|Cleaning Science, Health|

Flush and then stand back

To avoid what is known as the toilet “plume,” the traditionally accepted practice has been to close the lid. Unfortunately, that’s not as effective as you might think.Ask anyone his or her least favorite room to clean and chances are you’ll hear “the bathroom.” And, really, who wants to clean the icky toilet, scrub the [...]

By |2014-06-27T18:46:45-05:00June 27th, 2014|Cleaning Science, Cleaning Tips, Health|

Is a sanitizer the same as a disinfectant?

There is a distinct difference when it comes to cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, so it’s important to understand the terms so you can select the right product for the job.Walking through the aisle of cleaning products at your local store can make your head spin. There are products to clean the bathroom, the kitchen, glass, [...]

By |2014-06-27T18:35:44-05:00June 27th, 2014|Best Practices, Cleaning Science, Health|

Kick off your (dirty) shoes

We track a lot of icky stuff in on the soles of our shoes, so it’s a good practice to remove your shoes at the doorIn an episode of the TV show “Sex and the City,” fashionista Carrie Bradshaw went to a party where the hostess asked the guests to remove their shoes. Carrie balked [...]

Soiled skivvies sully washing machines

This blog post is not for the faint of heart. The topic: what is lurking in your washing machine? Read on, only if you want to know. A study from the University of Arizona in 1999 found 25 percent of home washing machines were contaminated with fecal bacteria. Yes, you read that right: fecal bacteria in [...]

By |2014-06-27T18:05:56-05:00June 27th, 2014|Best Practices, Health|

Allergies abound in the home

Allergies have been on the rise since the 1980s and are the fifth leading chronic disease in the United States. Now, that’s a lot of Kleenex. More than 50 million Americans (that’s 1 in 5) have some kind of allergy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Allergies have been on the rise since [...]

By |2014-06-26T17:41:53-05:00June 26th, 2014|Best Practices, Cleaning Science, Health|

Battling the biopollutants

Biopollutants are the most dangerous contaminants found in the indoor environment and need to be kept under control because they can lead to serious health consequences.OK, you’ve dusted the bookcase, mopped the bathroom and wiped down the kitchen counters. Seems you’re on track to have a clean house, right? Maybe not. How much time did [...]

By |2014-06-26T17:25:15-05:00June 26th, 2014|Cleaning Tips, Health|

Mildew vs. mold — what's the difference?

While we tend to use the terms “mold” and “mildew” interchangeably or even together, there are subtle differencesMold, mildew, green gunk, black blobs – it’s all the same, right? While we tend to use the terms “mold” and “mildew” interchangeably or even together, there are subtle differences. As this article points out, solid surfaces such as walls, [...]

By |2014-06-26T17:17:12-05:00June 26th, 2014|Health|
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