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Go Green With These Cleaning Supplies

bigstock_Dirty_Work_1349339One of the easiest ways to become more environmentally friendly is to use green cleaning supplies. With so many eco-friendly brands on the market—that are available at friendly-priced retailers like Target and grocery stores—you can easily find a line of green cleaning supplies that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

The following are a few of the most popular green cleaning supply brands:

What makes these brands “green” as opposed to other brands? Many use more natural ingredients, don’t test on animals, and don’t use chemicals with toxicities. This means that these products are not only good for the environment, but also good for you and your family’s health and safety.

Contrary to past perceptions, many modern green cleaning supplies can handle tougher stains and dirt just as well as a heavy-duty chemical.

If you aren’t quite ready to make the full transition to green cleaning supplies, there are a few types you should definitely use in your household:

  1. Dishwashing soap
    Dishwashers have a habit of occasionally leaving soap residue on dishes. If the soap you use contains chemicals, you can potentially ingest those chemicals. By using an eco-friendly option, you can make sure your dishes are safe to eat of off.
  2. Laundry detergent
    Many people don’t realize that laundry detergent can easily cause skin ailments, like itchiness, or allergies. They experience these symptoms but don’t realize it could potentially be coming from the detergent being used. A green laundry detergent cuts out the chemicals and possible skin irritants.
  3. All-purpose cleaner
    Most people clean their kitchen counters, tables, and other surfaces several times a week. And every time you spray the cleaner, you’re inhaling the chemicals. With a green all-purpose cleaner, you can safely clean your kitchen and other surfaces without breathing in harmful toxins.
  4. Bathroom cleaner
    For the same reasons as all-purpose cleaner, a green bathroom cleaner should be used to avoid inhaling chemicals.
  5. Cleaning wipes
    If you’re going to use any kind of cleaning wipes, green cleaning wipes (like Green Works Cleaning Wipes) are biodegradable and compostable, so you don’t have to feel guilty about tossing away wipe after wipe.
  6. Floor cleaner
    A green floor cleaner gets rid of bacteria without using severe chemicals. Many products, like Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner can be used on several different flooring, including tile, wood, and vinyl.

For more information about green cleaning and damage restoration in San Diego, please give us a call or visit us online!

By |October 24th, 2014|Green|0 Comments

The Health Benefits of Using Green Cleaning Supplies

green_cleaning_productsThere are countless benefits to using green cleaning products. Over the years, eco-friendly cleaning supplies have significantly evolved and grown so much so that for every chemical product, there’s a green counterpart available. Some people assume that the only benefit of using a green cleaning product is that it uses fewer ingredients or less artificial ingredients. However, that’s not the case. Take a look at just a few of the benefits of going green with your cleaning supplies:

Baby and Child-Friendly

Babies and children have a habit of licking surfaces and putting things in their mouth. When you have a small child, you’re likely cleaning your house much more often. However, if you use toxic products, your child is ingesting those chemicals. By using a green product, your child or baby won’t ingest any toxins or artificial ingredients.

Healthy Bodies

Did you know that frequently using cleaning spray increases the risk of developing asthma? Or that your skin can absorb chemicals from cleaning sprays? Cleaning sprays are known to linger in the air long after they’ve been sprayed. By using green cleaning supplies, you can avoid chemicals from sitting on your skin and finding their way into your lungs.

Cleaner Environment

When you use cleaning supplies—even non-spray products—chemicals and toxins are released into the air. This hurts both the environment and your home’s air. By using green products, you can reduce pollution, diminish your impact on ozone depletion, and minimize your impact on global climate change. Additionally, since many green products use recyclable packing, you can minimize waste.

Risk-Free

Standard cleaning products pose several risks and aren’t safe to use. It’s common for someone to accidentally get product into the skin or eyes, which can cause chemical burns. Eco-friendly supplies, on the other hand, are required by law to meet specific standards regarding toxicity levels.

Antibacterial-free

Wait; don’t you want to use antibacterials? Don’t they get rid of bacteria that cause illnesses? Recent studies have shown that antibacterial ingredients aren’t necessary in soap, as soap itself cleans. Additionally, using antibacterial products too often can actually cause your body to build a bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial agent, can even hurt your thyroid and hormonal system. Antibacterial ingredients are often found in standard cleaning supplies, but aren’t present in green products.

By |October 10th, 2014|Green, News|0 Comments

What Does It Mean to Be a Green Cleaner?

eco-friendly-company-san-diegoWe often hear the term “green cleaning” but it’s difficult to know what that exactly entails. Being a green cleaner means you use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. There are multiple benefits to using green cleaning supplies, the biggest being that they keep our environment healthy.

The great thing about being a green cleaner is that there are a lot of options. You can incorporate a few or become the ultimate green cleaning machine. While we recommend using as many environmentally healthy cleaning substances as you can, we understand it’s not always possible.

There really is no true definition of an official “green cleaner,” but here are a few of the most common definitions:

1. Some may think someone is a green cleaner if they only use homemade products and natural ingredients, like baking soda and lemon. This means the individual makes and mixes all of his or her cleaning supplies and uses products from the grocery store.
2. Others consider a green cleaner someone who uses cleaning products that have been specially manufactured to be healthy for the environment or just avoid products that contain artificial ingredients. Many of these products are also biodegradable and are in recyclable packaging.
3. Others simply consider fair-trade items as eco-friendly. Fair-trade products meet specific labor and environmental standards. Fair-trade products are often developed through sustainable or organic practices.

As you can see, there are many ways to be a green cleaner and ultimately it’s up to you how you choose your cleaning products. If you’re not sure if a product is environmentally safe, take a look at the ingredients. Generally speaking, if you can’t pronounce the word or it includes “artificial,” it’s likely not a healthy ingredient.

By becoming a green cleaner, you are helping the environment and improving the air quality of your own home. Using green products may cost more, but they’re worth it, short and long term.

For more information about green cleaning and finding a reliable San Diego restoration company, do not hesitate to visit us online or give us a call 24/7!

By |October 2nd, 2014|Green|0 Comments

Keeping Your Newborn Safe From Toxic Air

Every expecting parent looks forward to setting up their baby’s first nursery. You spend the months leading up to the birth shopping in stores and online for the perfect crib, furniture, and decorations. You choose a theme and pick out paint, carpets, and other items to transform the room into the ideal sanctuary for your newborn.

air-quality-nurseryair-quality-nurseryYou imagine of your precious baby dreaming away in their crib with colorful pictures and stuffed animals surrounding them on the shelves. But what kind of harmful spores could be floating around the air, unnoticed?

According to The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is the 4th greatest pollution threat to American households. Unfortunately the air in your baby’s nursery is no safer than the other rooms in your home.

But since we can’t see or smell these harmful air spores, it’s hard to imagine these “invisible” enemies could harm your newborn.

Since babies breathe more often and they usually spend most of their time crawling around the floor at ground level, they are at a much greater risk for ingesting harmful contaminants.

Use “safe” paint

It is very hard to find safe paint nowadays. Many brands claim to be low-VOC, but those levels do not include the other pigments or colors in the mixture. Colors are the leading source for VOC’s in paint. We recommend looking for paints with the Green Seal. These paints are certified to meet the strictest indoor air quality standards in the country.

Do not buy new furniture

Sticking away from brand new furniture and instead buying used cuts down on formaldehyde that is emitted by both furniture finishes and glues. Formaldehyde resins “set” after five years. Once it sets it becomes safe enough for a baby to be exposed to. The best part is that used furniture is cheap! Check out your local thrift store or estate sale.

Stick with organic bedding

Take the money you saved by buying used furniture and invest it in a quality organic baby mattress and bedding. Traditional bedding can include the same harmful formaldehyde that is in new furniture. Regular mattresses have been treated with toxic flame retardants that can cause breathing problems.

Avoid pressed wood or particleboard

If you decided to go with new furniture after all, we recommend sticking with solid wood options. They will probably include finishes that have formaldehyde, but letting the furniture sit in a garage or storage area will help air it out.

Keep chemicals away

So now that you have a healthy area for your newborn, the next step is to keep it that way. It is important to only buy safe cleaning products, low in VOC’s.

Knowing your nursery is safe and your baby isn’t in any danger from indoor air pollutants you can rest easier at night. It can be a painstaking process to find the right paint and materials but the extra effort is well worth it. If you have any questions or concerns about indoor air testing you can visit us online or give Orange Restoration a call 24/7. (619) 376-6838

By |August 13th, 2014|Green, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

When a pipe explodes in your home, you need to be rescued. When a toilet overflows and water spreads throughout your home, you need to be rescued. When sewage backs up in your home, you need to be rescued. No one plans on needing a water damage and restoration company, but it's always good to have one on speed dial in case of an emergency.

When any of these things happen to your home, you need to find a reputable company fast. What makes a company reputable? Well, you want to confirm the company you are looking at is insured. You probably want to go to YELP and see reviews from other people saying good things about the company you are interested in.

You should also look through their website and confirm that they will help you throughout the process. It can be very stressful to have to repair your home after a disaster. Financial costs, the stress of not having your home, potential mold problems are all reasons to be kind to yourself and find a water restoration company that will do the bulk of the work for you. Find a company that works 24-7 and is able to dispatch someone immediately. You need to feel like you're in good hands. Confirm that the company will handle your insurance claim so you have one less thing to worry about.

We're not saying we do all of these things (okay, we do). Ultimately we want you to hire someone that will do the job right the first time and minimize the amount of work you have to do to make your home feel like home again.

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By |August 31st, 2011|Fire, Flood, Green, Mold, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

Green Ways to Clean Grout

Grout in your house typically is used to seal spaces between tiles. Grout is composed of sand, water, cement and color tint. Grout can become dirty easily and needs to be cleaned correctly. Most importantly, remember to reseal your grout every one to two years to protect your grout from becoming permanently dirty.

There are lots of grout cleaning products in the market. We at Orange Restoration like to emphasize natural and healthy – Green is important to us. Before buying a commerical grout cleaner, try using natural products like vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.

Vinegar can either be applied alone or diluted with water. It should sit for 10 minutes before you brush the grout in a circular motion.

Baking soda needs to be made into a paste with either a little vinegar or water. Scrub the paste with a firm bristled brush for a gentle cleaning or leave the paste for a few minutes for a better cleaning.

Amazingly lemon juice can remove many grout discolorations and stains! Rub some lemon juice on the affected area, leave it for 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a damp sponge.

If these methods don't work, feel free to seek more professional help.

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By |August 31st, 2011|Green, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Green Ways to Clean Grout

Spring Cleaning Tips from We Clean San Diego

Spring is upon us and it is time for your Spring Cleaning. We Clean San Diego suggests turning over a new leaf and this year. Give your home or office a “Spring Green Cleaning!”
Follow these tips to maximize your green cleaning efforts:
1) Use green cleaning products. We Clean San Diego uses non-toxic, biodegradable, made-from- renewable- resources, cleaners. Mrs. Meyers cleaning products are a great place to start. Keep in mind vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water and you will have yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
2) Open those windows and doors to let some fresh air in.
3) Keep the stuff from the bottom of your shoes out of your house. Designate a place by the front door where family and friends can leave their shoes. This way, less dirt will mean less vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping which will mean less energy, work, water, and cleaning solutions.
4) Employ a green cleaning service such as WE CLEAN SAN DIEGO and leave the green cleaning to us.

By |March 17th, 2011|Green|0 Comments

Environmentally Sustainabe Water Damage Restoration

It’s 8:45pm Friday evening in the Orange office, and we are all hard at work –
Monday is the deadline for a big contact we are submitting a proposal  for water damage restoration – it included approximately 40 pages of instructions with open ended questions, and essays of several pages on different topics. Of course the fact we only found out about this opportunity to bid on this contract 3 days before the deadline – it didn’t help me prove that we would serve their every need in the best way possible. The contract is for a large non profit, very prominent in the San Diego community, and I found it very interesting that majority of their questions – beyond those that ask to prove that Orange Restoration would be able to respond to their emergency needs in a timely and professional manner as we always do – they asked primarily about what policies our company has in place to promote an environmentally sustainable way of doing business. I gave this question some thought – and would like to share with you our conclusions about the way we promote sustainability within the business of restoration.

Orange Restoration is committed to ensuring a maximally sustainable environmentally conscious operation, encouraging our team members to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible, as well looking for new ways to reverse indoor air pollution. From the in office operation through our field personnel, we constantly strive to improve our procedures and become a more green company.

Our carpet cleaners and emergency crews show up in routinely checked up utility vans, leaving large trucks behind as much as possible, while it may mean more manual labor of loading and unloading, it does save the environment from the larger carbon footprint of our big trucks.

We make sure that the maximum possible of chemicals used are environmentally friendly, VOC free substances that will effectively perform yet be least harmful to the environment. We make a point to use newer chemicals that put less stress on the environment and carry the approval stamp of certifying agencies in the field.

We place stringent standards on energy efficiency and lowered noise, which translates into less inconvenience for our clients, by maximizing effectiveness of machines (by routine service, cleanliness, and careful use), while minimizing the amount of time our machines operate on the job site. Save energy, time and the money of the client, and get the property back to normal as quickly as safely possible.
We strive to reduce the amount of waste we create, by maximizing the lifespan of our supplies and reusing whenever possible.

Our office strives to become completely paperless by performing all reporting and documentation via the Internet. All faxes received in our office arrive digitally, and customers are encouraged to accept emailed estimates and invoices.
Our team is invested in educating for sustainability and teaching the practices we adopted to colleagues in the industry.

By |September 1st, 2009|Green|Comments Off on Environmentally Sustainabe Water Damage Restoration