- Published: 20 July 2014
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At DS Eco Cleaning, we recently uploaded articles to our blog explaining the hazards that chemicals contained in many commercial cleaning products can pose to our health and the environment. The health risks associated with these products range from skin irritation and breathing difficulty right up to cancer and liver failure. It is clear that we all need to take a long hard look at what is in our cleaning cupboards if we want to live healthy lives on a healthy planet. This begs the question though, what exactly should we be looking for when it comes to choosing cleaning products? The simple answer is to look for products that are natural or eco-friendly. The more natural the ingredients, the less likely the products are to pose any danger to you, your family, or the environment. The problem with this is that many products labelled as containing natural ingredients do so alongside dangerous chemicals. Even products that are labelled eco-friendly may only be so relatively speaking. Since there is no legal obligation for companies to list specific ingredients on packaging, it is wise to take “natural and safe” claims with a pinch of salt. By far the best way to ensure that your cleaning products are safe, healthy, natural and eco-friendly (not to mention significantly cheaper than commercial chemical products) is to make them yourself using only natural ingredients! Here are some of nature’s most effective cleaners:
- Published: 19 July 2014
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Busy schedules and increasingly high costs of living can make getting the recommended amount of exercise seem like a difficult chore at best – and impossible at worst. Even if you can manage to squeeze an hour into your day for exercise, the cost of gym memberships is likely money that you could put to better use on necessities or would much rather spend on a little luxury treat than a gruelling fat burning session. Many sources say that exercise should be fun; not only is it a way to keep fit, but also time to clear our minds and reset our inner balance. Unfortunately, the guilt we feel at leaving the chores undone or at overspending often means that this is not possible. It is very hard to achieve focus and get the most from a workout with a head full of chores that need doing at home or financial worries that need to be addressed. The great news is you can turn your housework into a workout – effectively eliminating all these problems. You will be fit, toned and healthy; your house will sparkle from top to bottom; and best of all – you’ll be left with free time to relax and some extra cash to treat yourself! Here’s how to do it:
- Published: 18 July 2014
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We all judge by first impressions; that’s just natural. Even if our immediate attention is focussed on tasks or introductions, we subconsciously form an impression of an office environment the moment we walk into it based on cleanliness and upkeep. The smallest thing – a bad smell or smear of something undefinable on a surface – can trigger a bad impression. If a tiled floor gleams in the light streaming in through clear glass windows, and all the walls and surfaces are unmarked, uncluttered and free of dust, we can have confidence that we are walking into a polished professional environment. This will have an immediate positive effect on anyone who enters, whether they are important new clients visiting for the first time or staff who work at your office every day. Hiring a good commercial cleaning service is central to ensuring that your company maintains a polished and professional image in the eyes of both your clients and your workforce.
- Published: 18 July 2014
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As we all know, spilt milk is nothing to cry about. Red wine spilt on a pale coloured or white carpet may seem like altogether another matter. The horror of the moment is not hard to conjure in the imagination. You have friends over for a dinner party. You’ve finished eating and are enjoying reminiscing and sharing tales over a few more bottles of wine. As a particularly exciting point in a story – the narrator stands and begins to gesticulate – wine glass still in hand. Perhaps he stumbles; perhaps someone leaves to use the bathroom and he tries to step aside. It makes no difference. The result is the same: the world seems to slow as you watch the wine glass slip from his fingers and slowly tumble to the floor. There is stunned silence as you all take in the dark stain spreading at his feet. You know the next minutes are crucial if you are going to salvage your carpet, but what should your next move be?
- Published: 12 July 2014
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There is no mistaking the fact that the manufacture of household cleaning products is big business. There are hundreds of brands vying to grab your attention with bright packaging and ever more impressive claims as to how white they get your whites, how bright your coloureds will stay, how fresh your rooms will smell, how easily grease will slide off dishes and ovens, or how greater percentage of germs they will kill, dead. We are inundated with pseudo-scientific adverts – showing massively magnified images of germs, bugs, grime and bacteria – all of which warn of the dangers we face lurking invisible to the eye on every surface that isn’t thoroughly disinfected using these products on a regular basis. We end up with cupboards stocked full with an array of sprays, wipes, bleaches, air fresheners, and more. There is a different product available to deal with every type of dirt, dust and grime we could care to imagine. With this arsenal of germ-busting power at our disposal, we can all rest assured that we are safe from disease and ill-health in our own spotlessly clean homes, right? Wrong.
- Published: 05 July 2014
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There are many great reasons to own pets. Science has shown that owning a pet can dramatically reduce stress levels. Dogs in particular also provide security, and they help to motivate us to stay active and healthy. Moreover many animals are simply adorable. Kids often want pets and it can be hard for parents to say no – after all, owning a pet is a great way to develop a sense of responsibility. The one big downside that makes many people anxious about bringing a pet into their home is the seeming impossibility of keeping their house clean with an animal around. Here are some great tips to help relieve your worries on that front.
- Published: 28 June 2014
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How do you envisage daily home life in the future? It is more than likely that in answer to this question your mind has conjured up a Jetson-esque scene: you relax in your hover chair while a humanoid robot takes care of sweeping the floor of your luxury space-age apartment. Tapping the interactive touchscreen embedded in the arm of your hover chair causes a panel to open and a steaming cup of tea appears. Another swipe of the interactive pad and a screen emerges on an arm, unfolding a comfortable distance from your face and displaying your favourite TV show. Whatever your vision of the future, it is almost guaranteed that it does not involve getting down on your hands and knees to clean hard to reach corners, or putting in a lot of elbow grease to remove tough stains. The good news is – your fantasy of a chore free future may be closer than you think! Here's a look at some of the most cutting edge developments in the world of domestic appliances: