How can we help protect the ozone layer?

While the Kigali amendment   and the Paris agreement has gone a long way ensuring these harmful gases won’t be produced by industries worldwide it is still a phase out plan to 2050. A lot of irreversible damage can potentially be created by then. From natural catastrophes to implementation of new laws and policies that may reverse these agreements, not to mention that the Montreal Protocol doesn’t control how civilians consume. 

Given the urgency of our climate crisis, it is on our hands to take actions towards an ecological future. We, at Sparkling Clean, support the implementation of a sustainable culture to impact and educate people around us. Although it might have slow impact on ecology at first, we believe in gradual wave effect, where those we teach may educate others around them and so on, leading to real, solid changes for future generations to come. 

 

Here are the first 2 steps and 5 changes to help reduce greenhouse gases and your carbon imprint on the planet

 

Step 1- Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

The first thing you should do is to calculate your current carbon footprint to estimate your annual greenhouse gas emissions. Unless you understand where your emissions come from, you cannot take effective steps to reduce your impact.

Click here to calculate

Step 2- Don’t purchase any machinery that utilizes greenhouse gases (HFC)

pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are still used widely despite the availability of HFC-free alternatives. Watch out for them on labels written as R-134a for refrigerants on AC’s, aerosol spray cans Freezers, iceboxes and ice-rooms.

 

E.g: Fridge alternative

HFC-free fridges use a refrigerant, R-600a or isobutane. R-600a has a very low global warming potential (GWP) of 3 compared with R-134a, the typical HFC used in fridges, which has a GWP around 1,400! R-600a is also very energy efficient, reducing your electric bill and even more emissions.

All fridges are labelled with a sticker located on the inside compartment that lists which refrigerant is used along with other manufacturing information. If you see “R600a” on this sticker, congratulations, you found an HFC-free fridge!

Note: Make sure to Check for refrigerant leakages in your car, AC, fridge and icebox.

Conduct regular inspection and maintenance of air-conditioning and make sure that the refrigerants are properly recovered and recycled instead of being vented to the atmosphere.

CHANGE 1- transportation choices 

If people are to drive or fly less, it means less carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Opt always for transportations, such as bike/skate/rollerblades/scooter, car sharing or public transportation.

Cars: If you absolutely must own a car, opt for hybrid or electric car. Hybrid technology works in such a way that it allows the cars to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Hybrid cars use more electricity than gasoline, thus help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If you own a car, make sure to give people the chance to car share with you!

Flying: Air travel is probably responsible for the largest part of your carbon footprint. If you can’t avoid flying, go economy class as the flight’s carbon emissions are shared among more passengers. Business-class is responsible for almost three times, while the first-class can result in nine times as much emission as the economy.

Try to offset the carbon emissions of your travel by paying an amount of money for a project that reduces greenhouse gases somewhere else. Click here to learn how. 

 

 

CHANGE 2- eating habits

Meat and dairy: When it comes to food habits, people should not consume meat at all or at least reduce consumption at significant levels.  Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds.

Livestock meat and dairy are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-made global greenhouse gas emission of methane (25 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over 100 years) that beef and sheep belch out.

Every day that you forgo meat and dairy can reduce your carbon footprint by pounds means 2,920 pounds a year.

 

 

 

Grow your own veggies or buy locally: The more people start growing their own plants for food, the more greenhouse gases we can eliminate from monoculture production and market transportation. Transporting food from far away, whether by truck, ship, rail or plane, uses fossil fuels for gasoline and also for cooling to prevent produce from spoiling in transit. Some foods have huge food miles. These miles are often made by vehicles that release a multitude of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Besides, growing veggies requires very little energy as compared to that of meat. Hence, changing our lifestyles i.e., eating mostly fruits, veggies, grains, and beans, is just the right step towards reducing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

 

 

CHANGE 3 – consumerist habits – reduce, recycle and buy smart

Recycle: When people recycle close to half of their household waste, they can save around 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. Instead of throwing excess waste into the atmosphere, increasing the amount of carbon dioxide. Buying second hand and reusing objects is another form of recycling. 

Reduce:  Less stuff means less waste. Take your own reusable bag with you whenever you are out to shop. Try to avoid items with excess packaging. Choose the product wisely while you buy it. Support companies that are environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Buy Smart: When you do decide to purchase something new, choose quality, durability and bio-degradable products over: cheap, low quality and synthetic materials. Purchase locally to lower transportation fossil fuels and avoid plastic packaging. 

Don’t buy quick cheap fashion: buy quality clothing that will last. Trendy, cheap items go out of style quickly and get dumped in landfills where they produce methane as they decompose. The average US-American discards about 80 pounds of clothing each year, 85 percent of which ends up in landfills. Besides, most fast fashion comes from China and Bangladesh. Therefore, shipping them to far-off places means the consumption of fossil fuels.

 

 

 

CHANGE 4- energy consumption choices 

Renewable energy: There is the need to adopt renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, hot rocks and wave power. If one is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, then they have to replace their entire energy systems by opting for electricity from green energy sources.

If you cannot buy a private renewable energy source, opt for signing with renewable green energy companies for ur heat and electricity bills. 

 

Lower your consumption to save energy:

– Buy home appliances with energy efficient models.

– Keep ur AC temperatures at moderate levels – setting it 2 degrees lower during winter and 2 degrees higher in summer could save around 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide gas annually

– Opt for fans instead of air conditioning.

 – Opt for compact fluorescent light bulbs – if a CFL is used instead of a 60-watt incandescent one, it saves $30 over the life of this bulb and it lasts 10x more than incandescent bulbs. They also use two-thirds less energy while giving off 70% less heat.

– Add insulation to your walls together with windows – it helps lower the amount of heating, which costs more than 25% the amount of energy which is needed to heat and even cool the home.

– Don’t abuse the hot water – you may wash their clothes in cold or warm water to reduce energy required to produce it. By setting the water heater at 120 degrees Celsius, it can save energy a minimum of 500 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

– Dry clothes naturally.

– Switch off the electricity –  Unplug any appliances that are not used, like mobile charging systems, because even though they are switched off, they sap energy.

 

 

CHANGE 5- relationship to soil and water

Making sure our soil and waters stay safe from pollution is of essence to diminish greenhouse gases. Water and soil are the planets natural filtration system, we need to make sure they are balanced and abundant.

They are intricately connected, and need specific nutrients to keep balance.  Meaning we must be mindful of chemical productions that deplete their micro-organisms. Working to preserve water and soil’s balance will avoid DNA changes to food, higher temperatures and a malfunctioning filtration system that contributes to the greenhouse effect.  

– Plant a tree
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and, in turn, give off oxygen. One tree absorbs around one ton of carbon dioxide in the whole of its lifetime. Hence, if someone has the means to plant trees, now is the time.

– Use water sparingly
For example, when brushing your teeth you should turn off the water. Also, when shampooing the dog or washing your car, you have to stop the water flow until you are done. Install a low-flow shower head to reduce water use, and taking shorter showers helps, too.

– Use non-toxic household products
Most of the household cleaning products are considered toxic besides being petroleum-based. These products are considered as the main causes of high levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
These toxic chemicals can be eliminated by making the right choices in the supermarkets of purchasing products that are less hazardous to the lives of people or the environment. Sparkling Clean’s job!

 

What is the Montreal Protocol?

The Montreal Protocol has been protecting the planet from industries harmful chemicals depletion of the ozone layer and global warming. 

Montreal made a treaty in 1987 where all countries of the UN signed. A total of 198 countries agreed that human activity had actively contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer by over abusing the usage ozone depletion substances (ODS), which lead to an ozone hole in the the antarctic and arctic regions. (North/south pole) 

 

 

The ozone layer is important for life on earth in a stratospheric level. It blocks the UV radiation from reaching the surface of the earth. UV radiation can cause- Skin Cancer, damage skin cells, affects our eyes with cataracts, it can lead to DNA changes in cell structures, affecting humans, animals and plants alike. It would lead to an environmental unbalance with devastating results, like extinction of numerous species, dry soil’s and rivers, enhance natural disasters and extreme high temperatures. Symptoms we are already facing today.

 

ODS – Ozone Depletion Substances are:

  • CFC’s – chlorofluorocarbons
  • HCFC’s – hydrochlorofluorocarbons
  • Halones

 

Commonly used in AC, Refrigeration, Foam based industries and pressurized cans.

 

Greenhouse Gases

The Montreal agreement targets 96 different ozone depositions, and has been installed in 240 industrial sectors, finding other chemicals and solutions that doesn’t deplete the ozone layer.HFC was a common substance that substituted HCFC’s, however it was soon realized that it is a potent greenhouse gás. – 12-14k more capacity to capture heat in the atmosphere then carbon. 

The prohibition of greenhouse gases was included in the protocol in the 2016 Kigali amendment.

 

 

The protocol is structured through a multilateral Fund and installed in phases, as such: 

ODS ERADICATION

  • Developed countries should be completely phased out by 2020
  • Developing countries should be completely phased out by 2022

GREENHOUSE GASES – DIMINISHMENT BY 85%

  • Developed countries (eg: EU, USA) begins phase out in 2019, reach 85% diminishment by 2034 
  • Developing countries (eg: Brazil, China) begins phase out in 2024, reach 85% diminishment by 2043 
  • Other developing countries (eg: India, Iran) begins phase out in 2028, reach 85% diminishment by 2045 

 

A NOAA ozonezonde, an instrument used to help scientists monitor the Antarctic ozone hole, ascends over the South Pole in a time-lapse photo taken Oct. 21, 2020. Researchers have tracked ozone-depleting chemicals in the atmosphere using satellites, planes, ships, balloons, and ground stations for decades — without that scientific effort the expanding ozone hole might never have been detected. Image by Yuya Makino/IceCube.

What are the disadvantages of using natural cleaning agents?

The single disadvantage of using natural cleaning agents is time. 

The pros of natural cleaning agents far supersedes the con. Although more time, might seem like a disadvantage, we at Sparkling Clean, don’t see it that way. 

We understand how the fast paced rhythm of San Francisco and the Bay Area creates a culture that prioritizes time optimization. San Franciscans need to meet working schedules and deadlines, in addition to create space for personal interest and self-development. 

 

 

The problem with time optimization is that we might over-step, or turn a blind eye to processes that are important for our bodies, minds, relationships to people, animals and environment. We believe in re-evaluating our pre-conditioned habits and behaviors that might be creating further damage to the ‘greater whole’, on the long run. Creating time for cleaning with natural products is, in our eyes, one of these important processes that should be re-evaluated. 

How does cleaning with natural agents consume more time?

There are a 2 main reasons natural agents consume more time:

1 – They are less abrasive, which means that, for intense stains or dirt you need more scrubbing or soaking time. In order not to create intense stains and dirt, we recommend cleaning frequently. 

2 – To go down the cheaper route of natural products, we recommend DIY-ing it, meaning more time on research and creating the mixtures.

 

 

How much MORE time is it?

As long as you create these new habits researching and frequent cleaning, in the end it might mean less than 40 min extra per week. In terms of contributing to the eco-friendly culture in the world, it is 100% worth it. 

 

Why is it worth spending this time?

Why sharing a vacuum isn’t the best idea?

The main reason you shouldn’t share a vacuum is because of germ cross-contamination. Now, in the covid era, we have learnt more than ever how germs can widespread in unpredictable and silent ways! Sharing vacuum cleaners between homes is definitely one of these ways. 

 

 

Here at Sparkling Clean Pro. We have a Green educational mission and believe in the horizontalization of information and the transparency of our research. 

 

Our new concern is: 

How do we offer our clients and teach people about non cross-contamination cleaning?

Our cleaners and researchers have enough information to 100% guarantee free contamination from personal clothing, cleaning products, tools and linen. We have implemented a system in between cleaning that includes:

– storage of freshly washed clothing and linen.

– in-depth sterilization of cleaning products and tools.

The only tool we cannot 100% guarantee sterilization from, are vacuum cleaners.

 

HOW COME?

We utilize vacuums with HEPA filters and concealed bags. We are firm believers these two requirements are the most efficient formula to prevent cross contamination and efficiently clean all microbes from your home.

However, even with such precautions, the problem lies on the vacuum pipe, hose and floor brush.

 

 

 

To efficiently avoid cross-contamination amongst shared vacuum we would need to guarantee an effective sterilization of these parts of the vacuum system. In order to do this, it would be necessary to use technologies, such as: tea tree oil high-temperature steamer, or rubbing alcohol bath, followed by a high temperature blow dryer. A process that requires machinery and time. Although it is possible, it is by no means practical or cheap. 

For Sparkling Clean Pro‘s clients, we can guarantee properly sterilizing floor brushes with rubbing alcohol, however, we cannot guarantee that vacuum hoses or pipes won’t carry contaminated particles. 

 

Our conclusion is: It is not advisable to share vacuums. Especially at homes where members have severe allergy concerns and fragile immune systems.

 

WHAT WE RECOMMEND 

  • For our clients we recommend that our cleaning technicians may utilize your private vacuum, in order to avoid cross-contamination from other houses, they have previously cleaned from. With a guarantee of vacuum care and cleaning at the end of service.
  • For the general public we recommend buying your own vacuum for your private home and car, and respectfully denying a friends or neighbors request for vacuum sharing.

 

We recommend the brand MIELE, with concealed 100% biodegradable dust bags and HEPA filters that capture’s 99.97% of 0.3 microns

 

ABOUT MICROBES AND VACUUMS

Microbes accumulate in our homes, in the form of food particles, dead skin cells, hair, particles from linen and external pollution. External pollution only enter our homes, because of a contaminated material that someone or something brought in (eg: grocery bags, air, shoes, purses, clothing, outdoor pets, etc…). These microbes might contain viruses, bacteria, fungus, that if not properly cleaned can build up and infect residents with a cold, the flu, allergy attacks, asthma, covid-19 and the list goes on… 

 

 

 

Using a vacuum is absolutely essential to get those microscopic particles out of your home. We recommend HEPA filters that capture’s 99.97% of 0.3 microns (please be sure that this specification is written, avoid purchasing filters that say ‘HEPA type’ or ‘HEPA like’), and concealed vacuum bags. Vacuums with dust compartments may seem more ecological, however, we estimate that for each concealed bag, you pour out the vacuum’s dust compartment 8 x. Meaning each time you breathe in those fumes. Concealed bags are guaranteed to be more sanitizing and many brands produce them 100% biodegradable and recyclable technology. 

 

We are living in times where pollution, chemical contaminations and illnesses are higher than ever, making our green educational mission a life philosophy and political. We understand that it is up to people and business owners to properly research and implement the changes they would like to see spread. For us at Sparkling Clean Pro. we realize that sharing ‘how to properly clean’ is a significant part of educating new generations of ecological thinkers and to build communities that care about the well-being and health of neighbors, friends, clients and kin. 

How to free ourselves from bleach addiction?

We have noticed that bleach brings people at the crossroads of kinda eco-friendly to completely eco-friendly! However, it is a misconception that bleach is irreplaceable, with the proper research and availability to deconstruct toxic norms that damage your health and the planets safety, it can be easy as pie!

When bleach comes down our drain into soil and rivers it alters the natural PH and kills all the micro-organisms, which, can create permanent intoxicating, devastating results such as preventing plant growth for an entire season!

 

 

Our favorite natural ingredient is Tea Tree Oil! With an acidic PH of 5.5 click here on recipes

 

It come from the leaves of Melaleuca, a tree native to Australia, and is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. A pure natural magic! Just add 10 drops to an equivalent of two cups of Green product solution and shake well!

 

 

 

We might think it does cause it is an efficient bacteria killer, but in fact, Bleach is on the high end of alkaline bar, meaning it is efficient cleaning acidic substances, like grease, for instance. 

Natural waste is in fact, alkaline meaning that the most efficient cleaning strategy is utilizing any acidic biodegradable product! 

We recommend Bar Keeper Friendly, the most intense natural acidic product with a PH between 1.5-2.5.

 

 

Please be wary of your eyes, hands and nostrils while using this. It is powerful stuff, composed of Oxalic Acid, from rhubarb plants, with tiny tough particles that make it abrasive, from Feldspar, a minerals found on the Earths crust. 

Basically we are talking about rhubarb and rocks.

At Sparkling Clean Pro. We believe that open sourcing our research and recipes is the democratic horizontalization the green movement needs!

The secret for efficient cleaning is: Chemestry!

To clean any surface you must asses the PH of the dirt, in order to ‘balance’ it out with the opposite PH from the cleaning product.

In other words: for an acidic dirt you need an alkaline cleaning product and vice-versa.

Examples of Dirt

Acidic

  • Grease
  • Oils
  • Foods
  • Mold
  • Yeast
  • Lubricants

Alkaline

  • Calcium
  • Pee
  • Minerals
  • Sediments
  • Clay
  • Sand

Examples of GREEN cleaning products 

Acidic

Alkaline

  • Bar Keeper
  • Odor Ban

Neutral

  • Bona Floors
  • Citrasolv
At Sparkling Clean Pro. we teach all our cleaners the chemical reactions of each cleaning products on various materials. They go through our trailblazer program and become cleaning technicians!

We believe that open sourcing our research and recipes is the democratic horizontalization the green movement needs!

 

How can we reduce plastic at home?

Reducing plastic in our homes is a small task, but one that can take immense proportions if it wide-spreads as a non-negotiable habit. Large-scale plastic production is one of the most pressing issues in regards to our climate crisis. Over a garbage truckload of plastic is dumped into our oceans every one minute. 

Like most people, you probably think that when you throw your plastic bottle into the recycling bin it will, logically, be taken to a recycling center. Here are two recent and significant problems about this process:

  1. Consuming plastic items stimulates its production, which comes at a high environmental cost. In 2016 the US produced 46.3 tons of plastic items, more than any other country, equivalent to 287 pounds of plastic per person, per year. The problem here is not only the extravagant waste land fills it creates but also the fossil fuels it exerts in their production, creating a double climate impact: excessive waste and carbon emissions (greenhouse gases and hazardous chemicals).
  2. Most plastic that are meant to be recycled, are actually not. In 2018 only 8.7% of recyclable plastic was actually recycled in the US.
    one reason is that apparently recycling plastic isn’t an easy process and has little financial incentive. Numbers 3 through 7 in the recycling triangle are incredibly challenging to recycle, only 1 and 2 triangles are constantly recycled.


Here are 5 plastics you can take action to ditch:

 

 

1. Avoid plastic bags

 

– Take your own reusable bags in the market.
– Avoid plastic bags to gather produce, use your own linen bag instead or biodegradable plastic.
– Use glass tupperware’s or silicone bag instead of ziplock bags.
– Don’t use plastic bags for trash cans, instead properly recycle your trash, what is left over should go directly in the trash bin.

 

 

2.  Avoid plastic food containers

 

– Take your own reusable container to restaurants for left overs.
  Cut back on take-out.
– Avoid purchasing produce wrapped in plastic or plastic products.
– Opt for bulk products, that you may fill in your own jar, or metal, paper or glass pre-packaged foods.

 

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3.  Avoid plastic or recyclable bottles or cups

 

– Don’t buy plastic bottles, opt for glass or aluminum bottles.
– Take a reusable coffee cup or mug for your latte’s.
– Take a reusable water bottle, and refill it in water stations.
– Make your own bubbly water with a soda maker.
– Avoid plastic tea bags – the triangle shiny ones.

 

 

4. Wraps and Films

 

– Stop using plastic wraps, opt for beeswax wrap or silicone wraps.
– Shop locally instead of buying online. Not only are you helping local businesses you are also avoiding the thin plastic wrap around every industrial product.
– Buy sweets and cakes in bulk or bake it yourself.

 

 

 

5. Eco-Cleaning and Personal care

 

– Stop buying products packaged in plastic.
– Ditch plastic razors.
– Ditch synthetic sponges, there is not one recyclable process created for them. Opt for natural sponges.
– Ditch plastic toothbrushes, opt for bamboo ones.
– Avoid exfoliating scrubs and toothpastes, they are composed of tiny plastic balls, that go down the drain and into our soil.
– Stop using sanitizing and flushable wipes. They are not degradable and like the sponge, there isn’t a recyclable process for them. Opt for a washable linen and use eco-friendly products.
– Consider using cloth diapers.
– Ditch pads and tampons and opt for silicone diva cups or period panties.

How much is a cleaning service in SF?

A cleaning service in San Francisco typically varies between $120 – $225. 

The national average is $180 for a standard cleaning job. However, the final price of a cleaning job will depend on the size and quantity of rooms & bathrooms in the home.

Another price variant is the type of cleaning, for example: spring cleaning, standard cleaning, deep cleaning, mold cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning or quick airbnb cleaning. To that end, a non-typical cleaning job cost has a sliding scale of $80 – $375.

To book our services click here 

 

How to recycle Hazardous-Waste materials in San Francisco?

Recycling Hazardous Waste in San Francisco is essential to keep our soil and carbon emissions clean in the Bay. Its is part of the ZERO WASTE mission, but may be hard to figure out the ins-and-outs of how to do it. We made this post to help our San Francisco residents and business owners get all the information they need!
Sparkling Clean recommends the pick-up services of Recology, recycling company in SF.

RECOLOGY has an amazing door-to-door pick up program available to you cost free!

 

What they pick-up:

  • Paint & stains (latex, oil-based, stains, lacquer, urethanes, primer)
  • Any Aerosol spray can
  • Solvents (paint thinners, miniral spirits, lubricants, alcohol, gasoline, turpentine, acetone)
  • Adhesives & resins (glues, caulk, roofing, tar, wax paste, grease, joint compound)
  • Cleaners (kitchen/ bathroom cleaners, bleach, ammonia, detergents) 
  • Garden Pesticides (herbicides, wood preservers)
  • Fertilizers 
  • Car motor oil 
  • Car Anti Freeze & coolant
  • Fluorescent lights tubes & CFL light bulbs
  • House Batteries and Auto Batteries
  • Propane tanks 
  • Fire Extinguisher (the size of a 2L soda bottle or smaller) 

What they DON’T pick up:

Unknown containers, compressed gas cylinder, anything above 5 gallons, asbestos, water reactives, explosives, biological waste and radioactive waste. 

Step 1

Write down a list of all your hazardous-waste , itemizing products number or products and size of container

Step 2

Give them a call or e-mail to :

415-330-1405  

hhw@recology.com

And send them over the list and schedule a pick-up time

Step 3

Hand them the materials and let them take care of the rest!

Thank you for helping the planet be a safer place for us all!!!

How do you really Spring Clean?

The first thing you must have in order to spring clean your home is, well… courage!

It is NOT an easy task, and can be overwhelming! That is why most people avoid it. 

The best way to Spring Clean your home is to compartmentalize a list of tasks inside a one-week to a one-month schedule.

 

 

It is not because we are Spring Cleaning our home that our work/life miraculously stops! We must be strategic not to overwork ourselves. We don’t want a level of chaos that prevents one from seeing their floors or loosing basic things like socks, a kitchen knife, or keys! We want to help you go through this process without living in Mayhem!

We have developed a Spring Cleaning task list that you can easily follow and pin them down on your free days, but first:

START WITH FINDING 3 BOXES 

Donation / Fixer-uppers/ Support 

 

Get 3 boxes:

1- Donation.

2 – Fixer-uppers.

3- Support.

As you move around cleaning all parts of your home, you will most likely come across objects and clothing that you no longer want or that need to be fixed. Separate these objects as you go through your Spring Cleaning between these Donation and Fixer-upper boxes. 

The support box is to help your pace not slow down while cleaning. Let’s say you find a bunch of bathroom products in your living room, or some bedroom objects in your kitchen drawer. Put these ‘misplaced’ objects in the support box until you are finished cleaning and your last chore will be putting the ‘misplaced’ objects back into place. 

 

Task 1 – Wardrobe

Gather all your clothing in one room, and verify all clothing that need repair or that you want to donate. Separate them between the boxes. Bring in your duster, vacuum, mop, cleaning linens and eco-friendly products:

  • Dust hanger rack  
  • Empty out all boxes, shelves, drawers and clean their surfaces and insides. 
  • Clean the walls and ceiling of your wardrobe. 
  • Superficially wipe your shoes, or put the fixer-uppers into the fixer-upper box. 
  • Organize all objects and clothing back into drawers, shelves and boxes. 
  • Turn on that vacuum
  • Mop the floor 

Task 2 – Clean Kitchen Appliances

 

 

Check out your kitchen cabinets, drawers and surfaces for your electric appliances. 

  • Place them all on your kitchen counter for you to measure your progress.
  • Since they are all out, take this chance to clean the insides of drawers and cabinets.  
  • Take one by one and clean all that extra grease that has been around it, its electric chords and small plug-ins. 
  • Dry them and put them back.

Task 3 – Deep Clean your Fridge

 

 

  • Take everything out of your freezer and refrigerator.
  • Remove shelves and drawers from refrigerator and wash them on your sink 
  • Clean the floor, walls, and ceilings of fridge and ice-box. For Ice-box remove the extra Ice build-up. 
  • Put drawers and shelves back into the fridge.
  • Select item by item to put back into the fridge (check their expiration date).

Task 4 – Medicine box or cabinet

 

 

 

Take this time to go through your medicine cabinet or box and check all your medication through expiration date. Make sure to clean inside the box or cabinet and neatly sort all medication back in. 

 

Task 5 – Bathroom ‘stuff’

 

  • Remove everything out of your bathroom shelves, boxes, cabinets and drawers and clean their insides.
  • Now that everything is out, check one by one, and ask yourself which tools and products do you need. Sort out all the keepers, through-aways and donations through the box system. 
  • Everything you are keeping, wipe it down with a wet cloth and put them back neatly.

Task 6 – Household Linens

Do you know those sofa blankets or sheets that never get washed? 

This is their time to shine! Gather all of them and put them in the washing machine!

Task 7 – Random drawers

 

  • Locate all the ‘Radom drawers’ around your house and literally bring all the drawers to one room. 
  • Dump everything out of all drawers into a heap.
  • Clean each drawer, one by one. 
  • Go through each ‘random object’ and separate them in categories, like: office tools, bathroom products, personal accessories, kitchen gadgets, etc. 
  • Make sure to throw out into the dump box and donation box all that no longer serves you. 
  • Put drawers back, with new established categories, and return objects that have been misplaced back to their homes.

Task 8 – Clean your windows and blinds

 

 

  • Remove your window screens, and vacuum blinds and windows, using the handheld attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Then, soak them in soapy water before rinsing.
  • Use dish soap diluted in water and a microfiber cloth to wipe down your blinds and then windows. Then, spray on vinegar diluted in water, and wipe the windows with a clean towel to dry them.
  • Dust your windowsills and frames and touch up any chipped paint on the sills.

Task 9 – Clean all your electronics

 

 

  • Walk around the house gathering all you electronics and place them in one place. 
  • Go through one-by-one, cleaning them with rubbing alcohol. Remember, do no wet them. Water can permanently damage your electronic.

Task 10 – Clean you oven

 

 

  • First Remove the oven shelves and let them soak in warm soapy water.
  • Get your eco-friendly oven product and spray it throughly all around the doors walls and ceiling of your oven. Let the moisture settle for 30 minutes, and wipe all that grease away! (If there are extra crusts, get a sponge and scrub it applying a bit more of the product over it.)
  • Clean your oven shelves on your sink with a sponge and once cleaned, return it in the oven.

Task 11 – Clean-out your garage

 

 

We tend to accumulate a lot of unnecessary ‘stuff’ in our garage, ‘doesn’t hurt what the heart can’t see’ kinda thing…We might not see the garage all the time, but we can definitely feel it!

This is the best ‘what goes’, ‘what stays’ and ‘what is donated’ moment. 

  • Go shelf by shelf, drawer by drawer and cabinet by cabinet repeating the order:
    1 remove all objects.
    2 – clean the self, drawer or cabinet out.
    3 – sort out objects between 3 boxes
    4 – put back neatly everything that stays.
  • Sweep or vacuum floor.

Task 12 – Standard Cleaning

 

 

This is the time to do your common normal cleaning moment. 

  1. Start by taking care of any object or clothing, linen that requires soaking time. This way you can optimize your cleaning rhythm!
  2. Tidy first then Clean. Pick up misplaced objects, laundry, dishes and trash. Start laundry cleaner and dryer process
  3. Clean ‘wet areas’ first, such as Kitchen and bathrooms. 
  4. Clean from top to down. Start cleaning by dusting and wiping down windows, walls and all surfaces
  5. Clean floors for last and Deep clean rugs
  6. Fold clean laundry and put out to dry whatever soaking linen you had. 

FINAL TASKS

 

 

1 – Take your donation box to you Donation location of choice

2 – Write down a list of each fixer-upper object, and designate a ‘DIY fixing time’ or take them to a professional venue.

3 – Throughout all trash and unwanted item. Remember to Recycle! 

 

Happy Spring Cleaning!