Friday, May 2, 2014

A Safer Alternative to Bleach

A Natural Safer Alternative to Bleach is hydrogen peroxide. This common household disinfectant is likely sitting in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Commonly used to combat infections in wounds this amazing disinfectant can also be used for most of your household cleaning chores, remove stains or to whiten any dingy whites in your laundry. Below is a very simple yet effective DIY example of using hydrogen peroxide to remove stains on a white formica counter top using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda as a mild abrasive.

This photo shows yellowish stains left behind from food spills. Since bleach is quite toxic and when used on formica can leave permanent yellowing stains a safer more natural cleaning option is hydrogen peroxide. Adding Bon Ami or Baking Soda ads a gentle abrasive action while cleaning these stains.

Once the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda have been applied to the stain allow to sit for about 20 minutes then gently rub with the scrubby side of a sponge and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth and water.

Ta da! No bleach! No dangerous chemicals used! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

All Natural House Cleaning

How To Ditch Those Toxic Household Cleaning Chemicals... 

The Environmental Working Group Hall of Shame reminds us of the dangers that many household cleaners pose to our health and safety. 

If your ready to consider a safer cleaning alternative there are simple ways to replace your toxic cleaners with non-toxic ones, you know the ones lurking behind your toilet, under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, in your laundry room and probably even in your garage. And lets not forget those handy plug-in air fresheners strategically placed near that stinky litter box or your little ones diaper genie. There are wonderful all natural cleaning alternatives that are safe to breath, safe to touch, and that can clean and disinfect amazingly well without compromising the health and safety of your family and pets.

This box contains a myriad of different household cleaners that my family was no longer using once we discovered a safer cleaning alternative with Aromatherapy Naturals. Plant based and infused with pure essential oils, Aromatherapy Naturals has a heavenly scent and cleans even the toughest surfaces grease and all. However  although we were no longer using these toxic cleaners the mere fact that they were sitting under our sinks letting off harmful VOCS meant they had to go.

How Do I Safely Dispose of My Toxic Cleaners?

1. Read This site for helpful information regarding safe methods for disposing of household cleaners.
2. Give your unused cleaners to a friend or neighbor
3. Give them away on Craigslist for free or a small fee. I did and they were gone the same day!

How Do I Find A Safer Non-Toxic Cleaner?

There are many "Green" products on the market that claim to be safe and non-toxic but still contain harmful ingredients. So read the labels and do some research online first. You can also make your own homemade cleaners using products you may already have on hand including, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, essential oils, salt as an abrasive, borax and many others. Check out Earth Easy for more ingredients and helpful homemade formulas to get you started. For a completely non-toxic alternative we at Lavender Sweet Orange Cleaning use and recommend Branch Basics because this product is "Human Safe." It also has so many uses that this product alone is all you need from cleaning your stove top and bathroom, to laundry and everything in between. For a mild abrasive we suggest Bon Ami which can often be found at your local Target.

How Do I Find Non-Toxic Air Fresheners?

Homemade alternatives are fun and easy to do especially last minute before company arrives. At Lavender Sweet Orange Home Cleaning we always receive compliments about how fresh our customers homes smell after their cleanings. Although our cleaning methods are less conventional then other cleaning companies in the products we use from pure essential oils to Norwex cleaning cloths that only require water to remove grease and other grime, our ability to leave a fresh aroma and to cleanse the air in your home without the use of harmful synthetic fragrances is by far the most sought after. 

ZAQ Dew LiteMist Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, White

If you wish to invest a little, an aromatherapy diffuser which uses just water and a few drops of your favorite pure essential oil, can transform your home into a relaxing state using lavender or lemon for a more uplifting and energizing aroma. The benefits of diffusing pure essential oils are many including disinfecting the air in your home. If your new to pure essential oils the following sites will help you navigate through the myriad of choices and many health benefits that essential oils offer. 

3. doTerra

How Can I Naturally Freshen The Scent In My Car?

Good News! If your looking for an alternative to the synthetic car air fresheners there is an inexpensive alternative called the Car Scenter Electric Diffuser. We purchased this product and it works well, just be mindful that a few drops of your favorite essential oil is ALL that is needed since a little goes a long way.

Car Scenter Electric Diffuser

Congratulations! Making just a few changes in the way you clean can significantly reduce allergies, remove some of the toxins in your home, protect the environment, and ensure that your children and pets will never accidentally ingest harmful cleaning products in your home. 

Happy Green Cleaning!

Providing Residential and Commercial Green Cleaning Services to:
Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton Georgia

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

All Natural House Cleaning With Branch Basics


In addition to our Aromatherapy Naturals cleaning products,  Lavender Sweet Orange Home Cleaning is thrilled to introduce another amazing product called Branch Basics to our all natural cleaning line. Both products are all natural, biodegradable, pet friendly, safe to breath, as well as touch, and pack a punch even when cleaning tough grease and soap scum. 

Branch Basics is truly unique because it is "Human Safe" 

"Branch Basics is "human-safe", comprised of all food-grade ingredients that are not only safe for the environment, but for humans and pets. This sets it above other "non-toxic", "green" and "all-natural" cleaners, many of which contain ingredients that are not 100% safe for humans, especially babies and pregnant women. Even the extremely chemically sensitive and immune compromised are able to use it with complete confidence. For more on why we're different, read Why Branch Basics?" (Branch Basics)

Want more information? Visit the Branch Basics FAQS page to learn more about this amazing versatile cleaning product including a list of ingredients.

Providing a safer cleaning alternative is our number one priority.  If you or anyone in your family is sensitive to any kind of scent, rest assured Branch Basics is scent free. 

Environmental Group Hall of Shame offers homeowners and all concerned about cleaning product safety, information about the Real Dangers that lurk in most household cleaning products sold in your neighborhood grocer.

Lavender Sweet Orange Home Cleaning LLC
Providing Residential and Commercial Green Cleaning Services to:
Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton Georgia

Friday, March 14, 2014

Green Cleaning With Steam

Lavender Sweet Orange Home Cleaning of Alpharetta GA, now offers another all natural way to clean your home by harvesting the power of steam. For many of us "steam cleaning" conjures up images of the old Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaning commercials, however steam cleaning has a myriad of other uses. It helps loosen dirt, grease and grime with only water in the bathroom, kitchen, on tile floors, and any other hard to reach surface. It's a fantastic method to use in tight spaces where dirt and mold collect such as between bathroom fixtures, toilet hinges, and shower doors tracks. It's also effective in breaking down tough grease in the kitchen especially on the stove top.

Steam cleaning tile and grout is yet another great way to clean green without any chemical products and minimal scrubbing. If you have ever lived in a home that has tile flooring you may have battled with the discoloration that inevitably occurs along the grout lines. Grout is a porous material that collects dirt and often becomes discolored. Regular vacuuming and mopping alone are not enough to prevent or remove the dirt and grime that builds up within the grout lines over time. Fortunately harvesting the power of steam can often remove the dirt embedded in your grout returning it to its natural color.

 Steam cleaning in those tough to reach areas around and between the sink faucet let loose loads of mold and grime 

 All of this loose gunk could then be wiped away easily and disinfected with a spritz of our Aromatherapy Naturals organic cleaner

Naturally clean, naturally fresh, beautiful!

Lavender Sweet Orange Home Cleaning
Providing Residential and Commercial Green Cleaning Services to:
Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton Georgia

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Aromatherapy Cleaning

What in the world in Aromatherapy cleaning?

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy which uses therapeutic grade plant-based pure essential oils. The use of these oils as applied to the skin with a carrier oil or in a diffuser offer wonderful health benefits for your mind, body, and spirit. However essential oils are not only known for their aromatic benefits but for their amazing cleaning properties as well.

Our ZAQ Aroma Diffuser

Diffusing pure essential oils into the air while we clean your home or office not only provides a lovely clean aroma but also disinfects the air. Enjoy the calming aromas of Lavender or reap the benefits of our Germ Fighting essential blend which is 99.96% effective against killing airborne bacteria. This amazing blend is comprised of lemon, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and rosemary essential oils. This blend smells absolutely wonderful and is reminiscent of a Christmas blend.

Our cleaning products are all natural and diffused with pure essential oils including Lavender and Sweet Orange. Not only are our cleaning produces safe for all areas and furnishing within your home and office but are also safe to breath and touch. Visit our website for more information and for a free estimate and enjoy the many benefits of Aromatherapy cleaning!

Providing Residential and Commercial Green Cleaning Services to:
Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton Georgia