Quality Versus Quantity

Searching around for ideas to write about as I flipped through the television channels, I kept coming back to the same thing: the cleaning advertisements. For some reason, the commercials touting the virtues of how to keep a home clean seemed to parody short comedy clips in an effort to sway the viewer to purchase their brand.

Along with this thought, my mind toyed with the product list at EZVacuum. When it did, I realized that many of the products are not those portrayed on the commercials. And I knew why: the quality of the products available from vacuums to cleaning solutions are too high.

Yes, I said it-most commercials push products that are not needed and that do not work as advertised. Even some of the advertised green cleaners are not as environmentally friendly as they claim to be from the more common supermarket brands.

However, they do have a pull. Since we’ve been raised with the idea that cleanliness is next to godliness, we will rush right out and purchase a product that promises to deliver us from the evil which opposes clean. Most of the time, though, we only end up with heavily perfumed water that doesn’t do much but overload the olfactory senses.

If quality and true cleaning are important to you, then it is worth the investment into products such as Allersearch, which is held to strict standards to deliver exactly what is promised and IQAir whose products are of a medical grade. Instead of choosing a vacuum that will only last a few months, invest in a true HEPA filtervacuum such as a Miele Series 7.

If you’re worried about the initial outlay of cash, then weigh that against the advantages of less costs for maintenance over a period of several years rather than a few months. You can also purchase items for maintenance that use recycled materials, resulting in less cost. Most of the higher quality products also use less quantities to do the same job as their lower quality counterparts, which result in lower cost as well.

Basically, the initial outlay for quality over quantity may seem high, but the rate of replenishment and the effectiveness of the products will show a reduced bill in cleaning supplies and equipment in the long run. Cheap isn’t always the best route to go and often ends up costing more than paying for the quality to begin with.

You can find all your cleaning needs at EZVacuum, where quality is a priority and cleaning fits into any budget.

Returning to Nature

Back when time began, no one knew about chemicals. If the earth didn’t produce it, it didn’t exist. Medicines were fresh and dried plants and cleaning consisted of using a plant named soaproot very occasionally in the river or whatever other water source was available. Natural means of elimination were used and areas set aside just for that use on the land.

As time went on, the human race got a little better at understanding the environment and began to work their surroundings in a way that proved beneficial. This process continued to evolve into what we do today. The problem arose with the inability to stop changing what didn’t need to be changed in our efforts to have every luxury the land could provide.

Horses became a mode of transportation and were used exclusively for many years. Then, someone figured out how to make a bicycle and a car. Horses simply couldn’t go fast enough for us anymore. With the introduction of the car came the first real explosion of pollution in the air. Factories had been the main culprit of this before we started driving.

In our homes, simple soaps and water were abandoned. We began to play around with mimicking nature and to create our own line of cleaning supplies. No one thought to check out the safety of the ingredients we were using. Some of the compounds we crafted were harsh and carcinogenic. We didn’t care, or so we thought.

As advancements were made in this area of human development, animals started disappearing. Plant life once so common vanished almost overnight. We taxed Mother Nature and she suffered the injuries as best she could.

Once it we realized the gravity of our act upon the laws of nature, we began to look seriously into the why of the whole mess. That’s where we are today. Searching for answers to reverse what we have done. And, in so doing, the cry of Jesus becomes more powerful : “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do”.

We are coming of age as a species. We are beginning to know exactly what we’ve done and realizing that we are accountable for our actions. Where we go from here is up to us. It is my belief that we should show remorse for the destruction of our natural resources and the scars we’ve emblazoned on the earth by restoring our environment to its former glory.

It isn’t that hard to do, but it does require some sacrifice on our parts. Using environmentally friendly compounds such as good old soap and water, plant cleaners that don’t harm us or the creatures we share existence with everyday. By giving our comforts up and applying a bit of elbow grease and merging that with technologies turn toward reversing the effects we have wrought upon ourselves, we can create a clean planet and a vibrantly healthy planet at the same time. Chemicals. They’re everywhere: in the air we breath, the food we eat, and the products we clean with. As a consequence, diseases such as COPD, asthma, cancer, and allergies are rampant in our society. Pollution is at such a high that no one blinks an eye anymore when it’s mentioned. And, we are the cause of the world we have so carefully created in the name of progress.

Looking back, it’s easy to see how we’ve done the deed. It simply isn’t so apparent how to get back from whence we came. We’ve become so adept at using the latest and greatest in technology for every day tasks that there is a fear of returning to a simpler time. Comfort has become more important than the cost to attain it.

You can help do your part on the journey to a healthier universe by purchasing environmentally friendly cleaning products from EZVacuum.

Cleaning Green

If you’re thinking about going green with your cleaning, you may think about making some cleaners of your own. Many of the home-made cleaners work just as well as the top selling brands and costs just pennies to create. However, don’t make the assumption that just because you made it, the cleaner is completely safe. The creation of cleaning supplies, even natural ones, can still be poisonous if ingested.

The advantages of making your own cleaners comes in knowing what goes into them. Most commercial cleaners have a myriad of chemical compounds. Many of those compounds haven’t been fully tested and those that have been are known to cause allergies, cancers, and other forms of disease. While making the cleaning compounds yourself will not result in 100% safe cleaners, the ingredients used are much safer than those in commercial cleaners.

A basic set of supplies can also save you a bundle of money. Many of the things used to create cleaners are staples and already at hand. Cutting the cost of cleaners down to a few pennies also lets you have more money to spend on items you really want or need. In today’s economy, that’s important.

Here’s a basic list of ingredients for making your own cleaners and where you can find them. Recipes for the cleaners will follow.

baking soda—grocery store

club soda—grocery store

Salt—grocery store

lemon juice—grocery store

vinegar—grocery store

ammonia—grocery store

Once you’re stocked up on ingredients, you’ll only need to add water to the mix to get to cleaning green. None of these ingredients harm the environment when used in the measurements in the recipes and don’t pollute the water that is refined for consumption.

Window Cleaner:

½ cup white vinegar

1 gallon warm water

This simple window cleaner will leave your glass sparkling. It’s also safe enough to drink, so there’s no worry with the kids or the pets. The only two disadvantages are the vinegar smell and the harshness to your hands when your hands are exposed to the solution for longer periods. You can avoid this by wearing gloves when using it. For the smell, well, that goes away pretty fast, too.

In terms of cost, this will only set you back about 7 cents per gallon, leaving plenty of dough for a shopping trip.

Coffee Pot Cleaner

1 tablespoon salt

1tablespoon lemon juice

Ice

Place the salt and the lemon juice in the coffee pot and fill about half way with ice (crushed is best) Shake around and watch as your pot becomes like new again. Just make sure you rinse thoroughly to ensure your next pot of coffee doesn’t have a hint of lemon in its flavor.

The cost for this little gem is less than a nickle.

All Purpose Cleaner

¼ cup baking soda

1 cup household ammonia

½ cup white vinegar

1 gallon water

This cleaner covers tile and linoleum floors, appliances, counter tops and more. However, use caution with this mixture as it isn’t safe to drink. Make sure you store it in a tightly lidded container and away from children and pets. It also has a cost of about 40 cents per gallon.

To get stains out of carpets and other fabrics, put some club soda on it and rub gently. The stain will be removed. Just keep in mind that this is for fresh stains and not for set in stains.

If you have silver to clean or jewelry, a good scrubbing with toothpaste will make silver shine.

Also keep in mind that many companies are now endorsing and creating green cleaners that cover everything from disinfecting to eliminating household smells. For some of the greenest cleaners available commercially and the most effective, check out the cleaners at EZVacuum.com, where the planet’s cleaning needs are a top priority.

Spring Cleaning-A Memory Revisited

Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is on the minds of everyone at the moment. With spring on the horizon, winter’s hold on spirits is lessening. With the teasing warmth of the weather beckoning between winter’s lasts breaths, it isn’t a wonder that we are all a little restless.

The restlessness we feel, though, is what my granny used to call Spring’s demand to clean. We would go through everything from the attic to the basement, reorganizing, remembering, and cleaning. In fact, it is the only time of the year that cleaning was almost a holiday. When anyone would mention this to Granny, she laughed in a knowing way and told us about the birth of a new season.

Listening to her stories, we scrubbed floors, vacuumed rugs, and washed pantries. Trunks were examined, old clothes played with and then refolded, and old letter read. Some things, of course, didn’t return to their previous homes since the idea of spring cleaning required some recycling. Most of the old cards became our craft supplies. Many an old dress got a fresh look with a few stitches and wardrobes grew.

Spring cleaning was a time to reunite the family, make everyone a part of one unit for a few weeks every year regardless of busy schedules. The prize of the whole ordeal was working the garage sale and getting enough to chase the ice cream truck down the street in late spring and summer.

My fond memories of the hustle and bustle of spring cleaning are the reason it surprised me when my daughter’s friends drew back in fear at its mentioning the other day. However, current times make spring cleaning so much easier and even more enjoyable than back in my childhood. Granny didn’t have the luxury of a mop with environmentally safe cleaning solutions built in. She didn’t own a vacuum and had never used a duster with magnetic attraction. We filled pots and pans with hot, soapy water and scrubbed everything on our hands and knees. Floors only got a good sweep with an old broom before we were on all fours cleaning.

No one worried about the environment back then. We had no clue that the chemicals we were using to clean up with were dangerous. I didn’t even realize that the adding a touch of bleach to the water filled with soap with ammonia in it could be toxic. Granny never thought of it as she still used lye soap she made herself. The things we used were sometimes harsh, but they had been used for generations and Granny loved her traditions.

Then came the reports in my teen years about the environment. I learned about global warming and how pollutants increased the rate at which the planet heated up. I discovered the dangers of mixing the chemicals Granny used to clean and I realized that much of what we poured carelessly outside on the lawn or in the old pond down yonder were destroying the inhabitants of nature.

At first, lemon was touted as nature’s answer to cleaning woes. But, there were problems from the start. Lemon juice is an acid and was murder upon hardwood. Many a hardwood floor lost its shine over that little mistake.

Then, companies got involved. With massive research into what is good for both cleaning and our environment, advances were made. Soon it was discovered that even our allergies were able to be controlled by a little bit of cleaning. Allersearch made advances in this area as no dust mite will dare stay where the ecologically friendly cleaners have been used. From laundry to the very air we breath, dust mites no longer had an interest in staking a claim and making a home.

Smells no longer lingered in our kitchens, clothes or upholstery once research got into the picture. Fresh Wave, a completely natural and safe product line, effectively eliminate those unwanted smells with ease. From candles to sprays, there really is a choice for everyone.

Add that to vacuums such as the Miele S7 Series Vacuums, and spring cleaning takes on a magical and pleasant feeling once again. You can get everything you need to clean safely and thoroughly this spring at EZVacuum, your one stop cleaning shop for some of the best offerings in cleaning supplies and appliances. Make some Spring Cleaning memories of your very own with your family this Spring

The methods to cleaning may have changed, but the wonderful memories of cleaning with Granny are the same. I simply fill my granny’s shoes and my daughter gets the fun of playing with everything in the name of cleaning. Laughter fills the air as the wonderful sounds of modern cleaning are done in tandem with nature in a way my grandmother could never know. The ease of use of the products now available and the appliances that assist us every day of the year with cleaning needs were not part of Granny’s repertoire, but the shared family time was.

Spring Cleaning doesn’t mean work…it means love.