Chemical-free, mosquito-free — how to rid yourself of mosquitoes the natural way

As the days grow longer and warmer, it's time to consider what you can do now to make your home more enjoyable during the spring and summer seasons. We've got some really quick, really easy tips for you to consider for your mosquito-reduction mission.

  • Reduce breeding sites
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    It's spring, it's been raining... any empty buckets, wheelbarrows, anything that can collect water has definitely been filling up over the course of the last few weeks. In short, this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Standing, still water is the perfect home for mosquito larvae, who live off the algae and other tiny organisms that are creating their own miniature ecosystem in that empty five-gallon bucket sitting next to your compost heap. It's time to dump all the water out!
  • In case you need to keep standing water around your home...

    ...In that backyard birdbath, for example, then be sure to change the water weekly. Or consider enlisting the aid of microscopic friends, such as Bacillus thuringiensis serotype israelensis (Bti) -- a group of bacteria used as biological control agents for larvae stages of certain dipterans. Bti produces toxins which are effective in killing various species of mosquitoes, fungus gnats, and blackflies, while having almost no effect on other organisms.  Just search Google for "bti bacteria" and click around and you'll find what you're looking for!
  • Try essential oils
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    Consider making your own spray to use when you're sitting out on your front porch, or even consider making a fragrance blend specifically for you to wear when you're  going to be outdoors in mosquito-infested areas. Essential oils such as citronella, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, rosemary, and lavender have been proven to repel mosquitoes.
  • Make mosquito predators at home in your yard
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    Bats and birds LOVE to eat mosquitoes! A lot of people are afraid of bats but they are harmless to you and actually quite helpful if you factor in their tremendous appetite for mosquitoes. Less than 1/2 of 1% of all bats are likely to contract rabies, so that's not a legitimate fear, either. So consider installing bat and bird boxes around your home!
  • Get a little help from your friends!
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    A mosquito, in its lifetime, is likely to travel as far as 2 miles from its point of hatching -- even further in cases of strong wind. That's a far way for them to go but it's not much for you -- if you're able to recruit your neighbors and friends to follow some of these practices.

So go forth, and spread the word!


Four Benefits of Green Cleaning!

Four reasons to consider joining the green cleaning movement. Let's take a look!

  • Better Air Quality
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    As mentioned in our last blog post, according to this EPA article, not only are people [these days] spending about 90% of their time indoors, but indoor air pollution is often to 5 times worse than what we experience outside our homes -- and a lot of this is due to built up residue from toxic conventional cleaning products. Go green and keep your air clean!
  • No Questionable Antibacterial Products
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    Do you really need to look for products that say "antibacterial"? In this article, the FDA states that washing with antibacterial soaps isn't any better than regular soaps, and the American Medical Association (AMA) says that the frequent use of antibacterial ingredients can promote bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Triclosan, a common antibacterial agent found in many soaps, may mess with your hormonal system and thyroid.
  • You're Helping Advance the Green Cleaning Revolution
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    By purchasing green cleaners, the ingredients to make green cleaners, by hiring World Class Cleaning to do the green-cleaning for you, you're voting with your wallet. Voting a big YES to the Green Cleaning Revolution. And your vote shows that people do care about their environment, their planet, and the life that inhabits it. THANK YOU!
  • Eco-friendly
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    Non-organic cleaning products contain ingredients that are non-biodegradable or take time for degradation due to which they cause water and air pollution. Every ingredient used for preparing natural organic cleaning product is biodegradable in nature and considered safe for the environment.

All good reasons to join "the movement!" Give us a call and let us do the cleaning! Think of the free time you'll have, and think of how much nicer your home will smell without the airborne presence of conventional toxic cleaning products. Give us a call and take back your weekends!

4 Tips to Knock Spring Cleaning Out of the Park!

It's Friday, April 13 and it's currently a balmy 78 degrees outside! It's been chilly the last couple weeks but it finally feels like spring! And that means you're probably getting real serious about that "spring cleaning" list you've been mentally preparing. Well we have 4 tips to not only help get you started but help you have a blast doing it!

  • Make a list for each room
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    Go through each room and make a list of things that need to cleaned. If you have a strong tendency to be obsessive down to the smallest detail, consider making two lists for each room -- the first (or only!) list is of all the things that need to be done that will make the biggest differences... When you get those BIG details out of the way, then you can consider focusing on the little details. If you try to do it all at once you might find yourself getting wore out before you make much headway or you might have trouble getting started at all!
  • Make another kind of list... a playlist!
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    Think of all of your favorite jams and make yourself a cleaning playlist! There is such a burst of mental energy and positivity that comes with listening to (and maybe singing along to) your favorite songs. And with that mental energy comes the much-needed physical energy to get things done.
  • One room at a time
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    Like our recommendation above for making a list for each room, and maybe making a first list of only the big details, this tip falls into a similar camp -- take it slow, take it steady, take it one room at a time. You don't even have to do all of your spring cleaning in one afternoon; heck, you don't even need to do it all in one day! Take it one room at a time and as you make your steady progress you'll find -like that cleaning playlist that you made- that you've got a much needed boost of energy every time you look at the hard work you've accomplished.
  • Use natural cleaners!
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    Aaaand finally, make or purchase your own natural cleaners. Or consider hiring us because we come equipped with cleaning expertise and our own homemade natural cleaners. Whether you're giving us a call or doing it yourself, we cannot stress enough the benefit of natural cleaners. According to this EPA article, not only are people [these days] spending about 90% of their time indoors, but indoor air pollution is often to 5 times worse than what we experience outside our homes -- and a lot of this is due to built up residue from nonnatural cleaning products. We take your health, our health, the world's health seriously and the natural cleaning products that we use are a reflection of this!

And there you have it, folks! That wraps up our four tips and we hope you're stoked to get started on that spring cleaning list. And if you'd like a hand be sure to give us a call!

Three Things You should Deep-Clean this Spring!

Hi, folks! We're a few weeks into spring and it's not quite all flowers and sunshine yet. We know (and understand!) that many of you have not tackled your spring cleaning yet, and that's ok! As you dream up your Spring Cleaning Wishlist, have you considered adding to that list some deep-cleaning tasks? Consider following the instructions below, and we think you'll be quite surprised by the difference it'll make!

  • Clean that mattress!

    This one really goes a long way because a) it rarely (if ever) gets deep-cleaned, and b) a clean, fresh mattress has been scientifically proven to expedite the onset of sleep! You'll fall asleep faster, you'll sleep deeper, and you'll likely better remember your dreams! You need three things for this deep-clean: a bottle of lavender essential oil, a box of baking soda, and a vacuum! Add about 20 drops of lavender oil to your box of baking soda, and shake up the box really well to more evenly distribute the essential oil and to break up any clumps. Next, sprinkle the entire box over the entirety of your mattress, and deep massage that baking soda into your mattress. And we mean deep massage that mattress! Let it sit for at least one hour and then vacuum it all up!
  • Help your dishwasher wash itself!
    This one's easy because you're pretty much just giving the dishwasher what it needs to clean itself. Step 1) Place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher and run it at the "hottest water" setting. Step 2) Liberally sprinkle baking soda around the bottom of your dishwasher, then run it on a short cycle, again at the hottest water setting. Step 3) Optional, if you have mold or mildew problems, pour about a cup of bleach into the bottom of your dishwasher and run it on a full cycle at the hottest setting. All done!
  • Ever considered washing your painted walls?

    That's right, wash those walls! When's the last time you gave 'em a good scrub?! Your interior walls can be a tremendous source of built-up, near-invisible dirt and grime. Rather than overwhelming this blog-post with these wonderful, in-depth instructions from Better Homes and Gardens, you should check out their link, here. Folks, you might not think you need to give your walls a scrub, but this is one of those things that once you do it... You'll be blown away by the difference it makes!

And there you have it! If you'd like a hand with the cleaning, give us a call! We'll get your home clean without leaving behind the odor of harsh, chemical cleaners -- because we only use natural, eco-friendly green cleaning agents!

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Lifehacking: Benefits of a Clean & Organized Home

A clean, happy, healthy home is the real deal, folks. Of course the idea of a clean, organized home sounds so appealing! Who wouldn't want that? But there's more to it than just surface-level appreciation of cleanliness or meeting an expected level of home decorum -- cleaning, de-cluttering, organizing your home has wonderful effects on your brain!

So, let me say it again: two words, six syllables: DE-CLUTTER and ORGANIZE!

Now, just seeing those words in capital letters “DE-CLUTTER” and “ORGANIZE” might stress you out… But don’t get stressed! To put things into perspective, you are not alone. According to a study conducted by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF), “we are living in the most materially rich society in global history, with light years more possessions per average family than any preceding society.” While you may feel simultaneously comforted and overwhelmed to be in such good company, the fact that you’re even reading this article about organization likely puts you ahead of the curve in terms of keeping your head above water in our material-rich society.

So what’s the good news? Well, now that you’re considering starting down this path of ordering one’s household, you should know that there is a veritable cornucopia of benefits afforded to those who take the time to organize their home.


    • Better organization, better sleep

      To paraphrase the Sleep Foundation's Bedroom Poll:
      "It’s worth noting that those who make their beds every day or almost every day are more likely [...] to say they get a good night’s sleep every day or almost every day." 19% more likely, to be exact. We'll wager you'll be more inclined to make your bed in the morning if you wake up to a clean and organized bedroom!


    • Clean Home, clean Eating
      According to a study conducted by  Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab, "Cluttered kitchens are caloric kitchens. When stressed out females were asked to wait for another person in a messy kitchen -- with newspapers on the table, dishes in the sink, and the phone ringing – they ate twice as many cookies compared to women in the same kitchen when it was organized and quiet. In total they ate 53 more calories from cookies in 10 minutes time."
      Get that kitchen organized!


    • You'll be more diligent about sticking to your workouts

      It starts with an organized home, after which you'll be organizing all sorts of things! For exmaple, cites this study to say "people who carefully plan their exercise regimen, set goals and regularly record their progress are more likely to keep up an exercise program than people who show up at the gym without a clear plan in mind." It's time to get organized!


    • It will boost your productivity

      MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller states that we are "not wired to multitask well... when people think they're multitasking, they're actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there's a cognitive cost." Now... Imagine that you are trying to get something done around the house, and every time you start on a task you get distracted by that pile of knick-knacks you need to sort through, or that pile of clean laundry you've been meaning to put away for 72 hours -- that stuff takes its toll!


    • Stronger relationships

      Check out this article "Dirty dishes and divorces" from It states that "it has been revealed that three in ten divorcing UK couples blame arguments over the washing up and their other halves not pulling their weight around the house for the demise of their relationships."


With all that being said, don't let all this new information stress you out. Just take it slow and steady, but also... get to it! You'll love your more organized, more productive, happier & healthier life! If you need a hand getting your home to a point where it's clean and ready to get to organizin', don't hesitate to reach out to us!