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Spring Cleaning Tips               
By: Amy Boggs, owner Sparkling Palaces


The birds are chirping, the tulips are peeking their heads out of the soil and the warmer weather reminds us it's time to clean out the garage, clean out our closets and break out the patio furniture!
 
Spring-cleaning can seem overwhelming, not to mention the plethora of cleaning products from which to choose. If you're like us, you're interested in not only getting the job done, but also doing it in an eco-friendly way.
 
At Sparkling Palaces, we're experts in all things green and clean. So here are a few tips to inspire and help you along the way.
 
Clean your indoor air naturally:
Plants are perfect for natural air cleansing, and they look nice. Choose a broad green leaf plant, such as the Peace Lilly. Looking for that fresh smell? Skip the store-bought air fresheners and instead try boiling cinnamon or cloves, or baking up some delicious chocolate chip cookies.
 
Employ a green house cleaning service:
This looks like a shameless plug, but let's be honest- most people don't always have time to clean their own homes. Fortunately there are an increasing number of green cleaning services out there to help get things spic and span. Find one who is licensed and bonded, and be sure to ask them what "green" means to them. Do they just talk the talk, or do they walk the walk?
 
Leave the toxins at the door:
Imagine what's on your shoes at the end of the day! Keep the sidewalk out of your home with a good doormat or a shoeless house policy. Less dirt also means less sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming, which means less work, water, energy, and fewer chemicals.
 
Use Green cleaning products:
It may seem obvious, but simply switching out your bleach and other household cleaners is a simple way to go green. If designer labels (and sometimes price tags) aren't for you, home-mixed cleaners can get the job done and then some. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water with either of these and you've got yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
 
We hope these tips will help you along the way to a cleaner, and greener, household. Happy cleaning!
 
Amy Boggs
 
Amy is the owner of Sparkling Palaces; an eco-friendly cleaning company whose mission is to take time with each client to deliver the highest in cleaning standards. Started in 2002 in Portland, the company has remained true to their foundation of environmental responsibility, integrity and communication. Amy enjoys the instant gratification of a good cleaning, and the sparkle it creates in a home and on the face of her clients. To learn more about Amy and the team of Sparklers, please visit www.sparklingpalaces.com  503-505-9130

 

Written by: Amy Boggs, owner of Sparkling Palaces.  Edited by GreenPosting.

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