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A Clean Place Clean Mind

Cleaner home helps reduce stress, feelings of anxiety, and depressive symptoms.  

Cleaning can also reduce fatigue and improve outlook.

Benefits of Cleaning and Decluttering

Gain Control of Your Environment

Our Latest Blog Entry

September 19-2022

Research has found that cleaning can have a number of positive effects on your mental health. For instance, it helps you gain a sense of control over your environment and engage your mind in a repetitive activity that can have a calming effect.

It also has been found to improve a person's mood as well as provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. There are a number of reasons why cleaning can help you destress. Here's an overview of some of the benefits of cleaning and decluttering your home or office.

Gain Control of Your Environment

When people feel like their life is out of control or they are struggling with some

uncertainties, cleaning can be a way to assert some control in their life. 

Cleaning gives people a sense of mastery and control over their environment.

 In fact, a study by the University of Connecticut found that in times of high stress, people default to repetitive behaviors like cleaning because it gives them a sense of control during a chaotic time.

How is Cleaning is Good for the Mind?

Not only can clutter in your home make it more challenging to focus, but is may lead to confusion and tension.  Further, a study published in "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin" even found that women who live in cluttered spaces were more likely to be depressed than those who live in cozy homes.

This is because living in a cluttered and messy home can lead to negative emotions and irritability in the brain, clutter can represent unfinished business and incompleteness. Particularly when individuals are experiencing stressful events, coming home to a cluttered and messy home can exacerbate their stress.

Our Latest Blog Entry

Oct 04-2022

How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu by the

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often

Follow your school’s standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools may also require daily disinfecting these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the school, like bathrooms.

Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.

4. Clean and disinfect correctly

Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Wash surfaces with a general household cleaner to remove germs. Rinse with water, and follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against influenza A virus.

If a surface is not visibly dirty, you can clean it with an EPA-registered product that both cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs) instead. Be sure to read the label directions carefully, as there may be a separate procedure for using the product as a cleaner or as a disinfectant. Disinfection usually requires the product to remain on the surface for a certain period of time (e.g., letting it stand for 3 to 5 minutes).

Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.

5. Use products safely

Pay close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with bleach solutions.

Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death.

Ensure that custodial staff, teachers, and others who use cleaners and disinfectants read and understand all instruction labels and understand safe and appropriate use. This might require that instructional materials and training be provided in other languages.

6. Handle waste properly

Follow your school’s standard procedures for handling waste, which may include wearing gloves. Place no-touch waste baskets where they are easy to use. Throw disposable items used to clean surfaces and items in the trash immediately after use. Avoid touching used tissues and other waste when emptying waste baskets. Wash your hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.

Best Flu-Fighting

Avoid The Flu Virus.

Avoid The Doctor.

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November 01-2022

Best Flu-Fighting Household Cleaners

Did you know the flu virus can live on some surfaces for up to 24 hours? That’s scary, but there are ways you can protect yourself.

Many common household cleaning products can kill the flu virus and help lower the risk of spreading the virus. Protect your family by stocking up on these cleaning agents before the flu comes knocking.


One of the best household cleaners to use during cold and flu season is this extremely common item. When cleaning, mix half a cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Wipe down surfaces like doorknobs, cabinets, toilets, bathtubs and sinks.

Remember to keep this mixture away from fabric that may get discolored by the bleach. This includes rugs, couches and curtains.

Spray disinfectant

Spray disinfectants, like Lysol Disinfecting Spray, kill up to 99.9 percent of fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Simply spray the possibly infected areas, like doorknobs and furniture, and let the spray do its work, making for easy cleaning.

Cleaning items labeled as a “disinfectant” are designed to kill a range of bacteria and viruses like the flu. The product label will tell you if your disinfectant kills cold and flu viruses. The CDC recommends you look for products that are EPA-approved for killing germs.

Disinfectant wipes

Disinfectant wipes have a few perks, like how they can be used on electronics including smartphones, tablets and remote controls that are magnets for germs and bacteria. They are also easy-to-use, making them perfect for use in your home and office, as well as on the go. Remember not to follow a disinfectant wipe with a dry paper towel in an effort to dry the surface quicker. That leftover residue from the wipe continues disinfecting as you walk away and will dry on its own.

Natural options

If you’re looking for a more natural cleaning agent, look no further than your own cooking cabinet. Vinegar is a natural product that is shown to kill cold and flu germs. It is 5 percent acetic acid, and the acid is what kills bacteria and viruses. Mix hot water and vinegar for the best results. Hydrogen peroxide, another common household item, can also be used to kill bacteria and viruses. It should be used the same way as bleach- mixed with water and then wiped down. Be careful with H2O2 as it can also stain clothes and porous counters. Another more natural cleaner, Simple Green, is advertised as a safer chemical that will kill the flu virus and other bacteria and viruses. 

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4 Home Items You Should Be Cleaning Every Month 

Do these simple yet often overlooked cleaning tasks monthly to avoid major messes and costly repairs down the road.

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December 1,2022.

Washing Machine

It’s recommended to have your washing machine go through a cleaning cycle once a week, depending on how often you are using the machine. If you aren’t using it as often, it’s recommended to give it wash (both inside and out) once a month. Since most clothes/patterns require a cold wash, hot water isn’t moving through the machine often. The first thing you can do is wash the machine with hot water—bleach included. This will help to kill off whatever bacteria or bugs are currently residing within your machine.

Garbage Disposal

The best way to clean out your garbage disposal is with baking soda and white vinegar. Take half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white wine vinegar, and put both down the sink. After a few minutes, pour some boiling hot water down, too. Next, fill the drain with some ice cubes, and add a cup of salt, which will help to remove debris. Finally, add lemon halves to the disposal and keep both the water running and the garbage disposal on.

Dishwasher Filter

Remove the dishwasher filter and wash it to make sure all food particles are gone. Then sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and let it sit for 12 hours. Then add a cup of vinegar and run a hot cycle.

Vacuum Upholstered Furniture

Sprinkle a generous amount of regular baking soda onto the fabric and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The baking soda will help to release odors and break up some light stains in the fabric.

After about 20 minutes, remove the baking soda—and the funky smell—with a handheld vacuum or a hose attachment for your large vacuum.

"Happy New Year 2023"

Our First Blog Entry

January 01, 2023

New Year, New You! How To Set Healthy Goals for 2023

Here is what happens when you set new goals in the new year. NSF health experts share tips for vitamins, supplements and cleaning to get you started.

As the new year approaches, are you determined that this one will be different? Are you pledging to stick with your resolutions for a cleaner house and a healthier you?

NSF experts say a successful strategy is all about setting goals. Here they share cleaning, exercise and overall healthy living tips for 2023. Take your pick and decide what is achievable for you.

Work It Out Safely

As the new year begins, you may be eager to ramp up your workout routine. And no doubt, if you’re getting back into the exercise groove or increasing your workouts, you’ll hear the buzz about nutrition drinks, energy bars and protein powders. But beware, warns John Travis, Technical Leader for NSF’s Certified for Sport® program, who helps professional athletes and weekend workout warriors daily.

As with other dietary supplements, workout supplements are regulated like food and presumed to be safe unless found otherwise, so it’s a good idea to research their effects and ingredients and consult your physician before adding this boost to your regimen. Follow these tips to safely add supplements to your 


Some supplements contain unhealthy or illegal ingredients. Be sure to avoid supplements that claim to be an alternative to anabolic steroids, cause rapid weight loss, or treat or cure a disease or health condition.

Look for high levels of caffeine by reading labels.

To help ensure that a pre-workout doesn’t contain unsafe levels of banned or dangerous substances, look to see if it has been certified by an independent testing firm, such as NSF.

Go for the Big Clean

The beginning of the new year is a great time to get organized. The feeling of a clean, decluttered home will be worth all the effort. 

 House cleanup

Plan your power clean with a checklist to help ensure that you won’t miss any specific areas of your home. Develop a timeline with the checklist and make sure you follow through.

Get smart and understand the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. Cleaning is the process of removing dust and dirt, dried food, or spills. Sanitizing removes or lowers the number of germs or bacteria on a surface levels that are considered safer. And disinfecting uses chemicals to kill germs (both viruses and bacteria) and lowers the risk of getting sick.

Become a germ zapper and start by clearing off and sanitizing all kitchen surfaces, which carry the germs aftermath of the holiday season. After you’ve wiped down and cleaned them, tackle your cabinets, oven, microwave and sink hardware, and sanitize your kitchen sink, cutting boards and utensils.

Go high-touch and focus on surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, handles, light switches and countertops.

Do a potty patrol. Wipe down and disinfect the toilet, faucet and door handle in the bathroom, along with the countertop and sink.

Don’t forget to clean out-of-reach dust on floor baseboards, lampshades, lights, ceiling fans and windowsills.

So, don’t go it alone! Lean on your family and friends and get started with a healthier new you in the new year.