We hear a lot these days about things being ‘green’, but what does ‘green’ actually mean, and how is it better than what we already have?
When something is described as being ‘green’, it generally means that it has been created with natural ingredients or products, and is free from harmful industrial chemicals. These chemicals can be added to products such as laundry detergent, shampoo, floor cleaner and soap to clean more effectively, but are added without any thought as to their effects on the human body and the environment in general. So how are we to know what’s good and what’s bad?
Here we break down the major health and environmental benefits of green cleaning products in the home
Certain products used in home cleaning contain chemicals that, once inhaled can damage the lungs and contribute to the development of asthma. Products such as bleach, detergents and air fresheners can release chemicals into the air that are toxic to the lungs and airways when exposed to over a long period of time. Many of these chemicals can also cause eye and skin irritation.
The main benefit to the environment of using eco-friendly cleaning products is that less toxic and harmful chemicals find their way down our sinks and drains and into our soils and oceans. These chemicals can alter the acidity of the soil that affects how plants grow, as well as causing pollution in oceans and waterways.
The easiest answer to this question is to just go out and buy products from the supermarket labelled ‘green’ to replace your existing products, but like every easy answer, it isn’t usually the best one. A lot of so-called ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ products are culprits of ‘greenwashing’, a nicer way of saying they lie about how green they really are. This means it’s not very easy on face value to determine how safe one cleaning product is over another, and even more confusion ensues. (A great resource for spotting greenwashing can be found here). You might be saying at this point “well this is rubbish, you didn’t give me a solution at all”, but don’t fear, we’re not done yet. The best and most satisfying method for reducing the number of chemicals you’re exposed to in your home is to actually make your own from every day ingredients. This will give you the confidence to know that your home is chemical-free as well as the satisfaction of saving money in the process.
Some of our favourite homemade cleaners can be found below:
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For all one-off services, including end of lease, move in or spring cleaning, we require a $100 deposit over the phone to secure the booking. This payment can be made by debit or credit card. Once the service is complete and you are happy with the job, we process the remainder of the payment through the same card.
Our team of over 90 cleaners are able to reach over 500 suburbs in Melbourne. This means we always have someone on hand who is just right to clean your home.
We advertise extensively throughout Melbourne to find the perfect candidates and end up hiring around 1% of people who apply. Each of our cleaners undergo training with our experienced staff to make sure their skills are up to scratch.
Our cleaners are all:
We allow (and prefer) clients to meet their professional house cleaner before they start. Once you're happy with your cleaner and based on your preferences, you can let the cleaner in yourself, hide a key for them or give them a key directly. Many of our clients give their cleaner a key because of how satisfied they are with our careful recruitment and training process.
We are so confident in the exceptional quality of our cleaning agency in Melbourne that we offer a 100% money back guarantee if something goes wrong or can’t be corrected. If, for whatever reason, you are not satisfied with our house cleaning service, simply give us a call and we will do whatever we can to resolve the situation.
We will either:
Work with the cleaner that was allocated to you to make sure that they are meeting the high standards of our service.
Allocate a new cleaner to you if the current cleaner isn’t working out.
If nothing more can be done to remedy the issue, we will happily give you your money back.