That aside, two out of every three vets, according to the Humane Society of America, recommend keeping cats indoors, because of the dangers of cars, predators, disease, and other hazards. The estimated average life span of a free-roaming cat is less than three years; an indoors-only cat gets to live an average of 15 to 18 years. If kitty needs to heed the call of the wild, an outdoor cat enclosure is a good compromise.
Now, since nutrition is one of the key determinants of health and resistance to disease, ideally you’ll want your pet’s chow to be comparable in quality with what we would eat.
Natural and organic pet foods use meats that are raised in sustainable, humane ways without added drugs or hormones, minimally processed, and preserved with natural substances, such as vitamins C and E. Certified-organic pet foods must meet strict USDA standards that spell out how ingredients are produced and processed, which means no pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, artificial ingredients or genetically engineered ingredients.
Most of our pets’ poop either winds up in a landfill purgatory, where it’s embalmed practically forever in plastic bags, or sits on the ground until the next rainstorm washes it into the sewer where it can drift on down to rivers and beaches. You can compost the poop–just don’t use it with your vegetable garden, because the compost doesn’t heat up enough to kill pathogens such as E. coli., which could contaminate your homegrown produce and land up in your (very unhappy) belly.If you have room in your backyard, you can bury an old garbage bin (note: far away from your vegetable garden) to use as a pet-waste composter. Or check out the Doggie Dooley. The makers of the Doggy Dooley also sell an enzymatic “Super Digester Concentrate” for your backyard pet septic system.
25 Ways to Clean with Vinegar
The cleaning aisle at just about any grocery store is stocked with a dizzying array of options-and when it comes down to it, there are a lot of expensive, toxic, superfluous products crowding the market. Chances are, you already have one of the best, all-purpose cleaning agents in your pantry: white vinegar. As noted earlier, vinegar actually works as a great laundry booster, stripping away the chemical build-up that detergent leaves behind (and gets rid of clingy odors in the process). And beyond that, there are tons of other applications for the stuff around your home. Here, from vinegartips.com and frugalfun.com, 25 ideas for making the most of vinegar:
5 Ways to Green Your Workout
Did you ever stop to think how your workout could have an impact on the environment? Well, it can.
|Thankfully there are several ways we can lessen our eco-impact, while keeping our workout routine intact.1. Bring a reusable bottle – Break your disposable bottle water habit and switch to a reusable water bottle. Breaking the plastic disposable bottled water habit reduces the use of fossil fuels and toxic greenhouse gases that come from manufacturing plastic bottles. By using a reusable water bottle you are also helping reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills, sitting for years while they try unsuccessfully to decompose.2. Use the great outdoors – There’s nothing greener than the great outdoors! There are so many opportunities: running, walking, hiking, rock climbing, skiing and more! The best news- the great outdoors is almost always available. What a great way to explore a new city or country.3. Walk or bike to the gym – Set aside a few extra minutes each day and walk or bike to the gym. You’ll be getting extra exercise, lowering your fuel expenses and cutting down on the amount of emissions released from driving your car. Why not commit to walking or biking whenever you can?4. Bring your own towel – If you belong to one of those gyms that has a towel service, think twice next time you reach for those warm, white towels. Many times the towels are washed in harsh detergents, bleaches, and disinfectants. Bring your own towel and you will be saving water and protecting yourself from potential toxins.5. Recycle your shoes – Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, transforming them into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as select Nike products. They accept all brands of worn-out athletic shoes – ones that would otherwise go to a landfill – and turn them into something new, like tracks and playgrounds. You can either drop off your shoes or mail them into a facility.|
18 Handy Lemon Tips
Lemons – the versatile fruit
Lemons – a fruit with a wonderful fragrance, great in food and beverages, but also very handy for multiple purposes around the home!
Lemons have been cultivated by humans for over a thousand years. The fruit is mentioned in tenth century Arabic literature, but was probably first grown in Assam, India.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, have an anti-bacterial effect and are thought to possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. The juice consists of about 5% acid, which also makes them useful for a variety of household purposes. Lemons and/or lemon juice are a popular addition in environmentally friendly cleaning applications.
Selecting and storing lemons
The best lemons are those that have smooth, oily skins and are heavy for their size. They should be bright yellow with no green tinges. Lemons will keep for up to a week at room temperature, two to three weeks refrigerated. Lemon zest (peel) can be frozen for months.
To get the most juice from a lemon, it should be allowed to reach room temperature, or microwaved for a few seconds prior to juicing. Using your palm to roll the lemon on a hard surface can also help improve juice yields. If you only need a little juice, some people pierce the end with a fork, squeeze the amount needed, cover the holes with tape and then store in the fridge.
There’s so much more to lemons than just using them in cooking and making lemonade! Here’s a selection of handy tips. Remember to test in inconspicuous areas first.
Isn’t it incredible how we have so many environmentally harsh cleaning chemicals in our homes when nature already offers most of what we need! Have some helpful hints for using lemons in and around the home? Please add them as a comment below!
Non-Toxic Bug Repellents
Controlling bugs in your home does not mean you have to reach for a can of chemicals. Some of which can be toxic. The alternative is using natural products you already have in your kitchen.
Ants hate vinegar. Spray full strength distilled white vinegar along windows, doors, and crevices in your countertops. In the kitchen, a small dish of white vinegar with a drop of dish soap will also get rid of fruit flies.
If you have a cockroach problem, you can make your own killer mixture. Combine equal amounts of borax and sugar and apply it where you’ve seen roaches. Just be sure to keep the mixture AWAY from pets and children.
Moths can destroy your favorite sweater. Moth balls are poisonous and they look like candy to your kids and pets so steer clear of these. The aroma of cedar, lavender or mint will keep moths away.
When you choose natural pest solutions you are doing your part to keep harmful chemicals out of your home and the environment. And you’re reducing waste and saving money too.
CLEAN EXTREMEPRO uses Unique High Temperature Steamers to clean with, not chemicals.
(These are not available in Retail Stores)
CLEAN EXTREMEPRO HyperCleaning steamers convert ordinary tap water into low moisture Vapor Steam. Using Vapor Steam is easier, faster and certainly safer than other cleaning methods. Our steamers reach temperatures between 310 to 356 degrees. These high temperatures are needed to kill nearly 99% of germs and bacteria on contact.
Vapor steam is non-toxic. Traditional mop and bucket style cleaning use chemicals that are often toxic and harmful to families, children and pets who touch chemically cleaned surfaces and breathe chemical fumes.
Vapor Steam Technology vs Traditional Mops and Buckets:
CLEAN EXTREMEPRO uses High Temperature Vapor Steam to clean:
How effective are Steamer Cleaners sold in retail stores?
Almost all steam cleaning is effective at removing dust, dirt, and debris. The 2 big differences between CLEAN EXTREMEPRO’s steamers and R Store steamers are:
We call the use of Mops, Buckets and Retail Store steamers and other chemical based products “cleaning for appearance”. Many people say if a room looks clean and smells like my favorite chemical cleaner, there-fore it must be clean. CLEAN EXTREMEPRO HyperCleaning has higher standards of what a clean room is. We call it “HyperClean”. We clean to remove the maximum amount of contaminants and chemical residues from surfaces for a safer environment for your home or business. Using High Temperature Vapor Steam Technology is a major part of our process.
Brief History of Steam:
Steamers for smaller applications like home and businesses use soon followed.
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For allergy sufferers in Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach and Jupiter, keeping a clean home can reduce allergens, but some cleaning products can actually trigger allergy-like symptoms.
People with allergies should make house chores part of their allergy management plans. Cleaning reduces the amount of allergens (substances you are allergic to) in your home, which can help alleviate your allergy symptoms. If you are able, look for a professional cleaning service with expertise in cleaning with steam and or other non-toxic, allergy safe products.
But be careful that your cleaning efforts don’t backfire, since many cleaning products can cause allergy-like symptoms for some.
Cleaning products don’t cause allergies, however using the wrong cleaning product can act as trigger.
Symptoms of Allergy Irritation
Symptoms of irritation that can be caused by cleaning products include:
Itchy, watery eyes
Asthma attack, wheezing
Who Should Clean?
The best way to avoid irritation from cleaning products is to have someone in the household who does not have allergies do the cleaning. Even the act of cleaning, especially doing things like sweeping, can trigger an allergic reaction, because it stirs up dust and other allergens. Use a professional housekeeping and maid service whenever possible. According to Bryan Akner, president of Clean Extreme Pro of Palm Beach Gardens Florida, it may be best in extreme cases to have the allergy sufferer to leave the house during the cleaning process, especially while vacuum cleaning if the home is not equipped with a central vacuum cleaning system which evacuates 100% of dust and odors from living areas.
However, if you suffer from allergies and must do the cleaning in your home, it can help to use products that are less likely to cause allergy symptoms.
First, a word or two on what not to use.
Home Cleaning: Products to Avoid
It’s best to avoid using cleaning products that contain harsh, potentially irritating chemicals. Common home cleaning chemical ingredients that can be irritating include:
Sodium lauryl sulphate
These chemicals are found in many cleaning products, including:
Drain, oven, and glass cleaners
Learn to read labels and stay away from cleaning agents that have these ingredients.
Products to Use for Home Cleaning
For allergy sufferers, the best types of cleaning products are those that are non-toxic. “Green” cleaning products can be better for those with allergies, but read the labels carefully, as some of these products still contain irritating substances.
Proper housekeeping can reduce allergens, but some cleaning products can actually trigger allergy-like symptoms.
“If your not using a professional cleaning service the bottom line is that baking soda and vinegar can get just about anything cleaned, in different concentrations for different uses,” says Bryan Akner of Clean Extreme Pro. “You can use white vinegar and baking soda almost anywhere, really, and it doesn’t have that ‘off’ odor that a lot of cleaning supplies have.” But, warns Akner, “You never mix bleach with vinegar or bleach with ammonia.” Of course a professional housekeeping and maid service has access to more efficient non-toxic and allergy friendly cleaning products as well as the top choice of allergists, steam cleaning.
Vinegar and salt for a surface cleaner
Baking soda and water to clean baby bottles
Baking soda on carpeting to remove scents or odors
Olive oil or lemon juice with vegetable oil for furniture care
Tips to Reduce Allergens at Home
There is really no way to completely eliminate allergens in your home, Akner says, so try not to obsess.
That said, allergy sufferers can benefit from regular home cleaning to reduce indoor allergens, including molds, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and cockroach droppings.
Here are cleaning tasks you may want to add to your regular routine:
Reducing dust-collecting clutter
Regularly vacuuming carpeted floors with a double-bag or HEPA filter vacuum
Regularly washing blankets and throw rugs
Washing all bed linens in hot water every week
Keeping counter surfaces clean and dry
Not leaving food around, and storing food in sealed containers
Taking a few simple steps to keep dust to a minimum, preventing molds from growing, and controlling cockroaches and other pests may help minimize your allergy symptoms.
If you live in the North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens or Jupiter Florida or surrounding areas, get in touch with Clean Extreme Pro for the very best in housekeeping and maid services for allergy sufferers.
What’s the best way to clean granite counter tops? Bryan Akner, president of Clean Extreme Pros housekeeping and maid service of Palm Beach Gardens Florida says he hears a lot of varying views on this — use Windex! No, never use Windex! Use a special granite-only cleaner! No, you don’t need a special granite-only cleaner! — but after doing our research, we think we’ve discovered a consensus among stone experts on how to care for granite. The best part? You really don’t need any special cleaners to get those counter tops shiny and streak-free.
DO: Make sure your granite counter top is sealed. While granite is a very hard surface and less porous than marble, unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up oils, spills, and stains. To check whether your granite is sealed, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, you have a secure seal. If after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal the stone.
DON’T: Use harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Frequent use of these chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time. Basically, the harsher the cleaner, the quicker it will break down the sealant.
DO: Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them.
DO: Use warm water, a mild or gentle dish soap, and a nubby washcloth or microfiber cloth for daily wipe downs.
A well-sealed granite counter top is relatively impervious to bacteria. Hot water and dish soap should be adequate for daily sanitizing. However, if a stronger disinfectant is desired, mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Spray onto the granite, allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with water and dry with a clean microfiber cloth. Avoid bleach or ammonia-based cleaners.
And then there is the Clean Extreme Pro’s favorite method of using a commercial grade steam cleaner. Super-heating the granite counter top with nothing but pure steam and a clean micro-fiber cloth is not only safe for the granite, its also a great way to clean if there is anyone that is chemically sensitive in the home according to Mr. Akner.
There are granite cleaners out there, like this one from Method and this one from Granite Gold. Some all-purpose surface cleaners also specify that they’re safe for granite. Use these cleaners if you want — just know that you don’t have to buy them if you don’t want to. The cleaning tutorial below will work just fine!
All you need to clean granite counter tops are warm water, mild or gentle dish soap, a dish cloth, clean microfiber cloth or terrycloth towel, and 91% Isopropyl alcohol (optional).
How To Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
What You Need
Mild or gentle dish soap
Clean microfiber cloth or terrycloth towel
Isopropyl alcohol (optional)
Wet your dish cloth with warm, soapy water. Fill the sink with warm water and a mild dish soap, then thoroughly wet a clean dish cloth.
Wipe down the granite counter tops. You don’t need us to tell you how to do this part. Just wipe away any spills or crumbs on your counter top!
Dry with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking. Dry and buff your granite counter top thoroughly with a microfiber cloth or soft terry cloth towel to avoid streaking.
Shine and disinfect with a water and isopropyl alcohol solution. To periodically disinfect your granite counter tops, remove soap residue, and restore shine, mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Spray onto the granite, allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with water and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
Enjoy your nice, shiny, clean granite counter tops!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO CLEAN ANYTHING, CONTACT BRYAN AKNER OF CLEAN EXTREME PRO OF PALM BEACH GARDENS FLORIDA AT (561) 891-1300