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Bee Clene > Do You Clean These Items In Your Kitchen?

Do You Clean These Items In Your Kitchen?

If Not, You Should!

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A spotless kitchen


Even if you keep your kitchen counters spotless and appliances shiny, harmful germs may be lurking in places you do not think to clean.

Coffee Maker

Is your coffee maker dripping slowly? When you brew a pot of coffee, does it taste funny? If so, the water reservoir needs to be cleaned. Left dirty, bacteria and mold grow inside. Not only does this make your coffee taste bad, but it can make you sick.

Cleaning your coffee maker is easy. And cleaning once a month will kill bacteria and mold. It will also flush mineral deposits that clog your coffee maker. These deposits are the reason why your coffee takes longer to drip over time.

Fill the reservoir to the top with equal parts water and white vinegar. Put a paper filter in the basket and brew until the pot is half full. Turn off your coffee maker and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then finish the brewing cycle.

Afterward, brew a pot of clear water using a new paper filter. This will rinse the vinegar out of the machine.

And to prevent future mold growth, leave the reservoir lid open after making coffee so that the inside chamber can dry out.

Dishwasher

Even though your dishwasher has soapy water running through it, it still gets dirty. Over time, grease and grime build up. Also, dangerous fungi and black yeast thrive in the damp environment.

Fortunately, this simple cleaning method will clean your dishwasher and make it safe to use.


First, remove the spray arm from the base and rinse it under the sink faucet. Are there any food particles trapped in the small holes? If so, use a toothpick to remove them. Then reinstall the spray arm.

Next, place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe container on the upper rack. Run the dishwasher empty through a hot-water cycle.

Now it is disinfected and odor free.

Garbage Cans

Kitchen trash cans get disgusting. Even when you use liners, bags can tear, and spills happen. Sticky liquids and crumbs end up at the bottom of the can, causing bad odors, mold, and bacteria growth.

Cleaning is easiest if done outside. Squirt a little detergent in the bottom and spray the inside and outside with a garden hose. Rinse and towel dry or leave it in the sun to dry out.

You can also wash a garbage can in the bathtub. Use a sanitized toilet brush and hot soapy water. Dry the inside and outside with a clean towel.

Refrigerator

Let's face it. Sometimes it is easy to ignore spills that happen in the fridge. But those sticky spills and residue from food create opportunities for bacteria and mold to grow inside your fridge.

Emptying your fridge is the easiest way to make sure every surface gets clean.

Use a solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle to clean inside your fridge.

Because vinegar is non-toxic, it is safe to use around food. Best of all it kills mold and certain bacterias that are dangerous to your health.

Spray all surfaces and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. If your shelves and drawers are removable, take them out and wash them with warm soapy water. If not, spray them too.

Before returning food to the fridge, wipe down all containers and bottles with the water-vinegar mix.

And don’t forget to clean the door seals which get sticky and collect crumbs. Warm, soapy water should do the trick. Afterward, dry with a clean cloth.

These cleaning tips will help kill harmful germs in your kitchen.

And if you live in Santa Cruz County and need help getting your kitchen in order, call us at Bee-Clene.















Bee Clene > Summer Is The Perfect Time To Clean These Items

Summer Is The Perfect Time To Clean These Items

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Ceiling Fan


Dust accumulates on the blades of your fan and when you turn it on it knocks harmful allergens into the air. Cleaning your ceiling fan before using it this summer means your home will be cooler and healthier.

Using a pillowcase is the easiest, least messy method.

Get on a ladder and without overextending your arm, reach for a blade. Cover the blade with a pillowcase (as if you are putting a pillow inside the case). Place one hand on the top and your other hand on the bottom of the blade. Finally, pull the pillowcase towards you, making sure to run along the sides.

You are left with a clean fan blade. The best part is dust stays inside the pillowcase, not falling on the floor and furniture.

Window Screens

Opening windows and letting fresh air in is one of the best joys of summer. But if your screens are dirty, a breeze brings allergens and mold spores into your home. Cleaning your screens will make the air in your home healthier to breathe.

The best way to clean is to take screens down. Using a soft brush attachment (a hard attachment can damage your screen) gently vacuum both sides to get rid of dust. Then spray with a garden hose. Next, using a solution of warm water and vinegar, lightly scrub the screen to remove any grime left behind.

Let screens dry completely before reinstalling.

Stainless Steel Appliances

With kids at home all summer, your fridge, and other appliances are used more often throughout the day. If you have stainless steel appliances, this means more smudges and fingerprints.

Get rid of unsightly prints. First, use warm soapy water to clean outside surfaces. Then pour a little olive oil onto a cloth and buff the outside surface of the entire appliance until there is a thin, even layer. This will create a barrier to make the surface more resistant to fingerprints and smudges.

Add this routine regularly to your normal cleaning schedule to make your appliances shine.

Make Your Patio Furniture Inviting

Outdoor chairs and lounges get a lot of use during summer. Dirt, suntan lotion, and body oils linger on these surfaces. Fortunately, cleaning is easy. For most materials, just use warm soapy water and a damp sponge to scrub surfaces (check laundering instructions). An additional benefit is that your furniture will last longer.

Outdoor Lighting

Cleaning your outdoor lighting will provide more light, allowing you to enjoy summer evenings outside longer.

Use a cobweb duster to reach inner areas of your light fixtures. Then use an all-purpose cleaner (a vinegar and water solution works great) to wipe down all bulbs. You will love how bright your lights shine.

These cleaning tips will help you enjoy your home this summer. And if you live in Santa Cruz County and need help getting your home ready for summer, call Bee-Clene at 831-438-1111.
Bee Clene > How to Banish Odors and Mildew From Your Home Naturally

How to Banish Odors and Mildew From Your Home Naturally

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Moso Bags


Do you use chemicals to get rid of odors, mold, and mildew in your home? If so, they may be doing more harm than good.

Many air fresheners contain petroleum and formaldehyde which are harmful to your health. And air fresheners don't get rid of the problem. Instead, synthetic fragrances only mask the smell.

The same dangers apply to using bleach and other chemicals to kill mildew and mold. While these products do eliminate the problem, the lingering toxic fumes they give off are harmful to your lungs, eyes, and skin.

Fortunately, there is a safe option to help you fight these issues.

Kill These Problems with a Super, Green Product

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag is a safe, green product that addresses all three problems. Made of 100% bamboo charcoal, this product removes bad odors, allergens, and toxins from the air. It also draws excess moisture from the air which causes mold and mildew.

Because it is non-toxic and has no synthetic ingredients, it is safe to place on any surface. Best of all, this chemical free product means children, pets, and those with compromised immune systems can breathe safely.

Not only does Moso Natural fight bad odors, but it reduces toxic fumes in the air that you may not even know you are exposed to. For instance, new carpet, fresh paint, and brand new furniture emit gasses such as ammonia, chloroform, benzene, and formaldehyde.

How Does Moso Bamboo Charcoal Work?

Similar to a sponge, there are millions of pores and cavities on the surface of the charcoal. As air moves through the charcoal, the pores trap allergens, odors, and excess moisture. As a result, the surrounding air becomes dry and odor free.

Long Lasting and Attractive

Some products on the market that remove moisture from the air come in ugly, plastic containers that you want to hide.

Not so with Moso Bamboo Charcoal.

The charcoal is contained in an attractive linen bag, available in three colors. Because of the clean logo, it looks nice if left in plain view. Each bag has a grommet, allowing you the option to hang the bag if so desired. Or if you prefer to stash it out of sight, the small footprint does not take up a lot of space.

Also, Moso Natural lasts for up to two years with regular maintenance, unlike other products that last for 45 days. All you have to do is place the bag outside once a month, for one hour. UV rays from the sun filter and remove impurities that the bamboo charcoal has absorbed.

After two years, you can recycle the charcoal. Simply cut open the bag and use the charcoal to fertilize your garden or flowerbeds.

The bags are available in 3 different sizes and there is also a bag designed for the fridge that includes a suction cup.


















Bee Clene > Useful Cleaning Tips That Make a Big Difference For Allergies

Useful Cleaning Tips That Make a Big Difference For Allergies

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The start of summer is here, bringing warmer, longer days to enjoy. This weather also brings an increase of ragweed, grass pollen, and other allergens. Heat and humidity are perfect conditions for the growth of mold. For allergy sufferers, these things make you feel miserable.

Try these cleaning tips to reduce allergens in your home and help make you feel better.

Outdoors

Sweep the outside entrance of your home and take off your shoes before coming inside. These two things will reduce a number of allergens that you bring into your home.

Living Areas

Vacuuming two or three times a week during allergy season will make your home healthier. Make sure to get underneath beds and behind large furniture where dust bunnies gather. Remember to vacuum furniture and curtains also, because they collect and hang on to dust. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter is best. HEPA filters trap smaller dirt particles, pollen, and pet dander. Consequently, vacuums without a filter throw more debris back into the air.

Are there piles of clutter around your home? If so, get rid of them because they are a magnet for dust.

And use a damp cloth or mop when you clean hard surfaces and floors. This works better than a dry cloth, which only knocks allergens back into the air.

Kitchen

Mold is one of the worst things for you if you have allergies, and it thrives in the kitchen. Make sure you keep areas by the sink, underneath the sink, and around the dishwasher dry to deter growth. Also, when you cook, use the stove exhaust to remove moisture from the air.

Even if your home is clean, cockroaches can easily get into your home through tiny cracks and crevices. Their sheddings are a trigger for allergies. Keep yourself protected by wrapping and securely storing all food. After cooking, make sure to wipe down the counters and stovetop to get rid of crumbs. Use a trashcan that has a lid on it. And never let dirty dishes pile in the sink.

Bathroom

Humidity in bathrooms is a perfect condition for mold and mildew to grow. Prevent growth by doing the following:

Use the exhaust or a dehumidifier to decrease humidity. Weekly, clean grout, and tile exposed to water and steam. After using your shower, wipe down wet surfaces with a dry towel. Wash bath mats on a weekly basis. Lastly, if your shower curtains are washable, launder them once a week.

Indoor Pets

While pets are a joy to have, they can wreak havoc on your allergies. But there are a couple of things you can do to lessen the impact of pet dander on your allergies.

Wash their bedding regularly in hot water. Not only is this better for your allergies, but your pets will benefit from a cleaner, fresher environment.

More importantly, don't let pets sleep in your bedroom. Why? Pets carry pollen on their body. When they shake off and roll around, that debris flies in the air. At night as the temperature cools, the pollen and dust settle towards the ground, making your allergies worse during sleep.


Cleaning Products

Finally, keep safe when cleaning. While cleaning products do not cause allergies, they can trigger symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes. If this happens to you, choose green unscented cleaners and laundry detergents.

And if you live in Santa Cruz County and need help cleaning during allergy season, give Bee-Clene a call at 831-438-1111. We will set up your free consultation today.

Bee Clene > 6 Dirtiest Items in Your Kitchen

6 Dirtiest Items in Your Kitchen

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5 Ways A Clean Home Will Make You Happier

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You May Eat Better

A study in the journal Psychological Science found that participants that worked in a clean environment for 10 minutes were twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar as those that worked in a messy space.

Think about it. When your dining table has items piled on it, and dirty dishes are in the sink, it feels overwhelming to prepare a meal. As a result, it is easier to snack on prepackaged food or order take-out, which leads to unhealthy choices.

If you are trying to lose weight and eat better, keep your kitchen clean.


Your Home Will Be Healthier


Did you know that there may be two to five more times the pollutants and allergens in your home than outdoors?

Vacuuming and dusting weekly help improve the air quality in your home. Wipe down windowsills and frames with a damp cloth. Weekly washing of your sheets and blankets will also have a positive impact on your indoor air. And don't forget to wash curtains on occasion, as they have a tendency to hold onto dust and allergens.

Not only does a tidy and clutter free home feel better, but it is also healthier for you and your family.

Give Yourself the Gift of Time

How often have you spent minutes searching for an item that you know is somewhere in your home?

A Newsweek study showed the average American spends 55 minutes a day searching for an item they own and cannot find. That is almost 12 days a year! When every item has a place, you save time because you know where it is.

Imagine how good it would feel to start your day feeling calmer and more energized because you were not searching for misplaced keys or your favorite shirt?

Instead, use that time to enjoy a cup of coffee or read the paper before heading out the door.

Grab More Zzz's

A messy room affects your sleep pattern. A lack of sleep can cause depression, increase your stress level, and affect your ability to think clearly.

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (AMSB), says that when you walk into a room, your eye will determine whether you are going to have an easy time or hard time falling asleep. Clutter raises your stress level. That's why it's hard for your mind to rest and sleep well.

Feeling overwhelmed at cleaning your bedroom? Start with easy cleaning tasks such as making your bed every morning and wash your sheets regularly.

Consider this survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. People who make their beds every day are 19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s sleep. And 75 percent of individuals said freshly cleaned sheets made them more comfortable, therefore making it easier to fall asleep.

Keeping your bedroom clean will help you sleep better which will make you happier.


Strengthen Your Relationship

Are you guilty of leaving piles of clutter around your home or dirty dishes in the sink? If so, you run the risk of your partner becoming resentful and irritated.

Furthermore, a dirty and cluttered home can make you feel helpless and overwhelmed. Have you snapped at your partner because you were frustrated spending time looking for an item in your home that you knew was there?

When every item has a proper place in your home, it will create less conflict in your home. Best of all, you and your family get to enjoy your home more.


We know that life gets busy.

If you live in the Santa Cruz County area and need help cleaning your home, call Bee-Clene at 831-438-1111.


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An Astonishing, Powerful Green Cleaner

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Benefect Botanical Disinfectant


Are you under the impression that green cleaning products do not have the ability to disinfect?

If so, you may not have heard of Benefect Botanical Disinfectant. At Bee-Clene, this is our favorite eco-friendly cleaning product that we use daily. And we can't wait to use it in your home.

Benefect is the only cleaner and disinfectant on the market made from pure plant botanicals. Thyme essential oil is the active ingredient, and this thyme is specially grown and blended for this product.

Current practices used to kill germs have created highly resistant and dangerous germs in just 60 years. And destroying these organisms require harsher, more toxic chemicals. Also, this leads to more complicated disinfecting systems.

Benfect uses nature’s way of cleaning.

Plants produce germ killing ‘essential oils’ to provide defense from invading microbes, much like how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection. For over 5,000 years, history has shown that microbes do not build up a tolerance or resistance to the antimicrobial action of essential oils. In fact, the amount of essential oils that is needed to destroy microbes has not changed in the course of history.

A Hospital Grade Disinfectant That is Safe to Use in Your Home

Benefect has the following properties:

• Bactericidal- destroys bacteria, including MRSA, commonly referred to as staph.
• Virucidal- kills viruses, including HIV1
• Fungicidal- destroys and stops the growth of fungus (mold and mildew)
• Tuberculocidal

Furthermore, this spray cleaner kills over 99.99% of germs it comes in contact with within 30 seconds. Because Benefect is a trusted cleaning product in health facilities, we know that it will kill harmful germs in your home. In addition, your house will be sparkling clean.


Disinfect Without Harmful Chemical Vapors

Benefect has the cleaning power of bleach, without the side effect of toxic fumes. As a deodorizer, it kills odor causing microorganisms. And because no synthetic scents or fragrances are added, all you smell is a natural, fresh scent when used.

As a result, Benefect will not harm family members that have respiratory issues due to asthma, allergies, and other illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grades this product safe and effective, also stating that this product does not harm the environment.

How We Use Benefect for Our Clients

Another reason that we love this product is because it is safe to use around your children and pets. Because of that, we use Benefect to clean a local kids camp. Weekly, after a round of kids leave, our cleaning team sprays Benefect on all of the bunk beds and also use it to clean the camp showers. To disinfect, we spray the product on a surface and let it air dry.

We can use Benefect to disinfect kitchen counters and bathrooms in your home. Since this green cleaning product is made from food grade materials, it is absolutely safe to use on surfaces that come into contact with food.

In addition to the disinfecting benefits, take advantage of getting rid of mildew in your home. Prior to your house cleaning service, let us know about any mildew problems in your home. During our scheduled cleaning, we will spray affected areas. Cleaning these areas with Benefect will get rid of mildew, as well as stop future growth.


If your home or office can benefit from a green cleaning service and Benefect, all you have to do is call Bee-Clene today at 831-438-1111.





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Choose the Right Broom for Your Floor

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hardwood flooring, tile, and laminate


Your flooring is an investment. Therefore, you want to maintain its beauty for as long as possible. Sweeping daily helps get rid of dirt and debris that can damage your new floor.

But have you ever considered the type of broom you use? The wrong one can scratch your floor and dull the finish, leaving it damaged. Discover the best broom for your floor type.


A Broom that You Can Clean in the Washer


A microfiber dust mop is a smart choice to clean hardwood, laminate, tile, or floors with an epoxy finish. You use a dust mop dry, versus wet. The microfiber material attracts dust with little effort on your end.

When purchasing, look for chenille microfiber. This material is denser with more loops. And chenille provides more surface space to attract more dirt. Consider buying a dust mop that has an extendable handle. This will allow you to dust your ceiling and ceiling corners, giving you two cleaning tools for the price of one.

Another benefit of a dust mop is it has a detachable head. This means you can throw it in the washing machine to sanitize it. You will always have a clean tool to use.

Sweeping Tile, Delicate Hardwoods, and Tight Corners


A polyvinyl broom has softer bristles, making it ideal for floors that scratch easily, such as wood and some tile. Because the bristles taper with split fibers, this type of broom is perfect for grabbing finer dirt and debris.

Purchase one with an angled brush. This feature makes it easy to reach into corners, sweep underneath furniture and along baseboards.

When your broom has a buildup of dust and debris, take a towel and wipe down the bristles. Afterward, for an hour, soak your broom in a bucket with warm water and a few drops of dish detergent. Allow to dry out before storing.


A Broom for All Floors


A rubber broom is a lifesaver, especially if you have pets that shed (or family members). Use it on hardwood, laminate, cork, or tile flooring. Even after vacuuming, you will be amazed at the hair this broom still picks up on your floor.

When using, pull the broom across the floor versus pushing. Pulling creates a static charge. The charge combined with the rubber attracts debris, dirt, and hair. What’s more, it is a versatile cleaning tool. You can use it to clean hair off of your carpet and upholstery.

Because the head is rubber, you can wash it with soap and warm water, making it a cinch to clean.


The Classic Straw Broom and its Best Uses


High traffic areas such as your kitchen and hallways attract more dirt. If your floor does not have a finish on top, a straw broom is perfect for sweeping up larger bits of dirt and debris. You’ll also benefit from the design which allows you to get into tighter corners and spaces. Plus, it holds up well when sweeping patios, porches, and sidewalks.

But do not use straw on hardwood floors or tile, as the bristles will scratch and dull delicate surfaces. And do not use this broom to clean wet areas. When wet, straw harbors mold and mildew growth.


Sweep Up Messy Spills


Wallybroom


There are many versions of wet/dry brooms to choose from, but Wallybroom is a standout choice! It is a broom and squeegee in one tool. It also comes with a dustpan that attaches with a magnetic connection to the broom handle, meaning you will never have to search for a dustpan in an emergency spill.

This is a must have cleaning tool, especially if you have little ones or pets in your household. And it is safe on all floor surfaces, as the bristles are made of PET plastic.

Depending on the tool you need, all you do is turn a knob to select which side to use. And the dustpan has a deep chamber and a flexible lip that seals against a surface. In one trip you can clean up a spill with ease, without using paper towels or touching any mess. Imagine cleaning up broken glass with liquid, and how much easier and safer it will be.

Because the broom is 15 inches high, you can easily wash your broom and dustpan in the sink with some dish detergent and warm water. Also, the compact size makes it easy to store.


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Save Money With This One Cheap Miracle All-purpose Cleaner!

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A box of 20 Mule Team Borax in Santa Cruz, CA
Are you familiar with a cleaning product that has been used in households for over 100 years and has many uses? Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate, is that product.

20 Mule Team Borax is 100% borax and is a multipurpose cleaner. You can find it in the laundry aisle at most grocery stores, or a big-box retailer such as Target or Walmart.

This white, odorless powder is a fabulous cleaning product that you need. Because it averages around $0.12 an ounce, and about $5 a box, 20 Mule Team Borax is inexpensive. And one product that helps with many cleaning chores means when you buy less cleaning products you will save money.

Supercharge Your Detergent

Borax Cost ≈ 50¢ a load

Borax is a natural water softener and a natural deodorizer. Your laundry detergent will work better, and your laundry will smell clean.

Add a ½ cup of borax to every load along with your regular detergent. Also, be sure to use warm or hot water, because borax will not dissolve as well in cold water.

You can remove tough food stains, as well as wine, blood and grass stains (even when these type of stains have set).

Pre-soak tough stains in warm water and ½ cup of borax for 30 minutes. Afterward, add your regular detergent and run your laundry through a wash cycle.

As a laundry booster, borax saves you money. And your clothes and linens will be cleaner, brighter, therefore lasting longer.

Get Rid of Rust

Borax Cost ≈ Less than $1

Over time your household appliances and pots and pans rust. A combination of borax and lemon juice will make these items look brand new.

Make a paste, mixing one cup of borax and ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice. Use a sponge and spread a thick layer of this paste onto rusty areas. For nasty rust stains, let the mixture sit for an hour (or longer), then scrub.

Because borax does not scratch delicate surfaces, you can even use it to remove iron stains on porcelain fixtures.

Voila! No more rust.

Protect Your Family From Mildew and Mold

Borax Cost ≈ Less than $1

Do you have mold or mildew growth in your home? If so, reach for a box of 20 Mule Team Borax to help you get rid of this problem.

Combine one cup of borax with a gallon of hot water and mix well. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray onto mildew. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. Don't rinse the area afterward, because borax will stop the future growth of mold.

Now you have a cheaper, safer alternative to help get rid of mold and mildew.

An Alternative to Windex

Borax Cost ≈ 12¢

Two tablespoons of borax mixed in 3 cups of hot water are all you need to clean a window. Spray this solution on a dirty window and wipe clean. Afterward, mix equal parts of vinegar and water and wipe this solution across the window.

Your windows will have a fabulous streak free shine.

You can also spray this onto dirty window tracks. Then use a toothbrush or small grout brush and clean rag to remove grime.

As a result, your windows will shine, and your window tracks will be clean. What's more, you do not have to use harsh chemicals to get great results.