Reuse & Recycle

Lets use cloth towels instead of paper towels! House cleaning with cloth towels is an important change to incorporate into any sustainable lifestyle. Cleaning this way is important for more reasons than you may think! Here’s why: Paper towels use a whole stream of resources from the trees that compose them to the packaging and fuel necessary to ship them. Depletion of resources and harmful emissions are significant causes of deforestation and global climate change. One study reported that one paper towel dispenser contributes 4.6 tonnes of CO2 to global warming over the course of five years. If you have to buy paper products, it is important to choose options that are made from recycled material and don’t waste as much material. But, the best choice is to eliminate the paper towel all together and reuse washable fabric alternatives. Cloth towels may use more resources in the manufacturing of each one but the ability to wash and reuse makes them a much more durable choice for your home than disposable paper.  Make a difference by making the switch!


~ The Cleaning Crew


Houseplants Clean The Air!

When spending lots of time indoors, it is very important to have plants around as they provide lots of oxygen and are a natural way to clean and removing toxins from our homes. NASA conducted a study on houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. It was found that plants filter out the common volatile organic compounds and  clean our indoor air. Houseplants are like a continual maid service that keeps our house clean. Plants also keep a balanced energy level and pleasant environment. Besides having the great attribute of purifying air, plants are also a great decorative element


Dracaena: While this slow-growing shrub can get quite tall (up to 15 feet), it’s relatively compact and will make the most out of whatever floor space you can offer it. This plant will take care of gases released by xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which can be introduced by lacquers, varnishes, and sealers.


Golden Pothos: Like many other vines, it tackles formaldehyde, but golden pothos also targets carbon monoxide and benzene. Consider placing one in your mudroom or entryway, where car exhaust fumes heavy in formaldehyde are most likely to sneak indoors from the garage.


Clivia Miniata: original from southern Africa, it is also known as the Lily plant. The flowers on this indoor plant are very colorful and have a nice, sweet fragrance. It is not a pretentious plant and doesn’t need any special attention.


The Peace Lily: This beautiful plant is often placed in bathrooms and laundry rooms as it is known for absorbing mold spores. Besides this, it is also safe for pets. The peace Lily, as its name calls it, is a very peaceful and friendly plant that makes any room feel amazingly fresh!


The Snake Plant: It is called this because of its unusual snake-shape. The leaves are long and sharp, with a light shadow of yellowish green on the edges. The snake plant is known for its capacity of absorbing nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. This makes it the best plant for filtrating out chemicals, common in cosmetics or room fresheners.

Getting a few houseplants to help improve the air quality and clean your home is a great first step in making your house a healthier place to live.

~ The Cleaning Crew

Natural House Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Glass Jars

Cleaning the inside of glass jars with very narrow necks is quite a challenge! We recently discovered two quick and easy house cleaning tips on how to get those hard-to-clean glass containers sparkling.


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Clean and shiny, ready to be re-used!

Using uncooked rice, hot water, and a bit of dish soap does the trick. Combined with removing the sticky residue left after peeling off labels, the results are spotless and shining. Inside and out, quick, easy, and simple!

A shortened photo gallery tutorial can also be found at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Remove Sticky Label Residue

You will need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Cotton Balls
  1. Peel off as much of the label as possible.
  2. Pour a small amount of olive oil onto a cotton ball.
  3. Dab the oil generously on the residue, paying particular attention to the areas where small bits of paper remain.
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  4. Let oil sit for a minute or two, then scrub with the oily cotton ball. You may need to use your fingernail to remove the remaining paper bits.
  5. After all the residue has been scrubbed away, you are ready for the next step!


Step 2:  Clean Inside Glass Jar Using Uncooked Rice

You will need:

  • Uncooked Rice
  • Dish soap
  • Funnel (optional)
  1. Add a tablespoon or so of rice to the bottle or jar, a dash of dish soap, and about 1/2 cup very hot water.
  2.  Shake vigorously until all the gunk on the bottom and sides has been scrubbed away.
  3. Rinse with hot water.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Drain, dry, and enjoy!

Any kind of uncooked rice will work fine; however, you may want to keep a small sack of bargain basket rice on hand just for this purpose if you re-use bottles frequently. This method also works on small mouth Mason jars; very useful for the home canning enthusiasts out there who prefer to re-use last seasons emptied jars.

Re-using glass containers for homemade salad dressings, cosmetics, and house cleaning products is a wonderful way to recycle, as well as a cost effective storage option for homemade concoctions or liquid items sold in the bulk section. Cashiers are happy to  record tare weight before you fill up, so no worries on paying for the extra weight of glass.

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These are great sizes for homemade salad dressings and sauces, plus they have great flip-top caps!

The middle bottle pictured here, (and throughout this post) is a perfect size for a variety of things, which is great because olive oil is something that many of us use on a daily basis. Because the lid on this bottle is very secure, it makes a great purse sized water bottle for your on-the-go beverages.

We have been  providing Southern Oregon with detailed house cleaning for over 24 years, and our goal with The Cleaning Crew blog is to provide our clients with helpful articles and tips for maintaining a clean and welcoming home. If you have a suggestion for a specific house cleaning topic, or question you would like to see covered, please let us know, we would love to hear from you!

We hope that you enjoyed this post, and all of us at The Cleaning Crew send best wishes for a great summer!