Top Reasons to Switch to Microfiber Cleaning Tools

When it comes to cleaning, microfiber is one of the most important product inventions of the century. There are several benefits that come with switching to microfiber including that fact that it’s eco-friendly, helping reduce the world’s contribution to the waste stream and the use of harmful chemicals. Read on to find out more about the benefits of microfiber.

Easy to Use and More Efficient

Cleaning flooring and other surfaces with a microfiber mop is easier, more efficient and less strenuous than using sponge mops or rags and even cleans better. You won’t need to lift as much weight because, even when wet, a microfiber mop is much lighter. No more of the hardcore rinsing and wringing out process that comes with using a heavy mop because only a minimal amount of water is used. You won’t have to find a place to stick your wet mop – sponge or loop after you’re finished cleaning either. Just take the microfiber pad off (they typically Velcro on), rinse, wring out and air dry. Microfiber is also machine washable.

Will Save You Money

Even though the initial purchase may cost a bit more than standard mops, microfiber versions can last ten times longer. In addition, you won’t have to spend money on cleaning solutions (usually full of chemicals) because microfiber mops do a great job of cleaning using only water. What most people don’t realize is that water alone will eliminate 98 to 99% of all dust, dirt, hair, germs and microparticles that are typically hard to reach with traditional mops. Microfiber pads are durable as well, unlike flimsy disposable versions.

Non-Abrasive

You can safely clean your floors and other surfaces with microfiber, meaning you won’t need to worry about scratching any kind of surfaces. Microfiber is also lint free.

There Isn’t a Better Way to Clean

The distinctive design of microfiber makes it exceptionally effective for cleaning all types of surfaces, including laminate and hardwood floors, porcelain, linoleum, ceramic, porcelain, granite, marble tile and more. Not only do microfiber mops make cleaning easier, you’ll achieve a perfectly clean surface every time. You can use it dry to sweep and dust and wet to clean all types of flooring. You can also use a microfiber mop to wash hard to reach places (windows, the roof of the car, etc.). You’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to clean and reuse the microfiber pads and how easy the cleaning process is. Most impressive of all is that fact that you’ll probably enjoy hundreds of uses.

If you’re ready to make the switch to microfiber, check out our microfiber mop. Our EasySlide microfiber mop’s design incorporates a durable telescoping handle and a maneuverable flat, rectangular-shaped head. Its low profile mop frame, along with our exclusive EasySlide mechanism makes it “easy” to fit under hard to reach places like appliances and furniture. The reusable microfiber mop pads are nice and thick and attach to the frame with heavy duty Velcro. We’re sure you’ll appreciate the results.

Pure Care’s microfiber mop makes it easy to clean smarter, not harder, providing chemical free cleaning and a streakless shine.

Did you know that cleaning your floors with conventional floor cleaners can compromise your health? A study carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that indoor levels of pollutants, including styrene, chloroform, and formaldehyde, range between 2 to 50 times higher indoors than outdoors, due in part to the use of conventional household cleaning products. Consider this – when you clean your floor using these cleaning products, you’re basically just spreading potentially toxic chemicals all over the largest surface area of your household. A surprising number of floor cleaning ingredients include toxins that can cause allergic reactions, respiratory infections, coughing, dizziness and even a loss of concentration. The fact is that these cleaning products aren’t even necessary. With the right floor cleaning tools, you can efficiently clean your floors without using harsh chemicals, wet (just use water with a few drops of dish soap) or dry.

Natural Bathroom Cleaner

To remove stubborn soap scum, mold and mildew from bathroom tile try the following natural bathroom cleaner recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup of vinegar
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp. of all natural dishwashing soap
1 cup of hot water

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread the mixture onto the tile and grout, and let it sit for 20 minutes or more. Rinse thoroughly.

Cleaning Hairbrushes and Combs

Hairbrushes, combs and makeup brushes can help you look beautiful, but they can get pretty dirty if you don’t clean them once in a while. There are plenty of good reasons to do so, from extending their life to keeping bacteria that causes acne from developing on your makeup brush. All you need to get the job done is a bowl of clean, warm water with a small amount of natural dish detergent mixed in. If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned them, let them soak for about 10 minutes. To remove stubborn build-up on hairbrushes and combs, gently scrub them with a toothbrush, rinse clean and then air dry. NOTE: Before you clean hairbrushes or combs use scissors to cut away excess hair.

Awesome DIY Shower Curtain Cleaner Recipe

This homemade shower curtain cleaner recipe does a great job of removing mold and mildew.

What You’ll Need:

• A good sized spray bottle.
• 1/2 bottle or so of white vinegar, depending on the size of the spray bottle
• 5 drops of your favorite Pure Care dishwashing detergent
(the essential oils in it will leave your shower smelling clean and fresh)
• Water

Directions:

• Fill the spray bottle halfway with vinegar
• Add 6-7 drops of the dish detergent and fill the bottle with water
• Shake well to mix ingredients
• Spray down the shower curtain.

Keep the spray bottle handy in the shower and give the shower curtain a good spray after each use.

7 Tips for Washing Produce

In a perfect world we wouldn’t need to worry about chemicals/pesticides on our fruits and vegetables. We’d all be growing our own organic foods, happily tilling the chemical free soil. Well, that’s not the case for most of us and unfortunately harsh pesticides and supposedly “food-grade” waxes coat the majority of the produce filling the local supermarkets. Fortunately washing your fresh fruits and vegetables can remove different types of bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. However a quick rinse in water won’t get rid of the waxy coating or the pesticides. The good news is that just about everything you’ll need to clean your produce can be found in your kitchen.

Plain, Distilled Water

The FDA advocates washing produce with a good amount of cold or cool tap (we prefer distilled) water, using a vegetable brush on tough skinned produce like apples and cucumbers if the skin is going to be eaten. Most feel that just using water isn’t enough to remove all toxic chemicals from produce.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar offers a wide range of benefits which also include using it as a fruit and vegetable wash. Don’t worry, the vinegar taste evaporates. All you need is 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (or white distilled in a pinch) and a large bowl. Mix everything together in the bowl and submerge the produce, swishing it around for about 30 seconds. Next, rinse with cool running water for about 30 more seconds and enjoy!

Baking Soda

Baking soda, another one of those substances with lots of eco-friendly attributes, makes a good produce wash. Baking soda is also one of the main ingredients in a lot of commercial produce washes. To use it, just add a 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a good sized bowl of water, soaking the fruits and vegetables for a couple of minutes and thoroughly rinse with cold water. You can also just sprinkle of bit of straight baking soda onto tough skinned fruits and vegetables and scrub it off with a produce brush, followed by rinsing.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice, which contains citric acid, is commonly used in green cleaning and is highly effective as an eco-friendly disinfectant that also has bleaching qualities. Just squeeze a little bit of lemon juice (about a tablespoon) in a bowl of water and soak your produce. The citric acid, along with the low pH levels can help remove toxic pathogens.

Non-toxic, All Natural Dishwashing Detergent

Dishwashing detergent makes a great produce wash, but only if it’s an “all natural”, non-toxic alternative like ours. Use 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent per gallon of water. Once again, soaking, scrubbing if applicable, followed by a thorough rinse.

Retail Produce Washes

The key to commercial produce washes is to make sure that the one you choose is made with all natural ingredients like lime and/or lemon extract, grapefruit seed extract, etc.

Produce Brushes

These brushes are used for washing produce that has thicker skins, like melons, cucumbers and apples. Giving tough skinned fruits and vegetables a good scrubbing with a produce brush can reduce bacteria by as much as 85%.

Following these tips for washing your produce will help protect yourself and your family.

Homemade Pest Control

One of the best ways to use essential oils is, believe it or not, to mop the floors. The cool part is that with the right combination of oils, you get the added bonus of a natural pest control treatment. How cool is that? Just fill your mop bucket with 1 1/2 gallons of water, about 1/2 a cup of vinegar and a dash of dish soap. Next, mix in 6 drops of Lemongrass essential oil, 6 drops of lavender essential oil and 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. Now you’re ready to mop the floors and be sure to clean the baseboards too (pests love baseboards). This all natural floor cleaner and its combination of oils will help deter all of those pesky ants, spiders and beetles. Best of all, you’re left with a wonderful fragrance where ever you mop.

Are You Dealing with Stubborn Gas Stove Top Grease and Grime?

Baking soda and a bit of Pure Care dish soap is the way to go! First, remove the grates and generously sprinkle baking soda all over the stove top. Next, spray with a combination of water and a few drops of Pure Care dish soap. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two, then scrub with a sponge and wipe off the baking soda mixture with a damp cloth.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Did you know that your kitchen sink is actually dirtier than bathroom bacteria-wise? Kind of gross when you think about it. It makes sense, though. The kitchen sink gets a lot of use, including rinsing dirty dishes, tossing bits and pieces of food down the garbage disposal and the continual rinsing out germ infused, dirty sponges, cleansers, etc. Still, you would think that our bathrooms, where we take care of our very “personal” business, especially the toilet bowl, would be a bacteria magnet. The truth is that several studies have been conducted over the years, some of them by household cleaning product manufacturers that have confirmed that the bacteria levels in bathrooms aren’t as high as other areas of the home. Tests have also shown that the toilet bowl is actually cleaner than the kitchen sink. You may have heard clever comments online or on TV stating that you’d be better off washing your dishes in the toilet than the kitchen sink when it comes to bacteria – but who is going to do that? Instead, just keep your kitchen sink clean and use a good, non-toxic household cleaner. It just doesn’t make sense to add toxins to the mix.