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Allergy Symptoms Alleviated Naturally Without Drugs

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Allergy symptoms can be alleviated without drugs or chemicals!

Are you one of the billions of people around the world who suffer from one or more of these common allergy symptoms:

  • cough
  • fatigue or weakness
  • itchy eyes
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • stuffy nose

The list reads like symptoms of a bad virus or infection. However, common allergens in our home and workplace are the culprits in most cases. Our own dead skin cells, pet dander, pollen and dust mites can make us feel sick if we are constantly fighting them off. It only makes sense then that our health depends on how clean these environments are. After all, we probably spend about 20 hours or more per day in homes, offices, classrooms or vehicles.

Learn how to naturally alleviate allergy symptoms

It may sound trivial and obvious, but notice how clean (or dirty) your environments are for a minute. Take a peek behind your computer. Lift up your sofa’s cushion. Gaze at the dust bunnies beneath your bed. Look in shock at your car’s cupholder. Rub your hand over the top of your cubicle divider. Stare in horror at the air registers of your building’s HVAC. Do all this and you’ll notice you are spending your time in environments that wreak havoc on your health. It may not be the germs attacking your immune system, rather it’s the dust and other allergens that are the likely culprits.

Click here for your FREE allergen removal checklist.

A brief science: your immune system fends off outside intruders. Whether those intruders are bad germs like salmonella, staph or a cold virus or organic matter like pollen or pet dander, your immune system fights them all. This is where cleaning comes in. By ridding your environment of the pollen, dander, dead skin cells and even dust mites, your immune system can focus on more sinister microbes.

I share my thoughts on chemical cleaners in an earlier post, so I won’t get into why they shouldn’t be used. Instead I’ll focus on how you can improve your health–namely improve your allergies–simply by cleaning.

Below are some tips on how to clean and what to look for when cleaning so your time is well spent, your allergies improve, and your health gets better.

Reduce the allergens, reduce your allergies. What To Use

  • Vacuum. Vacuum. Vacuum – Do not use a broom ever again! Brooms kick up allergens and dust from the floor and put them into the air you breathe only to settle on every surface you just cleaned. Use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner and floor tool (one with a brush) and notice a huge difference in the amount of dust in your home.
  • Use Microfiber – Put down the feather duster! Feather dusters tend to throw dust around just like a broom. Use a slightly-damp microfiber cloth since they pick up well and hold on to what they touch.
  • STAY AWAY FROM CHEMICAL CLEANERS! Nontoxic is Key – not only do nontoxic cleaners work well (especially probiotics), but they won’t affect you in the long term like chemical cleaners. Chemical cleaners are known to cause cancer or other issues and allergic reactions like: respiratory issues, cognitive impairment, skin reactions, etc. If you suffer from allergies, do not use chemical cleaners any more–they will simply trigger your symptoms and make them worse.

Pro Tip: Start as high as you can reach and work your way down to the floor. You may be knocking dust and dirt down below you and there’s no need to clean twice in one session.

Get your FREE checklist of what to dust and where to vacuum.

“Better health starts with better cleaning.”

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Probiotic Cleaners Better Than Chemicals?

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How I Discovered Probiotics for Cleaning

I talk a lot about probiotics. Not so much the dietary supplement, but probiotic cleaners themselves. Some may think I get sponsored by the manufacturer, but I don’t. Probiotics have become my favorite, go to cleaner which I truly believe in. They have changed the way I think about cleaning. After being in an industry for over 10 years, change can be difficult.

Putting myself through college as a janitor many years ago, we used some of the harshest chemicals known to man. For example, to strip floors of wax, we would use a solution of nearly straight ammonia. The burning of my nostrils and upper air way I can still remember today. That couldn’t have been good for my health nor anyone else that encountered those toxic fumes in the ensuing days. Couple experiences like that with my mother’s battle with breast cancer which was likely caused by chemicals in the environment (she is a cosmetologist), and I couldn’t wait to get away from the use of chemicals when I finally started my own cleaning company.

The Search for Probiotic Cleaners

The search for effective nontoxic cleaners was a long and arduous one. From vinegar to “green” and “eco-friendly” cleaners, many of them were not effective enough to service my customers’ demands. Only the customers who understood the benefits of nontoxic cleaning stuck with me. The customers placing more of an emphasis on aesthetics rather than health didn’t last as customers very long. In order to grow my business, I had to find another cleaner that was both nontoxic yet extremely effective at cleaning.

Low and behold a great business associate of mine mentioned something about probiotic cleaners. I likened them to enzymes at the time and wasn’t a full believer until I did the research weeks later. What I learned about probiotics was mind blowing. I was literally up all night reading research studies, whitepapers, definitions, anything I could find about probiotics and how they worked because I was so fascinated. For instance, did you know probiotic bacteria can actually communicate with other microorganisms and influence their behavior (i.e. when to infect or not)? What chemical can do that?


Experimenting with Probiotic Cleaners

After a couple nights of this, I finally bit the bullet and bought some probiotic cleaners to try from Chrisal. Once my package arrived, I couldn’t wait to put the new-found cleaner to the test. I cleaned old cutting boards we had laying around. They had just come out of the dishwasher. After a spray of probiotic cleaner, I could see layers of grime “melting” off the surface. The biofilm protecting all those germs was finally breaking down and exposing them to the cleaning agent and probiotic bacteria and finally being destroyed. I didn’t realize they were so dirty.

I went on to clean the whole house. Of which, the results were amazing. Plus there was no smell of fragrance or chemicals. That brings me back to the best part, for the first time in a long time I was able to breathe freely in my own home.

Introducing Probiotic Cleaners

I had to introduce probiotic cleaners to my customers right away. The ones that stayed for the health benefits before now enjoyed a much cleaner home and office. The customers who placed an importance on appearance stuck around and finally understood and appreciated the benefits of nontoxic, beneficial cleaners. Many of them began looking for alternative methods of their own instead of using chemicals between cleanings.

With probiotics, I now clean for health. The great appearance of things is a mere side effect.

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Sunrise Children’s Foundation Las Vegas

DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT

Germz Be Gone will be at this weekend’s event hosted by Sunrise Children’s Foundation here in Las Vegas. This event will have food, fun and prizes. Plus we will be offering child car seat cleaning service on location for just $20. Do not miss this event! If you ever wanted to try our services and you’re in the area, be sure to wing by!

Sunrise Children’s Foundation

2795 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121

“Sunrise Children’s Foundation programs support a myriad of critical areas focusing on optimal child development including prenatal care and breast-feeding education; infant and toddler health and development ; wellness, nutrition and health education; parent education; reading and literacy skills; and positive family relationships. SCF delivers a full scope of services from birth to five and provides a comprehensive continuum of care to ensure that children in Nevada have a chance at success.” Visit Sunrise Children’s Foundation website and learn how you can get involved.

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Pregnancy Due Date Calendar For Planning

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Pregnancy Due Date Calendar

Use the below pregnancy due date calendar to assist in your planning efforts.

Expanding your home by two feet and preparing for your family’s newest arrival can be a daunting task. From painting the baby’s room to putting the crib together to preparing your mind for one of the biggest changes you will face in life. Doing things right takes time and you will certainly need some help. Call your friends and family to help you paint or assemble furniture. Call Germz Be Gone when you’re ready to clean and sanitize your child’s gear before they use it.

To assist in your planning, I found an easy to use pregnancy due date calendar. Input a couple parameters, click submit, and….happy planning! Scheduling our amazing baby gear cleaning services is just as easy. Simply follow this link and choose what you need to get cleaned and sanitized.

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The above pregnancy due date calendar is for entertainment only. No one really knows when your baby will be introduced to the world. You should consult your doctor and complete the recommended checkups. Germz Be Gone is not a licensed healthcare organization.
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Why Do We Clean? Looking Back to the Future

Why do we do clean? What sparked its evolution? If we take the time to think about this subject maybe we can come up with better ways of cleaning, indeed, better ways of protecting ourselves and our families. In this post, I’ll provide my own analysis of why we clean and hopefully spark a conversation bucking current practices and moving us toward a new era of cleaning.

Paleo Clean(se)

Long before paleo diets became a lifestyle choice, people dwelled in caves. They hunted animals for meat. They gathered other edible sources of nutrition. More than likely, at first anyway, they consumed their prey and what they gathered on the spot rather than return back to the cave with it. It may not have been long; however, that the necessity to take their food togo was born and back to the cave they went with the day’s meal in tow.

Caves didn’t come with laminate or tile flooring. Instead rocks and dirt were responsible for the ambience. So cleaning back then was not for the purposes of removing dirt. I’m sure our ancestors found that if they left their old bones and food scraps in the cave, they would invite unwanted predators. Rather than place their lives at risk, after finishing a meal, cleaning consisted of throwing out the unused and unwanted food scraps from the cave. The very crux of modern-day cleaning evolved from there as a means to rid our environment from threats to our survival as an animal species. Simply: cleaning is a human trait we need for survival.

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Some time ago, cleaning became engrained in our instinct and a periodic ritual ensued. Around that same time, families became clans, clans became tribes, tribes became villages, and societal structures shifted from more utilitarian to aristocratic. People sought the advantages of cleaning and “elites” in societies began to exploit their perceived power. Cleaning didn’t necessarily shift from a mode of survival to a status symbol; the survival aspect will always remain. Rather, the reason why folks clean now included a new perception of status, wealth and power.

As we know today, keeping a clean home requires tons of time, which typically requires more than one or two people keeping it clean. Back then, though–we’re talking since the dawn of civilization as we know it–if the family wasn’t big enough, help was hired or slaves and indentured servants performed housekeeping duties amongst other things. The cleaner the home, the wealthier the family. One could argue this reason of status stills hold true, minus the slaves in most cases (I’ll save the dehumanizing of service workers for a later post).

Matter of Pride

For those who couldn’t afford the help or were slaves themselves, keeping a clean home and having good hygiene carried an additional component to the reason: self-esteem. I say “added,” because the perception of wealth and power still exists; however, if not possessed by an individual, the fallback is usually pride, self-esteem and self-respect. This reason of self-respect also holds true today. No matter one’s station in life, cleanliness can always be achieved and some form of self-respect maintained.

Extremist Thought

The discovery of bacteria and pathogens not only reconstituted the instinctual, survival reason of why we clean, but took it to the extreme. The idea of “kill everything we can’t see” made sense at the time. People died for no apparent reason. So if there was something we couldn’t see that was killing us, by any means…get rid of it. Our reasons for cleaning now included a fear factor.

Unfortunately, some people saw a profit to be made and a plethora of concoctions were created and sold in the marketplace. An entire multi-billion-dollar industry that we see today was born from the extreme and overuse of antiseptics. Antiseptics, disinfectants, sanitizers and so on were used in every way imaginable and unimaginable (see Lysol used as birth control and douche).

What’s Worse?

The perversion of biological science for profit has proven dangerous. Marketers haunt people’s fears, promise convenience, and hide the negative side effects of the chemicals used in the very products they promote–all while exacerbating the issue. The birth of superbugs has risen more in the last decade as our societies use of anti-life chemicals becomes more ubiquitous. The time, money, and effort spent in fighting respiratory issues caused by chemicals, for instance, shows up in extra doctor visits, inhalers, and missed opportunities at work or in the classroom. Is a $3.99 bottle of bleach for the sake of white socks worth $156 in copays, medication, missed wages, with no real results to show for it? So why, then, do we keep using chemicals to clean? Fear and fear itself.

Snake Oil

We’ve been brainwashed to think certain chemicals clean and sanitize better than others. That a specific smell means clean. That all microbes are bad. Folks, the snake oil is still being sold like it’s 1895. Let’s take Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner, made by Clorox. They market it stating it: “powerfully cleans, deodorizes and has a clean, fresh scent, disinfects and kills 99.9% of germs, longer-lasting scent, even stronger on bathroom soils (soap scum, rust and hard water).” Looking at the ingredients on the Clorox website, not only do they list what’s in there, but they even provide their own definition of each ingredient–albeit pretty rosey and vague. The further down the list, the nastier the ingredients get. For instance, according to the site, Pine-Sol contains a preservative known as Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT). Clorox says CMIT is “a class of ingredients used to help prevent products from deteriorating over time, maximizing their shelf-life, and ensuring efficacy and safety.” Meanwhile Safecosmetics.org says CMIT additives “may be hard to pronounce, but they can be even harder on the body. These common preservatives are found in many liquid personal care products, and have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.” Once again, the snake oil does more harm than good.

Silver Lining

With the rise of superbugs and science pointing to antibiotics as ineffective in managing microbes to safe levels, people’s minds are shifting back to the original reason of why we clean: survival. We are seeing that chemical cleaners, even some claiming to be antibacterial, are actually harming us. Our cleaning practices are contributing to poor air quality and respiratory issues, cognitive issues, even reproduction complications. Chemical cleaning practices are no longer on our side; instead, they are quickly becoming outlawed. The FDA banned soaps with antibacterial ingredients because they are not safe for long-term daily use and less effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. For the FDA to take a stance like that, there must be something really bad about our prior and current practices which are only symptoms of our fear.

Fortunately, there are more studies and research being done on probiotics and other non-toxic means that get the job done and protect us in the process.

The Future of Clean Is In The Why!!!!

How do we change our practices when we’ve been doing them for so long?

First, let’s highlight our reasons for cleaning. This will give us a baseline to refer to when seeking answers on our quest for change:

  • survival – rid our environment of dangerous threats, including those we can’t see
  • status, wealth and power
  • self-respect – pride
  • fear – we’ve been duped for a long time by folks selling snake oil

Use Common Sense. Since we now have the knowledge we didn’t have years ago, we need to apply it and use common sense. We know chemical cleaners aren’t really working and they’re harming us physically. Listen to your body the next time you step into a room recently cleaned with chemicals or sprayed with a deodorizer. Your nostrils and sinuses will likely plug up, your breathing will become shallow, your eyes might water. That’s your body telling you to, “Get out! It’s not safe!”

To avoid chemicals in cleaning, use natural cleaners. If you can’t find a probiotic cleaner, use vinegar or some of the non-toxic soaps available. They work well, are effective, and usually less expensive in the longer run.

If you find your place of business or the company you contracted using chemicals, simply require they switch or look for a company who does use alternative methods. Your health is not worth taking the chance.

Vote With Your Wallet. Question the studies you read, hear and see. Believe in your own experience. Chemical companies will tell you anything for you to buy their products. Challenge their claims and do not buy their products until they can prove they are effective and safe to use. For every dollar you spend on nontoxic products, you are signaling to the market your demand for such products.

Education Is Key. A quick google search can lead you in all sorts of directions, but one word from a trusted friend and a person’s mind opens a little more to new information. The more educated people are on using harsh chemicals to clean, the less use of them in our homes and other environments there will be. Common sense will prevail at some point.

Change Regulations. Many people, especially in organizations, would have you believe their policies and procedures cannot change. For instance, in most preschools, a spray bottle of bleach and water is “required” to be used to wipe down surfaces. Why? We know there are better, less harmful alternatives out there. Why harm our kids in trying to stick with an archaic regulation that doesn’t work?

For example, for bleach to be effective, a surface needs to be cleaned and dried first. Then between five and ten minutes of dwell time is required before the solution should be wiped up. I highly doubt cleaning staff knows this–and if they do, I doubt they’re doing it. Nevermind the fact that bleach loses its “power” just 24-hours after mixing with water.

Stay Vigilant

The reasons we clean may have been lost in translation over the last few millennia; with a few tweets, posts, phone calls or dollar votes you can change the future and set a trend that cocoons into a lasting legacy for mankind to follow for the next few generations. Do what’s right for your family. Teach your children well. The rest will be history.