I use probiotics in my cleaning business and my own home and you should too. I’ve used Chrisal, AirBiotics and even have my own brand: Germz Be Gone. No matter the brand, though, make the switch from chemical cleaners ASAP.
With over 13 years in the cleaning business, I’ve noticed quite a few improvements over chemical cleaners, which is one reason why I made the switch to probiotics:
no odors in the home (and we have dogs). Trash stinking? Just spray a little probiotic on it (in Chris Rock voice. lol)
stainless steel on the fridge, oven and dishwasher is streak free and sparkles
countertops bling since there is no biofilm to dull their shine
grease is broken down by the enzymes the bacteria create to digest it…making for easier wipe up.
in fact, everything is easier to get up since the biofilm gets broken down.
there is no dwell time! I repeat…THERE IS NO DWELL TIME!! Spray then wipe and your surface is sanitized–and keeps being sanitized since the probiotics are living things. Chemical disinfectants, including bleach, require 5 to 10 minutes of dwell time. That means you need to spray it, then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes BEFORE wiping it up or rinsing the surface.
microbiology lesson: probiotics and other bacteria communicate through “quorum sensing”–colonies of bacteria taking votes on which actions to take for themselves. For instance, if bad bacteria have the numbers (the votes) to infect their host, they will turn on their virulence and infect. If not enough votes, no infection. Doesn’t it make sense to outnumber the bad germs then?
I’ve literally cleaned thousands of different homes in my career. From studio apartments to high-end mansions to RVs and everything else in between, each home–including its occupants–have several things in common: DUST!!
Amounts of dust may vary, but not by much. Even if a home already has a cleaning service or a maid service, dust prevails. I see the situation time and time again: a homeowner is looking for a deeper clean than what they usually get from their current cleaning service. They’ve had the service for so long–sometimes for several years–that they’ve developed relationships with their cleaners to the point of gift giving during birthdays and have seen the kids grow up. Yet, they are still looking for a deeper cleaning every now and then, so they call me.
Upon my arrival, I have a friendly chat with the homeowner, confirm their service details (since they ordered service online I already have an idea of what they’re looking for–I just don’t know how bad the situation is going to be), put on my shoe covers and nitrile gloves and take a gander at the condition of the home to see what I have ahead of me. By the time I get the cleaning process started, it’s clear the one simple fact remains: no one likes to dust. Even the cleaning service doesn’t like to dust. I think to myself, “Wow! How do companies get away with not doing their job? And for so long?”
It turns out, many cleaning companies do dust, just not above a certain point and maybe not in the right way. If they have to get on a ladder or step stool, they won’t dust up there. There could be insurance reasons involved, but nonetheless, someone needs to get up there and dust. If not, just think of the consequences:
Your health will suffer.
Allergies will wreak havoc on your day.
Your home will appear unsightly to visitors.
A dusty, musty smell can start to develop.
Dust contains cancer-causing chemicals from flame retardants, plastics and other things around your home.
When it comes to dusting, you want your cleaning service to use the most updated equipment and techniques. Otherwise, they may be spreading dust around your home and making matters worse. So you ask, what should they be using to dust?
First and foremost, feather dusters are relics of the past. They flick dust around and do a poor job retaining any significant amount of dust. They are also extremely difficult to clean and disinfect, so your home is likely being contaminated with your neighbors’ dust and germs. Microfiber cloths are far superior in their trapping and retention power, easy to clean and disinfect and relatively inexpensive. If your cleaning service isn’t using microfiber cloths look for a different cleaning service who won’t place your health at risk.
Next, if your cleaning service uses furniture polishes when dusting, ask them if they are nontoxic. Too many furniture polishes out there are made of extremely toxic chemicals (and for no reason). Natural furniture polishes are easy to come by and can add to the natural beauty of your wood just the same. Besides, typically a lightly-moist microfiber rag is enough to do a great job at dusting.
Finally, once all the dust settles (pun intended), how does your cleaning service do floor care? Do they use a broom and string mop? Most likely they do and this is the wrong practice for them to take. Here’s why:
Broom – Just like a feather duster–is difficult to clean and disinfect, flicks dirt and dust around and does a poor job in picking up dirt.
String Mop – Slops dirty, contaminated water around your home, doesn’t get into hard-to-reach places and contributes to a buildup of soapy film on your floors which look dingy and dull over time.
Cross contamination between rooms and different houses is a major concern when it comes to brooms and string mops, so beware.
Again, the answer to floor care, in my professional opinion, is to use a microfiber cloth. A rectangular one that can be washed and reused. I recommend against something like a swiffer disposable, they simply aren’t rugged enough to do an adequate cleaning job (think dustbuster vs. full upright vacuum).
When it comes to carpet, I’m sure your cleaning service has their own or they may use yours. Whichever they use, it should have a HEPA filter on it. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air–which means the vacuum sucks up dirt and dust from the carpet and holds on to it, rather spew it back into the air like standard-non-HEPA-filter vacuums.
With proper equipment and techniques dusting doesn’t have to be the chore most think it is. You will an immediate improvement in how you feel in a freshly dusted, vacuumed space with proper equipment. Besides your health, you will also notice dust doesn’t accumulate as quickly.
If your cleaning service uses a feather duster, broom, string mop and a non-HEPA filter vacuum, it is definitely time to reconsider your loyalty to that company–especially if your health isn’t of their concern.
To take dusting one step further, Germz Be Gone offers a Probiotic Fogging Service which helps to further reduce dust, pollen, dander, germs and odors in your home. Get it here!
After you or a family member has been sick, do you ever wish there was a way to sanitize everything in your home? How awesome would it be to know your entire home has been “decontaminated” including the air? What if you could boost your home’s immune system and give your family a better chance of keeping germs at bay? Now you can with the latest technique in home hygiene. I call it “Probiotic Fog.”
Probiotic Fog is simply a super-fine mist of probiotic bacteria applied to surfaces and the air. Before you get weirded out by applying bacteria all around you, just know that bacteria is essential to your good health and is already all around and in you (bacteria makes up the majority of your immune system). Similar to the probiotic bacteria you find in yogurt and kombucha or dietary supplements, probiotics can be applied externally to help restore the “good germs” in your life and unveil many familiar benefits:
Reduce the chances of getting sick with probiotics’ germ-fighting and quorum sensing abilities.
Experience less allergies from probiotics eating up allergens like pollen, dust, pet dander and dead skin cells before they have a chance to react with your immune system.
Live without embarrassment and destroy odors at the source instead of covering them up (probiotics have little to no scent).
Allow your own immune system to focus on more sinister threats like viruses and harmful bacteria instead of other environmental threats like allergens, odors and germs.
eXtra, extra! Since probiotics are living organisms the benefits can last for days. What chemical cleaner can do that?
See what I did there? R-E-L-A-X….Let probiotics do the hard work for you. Afterall, probiotics have been providing benefits since the dawn of time. They know what they’re doing. Let them do it.
I hope you just gained a deeper appreciation for the versatility of these microscopic protectors in your direct environment. Now you can apply a new way of thinking when it comes to sanitizing. Using probiotics to clean and sanitize can truly change the world for the better.
Imagine what a world looks like with probiotics leading the way instead of toxic chemicals…
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Change Your Sheets
Are you waking up with a stuffy nose, feeling a little congested? Perhaps some post-nasal drip has your throat scratchy? The allergens in your sheets could be the problem. Lessen the allergens in your bed and your immune system can focus on fighting the more sinister germs like cold and flu viruses.
Your body comes into contact with your sheets for several hours a day. Besides that, your sweat and dead skin cells embedded in your sheets only serve as fodder for the germs and dust mites lurking in them right now. Wouldn’t it make sense to change your sheets at least once per week?
Since your bed is one of the largest horizontal surfaces in your home it’s easy for dust, pollen, pet dander, and anything else floating around to eventually settle on your bed–including germs hitching a ride on those tiny particles. If you are not washing and changing your sheets frequently, you will be more susceptible to allergies, illness and longer bouts with illness which occur more frequently.
How To Change Your Sheets
If you don’t know how to change your bed sheets, here is a quick guide. I added a couple steps in there that most people neglect to ever do so read carefully:
Remove all sheets and covers from the bed
Wash your sheets and covers in the hottest water possible. DO NOT USE BLEACH. Bleach can discolor and weaken the fabric, plus bleach does a great job in contributing to the growth of super germs. Use a plant-based detergent instead. Plant-based detergents can kill up to 90% of germs any way–especially when mixed with extra-hot water.
Dry the sheets and covers thoroughly. Leave no moisture behind or else mold can start growing along with a foul odor. If your covers won’t fit in the dryer, try draping them over a chair and place them in a warm spot in your home or in the outside sun.
VACUUM THE MATTRESS. This step can’t be stressed enough. Your sheets are porous–meaning they allow germs, mites, sweat and dirt to seep into your mattress. One way to get them out is with a vacuum upholstery attachment found here. If you skip this step, those same germs and mites will be right back in your sheets as soon as you put the sheets back on the bed.
STEAM THE MATTRESS. If you have a steamer that gets over 200 degrees fahrenheit, great! Use it to kill those germs and mites in your mattress. If not, we offer a mattress steaming service that covers all these steps.
Place sheets and covers back on the mattress.
There you have it. Seams simple. Most people think to do it, but can only get around to it every 24 days. Change your sheets frequently and you may end up having a healthier flu season.
Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness.
Exercise causes change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. However, no one knows whether these changes help prevent infections.
The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.
Pretty cool, huh? Just don’t overdo it or that boost can turn into a weakened immune system.