I've always been a very organized person so it gives me pleasure to make an environment clean and tidy. Added to that is the satisfaction of having that feeling of a clean environment shared by clients since that good feeling is a service I can provide others!
Here's a recipe for drain cleaner that doesn't generate toxic fumes. Start with half a cup of baking soda. Then add half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for ten minutes while it foams, then pour down boiling water.
The Clean Team (www.cleanteam.com) offers a set of creative tools to help with cleaning. One I particularly like is a small brush, like a toothbrush but sturdier and a bit larger, that is good for all those crevice-y places (and grout) that are hard to get into. They also have a tiny, palm-sized whist broom thats perfect for crumbs on your kitchen countertops.
Here is a simple suggestion. Most people have door mats for people to dry their wet boots and shoes. This is an essential commodity but not always enough to keep the floors clean. Why not provide slippers for your family and guests? This will keep down any residual salt and mud from getting tracked in. Slippers are also a comforting change of pace in shifting from outside to inside.
How many light bulbs are equivalent to leaving your computer on at night? Even in sleep mode, one source says it's eqivalent to leaving ten ligthbulbs burning. http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/technology/shut-down-computer-00100000114946/index.html
There are things you can do to save energy, save water, and avoid toxic chemicals when you do laundry. Laundry actually is a major source of energy and water use. Check out these tips. http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/green-living/eco-friendly-laundry-tips-00000000055502/index.html
Here are some good tips for what to do as soon as you get home after a stressful day at work. These include such things as not going immediately to make dinner but taking a few minutes to relax—connect with nature--even the trees outside your window while drinking some relaxing green tea. Other good ideas here too. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-deal-with-post-work-stress-8-easy-ways.html
One tool that is very useful on glass stove tops is a razor blade scraper. Most of the baked-on gunk can be removed simply by scraping it with a razor. Be sure to wet the surface first.
I've been looking around for a good nontoxic stone cleaner to use in stone shower stalls. Most that are out there are not nontoxic. Simple Green makes a stone cleaner with biodegradable ingredients and zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds--these give off gases as they work). And it works moderately well. The only draw back is that it has an irritating smell. This is the best that I've found.
Here are some good tips for what to do as soon as you get home after a stressful day at work. These include such things as not going immediately to make dinner but take a few minutes to relax--get in nature, even on your balcony or deck if you have one while drinking some relaxing green tea. Other good ideas here too. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-deal-with-post-work-stress-8-easy-ways.html