Tips for a Refreshed and Immaculate Home!
Spring Cleaning is a ‘mental thing’. When the outside air warms up, even a little bit, and we open the windows to let that fresh breeze waft through the house, something happens. The ‘spring-cleaning-gene’ wakes up, you see your home in a new light, with new fresh smells mingling with old, stale odors, and not all of them fragrant! In the corners, along baseboards, in your closets, other odors present themselves. And, you know, you just know it in your bones; it is time to do something about the clutter, the dust bunnies, the soiled door knobs, and the general malaise that winter doldrums engender. First of all, remember that Nok-Out and Sniper will not contribute toxins to your household. Using them is a great way to keep the air in your home clear of toxins that other cleaners leave behind.
Here is how to organize your spring cleaning tasks, and finish them in record time.
1. Begin by Minimizing the Mess:
- Take a dispassionate look at every room. Do you see clutter? Remove every non-essential item and make two piles. One is a ‘keeping pile’. The other is a (YES, you can do it!) ‘throw-away’ heap. Depending on your penchant for keeping/not keeping things, this is hard. It can feel brutal. If this item hasn’t been used or found necessary for 3 years, it belongs in the throw-away heap. Especially, this is true in your closet. Anything that has gone un-worn for 2 years – take it to the Salvation Army.
- Bag it up. Put it in your car, truck, vehicle. Don’t look back. It’s part of your history – not your future. Take a photo of the throw away pile. You can share it (with your spring clean story) – or throw it away too!
2. With the rooms de-cluttered, your home may already look neater, and fresher, and really and truly, you have done the hardest part of all.
- Take a hard look at the corners, baseboards, door handles.
- Move furniture around to peer underneath and around.
- Smell pillows, upholstery, and window coverings.
- Make note of window sills, check for dust on the tops of picture frames, and other household knick-knacks and treasures.
- Now, you know where dust, dirt and odors are hiding in plain view. You have a plan of action. Tackle each room, methodically, with intention, and full of energy. You will need: clean cloths, your cleaning equipment, and a Super Cleaner to fully restore your home to fresh,clean and sweet smelling.
- There are many cleaning supplies to choose from. Only one, can disinfect, clean and deodorize at the same time – SNiPER. This product can be used straight from the bottle and is ready to use. Use Nok-Out full strength to get rid of odors or diluted to suit the cleaning job at hand.
3. Jot down all of the tasks you will be doing for each room. (This may sound over-the-top, but it is so easy to get distracted from the main task, and waver off into a side job that is not essential to your goal…a clean, shiny, sweet smelling home). Delegate tasks to other household members. Now, you are mentally prepared to begin the task with a notion of what needs to be done, you have your cleaning supplies at ready, and you are set to go!
- The best advice in a general cleaning such as this, is to monitor your time. Depending on the amount of work to be accomplished in each area, set a time limit for the room you are attacking. (Re-read #3!) It is easy to get sidetracked when you begin a big job, and by being consistent and on-task the work goes quickly.
- There is (of course!) that extra job that becomes apparent, the one you overlooked in setting your time schedule. Mentally add the time it will take to remedy the snagged carpet, or soiled pillow, and continue. DO NOT get bogged down in another big job, like cleaning the blinds, or washing windows now! Tasks like this require you to spend one whole day performing such a time consuming task. It belongs in spring cleaning, but should be allocated to another day. (Some people also put baseboard cleaning and repainting into this category. It’s your call.)
4. Take breaks as you need them. Drink plenty of water. Housekeeping is a thirsty job!
5. When you have reached the end of the tasks assigned to one day, retrace your steps to each room, or area that you have worked. Note if any corners have been neglected, or if you missed a soiled spot, or if you see something else that didn’t get on the list and needs another wipe or spray.
6. When you have finished for the day, take a few moments to reward yourself. All that hard work, you deserve a reward! Just reach around and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done (even if you didn’t quite finish, and there is more work for the next weekend).
Systematically cleaning, reviewing your work, and then, storing cleaning supplies (noting when a cleaner is almost empty, or when it wasn’t successful) will put you in a good place for day-to-day and week-to-week cleaning , whichever is your preference.
It really is a lot of work to do a major cleaning, but it’s really quite necessary as well. Imagine how great you will feel when your home is pristine again! Imagine your home free of pent-up odors, clean and fresh smelling. Buy some SNiPER today to realize that in your home!
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Links to guidance and help
http://www.nokout.com/House-Cleaning-with-Nok-Out.html – All around “How-To’ instructions
Check the left-hand column of www.nokout.com, under the heading “How To Use” for MANY more great guides.
Issues related to odor and bacteria in baby diapers
Diaper Pail first:
Horrible smells drift lazily around the bathroom or nursery. Smells that gag, cause men to faint, and make a person wonder if a baby was such a good idea after all. The Diaper Pail reeks of old stale urine and poop.
Wait! Maybe you don’t know about SNiPER. I’ll explain that later, but for now, let’s just examine how to stop that smell every time it happens!
Some simple remedies are just common sense. Your retching makes you forget them. Let’s be calm and keep going.
You don’t need any fancy contraptions to have a clean diaper pail.
Try to limit the number of dirty diapers that accumulate in the pail. This may mean more trips to the garbage can outside, but it does keep that nasty-smelling air from leaking into the baby’s nursery.
Another good tip. Always spray SNiPER into the empty pail. Spray SNiPER into the plastic bag insert. Keep the lid open to allow SNiPER to dry a bit. (It is during the drying process that SNiPER does it’s job.)
Regular air fresheners only mask poop odor. They really don’t have a long life span, even at that. The SNiPER formula is long lasting because it removes the odor completely (until another dirty diaper is dumped in the pail!)
Spray SNiPER in the pail both before and after tossing the dirty diaper.
Wash or spray SNiPER in the diaper pail often-at least once a day. This simple act cuts out much of the bacteria in the pail and in the air and helps keep the home more sanitary.
Both chlorine bleach and ammonia are sometimes used for this detail. Chlorine bleach is not at all safe in the nursery-anywhere. The fumes can be a powerful irritant to a baby’s sensitive skin and lungs. Ammonia is useful sometimes as well, but ammonia doesn’t have any antibacterial properties and is not safe for tender skin. Nor are the chemical air fresheners we tend to use. Particularly in a nursery, added chemicals in the air are a problem. A baby’s sensitive and brand-new lungs do not need harsh chemicals. Just fresh, clean and odor-free air. SNiPER, on the other hand, releases no unwanted or unsafe cleaning byproducts which may cause harm.
Keep a clean plastic bag in your Diaper bag. You can also spray in inside the plastic bag before use. Allow it to dry. On your return to home, Dispose the bag and its contents. Some moms will shake the contents of the plastic bag in the toilet, and then dispose the plastic bag properly. Spray the interior of your diaper bag with SNiPER, and let dry before the next use.
Other Baby Issues:
Of course, after each diaper change, baby’s bottom must be washed. Use SNiPER to ensure that the baby’s bottom is clean and safe from bacteria collecting there. SNiPER is proven to be harmless by independent lab analyses. This link: https://www.nokout.com/MSDS-SNiPER.html, supplies you with the assurance that no dermal issues exist when used as directed. Dip a clean cloth in SNiPER, squeeze excess moisture, and gently wash the affected area. You can warm the cloth, then spray it with SNiPER.
Does anyone still use cloth diapers? These diapers really save lots of money! Research indicates that even if you use a diaper service, cloth diapers save as much as $2000.00 over disposables. Cloth diapers are also known to keep down diaper rashes. However, a combination of cloth and disposables makes a lot of sense. Disposable on-the-go, and cloth for every day economy and regular use. One of the ‘cons’ regarding cloth diapers are they are messy to clean. You WILL be doing laundry more often.
Babies and diapers become a personal issue for moms. Time, money, ease of use, and safest for the baby are primary questions for the new, or experienced Mom. Remember SNiPER. Your best friend in the nursery and beyond!
The NY Times has an interesting article written by a doctor who claims, “I’m a doctor. If I drop food on the kitchen floor, I still eat it”.
He goes on to talk about studies (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16134485) that have been done on how ‘germy’ (my word – not his!) are various places around the home and office. They sampled many locations around the house and came up with measures of how ‘germy’ those surfaces really are, before any cleaning or disinfecting has taken place. Some of the results may surprise you!
The kitchen floor was found to have 2.75 colonies per square inch (of coliform bacteria). The refrigerator handle had 5.37 colonies and the kitchen counter had 5.57 colonies. He goes on to the bathroom where the toilet seat that we all think of as being so easily contaminated, only had 0.68 colonies! But the flush handle for that toilet had 34.65 colonies!
That is a great illustration of what are known as ‘high-touch areas’ – places where many hands touch regularly. These high-touch areas then, are places where our fight against harmful germs can make a difference. The refrigerator handle, the flush, lever, are fairly obvious places, but what about other high touch surfaces – such as your phone! “One study, for instance, found that about 95 percent of mobile phones carried by health care workers were contaminated with nosocomial bacteria. Of those contaminated with staph aureus, more than half were contaminated with methicillin resistant bacteria (MRSA).”
How about the money in your wallet or purse? Many studies have pointed out just how germy money is, but how often have you seen someone pay cash for a sandwich and then eat that sandwich immediately?
The ‘germiest’ thing around your home is most likely – the sponge in your kitchen sink, which was found to have around 20 million colonies per square inch!
There are so many things we touch every day – atm machine, keyboards, light switches, steering wheels, and so on. We have been touching those places day-in and day-out for all out lives and are still here to tell about it, so really, it can’t be that bad. But if you are concerned about it, then there is something you can do.
Use SNiPER to disinfect or sanitize. Generally speaking, sanitizing is referred to as killing about 99.9% of bacteria (not including virus) on some hard surface within 30 seconds; typically, food preparation surfaces are sanitized. Disinfection destroys multiple organisms including bacteria and some viruses. ‘Disinfectants’ are regulated by the US E.P.A. To be allowed this designation, you must demonstrate that the product kills 99.999% of selected microbes in 5 – 10 minutes.
SNiPER meets the disinfect standard when used full strength and allowed to dwell on the surface for the full 5-10 minutes. You can meet the ‘sanitize’ standard when you dilute SNiPER by 6:1 (Water: SNiPER). Typically for sanitizing, you can simply spray and walk away, allowing it to air dry.
We have instructions for how to sanitize your phone here, http://blog.nokout.com/clean-the-germs-from-your-devices-safely-with-sniper/. We also have articles for how to clean and disinfect your fridge here: https://www.nokout.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-your-Rerigerator.html, disinfect your kitchen https://www.nokout.com/Kitchen-Clean-Up-and-Disinfection-with-Nok-Out.html your microwave https://www.nokout.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-your-Microwave.html and your bathroom here: https://www.nokout.com/Remove-Bathroom-Odor-and-Disinfect-too.html.
If you have survived until adulthood, you have done so despite coming into direct contact with germs passed via the ‘high-touch’ areas, so in all probability, you are tough, with a strong immune system that protects you. But at certain times of the year, concern that illness-causing germs get passed from person to person increase. If it is being a difficult flu season, then perhaps an easy and effective way to limit the spread of pathogens is to treat the high touch areas with a good disinfecting product. (If you are worried about what may be on your hands, spray them down with SNiPER, and allow them to air dry.) SNiPER is the perfect solution. With it’s very low toxicity, its high efficacy and ease of application, SNiPER can help reduce the likelihood that some nasty pathogen comes into your home. Buy some today, because if you need it, you’ll be glad you have it!
If you have any questions, call Ted at 866 551 1927.
Gyms, fitness centers and locker rooms are near perfect breeding grounds for all kinds of micro-organisms that are the source of odors. Whether it is bacteria feeding on sweaty clothes in a locker bag, or on hockey equipment, or mold that tends to grow due to the damp conditions surrounding communal shower areas, you may very well find unwanted odors.
Although there are many products out there that claim to help, most of them are only masks – that hide the odor beneath some fragrance, or are some type of absorbent material that is supposed to absorb those odors and make the locker room smell sweet again. At best, these products are temporary band-aids that make no attempt to remove the source of the odor but instead, try to hide the odor. At worst, some of those fragrances come from entirely unregulated ingredients that may leave a toxic residue behind and which may be a source of allergens.
SNiPER is the solution to locker room odor. This product can totally transform a locker room from a smelly, unpleasant place to a clean, safe indoor environment that has no odor at all. Best of all, it is safe enough that you can fog or spray the contaminated areas while people are still in place without worry, due to the low-toxicity nature of this product. And because SNiPER is non-corrosive, it will not destroy your expensive equipment.
SNiPER is an EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectant that is 99.4% water. It is easy and safe to apply, non-corrosive, environmentally friendly and is a true deodorizer. We don’t think it is possible that you could find another product that has all these attributes in one package!
SNiPER – strong enough to kill pathogens on contact, safe enough to wash your hands in.
Buy a quart today, because you will want to have some around for when you need it!
For How-To instructions, see: http://www.nokout.com/Deodorize-and-Disinfect-Sports-Facilities-and-Equipment.html and http://www.nokout.com/Remove-Odors-from-Sports-Equipment.html
Mothballs are a petroleum-based insecticide. Typically, one puts clothes into an air-tight container along with a few moth balls and then seals the container up. The off-gasing from the mothballs fills the container and thus kills off any insects that may have made it into the container with your clothes. Voila! Your clothes have been protected against being eaten by bugs over the summer!
The problem with this is – that odor. It is persistent and unpleasant, and REALLY hard to get rid of.
But you can do it. Here’s how.
Spray the clothing with enough Nok-Out or SNiPER to make them completely wet. (Spray, massage it in so that it is uniformly damp, but not dripping wet, turn it inside out and spray / massage again). Allow to dry fully. Repeat until the odor is gone. We tried this on several different clothing items. For some items, it took 2 cycles to get rid of the odor. For others, it took 3 or 4 cycles to get it all.
Remember that Nok-Out is an oxidizer; when it comes into direct contact with the source of some odor, it ‘oxidizes’ that smelly stuff, changing it into something that no longer has an odor. It can ONLY do this, if it has contact with ALL of the odor source (if you spray and miss a spot, you won’t get all the odor). Also remember that Nok-Out and SNIPER are water based and mothballs are petroleum based and that oil and water don’t mix. While Nok-Out / SNiPER contains a ‘surfactant’ that allows ‘wetting’ it still requires a bit of massaging to help achieve contact with the source of the odor.
If you still have questions, give Ted a call at 866 551 1927.
In our last blog series, we learned about Indoor Air Pollution that is caused by insufficient ventilation in modern homes which can result in a build-up of toxic chemicals. The build-up occurs because modern homes are so tightly sealed up that when you use these toxic chemicals to clean your home, they are unable to escape to the outside and then simply accumulate each week as you clean your home.
One of the best ways you can reduce the ‘toxic load’ in your indoor environment is simple – replace your toxic cleansers with others that are less toxic.
Grocery Store Cleansers
Rows and Rows and Rows of Cleaning Products line the shelves of the grocery store. It can be intimidating. Do you go with whatever is being advertised heavily? Do you buy what your mother used? Do you decide to take the cheapest (or most expensive) product? A better informed consumer makes an educated purchaser, saving money and time. Here is what you should know.
People use a vast array of different cleansers, deodorizers, anti-bacterials, and other products that can provide cosmetic or a healthy improvement to your home, and they often also remove the harmful bacteria and microorganisms that cause infection and illness. However, many cleaning products leave behind chemical residues that can be as bad for you or worse than the bacteria that they got rid of.
The most dangerous chemicals in your home are corrosive cleansers such as oven cleaner, acid-based toilet bowl cleansers, and of course drain cleaners. Even after use, these aggressive chemicals can cause severe burns, both external, as on the skin or eyes, and internal, burning even the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
You might think that you’re safer with more common cleansers like bleach or ammonia, but both of these can still be punishing irritants. Not only that, but for children, the elderly, and anyone with asthma or heart or lung diseases, bleach or ammonia can cause extreme and severe reactions and should never be used in areas where they can be exposed to them. Additionally, those two can react with other cleaners off-gas, and make highly toxic fumes, creating deadly chlorine gas.
Many fragrances that are found in cleaning products and odor eliminators – especially those used in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and fabric sprays – can cause allergic or even toxic reactions. Companies often claim that their chemical makeups are trade secrets to avoid divulging the specific harmful chemicals and allergens in their products. (Don’t believe us? Do a google search with the search terms “Are product ‘scents’ safe?”)
Immediate reactions to direct exposure are only one form of danger, however. Far more treacherous is that many cleansers have chemicals in them that are known carcinogens or can have neurological or hormonal consequences after prolonged contact. Avoid any product that has diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA),1,4-dioxane, or butyl cellosolve in it. Again- many products that contain those potentially lethal chemicals don’t even list them, so do your research.
Since it’s difficult to find out the specific chemical makeup of any product, your best bet is to only use an EPA-registered, cleaner that you can be sure is non-harmful. True cleanliness isn’t just about a home that appears to be safe and clean, it’s about making sure that everyone that lives there or even just comes to visit is protected from harm.
The good news is that using Nok-Out odor eliminator or SNiPER disinfectant and odor eliminator does not leave toxic residues behind. Fragrance-free SNiPER enjoys the lowest toxicity rating that the EPA gives out. It works to kill bacteria, viruses, mildew and other microbes that can cause illness and infection, but will not cause you or your family harm. Our goal is to do good where we can, with you in mind.
Throw them away!
So throw away those products that are ‘fresh scented’ because those scents might well be causing you harm and no one is protecting consumers from this. Get rid of the bleach you use to kill mold, because it doesn’t really kill the mold anyway and absolutely does not kill the spores. Why spend your money on several products when there is one product that can replace many of those items under your sink? Try SNiPER instead. Your home environment will improve as toxicity levels stop climbing.
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