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12 January 2015

A Clean Start in the New Year

It’s a brand new year and for most of us that means fresh starts! Whether or not it’s because of a new year’s resolution, many find the first step to that clean slate is a clean home. So we’ve compiled some tips to help you get 2015 started on the right foot!

Safety first! You always want to make sure things like smoke detectors, alarms, emergency lights and other safety equipment are fresh and ready to go should you need them. If something needs batteries, make sure you’re starting the new year with brand new ones. Also make sure to properly recycle the old batteries you replace.

Do you use the classic odour absorbing solution of keeping a box of baking soda in your fridge and freezer? If you want to keep things smelling fresh, you need to change over to a fresh box seasonally. If you haven’t switched things over for winter yet, take this chance to do it now. While you’re at it, why not give the whole fridge a cleaning?

Over time, your stove top kettles can start collecting mineral deposits. To remove these deposits, simply boil equal parts white vinegar and water inside kettle. Remove the kettle from the heat and let it sit for several hours. After that, rinse the inside and hand wash the outside with a gentle sponge. Remember to let your tap water run for a few moments before adding it to the pot.

To help keep yourself supported and extend the life of your mattress, it’s important to both rotate and (unless it’s a pillow-top) flip it over regularly. If it stays in one place for too long, especially if you tend to sleep in one spot, the mattress starts settling and leaves you lacking in proper support when you sleep. This also helps even out the regular wear and tear. It’s also not a bad idea to vacuum the top of your mattress before rotating and flipping it.

Chandeliers and other high up light fixtures often get missed in regular house cleaning. After all, it can be a difficult and awkward chore to get at them. Because of this, they will often accumulate a lot of dust and debris which can affect the quality of your light as well as the quality of your air. Make it a point to take things down, wash your chandeliers and light covers, and even wipe down the bulbs themselves. This is definitely a job that our All-Purpose or Glass Cleaners could help with.

Speaking of dust and debris, one of the big culprits in your home is often the air filters in your furnace, heaters or other ventilation systems. With the winter months in full swing, your heater is working more constantly and can stir up those particles into the air. Less clean air, more mess to deal with. It’s a simple task anyone can do in the sink or in the yard with a garden hose. Just rinse out the filter and let it dry. Similarly, your dryer’s filter can get quite cluttered as well and reduce its efficiency.

A great way to start the year is by freshly organizing spaces like your drawers, cupboards and pantries. Over the course of the year these spots get notoriously cluttered up. Spend some time to make sure everything is in its proper place and that unneeded junk is removed. If you have a utility room, you may even want to do the same there.

And of course, if you’re in our area, you can always start off 2015 with a top-to-bottom home cleaning from us here at AspenClean. You can book your appointment online now!

18 December 2014

5 Holiday Messes You Know Are Coming & What To Do About It

This cheery time of year means get togethers with family, friends and colleagues, baked goods, wrapping presents and a constant train of holiday feasts. If you have pets or children, the mess is only just beginning there and you'll likely spend more time cleaning up than you will preparing or enjoying the season with loved ones.

Thankfully there's AspenClean to help keep things tidy ahead of guests arriving. Before the season catches you off guard, get prepared; make a plan and book your AspenClean cleaning session before time runs out. You should spend Boxing Day the way you really want, with family, preferably avoiding the long lines at the mall.

Preparation begins with acceptance. These messes will happen, they are inevitable, especially if you're festive, because nothing makes a mess at Christmastime like enthusiastic decorating and baking. These mishaps happen to all of us, so plan for the following:

Baking Messes

Gingerbread, shortbread, mince meat tarts, rocky road and maple fudge. Quiches, fresh rolls, pie and icing everywhere on everything. Did we miss anything? The Christmas Pudding? Fruit Cake? It's an endless list of wonderful smells that will make your kitchen the most crowded and messy place in your home for weeks to come, long before the turkey goes in the oven. If you have children rolling cookie dough and decorating gingerbread houses, you're looking at even more fun as your kitchen counter turns into an art studio with melted sugar as the paint. Cleaning up with water? Don't forget, water and flour make sticky glue which takes twice as long to clean as anything else. Watch those socks or shoes for cookie dough!  

Wrapping Messes

It's the season of giving, not receiving, but whoever says that is forgetting the time it takes to do all that giving. Even if you were smart and shopped online, the wrapping job in front of you is daunting, and it leaves behind a horrific mess. Beware the household pet who stumbles upon your wrapping station on the bed before you've cleaned up, because you might just have a furry fury on your hands. The leftover scraps of wrapping paper can be recycled or reused, but who has the time? While you wait to decide how to dispose of the mess, it migrates throughout the house. Then, on Christmas morning it becomes a hopeless cyclone of chaos that threatens to consume everything! And what about the environment or those poor trees? And do you have tape on your socks, sleeves and pants yet? You will... You will.

Spilled Beverages

Get through this holiday season without a single spill and you might be deserving of a trophy, or at least a winning lottery ticket, because that is some fine luck. Now we all know there's no point in crying over spilled milk, but spilled egg nog on your new sofa is another matter. That sticky mess won't be going anywhere quickly, and even if you get most of it the smell will stick around longer than peppermint or ginger, trust us on that. We know from experience. You're going to spill wine, you're going to spill coffee, hot chocolate, brandy or scotch. When you do, will you be prepared? There's the physical prep with good cleaning supplies. And then there's the emotional prep, which means not letting it ruin your day, even when that tipsy relative or reckless child threatens your sanity. 

Outdoors Invasion

We avoid the snow in Vancouver, but not the elements. The rain and mud make pets your biggest enemy here, as well as the shoes of house guests who seem to forget you have carpets or that it's raining outside. Christmas trees and pine cones are just the beginning of the decorative mess and you're probably forgetting the firewood if you own a fireplace. That bark and sap get everywhere, no ifs, ands or buts about it. A Christmas party is a lot of fun, but it brings with it a flurry of outdoor mud and mess. Pets will shed just as fast as the needles on the tree, and even if you're going artificial (surprisingly less environmentally friendly), you can still look forward to plastic needles and fake snow everywhere. 

Turkey Dinner

Two words will likely consume your entire dinner cleanup: Christmas Crackers. Yes, the useless toys, ripped paper hats and the containers they come in will be discovered in the deepest corners of your home for weeks to come. But they are fun aren't they? Plus, it's tradition! Actually, turkey dinner comes with a number of pitfalls. The gravy stains on the table cloth, the mashed potatoes in the rug, the roasting pan and the rest of the dishes. If you're using fine china you can't even use the dishwasher on the day you need it most of all. How's that for cruel irony?

Are you on the floor in a corner hiding with your head between your legs yet? Don't worry, we're here to help. There are solutions to these problems. You know there are because every year you find a way to get it done. The problem is it usually comes at the expense of your own sanity and you spend far too much time trying to avoid the mess in the effort to keep it minimal.

So what's our solution? To quote one popular Disney song, just 'Let It Go!' Have a blast, make a mess and rely on AspenClean to keep your home clean this season. Don't know what you want for Christmas? Leave a hint or two for your loved ones and ask for cleaning from your family this season, or give the gift to each other and cut back the overall gift budget. You'll enjoy the holidays more because you're spending them the way you should, with family, relaxing in front of the tree, nestled away from the elements.

Need more help? Consider AspenClean products for environmentally friendly cleaning you can do yourself. Compile a schedule of cleaning tasks and the days they are to be done. Assign them to family members in advance and save yourself the need to nag. Use recycled wrapping paper if you're concerned about the environment and get your presents wrapped for charity if you are concerned about time. Use a second hand table cloth, consider a live tree to avoid shedding and make sure you have a dedicated spot for shoes and jackets when guests arrive. You can have fun with holiday coasters to avoid rings from drinks and create wrapping and decorating stations for things like Gingerbread Houses. 

Good luck this holiday season and have a happy new year, no matter how you like to ring it in. We're ready to help you keep things mess free, so don't forget to give the gift of time this holiday season, even if it's to yourself.

12 December 2014

The Gift of Time

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.” ― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

You may have heard us use the phrase “Give the gift of time” on a number of occasions, either here on our website or on our social media, usually in regards to our gift certificates. But what does time really mean to us, especially with the holiday season now upon us?

Regardless of what specific holiday you may celebrate and of your reason for celebrating it, be it faith or what have you, for nearly every single one of us the holiday season is about spending time with our families, friends and loved ones.

Sometimes the holidays are the only time we get to see some of those loved ones. They may live far away or everyone’s schedules may simply be too crazy. So many of us get so busy living our lives and following our paths, wherever they make take us, that we end up sacrificing the ability to spend time with others. As they say: Life happens.

That’s what makes finding or making the time to reconnect to those loved ones so important. And not just making the time, but making the most of it. Quality over quantity.

But this isn’t something that only happens around the holidays. All through the year, people struggle to find the time to spend with the important people in their lives, even in their own homes. How many would give anything to have even a few extra minutes, let alone an hour, to spend playing with their children? True quality time. No outside distractions like cooking or cleaning. What about spouses? Siblings? Friends? The same could undoubtedly be said for any of them.

On the other side of the coin, many of us have difficulties taking time for ourselves. Jobs, school, taking care of our homes, family responsibilities, they pile up on us quickly. It is important for all of us to take a little “me time”. For some, it’s enjoying a hobby. For some, it’s exercise. For others, it’s some nice, quiet rest. This helps us let go of some of our stress and tension and helps keep us healthy.

Recently AspenClean gave the gift of time to Theresa Albert, a Nutritionist and Lifestyle Blogger in Toronto. Here what she had to say about AspenClean's amazing products and bringing the service to Toronto. As Theresa points out, the benefit of a cleaner that uses natural products isn't just time, it's peace of mind. This season, why not do what you can to give yourself or others the gift of time, and peace of mind."

Time is a precious commodity in life and it is up to us to use it wisely. Do what you can to give yourself or others the gift of time.

“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ” ― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

(If you would like to read Theresa Albert's full Huffington post article, you can find it right here.)

21 November 2014

The Importance of Employment Ethics and Service Values

AspenClean team members pose for a family photograph...
AspenClean makes environmentally friendly, chemical-free, and vegan-friendly cleaning supplies, but we are also a premiere cleaning service with locations in Vancouver, Calgary, and now Toronto. Cleaning a client's home is a huge responsibility, and is one that we take seriously. Our clients trust us in their personal space with their pets and their most prized possessions, which is why customer service is so essential at AspenClean. But as crucial as proper service is, there's also no understating the importance of effective hiring and maintaining a stable workplace.

Recently, several companies have been in the news for class action suits alleging abuse of employees and violations of labour laws. In the interest of transparency, AspenClean competes directly with at least one company facing lawsuits and labour law violations, and we regularly compete with other companies that use contractors instead of registered employees. That being said, we thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at this issue and how it has become an increasingly common problem in the United States and here in Canada.

The Growing Problem

Imagine you are a young, doe-eyed high school or college graduate, looking for a career. You go out into the world looking for work and find the job market is a bit different than the one your parents faced. Many employers want you to work for an unpaid internship without the guarantee of employment, while others can only offer you part time work. Meanwhile, the full time positions you do find are so competitive that you end up feeling as if you need to have an inside connection just to get an interview.

Even if you do find a position with enough hours, starting wages are lower than ever when you adjust for inflation. This makes it difficult to pay the regular monthly bills, and says nothing to the difficulties surrounding things like student loans or car loans.

On the employer side, it's not any easier. Small employers face increasing competition from other startups and large corporations undercutting the market. Web services like Groupon help companies get noticed, but they also undercut the market further, forcing companies to offer lower and lower prices to stay competitive. The result is customers who expect lower prices and employers with unreliable and unsustainable profit margins. Many companies, big and small, pass on the strain to the employee. The result is a labour force that is less reliable, under-trained and, most importantly, uninterested in advancement.

The race to stay competitive is never ending...
Recently, the problem has gotten worse with many startups turning to contractors to save money. Contractors remain an important part of doing business, but a number of companies are using loopholes in the law to replace full time employees. Some of the lawsuits south of the border have occurred as a result of hiring contractors at lower and lower wages, with some employers even finding ways to circumvent minimum wage laws. They've been able to attract these temporary workers because of an increasingly desperate pool of applicants

This situation presents an ethical dilemma and highlights a larger concern about the value we place on work in service industries. From an employee's perspective, it ensures insufficient training and breeds an environment of carelessness.

But how does this practice of contractors affect you, the customer?

See another cleaning service make the case for full time, properly paid employees.

The Poor Results

If you are in the market for a home cleaning service like we offer at AspenClean, you will find a lot of options if you're in Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto. Some will start as low as $50 for a cleaning, with other services costing much more.

But what are you actually getting for that service? The old adage of 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is' can serve you well in this instance. If you find yourself saving money on a low cost service, chances are a corner was cut somewhere.

For instance, a local competitor might provide a competent contract cleaner for 2 hours at a lower cost, but that contractor isn't being paid a livable wage and they might not be insured. They may not have been formally trained by the company because the budget can't afford the expense.

That allows the possibility of cutting corners, missing important details, and it means mistakes that could lead to damage to your home. It might necessitate greater flexibility in your schedule to accommodate uncertain booking times, and it might even result in the cleaner cancelling at the last minute. Even in the best case scenario, hiring a contractor is rolling the dice.

The AspenClean Difference

In contrast with these examples, AspenClean employees are full time employees with various benefits, including anniversary and quarterly bonuses, work rideshares, yoga classes, parties, and performance bonuses paid out for wowing clients.

Our staff are hired carefully for their personalities, interests, and skills, and are fully insured. They also go through 1-2 weeks of training to focus their cleaning in the places that matter most to our clients. They use non-toxic chemicals and have transportation needs taken care of when on the job. AspenClean vehicles are equipped with GPS to make sure employees always arrive promptly, and we schedule each job with ample time for travel between locations.

AspenClean team members, owners and families volunteer to clean up a beach...
To us, our employees are our most important asset, and they represent the brand of AspenClean each and every day. We believe in providing opportunities for continuing education and advancement, and many of our employees have been with the company, happily, for 5 or more years as a result.

We believe in rewarding good results, which encourages our employees to do their best work in each cleaning. If that wasn't enough, AspenClean cleaners work in teams of three to ensure a FULL home cleaning in just a couple of hours in most cases.  Our teams bring 10 years of experience and we clean over 100 homes daily with some of the best cleaning products on the market. Our customers notice the difference that a satisfied employee can make.

Our employees are a part of our family, and they feel important and valued, which in turn makes them more reliable and better at what they do. It's important to note that AspenClean is a premium service. Our prices are higher than some of our competitors, but we are also less expensive than other services and offer a reliable, green and detailed service with discounts for regular cleanings. Comparatively, our clients know AspenClean will deliver and they feel safe trusting us in their homes every week.

Interested in joining the AspenClean team? Apply here.

The Choice We Make

AspenClean has been committed to livable wages and opportunities for our employees since we began offering service in Vancouver in 2004. That does mean that our services are a little bit higher than some low cost alternatives, but the value of AspenClean's service and the results remain self-evident. If you are looking for home cleaning service that is reliable, ethical, and offers a level of detail the competition does not, book your next cleaning with us.

AspenClean team members participate in Yoga Exercises...
Beyond our own industry, we believe that employers have a responsibility set a more positive trend for hiring employees. Without ethical hiring practices, we risk a slippery slope that undervalues work in other industries, one that could have dire effects on our economy. We would like to encourage all our partners and competitors to place more value in their teams. The result is better service, better reviews, and a better bottom line in the long run. It is up to us to set the standard and raise the bar for service and results, which is what AspenClean is all about.

3 October 2014

5 Shocking Places Germs Fester In Your Home

AspenClean products are now available in Toronto Whole Foods and their popularity continues to grow online through partners like More customer than ever before are experiencing the benefits of using environmentally friendly, chemical free cleaning solutions in their home.

Recently AspenClean products were featured on The Marilyn Denis Show in a segment highlighting Hidden Germ Hot Spots with Naturopath Mubina Jiwa. The popular CTV talk show featured AspenClean products as an ideal solution to eliminating unwanted germs in the home. Take a look at the entire segment below:

The Marilyn Denis Show: Hidden Germ Hotspots
The article on The Marilyn Denis Show site contains some helpful tips for cleaning your home with AspenClean products, but let’s take a closer look at five surprising places dirt and germs can fester in your home.

1. Your Bathtub 

We like to think of our bathtubs and showers as one of the cleaner spots in our home. Sure they get dirty like anywhere else, but it can’t be that bad, right? It’s hard to admit the truth, but our baths are some of the dirtiest parts of our home. All kinds of germs fester on tub, especially around the drain and knobs. Whirlpool tubs are even worse, with bacteria found to fester in pipes. A recent study found that 81% of whirlpool tubs contained fungi and 34% contained staphylococcus bacteria. Meanwhile, 26% of all tubs contain staph bacteria. Gross!

What’s the solution? 

Use our Bathroom Cleaner regularly, particularly if you’re using your tub for bathing and not just showering. For tough deposits of grime try our unique Superscrub Powder to make cleaning easier. Best of all, these products contain no bleach and were not tested on animals.

Learn more about our Superscrub Powder
Learn more about our Bathroom Cleaner

2. The Salt & Pepper Shakers

Germs are nothing if not stubborn. Every night you eat dinner and wipe down the dining room table, you’re leaving behind germs in the one place so many of us forget to clean. The Salt & Pepper shaker might seem harmless enough, but they are one of the most common places for cold viruses and other germs to change hands, literally. Multiple recent studies suggest a direct link to contracting a cold from interaction with seasoning shakers, and yet they remain one of the dirtiest places in any home.

What’s the solution? 

Use our All Purpose Cleaner or our Kitchen Cleaner for greasy shakers. Wipe down your salt and pepper shakers every time you clean of the table. Even if nobody at the table is sick, it’s always a good idea to keep popular items like this clean. The only other solution is saying no when asked to pass the salt, and that’s just plain rude!

Learn more about our All Purpose Cleaner
Learn more about our Kitchen Cleaner

3. Remote Controls & Game Controllers

Another popular household item that the whole family touches on a daily bases is the remote. What’s more, it’s likely someone might handle the remote while handling food like pizza without utensils. The remote doesn’t just make it’s way around the room to different members of the family and everything they touch, it also collects germs on the floor, table, in front of the television and in between couch cushions. Yup, right after it was hanging out with the spare change it was in your hand and then your hand was touching your face. If you’ve got a pet it’s even worse. Remotes quickly become greasy germ havens and because they’re electronic, they don’t get cleaned as often as they should. The same rules apply for game system remotes as well!

What’s the solution? 

Spray our All Purpose Cleaner on one of our Microfiber Cloths and gently wipe between the buttons on a weekly bases or every time you have a pizza party or guests over. Be careful not to use too much solution or you could damage the electronics inside. It’s also a good idea to wash your hands after handling the remote, especially if you don’t know where it’s been!

Learn more about our All Purpose Cleaner
Learn more about our Microfiber Cloths

4. The Keyboard, Mouse & Tablets 

Like your remote, the keyboard and mouse of your computer are often shared by multiple people. A family computer is used even more than the television in most homes and is placed closer to your face and hands for longer periods of continual use. Sneezing, eating, drinking, coughing and more all take place in front of the computer and those cracks between the keyboard and mouse are some of the grimiest places in your home.

What’s the solution? 

Try using a very small amount of our All-In-One Concentrated Cleaner on a cue tip or with one of our Microfiber Cloths to clean in between the keyboard cracks, but before you do that, turn over your keyboard and let any crumbs or dust that are trapped fall out naturally. You can also use our microfiber cloth and Glass Cleaner to clean grime off your computer’s screen, provided it has a plastic or glass cover like most iMacs or Tablets.

Learn more about our All-In-One Concentrated Cleaner
Learn more about our Glass Cleaner
Learn more about our Microfiber Cloths

5. Your Kitchen Sink 

So far we’ve covered everything but the kitchen sink, but don’t worry, we saved the best (or worst) for last. The kitchen sink might seem like one of the cleaner places, especially since you use it to clean your dishes. Bacteria and Germs actually love the damp surface left behind after you do your dishes, and it’s amazing how often we just use our sinks for rinsing dishes, which leaves behind even more germ bacteria. E. Coli and Salmonella fester in the sink, growing off of food particles left behind by cleaning and rinsing plates. Consider that we often use the same sink to rinse off vegetables or potatoes and that’s a little disturbing when you consider that statistically speaking your toilet is cleaner than your sink. And you wouldn’t rinse your carrots in the toilet, now would you? 

What’s the solution? 

It’s crucial to keep your sink clean every day. Sanitize your sink with our Kitchen Cleaner which is formulated to fight grease and kill bacteria without bleach. You can also use our Dish Soap for regular dishes and remember to keep your Garburator clear of food and clean it regularly.

Learn more about our Kitchen Cleaner
Learn more about our Dish Soap

It has never been easier for Canadians to keep their homes clean and green with AspenClean products, available in select retail locations across the country and online through For customers in Vancouver, Calgary and now Toronto, our professional home cleaners are ready to take on those germs for you with our home, office and apartment cleaning services. Keep your home germ and chemical free with AspenClean’s Gift Boxes, which get you started cleaning chemical free.

Learn more about our products and find out where they are sold here.

15 July 2014

DIY Versus Store-Bought Cleaning Products: What's the Difference?

Here at AspenClean, we're often asked why people should purchase our products. This rings especially true when we hand out homemade, healthy cleaning recipes at the events we attend. If you can easily make a healthy, natural cleaning product in the comfort of your own home, why should you purchase ApsenClean (Or any other company's) cleaning products?

Photo: Rob Bertholf
The answers are more simple than you might have thought. For example although lemon peel might be highly effective in cleaning and shining your kitchen sink, there are several practical considerations to account for before employing it as your primary cleaning tool. The first is the most obvious: time. In today's world, many of us simply do not have the time to make "homebrew" cleaning products, even if it's as easy as cutting lemon peels into squares. Time is also working against you with most homemade cleaning solutions. In the lemon peel example, you'll find that the peels quickly begin to go bad after coming off of the lemon itself. Refrigerating the peel will not slow down this process by much, and a cold peel is ineffectively for cleaning. In the case of a homemade spray product, the organic ingredients will begin to spoil shortly after preparation. This means that a savvy DIYer with enough time at home could make a fresh batch every time they wish to clean, but for those of us who are more hard-pressed for time, making product every single time anything needs to be cleaned is not reasonable. AspenClean cleaning products, despite being 100% natural, have carefully balanced pH levels to ensure that the organic ingredients in each bottle remain fresh and effective, until you need to use them.

Works great, smells bad

On the more technical side, there are two main reasons why DIY do not compare to professional made cleaning products: separation and efficiency.

Separation refers to the settling of various ingredients at the bottom of a bottle, while the liquid portion remains at the top. This "separation" can severely reduce the effectiveness of the cleaning product, depending on how long the ingredients have been apart. Many homemade cleaning recipes will inevitably lead to separation if they are left to sit for a even a few hours.

While many do-it-yourself recipes are highly effective at doing light surface cleaning, we've found that it still requires a professional-grade cleaning product to effectively combat that tougher dirt. Why is this the case? It's simple: there are ingredients in professional-manufactured products that would be difficult to replicate in the home for a similar effect. For example, AspenClean uses limestone in our SuperScrub powder. Limestone is 100% natural, and is a gentle abrasive, meaning that it helps loosen tough dirt and grime that would be difficult to remove otherwise. While "mainstream" companies might prefer a harsh chemical abrasive, AspenClean chose to continue natural ingredients. Don't take our word for it-we're EcoCert certified.

Proven effective and trusted by the pros!
Not only is this safer for the person doing the cleaning, it is also much better for the surface the product is being applied on. While limestone might sound a bit aggressive, it is completely safe to use on delicate surfaces such as stovetops, with absolutely zero marring. Another example would be our white vinegar mix. Although it is entirely possible to create your own cleaner using vinegar at home, it is not pleasant to work with due to the smell. Finally, all AspenClean products are infused with organic essential oils extracted from only the finest of ingredients. Not only does this leave your home smelling fresh-it also provides the benefits of aromatherapy, which can have many positive impacts on the health of your family.

So while AspenClean does not discourage home-making cleaning products from time to time, our research and experience indicates that it does require a professionally-produced cleaning product to thoroughly clean the home, once in a while. Do-it-yourself solutions might be helpful in between regular cleanings, but they're no substitution for years of careful research and development.

8 July 2014

Healthy Cleaning At The Cottage

Summer is (finally) here again. If you're anything like the team at AspenClean, you're probably dying to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy the sunshine after that long, brutal winter. For many people, the days of summer fun and sun mean driving up north for a remote weekend at the cottage. But cottage life brings a whole series of challenges along with it, and we're not just talking about the bugs!

Photo credit: Miika S.
If you're looking for a natural cleaning solution for your summer home, we know how difficult it can be to find a safe, but effective cleaner for the surfaces in your cottage. When you're up North, there is more than just the safety of your family to take into consideration-you also have to worry about the safety of the environment and wildlife around you. But how can you safely clean your cottage while protecting your family and the wildlife?

Our microfiber cloths are handy around the cottage-and reusable!

AspenClean's all-natural cleaning products are not only great around the house-they're also great around the cottage! Our products are all rated to be septic-tank safe, meaning that you can rest easy knowing that your clean home won't result in a damaged tank. Our All-Purpose Cleaner is great for those messy deck barbecues-just spray and wipe! Got a grimy window or boat windshield? Our Glass Cleaner is borderline magical on tough streaks stuck on vehicle glass. Forgot to clean up a spill when you left for home last time? Not a problem. With the SuperScrub Cleaner, all you have to do is  sprinkle some powder on, let it set for a few moments, then wipe off with one our high-tech microfiber cloths. Not only are our cleaning products natural and safe for the environment, they`re very easy to work with. You won`t need to haul a bucket around the cottage and rinse off any residue-AspenClean products are specially formulated so that they`re easy to clean off, meaning that you can spend more time relaxing with your family, and less time worrying about tidying up the day after.

Some simple tips to keep the cottage fresh and tidy:

  • Remember your water source: Some cottages do not feature modern plumbing systems. Take care not to pollute your local bodies of water.
  • Weigh down food wrappers and trays: We`ve all experienced food trays blowing away during an outdoor cookout. Make sure you weigh them down carefully, so that you`re not littering inadvertently.
  • Be conscious of what`s outside: Unlike in the city, there are many different animals roaming around cottage country. Carefully consider what you`re leaving out overnight. Will an animal be attracted to it? Will they try to pry it open? What if they put it into their mouth?
  • Re-use as much possible! Whether it`s our microfiber cloths, or simply a paper towel, remember to select products that can be reused as much as possible in order to cut down on the amount of rubbish you generate.

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