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22 May 2015

7 Simple Tips To Get Organized Now

Sometimes we are in need for a big spring cleaning and sometimes a few small fixes here and there can make all the difference. In the end, it can be the little things that count. Here are a few tricks to try around the house to keep things spick and span.


7. Clear Those Closets

Flip everything on hangers around; when you wear it, put it back on facing the other way. In 6 months, any unturned hangers are probably items you can part with.

6. Mail Mayhem

Make a habit of opening all your mail each day. Prevent it from pilling up and getting lost. Also, try to make the switch to paperless or e-bills. Some companies have great benefits like BC Hydro, who occasionally offer prizes for making the switch.

5. Terrific Trays

Corral everyday items into trays on your dressers or bathroom counters so it’s all in one place. This also makes for easier cleaning.

4. Bring On The Baskets

Baskets offer a more attractive solution then piles of clothes or clutter. They can stash your things and look great. You can also turn bookshelves into dressers buy using baskets on them to make the most of your space.

Image: iheartorganizing.blogspot.com

3. Cord Chaos

Avoid the dreaded dead phone and terrible tangled cords by creating one charging station in your home. Mp3, phones, iPads - all in one perfect place.

Image:  chaostoorder.com











2. Detective Work

Understand a problem, and then you can easily find a solution. If your dishes are piling up, is it because no one wants to put them away as an avalanche of plastic containers falls on them when opening the cupboards? Is it too hard to reach the closet shelf to put away your pants so the floor is more convenient? Switching up a few things can make everyday tasks easier and therefore more organized.

Image: blogs.babycenter.com 

1. Say Goodbye

A big key to de-cluttering is not just organizing but getting rid of things. Are you holding onto something because you need it or because you’re attaching it to a memory? Can someone else use that gift you’ll never enjoy yourself? Did you throw away the broken or used version of something you replaced or is it stashed in the basement collecting dust? Take a moment when you are organizing to decide if things need a place in your home or if you can say farewell.


13 May 2015

Spring Cleaning: Live Better

The birds are chirping, the snow has melted and your house – has seen better days. As refreshing as the warm spring air, a spring cleaning may be just what you need to bloom into these warmer days. 


Live Better Magazine by Wal-Mart gathered up a few of the industries pros, including AspenClean’s president Alicia Sokolowski, to give you the best tricks to spring cleaning. We've picked a few of her tips here and be sure to check out all the advice in this issue in-stores or online.

The Laundry Room


We often forget about keeping the things that help us clean, clean. Does your washer ever have an odd smell?

“Leave the door of your high-efficiency washing machine open to keep the tub dry and to prevent mildew from growing”
  


Cloths Are King

Sometimes we just move dirt from one spot to another. Using paper towels usually doesn't accomplish what we want it to and it is extremely wasteful.

"Regular cloths tend to push dirt around. Microfibre cloths use friction, static energy and capillary effects to trap and remove dust, dirt, oils and bacteria."


Open Up


Just like bundling up in our parka, we keep our houses closed to the elements. Skip the air fresheners and open your windows up to get the natural air flowing.

"During the winter our homes are bundled up against the cold – they're tight and well-insulated which means we don't allow fresh air to enter. That's a situation that can rapidly lead to an unhealthy environment." 


Pet Problems


We love our fur-babies but not the scent that lingers with them. Your stinky-solution may be in your next cookie recipe!

"Baking soda is a great natural deodorizer. It absorbs odors and it's simple to use. Just sprinkle it on carpets leave it for 30 minutes to an hour then vacuum it up."

Someone have an accidentNaturally get rid of those pet stains by "spraying the area with vinegar lukewarm water and baking soda. Leave for five minutes then blot with a cloth."


Be sure to check out all the spring cleaning tips in this special issue! 


Originally published in the Walmart Live BetterApril 2015 issue.
http://www.walmartlivebetter.ca/living/cleaning-organization/how-to-clean-and-organize-your-laundry-room/?gallery_page=2#gallery_top
http://www.walmartlivebetter.ca/living/cleaning-organization/how-to-clean-hardwood-tile-and-carpeted-floors/
http://www.walmartlivebetter.ca/living/cleaning-organization/five-1-minute-fixes-for-a-refreshed-house/

30 April 2015

Happy Mother's Day - The Gift Of Time

“Mom” - the word encompasses so much and all they do certainly deserves the extra recognition on Mother’s Day. As a child or partner, you may not realize the copious amount of tasks she takes on after you’re off to school or busy at the office. We may not grasp just how much work is also done at home. It wasn't a magical fairy that baked you 200 cupcakes last minute for that school event or ironed your dress shirt before you even knew it was wrinkley. Even full-time working mothers spend an average of 15 hours a week doing house cleaning alone.

A father from Texas realized it was unaffordable for him to be working and his wife to stay home full-time.  He then calculated what his wives salary should be for all she does as a stay-at home mom. Taking into account all the jobs his wife performs including financial assistant, laundry services, cleaning services, chef and many more responsibilities, he totaled the salary at $73,690 a year.
"I've tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves. She loves me, loves our son, and loves our family, so obviously she isn't doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition. But it certainly doesn't hurt to know that as a Stay-At-Home Mom her appraised salary is nearly double my actual income. In a very weird way, this is my way of saying how much I value my wife as the mother of my child and the one who always has my back no matter what. You are more precious than rubies.And I can’t afford you.”
Even as this appreciative husband tries to put a price tag on all the work the mother of his child does, the love and care a mother provides is truly invaluable. A mom’s to-do list is never ending and yet she still manages to keep you a priority. She strives to keep her home safe and healthy for her family. If you're searching for something for the professional multi-tasker in your life, put her on top of your priority list this Mother’s Day and give her the gift of time.

Alicia Sokolowski, the President and Co-CEO of AspenClean built the brand around the fact that she as a mother wanted a safe and eco-friendly cleaning service for her family. When she couldn't find one, she created AspenClean and the line of products. AspenClean products are 100% natural, vegan-friendly, Eco-Cert certified, infused with organic essential oils and were just selected for Product of The Year Canada 2015 in the Natural Cleaning Products category.

AspenClean has been providing home cleaning services for over 10 years and the all-natural products used each day by the professional team are also available for everyone to use in their own homes. The air inside your house can be 200-500% more polluted than the air outside, largely due to toxic cleaning products.Your skin absorbs residues left behind from chemicals. With AspenClean, you can keep the clean but remove the toxins that usually come along with it.

A Gift Certificate makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift and you can easily purchase it online! Plus get estimates and book service as well. Also see a full list of retailers or purchase products. Just visit: www.aspenclean.com

AspenClean wants to give your mom the gift of time with our Mother’s Day Cleaning Giveaway. Enter to win a Home Cleaning (Up To $300 Value) Easily enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


[1] http://ow.ly/MfrsZ [2] http://www.weareglory.com/blog/fathers-you-cant-afford-a-stay-at-home-mom[3] http://www.webofcreation.org/BuildingGrounds/Toxins-Indoor%20Air.htm#sthash.FV3bOBLf.dpuf

14 April 2015

Earth Day: You Can Make A Difference


We often separate ourselves from the bigger picture: “There are 7 billion people on earth, does what I do each day really have an impact?”

We pour chemicals down drains as once it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. In the US, there are over 1,000,000 pounds of household cleaning products poured down the sink each day as a part of our regular cleaning rituals.


Canadian manufacturers are not obligated to disclose ingredients on their labels. There is no warning to consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with the use of chemical laden household cleaning products. We absorb chemicals through our skin, through ingestion of residues left on dishes and in the air we breathe. The air inside your own home can be 200-500% more polluted than the air outside, largely due to toxic cleaning products. We are eluded that clean is good but you may not even know what’s inside those products and what harm it could be causing you, your family and the environment.

Keep These Harmful Ingredients Out of Your Home and The Environment:


Synthetic FragrancesAlmost all of the chemicals in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. These can actually alter you skins surface tension and allow more chemicals to absorb through your skin.  It can also cause allergies and asthma to develop and allergic reactions. They can build up in the environment and be toxic to aquatic organisms.  

SLS and SLES - These are foaming agents. You can often find both of these in dish soaps, liquid laundry detergents, shampoos, bubble baths etc. It is a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant that Environment Canada has categorized as inherently toxic to aquatic organisms, flagging it for further assessment. To make SLS less irritating, it is often ethoxylated (by adding ethylene oxide), resulting in the modified compound of SLES. But SLES is also a concern because it is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.

Dyes - They are just unnecessary to the actual cleaning function of the product. It’s a way to attract a customer and also hide any impurities.  Why does a cleaner have to be blue or green for you to want to use it? Natural colors should be a selling point instead. Dyes are environmental toxicants, and some are even carcinogens.

Formaldehyde, also known as formalin – Does it not just make you picture that poor frog floating in that jar in science class - do you want to wipe your counters with that? It’s been classified as a known human carcinogen. It also causes asthma and allergies.  

Bleach/Ammonia – Extremely dangerous, especially when they are mixed together and with other cleaning products. This can produce toxic and even fatal fumes.

Phosphates: A most common ingredient in cleaning products to control alkalinity and pH levels. Products heavy with phosphates can cause eutrophication, which throws off the balance of nutrients in rivers and streams.



As you make the shift to green cleaning, be wary on cleaning products that label themselves as “Green.” Watch out for Greenwashing - It’s when a company is actually spending more time claiming to be “green” through marketing but they don’t actually practice what they preach. Some cleaning companies are claiming to be using green cleaning products when they are in fact not. Be sure to read the fine print on labels and research the products and company’s you are using to be sure you’re getting the best for you and your family.

We live in a fast paced world where we want to cook dinner in the microwave and are frustrated when a web browser won’t load in a millisecond. Taking a little time to research what you bring into your home and put out into the environment can and will make a difference. If we shift from thinking short term to long term and from treatment to prevention, our lives and world we live in can be a healthier, safer place.

AspenClean Celebrates Earth Day!

Visit any participating store on Wednesday April 22nd and with purchase of any AspenClean product, you will receive a FREE microfiber cloth.* 


One For You, 

One For The Planet!

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Eco-cert Certified
  • Organic Essential Oils
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Full Ingredients Disclosed On Label
  • Post-Consumer Material Packaging
 




All Participating Stores:

Vancouver


Whole Foods Robson
1675 Robson Street Vancouver, BC 

Whole Foods Cambie
510 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC 

Whole Foods Kitsilano
2285 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC 

Whole Foods Market West Vancouver
925 Main St West Vancouver, BC 


Greater Toronto Area 



Nature's Emporium - Newmarket
16655 Yonge Street Newmarket Ontario

Nature's Emporium - Vaughan 
2535 Major Mackenzie Drive West in Vaughan (Maple)


Whole Foods Market -  Oakville
301 Cornwall Rd Oakville, ON 

Whole Foods Market - Square One Mississauga
155 Square One Drive Mississauga, 

Whole Foods Market - Yonge and Sheppard
4771 Yonge Street Toronto, ON 

Whole Foods Market - Yorkville
87 Avenue Rd Toronto, ON 

Whole Foods Market -  Unionville
3997 Highway 7 Markham, ON L

  Calgary

 

Community Natural Foods - 10th Avenue Market
1304 10 Ave SW Calgary. AB

Community Natural Foods - Chinook Station Market
202 61 Ave SW Calgary, AB

Community Natural Foods - Crowfoot Market
850 Crowfoot Crescent NW Calgary, AB



Can’t make it into a location for the Earth Day deal? Visit our online store at shop.aspenclean.com and with a minimum order of one AspenClean product, you will receive a FREE microfiber cloth!* 


*Limit 2 cloths per customer. Valid April 22nd 2015 only. 

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/the-dirt-on-toxic-chemicals-in-household-cleaning-products/
http://www.greencleanersassociation.ca/index.php/ct-menu-item-19/ct-menu-item-21/ct-menu-item-35
http://www.webofcreation.org/BuildingGrounds/Toxins-Indoor%20Air.htm
https://s3.amazonaws.com/sbweb/images/Greenwashing-Infographic.jpg
http://sinsofgreenwashing.com/

2 March 2015

AspenClean Awarded Canada Product of the Year 2015

For Release: March 2nd 2015 (Vancouver BC) AspenClean is pleased to receive the award of the 2015 Product of the Year Canada™. The AspenClean All-Purpose Set was voted winner in the “Natural Cleaning Products” category. Product of the Year™ is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. It is a distinguished award voted by consumers and is recognized around the world.

AspenClean has been providing eco-friendly house cleaning services for over a decade and introduced their full line of AspenClean products in 2009. AspenClean has the only Eco-Cert certified cleaning products in Canada, are 100% natural, use organic essential oils and are vegan-friendly.

“According to our research, innovation is an important factor for Canadians in choosing products,” said Jennifer Litterick, Group Publisher, Marketing and Retail Group at Rogers Media. AspenClean has aspired to provide environmentally conscious services and products, giving consumers who are eager for a greener and healthy world options they will be pleased with. The All-Purpose Set delivers a superior clean while being safe to use and eco-conscious. The All-Purpose cleaner is made with Organic Grapefruit and Lavender oils and keeps your home clean with the added benefit of aromatherapy.  The reusable microfiber cloth is more effective than disposable alternatives and less harsh on the environment. The remarkable power of the SuperScrub is made with Organic Tea Tree and Lavender oils to tackle those tough cleans.

“Our focus has always been centered around customer satisfaction, from our home cleaning services to each of our products,” says Alicia Sokolowski, President & Co-CEO of AspenClean. “This award means so much to us and it’s humbling that our clients are so happy with our product.”

AspenClean, among the other award recipients will be recognized at The 2015 Product of the Year Awards Ceremony on Tuesday March 24th 2015 in Toronto, ON. The editors of Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Canadian Grocer and Marketing Magazine will be in attendance.


Media Contact:
Desiree Armstrong
604-925-9900 Ext. 228
sales@aspenclean.com 

23 February 2015

Calgary Home Show 2015



Come visit us at Booth #2148 this weekend (February 26th – March 1st) at the Calgary Home and Garden Show, where we are giving away hundreds of dollars in AspenClean prizes. Visit www.aspenclean.com/ to save on event tickets.

To enter our grand prize competition simply tweet:
Visit @AspenClean #2148 @HomeShowsA#ACCleanHome

Show us your tweet at booth #2148 to collect your free AspenClean prize bag.  You will also be automatically entered to win a free house or carpet cleaning (valued at $500) and a whole house cleaning kit (valued at $70).

You can also enter to win without using twitter by visiting us at the booth and completing an entry ballot. While you are there, complete a video survey and take home a AspenClean Product Starter Kit (valued at $30). Plus, don't miss the chance to purchase our products at low Home Show prices. 

We’re also looking for reviews of our 100% natural cleaning products. To post a review visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/aspenclean. The most imaginative one will win a choice of a home or carpet cleaning (valued at up to $300). Feel free to post feedback, photos or videos of your experiences with our products. As an added bonus, everyone who posts a review can stop by our booth at the show to receive a free set of AspenClean all-purpose cleaning products.

See you at the Home Show!


17 February 2015

How About Some Kindness?


I want to share a story that I heard over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

A friend of a friend of mine had taken it upon themselves to spend a lengthy time wandering through a local bookstore (I won’t name any names, but it’s found between blue and violet on a rainbow). While wandering the shelves upon shelves of bestsellers, the person slipped small pieces of printed paper with inspiring quotes, poetry and the like. The theory is that while likely no one would find anything that day, somewhere down the line, in the future one of those pieces of paper would find its destined owner, and give them a little boost in their day.

It isn’t a new idea, but the intention is great. I love the idea of putting forward some good in the world. I think what I loved about the most was the fact that it was going out to strangers. This friend of a friend was unlikely to know anyone who would receive these little greetings. There was an astronomically small chance of them ever seeing the people’s reactions or the ripples that might come from it. That person was content in simply having dropped a little bit of happiness out there.

Here’s another example of some cool generosity: YouTube personality Philip DeFranco had taken to occasionally putting a decent sum money onto a Starbucks giftcard and posting the barcode to his social media, welcoming his audience to have a cup of coffee on him. But at the same time, he put an invitation out to viewers who maybe had some money to spare that day, to add funds to the card so that even more members of the “DeFranco Nation” could have a treat that day. 

While DeFranco could (and likely did) see some of the results of his act via social media, the other anonymous donors wouldn't have. They were content in knowing that out there someone was having a better day because of them.

Now, I would like to think that we’re all kind and generous to our loved ones in our daily lives.  If you’re not, then I highly recommend it. So why are people seemingly less interested in providing acts of kindness to those they don’t know? Okay, the answer to that question is likely a lengthy psychology essay that I’m not nearly qualified enough to write. Let me rephrase then: How about we start providing random acts of kindness to strangers?

It doesn’t have to be as intricate as hiding dozens of secret messages through a store. It can be as simple as holding a door open or just greeting people with a smile. If anything, it’s little things like that that start adding up quickly. Before you know it, someone’s bad day can turn good. Maybe it is a bit of wishful sentimentality leftover from Valentine’s Day, but when you think about if each of us made the effort to do one more kind thing each day, that’s a lot of extra positivity floating around out there. Then maybe that one thing turns into two or three. Who knows?


It can’t hurt to give it a try.


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