4615227 - dustpan and brush, isolated on white background.Summertime is here. For so many of us that means vacation time, cookouts, and fun in the sun. We’re looking forward to all of those things, as well! But there’s one more way you can make your summer great, while getting in the “rest and relaxation” you and your family deserve. Now is the time to make sure you’re getting a green home cleaning when you book your appointment for home cleaning service.

Why? We know many people look forward to a thorough spring cleaning to get that fresh start. But the next step, so often overlooked, is to see the start of summer as the perfect time to review whether your home is getting the “green” treatment from your cleaning service. Your family deserves to stay in a home that’s not only clutter free, but cleaned in a responsible way that takes into account the health of your family, pets and your local “home” environment in the community.

So, what is green cleaning? When you request green cleaning from your maid service, you’re asking that your cleaning team use products that are environmentally friendly and nontoxic. But that’s only a starting point.

Green cleaning service is so much more than making the choice to avoid unhealthy chemicals in your home. A commitment to green cleaning and environmentally responsible best practices also includes choosing a team that will work to limit negative environmental impacts during the entire process, from start to finish. That includes what they do at the office, from the minute they book your appointment through the time they’ve finished up.

What basic six steps can you take to make a positive impact with the green cleaning process? Read on for a basic checklist of items you’ll want to look for in a maid service.

What a green cleaning team will do differently:

  • Plan driving routes with efficiency in mind. Before a maid service team even reaches your home, this is the first thoughtful step that must be taken. It is important to limit unnecessary fuel use and lessen harmful pollutants emitted during travel.
  • Avoid needless use of disposable items. We’ve all heard about the importance of the “Three Rs” — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. A good green clean must be done without use of paper towels, single-use spray bottles, and other items that would only add to the trash in the local landfill. Your cleaning team can help to reduce waste by using reusable items as much as possible during the cleaning process.
  • Recycling when possible. This is the follow up to the idea of reducing waste and reusing cleaning supplies. A good cleaning team will also take steps to recycle, and use recycled products, such as office printer paper. It’s all part of the bigger picture of best practices.
  • Use of natural cleaning products. Who wants a home filled with toxic chemicals? We use vinegar and baking soda, whenever possible, and try to limit all use of products that would have an unhealthy or negative impact on your home environment.
  • Use of HEPA filters while vacuuming to clean the air. Your home should be a refuge from polluted air. We use filtering systems designed to remove irritants and allergens, rather than just blowing them back into the air of your home.
  • Finding solutions to promote a healthier local environment. Even when they aren’t actively cleaning your home, a green cleaning service should be aware of good stewardship and practices to be a good environmental neighbor in your community.

And by the way, the last item on the list is very important to us. For that reason, since the 1990s, we’ve made a commitment to using solar power for our offices. We also keep bees to promote local environmental health. Because it’s about more than doing business, it’s about sustainability and improved health for everyone.

Interested to learn more about a green cleaning service this summer? We invite you check out our website for a list of services, and then give us a call. As your green home cleaning service in Washington D.C., Alexandria, and Arlington VA, we are close to home and ready to help you make your personal environment as happy and healthy as possible while you relax this summer. What are you waiting for?