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May 2016

Top 10 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring Your Next Commercial Cleaner

Letting a cleaning company into your business can be a very daunting experience.  Not only are you letting them into your private business zone but you are letting them work in areas that most people never get to see.  At Sparkle Freshness, we make sure you have the highest quality cleaner prior to inviting them into your space. You should know these facts before hiring your next commercial cleaner.   to keep your property and information safe.

Are You Insured?

One of the first things you should know about any cleaner you consider hiring is whether or not they are insured.  If the cleaner accidentally breaks something while they are working you don’t want to have to pay for it, and you shouldn’t have to.  Hiring an insured commercial cleaner will guarantee that you won’t have to pay for it.

What Services Do You Perform?

Before contracting a commercial cleaner it is important to know if they can perform all of the services you may require.  For example, some office places require hazmat cleanup and many cleaning services do not offer this.  It can get simpler than that, some cleaning services may not be able to wax floors or shampoo carpets.  Make a list of what services you need to be provided and inquire with the company as to whether or not they can carry those out.

What Kind of Supplies and Equipment Do You Use?

There are a wide variety of cleaning products on the market so it’s important to know what kind of supplies your cleaning service will be using.  Most importantly you want to make sure that they aren’t using any kind of harsh chemicals. You also want to keep in mind whether or not your workers may be allergic to scents or products. Here at Sparkle Freshness, we pride ourselves on using green products to promote a healthy work environment.

Can You Provide On-Call Or Flexible Service?

In addition to your regular cleaning services, there are always times in a commercial environment where you may need last minute cleaning services.  It is important to ask your commercial cleaning service provider whether or not they can accommodate these requests and what their response times would be.

How Long Have You Been Providing Service?

While it is great to help startup businesses, hiring a cleaning service that has experience in the cleaning industry will guarantee better results often.  Now this doesn’t mean that a new company doesn’t have experience, make sure to ask the owner how long they have been in the industry and what their experience requirements are for new staff.

How Do You Hire Staff?

It is important to know what kind of vetting the cleaning service’s staff goes through to get a job.  You don’t want people with prior convictions cleaning your workspace necessarily.  This can be especially important if you have a secure environment.  It is also a good idea to ask them what their retention rate is for their staff.  A high turnover rate could indicate poor hiring choices or poor treatment of employees, neither of which is a good thing.

How Do You Control Quality?

In every industry quality assurance is important.  In cleaning it is critical.  An unclean workspace can negatively impact business and reduce the amount of money you are able to make.  Any cleaning company that you hire should have a quality assurance plan in place to ensure that all customers are getting the service they deserve.  In addition, there should be a plan in place should you feel that you didn't get the service you are paying for.

Can You Get A Free Estimate?

It is important to know beforehand what your cleaning services are going to cost.  That is why a good cleaning company will offer you a free estimate.  We are happy to provide a free quote and inspection  if you need commercial cleaning services in North County, San Diego & Surrounding Areas.

Do They Have Testimonials?

Ask the commercial cleaner whether or not they provide services to any other companies in the area and  if they can provide testimonials or reviews from prior clients.  If they do you can see the experience other clients have had which can provide you with a sense of what to expect from using their services.

These top 10 things you need to know before you hire your commercial cleaner are going to help you make the right choice for your business. If you have additional questions about hiring a commercial cleaner or need a quote for commercial cleaning services in North County San Diego, contact us today! 

June 2016

The Top 10 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon emissions have been poisoning our lives and our planet for years.  It wasn’t until recently that people started to become aware of their carbon footprint and have wanted to change it.  Many people who hear about reducing their carbon footprint don’t know how to go about it.  Here we have 10 ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Give Money

There are a lot of organizations such as Carbon Fund which exist to help the world offset their carbon footprint.  You can purchase preset amounts of carbon footprint relief.  Carbon Fund offers presets for family size, vehicle type, home type, and more.

Planting Trees

The most common way that people reduce their carbon footprint is to plant trees.  It is an excellent way of offsetting your footprint.  What you need though is a large amount of space and to plant a lot of trees.  One tree won’t offset your carbon footprint for long.  Finding a trustworthy organization to work with to plant trees is essential.

Use Alternative Power

There are a lot of different alternative power sources being theorized by scientists every day, but there are already options available to everyone out there.  Solar power is one of the most common alternative power sources available.  Hydroelectric and wind power are two more sources that you can invest in although both options require more land.

Electric Cars

Part of your carbon footprint can be offset by driving an alternative fuel source car, such as a fully electric car.  These vehicles will not just save you money on gas but will get rid of the output that you had previously.  Alternative fuel vehicles are dropping in price and more options are coming out to extend range and features.

Be Mindful

Think about everything you do and ask yourself does this emit carbon at any stage of the process?  If it does, then ask yourself if there is a way to avoid the carbon emissions or if you have to undertake the activity at all.  Finding alternatives and being open to skipping activities that require carbon emissions will put you a step ahead of the pack.

Hire Eco Friendly Companies

When you have the chance to go green, take it. This is one of the most influential reasons San Diego businesses choose us at Sparkle Freshness. Our eco-friendly and green cleaning is easy on the environment, allows business owners to do their part, and helps keep a clean, toxic free commercial environment.

Mass Transit

If you live too far to bike to work or it is unsafe to do so where you live, consider mass transit.  The one benefit to mass transit is that many people ride on buses or trains and the emissions that are being put out are marginalized because of the number of people they are taking off the road.


Carpooling isn’t just for getting to work.  Whenever you go to hang out with friends you should highly consider carpooling so that you do not have to have a large number of vehicles on the road.  This will help reduce the impact you have on the road but it will also give you more time with your friends.

Be An Advocate

Be an advocate for carbon awareness.  Speak with your bosses and team members at work.  Chances are there are processes at work where carbon emissions can be eliminated without compromising time or quality.  If your bosses need a little more motivation just let them know that customers like a company that is doing their part to preserve the world!

Use Green Materials

Using green materials that don’t only contain green ingredients but are made green is another great step.  Producing products in mass quantity doesn’t just take work it also takes fossil fuels.  By buying green you can help eliminate the mass production plants that poison the atmosphere.  Shopping local also helps you to ensure that your items were made better.

There is a lot that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.  Most of all it is important to think about your carbon use, though.  Consider whenever you use fuel about whether it is needed.  Be willing to adjust your life and schedule in order to make the planet last longer.

If you are ready to make a switch to a green commercial cleaning company in North County San Diego or surrounding areas, contact us today for a free quote.

July 2016

Why Green Cleaners are the way to go! 

Did You Know… 

Here are twelve different reasons that influenced us to be an eco friendly, green commercial and office cleaning company.
This will change how you look at cleaning supplies and show you that natural, eco friendly cleaners are the best way to go.

Green Cleaners Work As Well As Other Cleaners

With any industry, you will find knock off products that don't work as well as the real thing but there are definitely green cleaners that work as well as traditional cleaners. Good green cleaners go through a lot of testing to make sure that they work the same if not better than harsher, toxic chemicals.

Household Air Fresheners Are Bad For You

Many people use household air fresheners to clean smells from the air. Unfortunately, while these good smelling air cleaners get rid of the smell they don’t actually clean the air. Many household air fresheners release chemicals into the air which poison people, pets, and plants.

Dusting Chemicals Aren’t The Only Option

Dusting chemicals like Pledge aren’t the only option. A microfiber cloth will work just as well and it doesn’t leave anything behind. These clothes also double as screen cleaners and can be found at stores around the world.

Cleaning Your Furniture

You don’t need furniture cleaner to get rid of messes on your furniture. Just like with dusting a microfiber cloth can be used to clean your furniture. You just need to add some water. Then you can sit on your couch not having to worry about chemicals.

Green Cleaners Don’t Have To Cost A Fortune

Many people are under the impression that green cleaners have to cost a fortune because that is what they see advertised the most in stores. There are smaller brands and brands that aren’t advertised as heavily that don’t cost a fortune to use. There are also DIY options for those who want to create their own!

Not All Green Cleaners Are Actually Eco Friendly Or Safe

There are a lot of different green cleaners out there but you would be surprised to find that they aren’t all as friendly as they could be. Many “green” cleaners contain chemicals or are untested. They can make these claims because they aren’t as bad as existing options. At Sparkle Freshness, we only use guaranteed, high quality green cleaners.

Vinegar Is An Excellent Green Cleaner

Vinegar can be put to use in your house for more than just an ingredient in your meals. Vinegar and water work well to loosen stuck on debris in a microwave and even remove odors. It can also be made to use a cleaner for your cutting boards, counter-tops, and floors.

Dry Cleaning Soap

Many dry cleaning soaps contain harsh chemicals to get your clothes extra clean, remove stains, or to help smooth wrinkles. To avoid this you should always use green laundry detergents. Otherwise, harsh chemicals can cause your body to have rashes, sores, or allergic reactions depending on the chemicals used.

Avoid Chemical Warnings

You should avoid any product in the store with chemical warnings such as to keep out of eyes or avoid exposure to skin. These are the chemicals you don’t want, even if they are advertised as green. You should also avoid products with flammable or warning on the label. A product warning isn’t always specific to the fact that it will hurt humans.

Certified Green Labels

A big help when looking for green products in the store is to look for green certified logos. Make sure that you verify the green certification is from a valid agency, though. This will help you find products that you can enjoy without having to worry about.

Look Online at Green Databases

There are a wide variety of databases out there for you to choose from when looking for green and/or eco friendly products. Green Seal, Energy Star, Greenguard, Home Depot LEED, and SCS Global are just some of the databases out there to find green materials. EWG; however, has one of the best databases specifically designed towards cleaning products.

Green Cleaners Are Less Likely To Damage Surfaces

Non-green cleaners are far less likely to damage surfaces that they weren’t intended for. Many chemical cleaners will damage surfaces that they weren’t intended to be used on. For example, if you use Windex on plastic regularly it will melt said plastic. There are many other examples of this from staining to damaging the items around your household.

Did you know any of these facts about green cleaners? If you have any questions or want to start using an eco friendly commercial or office cleaning company, contact us today for a custom quote.

August 2016

6 Big Reasons Why You Should You Hire An Eco Friendly Cleaner

The term Eco friendly has been thrown around a lot recently.  The term is pretty straight forward; it means environmentally friendly.  One of the first places that people have started to focus on when it comes to being eco friendly is their cleaning.  Hiring a cleaner like us here at Sparkle Freshness, is an eco friendly and incredibly important decision and here are 6 big reasons why.

Your Family Is Important

The number one reason that an eco friendly cleaner is important is your family, you want to protect them and help them to live as long as they possibly can.  Most chemicals and cleaners that hurt the environment also hurt people too.  So by hiring an eco friendly cleaner you are helping to keep your family healthy.  Bad cleaners can cause asthma, allergies, and a wide variety of other medical ailments.  Some of them can even cause new ailments that people had no history of in the past.  The same applies to keeping your place healthy for family and customers.

What you don’t think of is the fact that you will also have more time with your family, friends, coworkers, and/or customers because you won’t be spending a large amount of your time cleaning. 

Eco Friendly Cleaners Know What They Are Doing

Eco friendly cleaners know what they are doing.  The cleaning supplies that are labeled as green or environmentally friendly tend to be harder to come by in some markets and have a higher price point.  A bad cleaning company wouldn’t spend the time arming their crews with the best cleaners on the market if they didn’t have the expertise to keep your property safe and clean.

At Sparkle Freshness, we pride ourselves on only using the highest quality eco friendly products.

Everyone Does Their Part

It may seem like a small thing to do to hire an eco friendly cleaner but it is a piece of a larger puzzle.  If everyone thought that what they were was doing was a small thing and didn't do it for that reason, no one would be green.  When you add up all of the small things, it turns in to one very large thing.  By hiring an eco friendly cleaner you are helping the planet you live on and you are helping that cleaner to keep other people's homes clean too.

Green in All Areas

If you hire an eco friendly cleaner,  they are committed to being green in all areas of their business.  A truly professional green cleaner will treat every part of your home with the same eco friendly approach.  Whether it be your floors, walls, kitchen, or toilet, all of it will be cleaned with the same attention to detail and the same chemical-free approach.  They will want every part of your house to be safe for you and your family.

Commercial green cleaners will want your workplace to be clean for you, your employees, and your customers.

Safer For Cleaners

The people who clean your homes and workplaces sometimes have to go through a lot.  Maybe it is a spill one day or an extra mess from a party the next day.  The work that they go through exposes them to the chemicals they clean with every day.  By hiring green cleaners you know that not only does the company care about your home but they care about the people that work for them. 

Eco Friendly Cleaners Give You Peace of Mind

Many people hire a cleaner to get their home or workplace clean, they don’t think about the peace of mind that a cleaner can give them.  When you use a cleaner you know that none of your spaces will be left un-cleaned.  Cleaners are thorough and have the training that is needed to make your workplace or home clean and safe.   This is multiplied when you have an eco friendly cleaner because you no longer have to worry about what is going around your house to make it shine.

Having an eco friendly cleaner  like Sparkle Freshness can make a big difference in your life.  Less worry, cleaner home, commercial or office space, and helps the environment.  How could life get any better?  And don’t worry, with how popular green cleaning has become it isn’t hard to find a cleaner that will keep your home safe from chemicals and environmental hazards.

Ready to go green? Contact us today for a custom quote from an eco friendly commercial and office cleaning company serving San Diego and surrounding areas.

September 2016

Small Steps You Can Take To Start Going Natural With Your Cleaners

Being natural with your cleaners is important.  It can change the environment and make your home a healthier and safer place.  When not using natural cleaners you never know what you, your family, your friends, or your pets might be encountering every day.  Changing to natural cleaners doesn't have to be a hassle, though, you can take these small steps to make your house or business natural.

Do Your Research

The first small step to natural cleaners is to do your research.  There are a lot of options out there for keeping your place natural.  By researching the different options that you have you can make informed choices.  It ensures that you will get a natural cleaner that works the best.  There are also a lot of false natural cleaners out there so it is important to make sure that you know the cleaners not to buy. 

It may seem like a large task to do research on cleaners but it isn’t.  There are a lot of different options for research sources.  Many people have created articles, databases, and more that you can use to find green cleaners and scam cleaners.

Start Switching Out Your Cleaning Supplies

Over time, you can start switching out your cleaning supplies.  In most cases you don't need to throw away the cleaning supplies you just bought.  Use what you have and as each cleaning supply runs out to replace it with a natural alternative.  This happens over time so it doesn't cost you a large amount of money at one time.  Not only do you need to clean out the chemicals but also the tools you use to maximize efficiency with the natural ingredients.

Ditch The Feather Duster Or Rag

Many people use a feather duster or a rag and to help the process along they use pledge.  You don’t need to be using pledge in order to keep the dust down.  Instead of kicking up dust, use a microfiber cloth.  These clothes are incredibly durable and are not that expensive.  These clothes work for a wide variety of other purposes too, such as cleaning the television or computer screen.

Move To A Traditional Mop

Ditching your high tech mop that spits out chemicals you can move to a traditional mop that allows you to choose your own cleaning soaps.  Most high-tech mops such as Swiffer-style ones can use only the brand name chemicals that come with it to clean.  That means you don’t get a chance to decide what chemicals you want on your floor and which ones you don’t.  A traditional mop doesn’t take any more work and they don’t cost too much.

Insist Your Cleaners Use These Supplies Too

If you hire cleaners to clean your house it is important that you insist that they use natural cleaners to make your house shine.  This is one of the major benefits of hiring an eco-friendly cleaning company like Sparkle Freshness.  It is unfortunate but there are still many cleaning companies out there that don’t use eco friendly cleaners.  By buying the cleaning supplies that your cleaning crew will use ensures that they are using what you want them to. 

Keep Your Air Clean

Many people think of cleaning their floors, dishes, walls, and more but not everyone things about cleaning their air.  Cleaning or replacing your HVAC filter regularly helps to ensure that clean air is being blown throughout the house.  And using windows to create natural air flow helps to keep your home smelling fresh when there is an odor.  Using a plugin or other air freshener in the household is a bad idea.  Many of these contain chemicals that make it worse to breathe than with fresh air.

These steps are just some of the small ways that you can make a breakthrough into the world of having a natural household.  There are a lot of resources out there to help you on your way to making your house safe for your family and pets.  It doesn’t take long and it isn’t hard to start taking small steps into the world of natural cleaners. 

Are you ready to hand the cleaning responsibilities over to a reputable and eco friendly company? Contact us today for commercial or office cleaning and we can provide you with a custom quote.

October 2016

5 Cleaning Tips That Will Change Your Life

There are a lot of different tips and tricks that people have used for cleaning over the years. A lot of tips that you find on the Internet are untested and can result in no effect or make the process worse. Not all tips from the Internet are bad, though!

 These five tips will change your cleaning life and simplify it.

The Magic of Microfiber Cloths

Many people have a lot of different cleaning cloths, one for every area of the house and different ones for different tasks. Besides cleaning the toilet and sink there is one cloth that will handle every task, microfiber cloths are magical in the way that they can handle any task.

Microfiber cloths are also super easy to clean. For basic cleaning, you can run them under warm water and wipe them off with your hand. For heavier cleaning of a microfiber cloth simply soak it for a while in warm water. After the soak is complete wipe off whatever is left with your fingers. Do not put your microfiber cloths through the laundry machine.

Removing Water Rings

Removing water rings have always been a highly debated topic in the cleaning world, there are hundreds of ways that people propose for doing it. One of the best ways to do it is to use a hairdryer to dry out the water rings. Once the rings are gone you can use olive oil to refresh the surface and make it uniform.

Make sure that you use a microfiber cloth before treating the surface in order to make sure there is no debris or dust in the way to interfere with the treatment. There are also eco friendly treatments that you can get for table tops to help prevent water rings from forming in the first place.

Clean With Vinegar

Many people believe that it takes a different chemical cleaner for each job. This isn't true and vinegar is a great example of that. Vinegar can be used to remove residues, loosen stuck on messes, cleaning rust, and more. With vinegar, you can achieve a lot of different tasks with only one main ingredient.

When you add extra ingredients to the water and vinegar such as baking soda you can create green cleaners for a wider variety of tasks from scrubbing to washing. Vinegar and baking soda can also be made into an abrasive cleaner to remove the toughest of messes from places like your sink or stove.

Removing Hair From The Carpet

If you have long hair or a dog you know the pain of having hair getting stuck in the carpet. Using a shower style squeegee can help you remove hair from your carpet. Working in quadrants you can get rid of most, if not all, of the hair from your carpet.

Once you have removed the hair from your carpet make sure you go over it with the vacuum cleaner in order to remove any leftover hair. This will also help to get rid of the more dug in hair that was loosened up by the squeegee.

Remove Oil Stains From Your Garage

Have you ever had oil stains in your garage that you just want to get rid of? It happens to everyone. Coca-Cola is the perfect way to remove these pesky stains. Poor the Coca-Cola on and let it sit for a bit then wipe it off. Depending on the age of the stain it may take multiple tries.

Hose the surface off once you have finished so that all of the remains of both the Coca Cola and the oil are dispersed. If you want to be extra environmentally conscious, make sure that you contain all of the water and dispose of it properly. Hazardous material disposal sites and dumps will have areas for you to dispose of oil soiled rags or paper towels.

Cleaning your house is often seen as a pain but when you use these simple steps it doesn't have to be. Each one of these tips and tricks is designed to help make life easier. You will spend less time cleaning and more time doing what matters.

There are so many tips and tricks that only professional cleaners know and here at Sparkle Freshness, we have several tried and true cleaning tips that will work perfectly, without any of the toxic harsh chemicals other cleaners use.

To get a custom quote for your commercial or office space in North County San Diego or surrounding areas, contact us  today!

November 2016

­5 Reasons Hiring An Eco Friendly Cleaner Will Make You Feel Outstanding

Green cleaners have many reasons that they will make you feel outstanding. Here at Sparkle Freshness, we believe being Eco Friendly is important in a world where a lot of chemicals have harmed people and the environment. There are reasons that stand out above the others, here are five reasons hiring an eco friendly cleaner will make you feel outstanding.

Less Harsh Chemicals

As soon as you hire an eco friendly cleaner you no longer need to worry about harsh chemicals being left over on your surfaces. If you experience skin irritation after cleaning from the chemicals that are used this will be especially relieving. But just knowing that your family, friends, and pets are safe takes a load off your shoulders.

Less Sickness

Even if you already had a conventional cleaner the chances that your sickness rates will go down when you hire an eco friendly cleaner is great. This is for a variety of reasons. The most important is that green cleaners that contain citric acids, lactic acids, and other natural sanitizers can clean surfaces better than some watered down cleaners.

Some chemical cleaners also clean surfaces too well. The body does need the less powerful chemicals in order to build up defenses.

You Actually Know What Goes Into Your Cleaners

Companies that produce eco friendly cleaners want to be safe for the environment but they also want to make money, that is why they tend to be more honest about what is inside their products. They know that those who are going to buy their niche of cleaners want to know what's in the cleaners.

You can rest assured because you will know all of the different ingredients that go towards making your cleaner. This lets you rest easy because there won't be any harm caused by your cleaner.

Green Cleaning Isn't Expensive

Green cleaning has become notorious for being expensive but for the most part this is false. You don't have to spend a fortune in order to have an environmentally friendly cleaning experience. Most common green cleaning supplies cost the same amount that you would spend on conventional cleaners. You can also mix a lot of environmentally friendly products yourself with simple household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lime juice.

The expensive cleaners tend to be from the companies that sell conventional cleaners too. The higher they raise the prices of the green cleaners, the more enticing that the lower priced cleaners seem. Even if those lower priced cleaners aren't eco friendly.

Knowing that your bank account won't be broken with the cost of being green. Even if you decide to let the cleaners provide the cleaning supplies you will know that if there are raised costs, that they shouldn't be any different from a conventional cleaner that provides the cleaning materials.

Eco Friendly Cleaners Aren't Just A Fad

Many people who think about environmentally friendly cleaning worry that it is just a fad. That, later on, scientists will prove that chemical cleaners aren't any worse than green cleaners. You don't need to worry about this happening.

Not only science proves that conventional cleaners are bad, but experience has proven it too. Anyone who has been burnt by a cleaner or had any bad reaction is proof that eco friendly cleaners aren't just a fad. A lot of scientific investigation has also gone into cleaning supplies and proves that chemical cleaners aren't just bad for us, they are bad for the environment.

There is no need to worry about scientists doing a 360 like they have done with other fads. You also don't need to worry about eco friendly cleaners going out of business and leaving you hanging. Before long all cleaners will need to be eco friendly.

Now that you know how hiring a green cleaner will make you feel, we are happy to help you get started.

Let us provide you with a complimentary quote for office and commercial cleaning in North County San Diego and surrounding areas.

December 2016

How To Go Green At Home And At Work

Going green is one of the most environmentally conscious things that you can do. Most people know this but think it's too much of a hassle to do so. It isn't, in fact, all it really involves in most cases is changing from one way of doing something to another. In some cases, it may involve changing products that you use but that is an easy thing to do. Here are some steps you can take to go green at home and at work.

Recycle Everything That You Can

One of the most basic steps for going green is to recycle or reuse anything that you can. A large amount of the garbage that people throw out every year can actually be recycled or reused. When you throw out things that can be recycled you are increasing the amount of work and energy that goes into producing replacements.

To help yourself with recycling print out a diagram of what has to be thrown away and what can be recycled and place that by your garbage cans. Also, invest in recycling cans for multiple locations in your home or office to help encourage recycling.

Use Green Cleaners

Using a green cleaner is a must when you want to go green at work or home. Green cleaners let no toxic chemicals out into the environment. These cleaners are also manufactured in responsible ways.

Most workplaces use preset chemicals to clean and do not allow workers to bring in their own cleaning materials. Speak with your management and illustrate the benefits of green cleaners. If they don't buy them for the cleaning staff, at least attempt to get green cleaners you use at home approved to be used in your workspace.

You can also look into hiring an eco friendly commercial cleaner like us at  Sparkle Freshness.

Drive Environmentally Friendly Vehicles

Alternative fuel and electric vehicles have become a huge trend around the world because they emit zero, or near zero, emissions. These vehicles are notorious for being expensive but as they become more popular the average price for them is going down. The cost for fueling them is also less.

Create A Green Committee

Another great way to go green is to create a green committee at work to investigate how the office place could be more eco friendly. There are a lot of ways that you can become green and with the support of your management team, a committee can go a long way. You only need to meet once every other week or so to make changes and analyze those changes.

Educate Your Friends and Co-Workers

A lot of people don't know how to go about being green or even what exactly it means. By educating your friends and family you are bringing more people into the loop. Having a list of websites to recommend to your friends when they inquire can help.

Just make sure that you don't go around forcing being green on people. The number one way to ensure that someone gets a negative view of being green is to force it on them.

Unplug Your Electronics

Unplugging your electronics instead of simply turning them off is a big step in going green. Many of your household electronics use electricity even when they are off. Gaming consoles, for example, use as much energy as an appliance when in the off position because they don't stop sucking power. It improves start up times that way.

Being green at home and work doesn't have to be difficult. Taking these steps are great ways to become eco friendly at home and at work. The most important thing about the process is that you commit to what you decide to do. Otherwise, you spend a lot of time researching stuff for it to come to no avail.

While there are a lot of things you can do, the most important part is to be aware of your options. These are great tips to get you started with going green at home and at work. And remember, if you need an eco friendly and green commercial cleaner, contact us anytime for a free quote on your commercial cleaning services serving North County San Diego and surrounding areas.

January 2017

The Effects Of Using Toxic Chemicals And Cleaners

There are a lot of different cleaners out there. For many years, people believed that the best cleaners were those that contained the most effective chemicals, no matter what those chemicals are. Numerous chemicals used for cleaning around the world require the wearing of masks and other safety equipment. Harsh chemicals aren't the solution to cleaning, though. At Sparkle Freshness, we pride ourselves on using eco friendly cleaners to avoid the harshness and toxic chemicals most commercial cleaners are using.

Here are some of the effects of using toxic chemicals and cleaners.

Laundry Chemicals

Have you ever had stiff clothing that made you itch after a laundering? There is a reason behind that. Some detergent leaves behind chemicals that get stuck in your clothes and cause rashes, itchiness or worse. Every time your clothes go through the laundry they are re-exposed to these chemicals.

Similar effects can be seen from dryer pads and other dryer additives.


Aerosols are chemicals that are added to cleaners and other spray bottles in order to give them the pressure that propels the material out of the canister. These aerosols can be harmful to the atmosphere and to your house. The gasses that make up aerosols can contribute to global warming and smog that causes asthma reactions.

Older aerosols and ones from outside of the United States can also contain CFCs which are known to eat away at the ozone layer and contribute to causing great harm to our planet.


Phthalates are chemicals that can be found in many fragranced cleaners. This chemical can cause reduced sperm count in males and isn't just limited to one exposure method. Exposure to phthalates is most commonly taken in by inhalation; however, it can also be taken in by skin contact with the chemicals.


One of the most common toxic ingredients in window cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol is a dangerous chemical that can have multiple effects on the body. 2-butoxyethanol is inhaled by the body and in small doses will only cause a sore throat. Larger exposures to 2-butoxyethanol can cause severe damage to organs, narcosis, and pulmonary edemas.


Ammonia is a well-known chemical that is still allowed in various cleaners around the world. Ammonia is an airborne chemical hazard that can cause asthma and chronic bronchitis. Those most at risk are professional cleaners but those who use a lot of household cleaners that contain ammonia regularly are also at risk. Jewelry cleaners also contain ammonia.


Most of us are well aware of the chemical chlorine as it is often added to water to purify it, such as how chlorine is used to purify pool water. As far as cleaners go it is used in a lot of cleaning powders and tile cleaners. In small amounts chlorine poses only a small risk of chronic issues. However, in large amounts chlorine can cause severe issues from skin problems to respiratory issues. It is also being investigated for being a potential thyroid disruptor.

Sodium Hydroxide

Oven cleaners and drain unblockers often contain sodium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is picked by manufacturers because it is highly corrosive and can unblock many different causes of drain blockage and can remove many different things from your oven. That same corrosiveness is what can cause skin damage and burns from simple exposures.

How to Avoid These Chemicals

Not all of these chemicals are required to be listed on labels. The best way to avoid them is to buy green, eco friendly cleaners. For when you don't want to buy these cleaners, there are a few options you have for avoiding them.

First off, you should always check the label of any product you are buying for any of these hazardous chemicals or other chemicals. Second, you should look for product warnings such as keep away from eyes. Lastly, you should look for a warning, hazard, danger, etc. icons on the product label.

Now that you know the effects of toxic chemicals and cleaners you can make the smart choice to remove them from your house. It isn't a hard step to make and you can find many green cleaners that will be just as effective. Do it for your health, the health of your family, and that of your pets. It will be the best move you make this year.

If you're finally ready to avoid these toxic chemicals once and for all, contact Sparkle Freshness for a custom quote for eco friendly commercial and office cleaning serving North County San Diego and surrounding areas.