Germz Be Gone will be at this weekend’s event hosted by Sunrise Children’s Foundation here in Las Vegas. This event will have food, fun and prizes. Plus we will be offering child car seat cleaning service on location for just $20. Do not miss this event! If you ever wanted to try our services and you’re in the area, be sure to wing by!
Sunrise Children’s Foundation
2795 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121
“Sunrise Children’s Foundation programs support a myriad of critical areas focusing on optimal child development including prenatal care and breast-feeding education; infant and toddler health and development ; wellness, nutrition and health education; parent education; reading and literacy skills; and positive family relationships. SCF delivers a full scope of services from birth to five and provides a comprehensive continuum of care to ensure that children in Nevada have a chance at success.” Visit Sunrise Children’s Foundation website and learn how you can get involved.
Use the below pregnancy due date calendar to assist in your planning efforts.
Expanding your home by two feet and preparing for your family’s newest arrival can be a daunting task. From painting the baby’s room to putting the crib together to preparing your mind for one of the biggest changes you will face in life. Doing things right takes time and you will certainly need some help. Call your friends and family to help you paint or assemble furniture. Call Germz Be Gone when you’re ready to clean and sanitize your child’s gear before they use it.
To assist in your planning, I found an easy to use pregnancy due date calendar. Input a couple parameters, click submit, and….happy planning! Scheduling our amazing baby gear cleaning services is just as easy. Simply follow this link and choose what you need to get cleaned and sanitized.
The above pregnancy due date calendar is for entertainment only. No one really knows when your baby will be introduced to the world. You should consult your doctor and complete the recommended checkups. Germz Be Gone is not a licensed healthcare organization.
In this video I show you how to remove hard water spots from your toilet with a pumice stone. No chemicals lingering around to negatively impact your health. After watching the video be sure to pick up Pumie Scouring Stick (4PK) at Amazon today!
After answering this question on Angie’s List and posting the video, one person commented saying that a pumice stone is the “WORST” thing you can use in a toilet. They pointed to the potential for scratching and gouging–which does exist. However–and I can’t stress this enough–if you use it properly, keep it wet, and apply light even pressure you should be fine (particularly when using on real porcelain as opposed to a light porcelain / enamel-like coating.
Since I felt compelled to respond and further explain my position, my response was as follows:
“The classification as “WORST” recommendation is an extremely subjective one and does not apply in this case. However, I do concur with LCD to an extent. I don’t own nor represent Pumie. I’m simply providing a non-toxic solution as opposed to offering a chemical laden approach.
If pumice stone is used improperly (i.e. not keeping it wet), then for sure you will have scratches all over the place. However, used properly, the porcelain surface (if truly porcelain) will survive scratch free. Any enamel coated surface will not be able to stand up to the pumice
If you are one to use chemicals to rectify cleaning situations, then by all means go ahead and poison the air the you breathe. Hopefully you don’t suffer from any respiratory issues or have an allergic reaction to the chemicals you are treating with, have little kids that may play in the bathroom too much, or have any pets that drink out of the toilet.
Any chemical cleaner in your toilet is going to do a few things:
– interact with other chemicals in your water
– leave behind VOCs for several days
– most will contain a bleaching element which will simply turn colors “translucent” rather than actually remove what’s on the surface. This means solid buildup happens faster and you have to clean it more frequently. Cleaning more frequently with chemicals places you at further risk of suffering from their effects.
Pick your poison (pun intended) or simply use the pumice stone properly.”
Why do we do clean? What sparked its evolution? If we take the time to think about this subject maybe we can come up with better ways of cleaning, indeed, better ways of protecting ourselves and our families. In this post, I’ll provide my own analysis of why we clean and hopefully spark a conversation bucking current practices and moving us toward a new era of cleaning.
Long before paleo diets became a lifestyle choice, people dwelled in caves. They hunted animals for meat. They gathered other edible sources of nutrition. More than likely, at first anyway, they consumed their prey and what they gathered on the spot rather than return back to the cave with it. It may not have been long; however, that the necessity to take their food togo was born and back to the cave they went with the day’s meal in tow.
Caves didn’t come with laminate or tile flooring. Instead rocks and dirt were responsible for the ambience. So cleaning back then was not for the purposes of removing dirt. I’m sure our ancestors found that if they left their old bones and food scraps in the cave, they would invite unwanted predators. Rather than place their lives at risk, after finishing a meal, cleaning consisted of throwing out the unused and unwanted food scraps from the cave. The very crux of modern-day cleaning evolved from there as a means to rid our environment from threats to our survival as an animal species. Simply: cleaning is a human trait we need for survival.
Some time ago, cleaning became engrained in our instinct and a periodic ritual ensued. Around that same time, families became clans, clans became tribes, tribes became villages, and societal structures shifted from more utilitarian to aristocratic. People sought the advantages of cleaning and “elites” in societies began to exploit their perceived power. Cleaning didn’t necessarily shift from a mode of survival to a status symbol; the survival aspect will always remain. Rather, the reason why folks clean now included a new perception of status, wealth and power.
As we know today, keeping a clean home requires tons of time, which typically requires more than one or two people keeping it clean. Back then, though–we’re talking since the dawn of civilization as we know it–if the family wasn’t big enough, help was hired or slaves and indentured servants performed housekeeping duties amongst other things. The cleaner the home, the wealthier the family. One could argue this reason of status stills hold true, minus the slaves in most cases (I’ll save the dehumanizing of service workers for a later post).
Matter of Pride
For those who couldn’t afford the help or were slaves themselves, keeping a clean home and having good hygiene carried an additional component to the reason: self-esteem. I say “added,” because the perception of wealth and power still exists; however, if not possessed by an individual, the fallback is usually pride, self-esteem and self-respect. This reason of self-respect also holds true today. No matter one’s station in life, cleanliness can always be achieved and some form of self-respect maintained.
The discovery of bacteria and pathogens not only reconstituted the instinctual, survival reason of why we clean, but took it to the extreme. The idea of “kill everything we can’t see” made sense at the time. People died for no apparent reason. So if there was something we couldn’t see that was killing us, by any means…get rid of it. Our reasons for cleaning now included a fear factor.
Unfortunately, some people saw a profit to be made and a plethora of concoctions were created and sold in the marketplace. An entire multi-billion-dollar industry that we see today was born from the extreme and overuse of antiseptics. Antiseptics, disinfectants, sanitizers and so on were used in every way imaginable and unimaginable (see Lysol used as birth control and douche).
The perversion of biological science for profit has proven dangerous. Marketers haunt people’s fears, promise convenience, and hide the negative side effects of the chemicals used in the very products they promote–all while exacerbating the issue. The birth of superbugs has risen more in the last decade as our societies use of anti-life chemicals becomes more ubiquitous. The time, money, and effort spent in fighting respiratory issues caused by chemicals, for instance, shows up in extra doctor visits, inhalers, and missed opportunities at work or in the classroom. Is a $3.99 bottle of bleach for the sake of white socks worth $156 in copays, medication, missed wages, with no real results to show for it? So why, then, do we keep using chemicals to clean? Fear and fear itself.
We’ve been brainwashed to think certain chemicals clean and sanitize better than others. That a specific smell means clean. That all microbes are bad. Folks, the snake oil is still being sold like it’s 1895. Let’s take Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner, made by Clorox. They market it stating it: “powerfully cleans, deodorizes and has a clean, fresh scent, disinfects and kills 99.9% of germs, longer-lasting scent, even stronger on bathroom soils (soap scum, rust and hard water).” Looking at the ingredients on the Clorox website, not only do they list what’s in there, but they even provide their own definition of each ingredient–albeit pretty rosey and vague. The further down the list, the nastier the ingredients get. For instance, according to the site, Pine-Sol contains a preservative known as Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT). Clorox says CMIT is “a class of ingredients used to help prevent products from deteriorating over time, maximizing their shelf-life, and ensuring efficacy and safety.” Meanwhile Safecosmetics.org says CMIT additives “may be hard to pronounce, but they can be even harder on the body. These common preservatives are found in many liquid personal care products, and have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.” Once again, the snake oil does more harm than good.
With the rise of superbugs and science pointing to antibiotics as ineffective in managing microbes to safe levels, people’s minds are shifting back to the original reason of why we clean: survival. We are seeing that chemical cleaners, even some claiming to be antibacterial, are actually harming us. Our cleaning practices are contributing to poor air quality and respiratory issues, cognitive issues, even reproduction complications. Chemical cleaning practices are no longer on our side; instead, they are quickly becoming outlawed. The FDA banned soaps with antibacterial ingredients because they are not safe for long-term daily use and less effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. For the FDA to take a stance like that, there must be something really bad about our prior and current practices which are only symptoms of our fear.
Fortunately, there are more studies and research being done on probiotics and other non-toxic means that get the job done and protect us in the process.
The Future of Clean Is In The Why!!!!
How do we change our practices when we’ve been doing them for so long?
First, let’s highlight our reasons for cleaning. This will give us a baseline to refer to when seeking answers on our quest for change:
survival – rid our environment of dangerous threats, including those we can’t see
status, wealth and power
self-respect – pride
fear – we’ve been duped for a long time by folks selling snake oil
Use Common Sense. Since we now have the knowledge we didn’t have years ago, we need to apply it and use common sense. We know chemical cleaners aren’t really working and they’re harming us physically. Listen to your body the next time you step into a room recently cleaned with chemicals or sprayed with a deodorizer. Your nostrils and sinuses will likely plug up, your breathing will become shallow, your eyes might water. That’s your body telling you to, “Get out! It’s not safe!”
To avoid chemicals in cleaning, use natural cleaners. If you can’t find a probiotic cleaner, use vinegar or some of the non-toxic soaps available. They work well, are effective, and usually less expensive in the longer run.
If you find your place of business or the company you contracted using chemicals, simply require they switch or look for a company who does use alternative methods. Your health is not worth taking the chance.
Vote With Your Wallet. Question the studies you read, hear and see. Believe in your own experience. Chemical companies will tell you anything for you to buy their products. Challenge their claims and do not buy their products until they can prove they are effective and safe to use. For every dollar you spend on nontoxic products, you are signaling to the market your demand for such products.
Education Is Key. A quick google search can lead you in all sorts of directions, but one word from a trusted friend and a person’s mind opens a little more to new information. The more educated people are on using harsh chemicals to clean, the less use of them in our homes and other environments there will be. Common sense will prevail at some point.
Change Regulations. Many people, especially in organizations, would have you believe their policies and procedures cannot change. For instance, in most preschools, a spray bottle of bleach and water is “required” to be used to wipe down surfaces. Why? We know there are better, less harmful alternatives out there. Why harm our kids in trying to stick with an archaic regulation that doesn’t work?
For example, for bleach to be effective, a surface needs to be cleaned and dried first. Then between five and ten minutes of dwell time is required before the solution should be wiped up. I highly doubt cleaning staff knows this–and if they do, I doubt they’re doing it. Nevermind the fact that bleach loses its “power” just 24-hours after mixing with water.
The reasons we clean may have been lost in translation over the last few millennia; with a few tweets, posts, phone calls or dollar votes you can change the future and set a trend that cocoons into a lasting legacy for mankind to follow for the next few generations. Do what’s right for your family. Teach your children well. The rest will be history.
Are chemicals really winning against superbugs? Short answer: no.
Antibiotics are getting a lot of attention these days; and not for good reason. It seems their overuse has caused and is causing a spike of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (superbugs) which is infecting people in some parts of the United States. A recent news story caught my attention and reaffirmed my use of steam and probiotic cleaners.
What’s going on?
You may have already heard of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, but there is another one on the rise which tops the World Health Organization’s list of dangerous bacteria: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. In 2013, 39 patients were infected with the superbug at a hospital in Illinois. A hospital spokesperson said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked the outbreak to a tainted medical device. Two patients died.
Today, the Center for Disease Controls reports over 175 CRE cases in the U.S. alone. With the numbers on the rise, folks are looking for solutions and remedies. Too many times, though, the “remedy” turns out to be stronger antibiotics. “We need to be very, very careful about when we use antibiotics because that’s what leads to more resistance,” said Dr. Susan Bleasdale, Medical Director of Infection Control at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “It’s that antibiotics use over years that has led to the problem we have right now.”
How’d we get here?
Based on the countless studies and articles I’ve read, there is one trend I see in the overuse of antibiotics that gets a tiny mention, but absolutely no focus: the chemical cleaners being used to clean equipment, bedding, and other components are not effective at all and are being misapplied. The victims of such harmful bacteria often contract the infection from contaminated tubing, devices, even improper hand washing. So if the majority of antibiotic-resistant-bacteria cases come from the environment, why then is the focus of prevention on the ingestion of antibiotic drugs?
While antibiotics come in pill form, in fact they can also be something topical like an ointment or perhaps a chemical disinfectant like bleach or ammonia. Chemical cleaners, I would argue, are far more prevalent than any antibiotic drugs. Nearly everyone has some form of disinfectants or chemical cleaners in their household. And since you don’t need a prescription for some of the most dangerous chemicals known to mankind, you can certainly pick some up at the store yourself and start cleaning. Being freely available, it’s the widespread use of chemical cleaners that has led us down this slippery slope.
However, if you’re in the mood to clean or need to sanitize your environment for peace of mind, my suggestion is to leave those chemical cleaners behind as you may be contributing to superbug creation.
The pitfalls of chemical cleaners.
You may think they are killing all the germs they touch, but unless the proper amount of “dwell time” is applied, chemicals like chlorine bleach and ammonia are useless. In order to be effective, most bleach manufacturers call for cleaning before applying the bleach then letting the bleach remain on the surface between five and ten minutes. For a contractor, whose profit motive is time sensitive, or for a busy parent having to pick up junior in a few minutes, the likelihood of adhering to those recommendations is low and places your health at risk.
If you hire a contractor who uses chemicals or you do the cleaning yourself, be wary of the following pitfalls when using chemicals to clean:
Chemicals have a limited time of effectiveness once diluted with water. Bleach, for instance, is only effective for 24-hours after mixing it with water.
Chemicals kill everything; the good microbes too. When the bad pathogens outnumber the good guys infection occurs.
Chemicals do not eliminate biofilm. You may have heard of MRSA, CRE or other “superbugs.” Biofilm acts as their lair or incubator. Biofilm itself is a system of microorganisms working together to survive. Over time (several minutes), biofilm develops a relatively hard outer layer which shields its inhabitants from intruders like chemical disinfectants.
Chemical cleaners’ effectiveness are only fleeting at best. Once chemicals are wiped up or evaporate, they no longer kill microorganisms. Then, the harmful germs make their way from under the biofilm to the battlefield, where plenty of food in the form of dead microorganisms exist. These germs feed, mutate, and grow stronger with each generation. The creation of a superbug is now well under way….
Chemicals leave behind a trail of negative side effects. Fumes from nasty chemicals can wreak havoc on nervous systems, impair cognitive abilities, and contribute to respiratory issues long after their use.
What should I use?
At home and in my own sanitizing business, we use a combination of steam andprobiotics. Yes, I said it…”probiotics.” The steam is a given. With its natural cleaning ability it also sanitizes like no other. Heat destroys all things–even microbes resistant to chemicals or drugs.
The probiotics then work wonders in several ways:
Probiotics increase the positive microflora in the environment. If the bad germs are outnumbered by the good ones, infection risk plummets.
Probiotics consume food sources pathogens would normally consume. No food for germs means no survival.
Probiotics spread out making it difficult for harmful germs to attach to surfaces and colonize; reducing biofilm creation.
Probiotics protect for several days since they are a living thing.
Probiotics reduce ATP from pollen, dust mite feces, pet dander, etc. which helps naturally purify the air.
Probiotics destroy odors at the source and work at the microscopic level.
Probiotics are natural and organic which means no negative consequences.
Probiotics are able to communicate with other microorganisms and basically tell them to shut down reproduction. What chemical can talk to bacteria?
I highly recommend purchasing a probiotic cleaner. It will clean better than any chemical on the market without creating superbugs and doesn’t carry a laundry list of warnings.
Much like drug commercials listing a myriad of bad consequences if you take their pill, when it comes to sanitizing, chemical solutions can do you more harm than good. The costs must be weighed and if an effective, healthier alternative exists you may want to consider exploring it.