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Tips to Use Spring Cleaning to Boost Mental, Physical Health

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The spring season comes with a spirit of rejuvenation. To fully embrace that spirit, it helps to give yourself a fresh start by thoroughly cleaning your home. And spring cleaning benefits go beyond having a clean and clutter-free home — it can also provide numerous mental and physical health benefits.

 

 

Mental health benefits of spring cleaning

 

Reduces stress: A cluttered home can be a major cause of stress. When a home is disorganized, you have a hard time finding things. And disorganization can lead to feelings of anxiety and worry. Spring cleaning and organizing can help facilitate a relaxed home environment and offer peace of mind.

 

Reduces the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD): SAD is a seasonal form of depression that affects many people in fall through the winter season. With the onset of spring, cleaning and organization can help bring vitality. Pulling back and dusting drapes, curtains or blinds can help let in sunlight to give you an extra mood boost.

 

It makes you happier: A spring cleaning week survey revealed that families felt happier living in a tidy and clean home. Successfully cleaning your home comes with a sense of satisfaction. And if you get the whole family involved, everyone can benefit from order an organization. And it sure makes it easier to find necessary papers, books or sports equipment.

 

Boosts productivity: Decluttering both your house and office as part of your spring cleaning regimen creates an environment that’s conducive to solid daily routines. It saves time and energy when everything that has a place is in its place.

 

Physical Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

 

Promotes respiratory health: Over the winter season, dust, mold, chemical toxins, and other allergens may have accumulated in your house. These allergens can cause respiratory health issues such as colds and asthma. Vacuuming the house thoroughly (don’t forget those hard-to-reach places!) and installing new air filters regularly helps remove allergens and improves indoor air quality, promoting better respiratory health.

 

Boosts energy levels: Spring cleaning is a form of physical activity that helps burn calories. On average, you burn about 100 calories when vacuuming for 30 minutes. If you have been feeling sluggish this winter, spring cleaning could give you the motivation to get active. Incorporate squats and lunges when carrying laundry and cleaning cabinets to get an extra boost.

 

Better sleep. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found out that 75 percent of respondents slept better with a cleaner, less cluttered bedroom. Be sure to put away clean clothes or piled up laundry, and move any lingering paperwork to the office or filing folder. Having those piles can lead to anxiety that affects good sleep.

 

Encourages healthy eating: Many people look to spring to reinvigorate their health eating goals for the year. Purging your pantry and cleaning out the refrigerator allows you to get rid of expired and unhealthy food items in your kitchen.

 

Reduces the risk of trip hazards: Cluttered walkways and floors are a common cause of trip and fall accidents among children, adults and the elderly in a home. When spring cleaning, look out for tripping hazards such as a torn carpet, protruding furniture parts, and scattered toys.

 

As you say goodbye to the winter season and usher in the warm and bright days ahead with a thorough spring cleaning, your home will be a better place to live in, and your health will thank you for it.

 

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Remove Odors from Apartments and Real Estate for Sale

Remove Odors from Apartments and Real Estate

Building Odor Removal

Apartment Building odor removal

Before you cover the odors with paint, let us permanently remove the odors from your Apartment or Real Estate. Painting over odors only traps the odors, and many times once the paint dries the odor starts to leach out.   To prevent odors, managers will first paint a base coat of Kilz, then paint again with new paint. Instead of painting to get rid of the odors, let us treat the apartment or real Estate with our H202 Decon product. Not only will the odors be gone, mold and mildew will be eliminated, pathogens will be destroyed, and chemical residue it neutralized.  If the past tenants used drugs, this can be a very troubling liability if new tenants experience problems.

Marijuana odor removal

One of the primary functions of flowers is to create terpenes, odoriferous chemicals designed by nature to attract pollinators and ward off predators. These pungent compounds can be one of the best and worst parts of enjoying cannabis. The rich smell of fresh, sticky bud can be fantastic to a marijuana lover, but very objectionable by those who do not smoke pot.

Marijuana use is also routinely associated with other drugs, whether deservedly or not.  It is likely that a marijuana smell in an apartment or real estate for sale, would be one of many illegal substances a forensic analysis would turn up.  This is more than an odor issue.  There could be serious health problems by the next tenants if the problem isn’t fully treated.

Pollutants Removed

EcoVive will solve the environmental threats in one simple, non-toxic treatment.  Our proprietary spray system will destroy every odor in the apartment or house.  It will also decontaminate for pollutants, chemical residue, and drug contamination.  Our treatment will kill mold and mildew on contact, and kill all pathogens.

 

EcoVive will solve the environmental threats in one simple, non-toxic treatment.  Our proprietary spray system will destroy every odor in the apartment or house.  It will also decontaminate for pollutants, chemical residue, and drug contamination.  Our treatment will kill mold and mildew on contact, and kill all pathogens.

This is an EPA registered product, that uses a proprietary form of activated hydrogen peroxide.  We decon apartments, homes, offices, and more with incredible effectiveness.  And, we get the job done in hours, not days.

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Disinfection services Schools and offices.

Disinfection Services

EcoVive Disinfection services understands that an outbreak of disease can occur in a variety of environments, including schools, daycare centers, offices, gyms and other places of work.  Anytime people come together in close quarters or large groups there is an increased risk of catching a virus. Typically, the viruses that are passed around between people are minor. For example, the common cold or flu bug that seems to spread around an office once or twice a year. However, when more serious diseases contaminate a location, you may need professional help to fully disinfect the property. That’s where EcoVive can help.

Bacterial infections, once confined to hospitals, are becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in the public sector today. Disinfectants which have traditionally maintained safety are increasingly ineffective as the organisms have developed a tolerance to their toxic effects. Our disinfection service guarantees that micro-organisms cannot develop a resistance. The technology in the green product we use is combined with a surfactant package to create a powerful cleaning and disinfecting agent proven to destroy infection causing organisms and reduce infection rates.

EcoVive has the experience and resources required to alleviate serious diseases like bird flu, HTV, HIV, H1N1, MRSA, and other pandemic outbreaks. Thanks to a breakthrough in environmental science technology, we are able to offer a green cleaner that has the power of an industrial strength disinfectant without the harmful effects.

Locations We Provide Disinfection Services

Public Schools: Schools are the ideal environment for diseases to spread. With so many students coming from a variety of homes makes for a nearly limitless opportunities for exposure.

Businesses: Similar to schools, workplaces like offices or industrial facilities can also becoming breeding grounds for viruses. While there are preventative measures each employee of a business can take such as thoroughly washing before eating and disinfecting personal areas this is not always enough.

Contact Us

If you’re in need of Disinfection services in Grand Rapids, or throughout Western Michigan, please call us at 616-401-9176. We are able to respond to emergency situations 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Chicken Coop Cleaning

Chicken Coop Cleaning

As spring approaches in Grand Rapids, the time is here to do a good cleaning and disinfecting of your chicken coop. This is especially important if you are considering bringing in new birds or replacing your flock. Decontaminating your coop is crucial in order to prevent diseases and other poultry health problems.

The first step to getting the chicken coop ready is to begin by airing the coop out as well as you can and then raking or shoveling out the old bedding. If you are sensitive to smells and chicken fluff, you may benefit from wearing a mask. This is another good reason (second to your flock’s well-being) to tackle chicken coop cleaning before the ammonia smell builds. Once most of the bedding is out, you can sweep the remaining bits out with a broom.

Then you are ready to clean. EcoVive of Grand Rapids provides an all-natural, non-chemical cleaning and sanitizing service for chicken growers in Grand Rapids that will make this job much faster, and more effective.

Using chemicals, like bleach to clean and disinfect your chicken coop can have disastrous effects on a flock. Chickens are very susceptible to respiratory illnesses and cleaning a coop with harsh chemicals can cause problems.

Chicken Coop SanitizingChicken Coop Sanitizing

With the use of our Liquid Ozone machine we can perform a chicken coop cleaning without the use of chemicals. The Liquid Ozone will not only clean, but it disinfects and removes odors at the same time. After the coop has been cleaned and dried, we can run our high output Ozone generators to totally disinfect the coop. With the use of the ozone gas, every nook and cranny in the coop will be disinfected.

If you raise chickens at your home in Grand Rapids and are looking for a better way to clean and disinfect your coop, give us a call today. We would love to help you.

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Dangers of cleaning chemicals

Dangers of household cleaners

Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes, schools and places of work. However, cleaning products often include harmful chemicals. Even products that are advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.

When consumers buy cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: Clean!  We use many different scents, soaps, detergents; bleaching agents and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, kitchens, glass and floors to keep our homes sparkling and sweet smelling. While the chemicals in the cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our floors, countertops, dishes, bathrooms clean and germ-free, they also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if touched or inhaled.

Many cleaning products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Many products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.

When we use chemicals on a regular basis they become part of our home environment. According to the EPA, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. Not only do these chemicals pollute the air that we breathe inside, they leach onto our counter tops, floors, carpets, bathtubs, sinks, and walls. We also absorb them into our bodies when they come in contact with our skin. Without our concern, our homes have become toxic environments. Regularly breathing, smelling, and touching these chemicals puts our own health at risk, not to mention the health of spouses, children, and even pets.

Just because we find these products on the supermarket shelves doesn’t mean they are tested for safety. Many of the ingredients in the cleaners are not listed on the container. Mostly because they are “trade” secrets to that companies cleaners.  After forty years of using chemical cleaners, we are beginning to connect asthma, cancer, nervous system disorders, and other diseases to their household use.

Green cleaning with Liquid Ozone

Because of the advertising, and how easy it is to purchase and use chemical cleaners, most people don’t think twice of the dangers.  Today there are companies that manufacture truly “green” cleaners that are much safer. One of the not so new, but just becoming more and more available for the home is Liquid Ozone.  While liquid Ozone is not the silver bullet for all cleaning needs in a home, it will replace most of the cleaners that are purchased.  Liquid Ozone is no more than oxygen and water. But, it is an amazing cleaner and disinfectant.  There are units for washing machines that will clean clothes, units that can be mounted with a faucet that will allow you to wash fruits, vegetables and meat. You can also fill spray bottles, and mop buckets to use for all your cleaning and disinfecting needs.

When you switch to a truly green cleaning practice in your home, you will eliminate the dangers to your health from the chemicals and help protect the environment at the same time.

 

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Daycare Disinfection services-Walker, MI

Infection services for daycare

Disinfection Services for Daycares & Preschools

When it comes to preschools and daycares, proper disinfection is imperative. Children don’t always understand the importance of proper hygiene, so germs can spread quickly. Don’t leave your daycare or preschool vulnerable to all types of harmful bacteria, viruses, or germs. EcoVive of Grand Rapids uses a process that provides for whole room disinfection. Our Ozone system will seek out and eradicate pathogens completely from the areas that children and staff work and play. We follow this up with BioZone protectant Antimicrobial surface treatment that can be applied to both porous and non-porous surfaces to provide up to 90 days of protection against pathogens. In one simple treatment you can enjoy a healthier environment that is pathogen free.

Why turn to EcoVive of Grand Rapids for your infection control?

  • Removes Odors along with pathogens
  • Chemical free disinfection. Only water and oxygen left over.
  • Children will be free to touch and explore without passing harmful germs
  • Our service will save your thousands over traditional cleaning

If you are an owner or are in charge in the health and safety of children at a daycare or preschool, contact us at 616-401-9176 to learn more about our economical disinfecting solutions.

 

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Indoor Playground Cleaning and Sanitizing

Playground Cleaning and Sanitizing

Playground cleaning and sanitizing

Your playground is like a magnet to kids eager for fun. And it gives parents hungry for relaxation a time to unwind.

Unfortunately, it is also a harbor for microorganisms, including those that contribute to foodborne illness. On the playground, bacteria, fungi, and viruses pass from the kids hands to play equipment, to other hands, onto food and into mouths.

With children acting as they do—eating, playing, eating and playing some more—ensuring that playground equipment is properly cleaned and sanitized or disinfected is a critical component in providing a safe and inviting experience for both the children and adults. Taking steps to encourage customer hand hygiene before and after playground use will also help keep children and parents healthy.

“Effective playground cleanliness requires cleaning, rinsing, and sanitizing or disinfecting equipment surfaces,” says Gina McDowell, Food Safety Technical Consultant at Ecolab.

Cleaning of the playground equipment removes the visible dirt and other residues from surfaces and reduces the total microorganism count.

Sanitizing helps reduce the count of a variety of potentially harmful microorganisms. Disinfecting provides an extra layer of protection by totally eliminating them, including hard-to-kill viruses. But with any sanitizing program, as soon as a surface is contacted by a germ or virus it has been compromised. That is why we apply an Antimicrobial surface treatment that will ensure that the surfaces, both porous and non-porous are protected against the introduction of germs and viruses.

By employing Ozonated water to clean with, not only is the equipment cleaned and sanitized, but no harmful chemicals are left behind. Nothing but water and oxygen.

Many cleaning products and procedures being used to clean playground equipment use bleach as the main ingredient for their sanitizing steps. There are many dangers to using bleach on playground equipment that children climb all over.

Residue left over from chlorine bleach may cause:

  • Ingestion of bleach causes corrosive damage to the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • It increases asthma and allergy symptoms because of the likelihood of inhalation. It can also cause wheezing, bronchospasm and sometimes noncardiogenic pulmonary edema (a lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from entering the blood).

EcoVive offers a safe, eco-friendly way to keeping playground equipment safe, and sanitized that is both good for our children and our environment.

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Shopping Cart Protection

Shopping Cart Protection

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A number of studies completed on shopping carts have raised health concerns. Shopping carts are always mentioned high on the list of the dirtiest areas. Children and the elderly are especially prone to the Coliform bacteria found on most carts.

Are you interested in providing shopping cart protection against germs?  Having a BioZone AntiMicrobial surface treatment by EcoVive is the answer to this problem. Our treatment is not a chemical reaction, but rather a mechanical process that is a bacteria-fighting layer of protection. Bacteria and germs simply have no safe place to land, colonize, or spread.

Build customer loyalty and reduce labor costs while your patrons enjoy shopping with confidence you are protecting them.

Harsh, toxic chemicals are commonly used in sanitizing wipes, but they don’t sanitize for very long.Independent lab testing shows that the BioZone antimicrobial treatment is capable of dramatic reduction of microbial threats.  Cleaning is always essential, but adding a BioZone Protectant treatment on a regular cycle can provide extraordinary microbial reductions as high as 99% over a 30-60 day cycle.  The fact that BioZone Protectant can be applied with a minimum of interruption is important.  BioZone application is certainly less expensive than gallons of disinfectants, many hours of paid labor, and the fact that there is no residual protection in these traditional sanitizing methods.  So don’t just put up a dispenser alongside the shopping carts, put a layer of protection on every cart.

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Home Disinfection in Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Chemical Disinfectants in Your Home, are they helping      or hurting you

Chemical Disinfectants are indeed a necessity in the medical field. But they’re also a classic example of a good thing gone bad. Many people today go on cleaning frenzies in their own homes, using disinfectants on their kitchen countertops, bathrooms, floors and even in their laundry.

But while disinfectant soap may be a good idea before surgery, there’s no need to use it every time you wash your kitchen counters.

One of the major problems with these cleaners, as studies have pointed out, occurs when they don’t completely eliminate bacteria or viruses.

When disinfectants are used in low levels, researchers have found that they actually make certain bacteria stronger and resistant to antibiotic treatment. This is true even in hospital settings, and certainly applies to the low-level disinfectants many use around their homes.

While building up antibiotic-resistance and thereby contributing to the creation of superbugs, chemical disinfectants disrupt the balance of bacteria, both good and bad, in your home, making it much easier for the bad bacteria to flourish.

Meanwhile, the chemicals themselves are toxic in their own right.

Are you introducing Toxic Chemicals into your home as you clean?

The invention of chemical disinfectants is credited to Joseph Lister, an English surgeon who, back in the late 19th century, used carbolic acid to soak surgical dressings. To this day, Lister’s carbolic acid, now known as phenol, is a common main ingredient in household detergents like Lysol, Pine-Sol and Spic-n-Span (it’s also found in mouthwash).

When you use these “cleaning” products in your home, you’re also exposing your family to their harmful properties. Phenol is toxic and people who are hypersensitive can experience serious side effects at very low levels. Studies have linked phenols to:

  • Damage to your respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Heart damage
  • Respiratory problems
  • Damage to your liver, kidneys and eyes
  • Nonyl phenol ethoxylate, a common ingredient in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe, and biodegrades slowly into even more toxic compounds

Beyond phenol, other chemicals found in household disinfectants include:

  • Formaldehyde, found in spray and wick deodorizers, which is a suspected carcinogen
  • Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners may damage mucous membranes
  • Butyl cellosolve, found in many all-purpose and window cleaners, may damage your kidneys, bone marrow, liver and nervous system
  • Triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, not only kills bacteria, it also has been shown to kill human cells

EcoVive offers a better way to protect your family against harmful germs and bacteria.  Ozone, which is one of nature’s most powerful disinfectant oxidizer,

will eliminate the germs and bacteria in your home and not leave behind any harmful by-products. This is followed by an Anti-Microbial surface treatment that forms a non-leaching bond with all the surfaces to protect against odors, germs, bacteria and viruses. This is achieved not with chemicals, but with what could be described as building a microscopic razor wire fence on all surfaces that rips apart any cell that tries to get through.

It is time that we start getting away from all the chemicals being used, and use what is a natural, and better way to protect against disease causing “bugs”.

Indoor Air Quality Grand Rapids

 

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