"I'll never win an award for housekeeper of the year - I'll be the first to admit it. My home is never filthy, but it has what some friends kindly describe as the "lived in" look. There always seems to be a pile of papers on the dining room table, kids' toys in the living room, and a load of clothes waiting to be folded. It's not that I don't enjoy having a clean and mess-free house; rather, it's that I just seem to have other priorities.
I have a demanding job, so that takes up more hours in the day than I even like to think about. And then there are school activities, chauffeuring my son to sporting events, and errands to run.
But at the root of it all, I've figured out, is that I always end up feeling discouraged when I clean. Why? Because it can so often feel pointless. I can't count the number of times when I've spent hours cleaning my windows, only for the sun to come up the next day and reveal the streaks on the windows. Ditto for my shower doors. It's frustrating to put in that kind of time and wind up with a less-than-desirable result. I've tried using tricks my mother taught me, like using newspapers instead of paper towels, but that offers only a marginal improvement. What I really need is the ultimate cloth for cleaning - streak free cloths that will allow me to wet it, wring it out, wipe it down, and walk away.
If often imagine that, if I could find the ultimate cloth - perhaps made from a new mircofiber - I would finally feel the motivation to keep everything clean and shiny. This ultimate cloth would be totally green and eco-friendly, with no chemicals or other harmful elements. It would be washable and bleachable, so that I could just toss it in the laundry and be able to use it over and over again. This ultimate cloth would also be versatile, so that I could not only use it on my windows and shower doors, but also on my countertops, stainless steel, mirrors, and ceramic tile.
These streak free cloths would be both tough and tender - tough on dirt, yet gentle enough so that it won't scratch or damage the surface I'm cleaning. They would have a magnet effect, so that they're able to grab and hold dirt, dust, and grime, while at the same time being very absorbent.
Frankly, I get tired of a cleaning process where it seems like I'm just pushing dirt and dust around and never really capturing it. In my vision of a perfect world, I'd be able to get a microfiber ultimate cloth string mop that would clean tile floors, laminates, and hardwood floors without chemicals and using just water.
With the lastest advances in fiber technology, my ultimate cloth does exist. It is the new Streak Free cloth made from mirafiber and marketed by Streak Free Michigan. My frustration with cleaning is dissipated, and I am now motivated to keep my windows, countertops, and floors sparkling. WOW!"
No one would argue that there's a growing consciousness about the impact that we, as humans, have on the environment. While much of the media's focus has been on greenhouse gas emissions and the ways we can lessen our carbon footprint, less attention has been paid to the impact that conventional cleaning products and methods have on our health and on the environment. To that end, there has been a wave of "green cleaning" products entering the marketplace
Traditional Cleaning Products
Most traditional cleaning products contain a variey of potentially harmful chemicals, in part because they are largely unregulated and in part because there are few labeling requirements. For example, many cleaning products contain phosphates (which are also a primary component of many fertilizers), which can contaminate water and rob lakes and rivers of oxygen. Likewise, many cleaning products with dyes and fragrances contain phthalates, and most incorporate other organic compounds into their formulas. Together, these chemicals can have adverse effects on the neurological functions, respiration, and reproductive organs of humans and wildlife. our use of several different cleaning agents at once (a window cleaner, a basin cleanser, and a toilet bowl cleaner, for example) can exacerbate the products' effects on our health.
Green Cleaning Products
In response to the growing concern about the chemicals in cleaning products and their adverse effects on our health and on the health of our planet, green cleaning products are being touted. Some companies that make greenproducts ban certain chemicals, and others make it a point to fully disclose all ingredients on labels. What they don't tell you, though, is that it's absolutely possible to have a clean home without using any cleaning products at all. Cleaning without products may take a bit more elbow grease, but water alone will do the trick.
Why Water and a Cloth Works Just as Well
For the environmentally conscious, one of the best cleaning tools is a cloth - some would say the ultimate cloth - that uses microfiber to produce a streak free, spot free, lint free, and dust free finish. Using this type of cloth means that you don't have to use paper towels, which add to the waste that negatively impacts the environment. Moreover, this ultimate cloth is usually guaranteed to last five years, making it decidedly eco-friendly. Because it's washable and bleachable, it can be used over and over again on virtually any surface, from windows and glass to stainless steel and Corian. Basically, you just wet it, wring it, wipe your surface, and walk away. The Streak Free Cloth saves time, saves money, and most importantly helps save the earth.