I believe in hiring companies that not only do a great job but are also are good stewards in the community. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have Zerorez SoCal come to my house and clean my kitchen and bathroom floors. They did a wonderful job and I will definitely have them over again to work on other areas of my house. I told you all about their non-toxic technology that's used to clean pretty much any surface in your home and how their water is so safe that even my kids drank it! See the picture on the left?
But did you know that Zerorez SoCal is also actively involved in helping our communities with their Zerorez SoCal Minor Miracles program? That's what makes them a really awesome company - they care about their work, your family's health, the environment and the communities that they serve.
"Minor Miracles is a program Zerorez SoCal has developed to help deserving organizations or individuals. We regularly choose individuals or organizations that we feel need a lift, and we clean their home or offices for free. We have noticed that helping provide a clean, healthy environment is greatly appreciated by recipients and gives them a psychic “boost”, and it also allows us to be a part of our community by improving the lives of those we touch with our “minor miracles”.
I have been incredibly fortunate to be around people who care about giving to others. The earliest lesson came from my parents, who taught me to give to the less fortunate, even though we didn't have much ourselves. Then, for a large part of my childhood I was enrolled in an after school program where I later volunteered as a mentor. I saw so many people give their time to help inner city children. Now, I am involved on the Board of two non-profits. I know first hand that these organizations depend on community support in all shapes and sizes! That's why I love the Zerorez SoCal #minormiracles program! They are doing their part to work with local organizations to better carry out their missions!
Do you know of a non-profit, church, or community space in Southern California that could benefit from free cleaning by Zerorez SoCal's #MinorMiracles program? Please take a few minutes and fill out this form and submit your nomination. Note their Service Areas: Orange County, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino.
Some of their past “minor miracle” recipients include:
- Working Wardrobes offices and showroom – helping the homeless train, dress, and apply for employment.
- U.S. Veterans offices – Provide apartments for veterans who are homeless and seeking a new start
- Women’s Shelter of Huntington Beach
- Mother’s Day Program (10 deserving moms provided cleaning service, recipients to remain anonymous) One winner filmed here: http://youtu.be/5vq2lr8ON-I
- Family of five teenagers who lost their father to a heart attack (recipients to remain anonymous)
- Whitehouse Restaurant of Anaheim – over 500,000 free meals provided to homeless “motel” kids
Zerorez SoCal Services include:
- Carpet Cleaning (great on berber!)
- Area rug cleaning (incl wool, silk, cotton, Persians)
- Upholstery cleaning
- Tile and grout cleaning and resealing
- Natural stone cleaning (marble, travertine, etc.)
- Hardwood clean and buff
- Mattress cleaning
- Air Ducts and Furnace cleaning
- Pet urine removal
- Linoleum and vinyl tile cleaning
- Counter top cleaning
- Shower cleaning
- Leather furniture cleaning
- Patio decks, garage floors, walkways
- Autos, boats, and motorhomes cleaning
- Carpet stretch and repair
- Commercial facility cleaning
The larger my family has gotten, the more I have employed the 5-second rule. Dropped pacifiers being the biggest culprit...I remember that when my first child was tiny their dropped paci received a complete sterilization session, but by the time my 5th child came along, well, let's just say the pacifier has been given to back to the baby (by me) with a quick wipe on my shirt on a many occasions. You name it - toys, food, sippy cups - pretty much everything that my kids put in their mouths also ends up on the floor. All day long. Every day. It would make me crazy trying to clean every single thing that fell on the floor before handing it back to my kids. Lucky for me, conventional wisdom has allowed me to happily employ the five-second rule for quite some time.
1. My floors and carpets are clean. Well, ok, they are clean enough when you consider that I have 5 young kids, a husband and a dog that live in our house. 2. I have super mom reflexes that don't allow most items to stay on the floor too long.
BUT...see this cute baby?
He spends most of his day crawling around on my floors. He drools on them, plays on them and yes, licks them! Even though I clean the floors 3 days a week, between all the foot traffic and spills, I know this little guy is hanging out with some nasty stuff. I can see it in these pictures - see the dark grout color?
While I employ the five-second rule for my sanity, I know that it's a myth. Research has shown that once an item hits the ground, it's contaminated. Sure, the amount of contamination totally depends on how long you leave it on the floor, what's actually on your floor and the type of item that fell. I'm not a complete germaphobe, you just can't be with lots of kids in your home, but I do want to make an extra effort to keep the floors clean, especially when I have a baby crawling around on the floor.
So, now what? The floors were brand new when we moved in to our home 2.5 years ago. However, just in that short amount of time they have shown lots of wear and tear. I'm picky about how we were going to clean them because we've been working on making greener changes to how we eat, live and clean around here. That's why I was excited to have Zerorez Socal come to my house and clean the kitchen floors and bathroom floor.
What makes Zerorez SoCal different? Zerorez is a green technology for cleaning surfaces in your home without use of harmful chemicals or solvents. That's my kind of cleaning service! They use fresh alkaline water to clean instead of harmful chemicals that can leave residue. Zerorez cleaning services are based on their unique EMPOWERED WATER™ technology. Their water that is electrolyzed and oxidized to create a powerful cleaning solution without harmful toxins or chemicals - cool! As a matter of fact, their water is so safe that you can drink it - see? This is me drinking the water!
My kids were so shocked to see me drink the water that they just had to try it out too, of course.
Did it work? Yes!
Here are before and after pictures of the toughest kitchen area that our super friendly and professional Zerorez SoCal technician cleaned.
What do you think? Like night and day, right?
Want to check them out?
I was really impressed with Zerorez Socal. I'm going to have them back again soon to continue making our home clean and healthy! You can have them come to you by taking advantage of this special deal for Vidacoco readers! Zerorez SoCal can clean your carpet, hardwood, tile and grout, and natural stone. Zerorez SoCal does clean upholstery, but it is not part of the deal.
Thanks Zerorez SoCal! It was great having you out to our home and we look forward to having you all back. The kids are still talking about drinking the water!
Guest Post by Lydia Quibbin-Jones
In the lazy days of summer, it can be hard being organized. With the heat and the circumstances of not having to get up early to get your kids ready for school, most families just take this opportunity to sit back and relax. When my boys were younger, we were part of this majority. My children’s rooms were little more than piles of mess, until I put my foot down and came up with some kid-friendly ways to keep my whole house spick-and-span.
Here are some ways you can encourage your children to help make your house neat during the summer months:
Make it a rewarding experience.
To start off the summer cleaning fun in our house, we go through all our closets to check what we can still use. Clothes that don’t make the cut, books that aren’t needed anymore, toys that don’t hold any appeal go in the garage sale box. After all the cleaning up, we set up a yard sale, with each of us manning our own table and pocketing the profits we all get from our perspective sales.
These rewards get my sons revved up about cleaning out their closet, since we turn something that is usually a boring chore into something fun and profitable too! Don’t forget to monitor the things that your children put on their tables because they might just be selling something they could find valuable in the future. To be sure, I go over everyone’s boxes and check what’s for sale and record it by taking pictures. This way, we know where an item went when we look for it in the future.
Make it easy to do.
Try to see things through your children’s eyes. To make it easy for younger kids to do their own organization, have their clothes at a height they can reach. Hang lower hanging rods and hooks, and place two hampers (one for light and another for dark-colored clothes) near your children’s door for effortless clothes organizing.
Ensure that your kids will understand why they need to do the cleaning, and make the process as seamless as possible. Explain the task thoroughly, keeping in mind their level of thinking. Full understanding is the key to making tasks much simpler. This will also help prepare them in handling other responsibilities in the future.
Make it fun.
Having two sons, I know it can be more frustrating to get boys to care about organization than it is with gi(generally!), so I took steps to make it fun. Fun ideas  work the best. Remembering my husband’s penchant for shooting paper balls into a trash can after he works was a simple way to integrate a bit of sport into cleanliness.
We found a small basketball hoop from a toy store to put over both my sons’ hampers so they can shoot their way to cleanliness. Pump them up during cleaning time with fun songs like Eye of the Tiger or some Black Eyed Peas songs to get them energized.
Make it a team effort.
To make it clear that you are not the organization dictator, do the cleaning with your kids. It would help for them to see you as a teammate who joins them in tidying up. Barking orders and then relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine after your kids were just told to spring into action can give them a bad impression of you as a parent.
Set up a house cleaning hour, where everyone is taking care of their own spaces at the same time. Urge your older child to assist the younger, and vice versa.
Make a list.
A Checklist is one of the things that keep our family flowing smoothly. All chores are listed on a board in the kitchen, with each family member with his/her own column to take care of. Each week, we all get together and fill up the checklist, and throughout the week, we check off all that we’ve accomplished. The one who finishes first gets to pick what we do for Sunday afternoon!
Getting your kids to be more organized is a cinch when you follow these steps. Try them out this summer for your children to start their own habits when cleaning up!
About the Author: Lydia Quibbin-Jones is a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) and organizing maven who attests to the wonders of practical living. A mother of two, she sees every day as a great opportunity to teach her young boys the importance of keeping a neat home. Aside from being a dedicated parent and wife, Lydia works part-time for a light fixture retailer, where she puts into practice many of her homemaking skills.