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Cleaning A Self Cleaning Oven

First of all, what is a self cleaning oven? A self cleaning oven is an oven which essentially cleans itself (to a certain degree), by using a pyrolytic interior coating and extreme heat to burn off any leftover food that may have spilled or sprayed in the oven, without having to use any chemical cleaners.

Although the self cleaning oven does the majority of the cleaning during the 3-5 hour process, you still need to do a little cleaning before and after you start the self cleaning mode yourself. You should start by removing the racks from the oven first and wash them in a sink using a scraper or brush to remove stuck-on food. Then, wipe down the inside of your oven with a hot damp cloth to try to remove any large spills. DO NOT use any rough scouring pads or oven cleaners on the inside of the oven because they may damage the  special pyrolytic coating.

There are a few things you should always remember when you are putting your oven on “self-clean mode”. You should always open a window do to the smell of the fumes that may come when burning off old food. If you happen to have a pet bird, you should remove it from the area because the fumes, which are not harmful to people, may be harmful to birds. And never try to open the oven door during the cleaning process or you risk the possibility of being burned (during the cleaning process the temperature can be as high as 900 Fahrenheit).

Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning

We often encounter blinds that have really been neglected during one time or move out cleanings.  In addition to  just being hand wiped, these blinds often require some extra special attention. Chris Hall from Aspen Services based in Broomfield, Colorado shared with us some details on “ultasonic blind cleaning” a service they offer along with window cleaning, gutter cleaning and window film installation.

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How do you clean blinds?  “Hang” them in the shower, vacuum them, lay them out on the driveway.  Sure all these methods do some good, but all fall short of a complete clean.  The only way to truly clean blinds (headrail, cords, slats or cells, footrail) is to have them cleaned using the ultrasonic method.

What is the ultrasonic method?  Ultrasonic blind cleaning, technically, is the use of mechanical sound waves to assist in the cleaning process.  Transducers vibrate at 40 KHz which create millions of microscopic bubbles that form then implode.  This process is known as cavitation.  The result of cavitation is a gentle and extremely through cleaning which cleans internal and other hard to reach surfaces.  Ultrasonic cleaning will not scratch, pit, or damage blinds the way conventional methods can.

This method is used by many industries from cleaning dental equipment to industrial equipment.  Blinds are immersed in a water filled chamber with a mild blind cleaning solution.  The transducers are activated for a short amount of time after which they are transferred to a rinse chamber with ultra pure water (.000-.009 total dissolved solids).  Once rinsed the blinds are hung to dry.

Aspen Services in Broomfield, CO specializes in ultrasonic blind cleaning.  You can drop your blinds off at their location or they will come to your house, take your blinds down, take them back to their shop, clean them, then return and rehang them.  For more information go to www.AspenWindow.com or call 303-818-5258.

Hotel cleaning goes high-tech

Ever wonder how clean your hotel room really is? Best Western is now using black lights to detect biological matter otherwise unseen by the human eye, and ultraviolet light wands to zap it. Best Western goes high-tech to clean: CSI hotel room

 

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One Year of Conscious Thoughts

The past few weeks have been cause for celebration here at Clean Conscience.  Last month we celebrated our 5th Anniversary in business. Thanks again to all our great clients and staff for making it five awesome years!

This week one year ago we published our first post on Conscious Thoughts.  We wanted to take this moment to ask you, our readers, what you would like to see more of on this blog.  Please take a moment to vote in our poll or leave us a comment and let us know which topics you would like us to cover more.  You can also add the link to some of your favorite posts in the comment section.

We’d love to get your feedback because we would like to make the second year of Conscious Thoughts even better than the first!

Thanks again for stopping by our little spot on the web.

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Traditional Lawn Care Versus The “ecoLogical Way”

It’s official Spring is here! Have you scheduled your spring cleaning yet?  How about a spring cleanup/prep for your yard?  Lawn pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are associated with an increased risk of cancer, neurotoxicity, birth defects, liver or kidney damage, reproductive effects and endocrine disruption. These are not chemicals you want in your yard and you certainly don’t want to track them into your home! John DeFilippi owner and founder of Boulder’s ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care is our guest blogger.

Guest Blogger: In 2008, owner and founder, John DeFilippi realized it was time to offer an environmentally safe alternative to traditional lawn care that is dependent on chemical applications and synthetic fertilizers as well as pollution-spewing lawn equipment. He began researching the philosophy behind organic lawn care and consulting with the country’s leading experts and soon realized that the formula was simple: Conventional lawn care treats symptoms – Alternative lawn care solves problems. So in 2010, ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care embarked on its first season of business, built upon eco-conscious principles and a promise to keep people, pets and the planet safe as Boulder’s first complete earth-friendly alternative to lawn and tree care. John was nice enough to take the time to tell us more about his business. 

How is ecoLogical nontoxic?

We never use toxic lawn chemicals, pesticides or herbicides in our turf care programs. Organic applications, high quality fertilizers and a dedication to improving and nurturing soil quality and microbial balance are our safe and effective methods for a healthy, green lawn.

  1. Gas-powered lawn equipment burns 580 million gallons of fuel per year and contributes to 5% of urban air pollution.

How is ecoLogical cleaner?

We only use cordless-electric or propane-powered mowers and equipment that are recharged with solar or wind energy.  Our equipment emits 3,3000 times less hydrocarbons and less than half the carbon dioxide than gas mowers.

  1. Pesticide run-off pollutes ground and surface water threatening the safety of drinking water and can endanger wildlife and family pets.

How is ecoLogical safer?

Our eco-friendly applications are free of chemicals and thus nontoxic to humans, pets and the environment.

  1. Expensive lawn pesticides and herbicides can add up financially and don not treat the root of the problem. In fact, these chemicals deplete soil nutrients and are only reactionary.

How is ecoLogical cost-saving?

Alternative lawn care saves you money by replacing on costly chemicals (which have short-term effect) with less expensive pest prevention techniques such as integrated pest management (IPM). IPM gets at the root of the problem such as increasing soil health, biodiversity, and monitoring bugs and weeds before they become pests.

  1. Lawn care accounts for more than 30% of total water usage in the United States

How is ecoLogical earth-friendly?

Our water conservation initiatives and irrigation management consulting encourage responsible water usage and help cut-down on household consumption.

  1. Gas equipment can run up to a potentially dangerous 100 decibels of noise

How is ecoLogical quieter?

Our electric mowers are up to 75% quieter

Safe Ice Melt: Fact or Fiction?

It’s that time of year and Martyn Church of Eco Snow Removal has graciously offered to be a guest blogger and provide insight into whether or not ice melt can be used safely around our children, pets and landscaping.

The snow season is upon us and we’re looking for a safe product to melt the ice on our North facing sidewalks and driveways.  We don’t want to harm our children and pets, nor kill our plants, and as we walk down the aisles of the store, we’re bombarded with tons of seemingly good choices.   The beautiful packaging on these ice melt products show children sledding and dogs prancing.  They’re labeled with phrases such as “Salt Free,”  “Pet Friendly,” and “Safe for the Environment.”  Can we trust them?

I cannot speak for every product out there, but what I can say is that at this moment in time, unlike the food industry, the ice melt industry has no FDA-like regulations regarding honesty in statements on packaging. Translation…We cannot trust the pictures and words on the labels!

A few examples that I have seen include one package that said:  “No Salt” on the front label, and yet just under the name of the product, it said “MAG CHLORIDE.”  Now I don’t know what their chemistry teacher told them, but according to the science books in our libraries, Mag Chloride is indeed, SALT.  A more accurate label might have been “No Table Salt.”  Some packages say “Pet Safe,” but then we look at the contents on the back (if we’re lucky enough to find them there) and read that they’re exactly the same as the regular brand.

There are products out there that are truly salt-free.  However, they tend to be much less efficient at melting snow and ice.  With these products, the very problem we were trying to avoid may still occur.  In an attempt to make them work better, we’ll end up using twice as much.  This over application can still be harmful to plant life, concrete and pets.

Some advice for everyone…First and foremost, if you don’t need to use ice melt, then don’t!  Let the wonderful sun do its magic!  If on the other hand, you do have some shady areas where only ice melt will do the trick, then buy the ice melt products that are at least labeled with details.  If the package does not clearly display the contents, then put it down and find one that does. Try to buy a blended product with a mixture of salts and corrosion inhibitors.  If it has something called CMA (calcium magnesium acetate), that is good.  See if it has at least 20% CMA.  You might pay a premium for these, but a little goes a long way and you’ll be better off in the long run.

One more thing…If you chose to use ice melt, apply it at the application rate found in the directions. This may not seem like a lot at the time of application, but will most likely be enough to do the job. A big mistake many people make is thinking that the more you put down, the faster it will work.   Don’t do it!!  Not only does this slow the melting process, it will most likely leave ice melt residue behind.  So just apply the recommended amount and let the product do its work.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope it has helped you in keeping your property and your loved ones safe for the winter season.

Let It Snow.

Eco Snow Removal Owner, Martyn Church, is one of only seven Certified Snow Professionals in Colorado. He is considered by SIMA, the National Snow and Ice Management Association, to be an expert in the industry. Martyn recognizes the importance of reliable, top-notch service, and is committed to maintaining the highest level of knowledge and training for himself and his team of “Snow Fighters.”

Eco Snow Removal is committed to providing snow and ice management services with minimal impact on the environment. Fueling their vehicles with recycled vegetable oil and bio-diesel, utilizing polyurethane plow blades and specialized ice melt products, are a few of the many ways in which the company works to maintain environmentally friendly practices.

 

 

Cree’s Prototype LED Lamp Raises the Bar for Low Energy Sustainable Lighting Solutions

Earlier this month, LED lighting company Cree debuted their newest prototype LED lamp.  This latest iteration achieved over 1,300 lumens at 152 lumens per watt.  As an efficiency comparison, a traditional 75-watt incandescent light bulb produces 1,100 lumens at only 14.6 lumens per watt.  Cree claims that “full deployment of lighting this efficient could reduce U.S. energy consumption by 16.5%, equivalent to 1987 levels.”

Cree 21st century led lamp prototype

No ordinary light bulb! Source: creeledrevolution.com

At Clean Conscience we get excited about new products and processes that allow us to do more while using less natural resources and reducing harmful impacts on the environment.  Whether it’s at work using the PortionPac cleaning system that reduces the use of harmful chemicals and precious fresh water supplies while delivering a superior clean; or at home using efficient lighting solutions to reduce electricity usage while not sacrificing lighting quality or output.  It all comes down to a comprehensive approach to achieve a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle.

The 21st century LED lamp prototype benefits from technology developed under Department of Energy (DOE) funded contracts, which are part of Cree’s ongoing collaboration with DOE through projects such as the Bright Tomorrow L Prize competition and the 21st Century Lamp competition to advance the successful adoption of energy-saving solid-state lighting.

Check out the video below to learn more about the new 21st century LED Lamp and see it in action:

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To learn more about low energy lighting systems, check out Cree LED Revolution to see more of their cutting edge products in action.

To learn more about our environmentally friendly cleaning services, give us a call at 303-647-5018 or contact us via email.

Know of any other cool, new green tech gadgets? Share them with us in the comments.

Smart Technology for an Energy Effecient Home

At Clean Conscience, we use cleaning products and practices that are safer for people, pets, and the planet. Check out this innovative technology that makes the planet better by using less energy to heat and cool your home.

Last month GE announced the winners of their 2011 Ecomagination Challenge (see video 4/16). One of the winners is a company called Suntulit, which means balance in Sanskrit.

Their three part system is comprised of advanced sensors, smart software, and wireless battery-operated air vents. Combined, these allow the system to learn the living patterns of people in your house and make changes to temperature based on that information. Suntulit calls this technology “Ambient Intelligence”. The system only heats or cools rooms that are occupied, or likely to be occupied, and does not waste energy on rooms that are not. For example, over time the system knows that you come into the kitchen at 7AM to make coffee. It automatically starts to condition the room 30 minutes before you get there for optimum comfort.  Here is an overview of the Suntulit system:

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The system saves 30% of energy use without sacrificing comfort. Their first product is called Smart HVAC and is aimed at the residential market. Smart HVAC is in beta trials now. We hope it gets to market soon so our conscience can stay clean AND optimally cooled!

Click here to watch Suntulit Co-Founder Suminderpal Singh Bedi speak about the system on CNN at 2:10 into the video.