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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world as we know it to a standstill. Who would have thought this possible? We have heard from all the regulatory and government bodies that washing and disinfecting your hands is the way to eliminate germs but what about your home? How can you effectively keep it clean? What do you need to arm yourself with to safely disinfect your home and keep it germ free?

Now, more than ever, it’s time to take action and learn how to disinfect your home and what products you should use so that your home remains your safe haven. In this article we take a closer look at how you can disinfect your home against the harsh germs circulated by COVID-19 and many other viruses and bacteria and the most effective way to keep your family safe.

Is There a Difference Between Cleaning & Disinfecting?

Cleaning and disinfecting may seem like the same thing, but there are differences. Cleaning does not kill germs, it’s the process of physically removing dirt and grime from surfaces. Cleaning helps to reduce the number of germs on surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria.

Disinfecting is the process of using chemicals referred to as disinfectants to eliminate and kill germs that remain on the surface after cleaning. It’s really important to clean surfaces before disinfecting to make the process much more effective.

How To Keep Yourself Safe While Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Home

Care should be taken to ensure your safety while cleaning. Here are 3 tips to keep yourself safe:

Disinfecting Frequently Touches Surfaces

Germs can live on frequently touched surfaces for anywhere between 10 minutes to 12 hours. This includes items such as door handles, benches, light switches, taps, table tops, toilets, hand rails, remotes, fridge door, microwave and any other area of the home that is frequently touched. The key to cleaning and disinfecting these highly frequented areas is to use a high grade (also known as a hospital-grade) disinfectant after you have cleaned the surface.

Once applied to the surface it needs to cure (left there to dry) for 10 to 30 minutes at room temperature to ensure that all traces of bacteria are removed. After it’s cured, wipe the surface with a warm cloth. Be sure to rinse the cloth in warm soapy water before cleaning the next surface or better still use a fresh cleaning cloth for each area of the home you are disinfecting.

What Is a High Grade Disinfectant?

Regular household disinfectants are not adequate enough to eliminate and kill COVID-19 bacteria during the disinfecting process. Hospital-grade disinfectants need to be certified and contain at least 70% ethanol to effectively wipe out any bacteria. Using a high grade disinfectant will be the only way to ensure the hygiene and safety of your home.

Increase Air Circulation

During the cooler months that are approaching we tend to keep our doors and windows closed, however this action compromises the air quality in our home and increases pollutants. This creates a breeding ground for more bacteria, particularly when someone in our home is unwell.

The most simple and effective way to increase the air quality in your home is to simply open doors and windows. Try to do this on a daily basis, even if it’s only 5 to 10 minutes each day. It will create airflow circulation and flush out any harmful pollutants and bacteria that may be present.

It’s particularly important to open doors and windows when you’re disinfecting your home. Surfaces that have been cleaned and left to cure will work much faster and will allow you to get back to enjoying more time with your family.

Professional Cleaning & Hospital Grade Disinfecting

Bliss Home Care are offering new and existing clients cleaning and disinfecting service to protect your home and keep it safe. This is part of our regular cleaning service and there is no additional cost involved. We also offer this as a once-off cleaning or spring cleaning service. We want to ensure your home is free from any viral activity and remains your safe haven. Click here to enquire now.

Bliss Home Care is using BioCidal Hospital Grade Disinfectant. We are huge advocates for green cleaning and this disinfectant is bio-degradable which means it’s safe for our environment. BioCidal is a concentrated commercial grade quaternary ammonium compound (TGA approved by the Department of health for COVID-19) surface disinfectant.

BioCidal effectively cleans all surfaces including floors, walls, tiles, porcelain and laminated benches, leaving surfaces sparkling clean. It’s suitable for use in homes, hospitals, restaurants, hotels/motels and general industry.

Act now to ensure the you keep yourself and family safe in your home, cllick here to enquire now. (link to enquiry/covid-19 cleaning page)

P.S. Be Kind to Yourself

Just as important as cleaning your home is taking care of your mental health. You may be surprised to learn that there is a correlation between have a clean home and your mental health.  There have been studies which show that decluttering and cleaning reduce cortisol stress levels and extend your physical well-being. Read our article Why Cleaning Your Home is Good for Mental Health and remember this is a stressful time so be kind to yourself.

Cleaning for health has never been more important than right now. With the cooler months ahead and viruses on tBliss Home Care | Cleaning for healthhe brink of becoming a world-wide epidemic, taking care of your home and its cleanliness should be a priority. And because the people and pets you share your home with are important to you, we recommend using natural cleaning products which are also environmentally friendly.

So let’s take a closer look at cleaning for health and how you can avoid spreading germs and bacteria throughout your home.

  1. Avoid Cross-Contamination

This is a significant issue and germs and bacteria can easily spread from one area of your home to another. One way you can significantly reduce the risk of infection and cross-contamination is to use different cleaning cloths for each area of your home. You can simply colour code cloths or ensure you are particularly careful with the cloths you are using. Always avoid dipping a dirty cloth into a bucket of clean water. Instead place it under running water and give it a wash before putting it back into the bucket of cleaning water.

Tip: Make a natural cleaning solution for surfaces and floors by simply adding 1 part tea tree or eucalyptus oil to four parts of warm water. Once wiped or mopped, allow surfaces to dry naturally so the disinfectant is on the surface long enough to kill and eliminate any germs.

  1. Green Products That Continue To Work

We use natural cleaning products that have bio-bacterial and enzyme technology which keep on working even after you have finished cleaning.

These natural cleaning products are made up of “good” living bacteria to break down and liquefy soils such as fat, proteins, carbohydrates and grease while eliminating odours. These products keep on working even after you have finished cleaning.

When this type of bacteria cleaning product is applied, the microorganisms begin to digest the waste and the “good” bacteria in turn multiply. The soil is broken down and continues to break down the soil into smaller pieces, until there is nothing left.

For more information on safe and natural cleaning products you may like to read our article, An Insight to Natural Cleaning Products which breaks down the facts on these Australian made natural cleaning products. The range has been certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), an independent body who assess the products to ensure they meet environmental, human health, ethical impact criteria.

Tip: Use natural cleaning products that continue to work, long after you have finished cleaning.

  1. Air & Sunshine, Natural Born Killers!

That’s right, Mother Earth provides us with the essentials we need when it comes to keeping things clean and making our homes and our environment safe.

Keeping doors and windows closed means that the air quality in our homes becomes compromised with pollutants which can quickly become a breeding ground for more bacteria when someone is unwell. If you’re about to reach for air freshener, think again! The scent and gasses emitted from these products will release more harmful chemicals in your environment, adding to your indoor air pollution.

The solution? Open windows and doors, daily if possible. It’s the cheapest and healthiest thing you can do to improve your air quality. Try to do this for even just 5 minutes a day to create airflow circulation and flush out any of the harmful pollutants and bacteria.

What else can you do to ensure you’re cleaning for health? When the sun’s out take full advantage of it – it’s great at killing bacteria, dust mites and other microscopic critters that we can’t see. These may be thriving in your pillows, cushions, doonas, rugs, and blankets without you even realising.

If possible, remove the covers from items and place them on a clean bed sheet or towel to keep them from getting dirty, and leave them out in the sun for 30 to 60 minutes. Rotate them and turn them over to ensure even coverage. This practice is also great for deodorising any smells from sweat and body odour.

Tip: Open your doors and windows to create airflow throughout your home. Be sure to take advantage of the sunshine to kill bacteria and unwanted critters in pillows, blankets, rugs and doonas.

In our article, 7 Reasons to Choose Green Cleaning, we share healthier ways you can incorporate natural cleaning products in your home.

As you can see from reading this article, cleaning for health is not difficult, however it is something we need to do regularly to keep our home, our family, our pets and our environment safe and free from harmful bacteria, germs and viruses.

Bliss Home Care | Hiring a house cleanerIf you are looking at hiring a house cleaner then there’s some things you’ll need to know. At Bliss Home Care we always have new cleaning inquiries and an important factor to clients and the management team are questions about who we employ, their qualifications and training as well as what security checks are in place.

So we thought we’d shed some light on how the Bliss team is selected, the qualities our team members have, our expectations and training regime. This guide will be helpful if you’re looking at hiring a house cleaner – you’ll know exactly what you can expect from your cleaner.

Also, if you are seeking to become a team member with Bliss Home Care you can use this guide to learn more about our employment process and what is required.

Why Choose Bliss Home Care?

At Bliss Home Care our core focus is professional residential cleaning using eco-friendly products and methodology. We aim to deliver a house cleaning service that exceeds your expectations while ensuring we are keeping your home, family, pets and our cleaning team safe by not using any toxic chemicals. You might like to learn more about green cleaning by reading our article, 7 Reasons to Choose Green Cleaning.

We offer flexible employment opportunities to our team so that their hours can fit in around our clients and their own lifestyles and family commitments. We also aim to employ people in local areas so they don’t have to travel long distances to client’s homes.

What Areas of the Home are Cleaned?

We clean just about all areas of your home and this varies for each client and their requirements. A member of the Bliss management team will arrange an initial meeting with new clients to ensure we have a clear understanding of what they would like cleaned in their homes. This is then agreed upon and you’ll get to meet your cleaner as they get started. As a general guide the areas of house cleaning services we offer include:

We also perform regular follow ups both with our clients and conduct home inspections to ensure everything is running smoothly and cleaners are performing their role correctly. Our Supervisors are always available to discuss and adjust any aspects of your home cleaning. This is a very important part of our Quality Assurance process.

Experience and Training

We thoroughly train all our team members individually so they have an understanding of the green cleaning products as well as how they are best used. Our extensive training program also offers hands-on training so that new team members learn how to safely clean without causing injury to themselves in compliance with our Health and Safety Policy.

Our house cleaning team is fully supported by our management and training team and we regularly have training sessions to revisit and review our cleaning methods as well as introducing any new cleaning products. New team members are placed with an experienced ‘buddy’ who will have them learn on the job as well. This helps with the hands-on experience when initially beginning with our team.

While prior cleaning experience is not expected, the willingness to learn and being a diligent and reliable team member is very important to us. It is expected that our team members also have a valid driver’s licence and a reliable car.

What Qualities Do We Look For?

Our team members are energetic individuals who enjoy what they do. They have pride in their work, are diligent and reliable. As most of our team members work autonomously, we do require our team members to have the following qualities:

What Security Checks Are In Place?

We understand your home is your personal haven and sanctuary and we take security very seriously. We are very selective about the people we employ. New applicants are thoroughly screened and checked before becoming Bliss employees.

We do not hire any sub-contractors or contractors which is important to our clients, so they know exactly who is coming to their home. This also means that our team is covered by WorkCover and are insured for public liability and any damages.

Our recruitment program is rigorous and each applicant will go through an initial phone screening. If successful they are invited to interview and are subject to background checks, identification checks, employment history is reviewed, and references are checked before being offered a house cleaning position.

We also assess an employee’s reliability and character to ensure they are a good fit for our team.

What Hours are Expected?

Given that Bliss Home Care is very aware of work-life balance we like to offer our cleaning team flexible working arrangements to fit around our clients as well as our team members. We create our rosters based on employee availability and the client’s requirements.

We generally offer a minimum of 15 hours a week of casual employment (Monday to Friday) and our preference is to hire cleaners in local areas to minimise travel. This means that we attract many women and men who like to work around their family commitments and often work during school hours after they have dropped off their children at school or childcare.

When you are a client, this means that you’ll most likely have a mature team member who is diligent and reliable, and one who also respects your home environment.

Experience The Bliss Difference

We understand that you’re a busy individual who has little time for cleaning or getting on top of your household chores and we’re here to help. If you’re looking to hire a cleaning service to free up some of your valuable time then we welcome you to click here for a quote. Contact Us for a Quote

We’re very proud of the service the Bliss team provides and many of our team members have been with us for many years. We do it best, naturally.

Seeking Flexible Employment?

Are you seeking flexible employment with a green cleaning company? If you believe you’re a good fit for the Bliss Home Care team we’d love to hear from you! Click here to send us your resume Join Our Team

So you’re looking for a house cleaning service to clean your home? This is your private sanctuary and we understand the importance you place on a quality clean, your privacy and ensuring you get the best results. Bliss Home Care | House Cleaning Service

At Bliss Home Care Services, we can proudly say there are a few things that set us apart from other house cleaning service companies you may encounter. We are a family run business and take pride in our reputation and the quality of our service. We place a huge emphasis on training our team, quality control and only using green cleaning products so that your home, our employees and environment is safe and cared for.

Below we shed some light on what you can expect when you engage with Bliss Home Care Services.

You set the priorities

We will come to your home and go through your expectations and needs with you, find out what you want cleaned, what you don’t want cleaned and assess your home so that we can provide you with a thorough quote. If you have a specific day, time or expected hours of cleaning you want to work with we will do our very best to meet your requirements. We provide you with a detailed quote and an hourly rate - we are very transparent in our services. It’s only fair to you and to our cleaners that the expectations are set accurately so that there is no room for misinterpretation.

The first clean may take a little longer

Yes, that’s correct. When we first attend to cleaning a new home we may take a little longer. This is because we provide a thorough clean of each area of your home or the areas that have been agreed to.

If you choose Bliss Home Care as your cleaning provider, we take the time to attend your home with our dedicated cleaner to provide a detailed brief of expectations and on-site training. We also do spot checks to ensure that our cleaning standards are always maintained at our expected high standards.

We will ensure that every surface is spotless so that you can get on with enjoying your time in your home with those you love. From then on we will continue to provide cleaning services to maintain the areas of your home with our high cleaning standards in the agreed timeline.

Our team of employees are fully trained

We do not hire contractors or independent operators. We take pride in hiring quality cleaners and the Bliss team we have created who provide a quality cleaning service. Because we hire employees you can rest assured that you will have a regular cleaner who has been police checked, is covered by WorkCover and is ethically trained.

The Bliss team are all thoroughly trained in our processes and procedures for using our eco-friendly cleaning products. You know you can rely on a consistent team of cleaners rather than strangers and different people coming into your home each week or fortnight. This also means a high level of consistency with the standard and quality of your regular clean.

We only use Australian made eco-friendly cleaning products

We are passionate about the environment and keeping your home safe from toxic chemicals. Using quality green cleaning products and showing our team how to use them effectively is important to us. In fact, we use the very same cleaning products in our own home.

We don’t cut corners by replacing products with cheap commercial cleaners and our employees are known for providing a quality service and never cutting corners to work faster. Commercial cleaners are known for being full of toxic chemicals which can be detrimental to your health.

All our products are sourced locally and certified by the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). GECA are an independent body that provide certified products with ‘tick of approval’ that demonstrates these products are better for the environment, have a lower impact on human health and have been ethically made.

The Australian made high quality products we use are free of toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your family and pets and because they have been tried and tested, we know they work. You may like to read our article 7 Reasons to Choose Green Cleaning to find out more about why you should choose green cleaning products over traditional cleaning products.

So whether you’re after a regular clean, a one-off spring clean or a vacate clean you can rest assured that we will develop a house cleaning service plan that works with your priorities and requirements.

 

Natural Home Cleaning - Bliss Home Care

Let’s face it, cleaning is not most people’s favourite chore, however it’s something we must do to keep our sanctuary of home fresh and clean. While there are hundreds of toxic cleaning products on supermarket shelves you could buy to do the job, the reality is the ones that work most effectively (and are not harmful to you or your family’s health) are those that you will find in your pantry and cupboards at home.

We are incredibly passionate about health and hygiene and looking after the environment for our future generations. With this in mind we’d like to share with you the 10 most effective natural home cleaning hacks for you that will have your home sparkly clean in no time at all.

10 Natural Home Cleaning Hacks to Keep your Home and the Environment Clean:

  1. Sparkly Bathroom Taps

While you’re brushing your teeth simply use a little extra toothpaste and rub it over your bathroom taps. Let it work while you clean your pearly whites. With an old toothbrush that you no longer use, simply brush over the taps and surrounds. Rinse with warm water and not only will your teeth be sparkly clean but your bathroom tapware too!

  1. Bacteria Free Showerhead

Half fill a small bag with undiluted white vinegar and tie to the end of your showerhead with a twist tie or something similar. Vinegar is a cheap and natural cleaning product that is effective on bacteria and mildew. Ensure that the showerhead is submerged in the vinegar and leave it overnight. In the morning remove it carefully and dispose of the vinegar before taking a shower.

  1. No Chemical Toilet Cleaner

Vinegar is also an effective cleaner for the toilet bowl. Pour 1 cup of undiluted white vinegar in the toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. In the morning simply sprinkle the bowl with baking soda or borax and use the toilet brush to scrub away any stains and bacteria. You can also use undiluted vinegar to wipe down the toilet seat to eliminate urine stains and odour.

  1. Odour Free Chopping Boards

Chopping boards can harbour odours, stains and bacteria without you even realizing. These can easily be scrubbed away with a little salt and half a lemon. Simply sprinkle your chopping board with 2 tablespoons of salt. Cut a lemon in half and use it to scrub the salt in circular motions over the chopping board. Rinse with warm water and you’ll have a naturally clean and deliciously zesty smelling chopping board. Ensure you allow it to completely dry before storing away.

  1. Toxic Free Refrigerator Cleaner

Now a refrigerator that stores your food should be the last place you use toxic chemicals. The chemicals can penetrate your food and cause harmful side effects. Instead, clean your refrigerator (inside and outside) with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. You can use a spray bottle for the mixture and simply wipe with a damp cloth.

  1. Effective Microwave Cleaner

Easily clean microwave stains and spills by mixing half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water in a glass bowl. Simply microwave for 2-3 minutes or until it boils and with a soft cloth wipe away any built up stains with ease. Be sure to use caution when removing the bowl of boiling water.

  1. Grease Free Rangehood

Rangehoods often accumulate grease and grime over time. They feel sticky and grimy to touch and seem impossible to clean, but there is a simple and effective way to bring them back to life. Firstly remove the mesh part of the rangehood and take it to your laundry trough. Sprinkle it with baking soda and submerge it in warm/hot water with the baking soda for 2 hours. If it’s too large to fit in completely do half and then repeat on the other side. Rinse well and take outside to dry completely. While these parts are soaking and drying sprinkle a clean sponge with baking soda gently clean the rest of the rangehood. Ensure to wipe it completely clean so there are no streaks, it will look brand new again.

  1. Deodorising Carpets and Rugs

If you have children or pets you’ll probably notice they spend lots of time on the floor playing all sorts of fun activities. While vacuuming will enable you to pick up any dust, dirt and crumbs left behind, you may also like to naturally deodorize and freshen the carpets and rugs. Don’t subject those you love most to harmful toxic chemicals. Instead create a mix of baking soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Place these in an empty jar, give it a good shake, make holes in the top and sprinkle over the carpets and rugs. Wait for 30 minutes and then vacuum away.

  1. Streak Free Glass Cleaner

Simply mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle for an effective glass cleaner. This is one mix that you can use for multiple purposes around the home, so be sure to keep one on hand. Spray your windows, glass doors, glass table tops or any other glass surface with the solution and clean with a lint free cloth for a streak free clean. Just be sure not to walk through the glass door next time you use it!

  1. Fabric Softener

Why use chemical laden fabric softeners in your laundry when you can use a simple and effective household product? Simply add a cup of white vinegar to the final wash or rinse water. It acts as a fabric softener – it softens clothes and removes the static. Vinegar is not only effective but is much cheaper and less harmful that fabric softeners.

Steer clear of the harmful toxic cleaning products on the supermarket shelves that promise everything but in reality deliver harmful effects to your family, your pets and the environment. Make a conscious effort to protect your sanctuary and those you love most by adopting natural home cleaning habits. As you can see it doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to change your ways.

Let’s face it we’re all busy, overworked, overscheduled and find it difficult to fit in mundane tasks such as dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, not to mention washing and ironing. Affordable cleaning services make house cleaning services not just a luxury but a necessity in our fast paced world.

Bliss Home Care - Hiring Cleaning Service

Things you Need to Consider When Hiring Cleaning Service

As experienced environmentally friendly cleaning service providers, we often get enquiries from people who have had a bad cleaner experience in the past, so we want to share our top 5 tips on what you should be asking when considering a cleaning service. After all cleaners come to your home, so you should feel that you have competent, reliable and trustworthy cleaners doing the work.

Here are the top 5 questions you should ask when considering hiring a cleaning service:

Does your company have employees or do you use sub-contractors?

When a company has its own employees they have more accountability and greater support from their employer versus a sub-contractor. An employee will be allocated to clean your home, so you know exactly who is coming to your home each week and they will become familiar with your requirements and consistently offer high standards of service. Companies who offer sub-contracted cleaners may change who is allocated to clean your home from week to week and sub-contractors may not be covered by insurance and WorkCover. This potentially puts you and your family at risk so always choose a company that has its own employees for a more reliable service and peace of mind.

What cleaning products does your company use?

Does the company your thinking of employing use environmentally friendly cleaning products? Your health is the most important thing in the world so it’s important to identify if the company uses any toxic or harmful chemicals when cleaning your home environment. Bliss Home Care ONLY uses green cleaning products to ensure your safety and that of your family and pets. If you’re unsure about the differences, read our blog Why You Should Choose Environmentally Friendly products for a better insight… http://www.blisshomecare.com.au/choose-environmentally-friendly-products/

Does your company offer training and quality assurance?

A training program is important for employees, employers and the client. Employees that have training are competently trained in workplace procedures and processes. They become proficient in all aspects of cleaning. Employees will feel more engaged and have a greater sense of accountability when a good training program is in place. A quality assurance by conducting regular Home Inspections will ensure the client is satisfied with the service being provided and any discrepancies should be dealt with immediately.

Will your company come out to assess my home?

It’s important that your needs and requirements are met, always. Your cleaning company should come to your home to determine what your priorities are and develop a cleaning plan based on your specific needs. This is often referred to as a pre-cleaning assessment.

When we conduct a pre-cleaning assessment we walk through your home with you to identify the priorities and then we train the cleaner allocated to your home to ensure that they focus on these areas of importance.

Does your company offer training and quality assurance?

A training program is important for employees, employers and the client. Employees that have training are competently trained in workplace procedures and processes. They become proficient in all aspects of cleaning. Employees will feel more engaged and have a greater sense of accountability when a good training program is in place. A quality assurance by conducting regular Home Inspections will ensure the client is satisfied with the service being provided and any discrepancies should be dealt with immediately.

If you want to reclaim your time and entrust your home to cleaning to experts, be sure to speak with a cleaning company before hiring them to clean your home. Ask the above questions, and any others you may have. Your home is your sacred space and it’s important that you feel you have employed the company that is best going to best suit your needs.

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