Cross-Country Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services

Go green when spring cleaning this year. Find an eco-friendly cleaning service in your local area and give Mother Nature a hand

Originally published April, 2009

Produced by Andrea Iseman

Photo courtesy Lusi/Stock.xchng

Photo Courtesy of Lusi/Stock.xchng

British Columbia

Aspen Clean
657 Marine Drive, suite 100
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A4
604-925-9900
2008@aspenclean.com

Cost per hour: One hour for a team of 3 people is $132 plus GST for first time jobs, between $114 and $117 for regular service. First time jobs usually take longer, between 1.5 hr to 2.5 hrs. The shortest appointment for regular job is 40 minutes – between $76 and $78 plus GST – for small 1 bedroom apartments. It takes between 1 hour and 1.5 hours to clean an average size house on a regular basis.

What they use: Homemade products and microfiber cloths. They provide a 24-hour guarantee—the client can call within 24-hours, if not completely satisfied, and they will re-visit the home at no extra charge.

All Brite
101-9584 Manchester Drive
Burnaby, BC V3N 4R1
604-298-7797
info@allbrite.com

Cost per hour: From Monday to Friday (8 am to 6 pm) $35 + GST, weekends, evenings and holidays $40 + GST. 4 hour minimum.

What they use: Simple Green products.

Life Maid Easy
309-1199 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2R1
604-682-6243
info@lifemaideasy.com

Cost per hour: $78/hour for a team of 2, $74/hr for a team of 2 – bi weekly maintenance, $70/hr for a team of 2 – weekly maintenance and office/commercial cleaning.

What they use: Eco-friendly cleaners from Shaklee and allergen-free micro fiber cloths. First time clients receive a 10% discount.

4 Seasons Home and Garden Services
Nanaimo, BC
Contact Angela Osmond
250-616-1188
angela@weturnup.com

Cost per hour: $30/hr and up.

What they use: A collection homemade cleaning recipes that include borax, tea tree oil, vinegar and soap.

Alberta

Green Clean Squad
Edmonton, AB
780-760-3083
info@greencleansquad.ca

Cost per hour: $75/hour.

What they use: Green Clean Squad is proudly Edmonton’s first 100% eco-friendly cleaning company using a selection of homemade earth-friendly products.

Oxy Genie
473 1919B 4th Street SW.
Calgary, AB T2S 1W4
(403) 452-4644
info@oxygenie.ca

Cost per hour: Oxy Genie offers a variety of cleaning services for both indoor and outdoor. Prices vary depending on service required, check website for more details.

What they use: They specialize in using oxygenated, deep cleaning and low moisture techniques with their cleaning services. Their chemical-free products are gentle and extend the life of upholstery and carpets and are also environmentally friendly.

The Clean Team
Calgary, AB
1-877-832-6881
info@thecleanteam.ca

Cost per hour: Different packages include residential ($99/visit) and commercial ($129/visit) properties. Discounts are offered for pre-purchased multiple visits and evaluations are free. Visit their website for more information.

What they use: Certified Green products under the EcoLogo program including Enviro-Solutions, Eco-Max and SAFEBLEND.

Ontario

Green Maid Toronto
Toronto, ON
647-998-4895
info@greenmaidtoronto.com

Cost per hour: Prices range from $100/hour for less than 650 square feet to $165/hour for 2000-5000 square feet.

What they use: The Green Maid is partnered with eco-friendly companies including Green Works, Dyson vacuums, and Clorox.

Even Better Cleaning
Toronto, ON
416-315-0266
julio@evenbettercleaning.net

Cost per hour: Starting from $85.00. Moving in/out hourly rate $65.00 (GST included) (2 Cleaners and all eco-friendly cleaning supplies and materials included ). Post renovation hourly rate $65.00 + GST (2 Cleaners and all eco-friendly cleaning supplies and materials included ).

What they use: Ecogent, Eco-Max glass cleaner, baking soda, borax and vinegar cleaning products. Even Better Cleaning are also part of the the Green Shift Program since 2002.

Just Clean It
Toronto, ON
416-243-9859

Cost per hour: $25-$30/hour per person for minimum of 3 hours.

What they use: Green Works cleaning products.

Enviromaid
Mississauga, Oakville and Toronto (west of Victoria Park), ON
416-402-6177
clean@enviromaid.ca

Cost per hour: Hourly rates depend on size of space required cleaning. Visit their website for a free home estimate.

What they use: Products that contain only naturally sourced ingredients which are often plant-based extracts or minerals including vinegar, vegetable glycerin and baking soda.

Eco Sweep
Oakville, ON
647-219-7368

Cost per hour: Rates are roughly $25-30/hr depending on the type of service required and frequency.

What they use: Eco Sweep cleaners mix their cleaning solutions “in house” using natural products such as natural soap, a variety of essential oils, vinegar, baking soda and borax.

Enviro Pure Home
Ottawa, ON
613-513-7873
info@enviropurehome.com

Cost per hour: $40/hour with a 3 hour minimum.

What they use: Green Seal approved cleaners by Enviro Chem.

Quebec

Surfactant Cleaning Corp.
Montreal, QC
514-486-3456

Cost per hour: Hourly rates are based on size of home being cleaned. Visit their website to book a free estimate.

What they use: Surfactant Cleaning uses top quality tested Shaklee cleaning supplies and also offer a free Shaklee product gift basket with a contract signing.

New Brunswick

Maid by Nature
66 Beech St.
Moncton, NB E1A 4B4
757-819-4205

Cost per hour: Rates are based on size of home and type of services required. Visit their website to book a free estimate.

What they use: Cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and health-conscious. None of their products contain formaldehyde or phenol which can cause headaches, skin irritations, kidney and liver damage.

Nova Scotia

Top Notch Cleaners
59 Churchill Downs Circle
Lower Sackville, NS B4E 2J3
stephen@topnotchcleaners.ca

Cost per hour: Services offered include cleaning for residential and commercial spaces. Quotes are based on individual area being cleaned. Visit their website for a free quote.

What they use: All products are environmentally friendly. Visit their website for at-home eco cleaning tips.

PurClean
Halifax, NS
902-476-3108
sammype@hotmail.com

Cost per hour: From $50/hour.

What they use: Home made products that use white vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon juice, Borax and club soda.

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Jimmy Fallon loves blonde moms

By Andrea Iseman
For canadianfamily.ca
Posted March 5, 2009 | 4:50 PM

All of us here in the office have watched Saturday Night Live either on TV or through various YouTube clips, so we were really excited when we heard Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was going to start the week of March 2. Although seeing Conan go is a bit of a downer, Fallon’s comedic timing and background in acting are something to look forward to.

Photo Courtesy of NBC

Photo Courtesy of NBC

The only downside? The 12:35 a.m. time slot, which is a bit of a stretch for some moms here. However, Fallon did better than we thought. Off to a nervous start, he looked at times like he might throw up or collapse from sweat overload, but he isn’t bad. He’s not afraid to use his celebrity friends as guinea pigs either, and had a good lineup for his first week, with guests Robert DeNiro, Justin Timberlake and oldie-but-goodie band Van Morrison.

And on his first show, Fallon even showcased a cute video about his target demographic of the day: blonde mothers from Connecticut, who apparently look less sick and sad than their brunette counterparts. (Note that this “Target Demographic” segment smells a bit like something that’s already been around for a while; the Target Women series of videos by comedian Sarah Haskin. And, if we had to pick, Haskins’ videos are currently much funnier than Fallon’s.)

We know 12:35 a.m. is way past your kids and probably your own bedtime, but a little entertainment never hurt anyone! It’s too early to tell how successful this new show will be, but it’s definitely worth losing a few zzz’s over, even just for one night a week.

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Barbie celebrates 50th anniversary

By Andrea Iseman
For canadianfamily.ca
Posted February 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM

We remember playing with our Barbies for hours; acting out scenarios, pretending we lived as charmed a life as she did, with our own special dream house and pink convertible. Well, we were more excited than we care to admit when we heard about the introduction of special limited edition Stila cosmetics in honour of Barbie’s 50th, available exclusively on sephora.com.

Barbie in all her 50s glam glory, complete with blonde ponytail and bright red lips.

Barbie in all her 50s glam glory, complete with blonde ponytail and bright red lips.

Even if you don’t have Barbie’s blue eyes, blonde hair or pink lips, you can still look like her (or at least attempt to look like her). The original 1959 Ponytail Doll set comes with three eyeshadows, a lip colour to match Barbie’s in matte cherry red, and liquid eye liner to recreate the famous cat eyes of the ’50s and ’60s. Another set is named after the famous 1971 Malibu Barbie, which contains aqua eyeshadow, pink lip glaze and waterproof mascara to complete that sunny, beach look which epitomized the natural beauty of the 1970s. Packaged in a fun paint-can container, each set also features a “Barbie Look Book,” which includes a history of each top-selling Barbie. The $40 price tag is a small price to pay for a solid dose of nostaligia.

We also love the Barbie blog, which celebrates “50 years of fun, fashion and friends.” The site even features a cute video that details just how much work goes into making the Barbie dream a reality.

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