Christmas is the season of giving, and we want to give you a chance to win one of three fantastic prizes! For twelve days, from December 7th to December 18th, 2015, you can enter one of our three Christmas contests. All winners, in addition to the fabulous prizes listed below, will also receive a Christmas E book, filled with tips and tricks to keep your house spotless this holiday season.
Contest #1: “Oh Christmas Tree”
Think your Christmas tree is better than the Griswold’s? Did you spend hours hand-picking each ornament, or are you more a “throw the tinsel at the tree and hope for the best” kind of family? Post a picture of your decorated tree on our Facebook page, and let the masses decide if yours is the best they’ve ever seen.
What You Can Win: The 2 trees with the most votes will win a $25 gift card of their choice! Yes, you read that right: a gift card of your choice. That means that you choose the store!
Contest #2: “The Truth About Santa Claus”
There comes a time in every child’s life when they find out that the jolly, bearded man in a red suit who brings them presents is just a fairy-tale. How did you find out? Write us a short story, no more than a few paragraphs, about how you found out the truth about Santa Claus. Whether it’s a funny story, or a story that tugs on the heart strings, we want to hear it!
What You Can Win: The two stories with the most votes win a $100 Gift Card from Canada’s Cleaning Crew!
The Fine Print: In order to redeem the $100 gift card, the winner must purchase a 3 month contract of biweekly cleaning services from Canada’s Cleaning Crew.
Contest #3: “Reindeer Friends”
Rudolph may not have had any reindeer friends, but we bet you have lots of friends! And we also bet that your friends would appreciate less time spent cleaning, and more time spent with their family. Pick 3 (or 6, or 9!) friends, and tell them that we are the solution to their holiday time woes.
What You Can Win: For every 3 people you refer, you will receive 1 entry into a draw for a $500 Prepaid Visa or MasterCard! And as an additional thank you, your friends will receive $25 off of their services. It’s a win/win!
The Fine Print: To be eligible for an entry into the draw, 3 new clients must sign up for 3 months of biweekly cleaning services. For every 3 new clients you refer, you will receive 1 entry into the draw. There will be 2 winners of a $500 prepaid Visa or MasterCard.
Winners of all three contests will be announced at 8pm on December 18th – just in time for Christmas
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Your Shoes are More Gross than Your Toilet!
You might have grown up with parents who made you take off your shoes before you came in the house. As a kid, it was the biggest pain in the butt – you just wanted to grab a Popsicle from the kitchen, it would only take two seconds. But your parents may have been onto something. As it turns out, shoes are pretty disgusting!
In a study conducted by the University of Arizona, the bottoms of shoes were sampled after normal wear. 96% of the shoes tested in the study contained large amounts of coliform bacteria!! That’s the bacteria that comes from POOP. Here’s just some of the bacteria types they found:
- E.Coli: can cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- C. difficile: a bacterium that causes colon inflammation – it is resistant to antibiotics!
- K. pneumoniae: as you might guess, can cause pneumonia and bronchitis.
- S. ficaria: can lead to respiratory tract infections.
None of those bugs sound very nice. And guess what?
They don’t stay on the floor – 90% of those bacteria are transferred to other surfaces in your house!
To put it in perspective: a toilet seat tends to have about 1000 “units” of bacteria – the bottoms of your shoes could have up to 400,000! That’s 400,000 units of disgusting, illness-causing bacteria hat could be transferred throughout your nice clean house.
Think of all the places your shoes have been: public restrooms, sidewalks, coffee shops… there are so many opportunities for bacteria to sneak a ride on the bottoms of your kicks. And the more you walk, the more debris you pick up to feed those hungry microbes, so they continue to thrive. Not to mention all the DIRT. Tracking in dirt can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your floors as the particles are ground into the pores, especially tile and hardwood.
So before you traipse through your house, un-lace those sneakers!
No one likes the thought of bad bacteria lurking on the surfaces of their home. And for as long as we can remember, bleach has been the go-to disinfectant and cleaner.
But, let’s be honest here: who likes the harsh, chemical smell of bleach? There’s a reason they don’t sell it as perfume! Not to mention all the nasty potential hazards that come along with using it. Here are just a few of the yucky properties of bleach:
- Mixing bleach with ammonia (a very common ingredient in other household cleaner) creates a TOXIC gas that can cause coughing, nausea, chest pain, and fluid in the lungs.
- Chlorine bleach contains volatile organic compounds, which according to the American Lung Association, “contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches”.
- There is evidence that exposure to bleach can trigger an attack in people who have asthma. In fact, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, named bleach an “asthmagen”, which means it can also cause asthma.
- Bleach is corrosive: stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, marble, and granite can all be damaged by bleach. (And we don’t know about you, but we have a lot of those substances in our house!)
- It can stain both skin and clothing or other fabric.
What if we told you that there is a natural alternative that is just as effective as bleach, without all the nasty smells and side effects? Don’t look so shocked, it’s true!
This miracle cleaner is none other than tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of several species in the “myrtle” family. It has long been used throughout history for a variety of purposes: to treat health conditions, acne, dandruff, and as an anti-microbial agent. In Australia, aboriginals used tea tree as an antiseptic to treat skin conditions: they would crush the leaves into a paste and apply it directly to lesions and wounds. So clearly it gets the job done!
And there no need to go to a specialty store to purchase it: you can buy tea tree oil at your local drugstore, grocery store, health food store, and even Costco! Simply dilute it with some water, throw the solution into a spray bottle and you’re good to go – a little goes a long way with this stuff.
Homemade tea tree oil cleaner is cost effective, and has fewer harmful side effects. So get rid of that bleach lurking under your sink! It’s a no brainer.
Canada’s Cleaning Crew only uses tea tree oil cleaners – no nasty bleach!
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