But it wasn't until I got pregnant that I realized just how many chemicals I still used to clean my home. I hadn't used bleach in years, but I discovered that many of the "green" products I had felt good about using before were almost toxic! I knew I didn't want my baby—or me and my husband—around any of it.
So my husband and I started researching truly green, natural, plant-based cleaning products and even found recipes for creating our own cleaners with such pure ingredients as baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, and natural essential oils like Tea Tree and Lavender that have antibacterial properties.
Our house had never felt so clean... and fresh smelling! And my son—and dog, cat, husband and I— are safe around all of it!
Now, I know cleaning isn't for everyone. So, I knew there had to be people out there who wanted to be GREEN but didn't want to spend their precious time researching products and cleaning their homes—something I could manage for them! Instead, they wanted to spend their time with their families, getting active in their communities, and working at jobs they enjoy (hopefully!). Those are our clients—and we are proud to have them. But I wanted to go a step further than just being green.
If I was going to start a business, I wanted it to be a great place to work and have it add value to the local community and economy, as I believe every company should serve the social good (yes, I'm idealistic, but those are the types of companies I want to patronize!).
So in addition to being "planet-friendly", we call ourselves "people-friendly" too. This means that all of the people who work for us are employees (not independent contractors) and US citizens or those legally able to work in the US. It was important to me that if I had a job to give, I would offer it to someone who needed it right here in the US. We also pay premium, living wages and offer additional benefits such as holiday pay, paid time off, annual bonuses, spot bonuses, mileage reimbursement, and in 2016 we are planning to offer a health care stipend - each one of these benefits is nearly unheard of in the cleaning industry. But don't hard-working cleaners deserve such benefits? I think so.
So that's how we got started and a little about the principles that guide our business. If our story and business model resonate with you, give us a try. We look forward to working with you!