Living the Dream:
In 2003 I also started cleangreen, a natural cleaning company. I was cleaning by myself, working from home. But I had a vision of someday building a successful company with an office, company cars, and office manager.
At the same time I was studying at CCCC and everything I learned there I applied to my business – from graphic design to public speaking. While I was there I heard about Suffolk Cape Cod. It seemed unreal to have the opportunity to earn a degree from a great university without leaving Cape Cod. So I started to work towards that goal.
I got married in 2007 and Cape Cod become my new permanent home. In 2008 I graduated from CCCC and transferred to Suffolk Cape Cod. I took so many classes that helped me run my business better - public relations, journalism, feature writing, event planning, advertising and many more.
I learned how to put together a marketing plan, how to work better in a team, and how to listen. One of my dreams became true when I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Suffolk University in September 2011.
I started to network, got more involved in the community and in 2009 I joined ABWA. At one of the meetings I heard about WE CAN and got very excited because this was my chance to give back. I have been involved with WE CAN for three years and have loved every minute of it.
Now I have a fourteen-month-old daughter so my life has changed a little – especially the part about never enough sleep – but everything else is the same. I still wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work.
I feel very lucky to have so much support around me and so much opportunity. It is very special – you don't see this in Czech Republic.
And I have also learned that if I have a dream, with hard work and focus the dream will come true.
Get Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays with Eco-Cleaning Tips from cleangreen:
How can I keep my drains from getting clogged and clear them without chemicals?
To keep your drains free-flowing, don't pour cooking oil, grease, or other fats into them. Pour leftover grease into a can, and then toss it out with the trash.
Don't dump stuff that clumps, like rice, coffee grounds, in drains, either. Outfit all sinks with strainers to catch food, fibers and hair, and clean them out regularly. And flush kitchen drains regularly with a few gallons of boiling water, which can clear away built up grease and soap.
For pushing and pulling clogs loose, stick with a plunger. The accordion-style Master Plunger (about $6) forces out clogs better than chemical drain cleaner. Or consider an enzyme-based biological cleaner ($5 - $9), which eats away at organic-based clogs like grease, hair, and soap without using harsh chemicals. But it can take 24 hours or more to work.
What is a good cheap way to prevent or get rid of hard-water stains on stainless steel?
White vinegar is a mild acid that's good at removing residue from hard-water deposits on teakettles, faucets, shower heads and coffeemakers. For coffeemakers add a cup of white vinegar and run it through a regular hot water cycle. You can also unscrew a grungy shower head and soak it in vinegar.
What's the easiest way to clean the microwave, especially after a baked-on tomato sauce explosion?
To speed-clean and mask odors, place a small bowl with about one-quarter cup of fresh lemon juice in your microwave. Then run it on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl and wipe the oven cavity, using the condensation that formed to clean it.
Those baked-on tomato stains should be easy to get off with plain water. Repeat if necessary, and scrape off any stubborn gunk with a plastic credit card. Just don't scrape the glass window; that could damage it.
How can I clean my oven without harsh chemicals?
To clean a greasy oven without chemicals or noxious fumes, mix together 1 cup baking soda and one-quarter cup of washing soda (Arm & Hammer makes one), then add enough water to make a paste.
With gloved hands (washing soda may irritate skin), smear the paste on oven surfaces and let soak overnight. The next morning, lift off the soda mixture and grime and rinse all surfaces. Tip: To avoid having to clean your electric oven in the first place, put a layer of aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven; replace frequently.
SOLUTIONS FOR ALL-NATURAL CLEANING
Citric acid gives it its fresh scent, bleaching, stain removing, deodorizing and bacteria-fighting capabilities.
Despite its smell (which disappears when it dries), I do use vinegar around the house for a few things. It is popular for many homemade cleaning products and has many uses as a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.
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