County busi­ness keeps clean by be­ing green

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By DARA MCBRIDE


— A lo­cal busi­ness and the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary are part­ner­ing up to pro­mote green clean­ing.

Country Clean – a lo­cal and fam­ily- owned res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial green clean­ing com­pany – will host the event “Spring Clean­ing: Mak­ing Func­tional Space Fab­u­lous” at 6: 30 p. m. on April 26 at the Ch­e­sa­peake City Branch Li­brary and again at 7 p. m.


on May 3 at the Perr yville Branch Li­brary.

The busi­ness, which of­fers clean­ing ser­vices for home and of­fice, launched out of Delaware in 2011. In 2013, Jes­sica Love­land, a Ce­cil County res­i­dent, be­came the sole owner. The op­er­a­tors re­cently be­came con­nected to the li­brary through the li­brary’s Small Busi­ness In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

Bethany Reynolds and An­gela Ko­vall from Country Clean will present dur­ing the li­brary events. Reynolds said all the women in­volved in the busi­ness have young chil­dren, so us­ing prod­ucts that don’t con­tain harsh chem­i­cals is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to them.

“Some of the harsh­est prod­ucts out there for the en­vi­ron­ment are clean­ing prod­ucts,” Reynolds said, adding the busi­ness tries to use ei­ther re­us­able or en­vi­ron­men­tally- friendly clean­ing sup­plies and equip­ment. She said the com­pany pri­or­i­tizes both the health of the en­v­i­ron- ment and their em­ploy­ees, who oth­er­wise might be work­ing with harm­ful chem­i­cals, as well as their clients.

The busi­ness ad­ver­tises their clean­ers use mi­crofiber tow­els and HEPA­fil­tered vac­u­ums, which fil­ter out dust and al­ler­gens and do not cre­ate vac­uum bag waste. Clean­ing sup­plies the busi­ness uses are ei­ther home­made with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents or rated highly by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group, a non­profit re­search and ad­vo­cacy group.

The up­com­ing li­brary events will cover how to im­ple­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion strate­gies and green clean­ing tech­niques, Reynolds said. Or­ga­ni­za­tion for young fam­i­lies, older adults who are down­siz­ing and the psy­chol­ogy of the im­por­tance of or­ga­niz­ing will be dis­cussed, she added.

Reynolds said she hopes to share help­ful tips and in­for­ma­tion with at­ten­dees. She noted that peo­ple are of­ten hap­pi­est when they are liv­ing sim­ply.

“Ev­ery thing that you own takes up a piece of time,” Reynolds said.

She en­cour­aged those look­ing to de­clut­ter to “think about what you ac­tu­ally need to live.”

Those who at­tend ei­ther event will be en­tered to win a free two-hour mini clean from the busi­ness. At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter ahead of time by call­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake City Branch Li­brary at 410-996-1134 or the Per­ryville Branch Li­brary at 410-996-6070 ext. 3.

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