Pulse: Style: Low Down: Cleaning House


For Cleaning Supplies:
Foster’s Urban Homeware
124 North 3rd Street, 267-671-0588; shopfosters.com
Function meets fashion at this cool Old City home accessories shop, which features cutting-edge cleaning and organizing accessories ($4 to $25) for any abode. Head to the back for the ergonomically designed OXO Good Grip bathroom and kitchen brushes with non-slip handles, and the full line of Mrs. Meyer’s aromatherapy cleaning products. Hands are well covered with latex-free, cotton-lined True Blues: The Ultimate in Household Gloves. Urbanites will love sleek, space-saving finds like Simple Human’s stainless steel, wall-mounted grocery bag storage unit. Foster’s staff favorites include Mysticmaid’s microfiber cleaning cloths, which instantly remove grime.


For Clutter Removal
:
Eclectic House Cleaning
215-735-3929; declutternow@yahoo.com
As a reformed clutter-­collector, Jennifer Kopp Lewis brings compassion and 25 years of experience to her cleaning business, which has grown by word of mouth. She specializes in one-on-one household decluttering services ($50 per hour); clients seek her help in sorting and saying goodbye to excess stuff. Lewis makes piles for repairs, returns and donations — but allows a sentimental stash for stuff too dear to be discarded.

For Deep Cleaning
:
Harmony Clean
215-230-7700;
harmonyclean.com
Too Little Time
215-629-9098
When sisters Debi ­Sarandrea and Vicki Brown launched Harmony Clean two years ago, they set out to combine spotless service with earth-friendly, non-toxic cleaning methods. It proved to be a winning formula: The flourishing business now has 12 staffers tending to more than 100 clients in Bucks and Montgomery counties ($96 to $128 per visit). All-natural Ecover and Seventh Generation products are staples, while high-filtration vacuums help reduce dust. City dwellers can call on Too Little Time Lifestyle Services for an environmentally sound residential spring cleaning package ($200 to $600) that covers everything from appliances and baseboards to vents and windows.

For Organizing Tools
:
Organized Living
The Promenade at Sagemore, 500 Route 73 North, Marlton, 856-596-4266, and other area locations
The name says it all: Organized Living offers solutions for straightening every room. Containers in all colors, shapes and sizes line the aisles of this warehouse-like cleaning mecca; beyond the standard plastic designs ($6 to $40), there are chic choices like peekaboo hat boxes ($39 for a set of three) and wicker hampers ($80). New for spring: pastel office accessories in butter-soft leather ($28 to $32), and canvas closet pieces ($15 to $30). A closet specialist is on hand to design shelving systems and consultations are free.

Green Clean
Eco-friendly products for the home front

The Philadelphia region offers plenty of people-and-planet-friendly cleaning products for conscientious consumers. Sun & Earth, a decade-old Norristown company, makes non-toxic products from plant, fruit and vegetable oils; the dishwashing soap, surface cleaners and laundry detergent are stocked by Whole Foods Market ($2.50 to $8). Organica, also based in Norristown, formulates environmentally responsible cleaning, degreasing, odor control and stain removal sprays available through its website ($5 to $24). The biodegradable Caldrea line combines luxury with well-being: The products ($8 to $20) contain essential oils and botanical blends, and are available at Belle Maison and Hello World.

Organica, 888-24-GREEN, organica.net; Sun & Earth, sunandearth.com; Belle Maison, 4340 Main Street, Manayunk, 215-482-6222, bellemaisononline.com; Hello World, 2056 Locust Street, 215-545-5207, and 1201 Pine Street, 215-545-7060; shophelloworld.com

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.