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Delicious & Healthy Winter Recipes


From our family to yours

2016 already, where did 2015 go?  A new year always feels so bright, shiny, new and full of promise. Do you find yourself making the usual resolutions? I am going to eat healthier, get more exercise, spend more time with the kids and finally repaint the kitchen. We can’t help you get more exercise or repaint the kitchen (although we can get your carpets and furniture nice and clean).  But we can help you eat a little healthier.

As the winter drags on our bodies crave artery clogging comfort foods – fats, sugars and simple carbohydrates. Yep, all the good stuff.  Here are some healthier and easy to make, comfort foods


Feel free to spice this one up.

Black Bean Quesadillas

Add a bit of mashed sweet potato and brown rice to the black beam filling in the quesadillas – so good!)

These apples are easy enough for everyday but fancy enough for company.

baked apples with raisins and cinnamon


Hot chocolate with marshmallows on the rustic wooden table

Nikki’s Homemade Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (available in the milk section of your grocery store)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or agave syrup
  • Coconut whipped cream (available in the cooler section of most grocery stores)
  • Cinnamon
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Put the milk into a small sauce pan and whisk in the cocoa powder and sweetener while heating slowly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Pour in to two mugs and top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and green new year from our family to yours….

Phil, Nikki, Kyla, Chelsea and Leo.

Nikki Shames is the General Manager at Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. She can be reached at  905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Recipe for Home Made All-Purpose Green Cleaner


african couple having fun while doing household chores

Don’t worry about toxins in your cleaning products by making your own safe cleaner

Tired of bringing chemicals into your home? Do you want to switch to a more environmentally friendly way of cleaning but don’t know where to start? Keep an eye out in our newsletters for your monthly dose of green cleaning tips! You can also check out our Facebook page for weekly green cleaning tips.

All purpose cleaner:

Good quality spray bottle

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp dawn dish soap

4 TBSP white vinegar

400 ml warm water.

4-5 drops of pure lemon essential oil (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle.  Shake well. Enjoy a clean chemical free cleaning experience!

Kyla Shames is a Manager at Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath.She can be reached at  905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Indoor Winter Family Fun

By: Kyla Shames

Kids blowing large balloons

Don’t let cold weather spoil the fun!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is over and winter seems to be slowly making an appearance. Although we have been extremely lucky with our weather this year the kids may still be going a little stir crazy being stuck inside. Well….no fear Ecosuds is here! Below are some great kid friendly games and activities to fight the winter blues and keep the entire family happy.

  • Disney Pictionary – All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a good imagination!
  • Balloon Tennis – Glue a Popsicle stick to a small paper plate, blow up a balloon and have fun!
  • Obstacle course – Chris-cross party streamers across the hallway and have the kids crawl between them, “the floor is lava”, make a race path throughout the house. Go wild and have fun with this one!

For more family fun ideas visit the Ecosuds Pinterest page:




Click the Pinterest logo above for tons of fun ideas!

Kyla Shames is a Manager at Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath.She can be reached at  905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Soft and Hard. Warm and Cool. Rugs and Wood. Better Together


Over the last decade many homeowners have decided to remove carpet and replace it with hard surfaces like hardwood, laminate, ceramic, stone. They did so because they liked the look and felt it would be easier to maintain. What many found however, was that their new floor was not as easy to care for as first thought, and the feel underfoot was not as pleasant as when they had carpeting in the room. The solution many found was to add area rugs to their rooms.

Area Rugs can add a splash of colour, along with warmth, a soft feel, and a safer place for your kids and pets to play. But with so many types of area rugs available, how do you choose the rugs that are right for you?

Is your rug going to be placed in a high traffic area?

In high traffic areas like hallways and family rooms, choose rugs with busy patterns and colours that will easily hide dirt and soil. Select tightly woven or knotted rugs that will not show develop traffic patterns as quickly as thicker rugs would.

Is your rug in a room where you may spill food or drinks on it?

As I recommended in the higher traffic area, stay with a busier pattern. Make sure that a carpet protector is applied to avoid and permanent disasters. A tighter weave or knot helps as well, as spills tend to stay on the top of the carpet, rather than run deep into the fibres.

What about rugs in a bedroom?

Unless you like being woken up with a jolt on a cold winter morning, a plush, thick rug is the perfect choice beside your bed. Thick rugs provide excellent insulation from the cold. They also help to deaden sound, so you won’t disturb your partner when you leave for work early or arrive home late.

Synthetic or Wool?

Synthetic rugs will save you money in the short run, but wool is the better long term investment. It is rare for us to see a synthetic rug come into our shop that is more than ten years old, but we often have wool rugs brought to us that have been enjoyed for decades, some have been more than one hundred years old.  A well made wool rug will likely be passed down from generation to generation.

Special note of warning about long shag rugs

Long shag rugs (rugs with stands over one inch in length) have become very popular in recent years. They look and feel wonderful when you buy them, but you may want to consider these as “disposable” rugs. Because the strands on these rugs are so long, they are exceptionally difficult to maintain. Home vacuum cleaners are rarely powerful enough to suck the dirt from the base of the rugs. Tufts and fibres often pull out. Twisted strands often unravel, leaving a shadowy look that cannot be fixed. Some rugs actually have their colour applied as a coating (like a paint) that wears off over time or when cleaned.

Long shag rugs are the very difficult rug professionals to clean, so they will cost considerably more to have cleaned than other synthetic rugs, often more than wool or silk, so buy wisely.

Whether you are choosing your rug for its colour, design, warmth, longevity, or all of the above, you will find that the contrast of hard and soft surfaces will make your floors more beautiful and your home more enjoyable to live in.

Phil Shames is the Owner of Ecosuds Carpet and Upholstery Care. Serving the Greater Hamilton, Burlington, and Grimsby areas of Ontario. Ecosuds is a multiple award winning company specializing in environmentally friendly, low moisture fine rug, carpet, and upholstery cleaning. Phil can be reached at 905-667-5624 ext. 101 or

Divine Intervention Could Not Keep Pope from Slip & Fall Injury

Pope Benedict Broken Wrist

The recent retirement of Pope Benedict XVI brought to light the dangers all seniors face at home and abroad. Back in 2009 The Pope slipped and fell while on vacation in Northern Italy. Thank God he was not seriously injured, but he did suffer a broken wrist. For many seniors who slip and fall, the injuries are much more serious.

Did you know that half of all of those over 65 who fall and fracture a hip are unable to return home and carry on an independent life?

Ecosuds’ new SlipMedic service can quickly and  affordably remedy slippery-when-wet hard floor and bath surfaces, dramatically reducing the likelihood of a slip and fall accident. Contact us to learn more.

Phil and Nikki

Phil and Nikki Shames own Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. They can be reached at 905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Ozone for Odour Removal – Safely Eliminate Odours, Bacteria, and Viruses

Using Ozone for odour removal has been somewhat controversial. On one hand, this naturally occurring is responsible for the clean, fresh feel and smell in the air after a thunder storm. On the other, it is equated to pollution concentrations on “bad air” days. So, is it a good idea to use ozone, especially from an environmental standpoint, to rid your home or business of bad odours?

First, let me explain what ozone is. Ozone is simply three oxygen molecules bound together. This molecule is created when 2 oxygen molecules are passed through a highly charged environment (like a lightning storm, or in an ozone generator, over highly charged plates). The molecule that is created is very unstable and one of the oxygen molecules will readily attach itself to other surrounding molecules. When this happens, the remaining 2 oxgen molecules are simply the pure oxygen all life needs on this planet, while the lone oxygen molecule that attached itself to a different molecule will oxidize and destroy the other.

This process allows Ozone to destroy bad smelling molecules, bacteria, viruses, moulds, and fungus, ultimately leaving no toxic residue behind.

Sound like the perfect, safe solution, right? Well, you do need to be careful when using ozone generators in your home or business, because ozone does not discriminate between the biological organisms we like (our selves, pets, plants, etc). and the foul smelling molecules we are trying to get rid of. So, when we are applying large amounts of ozone to an area (shocking), we need to make sure that we, along with our pets and plants, are out of the area. Ozone, however, reverts back to oxygen very quickly, so we and our house-mates can return to a fresh and clean smelling home or business quickly.

How quickly does ozone revert back to oxygen? The half life of ozone is just 20 minutes, so within a couple of hours of shocking an area, you can safely return. Many ozone generators, like the Jenesco units available at have timers built into the units, so that you can set the units to ozonate through the day, and turn off a few hours before you get home. Likewise, in a business environment, like deodorizing a locker room, you could turn the unit on when everyone leaves for the evening, and have it turn off automatically a few hours before everyone arrives in the morning.

One of the greatest benefits of ozone generators or chemical based odour treatment solutions is that there is no toxic residue once the ozone has quickly dissipated. sells the Jenesco brand of ozone generators in Canada. These ozone generators are well build, many featuring stainless steel enclosures,  timers, variable ozone output levels, and more. They have units from small, portable ozone generators that are perfect for deodorizing sporting equipment like hockey and football gear, to large units designed for restoring fire and mould damaged properties.

Like more information on Ozone and it’s many uses. Visit or to learn more. You can also contact Phil Shames at


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