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11/22/11 Meeting Noisebridge pays money out of general funds for a cleaner for a continuing period of three months at a rate of $145 per month; additionally, Rob will do a bi-weeklky declutter, coordinated with the arrival of the cleaning people, with lunch paid for by Rubin at a rate of $20 per session; additiionally, Ben will clean at the oposite end of the monthly cycle from the cleaners, again coordinating with Rob.

Primum non nocere[edit]

First, do no harm.

Roaches love crumbs; always use a plate, clean up all dishes when done and leave no food lying around.

Volunteer Sundays Cleaning Program[edit]

Proposal 2014-04-30 To join the volunteer cleaning program, either (a) Show up on Sunday Morning and ask to volunteer, or (b) be sleeping on Sunday morning. If found sleeping, your name will be taken and you'll be asked to clean for 90 minutes. If you refuse to clean, you'll be asked to leave but may come back on Tuesday to appeal.


Updates and specifics will be listed here

There will also be a prizebox in the space where you can leave something you want to donate as a reward for excellence.

Doocratic Cleaning[edit]

Getting shit done with good old fashioned elbow grease.


There may be many reasons that motivate one to perform cleaning, however the base purpose of cleaning is generally to make the environment healthier and more sanitary. Other reasons besides sanitation is the aesthetic value to which a clean space provides.

By rotating the cleaning duties, members learn by observing the various sorts of messes and dirty spots, learn how to clean them, and gain insight and motivation on how to avoid making them in the first place.

Cleaning Agents and Health[edit]

Commercially available chemical-based cleaners contain neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors. Such products are directly counterproductive to the goal of health improvement. They also have other consequential effects, supporting corporatism of multinational chemical companies that also poison us with GMOs and pharmaceuticals (DOW, Bayer, BASF, P&G), and must be transported using foreign oil and through the usual corpocratic channels of GMA and national distributors.

Garrett's Homemade Orange Oil Cleaner[edit]

Non-toxic, chemical-free cleaner that smells great, disinfects, and repels pests.

Use as a general purpose cleaner. For laundry, use 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp baking soda.

The orange peel contains orange oil and is naturally extracted by leaving the dried peels in the jar with vinegar. Clove and orange oil both disinfect and repel pests. A few drops of non-toxic soap (homemade, or Dr. Bronner's) can be added to increase slipperiness for removing dirt.


1) Dried citrus peels (orange, lemon, lime)
2) jar or container to hold (1)
3) Vinegar
4) Clove powder (optional)
5) 1-2 tsp of Soap (optional)


Fill each jar with peels. Add clove powder, soap and fill with vinegar. Shake well. Wait a day, and then use it for cleaning.

Getting Creative[edit]

Try other herbs and oils such as mint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, cedar, basil, and cardamom.

Borax to kill Bugs[edit]

Borax can be safely applied to underneath of the refrigerator and atop cabinets and will kill insects, including roaches.

Borax consumption may raise testosterone in men when ingested but it may irritate skin on contact.

You can also make borax 'baits' --- mix borax with a sugar or starch to attract roaches, leave it out for their consumption. Many recipes for borax bait can be found online.

Diatomaceous Earth[edit]

Mostly silica, diatomaceous earth punctures exoskeletons and dehydrate bugs. Use similarly to borax. As a warning it will irritate lungs if inhaled! You can find it online, in bulk at Rainbow Grocery or at some garden & hardware stores.

Mopping the Floor[edit]

Move any items that are in the way and sweep completely.

Use murphy's oil soap, following the directions, or essential oils. There may be tea trea oil in the kitchen.