CINCINNATI — An Ohio couple is taking their healthy lifestyle from the gym to the office. Meredith Owens and Braydon Sullivan founded OrganiClean, a commercial cleaning company that is all about organics.
The couple started cleaning houses to help pay for Owens’ health science studies at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated in 2021, and instead of going to graduate school, Owens and Sullivan decided to switch to using organic cleaning products and focus on cleaning offices and businesses rather than on the houses.
“I never thought I would do this. I had planned my whole life,” Owens said. “I definitely got a lot of raised eyebrows from friends and some of my family: ‘Why are you guys doing this? Do you go to school?” It was an accident waiting to happen.”
They are not alone; since the start of the COVID pandemic, commercial cleaning revenue has jumped $15 billion, according to statistics from onedesk.coma data analysis site.
For Owens and Sullivan, it’s as much about extending their healthy living at home to their work.
The couple raise free-range chickens and mainly consume organic fruits, vegetables and meat.
“Our chickens eat organic food and they’re free range when we’re home, so we know all eggs are healthy,” Owens said.
In addition to eating healthy foods, they work out six days a week in the gym they built in their garage, with most of the equipment you’d find in a commercial gym.
The couple also practice when cleaning.
‘I love it; we are always on the move,” Owens said.
She first received practice cleaning as a punishment from her father when she was a child.
“My dad made me clean a fake plant leaf by dusting it off. It was a punishment for me so I was probably 8 but I’ve always had cleaning chores since I was little.”
As for the organic part, that came later, when Meredith learned more about healthy habits in college.
“The great thing about our organic products is that they sanitize, they deep clean, but the best part is that they don’t leave a strong aroma out in the air and they’re also non-toxic to people. people to breathe, especially people with allergies, so it’s a great alternative,” Owens said.
“It’s something that gives us the opportunity to bring pieces of ourselves and personal values into the workplace,” Sullivan said. “We like that.”