Posts Tagged by green cleaning
|March 21, 2011||Filled under Get Clean, Kitchen Cleaning Challenge|
I used to use those spray and wipe products from the grocery store to clean my sinks until I was introduced to Shaklee’s Basic H and Shaklee Basic G nearly 20 years ago. I believed the lies the commercials told me about needing those harsh chemicals to kill the germs and keep my home clean. But, not anymore. Now, I understand the health consequences of using toxic cleaners.
Introducing the Weekly Greener Cleaning Kitchen Challenge: Week 1,
So, today I am going to challenge you to clean your sink without a toxic cleaner. Complete the task and come back here and link your results here if you’d like to share your success with the world! You have one week to complete the task, take the photos, write the blog post and come back and link up!
Be sure to subscribe to my blog by email so you are reminded about the next challenge next week.
Here we go!
First, take a picture of the product you would normally use to clean your sink.
Since I’ve used Basic H2 by Shaklee for nearly 20 years, I don’t have a picture of what I used in the past. I used Formula 409 and Fantastik sprays.
Now, take a picture of your sink before.
Here’s a picture of my porcelain sink. It stains easily.
Next, I sprayed my sink with Basic H2 All purpose spray and then covered with Get Clean Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste. I let it soak for 2 minutes and then used a green scrubby to scrub the sink stains. Then I rinsed it and whah-lah— all shiny and clean and no toxins to breathe!
You may want to make your own sink cleaner by mixing 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water. You can make a scrubbing paste with baking soda and water. Click here to read more about making your own products.
These work well, but in my opinion cost more than using Shaklee. (It may be time for me to disclose that I am a Shaklee Independent distributor and I do have a bias.) But, you probably already figured that out!
Take a Picture of your Sink “After” you clean it without toxic chemicals!
Watch this video and see how “The Small Act of Scouring the Sink Can Become a Small Part of Changing the World.”
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|February 15, 2011||Filled under Get Clean|
The new “green” is about using products that are safer for your family and the community in which you live. Becoming a greener mom is not a political movement. It is a personal health issue for you and your family.
So here are 10 Reasons you should consider becoming a Greener Cleaning Mom. Notice, I said green-er. This is about making small changes to how we clean our homes so we can keep our family safer and healthier.
Did you know?
1. 90% of all poison exposures occur at home
2. 90% of our time is spent indoors. EPA
reports that air pollution is up to five
times higher inside than outside
3. Indoor pollutants come from all sorts of
chemicals we use to make our lives
easier every day—paints, carpets,
furniture, household cleaners, personal
care, among others
4. EPA studies indicate that elevated
concentration of household chemicals
persist in the air. Long-term exposure to
chemicals inside our homes may be
harmful to us and our families
5. Some 20 million Americans have
6. An average of one out of every 13
school-aged children has asthma
7. Asthma rates in children under age five
have increased more than 160% from
8. Common household cleaners and
appliances give off fumes, which can
potentially increase the risk of children
9. The average U.S. household generates
more than 20 pounds of hazardous
waste each year
10. The following household cleaning
products are designated as
household hazardous waste by the
EPA, and “improper disposal of
these wastes can pollute the
environment and pose a threat
to human health”
Wood and metal cleaners and polishes
Tub, tile, and shower cleaners
We are supposed to separate them from household trash. How many of us just put these in the trash cans? I’m guilty too! And where does this waste go? More on that later!
So, what is a mom to do?
• Step One: Go to the National
Institutes of Health Household
Products Database and find out what
you have in your home
• Step Two: Enter names of chemicals
and see which brands contain them
• Step Three: Look up Toxicity
Information or Health Information for
• Step Four: Properly dispose of harmful products
• Step Five: Find safer choices
Leave a comment and let me know what surprised you about this list.