The Real Dirt on Clean: Part 2

4 simple ways to get clean
Your home should be the safest, healthiest, cleanest place in the whole world.
So we’ve put together some pretty easy things you can do to make your family safer and your home healthier.
And, as it turns out, what’s good for your home is good for the earth and everyone else on it, too. So let’s make our
homes healthy. Let’s clean our hearts out. Let’s Get Clean.

1. Get the dirt.

Educate yourself about what you bring into your home.  Check out the chemical list in PART 1

2. Have a clean-for-all.

Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your
local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection
sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.

3. Welcome healthy into your home.

Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep.
Here are some safe, healthy things to have in your home:

• Cleaners that are truly cleaner. Get Clean offers product choices that are: nontoxic, natural, biodegradable,
concentrated, and hypoallergenic. To learn more, please visit HERE 

• Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.

• Essential oils. Use these instead of air fresheners.

• Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air.

• Organic cotton bedding. Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals.

• Floors made of recycled and renewable resources.

• Healthier paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.

4. Clean up our collective home.

Make the earth healthier for all of us who call it home by using these things in yours:

• Compact fluorescent lighting. They last a whole lot longer.

• Energy Star-rated appliances. Save money and energy.

• A low-flush toilet. Replace the largest user of water in your house. Ultra low flushers cut water use by one-fifth.

• Low-flow showerheads. Same pressure. Less water.

• Your flicker finger. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.

• Gray water system. Install one to recycle used household water for your lawn.

• Tankless water heater. Save money, energy, and space in the broom closet.


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The Real Dirt on Clean: Part 1

You know that good, healthy feeling you get when you’ve just
cleaned house? Sorry to spoil it, but you may have just made
your home dirtier.
Think of it this way. You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic
chemicals, so why would you let the baby crawl over a floor that’s
just been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than the
orange juice that was just there.

are you living in a toxic home











How dangerous? Just take a look at these statistics.
• Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.

• Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical
involved in poisoning.

• Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and
even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher
inside your home than out.

• A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower
walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure
limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

• Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially
increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most
common chronic childhood disease.

• 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma. Rates in children
under five have increased more than 160% from 1980 – 1994.

• Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound
for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more
food, and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this
is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than
adults to any toxicants that are present in water, food, or air.

• If your home is anything like the average U.S. home, you
generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste
each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile
cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).

To find out what’s lurking on your shelves, go to the National
Institutes of Health Library of Medicine Household Products
Database. You can search almost any brand of cleaner you use, find
out what’s in it, and uncover its links to health effects. Or search
by chemical ingredients (see list below for some examples) and
discover what brands contain it. The information may shock you.


Chemical ingredients to look out for:
• Sodium hydroxide
• Hydrochloric acid
• Butyl cellosolve
• Formaldehyde
• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
• Ammonia
• Sulfamic acid
• Petroleum distillates
• Sulfuric acid
• Lye (potassium hydroxide)
• Morpholine

YUCK!  Did you find any on there that are in your house?  Don’t forget laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap, etc.

You may remember my story from HERE on chemical poisoning.

I seriously had no idea that I was doing more harm than good every time I cleaned!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for part 2.  We will look at solutions! 

Now get to it and check your cleaning bottles and the ingredients.

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10 Reasons to Love Basic H

10 Reasons to LOVE Basic H

1. Stop living in a toxic home

Some of the most questionable chemicals used regularly in household products are ammonia, chlorine bleach, phenol, butyl cellosolve, and formaldehyde—all of which can be found under your kitchen sink. Basic H2 is nontoxic and safe for your family.

2. Everything and the kitchen sink
Basic H2 cleans it all from kitchens and bathrooms to appliances, woodwork, mirrors, painted walls, and floors—it even does windows.  So, toss those single-purpose cleaners like sink and tile cleaners. Mix ¼ teaspoon in 16 oz. of water in a Get Clean spray bottle for all purpose cleaning, and 2 drops in 16 oz. of water to clean windows.

3. Eliminate your ammonia-based window cleaner
Basic H2 cleans windows without streaking while being a great alternative to leading brands. Basic H2 window cleaner is equivalent in performance to Windex® Original.*

4. Removes the impossible
From lipstick on a linen napkin to crayons on a painted wall, full-strength Basic H2 comes to the rescue.

5. Great for cutting grease
Tough on greasy barbecue grills, ovens, and even oil spots on concrete. Mix 2 oz. per gallon of water for a super degreaser formula.

6. Does odd jobs
One tablespoon of Basic H2 in a bucket of hot water lifts off old wallpaper. One and a half teaspoons in a half gallon cleans sticky paintbrushes. Just soak for 24 hours and rinse with hot tap water.

7. Saves money
One 16 oz. bottle of Basic H2 diluted per label directions makes 214 bottles (28 oz.) of ready-to-use all-purpose cleaner.

8. Camping and traveling companion
Take along a small size of Basic H2 to keep clothes, dishes, and everything else clean. And you’ll help by keeping the great outdoors unpolluted.

9. Easy on the planet
Biodegradable and environmentally friendly, Basic H2 handles even hard-to-clean jobs without phosphates, borates, nitrates, or other stuff the planet doesn’t appreciate.

10. Less in the landfill
Basic H2 is super concentrated, so you’ll use fewer bottles of cleaning products throughout the year.

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Boost your Children’s Health….Naturally

This is a guest post by Bonnie Donahue from Creating a House of Grace.

Welcome, Bonnie.  So glad to have you here!  You are a wealth of health information.

Thank you for having me.  Today I am going to share my #1 childrens’ health booster:  Lactoferrin.

Lactoferrin is an iron-containing protein found in mother’s milk that is very important in developing and strengthening the infant’s immune system. 

Here is WHY:

1) Iron is an absolutely essential nutrient for your child’s immune system. In fact, a weakened immune system is one of the first signs of an iron deficiency.

2) It turns out that lactoferrin is an easily absorbed form of iron. In fact there is a special transport system in the intestine for lactoferrin. Because the iron in lactoferrin is much more bioavailable than other forms of iron.

3)  Lactoferrin also increases the number of nutrient-absorbing cells in the intestine, so it enhances the absorption of the other nutrients your child needs for a healthy immune system.

4)  Lactoferrin suppresses the growth of bad bacteria in your child’s intestine.  That’s important because 80% of your immune system originates in the intestine.  Simply put, when those immune cells in the intestine have to spend their time fighting off bad bacteria in the intestine, they are unavailable to fight off bacteria and viruses elsewhere in the body.

So lactoferrin helps strengthen your kid’s immune system in several different ways and

Shaklee’s Incredivites is the first children’s multivitamin to contain this important immune-enhancing ingredient.



I give these to my 3 children daily.  They are rarely sick and they have NEVER been on a prescription drug.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise today, Bonnie! 

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How to Mix Basic H ~ Video


I have gotten so many questions about mixing the concentrated Basic H into the different cleaning solutions.  So I made you all a video.  Enjoy!

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After, be sure to check out the MANY uses of Basic H on the link below.

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Leave a comment with your favorite Basic H use.

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