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How to Clean Naturally. {the only post you need to read}

Happy Earth Day!

Are you making any changes for your family this year? 

Several years ago, our family switched brands.  We replaced ALL of our household cleaners for natural and non-toxic ones.

Personally, we made these changes due to health reasons.  We experienced first hand the ill-effect chemical cleaners can have in our home and our body. 

After recovering from Lymphoma Cancer, I was determined to switch to natural products whenever possible

This has been our family’s journey for almost 9 years.  I am not perfect at it, I do not have all the answers, but I am continually taking baby steps and learning a lot along the way.  It is that important to me to prevent some of the illnesses I have suffered as much as humanly possible.

Since then, I am in remission, off my allergy meds and feel great!!! I am so thankful!

I have loved and been using Shaklee’s Get Clean Line for several years now since we switched.

 

They are totally cost effective, natural and they actually WORK.

Here are a few pictures from my house and friends……

 

I use Basic H on wood floors  and I am always impressed! 

Basic H is made from a corn and coconut oil base and leaves the floors clean and shiny, without residue.

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Shaklee carries an amazing dish line that gets the job done even without pre-rinsing.  It is also phosphate free.

The Scour Off can do wonders on your oven! It is all natural and looks and smells like pink bubblegum.  Don’t be fooled by the pretty smell…I use this concentrated paste for so many things and it totally works.

You can remove water spots.  The Basic H organic concentrate has hundreds of uses for just ONE bottle.  Super economical and I really like that it is so versatile.

You can even clean your tea pot.

The products can do just about anything!

 

 

And because it is safe, you can even have your children help 🙂  (Extra Bonus)

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For all disinfecting, I use Basic G.  It is safe and non-toxic, plus it cleans, disinfects AND deodorizes all in one step.  I can use it in my bathroom without getting sick or my kids having to breath a bad chemical. 

 

Here is everything our family switched to:

Get Clean Start Kit (regular or un-scented)

Scour Off

Hand Wash

Basic G {Germicide}

I am sure it is pretty obvious by now that I love Shaklee products!  So much so, that I have turned getting healthy into a career.

I want to be honest with you, I am not “selling” these products just to “sell” something.

I believe in doing what’s right….AND using natural products around our kids, pets, and house is RIGHT!

It is up to us to give our kids the best we can.  We do everything for our kids, so why not clean WITHOUT harsh chemicals.

Not only is the Get Clean Line natural & safe for us, our families, and the planet, the actually work and by that, I mean…they ROCK….and they save you money!

 

If you like the “smell” of cleaners, add some essential oils to your cleans.

 

If you aren’t a member (customer) already, when you join my member (customer) team, you will be able to:

> earn a free product within your first 30 days

> have online support

> join a community of like-minded mamas

> friend me on Facebook

> get member only exclusive content

> get healthier!

I am so passionate about this and I hope you join my mission in creating healthier lives!

Happy Health,

Claire

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Where in the US are we now? Plus BIG News!

We have been traveling in our 5th wheel for 7 months now, touring the US.  [more about that in a post to come soon!] We have had so many questions from friends, family and fellow travelers as to where we are and what will be next for our family. 

So…. where in the US are we are now?

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We have been in Arizona for the past 3 months enjoying good weather and Clark’s brother and family.  Our original plan was to continue moving to the East Coast this month.  But our plans have changed!

While we have been here, my husband has been working with his brother at his RV business and he was offered the chance to stay. Clark loves it here with his brother and I love the warmer weather and the sun for sure. In working out just what that job would mean, we had to make the decision to stay here during the busy sales months.

After much prayer …..

We are officially moving to Arizona!

After living in and traveling in a small space, we are excited about settling into a house again.  This is a BIG change for all of us, especially the boys.  I appreciate everyone’s prayers for us in the transition. 

I will keep you updated when we find a place!

xoxo,

Claire

Spring Clean My  Bathroom

Spring Clean My House: The Bathroom

Last week we deep cleaned our kitchens and now we are moving on to the bathroom.  The kitchen is definitely the hub of the home, but the bathroom is right up there as most used.  It can also be a hang out for germs! 

{ If you are just joining the Spring Clean My House Challenge, read this post first to catch up. }

This week we are deep cleaning the bathroom and getting rid of the icky germs and soap scum.  It honestly is my least favorite space to clean, but the space I most want clean when I use it.  lol  Does that make sense?

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To get your bathroom sparkling clean again, just grab your supplies and follow the checklist below!

Spring Clean My Bathroom Checklist ::

* wash shower curtain, window treatment, towels and rugs

* dust { ceiling, walls, light fixtures, cabinets }

* wipe down walls, door and light switches

* clean mirror

* clean countertops

* clean/shine sink and faucet

* wipe down cabinets { use a small brush or toothbrush to get in the crevices }

* clean and disinfect toilet

* clean shower/tub

* clean floor

 

When I clean a space in my home or when I owned my housecleaning business, I found the fastest and easiest way was to clean top to bottom. 

Let’s go through the checklist together……..

 

***Begin with a quick clean up.  Put away items and clear off the counters.  Put the shower curtain, window treatment, towels and rugs in the washer before you begin cleaning to save time. ***

 

Dust ::

Get your duster (my favorite is the swiffer with the extended handle) and start with the ceiling.  Work your way down.  It will go super quick!

 

Wipe down the walls, door and light switches ::

I have 3 boys.  Picture muddy and greasy fingerprints everywhere and …ahem… missed potty shots.  Need I say more?

 

Clean mirror ::

Simple.  Spray with natural window cleaner and wipe with a microfiber cloth.  (THIS ONE is my favorite because it leaves NO streaks.  LOVE!)

 

Clean countertops ::

Spray and wipe down with a natural cleaner.

 

Clean/Shine sink and faucet  ::

I use a natural scouring paste with a sponge to get the gunk off.  Use a small brush to get around the drain and around the faucet.  Rinse well and buff dry with a microfiber cloth to get it shiny. 

 

Wipe down cabinets ::

Spray with a natural cleaner.  Use a small brush to get in the cracks.  Wipe dry.

 

Clean and disinfect the toilet ::

I use my favorite non-toxic disinfectant for this tough job.  Squirt some in the bowl.  Spray the seat out and the whole outside of the toilet.  Remember I have boys!  Then scrub the inside and the seat hinge (again I use a small brush).  Then wipe down the seat and outside.  I like to just use toilet paper for this and flush it away.  It goes pretty fast that way!

 

Clean shower/tub ::

Remember we are deep cleaning.  Take the time to get rid of the soap scum!  If it’s got a lot I use the natural scouring paste with a stiff brush.  For the door use a good scrubbing sponge.  Let the paste sit for 20 min before you begin scrubbing.  For basic cleaning, I use a natural cleaner in the degreaser formula.  Spray and scrub with a sponge.  Rinse well.  { for shower doors with water spots, check to see if they are etched in the glass.  unfortunately these can not be cleaned off.  you need a new door }

 

Clean floor ::

I like to wash the floor on my hands and knees.  It will get it the most clean.  Don’t forget the baseboards!

 

Check out a few of my bathroom cleaning posts ::

Remove soap scum from the shower

How to clean the shower

Organic Cleaning

 

Next, follow me on facebook to get my latest cleaning tips!  Leave me a post on what you are cleaning.  I would love to hear and cheer you on!

Happy Cleaning,

Claire

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How to Clean Wood Floors Safely

I think wood floors are beautiful!  We have laminate and I think it’s a great look for less.  In my cleaning business, however, one of the most asked questions I got (besides how to clean the shower) was how do I clean my wood floors safely and keep them shiny without residue?  I had many a client who was spending way too much money on product and yet they were still not satisfied. 

Here is what I do ::

1.  Sweep or vacuum to get rid of the daily living evidence.

2.  For daily [ish] upkeep, I use this microfiber mop. 

It’s the O’Cedar from Target.  Rubbermaid makes one too. 

Either is fine, but what you are looking for is the removable microfiber cloth and the refillable spray bottle. 

This thing is so worth the $20! 

It is easy to use (even my kids can), safe for your floors and super quick for spot cleaning.

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3.  For deep cleaning, on your hands and knees is really the best way to get it super clean. 

Do as often as you can or make the kids.  lol 

I use a microfiber cloth and a spray bottle. 

Use water sparingly!

4.  Now, the part I know you are dying to know! 

What the heck do I use in the spray bottle?? 

There are so many as I shared earlier.  Believe me after 10 years as a house cleaning business owner and 16 years mom experience, I have tried MANY products.  Special order ones (expensive), Swiffer (BIG mistake), vinegar (smelly and doesn’t restore the wood floor shine) and just plain hot water (hard to clean dirt + again….does not restore the wood floor shine).

I use Shaklee’s Basic H organic cleaning concentrate. 

I switched over 2 years ago and it is hands down the best thing I have ever used on floors.

Take a look at what it can do for your floors.

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Basic H is a cleaning concentrate.  I use the all-purpose formula on floors.

  It cleans the grime and makes the wood totally shine. 

Plus it’s natural and safe.  Safe for your babies crawling on the floor, children and pets.

Did I mention it is only 3 pennies to make a bottle of this stuff?

Now it’s your turn to get cleaning your floors! 

Do you have wood floors?  Laminate?  Tile?

How often do you clean your floors?

Happy Cleaning

Claire

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How to clean your oven

I really dislike cleaning the oven.   It is gross, smelly and it usually takes the self clean which makes the house smell terrible or using super toxic cleaners.  So then my only option is to do it at night so my children don’t breath it, but then what about me?  I don’t want to breath it either.  As a result I wait too long and then it’s a hot mess!   So what do I do? 

I tried these to see how they stand up to my oven test.

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Shaklee Basic H degreaser and Scour Off paste.

Just look at these yucky before pictures….

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First I sprayed the entire inside of the oven with Shaklee’s Basic H degreaser and let it sit for 10 minutes. 

Then I used the Shaklee Scour Off paste and a wet (non scratch) sponge and went to work. 

Here is the after….

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Amazing right?  It was easy and takes  a total of 20 min to clean it.  The trick was to use the degreaser first.  It helped break down the stuck on yuckiness before scrubbing with the paste.  No smell.  No toxins.  No need to clean at night and open windows.

Here it is again with the before and after. Can you see the difference?!

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I love it.  A clean oven.

Here is a picture of a happy customer’s oven using Scour Off:

Now it’s your turn.  Do you dread the task as much as I did?  I was so happy to have it done and in less time than I thought!

To get your oven clean with these non-toxic, environmentally friendly and safe cleaners that work, go to my Shaklee website and get some today.

My favorite cleaning kit I recommend getting started with has everything you need:

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{ contact me at claireshealthyhome at gmail dot com before you order to get my special }

Happy Cleaning!

Claire

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Spring Clean My House: The Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home wouldn’t you agree?  This is the first zone we will tackle and conquer in our Spring Clean My House challenge.  If you are just joining us, read this post first to catch up.  We are going to spring clean the kitchen so it will be a functioning, clean and healthy kitchen.  Pick a day of the week (or several) that work for you and go through the checklist.

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen Checklist::

* dust { top to bottom. ceiling. corners. cabinets. walls. light fixtures }

* wipe down cabinets + backsplash

* clean oven and stovetop

* clean and shine sink

* clean the microwave

* wipe down countertops and backsplash

* clean dishwasher

* clean fridge – in and out

* sweep and mop floor and baseboards

 

To make this easy and simple, follow the checklist in order.  The natural flow of it will make the best use of your time and get you a sparkling clean kitchen in no time!  Let’s go through the checklist together….

** Begin with a quick kitchen clean up.  Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and clear off the counters. **

1. Dust ::

Grab your duster and a stool and start at the top.  Dust the ceiling, corners, light fixtures tops of cabinets, the front of the cabinets, the top of the fridge, etc.  You get the idea.  This will go super quick!

 

2. Wipe down the cabinets ::

Grab your natural cleaner and microfiber cloths or paper towels and start spraying.  Be sure to get in the grooves of the cabinets.  We are deep cleaning and this is the time to do it.  If you need, grab a toothbrush to get in there. 

 

3.  Clean the oven ::

This is a good time to start your self-cleaning oven (if you have it).  When it’s done and after it’s cooled off, I go back and use a natural scouring paste to remove any gunk that didn’t burn off.  Paste it on and let sit for 20 min before wiping off.  Then I spray with my favorite natural all-purpose cleaner to remove the grime and get it shiny.

 

4.  Clean the stove top ::

While the oven is self-cleaning and/or the paste is sitting, we are ready to tackle the stove top.  Multi-tasking is the name of the game! These must be handled with care depending what your surface is made of.   Be sure you are using a safe product to avoid scratching.  Let your cleaner sit for about 15 minutes if the grunge is stuck on.  Gently scrub in circles with a microfiber cloth.  Wipe it clean.  Good as new again! 

 

5. Clean the microwave ::

Wipe down the outside and inside, including the turntable.  For stuck on grime, spray and let it sit for a few minutes.

 

6.  Clean the sink ::

Get your hot water on, a sponge and a good small scrub brush for this task.  Remember we are deep cleaning so this is the time to get the grime out around the edges of the sink and faucet.   Scrub good in all the little nooks and crannies around your faucet.  It is crazy what can live there?! Don’t forget the outer edge of the sink too.After the sink is scoured and scrubbed, you can clean out the garbage disposal by putting cut up lemons in it or pour baking soda down it and run HOT water over it.  It will be smelling fresh again and look shiny.

 

7.  Wipe down the countertops and backsplash ::

I spray down an area and move things stored on the counter as I go.  It seems to make it go pretty fast.  Get in those corners and edges to give it a good clean.

 

8. Clean the dishwasher ::

Wipe down the inside and remove any ‘gunk’ at the drain. Run it empty with a cup of vinegar sitting on the top rack. Wipe down the outside.

 

9.  Clean the fridge – in and out ::

Wipe down the top, sides and front.  Use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to deep clean the cracks and water dispenser.  For the inside, I like to go shelf by shelf.  Remove all the contents.  Throw out expired foods.  Wipe down the shelf and put the food back in.  Take the drawers out all the way to get them clean the best.

 

10.  Sweep and Mop the floor and baseboards ::

The best way to really clean your floor is on your hands and knees.  I only do this when I am deep cleaning.  For daily cleaning I use an O’Cedar Mop.  Don’t skip this last step.  You will be so glad to have your floor so clean.  This is the time to get in the cracks of the baseboards, get in the corners and even behind the fridge.

 

Other posts to check out  ::

How to clean the kitchen sink : Video

How to clean wood floors safely

How to clean the oven

 

The next step is to …..

Follow me on facebook and twitter (@clairesHH #springcleanmyhouse). 

Post a picture and share what you have cleaned.  I can’t wait to see!

New zone next week.

Happy Cleaning!

Claire

 

I use all natural cleaners because chemical based cleaners are harmful for the air inside your home and for your body.  They have been linked to autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and even cancers in young children; not to mention making you just plain feel sick with a headache. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not chance something as precious as my child’s life, so I use natural products that are safe and effective.

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Spring Clean My House: Get Ready!

I love spring time because the sun starts shining and flowers start popping up and it reminds me of a new start!  A new beginning and the chance to start fresh.  I like to jump on the feeling of motivation as quickly as possible (it could be gone quick!) and get started on cleaning my house.  A clean space and home is energizing and gives me a clear mind.

 

I hope you will join me on my newest challenge ::

Spring Clean My House

 

It will be Simple.

It will be Easy.

It will be Fun!

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{{ Be sure to get my Daily Cheat Sheet printable here. }} 

 

However, deep cleaning I do not do as regularly.  I would rather be playing with my kids, spending time with my hubby or you know…Starbucks and shopping.  Time to get it done and prepare the way for summer vacation with the margaritas kids.

 

Let’s get started! 

 

Here is the plan ::

::  We are starting April 8th and will be tackling one zone a week.

::  Each Monday I will post the zone and checklist for the work to be done during the week to sparklize (yes. it’s a made up word) your space.  Here are the zones we will conquer together…..

 

1. Kitchen

2. Bathroom

3. Bedrooms

4. Living/family room

 

::  Take a ton of before and after pictures to share with us on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!

 

Here is the tools checklist ::

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. duster {I use swiffer}

. microfiber cleaning cloths

. all-purpose natural cleaner {I use this one}

. safe disinfectant {I use this one}

. natural scouring cleanser {I use this one}

. paper towels

. garbage bags

. microfiber mop {I use the O’Cedar spray mist}

. small scrub brush {I use a toothbrush + OXO SoftWorks}

. broom

. vacuum

. carpet cleaner {borrow or rent if you don’t have one}

 

{{ Click HERE for a printable tools checklist }}

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If you want to use the same natural cleaners I do, go here to order 🙂 

 

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Read this too!  :: How I clean natural for pennies , How to Clean Natural

 

I am so excited for this!  It’s going to be FUN!

Leave me a comment to let me know you are spring cleaning with us.

 

See ya here Monday with the Kitchen Checklist!

xoxo,

Claire

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Chocolate Covered Cherries Energizing Smoothee

I drink a energizing protein smoothee every morning and until now my favorite was vanilla with frozen blueberries.  I was ready for a change. Plus. It’s chocolate.  Enough said.

Super easy and fast and nutritious to make and take on the go for a busy mama like me.

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Here is the simple recipe ::

 

Chocolate Covered Cherries Energizing Smoothee

      Blend until creamy.

      Yum!

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Yep. That’s me. In the bathroom. Taking a picture.  It is that good.  So I had to share.

Do you drink protein shakes or smoothees?  Got a favorite recipe?

Bottoms up!

xoxo,

Claire

JUMP Street

My boys had spring break last week and one afternoon we went to Jump Street, an indoor trampoline park, ready to burn some energy!  Let’s just say after 2 hours: mission accomplished.

I love this picture of our feet.  Yes.  Even I jumped! 

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This is the dodge ball area and where we spent most of our 2 hours playing.  

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It can be hard finding an activity that appeals to all three of my boys and their ages.  We would do this one again!

What did you do for Spring Break?  Have you ever been to an indoor trampoline park?  Did you jump with the kids?

claire