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Clean Green: FREE Webinar hosted by a professional house cleaner

I LOVE the feel of a clean home!  Don’t you?  But have you ever thought maybe after ‘cleaning’ you actually made your house ‘dirtier’?  Say, what?!

Think of it this way.  You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic chemicals, so why would you let your baby crawl over a floor that’s just been wiped with them?  Hmmmm….ever think of it that way?

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Did you know:

~ Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home?

~ 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 – 5 times higher inside your home than out?

~ 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 has increased more than 160% from 1980 – 1994.

~ Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants.

~ Your skin is your largest organ and the chemicals from you cleaners can be absorbed through your skin?

~ An average home generates over 25 pounds of toxic, hazardous waste each year. Much of this waste can be attributed to household cleaning products

~The EPA says that only a fraction of the more than 81,000 registered chemicals have gone through testing for human health concerns.

~ A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning soap scum off a shower stall could inhale three times the acute exposure limit of some chemicals.

These are alarming facts!  To be honest I never thought about these things until a few years ago.  I owned and operated a cleaning business for over 10 years and these are the products I used regularly.

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Look familiar?  Maybe you have these in your home too.

Since then, I have made little changes that had a BIG impact on my health, my family, business AND my pocketbook.

AND….I am going to share them ALL with YOU!

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In my complimentary webinar I will:

~ Spill my professional cleaning secrets

~ Show you how to clean safe, green and non-toxic

~ Save you money and time

~ Help you reduce your carbon imprint

~ Offer a special bonus to those registered

Thursday, September 27th 8:30 pm (pacific) 

You and your family’s health can be impacted by the cleaners you use.

Register HERE

Feel free to invite and share! 

Claire

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House Cleaning 101: Schedule

Welcome back to my ‘cleaning girl confessions’ part 4: schedule!

In case you missed the other 3…here ya go.

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I get asked a lot what my cleaning schedule looks like.  Well…if you remember, I confessed HERE my feelings about cleaning.  So the answer, for me, is whatever is easiest, fastest and works with my family at the time.

To be a little clearer, there are 2 different schedules I have used.  Both have worked for me and my family at different times.

The first cleaning schedule I have used was when my boys were little.  This worked well for me because I was at home a lot.  Especially when my 2nd son was born because he was sick all the time his first year.  I don’t think we went anywhere!  lol

It looked like this:

 

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*Of course there was the CONSTANT pick up of toys and stuff.  Not to mention the dishes.

The next schedule I started using when the boys were school age and old enough to help and I still use it today.

I made a daily list of chores for myself and for the boys.  At this stage in life, I find that I do NOT have large blocks of time to clean.  So I needed to adjust in order to stay on {semi} on top of the house and sane.

It looks like this:

Daily {mom}:  Dishes, Laundry, wipe down shower  & general pick up

The boys load the dishes each night and I unload each morning.  I put in one load of laundry in the morning and usually sometime that evening I finish it.

Daily {boys}:  Dishes, Bathroom, Garbage, Dinner,  Sweep & Vacuum

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The boys rotate on these jobs.  They each have 2 for the week and then switch.  This keeps it ‘fair’ and gives them an opportunity to learn them all. 

This works super well for us to at least keep the household running semi-smoothly.  Sometimes ‘daily’ just does not happen.  That’s ok.  We still know what our job is for the next day.

To keep our bedrooms fairly clean, each boy has a laundry hamper in their closet for dirty clothes, a garbage can (very important for teenage boys) and my youngest has toy bins for easy pick up.  Deeper cleaning like dusting and vacuuming get done when we have time and I ask them to do it. 

I really don’t have a schedule for dusting, windows & other jobs.  Honestly, I take care of those randomly when I have time.  Over the years I have had to let go my idealistic view of how my house should look.  It brought on too much guilt!  It just does not work for our family at this life stage.

This concludes the 4 part series of House Cleaning 101.  What part did you like best? 

I would LOVE to hear about your schedule in the comments below! 

Happy Cleaning,

Claire

 

         

 

 

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Mail Order: 3 Easy Steps

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I am at constant war with my abundance of incoming paper flow.  

Here are 3 steps that I did to help reduce it.

1.  Eliminate

We use online bill pay and got rid of hard copy statements as much as possible.

You can also reduce junk mail clutter through an opt-out at directmail.com

2.  Manage

Design a station that works and then use it.

I seem to always be looking for ways to improve this!

Currently, I am using an open file box with folders for each member of the family, mail, to file, church and business. 

This works pretty well and I keep it on our busy kitchen counter.  This is the spot where we all seem to ‘dump’ our daily stuff. 

Going through the filing the papers each day keeps it from piling up too much.

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3.  File

Our main filing is kept in a different room.  Once a week, ok…once a month, usually, I go through our kitchen file

station and file away the important papers to keep.

So how about you?

How do you manage the paper flow in your home?

Tell us in the comments below.

Thanks for the visit!

Claire

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How to Clean the TV Safely

Since owning my own cleaning business for over 10 years, 

I have gotten many questions about how to dust and clean the TV. 

Using the wrong product can actually RUIN it! 

One of my clients was using Windex and it left streaks etched in the screen :0  

So here is:

how to clean the tv

Step 1

~ Brush gently with Swiffer Duster to remove some dust

Step 2

~ Spray Basic H Window cleaner on window cleaning cloth

Step 3

~ Wipe on TV going side to side buffing it as you go.

That’s IT!

The two must-haves, in my opinion is the type of cleaner and cloth you are using. 

The wrong one will ruin your tv!  AVOID Windex!!  Amonia is BAD for your TV.

If you have streaked your tv, don’t despair …yet.  After using Basic H a few times, it

actually lessened the streaks dramatically for my client.  Not completely gone, but so

much better that he is able to use the tv again.  Give that a try before you buy a new one.

Before I found Shaklee, I used just water with a VERY expensive window cloth. 

Since switching, I have found that this window cloth is SUPER inexpensive and works better. 

Also, using a bit of Basic H (only 1 drop diluted in 16oz of water) helps repel the dust to keep the TV cleaner longer.

 

Happy Cleaning!

Looking forward to our next visit,

Claire

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How to Clean the Kitchen Sink Naturally

Waking up to a clean kitchen sink makes me happy!  

I feel like it starts my day a little more peaceful.

Here is how I clean my kitchen sink:

1. Daily spray it down with Basic H in the degreaser formula.

2. Scrub

3. Dry it with a microfiber cloth.

4. Once a week (or more if needed) I clean it with Scour OFF

    to get it nice and white again.

I also made a video HERE

how to clean the kitchen sink naturally

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Here are a few facts about Scour Off

SAFE
✔ Nontoxic
✔ No chlorine bleach
✔ No toxic fumes

POWERFUL
✔ Rivals Ajax® Powder Cleanser with Bleach and Comet® Disinfectant
Cleanser with Bleach in the removal of kitchen grease and grime*
✔ Cleans toughest cooked-on food from ovens and barbecues
✔ Removes rust

GREEN
✔ Natural mineral abrasives
✔ Biodegradable surfactants
✔ No dyes
✔ No phosphates
✔ Recyclable packaging
✔ Safe for septic systems and graywater

Surfaces for use

• Sinks               • Stovetops
• Tile                  • Ceramic tiles
• Grout               • Porcelain sinks
• Ovens              • Baked enamel
• Ovenproof glass

To deep clean my sink, I put this paste on a sponge or microfiber cloth and rub down my sink.

Then I rinse it off.

That’s IT. So easy!

To give it that brand new look, I also wipe off the excess water with my microfiber cloth to dry the sink.

Here are a couple before and after pictures from friends who love and use Scour Off.

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We LOVE the Scour Off paste!

What about you?  Do you love a clean sink in the morning, too, like me?

Happy cleaning!

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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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.

 

Leave a comment to let me know how you are getting your house clean!

Looking forward to our next visit,

Claire

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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
(2-Butoxyethanol)
• Formaldehyde
• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
• Ammonia
• Sulfamic acid
• Petroleum distillates
• Sulfuric acid
• Lye (potassium hydroxide)
• Morpholine

www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm


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.

Looking forward to our next visit,

Claire

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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.

BUY Basic H Here

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Check out these posts too!

How to mix Basic H

House Cleaning 101

How to clean the TV safely

How to clean the shower

How to clean the kitchen sink naturally

 

 

 

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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.

How to Mix Basic H claire’shealthyhome.com

Order Basic H HERE

 

Cleaning with Basic H

10 Reasons to LOVE Basic H

Leave a comment with your favorite Basic H use.

Looking forward to our next visit,

Liquid Magic: Basic H2

I clean Only with non-toxic cleaners in my home.  You can read about that change in my life HERE.

I absolutely LOVE Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate.

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It is Safe, Powerful, Non-Toxic and Cost-Effective

No rinse, No residue, No streak formula.

It is super concentrated and from ONE bottle I get a window cleaner, an all-purpose and a degreaser.   One bottle of Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate  = over 500 16oz bottles of all-purpose cleaner!  It is a concentrate so you add your own water.  This means less waste and keeps the cost down.  I also use these.

Window/Glass

1 to 2 drops of Basic H2 + 16 oz water ….YES Drops!

All-Purpose

1/4tsp.  Basic H2 + 16 oz water

Degreaser

1   1/2 tsp Basic H2 + 16 oz water

I use this stuff ALL over my house…..windows, countertops, sinks, granite, floors, dusting, spot cleaning, cupboard doors, shampooing the carpet, the car….I even bath my dog in it and shave my legs with it. There are hundreds of uses for just one bottle of concentrate.

It is safe for all sealed surfaces.

It is safe for my children, too, which is the most important!

Basic H2 has been on the market for over 50 years!

Here is what just a few happy moms had to say about Basic H2………

I LOVE Basic H2. I run around my home with it looking for new uses and never cease to be amazed!   Missy

I absolutely LOVE Basic H, Scour Off and Basic G!! They are my go to products for everything I clean! I also love knowing that when I use these products, especially in my kitchen around food and my newborn son that they are natural, safe, and biodegradable! I will NEVER go back to toxic/chemical based cleaners ever again!   Jennifer

I love Basic H2! I use it on everything! I removed ink from carpet and wall paint from our clothes. It’s like liquid magic!  Kindra

Gotta say the Basic H2! I use it on my hard wood floors and when I set baby down so she can play with her toys I feel good my floor is cleaned with naturaly non toxin products!  Courtnie

Check out THIS post on  Jeneane’s  story of how she uses Basic H2 in her business.

 

What about you?  Ready to have your own Basic H2 story?

Have a Blessed Day!

Claire

 

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