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.

Looking forward to our next visit,


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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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Why I Clean with Natural Cleaners

So much talk about living green these days.  It can be overwhelming.  Where do I start?  What is it going to cost me?  How can I change?  What do I change?


Baby steps. Baby steps.  Make it easy!  I have begun taking small steps to detoxifying my home and my body.  It is definitely a process.

So here is 1 quick change…

Remove the toxins in your home from everyday cleaners.  Simply change brands!  Did you know that your skin is your largest organ?  Anything that comes into contact with your skin can then get into your bloodstream…or your children’s.

I started with the GET CLEAN STARTER KIT and SCOUR OFF and Basic G.

get clean kit

scour off

Simple, easy, and will save me over $3000!  It’s concentrated form is environmentally friendly with reduced packaging and recyclable materials. 

Check out the Cost Comparison Sheet to compare the price with other brands.  For example, our concentrated Basic H2 will make a window, all-purpose and degreaser cleaner.  This chart alone is reason enough to switch brands.  Who doesn’t want or NEED to save money right now?  Did you see the cost of the window cleaner?  Less than 1c per gallon!  That’s crazy good!

I found Shaklee looking for green and safe cleaners to use in my cleaning business. The catch was, they had to WORK and they had to be cost effective.  I didn’t want my profits eaten in purchasing supplies.  I could no longer do my job due to the poisoning from the chemicals.  It was make me physically ill.  It sounds cheesy, but it’s true for me….these Changed My Life!

Oprah uses them too.  Here is a quick video of her with our CEO Roger Barnett.

CEO Roger Barnett

Scary right?!  I can’t even imagine their nightmare and am glad their son is ok.

Purchase these today and get it shipped directly to you.  Make a quick change for you and your family.

Contact me at before you order to receive additional savings on this offer only with Claire’s Healthy Home.





vitamin test

How natural are your supplements? Follow this simple test to find out.

Do you know how natural your vitamin is?  Did you know that can do a super simple test at home with your multi-vitamin to see how effective it is?

simple vitamin test

Doctor Oz did this test on his segment of Vitamins & Supplements to test if a vitamin or supplement is effective by heating the pill in a vinegar bath.  Dr Oz said since most vitamins or supplements are not supposed to be slow release, you can do this test at home to check to see if your body can actually absorb the vitamins or supplements that you take.  I like this test best because the vinegar mimics the acid in our stomachs, so if the supplement does not dissolve in the vinegar, then they will not dissolve in our stomach either. 

Vinegar Test for Vitamins & Supplements

1.  Warm a small pot of vinegar until it is 98 degrees.

2.  Add your Vitamin to the warm vinegar.

3.  Let the Vitamin sit for 30 minutes – if it dissolves, then your body has a chance to absorb it, otherwise time to buy some new supplements!

I picked 5 different brands to test.  My son did it with me and used it for his science research project.


We used vinegar and heat in the microwave to get as close to 98 degrees as possible.



This picture below is just a few minutes are the multivitamins were dropped in.



Notice the ‘stuff’ floating on top of some?  They never dissolved fully.  Yuck!  Centrum was actually bubbling and fizzing.  Notice also the coloring of the water.  This is coloring additives.

There are two basic kinds of vitamins;  synthetic and natural.  Synthetic means developed and natural is as it sounds…from phytonutrients. 

BUT be careful of the ‘natural’ label.  Many are not using 100% phytonutrients and also may be heat processed and will greatly diminish the nutrients.

I use the Shaklee brand due to the purity of the vitamin.  Chemicals and fillers are not something I would pay to put directly in my body. 

Give this a try at home.  Test your multivitamin and let us know the results here in the comments or on facebook.


Vitalea by Shaklee