Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Cleaning!

A favorite topic for many women, right? Cleaning? LOL.  I know I do not like all the daily chores that owning a home and having 2 kids and 2 dogs and a busy lifestyle seem to entail.  I go crazy when we get behind on anything, and when unexpected "things", such as permanent marker on stairs, or Easter Egg Dye on a counter top, pop up, it can really irritate me! How about you?

So when I talk about the cleaning products that I sell, after partnering with Shaklee last year, I just want to emphasize just how amazing they really are!
I know I can tell you, but until you really try and realize just how awesome they are, you'll have to take my word on it!

And what better way to celebrate the upcoming EARTH DAY then investing into new cleaning products, that will save not only cupboard space, time, a ton of $$, and your health? And your children's' health and your pets'!  Below is my K2, who is so excited whenever she gets to help me clean! And I don't have to WORRY about the toxic fumes when she helps me-because Shaklee is 100% safe!  And it's safe for my DOGS-when they lick the floors, tubs, showers, etc., I know they are safe, too!




Look how much $$$ you'd save with our cleaner!

The following are some pictures of "BEFORE" and "AFTER" of what our cleaning products can do for you, in your home. Most of our products have multiple, if not thousands (for Basic H) of uses, and they are all safe. Safe for you, your kids, your pets. Your home. The EARTH.


I have many, many, many stories I could share with you. However, here are a few visuals, and if you want more details, please leave a comment.  



Permanent marker/Sharpie on the carpet
Get out the Basic H and scrubber. Let it sit awhile. 
Voila:

Basic H also has over 1000 uses. I use on my plants, on oil spills in the garage, oven tops, oven doors, the grill, patio furniture, clothes, our dogs (instead of pet shampoo), bubble bath for the girls, ant deterrent  washing our fruits and veggies from the store, you name it, it can be done. 

Scour Off is another favorite. We use on tubs/showers, counters, ovens, granite, grout, and again, the list goes on and on. I used it to clean off Easter Egg Dye the other day. It takes Permanent marker off countertops. It takes tattoos and stickers off as well.



Here are a few pictures of the before and after with Scour Off:
Tiling/Grout

Ovens


Bathtubs

What a lot of people don't realize, is that we also have a Germicide  called Basic G. Basic G cleans, but it takes the place of those Clorox wipes, Lysol or Bleach in your home.  We also have Germ Off Wipes, that I send to my girls' schools!





Don't forget the Get Clean Kitchen products- the Hand DISH soap, the Dish wash Detergent, and the Hand Wash Concentrate.   Think about all the chemicals in the products you use to put food or drinks on/in and then they go directly into your body! *gasp*.  Why are we all getting sick? Think about that for a minute. Shaklee products are safe, efficient and they work so well. One SMALL, tiny drop of dish soap in a sink can clean even the toughest greasy pan. 





And the Laundry. Everyone's favorite.  Did you know your skin is your largest organ? And it also absorbs all the toxins in our products, and those toxins go into our bloodstream. Think about when you lay your baby down in a crib, and they have their face on the sheets, breathing in the fumes. The fumes from the laundry detergent, the dryer sheets, the fabric softeners. The ones that are proven to be full of toxins. Or how about your child who has asthma? We have products that are safe, non-harmful, and again, save you $$.  One pump of our soap can not only clean your wash, but also clean your washer and the pipes.  Tide normally takes 29 YEARS go break down and decompose in the Earth. Our laundry soap takes 29 DAYS. 

Dryer sheets are one of the most toxic elements: think about that fresh smell they provide: the coating on each sheet is so very harmful for you!


I not only use Nature Bright Brightener for color boost and stain remover, but also on my toilet bowls. It's great for rust removal, such as patio furniture outside!

I've used our products to remove blood stains from my shirt, chocolate syrup on a brand-new pink shirt of Keifer's, and grass stains from both girls's clothing. Spaghetti sauce? Got that covered! Here are a few pictures I found online, since I neglected to do so myself (*you'll just have to take my word for it!*)



FOR MORE INFORMATION, either contact me or check out my site. Take a chance. All our products have a 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. What do you have to lose?

In the meantime, read the following article to find out more, if you are so inclined. If you are a parent, I guarantee you'll want to read this!


Beware: Most Green Cleaning Products Contain This   
By Dr. Mercola“Commercial cleaning products, even "green" ones like Simple Green, clean faster than soap and water can. But this is because they contain small amounts of the most powerful grease-cutting class of chemicals known -- glycol ethers. 


Overexposure to glycol ethers can cause anemia, intoxication, and irritation of the eyes and nose. “
In laboratory animals, low-level exposure to glycol ethers has caused birth defects and damage to sperm and testicles. The most commonly used glycol ether, 2-butoxyethanol, has been shown to cause liver cancer in animals. AlterNet reports: 


"You are exposed to the glycol ethers when you inhale them as the cleaner is used ... Most glycol ethers can silently penetrate your skin and enter your bloodstream ... If that were not enough, the glycol ethers also go through natural rubber gloves and many types of plastic gloves without changing their appearance."


The typical American home contains 3-10 gallons of toxic materials, in the form of about 60 different kinds of hazardous household cleaning products. That's right, the very things you use to clean your house are actually the primary sources of toxins and indoor air pollution that Americans expose themselves to year after year. And many of the new "green" alternatives now being offered by major corporations are only green in name, as you will soon discover.


The Cost of Cleaning Your Home

Having a clean home should never cost you something as valuable as your health, but that's exactly what you're putting at risk when you use household cleaners and laundry detergents filled with many of the hazardous chemicals on the market today.
The problem is, when the chemicals in these common household products hit your skin and lungs, they go directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your body's natural defense system against toxins (the liver and kidneys).
This type of indoor pollution is particularly harmful to your health because just one application of a typical household cleaner can leave dangerous chemicals lingering in your indoor air for hours at a time. For people who spend a large amount of their day indoors, this can amount to a frequent chemical attacks on your lungs.


So, which Ingredients are Toxic?

Some of the ingredients in common household cleaners, laundry detergents, and even "green" cleaners that can create a toxic indoor environment include: 

  • Glycol ethers – Widespread use in paints, perfumes, soaps, cosmetics and foods. Cause fatigue, lethargy, nausea, and possible liver and kidney damage.
  • Phthalates – Cause reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, cancer, organ damage.
  • Perfumes – Cause headaches, sinus problems, asthma, may cause intoxication and "addiction."
  • Phosphates - Manufacturers have reduced eliminated phosphates from laundry products, but no action has ever been taken on dishwasher detergents. Causes widespread environmental damage.
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), a common ingredient in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe, and known to be a potent endocrine disrupter. It's already thought to be the cause of male fish transforming into females in waterways around the world!
  • Formaldehyde, found in spray and wick deodorizers, is a suspected carcinogen.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including 1,4-dichlorobenzene – Cause nose and throat irritation, dizziness, asthma.
  • Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners may damage mucous membranes.
  • Butyl cellosolve, found in many all-purpose and window cleaners. May damage your kidneys, bone marrow, liver and nervous system.
  • Ammonia – irritating to the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Chlorine – irritating to the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Ethanolamines – irritating to the skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - skin irritant, eye irritant, potential cancer causer.
Why "Green" Cleaning Products May NOT Necessarily be Green!
As more and more consumers are learning about the dangers of the products they use in their homes, "green" environmentally friendly options have sparked an industry revolution with a growing number of companies offering their own versions of eco-friendly cleaners. Some examples are Clorox Green Works Natural All-Purpose Cleaner, Simple Green, and Purex Natural Elements.
Unfortunately, the terms "green" and "natural" are nothing more than marketing terms; they're not rigid well accepted scientific terms, and they do not automatically equate to safety. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who is even slightly familiar with how multinational corporations use marketing to manipulate the image of their products. 


If you want a real treat, please pick up and read a highly recommended book on this subject called Subliminal Persuasion: Influence & Marketing Secrets They Don't Want You To Know. This book reveals the systematic techniques used to form opinions or ideologies, in ways that we never suspect. Multinational corporations, like big drug companies, are using these techniques all the time to deceive you.
Many large corporations are chomping at the bit, eager to reach into the wallets of modern, environmentally concerned consumers searching for green alternatives to the toxic stew of chemicals found in conventional cleaning products. "Green" cleaning products are a growing niche market, with green cleaning product U.S. sales totaling $100 million in 2010. 

But most "green" cleaning products like Simple Green are still loaded with glycol ethers, which are anything but good for your health when inhaled or when they touch your skin. Folks, the simple truth is that if a substance cuts through grease and dirt any faster than soap and water, then there are chemicals in there that most likely aren't very good for your health.

Why Glycol Ethers are BAD for You
Glycol ether is a generic term for over thirty solvents derived from crude oil, all with different properties, which are used in applications ranging from paints to inks to degreasing agents and cleaning products. Generally speaking, glycol ethers are hazardous when they get on your skin or when they get in your lungs. This is especially true with cleaning products, which are often applied indoors and without proper ventilation.
The glycol ether named ethylene glycol monoethyl ether may be linked to lower sperm count in men,and has caused low birth weight and reproductive abnormalities in animal studies. Pregnant women and small children in particular should avoid expose to glycol ethers, as these groups are more susceptible to damage.


Reading the Labels Won't Always Help
I always advocate reading the labels on the foods and cleaning products you buy, but in the case of household cleaners even the most meticulous eye for labels won't get you very far.
Why?
Because many of the most dangerous chemicals will not even be on the label. The manufacturers have conveniently lobbied the government to exempt them from this requirement and can omit any ingredient that is considered a secret formula from its label. Many of these non-disclosed ingredients are actually toxic and carcinogenic. 


Household goods are still very much an unregulated market. And, cleaning product manufacturers -- even those that claim to be "green" -- are not required by law to disclose all of their ingredients on their labels. So while it's still better to read the label than not, be aware that a lack of ingredient on a label doesn't necessarily mean it's not in the product!”


The Real Dirt on Clean
Are you living in a healthy home?
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. How dangerous? Just take a look at these statistics. 

  • Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.
  • Common bleach is the #1 household chemical involved
  • in poisoning.
  • Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and
  • even air fresheners, are 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 have been linked to
  • increasing the risk of your kids developing asthma, the most common serious 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).

Shaklee Products are Always Safe
We Guarantee Unconditional Safety.
We start with nature. Shaklee scientists search the world over to source the finest natural ingredients. Then we conduct over 350 testson every single new botanical ingredient for heavy metals, pesticides, or any of hundreds of other harmful contaminants. And we continue to conduct over 80,000 quality tests annually to guarantee the purity and safety of each and every product. That's why we are absolutely sure of this: Every Shaklee product is100% safe to use. Guaranteed. 
Here are just some of the ingredients on Shaklee's "NO" list: 

  • NO Parabens
  • NO Triclosan
  • NO Phthalates
  • NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • NO Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
  • NO 1,4-Dioxane
  • NO Propylene Glycol
  • NO Volatile Organic Cleaning Compounds (VOCs)
  • NO Hydrochloric Acid
  • NO Ammonia
  • NO Sodium Hydroxide
  • NO Butyl Cellosolve
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Bisphenol-A
  • NO Petroleum Distillates
  • NO Toluene
  • NO Chlorine Bleach
  • NO MSG
  • NO Dyes
  • NO Trans Fats
  • NO Artificial Sweeteners
  • NO Toxic Inks
  • NO Banned Substances
Here are just some of the ingredients on Shaklee's "NO" list: 
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Triclosan
  • NO Phthalates
  • NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • NO Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
  • NO 1,4-Dioxane
  • NO Propylene Glycol
  • NO Volatile Organic Cleaning Compounds (VOCs)
  • NO Hydrochloric Acid
  • NO Ammonia
  • NO Sodium Hydroxide
  • NO Butyl Cellosolve
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Bisphenol-A
  • NO Petroleum Distillates
  • NO Toluene
  • NO Chlorine Bleach
  • NO MSG
  • NO Dyes
  • NO Trans Fats
  • NO Artificial Sweeteners
  • NO Toxic Inks
  • NO Banned Substances





 




2 comments:

melissa plotner said...

Thanks again for introducing me to all these fantastic products!
Melissa

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