Friday, March 25, 2011

A Few of my Favorite Things!!!

Today I want to share with you some of my BEST CLEANING products!!!  :-)  If you read my previous post about my OCD, you will begin to understand!  
I LOVE to clean.  I love seeing sparkly sinks, clean floors, vacuum lines in carpet(weird, I know!), toys in their baskets and beds neatly made(to name a few).  :-)  To be completely honest, I have actually lightened up over the years(EEEK!).  Kids have a tendency to do that to you!  lol  Despite my efforts to keep things neat and in order ALL THE TIME, that is just not completely practical.  I need to get things not only clean, but FAST!  

Rabbit trail....
Last fall, my husband and I were introduced to Shaklee, the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the U.S..  It was an immediate perfect fit for us!!!  We I had been on a journey searching out a lot of  answers to questions that I was having regarding nutrition, healthy cleaning, all natural beauty and healthy weight loss.  I was already supplementing(to the best of my knowledge which wasn't much), I was buying cleaning products from the local Food Co-op, I had FINALLY gone to the dermatologist to discuss my cystic adult acne(BAD IDEA), and I was a user of over the counter weight loss products!  When I was introduced to Shaklee, it was love at first listen!!!   :-) Their philosophy, 80,000 raw material tests/year, $250 million in research in development, published clinical studies, and commitment to their products was outstanding.  That was only the beginning!  Then we started using there's NO turning back!  I can honestly say that EVERY SINGLE one of the products that we have used delivers EXACTLY what they say it will.   Nathan and I are totally blown away by the quality and guarantees that they deliver.  That is the ONLY reason that we are able to share Shaklee with others.  Bottom line: THEY WORK!  

Ok, back to my crazy cleaning!  Today is Friday and I get to go to my old 'home sweet home' because every other Friday, I clean for my wonderful parents.   It's an opportunity to give something back to them(I owe them SO much that I could NEVER repay!), and also an excuse for me to get out of the house. (heehee).  The kids and I usually make a stop at The  Food Co-op for some divine eats and visit some of the local shops that are in town.  I'm SUCH a sucker for homemade, vintage and one of a kind treasures.  I'm also addicted to thrifting!!!  LOVE IT!

I used to love cleaning with all of my chemicals.  I loved bleach, lysol, pine sol, comet, the works, etc... The problem is, they are FULL of toxic substances that are linked to TONS of health issues including cancer and major degenerative disease.  Read here about how less than 20% of the 80,000 chemicals registered with the EPA have actually been tested for toxicity!  Since I plan on being around for quite some time yet(LORD willing), I didn't like hearing that stay at home moms are at a 50% higher risk of getting cancer because they live in a toxic environment if they use these cleaners(that toxic environment being their home).  So, for me  it was out with the old...and in with the NEW!

My new found friends, or my Shaklee Get Clean products, have not only saved us a TON of money, they are totally safe, totally green and they totally work!  And when I say WORK, I mean it!  Things have to pass a pretty strict cleaning test to pass over here and I am constantly impressed with them.  I would NEVER buy a chemical again because I have no need for them!!!  My Organic Super Cleaner Basic H2, Germicide, and Scour off are my mainstays now.  I love them!!!  Can you tell???  lol  Did I mention they save me TONS of money?!?  :-) 

1 bottle of Basic H2equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex.!!!!
Watch this video to learn how much $$$ you will save with Get Clean!  :-)

Clean Credentials
  • Nontoxic
  • Natural
  • Doubly concentrated
  • Biodegradable Surfactants

For all-purpose cleaning:
Add 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.
For windows and mirrors:
Add 1-2 drops to 16 oz. of water.   (ONLY DROPS!!!!)
For degreasing: 
Add 1 1/2 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For bigger jobs, add 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water.



General Cleaning: Use ½ teaspoon to quart of warm water. It cleans kitchen doors, woodwork, walls, ceilings, etc.
Appliances and Bathroom Fixtures: Use ¼ teaspoon to pint of water. It leaves refrigerators odor-free and sanitary. Great for bathroom tile!

Windows, Mirrors, All Glass: Use 1 – 2 drops in 4oz spray bottle. Wipe dry with paper towel. Do not use a lot of Basic-H or glass will smear.

Dishes: Use ½ teaspoon in the dishpan. Fill dirty pans with water, add ½ teaspoon Basic-H2 and let stand to loosen stuck particles.

Automatic Dishwashers: Use Shakee Dishwasher Concentrate

Floors: Use 1 tablespoon to a gallon of cold water, wring mop and wipe up dirt. Leaves floor shining. Dusting: Squeeze sponge out of solution of ¼ teaspoon to pint of water. With almost dry sponge, wipe of dust, fingerprints, candy spots, etc. Or use spray bottle and clean cloth. Everything disappears from furniture, leaving wax finish beautifully bright and non-magnetic, making it unnecessary to dust as often.

Woolens, Silks, Nylons, All Fin Fabrics: Use ½ teaspoon to basin of water. For spots, apply a drop or two directly on the spot and press in with thumb. Immerse garment in cold water solution of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water, let stand a few minutes, then rinse by squeezing water through and laying out to dry.
Spot Remover: Apply Basic-H2 directly on spotted area. Use a toothbrush or finger to rub Basic-H2 into area. Wipe off with damp cloth or rinse in basin of water (Coffee, lipstick, ink, grass, etc).

Frying Vats: Use ½ cup to 3 gallons of water. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. It dissipates stubborn crusts without damage to vats.

Concrete and Mortar Mix: Use ½ oz. to a gallon of water. Makes cement and mortar spread easier and smoother, set harder.

Knives: Use a few drops on cutting stone for sharpening knives. Keep moist and add as needed. Doesn’t clog stone, which is very important in sharpening tools. Stone rinses free of residue.
Phonograph Records: Use same solution as for glass. Clean with soft, dry cloth. It leaves no residual magnetism.
Wallpaper: Excellent in removing wallpaper.

Diapers: Use ¼ teaspoon of Basic-H2 and 1 teaspoon of Basic-G to pail of water. It eliminates odors in the washroom when diapers must stand.

Fish Odors: Use ½ tablespoon per quart of water. Basic-H2 cleaning solutions work wonders around boats, docks and other “fishy” places.

Boat Algae: Use ½ tablespoon to gallon of water.

Spray Snow or Poster Paint on Windows: Remove it with ¼ teaspoon to quart of warm water.

Cleaning Hands: Put a few drops in palm. Rub thoroughly over both hands and add a little water. Continue with usual washing action. Add a touch more water as needed and rinse. Removes tobacco stains, onion and garlic odors. Variation – mix ¼ Basic-H2 and ½ water in a 4 oz squeeze bottle.
Gum: Use full strength to remove gum from skin or carpeting.
Shoe Cleaner: Use 1 drops on a wet cloth. It will not remove wax. Shine with dry cloth.


Washing: Use ½ tablespoon to gallon of water. Wash small area at a time, and hose off. Wiping dry is not necessary. Wipe windshield, windows and chrome with paper towels after rinsing. Bugs and road grime float away.
Engines: Use ½ oz to one gallon water to clean engine. It will not affect paint, gaskets or insulating material. Best results can be achieved when the engine is hot for fastest drying of the ignition system.

Battery Terminals: Use ¼ teaspoon to pint of water. Spray on battery terminals, let soak for 2 minutes and clean with wire brush. Use full strength Basic-h on battery terminals to avoid corrosion or galvanic action. 


Air Filters: Use ¼ teaspoon to quart of warm water. Air filters are cleaned with excellent results, leaving them free of dirt, oil, or chemical residue.

House Plants: Use a few drops in water. Water plants and they will flourish. Use to wipe down leaves also.
Outside Windows: Use ½ teaspoon to “ortho-type” bottle applicator full of water. This should let 2 gallons of water through applicator to spray on windows and screens.

Humidifiers: Use 1 or 2 drops in water to help prevent rust and scum.

Water Soluble Gum Tape: Use 2 to 3 drops in a 16 oz spray bottle, or tape dispenser with water tank.


Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Fill toilet tank dispenser with Basic-H2. Place in toilet tank. It will automatically release a measured amount of Basic-H2 when you flush, to keep toilet bowl clean for months.

Ironing: A few drops in steam iron will keep the jets and interior clean.

Plumbing: Will keep pipes open and clean when used regularly. It emulsifies grease and can eliminate cleaning of grease traps.

I even use it to wash my fruits and vegetables because it removes any pesticides!  YAY!

Basic G(Germicide) will deodorize bathroom areas, garbage cans and other areas where bacterial growth can cause unpleasant odors. Basic-G is concentrated for economy.

  • Basic-H2 is the most economical cleaner you can buy. One quart makes 192 gallons of cleaning solution by following directions.
  • Do Not Use More Than Recommended. A little goes a long way! Save $$!
  • Basic-H2 contains no acids, no alkalis, no kerosene or solvent, and has no offensive or detergent odor.
  • Basic-H2 has pH factor of 6.5, right in the range of human skin.
  • Basic-H2 makes water many times wetter.
  • Basic-H2 is a fantastically versatile cleaner. The successor is soap!
  • Basic-H2 does not hinder bacterial action of septic tanks or cesspools.
  • DO NOT put fingers or foreign matter into Basic-H2 container. Large amounts of bacteria can cause degrading action and weaken your cleaner. 
  • In extremely stubborn areas of grease or stains, use Shaklee's Scour Off  scouring cleaner.  It's made out of ground cherry pits!

WHOA!  That got REALLY long, but it is so important to show what this stuff can do!   Now you know why I love my cleaners.  lol  
Happy FRIDAY!!!

Mary  :-) 

   "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

Psalm 118:24




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