I didn’t know you were coming or I’d have cleaned up a little more.
My life, I mean, not just the apartment.
―Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
What does it mean to lead a clean life?
I’ll admit, I’m no housekeeper. I can deal with a little mess, it means our house is being lived in.
I do generally try to lead a clean life. To me this means:
- keeping chemicals and artificial ingredients out of my food, beauty products, and anything else I can cut them from.
- not making any more of a mess on our planet than I have to: in the air, the water, the earth.
- keeping toxic thoughts and people at bay.
- trying to ensure my money supports companies that help, not harm.
The first step for me, as I suspect it is for many, was our cleaning products. After all, these products are coating all the surfaces we and our kids touch (especially important to think about with young kids, who are just as likely to eat off our floors as crawl on them, and stick everything in their mouths like it’s their job, which really it is).
What is being absorbed into our skin and breathed into our lungs when we clean? What residue is polluting our indoor air?
If you’re using conventional cleaners, the answer may well be kerosene, phenols, cresol, lye, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sulfuric acid, petroleum distillates, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, butyl cellosolve, phosphoric acid, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, morpholine, phthalates.
None of those are good things.
Since we stopped buying commercial cleaners, I use white vinegar for the bulk of our cleaning; borax for scrubbing. I do buy dishwasher soap and laundry detergent, whatever earth-friendly brands I can find at our grocery store (not a wide selection).
I also like to keep a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner on hand for when we need to give the house a quick wipedown before guests arrive; while I don’t mind the sting of vinegar it’s not the most welcoming scent. I’ve tried many different brands and I will say that some definitely are more effective than others.
Shaklee’s Get Clean line of products definitely fall into the category of “actually works. Really well.” Which is important, because I hate to think of people trying out a new cleaner, buying it because it’s not full of chemicals, and then having it not perform!
Over the past few weeks we’ve been using the cleaners found in the Get Clean Starter Kit.
- Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate: you mix this in different concentrations in the supplied, pretty labeled spray bottles to make All-Purpose, Degreasing and Windows and Mirrors cleaners.
- Dish Wash Concentrate (comes with labeled dispenser)
- Fresh Laundry Concentrate (HE compatible!) (also comes with labeled dispenser with pump nozzle)
- Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover
- Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets (we haven’t used dryer sheets in years and Jeff was so happy to have these)
- Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes (ditto)
- This kit also came with a Super Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Super Microfiber Window Cloth, Super Microfiber Dish Sponge (which I LOVE), Miracle Scrubber Pad, measuring cup for the laundry detergent, measuring spoon, a PIPETTE because a little really does go a long way! and an Organizer Caddy to keep everything in.
They really did think of everything!
I love this one-product-fits-most system. I’ll only have to reorder the concentrate (and not for a while, it is REALLY concentrated; 1/4 tsp. makes 16oz of all-purpose cleaner for only 3 cents), cutting down immensely on the amount of materials and energy being used to produce and ship the containers. With this kit, you’re keeping 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills and eliminating 248 pounds of greenhouse gas, not mention the fact that you’d spend $3400 for ready to use cleaners to get the same amount of clean (based on comparing number of uses as set forth on product labels of conventional, ready-to-use cleaners).
And, importantly, while Shaklee Get Clean products contain no harmful fumes or hazardous chemicals, it still outperforms 20 national leading brands.
How did the products fare with my ultra-sensitive skin and nose? Spectacularly. NO DISCERNIBLE SCENT. And no hive breakouts on my hands.
The laundry detergent does a great job, getting Cassie’s muddy pants, Jeff’s construction work clothes, my sweating running clothes and the kids’ equally sweaty + grass stained sports gear clean without any irritating scent. The combination of the dish sponge and a few drop of the dishwashing soap lathers up wonderfully, allowing me to wash pots and pans without drying out or inflaming my hands. And the degreaser is my absolute favorite, cutting through bacon grease like it’s nothing at all.
The dishwasher powder suffers the same problems every other powder has in our kitchen; buildup because of our super-hard water. We’ve adjusted our Ecover rinse aid to compensate, not a big deal.
It’s good stuff, people. Good enough that it’s backed with a 100% money back guarantee. And you can’t find it in stores: rather than pay for advertising and store placement, Shaklee sells online and relies on word of mouth to spread the news. It’s a rather brilliant business model from every angle.
A solid product that’s gentle on bodies and on the earth, shipped to those who want it to keep production and shipping carbon footprints down. Fantastic.
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