A Healthy HOME

Tip’s for a healthy home using Shaklee products and EO’s (essential oils)

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Some History!

At first, I was hesitant to write about “a healthy home”, for I was that average American that grew up with common house hold cleaners that our moms used to kill germs and have that sparkle clean effect. I also thought that smell after my mother cleaned our home was the seal that our home was sparkly germ free. Growing up I suffered severe allergies, since birth. My bedroom door had a hinge at the top of it, so it would swing immediately shut. That was only so I don’t smell any cigarette smoke. My parents were only concerned about the smoke, but little did they know that the irritants from house hold cleaners were bothering me too. I figured that out when I got older and got really ill. My Allergist said that my home environment was killing me. I needed to make some drastic changes. We lived in home that had old windows that would sweat on the inside, and in the winter ice would even form on the inside of the window. I was young mom, my parents were both deceased. I had to bleach my windows once a month to prevent mildew & mold. This was just one of the things I had to do, my list was much longer and that is a whole topic. To get rid of one problem I created another. My allergist did not even mentioned to me that the chemicals I was using to clean my home, my animals, etc. was affecting me too. He was only worried about the mold, animal dandruff, dust, and carpets.

Life Changing Event Happened!

A week before Christmas our home went up in flames. My husband was insistent that we rebuild our home, so we did. I had a fresh start, no more bleaching windows. My dog ran away during Halloween just before Christmas (some kids played a prank and open my gate and let him out) no more washing my dog every week. Now, I’m in my newly rebuilt home, a CLEAN start. My daughter was diagnosed with asthma at 9 months old, I was told that I need to check on her every 15 mins while she sleeps, it was severe, she would stop breathing, her toes and nails would turn blue. I thought, now that we are in our new home maybe her asthma will be better. Nothing changed. A few more years past, I started paying attention to chemicals that is in our food products first. It was later that I realize that our cleaning products were a major factor to my daughter’s asthma, my extreme fatigue, and headaches. So I gradually switched products.

Switching Brands Changed my LIFE

Chemicals – Chemicals – Chemicals…..! they are everywhere. We eat them, wear them, and breathe them. I started small and tried a couple of products first. I buy according to needs, I am on a budget. I bought Basic H and Basci G and the shaklee spray bottles. The Basic H lasted me for a long and I only spend like $12 buck for that bottle that eliminated a lot of clutter. I realize how much plastic I eliminated too, made me feel good that I was helping with climate control. I cleaned my whole house with it. I also cleaned my car with it, I washed my pets with it. I also put it in my bath water…..yeah I sure did! I do this at least once a month, Basic H is so safe and natural, this helps to remove dead skin off your body so your skin can breathe. I love the products. What I do that makes it even better is that I add  essential oils to my cleaners. This just finalizes extra health benefits. For one we eliminated the bad chemicals and added some healing properties that completes a healthy home.

So Do Oz and Oprah use these products too! So does NASA! and the White House……..Shaklee is a scientific based research company.

Oz n Oorah - get clean

Cleaning the BATHROOM!

We all know that bathrooms can get easily get neglected if the showers are not clean regularly and the toilet is germ free, right! If it doesn’t smell clean and look shiny we’re doomed! I thought this would be good example to show how I use natural safe products that kill germs, leave a sparkly clean look, and offer your senses a smell that it’s clean. Not only are we eliminating unsafe chemical………..We are creating a scent in our home that offers health benefits as well, the scent of well-being, aromatherapy built right in…..you can change the aroma, anytime to fit whatever you are trying to achieve in health….(***all products mentioned are described in more detail at bottom ***)

  1. Shower – Start breaking down any soap scum in the tub, shower, and sink: Spray *Basic H (degreaser dilution: 1.5 teaspoons Basic H concentrate per 16 oz. water) all over the tub and sinks, then let it soak while you go back to cleaning other things. I use the spray bottles from Shaklee for 1.windows, 2.degreasers, 3.all-purpose, cleaning spray bottles pack of 3.
  2. Start the sanitizer activating and whitening on/in the toilet: Spray **Basic G (spray dilution: 3/8 teaspoon Basic G concentrate per 16 oz. water) down all over the toilet, inside and out, and on the floor right around the toilet.  Drizzle ***Nature Bright into the toilet bowl water. I’d estimate around 1 Tablespoon Nature bright, but more or less depending on how much water in your bowl and how dirty is the bowl. You can buy Shaklee spray bottle for Basic G.
  3. Sanitize commonly touched places: Spray Basic G directly onto a fresh cleaning rag and wipe down the door knobs and light switches.
  4. Refill Hand-Soap Containers: Fill your hand soap dispensers with the shaklee Hand-Soap Concentrate. Keep your extra hand-soap in your bathroom cleaning buckets and top off the soap containers during your regular cleaning.
  5. Clean Mirrors & spot clean walls/cabinet fronts: Use a fresh cleaning rag and Basic H (window dilution: 1-2 drops Basic H concentrate per 16 oz. water). I use the spray bottles from shaklee or you can what you prefer. Spray the mirrors and wipe top to bottom, side to side. Do not spray more than you need, because you just create more wiping work for yourself. Use this rag to spot clean walls and cabinet fronts.
  6. Clean Counters & stuff on the counter: Spray Basic H (all-purpose dilution: 1/4 teaspoon Basic H concentrate per 16 oz. water) onto the counter and use the same rag from cleaning mirrors to wipe the counters clean. Do not wet your rag, which just leaves you with streaks and high chances of spreading germs! The cleaner has all the water in it you need to clean the counters. This is when you would wipe down soap containers and toothbrush holders and anything else on the countertop.
  7. Clean Sinks and Faucets: Spray Basic H (all-purpose) on the faucets and wipe them down until they are shining. Now clean out the sink until it shines. Do not forget any ridges. You may wet your rag for this step and use ****Scour Off for any hard to clean spots.
  8. Clean Tub and/or Shower: By now this should be easy. Spray additional Basic H if the previous spray has dried. Wipe, wipe, wipe, including faucets. Rinsing is optional. For any difficult build up for those just starting to regularly clean their tubs, use Scour Off.
  9. Clean Toilet Bowl: Use a toilet brush and scrub the toilet bowl. I spray the brush with Basic G over the toilet bowl before I store it again, so it doesn’t grow legs and arms in between cleanings.
  10. Clean Toilet: Give the toilet another spray of Basic G, which is really just to make the surface moist again for easier wiping. Use a fresh rag and start wiping the least gross places first and places where human skin touches. Next, wipe down the grosser places on the toilet. At anytime during the toilet cleaning, get a fresh rag if you just *need* to. Example toilet cleaning wiping order — lid, flusher handle, toilet back, toilet lid, top of toilet seat, bottom of toilet seat — fresh rag — sides of toilet seat, base of toilet and floor directly around toilet, top non-watery edges of toilet bowl.
  11. Empty and Change Garbage Bag.
  12. Replace towels and hand towels with fresh ones.
  13. Clean walls and baseboards: Spray with All-Purpose Basic H, wipe down, I sanitize with Basic G, spray on let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, using clean rag wipe. 
  14. Lastly, Mop floors: With Basic G. I use 1 TBSP to a gallon of water.  If you want to add some health benefits using EO’s.
    • Disinfect –  add  6 drops of Thyme a + 4 drops of Lemongrass.
    • Relaxing – add 6 drops of Lavender + 4 drops of Chomile
    • Citrus – 2 drops of Lemon + 2 drops Lemongrass + 4 drops Orange + 2 drops Lime
    • Spicy – 3 drops Orange + 4 drops Clove + 3 drops Cinnamon
    • Sanitizing – 4 drops Tea Tree + 6 drops Eucalyptus
    • Refreshing – 5 drops of Peppermint + 5 drops Orange

Using Essentials OIls (EO)

Now that we know how to clean and without chemicals, let’s add some aromatherapy to our senses!

Adding EO’s to your cleaning products is simple. All it takes is DROPs, from one to a few, the smells can have you feeling a sense of well-being, aid in breathing, help with lungs, improve your overall health using pure EO’s.

This is much different than the smells that are in regular household products. Those scents in those cleaners are not pure essential oils. They are synthetics full of chemicals that creates a false sense of fresh cleanliness. Use one oil, or blend them. Add smaller drops when blending with others, or add the larger amount of drops if using alone. Handle with care.

16oz All-Purpose spray bottles using basic H, the recommended pure essentials oils and effects on senses: no more than 3 drops.

  • Orange –
  • Citrus Blend

16oz Degreaser spray bottle using Basic H, the recommended EO’s: no more than 5 drops to 16 oz bottle.

  • Lemmon
  • Rosemary – 2 to 5 drops, odor eraser, heals respiratory, antimicrobial, brain tonic, stress relief
  • Tea Tree – 2 to 5 drops, heals skins, psoriasis, anti-fungal, cleans, and many more etc…….
  • Eucalyptus – 2 to 5 drops, boost respiratory, immune, protects skin, fight against bacteria infections, anxiety, etc…

16oz Windows spray bottle using Basic H, the recommended EO’s: no more than 1 drops to 16 oz bottle.

  • Lime – 1 drops.

Basic G spray bottle, the recommended EO’s: no more than 5 drops to bottle.

  • Thyme – 2 to 5 drops, – disinfects, repels insects, anti-fungal antiseptic, boost mood, great in food, etc…..
  • Eucalyptus – 2 to 5 drops, – disinfects, antiseptic, improves blood flow, mental clarity, stuffy head, etc…..

Mopping Floors – 1 TBSP of Basic G to Gallon of water add extra health benefits using EO’s.

  • Disinfect –  add  6 drops of Thyme a + 4 drops of Lemongrass.
  • Relaxing – add 6 drops of Lavender + 4 drops of Chomile
  • Citrus – 2 drops of Lemon + 2 drops Lemongrass + 4 drops Orange + 2 drops Lime
  • Spicy – 3 drops Orange + 4 drops Clove + 3 drops Cinnamon
  • Sanitizing – 4 drops Tea Tree + 6 drops Eucalyptus
  • Refreshing – 5 drops of Peppermint + 5 drops Orange

 

Diffuser or wall mount diffuser to express aromatherapy into the air. I like the wall mount, for I can change scent more often with new scent cards. This allows me to address health conditions when needed. I’m only listing a few oils.

Blends

  • Breathe right
  • Well- being

Single oils

 

I buy most of my Essentials Oil’s from Nature Sunshine first, I know the oils are tested, organic from the source, tested before sold. Essential Oil are not regulated, just like vitamins, so I am careful who I choose. If Nature Sunshine does not carry the oil I need, then I will use secondary companies like: Native American Nutritionals, to add to my collection of oils.

More Product Details 

*Basic H: The cleaner I couldn’t live without. Used in different dilutions, it can do a million things, including cleaning windows, counters, floors, and even greasy spots. In un-diluted form it also takes off sticker stuff residue and cleans stains.

Basic H2 Get Clean

**Basic G: I use Basic G for all my bathroom cleaning and sanitizing needs. It is more effective and safer than bleach, and it doesn’t harm colors. As it kills germs and bacteria that cause smells, it acts as a deodorizer! I add essential oils to all my cleaning solutions.

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***Nature Bright: Nature Bright is an abrasive powder that is normally a laundry additive to whiten and brighten. Nature Bright is a powerful stain remover for laundry and carpets. I like using it to clean my tile grout and the non-slip bottom of tub….+ the toilet bowl too.

naturebright Nature-Bright-Fact-Sheet-2

****Scour Off: A fresh and fruity blend of strawberries, abrasive paste that is good for difficult to clean places. It takes off all the aluminum stains in my white porcelain kitchen sink, cleans my glass top stove perfectly. This simply is amazing!

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*****Hand Wash: This cleans really well, gentle on hands, nature, and doesn’t leave you with any soap scum without the harsh chemicals.Remember you can add essential oils for any scent you want!!!

Hand Wash

****** When you order the cleaning kit, membership is free. Shaklee membership is just a savings benefit almost like club. There are no monthly minimums or strings attached. You get to be a member free for the rest of your life! The benefit of becoming a member is lots of savings for you and special member-only events! (The benefit to me is that when you become a member from one of my links, you stay MY member, and whenever you order now or in ten years, you get your discount and I get paid. Thank you!)

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So, that’s it. That is the HEALTHIEST way to clean a bathroom!!!

Now, time to get your hands dirty … or the kids, touching the rags, not gross stuff … but go ahead and clean your bathroom now. My link to my Shaklee website for shopping and interactive catalog:

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