Spring cleaning gone GREEN with Shaklee {and a giveaway}

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is: Jill! (No, not me.)

It’s that time of year again. That time of year when the sun comes out, flowers begin to bloom, the windows get opened and the spring cleaning begins!

I have a confession! While I recycle, use a composter and use recycled materials to ship on eBay the following picture is the “unders” of my kitchen sink and my cleaning practices aren’t so green. At all!

First of all, hello 50,000 items and major clutter! What to use for what?!

Second, I used the household products database by the US Department of Health and Human Services only to discover that many of these products include ethanol, Myristyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, unspecified solvent, ammonia, Benzenesulfonic acid, C10-C16-alkyl derivatives, among many more things that I can’t even pronounce let alone tell you what they are.

Shocked doesn’t even begin to describe what an eye opener this project has been. I guess disappointed is the word. My kids clean with these! These products go in our dishwasher – on our dishes, our laundry, – on our backs, on the counters that we touch….. Blech! It’s no wonder cleaning induces harsh eczema on my hands!

I recently got the opportunity to try out Shaklee’s Get Clean Starter Kit.

Shaklee brings you a full line of natural and nontoxic cleaning choices that are Safe for You, Your Home, and Your Planet®called Get Clean®.

  • No harmful fumes or hazardous chemicals.
  • Outperforms 20 national leading brands.
  • You would spend $3,400 for ready to use cleaners to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!*
  • Features Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate – just 1/4 tsp. makes 16oz. of all-purpose cleaner for only 3 cents.
  • And when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:
  • Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.
  • Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.
  • WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!

* Based on comparing number of uses as set forth on product labels of conventional, ready-to-use cleaners.

Before I talk about the Shaklee Get Clean products specifically check THIS out!

Do you see what’s missing?

The clutter is GONE! And all of those harsh chemicals right along with them! These products will clean my entire kitchen and then some. Counters, oven, stovetop, floors, pots/pans, fridge, sink, dishes, appliances, fixtures, walls, stainless steel, granite, wood, marble, dishwasher……… ALL OF IT! And all windows and mirrors, doorknobs and doors.

Isn’t it beautiful? It makes me so happy in so many ways. I’ll admit that while the lack of clutter and harsh chemicals thrills me to pieces the super awesome part? Is that when my boys do their chores, all they have to do is grab the caddy, cleaning cloths included, and GO. (I’ve even begun to put cleaning checklists in there too! Need I remind you that they’re teenagers and need a little reminding?) Yay!

One product, the Get Clean Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, alone eliminated the need for at least six of those products in my “before” picture and………… it’s organic!

The concentrate is really easy to use with the Shaklee spray bottles as seen below. The three spray bottles are labeled with “Windows”, “All-Purpose” and “Degreaser” so that you know which product to use on what. For the degreaser, the heaviest hitting product, it only takes 1 1/2 teaspoon of the Basic H2 concentrate!! The Window cleaner takes 2 drops! And the All-Purpose mixture takes 1/4 tsp. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG THAT concentrate is going to last???

(I may have used the degreaser formula for my entire spring cleaning. Shh.. It had been a while.)

Also included were laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and dishwashing liquid! I am SO relieved to take the harshness out of a big piece of our lives, not to mention the environment!

Are you ready to win some awesomeness of your own?

Giveaway details (Click here to read official contest rules.):

ONE lucky winner will win a #GetClean Household Mini Kit which includes:

  • Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Basic H2® Wipes (35 count)
  • Germ Off Wipes (35 count)
  • Scour Off
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Dropper Pipette
  • Spray Bottles (3-pack)

To enter leave a separate comment for each bullet point below:

  1. REQUIRED. Now it’s your turn. Look under your sink and tell me if you find any of the following ingredients in your cleaning products;  kerosene, phenols, cresol, lye, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sulfuric acid, petroleum distillates, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, butyl cellosolve, phosphoric acid, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, morpholine, and phthalates? Leave a comment telling me which toxic ingredients you found and why you need a green cleaning makeover.
  2. Like the Shaklee facebook page.
  3. Follow Shaklee on twitter.
  4. Watch this video and tell me one thing that you have learned.
  5. Like the Single Mom on a Budget facebook page.

This giveaway will close on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at midnight MST. Winner will be chosen at random and notified on Saturday February 21st and will have 48 hours to response – so please use a valid e-mail address when entering.

Good luck and #GetClean!

Disclosure: This review and giveaway was made possible by the Shaklee Corporation & Mom Spark Media. Incentives, product and support were provided. Thoughts are my own.

Comments

  1. says

    Okay, we had ammonia, sodium hydroxide, chlorine bleach and my daughter added hydrogen peroxide as well! Ew!

  2. says

    I’m going to guess the Kilz stain I used yesterday to paint with was NOT green. I had a headache all evening from the fumes!

    We just bought a new house (it is historic so we’re making renovations), so we could REALLY USE a green cleaning makeover! I try to only use cleaning products that are green, but for the initial clean of the new place, we need the chemicals to get the germs out.

  3. says

    Two things stood out immediately on that video!

    1. The average home generates 25 lbs of toxic waste yearly, mostly from cleaning products (WOW)!
    2. Only a fraction of 81,000+ registered chemicals have been tested for human health concerns. (SCARY)!

  4. Kristin Grayner says

    I’ve been a Shaklee user my entire life (even in the womb) and a distributor since 2005…awesome products and the best there is. Great job on the giveaway. Whomever gets this is in for a treat! I live in Parker, CO and I’m glad to see you doing this giveaway!

    • says

      Hi Kristin! Thanks for commenting. I have to admit that I have heard of Shaklee, mostly at a health seminar or something, but never took the time to learn about it. It really does sound too good to be true, but after using the concentrate and measuring it out and seeing how little one entire spray bottle takes I am SOLD! One other thing I forgot to mention above was that I love the LACK OF toxic smell that make me choke too. I am proud to say that I am a Shaklee household too!

  5. Kristin Grayner says

    I’m not entering the giveaway, just wanted to leave a comment! :o)

  6. Kristin Grayner says

    That’s wonderful Jill and I commend you on creating a healthy home environment! Society has conditioned us to believe the only way something is clean is if it smells clean. I for one love that I can’t smell my cleaners while I’m cleaning and that my 6 year old son can help me. Clean isn’t suppose to smell. Same with laundry, I’m happy knowing that dyes/perfumes aren’t on the clothes my children are wearing and the sheets they sleep in. Congrats again for making the switch Jill!

  7. Jessica T. says

    I found chlorine bleach!!! I really need to make the switch to be greener with my son running around!

  8. Jill says

    I found chlorine bleach, ammonia and all kinds of other unprounouncable ingredients as well! I must get away from these chemical laden product

  9. Jill says

    I watched the video and I learned that only some of the chemicals that we use in our cleaning have been tested for human safety – and that is out of TENS OF THOUSANDS of chemicals! SCARY!!

  10. says

    I found formaldehyde :( among others. I need to get rid of everything because I have a four month old baby that doesn’t need all these chemIcals

  11. Ju P. says

    I found sodium hydroxide. We recently adopted a dog, so I would like to start using ‘green’ cleaning products.