“Cleaner” Safe Cleaning Products

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Did you know? There’s no legal requirements for ingredient labeling on household cleaning products? That means that the companies that provide these cleaning products aren’t required to list harmful chemicals included in their products or even state that they are harmful towards you or the environment.

In recent years, many people have researched how harmful some cleaning products and it’s ingredients actually are, and it’s actually worth take a deep looking in to.

People all around the world are starting to become more conscious and it’s becoming a trend to adapt a “greener” way of cleaning.

A few green cleaning options are:

 

Truman’s

Truman’s is one of the only companies that isn’t only dedicated to bring you safe and non-toxic home cleaners, BUT they are also saving the earth, one plastic bottle at a time.

Truman’s offers a starter kit for $22 ($15 with a subscription) which includes 4 reusable bottles and all the cleaners you need including a Floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Shower Cleaner, and All Purpose Cleaner – all of which are toxin free and ammonia free! Don’t worry, a subscription is not required, you can choose to only purchase refills, which are like cartridges for your bottles, as you need them. Refills are just $3.75 and always free shipping!

Truman’s refills significantly reduce plastic waste, and they’re recyclable, which highly reduces plastic waste vs. cleaners from the grocery store.

Truman’s is proud to be a 5 Star company Made in the USA with thousands of satisfied customers! Check them out here.

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Truman’s Starter Kit

Method

Method is a well-known brand that is currently available in select stores throughout the U.S.A. Many of their products are also available on Vitacost.com.

They currently offer a wide variety of household cleaners including laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, all-purpose cleaners, and more. Method focuses on using safe and effective ingredients, preservatives, colorants, and fragrances, so there’s less worry for the customer!

You can find a $1.00 off coupon towards any Method brand product on their website at methodhome.com

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Method All-Purpose Cleaner

Mrs. Meyers

Mrs. Meyers mainly produces cruelty-free laundry detergent, air fresheners, hand and body care, and household cleaners. The scents are garden inspired made with essential oils and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients.

This company is another great choice if you’re looking to cut down on plastic waste. The packaging is all recyclable and they use less pumps and caps.

Mrs. Meyers was formed by a conscious mother of 9.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Products

 

DIY Recipes –

Vinegar  – Vinegar is well known for it’s strong smell, and it’s heavy duty cleaning strength.  Many use vinegar to wipe filthy surfaces and to get rid of disgusting smells. However, vinegar is not a registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus.

Borax – Borax has been used as a cleaning product for quite some time. Along with detracting insects such as ants, it can also rid of mold, mildew, and stains. Many use borax with their laundry detergent.

Essential oils – Love air fresheners and candles? Try boiling some water and adding essential oils for a fresh smell. You can even add these to your homemade cleaners. Earth Element’s Organics has a great selection of organic essential oils including medicinal herbal oils also!

Castile Soap – This product can be used for so many things including shampoo, body wash, hand soap, laundry detergent, surface spray, and more. You can purchase them in bars, melt them down, and make your own creation.

It is always best to be mindful and check the ingredients label on basically anything you consume and ask yourself a few questions. Is this safe for my home and the people around me? Is it non-toxic? Does it fit into my lifestyle?

Do what works best for you and your family!

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How to Declutter a Room in 4 Easy Steps

As each day goes on, mail, paperwork, dishes, boxes, toys, clothes, you name it is bound to pile up! No matter how organized you are, clutter is more than likely to creep at least one room in your home eventually, there’s no preventing it. Sometimes, life gets so busy, that we don’t actually realize we have clutter building up in the next room. We’ve all been there. 

  Clutter is one of my least favorite things ever. I can even remember as a child, I would take apart my room and declutter my toys and books at least once a year! It’s just always bugged me. As an adult, I’m realizing that yes, it gets harder to not build up clutter, but it doesn’t have to be hard to sort through it. I’m also finding ways to limit clutter each and every day. Here are my 4 tips when you have a clutter filled room: 

  1. Spread things out and sort through them. It’s so much easier when things are displayed right in front of you. If you can’t get to everything at once, work in sections. When you’re sorting, have 3 bins available: 1 for trash or donations, 1 to keep, and 1 to come back later. This way, at least you’ll get rid of all the trash first, leaving it easier to sort through the next round. My favorite affordable organizing bins are linked here – you can use them for practically anything
  2. When I’m deciding if I want to keep something, I like to use a little trick that I heard from a friend, “If it doesn’t bring you joy, toss it”. Say you have a sweater that you never wear because it doesn’t fit you exactly the way you’d like, but you keep it anyway because it’s your absolute favorite color. I would consider this a “toss” or “donate” item. When you wear that sweater, you won’t feel joy wearing it because you don’t exactly like the way it fits. This can go for non-clothes items also like statues, pictures, toys, books. If you’re keeping something that you’ll probably never use, display, or enjoy looking at then it’s simply taking up space!

3. Round 2 Sorting – First, start with your “keep” bin. If there’s too many items in there, go through them a second time and ask your self “When will I use this next?” If it isn’t in the next 6-12 months, I’d toss it!  Do the same with the “come back later” bin. 

4. Now that you have chosen the items that mean the most to you, it’s time to organize! Think about how the clutter got there in the first place. Was it mail piling up on the kitchen counter, or just toys and clothes piling up from the past year? Whatever it is, designate it to a new destination! For the mail, put a small basket on the side table near the front door, or hang a tiny shelf on the wall by the coat rack. Cubby or Drawer organizers work great for toys and clothes. Find what works best for your family and make it a habit to put things where they go.

One simple step each day can lead to a simpler (and not so cluttered) life, which leads to more family time and less stress for you!

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