*this post did not transfer either, so I am reposting it from September 2011.
You’re all probably aware by now that I am a Shaklee Distributor and to say I love it would be an understatement!
It saves me so much money, time, and space! And let’s face it, who can’t use more of those three things?
Today I thought I’d take a li’l break from the Cutting Cost at Home Series to share with you my recent bout of cleaning out my cleaners to get clean! And oddly enough, just today the Huffington Post posted an article about this very thing! Warning: there are a LOT of pictures!
Here are a few staggering facts that made me do this:
FACT: The average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year
FACT: The following household cleaning products are designated as household hazardous waste by the EPA, and “improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health”: Oven cleaners, Drain cleaners, Wood/metal cleaners and polishes, Toilet cleaners, Tub/tile/shower cleaners, Bleach
FACT: Chlorine Bleach is the chemical most frequently involved in household poisonings in the U.S., Degreasers may contain petroleum distillates, which can damage lung tissues and dissolve fatty tissue around nerve cells, Glass Cleaners may contain ammonia. Ammonia fumes can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system, Oven Cleaners can be one of the most dangerous cleaning products, which can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth, and throat, Toilet Bowl Cleaners can be extremely dangerous cleaning products, which can be harmful just by breathing the fumes—and fatal if swallowed
FACT: 81,000 CHEMICALS REGISTERED WITH THE EPA IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, and fewer than 20% have been tested for toxicity!
FACT: Asthma rates in children under age five have increased more than 160% from 1980-1994. Common household cleaners can potentially increase the risk of children developing asthma
FACT: 90% of all poison exposures occur at home. In 2005, 218,316 reported poison exposures were from household cleaning products
Now, here are some before’s of under my skanky (and leaky at the time) kitchen sink.
And at a fraction of the cost of what I was previously paying! Seriously, I can make a gallon of a general purpose cleaner with Basic H for only 21 cents!!! 21 CENTS!!! A gallon of Seventh Generation general purpose solution costs $21.96 and 409 Original and Fantastic costs $11.16 a gallon. I can also make a gallon of window cleaner with Basic H for LESS than 1 cent!!! Windex cost $12.56 a gallon and Seventh Generation costs $21.96.
Now I also have empty baskets and plenty of extra space beneath all of my sinks! And, I don’t have to go out buying products, they come straight to my door! And on auto ship I save an additional 10%!
Now it is your turn, take out all of the chemicals in your house and replace them with safer products for our children. Start with the Get Clean Starter Kit like I did and help spread the word to make your home and our planet safer for our children!
If you want to know what kind of toxic chemicals are in your cleaners visit this site.
If you’d like to get clean, you can do your part in purchasing your own kit! Don’t forget, if you’re not ready to become a member just yet, Domestically Speaking is sharing her Member Discount so you can make your first purchase receiving member pricing before paying for a membership! Use her link here.
I really hope you’ll research what’s beneath your kitchen sink. I think you’ll be shocked to find cancer causing carcinogens and other awful hazardous toxic chemicals.