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Ahhh, the look … the feel … the joy of a clean house. What more could a busy mom ask for? Not having to work to get it! We all want a clean house; but few of us have the time to create the neat and tidy abode of our dreams. What if it was possible to have the clean house you want without spending hours scrubbing and shining?
Perfect for the ultra-busy mom who doesn’t have enough time in her day to get everything done; these tips are designed to make your home shine without breaking a sweat. The best part is that we have it all sorted for you in this handy document you can download for free. Get your 25 Quick & Easy Tips here.
Your in-laws are set to arrive any minute and those dinner dishes are still cluttering your sink. Use this tip to fake a clean kitchen and make your guests believe that you cleaned up before their arrival:
This simple trick gives the appearance of a freshly washed sink full of dishes waiting to be dried and put away.
Who has time to scrub a grimy oven? Baked on grease doesn’t just look nasty, it can harbor bacteria that can make your family sick. Give your oven the TLC it deserves without all of the scrubbing.
Everything has a place and everything in its place. This is the mantra of the organized housewife. Now let’s get real. All of those pretty baskets, stylish containers and other organizational tools beckoning you from store shelves look great, but are they practical? Busy moms don’t have time to micro-organize their household. They need to find a place for things fast – and find them again faster. Does that mean forgoing a tidy home? Not at all. One great tip for keeping the clutter in your home looking under control is learning the art of purposeful stacking.
The idea is to stack items in a way that looks purposeful so they add to your style and not your clutter.
Laundry day seems to drag on forever. Cut this chore-time by half simply by boycotting folding. What! Wear wrinkled clothes? Of course not. Put everything you can on hangers instead. It makes laundry day go faster and keeps clothes neat and organized.
It’s that easy. What previously took an hour to fold and put away now takes mere minutes. If you want more tips on how to get laundry done in under an hour a week, Getting through your laundry in under an hour a week
Tired of dog and cat hair all over your furniture? Lint brushes take too much time and energy – plus they often leave behind hair. Try this trick instead:
This method is fast and easy and picks up more pet hair then you can imagine, leaving your furniture hairless.
Stains are inevitable in a busy household. Kids make messes and those messes end up on their clothes. For many moms, laundry begins with a time consuming regiment of pre-treating individual stains. Stop wasting time on this extra laundry step. Use a Bleach Alternative to do your pre-treating. It’s is a safe and effective way to rid your clothes of those stains without the extra work.
Here’s how it works
Keep your house clean and your family safe from germs with this easy clean-up tip: disinfectant wipes.
Keep a package within easy reach to add an extra sparkle of clean to your home. Use them to:
Eco Tip: Grab a towel and a naturally-derived all-purpose spray for the same kind of clean. You can just as easily stash these around your house too, making a quick clean up a breeze.
Floors can get messy quickly; especially with little feet dragging in dirt and grime. One way to keep your floors looking fresh and clean is to keep a broom, a small dust pan or even a dustbuster nearby and sweep your way out of the room when you leave.
It takes only a few minutes and you can be confident when you leave the room that it is clean.
Nobody wants to spend an entire day cleaning the house. Maybe you don’t need to. Instead try to be consistent on a daily basis by tackling some small job every day. Prep cleaning can help you avoid some jobs on cleaning day and make other jobs much easier – and quicker to finish. This is especially true in the bathroom and kitchen.
By keeping dirt from building up, cleaning day will be a breeze.
The same is true for the kitchen.
Paper towels create waste and they are expensive. Plus, you can never put your hands on one when you need it. Instead, buy a stash of microfiber or organic cotton towels and find a place to keep one in every room. They are not only reusable, but they help trap dust and dirt and can be used virtually anywhere.
Here are a few ways to make these towels look like they belong:
There is only one way to control clutter – purge on a regular basis.
By taking a few minutes every week to purge your house of unwanted items, you not only can keep it looking less cluttered, but you can alleviate the time consuming (and sometime painful) job of clearing out a lot of items at once. Regular purging helps keep us from becoming overly attached to items we should no longer hang on to, and can make the entire process of decluttering easier for everyone.
It is no secret that kids and pets can stink up a house. From sweaty sports equipment to that dirty stuffed animal left out in the rain, it can sometimes seem impossible to keep up with your home’s uglier odors. If you want to help your home smell great, consider investing in an automatic air freshener. You can find them at your local department store. They simply plug into the wall (you can buy new scents periodically to replace older ones), and work automatically depending on the type you choose.
No one really enjoys doing the laundry. It is cumbersome and time consuming. Plus it can be downright boring. The trick to getting through laundry day is to make the process as quick and easy as possible.
Pro Tip: Do you use liquid filled pods, especially if you have young children of your own, or those that visit. Liquid pods are often colorful and look like candy. If ingested they are very dangerous. Consumer Reports is no longer recommending these types of pods. Instead, look for a powder filled pod. Learn more about the latest Consumer Report warning.
Take a look at your family’s habits and see what chores need to be handled on a daily, weekly, monthly, annually and even yearly schedule. Type up the schedule so everyone can see what chores need to be taken care of.
Some people actually schedule time to tackle infrequent jobs like washing windows and power washing the siding. This allows you to see what jobs are coming up and how it fits into your family’s busy lifestyle. By creating a plan you can better utilize your cleaning time and keep your house looking fresh no matter how hectic your life becomes.
Although those big cleaning jobs can be broken down throughout the week, there always seems to be more on your to-do list than you can accomplish.
There’s no need to spend the money (or time) to buy and use multiple cleaning products. Opt for an all-purpose cleaner instead. Why? Because they help you to:
Grab Green offers their own eco-responsible all purpose cleaner that is perfect for every room of the house. Here are a few more benefits:
While daily cleaning chores can usually be done with a basic arsenal of supplies ( wipes or a good all-purpose spray), more in-depth cleaning (as in cleaning day) will require more tools to get the job done thoroughly. Being able to clean quickly (and without a lot of effort) requires having the right toolbox full of supplies. Be sure to keep a supply of the following for quick retrieval:
Keep a list of supplies on hand so that when it is time to reorder, you can simply go down your list to see what you need. Keeping your house clean requires having the light tools and supplies at the ready – so that you can tackle whatever mess or job comes your way.
Kids have toys — lots and lots of toys. And those toys tend to make it to every corner of the house. Any parent who has stepped on a Lego in the middle of the night in bare feet or tripped over a forgotten teacup left in the hallway knows how frustrating the clutter of toys can be. So how can you take back your house and keep that toy clutter under control?
Toys can get pretty gross. Throw those non-battery operated toys into a laundry bag and give them a good wash in your washing machine. This super speedy tip keeps germs at bay.
Pro tip: if your child has allergies, use a fragrance free laundry detergent. If not then use a detergent with essential oils and naturally derived ingredients. My fave is Vetiver. It leaves such a warm cozy smell.
If you’re on the phone, use headphones and tuck your phone into a pocket so you can move around. You can do mindless tasks like fold laundry, hang clothes, load or unload the dishwasher, sweep, put away toys back into bins and even make dinner. My favorite thing is listen to podcasts as I do housework. I catch up on the news and listen to podcasts in my industry so I can stay up to date.
Okay, this isn’t a cleaning tip, but I couldn’t resist. If you struggle to come up with healthy and interesting dinners each and every night seek out a service that delivers the ingredients and recipes straight to your door every week. Yes, you still have to prepare dinner, but you don’t have to shop for the ingredients and more importantly you don’t have to stress about cobbling together a dinner at the last minute. I’ve been using a service called My Food Bag for about a year and it’s brilliant. We have never eaten so well and I don’t feel like a total loser as I’m still preparing the meal and I know exactly what goes in it.
Make sure that anyone who comes into your home take off their shoes at the front door. This keeps dirt, allergens and other pollutants OUTSIDE your house, not in it. This is especially helpful for people who have allergies.
I know, this sounds like a miserable chore, but there are little pods you can simply drop in your garbage disposal, and literally, job done. Another awesome thing is these Garbage Disposal Fresheners are non-toxic and smell *really* good.
If you have a nanny or are looking to get one, ask if they mind doing light housework when baby is asleep or kids are doing homework. This has been a HUGE help for me as I work a full time job. The nanny doesn’t have time to do everything but mine doesn’t mind doing laundry or other mindless tasks– refer to #20 above. Those are the types of things you can ask a nanny to do.
What is that black stuff at the bottom of my shower? Ummm… I hate to tell you but that’s mold! Because I really don’t like taking time out to clean, I multi task as I shower! I put an old toothbrush in my shower. Now, as I am enjoying the warm cascade of water, I also take a minute to brush away the mold and mildew. Since I do this every third day, I don’t need any special products; Just a quick brush here and there and I’m good to go.
Keeping your home looking great doesn’t have to be overwhelming and it does not have to take over your life. These cleaning tips for working & busy moms can be done on a regular basis or only periodically to keep things from piling up and stressing you out. Reread this list of secrets to a clean house from time to time to remind yourself how busy moms like you can keep ahead of the dirt and have the clean house they dream of.
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Millions of people live with allergies, but many of them have no idea what is causing the runny noses, watery eyes, wheezing and asthma symptoms. They have no idea it’s their fur baby that’s making them sick. Others know they have pet allergies but aren’t willing to give away a family member. And yet others discover they are allergic to their new puppy, after the puppy is brought home.
Today, I’m going to show you how you can live sneeze-free with your dog!
While there is no magical pet allergy cure, it certainly is possible to minimize allergies to your dog. If you’re allergic (or suspect you are) you should know that you can still live with your dog. I’ve had allergies since I was little girl. I’m allergic to dogs, cats, peanuts and all tree nuts, yet amazingly I’ve had a dog in my presence literally my entire life.
Learn the 20 things you can do today to reduce your dog allergies forever!
#1 Fewer Dog Kisses = Fewer Symptoms
One of the most common household allergens (behind the dust mite) is pet allergen. It’s a common misconception that people are allergic to the skin or fur (dog dander) of their dog. It’s just not true! There are proteins in your dog’s saliva (such as Can f1 and Can f2) that are a major source of allergic reactions. These proteins are found in dog urine as well. Every time your dog licks itself, little bits of these proteins are carried by the saliva onto your dog’s skin and fur. The saliva dries up and flakes off into tiny particles. These particles stick to everything, including your dog’s skin and fur and everything in your home.
Those kisses are sweet, but they are loaded with the very allergen that makes you sick. If you love your dog and are allergic to your dog, don’t let it kiss you.
#2 Feed oils rich in essential fats to Reduce Dry Skin
Make sure your dog gets a diet rich in essential fats. These will work to keep your dog’s skin in top condition. Since that skin gets coated in the allergy-causing saliva on a regular basis, you want to make sure it stays on the dog as long as possible. If the skin is on the dog, you aren’t going to inhale it. Your dog needs a diet high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
It’s a change that will benefit both of you.
#3 Clean Dog Toys to Wash Away Allergens
Dogs play with toys. Dogs carry toys in their mouths. Dog’s mouths are full of saliva. The saliva is full of the allergy-causing proteins. Do you see the problem? To reduce your exposure to these allergens make sure you wash your dog’s toys on a regular basis.
#4 Establish a No Dog Zone for Allergy Recovery
Your bed is comfy, cozy, and full of fibers just waiting to grab onto that dog allergen and never let go. Sleep is a time for your body to rest and recover from the day’s stresses and exposures to chemical and biologic bug-a-boos. If you have allergies, this time is crucial to maintaining your immune system. If you are allergic to your dog, you can’t afford to spend 6 to 8 hours with a continued exposure while you sleep.
#5 Wash Dog Bedding to Remove Allergens
Your dog’s bed is a hotbed of your dog’s allergen. Your dog grooms itself on its bed, spreading the allergen from mouth to skin and fur. Your dog sheds that allergen, skin, and fur all over their bed.
#6 Keep Linens Clean for Best Sleep Yet
If you love your dog, you will keep your bedding washed as well. No matter how careful you are, you are going to get your beloved’s allergen on your hair and clothes. Anything on your hair or clothes is going to end up in your bed. Even if you keep your dog out of your bedroom, allergens will hitch a ride in.
#7 Know When to Wash Your Dog
How frequently you wash your dog depends on the breed of your dog and where and how your dog is active. Inside dogs need less washing; outside dogs need more washing. You have to strike a delicate balance between keeping the allergen level down without drying out the dog’s skin (which makes it flake more) or affecting the pH level (also promotes flaky skin). From the dog’s point of view, a vet will tell you that it isn’t necessary to wash your dog more than once a month. From your point of view, an allergist will tell you to wash your dog once a week. It is up to you to figure out which works best for you and your dog. Every situation is unique.
#8 Benefits of Brushing
At a minimum, you should brush your dog once a week. For some dogs and their owner’s brushing is a bonding experience. It feels good and works to remove allergen stuck to the fur.
#9 Air Cleaners – The Right One is Awesome – The Wrong One is a Waste
You can keep hard surfaces clean. You can keep the dog clean. But inevitably small allergen particles will escape and become airborne. Catch them before they get to you by running an air cleaner in the room you and the dog enjoy together.
#10 Clean Without Spreading Allergens
If you can’t manage to keep things clean, hire a maid. Those little dried up allergen particles stick to everything. That is why it is important to clean at least weekly. It is also important to clean properly. Much of what we call “cleaning” is just tossing settled dust and allergens back into the air.
#11 Over the Counter Allergy Medication
Although I don’t like taking medications, it’s often a quick solution. Certain antihistamines really help to reduce sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes associated with allergens. Benadryl is effective, but the problem is that it makes you sleepy. A better choice for daytime is anything containing cetrizine. A common brand is Zyrtec.
#12 Avoid Fiber Surfaces for Better Health
If you have allergies of any type, always pick hard surfaces over fiber surfaces. Fiber surfaces catch allergens and cannot be cleaned without washing. If you have carpet, it is a magnet for allergens. Also, you can’t clean carpet. You can spend money on carpet cleaning, but you will never get carpet clean and allergy-free, no matter how much you spend.
#13 Vacuum with the Right HEPA Vac
It is important to vacuum regularly. However, if you don’t use a vacuum with a HEPA filter you are just taking settled allergens and making them airborne. You are actually decreasing the air quality.
#14 Rev Up your Immune System
Your dog allergy is caused by a defect in your immune system. It has problems telling the difference between harmless proteins and disease causing germs. Your immune system is constantly battling enemies that don’t exist. So make sure your immune system is ready when the bad guys do show up. If these sound like the things your Mom would tell you to do, then Mom was right.
#15 Ask your doctor about Immunotherapy
When I was a child I was allergic to everything from dogs and cats to peanuts. When I was about six I started Immunotherapy (although in those days they were simply called allergy shots). At first I got shots every few days, then it went to once a week, once a month and after a few years it was no longer necessary.
Although it is a time commitment as the shots go on for years, it was the best thing I could have ever done for my severe allergies. It enabled me to live a normal life, mostly allergy free. While I still can’t eat peanuts, I have been a dog owner my entire life, and I do anything and everything any healthy non-allergy prone person would do. One caveat: since this treatment is not immediate, you will still need to practice many of the treatments in this article if you want to live sneeze-free with your dog.
Borrowing language from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, “Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis (eye allergy) or stinging insect allergy. Allergy shots decrease sensitivity to allergens and often leads to lasting relief of allergy symptoms even after treatment is stopped. This makes it a cost-effective, beneficial treatment approach for many people.”
All you need to do is make an appointment with an allergist, and he or she will guide you through the process. This is a very common and affordable treatment.
#16 Hand Washing Removes More than Dirt and Germs
Here’s another time that Mom was right. Since you will be washing frequently, you want to make sure that you don’t dry out your own skin or expose yourself to any harmful chemicals in the hand washing process. So use a gentle soap. Keep in mind that pesky protein that causes your symptoms and wash after every contact. This means:
#17 Play Outside to Avoid Spreading Allergens Inside
When weather permits, it is best to play with your dog outside. If you have carpet, roughhousing with your dog on the floor only stirs up more allergen. Dog toys are full of allergen. Playing indoors makes the allergen become airborne in the house.
That doesn’t mean you can’t ever play inside again, it does mean to be conscious of what you are doing.
#18 Neutralize Allergens with Denaturing Agents
What? Denaturing is the process by which the amino acids that make up proteins are restructured. If you’ve ever dropped a raw egg on a hot griddle and watched the white go from clear to opaque you’ve seen a protein being denatured. In addition to heat, alkaline and acid substances will denature proteins as well. There are denaturing sprays and liquids on the market. You won’t find them in the grocery store, but specialty stores like The Allergy Store and National Allergy Supply will carry them, usually as “allergy control” sprays. While no vet would recommend tossing your beloved pet on the hot griddle, but they have been recommending the denaturing agent Allerpet for Dogs for years.
#19 Dilute Allergens by Giving Your Dog a Drink
When your dog is not properly hydrated, the proteins in the saliva are concentrated. That means every dose is more concentrated. That means more allergen. Every pet owner knows to offer water. But most of them don’t know that this one simple step will help with pet allergies.
#20 Seat Covers Help You Breathe Easy When You Travel With Your Pet
Bet you never thought of your car as a place that dog allergens can collect. But it is. If your dog rides in the car, you need to reduce your allergen exposure there as well. Dog allergen can be blown about by the AC or an open window and stick to the headliner, flooring, and doors.
Any pet is a commitment of time and money. If you have pet allergies, it’s an even bigger commitment. If you are willing to put in the extra effort, it is possible to live comfortably with your pet and your pet allergies. Your fur baby will love you for it. If you have have any other tips or remedies that you use to help your pet allergies, please list them in the comments.
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You may have heard that Consumer Reports is no longer recommending liquid laundry pods. The brightly-colored, swirly designs look like irresistible candy to toddlers, resulting in over 6000 reports of children ingesting or inhaling the pods.
The good news is that when you use Grab Green’s Laundry or Dishwashing Detergent Pods you and your family are safer and don’t need to make a change. Grab Green’s non-toxic Pods are made with powder, NOT colorful liquids, and therefore less interesting to curious children. Consumer Reports has stated that powder pods, not liquid, are the recommended choice.
Also, liquid pods are more dangerous because:
A representative from Consumer Reports stated, “our new position doesn’t apply to laundry (or dishwasher) pods that contain powder, because injuries associated with them are less frequent and less severe.
Like all of Grab Green’s products, the Pods are made from naturally-derived, non-toxic ingredients so they are safer and gentler on you and the planet. Our powder detergent pods are the safe choice!
If you have children under 5 years old and use any of these products, Consumer Reports urges that you seek alternatives.
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Cleaning tends to fall near the bottom of the priority list– trust me. As a current college student, I’m usually more worried about my next midterm rather than tackling that three week marinara explosion in the microwave. For us college kids, it all comes down to time and resources. Luckily, it’s possible to please your parents during visits and your roommates during the week with household items and just a few seconds. Here are 17 cleaning hacks for college kids to keep your dorm or apartment fresh, tidy and clean!
1 | There are crumbs on the floor and you’ve got to run to your next class
Step One: Grab a lint roller
Step Two: Roll across dirty area. You’d be amazed how much you’ll pick up in just a few minutes. Who says you need a vacuum? You can even use Wet Dryer Sheets after they come out of your dryer.
2 | You’re running out of space in your section of the fridge
Step One: Get 1 or 2 binder clips
Step Two: Clip on a bar about a foot away from the edge of the fridge. Make sure the two metal pinches are facing out and not closed in.
Step Three: Stack your glass bottle beverages or cans in a pyramid fashion so that they’re pushing against the clip, but immobile. You just bought yourself some clean up time for later and a little extra space!
3 | Your dorm stinks and company is coming over
Step One: Tape a dryer sheet over your AC
Step Two: Run the fan or AC until the smelly dorm transforms into a fragrant wonderland
4 | Your load is still a little damp after a full dry cycle and you’ve got a date tonight
Step One: Drape damp clothing over a floor fan or ceiling fan. Don’t fold! Folding damp clothes ruins the material.
Step Two: Turn fan on a low speed until clothes are no longer damp. Avoid stinky situations by always making sure your clothes are nice and dry!
5 | The toilet bowl is losing its luster and visitors are starting to notice
Step One: Get a dryer sheet.
Step Two: Wipe the sheet along the rings around the toilet bowl like an eraser until it’s back to looking crisp and new.
6 | You had a wild night out and your carpet paid the price
Step One: Clean vomit with a paste made of baking soda and water
Step Two: Take a spatula or spoon, generously spread onto the affected area until it looks almost like frosting a cake.
Step Three: Let it dry overnight, or until it becomes a powdery consistency again.
Step Four: Vacuum it right up!
7 | Leftovers are lingering around your tupperware (even after handwashing)
Step One: Get rid of gross residue on your plastic tupperware by soaking the container in warm water and automatic dishwashing detergent.
Step Two: Drop in a Grab Green Auto Dish pod – in any glorious scent of your choosing. Grab Green Automatic Dishwashing Detergent pods are designed to thoroughly clean your dishes with only naturally-derived and nontoxic ingredients. It’s a simple and guilt-free way to clean.
Step Three: Soak for an hour and revel in the kind of cleanliness you haven’t seen in a long, long time.
8 | Clean the wooden cabinets before parents’ weekend
Step One: It’s important to clean every nook and cranny when your parents come to town. Clean wooden cabinets with a concoction of baking soda and vegetable oil in a bowl.
Step Two: Grab an old toothbrush
Step Three: Dip an old toothbrush in your concoction and scrub your kitchen cabinets with it. Not only will it remove gunk, but it will make the wood look less worn.
9 | The microwave has seen one too many food explosions
Step One: place a bowl with water and vinegar in your microwave
Step Two: run the microwave for about ten minutes until the water evaporates. This will soften all the food remnants.
Step Three: swipe away leftover marinara with one swift stroke!
10 | Stop spending on Swiffer cloths
Instead of paying money to replace your Swiffer cloth, clip a towel or washcloth and use that. Save time and money!
11 | It’s your turn to dust the apartment, but where is the feather duster?
Need to dust your shades? Slide your hand in an old sock and dust through the shades you’re in and out in seconds.
Use coffee filters to clean TVs, monitors and other screens. A regular coffee filter can pick up dust and dirt that a towel can’t.
What about your computer keyboard? Use an old toothbrush to clean out your keyboard. Those bristles will get in the hard-to-reach areas, keeping your laptop in tip-top shape.
12 | It’s moveout day and your faucets are caked with gross build up. You need your security deposit back.
Step One: Get a lemon
Step Two: Cut lemon in half and rub the juicy part against the stains until they disappear. It’s like citrus magic.
13 | There’s a hair pile-up on the carpet and your roommate won’t chip in to buy a vacuum
Step One: Grab your shower squeegee
Step Two: Run the rubber side along the carpet. You’d be surprised how much that little strip of rubber can pick up!
14 | Your makeup brushes haven’t been cleaned since you moved in
Step One: Get a bottle of baby shampoo.
Step Two: Place over a paper towel to dry and avoid molding. It’s the gentle and nontoxic solution your brushes need.
15 | The shower head is begging to be cleaned
Put a plastic bag filled with vinegar over your shower head to remove stains.
16 | Your dirty blender is leaving your smoothies not-so-sweet
Step One: grab some dish soap
Step Two: Fill blender with warm water and a few pumps of dish soap. We recommend a bit of Grab Green Dish Soap, filled with essential oils like juniperus virginiana, thyme, sage and fig leaf.
Step Three: turn the blender on and let the blender clean itself!
17 | You’re going out tonight but your outfit is still in the dryer
Step One: Get a dry towel
Step Two: Throw the dry towel in with the load of wet clothes
Step Three: The dry towel works to absorb the excess moisture, and cuts your laundry time in half.
My hands were addicted to soap and my skin was paying the price! Yes, you heard me right – my hands were addicted to hand soap. Now, I am not talking about having a need to get my “soap fix” every day. But my skin had become so accustomed to the ingredients found in general hand cleaners that when I switched brands (or even fragrances), my skin would become irritated and painful. Of course I would think I was allergic to some ingredient in the new soap and switch back. Little did I realize that the soaps I was using were laced with chemicals that my skin was becoming addicted to.
Was my family experiencing this too?
Complaining to my dermatologist about my sore, cracked and irritated hands, she explained the phenomenon and suggested that I try some more natural soap products. That made me wonder if the rest of my family was experiencing any unusual side effects from our hand cleaners.
That’s when I realized that almost all of us were suffering with some sort of soap problem. My husband mentioned that his hands never really felt clean; my kids complained about the bathroom soap making them feel “sticky” (and resulted in them “forgetting” to wash their hands after using the potty); and during the cold winter months I noticed an increase of dry, cracked, and peeling skin on everyone in the house. The evidence was clear: our soap was actually hurting us. I needed to make a change in order to keep my family healthy.
So I did the research! You won’t believe what I found.
So, I logged onto my computer and began researching traditional hand and body soaps. What I learned was fascinating – and terrifying! The soaps I was using to keep my family clean and healthy contained all kinds of toxic ingredients that I learned should never be absorbed into the body. These chemicals can dry out your skin and some people are even allergic to them, which causes hives or other irritation. Some brands even contain ingredients that your hands get “addicted to.” Stop using the soap for a day or two and your skin flares up and gets mad at you. It can become irritated or dry because its needs those chemicals.
My research was sobering. The soap I thought was helping to clean off my kids’ dirt and grime (and keeping them from getting sick), was actually hurting them. It was time to get rid of those chemicals and start giving my family natural ingredients that would help heal their damaged skin and keep those dirty kid hands clean.
Luckily I found Grab Green!
I mentioned what I had learned to a friend and she told me about the eco-responsible ingredients in Grab Green products. One quick look and I fell in love with the company’s product line of eco conscious, non-toxic soaps. With a few clicks of the mouse I had placed my order and anxiously waited for my new family-friendly soaps to arrive.
It didn’t take long for my entire family to comment on our new hand soaps. It was almost miracle how just a few ingredient changes completely turned around my family’s skin health. They made my family love the feel of their skin and we all said goodbye to dry and peeling hands, even in the winter!
So what makes green soaps different from regular hand soaps? The biggest difference is that they are void of the artificial and chemical ingredients found in traditional soaps products. Some people may worry that taking out those ingredients will take away the soap’s effectiveness. The reality is that more natural ingredients work juts as well; and often better.
Here’s another benefit I discovered: natural soaps aren’t more expensive. As a matter of fact when I factored in the cost of hand creams, moisturizers and other healing products I need when using those chemical-laden products, my new soaps were even cheaper.
Looking for an affordable, eco responsible brand to buy your hand soap from? Grab Green offers three unique, natural scents to choose from; along with a fragrance free option for those who may have sensitive skin. Made with natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals, and moisturizing aloe; the Grab Green hand soaps are the best way to keep your family’s skin healthy and promote a happier earth. Interested? You should be!Read More »
It was a nightmare. My 5 year old ran into my bedroom crying, His skin hurt and he couldn’t stop itching. I pulled up his shirt. I was shocked! His back and chest were full of tiny red bumps. No wonder he was upset. I wanted to cry too. He looked like he was in pain and there was nothing I could do but call the pediatrician and see if I could bring him in. It took several days to get an appointment. During the wait the irritation spread from his chest and back to his legs and around his neck. It’s terrifying to not know what is wrong with your child and it is even more frightening to have the pediatrician look at you and say it was your fault.
Ok, they didn’t really SAY it was my fault, but that’s what I heard when she told me that my son had “The Rash.” The Rash? That sounded like a name out of horror story, but that really wasn’t what it was.
“The Rash,” is what is referred to as the allergic reaction to traditional laundry detergent. My choice of laundry detergent is what had my son writhing in agony. That diagnosis felt like a punch in my gut. I had been unknowingly putting my son in clothes every day that he was allergic to! How could I not feel bad?
The pediatrician told me that an allergy to laundry detergent is really very common. Sometimes it’s very mild, such as a few red bumps or some itching between the thighs and on the back. Or, it can be severe, just like my son had it; an explosion of red bumps and itchy irritation, something no little kid wants to go through. It all stems from the artificial scents, dyes, and chemicals in traditional laundry detergent. These chemicals and dyes are not gentle on the skin. In fact, they can be extreme irritants that break out and dry out the skin they come in contact with. Some of the most sensitive parts of your body can be seriously irritated by traditional laundry detergents – sometimes even impacting your health.
My pediatrician suggested that I try a more natural solution and she recommended trying Grab Green Laundry Pods. The 3 in 1 pods come in four fragrances and also fragrance free, for those with more sensitive skin. Being premeasured, anyone in the house can do laundry without the worry of over using the product. That was great side benefit since it also allowed me to teach my older kids how to do laundry without my worrying about a big mess.
The Grab Green Laundry Pods are perfect for the person who wants to live a green lifestyle while making their laundry day both healthier and simpler. The pods are non-toxic, made with natural ingredients, and are safe for HE machines. Free of Phosphates, dyes, and chlorine; this is a wonderful option for those struggling with a detergent allergy; or who just wants to make their home healthier.
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There’s nothing more frustrating than taking out your favorite Nordstrom tank-top from the closet to discover wrinkles, stretches and general wear and tear. Let’s face it, you don’t always have time to iron before heading out. Store your clothes properly and take care of your garments now so you won’t have to do damage control later. Learning what to hang and what to fold is easy:
Fold: Jeans are made from rugged material and should be folded in your drawer without the worry of wrinkling or shape distortion. Go ahead, fold ‘em up!
Cotton shirts and blouses
Hang: Cotton shirts and blouses will stay virtually wrinkle-free when hung on hangers. No need to stress over the shoulders of your favorite cotton tee stretching out over the hanger.
Hang: Linens store perfect on a hanger in the closet. No wrinkles, no worries.
Silks and satin tops
Hang: Silks and delicate fabrics like satin, velvet, chiffon and taffeta crush easily, so they should be neatly and smoothly hung in the closet. Folding them may cause the shirt to fold in odd areas against more rugged clothes. Better to hang silks and satins to avoid the trouble!
Knitwear and sweaters
Fold: We love our knitwear and sweaters for their perfect, cozy fit. However, hanging them after you’ve done the laundry may cause them to stretch out and lose that wonderful shape. Instead, neatly fold them away.
Outdoor jackets, overcoats, suit jackets, blazers
Hang: Like jeans, outdoor jackets and blazers are durable enough to handle a hanger. Try curved suit hangers to help maintain the shape.
Hang: Hang your fun skirts on the special hangers with movable slips to prevent wrinkling in the wrong places.
Fold: Whether you’re putting away an ornamented evening gown or a flowing maxi dress, it’s best to fold it until your next wear. The weight of long dresses naturally hang low and pull the straps, stretching and wearing them out. So, fold it neatly in a drawer!
Hang: Trousers tend to wrinkle easily, so hanging them saves you from an unnecessary ironing session.
Fold: They’re durable and made of rougher material. They can handle a neat fold.
Ties and belts
Hang it: Keep ties and belts lasting as long as possible by simply hanging them over a hanger and storing them in the closet.
Go the extra mile: Grab Green Room and Air Freshener
I love giving my clothes an extra fresh boost after laundry by a light spritz of Grab Green Room and Fabric Freshener. Choose between yummy scents like Immortelle with Jasmine, Vetiver or Lavender with Vanilla, gently spray over clothes in your closet or draw, and enjoy a natural, long-lasting scent on your next use.
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Laundry pods sometimes get a bad reputation. Issues surrounding dissolvability in different water types (soft vs. hard) and different temperatures (cold vs. warm) are enough for us to say forget it – hand over the liquid. Don’t make the switch just yet. Laundry pods are time efficient – they’re perfectly proportioned for you to throw and go – and if you choose the right brand (like Grab Green), they’re totally eco-responsible. Are your laundry pods not dissolving? Here are 6 steps on how to use laundry pods so that they dissolve properly and you get the most out of each one!
1 | Choose the right brand
The first step, and maybe the most important, is choosing a brand that’s reliable. This means the pod must provide an effective, safe and thorough clean. Grab Green has a new and improved formula that allows the pod to dissolve in all types of water – cold, warm, soft and hard! They’re also comprised of a 3-in-1 formula that is a superior detergent, remarkable stain remover, and beautiful brightener! All while being eco-responsible, and made of naturally-derived, plant and mineral based ingredients. That’s a solution we can all get behind.
2 | Place pod in the wash
Next, place the pod directly into the washer drum before putting your clothes in the wash. You can also put it in the detergent dispenser on the powder side, but don’t throw the pod directly into the wash mixed with the whole load. This runs the risk of the pods getting lost in a pair of jeans or stuck in a sock and not dissolving properly.
3 | Use the correct amount
Always make sure you are using the correct amount. If you’re using Grab Green, one pod can tackle a small to medium size load and two pods can conquer a large load. Laundry just got easier.
4 | Don’t over-stuff
It’s tempting to turn two loads into one by jamming it all in there, but over-stuffing spreads your washing machine thin. Get the most out of your pod (and go easy on your washing machine!) by not stuffing too many clothes in a load.
5 | Choose the right setting
Then, choose the right setting for your clothing (hot, cold, delicate, heavy duty … etc.) Pods can dissolve in both warm and cold water, but if your cold water setting is too cold, you may need to choose a different setting. Sometimes, pods have a difficult time dissolving under extremely cold water.
6 | Start your machine
Lastly, start your machines! Enjoy a clean and thorough wash.
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