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Category: Amway, Cleaning, Green Home, Home, Home Cleaning, LOC, Legacy of Clean, Spring Cleaning, Uncategorized

By Pat Johnson

One of my fave cleaning tools have always been microfiber cloths. No tossing out one-use paper towels for this gal – nope, I’d rather clean with something I can toss in the wash and reuse a million times.

So I couldn’t have been happier to try out Amway’s new Legacy of Clean™ Microfiber Cloths. After all, if these babies live up to that famous Legacy of Clean tradition of quality, I’ll be a fan for life.

The minute I received these Microfiber Cloths, I put ‘em to the test. Right away, I noticed the Legacy of Clean difference: One side is soft ‘n plush, and the other has gentle channels.

The plush side easily trapped every bit of dust and dirt from my countertops and all my furniture surfaces. One quick swipe and the coffee table, dresser, armoire, and kitchen table were spotless and dust-free!

The other side has this cool channel feature especially made to remove fingerprints, grime and grunge from windows and mirrors. I sprayed this side with a little Legacy of Clean Glass Cleaner, wiped as usual, and my mirrors seriously sparkled.

Of course, one Microfiber Cloth from the pack of three lives in my car, to keep the windshield streak-free. It’s also super-handy for “erasing” those doggie prints on the backseat windows from when Makena goes for a ride.

Legacy of Clean Microfiber Cloths really are the PLANET POSITIVE alternative to paper towels, because they’re machine washable and last for years.

The verdict is in, and I’m now official Head Fan Girl of the Legacy of Clean Microfiber Cloths Fan Club.

Want to join me? Share your experiences using these miracle cleaning cloths!

The urge to hibernate – and cook!

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Category: Cleaning, Cooking, Legacy of Clean, Recipe, iCook® Cookware

By: Pat Johnson

It’s finally happened. We knew we couldn’t go the entire month of January without a major snowstorm here in Michigan. So, after a few weeks of record high temperatures, we’re getting a real “snow event” – at least, that’s what the weather forecasters call it.

I call it “hibernation time.” Time to hunker down and make a big batch of “Pat’s Lazy Chili.” Aside from the ground beef, everything’s probably already in your pantry. The recipe couldn’t be easier – made even more so when you cook with Amway’s iCook® Cookware.

I have a lot of reasons to love iCook Cookware, but when I’m making “Pat’s Lazy Chili,” my number-one reason is it cleans up so easily.

Just a quick swipe with Amway’s Legacy of Clean™ Dish Drops® Concentrated Dish Liquid and my iCook Cookware looks good as new. Considering my cookware is many years old, that says a lot.

Back to the chili recipe. After all, the snow’s starting to fall!

Pat’s lazy chili

Brown 1½ of ground beef in the 12-in. iCook Nonstick Frypan. Drain and use a paper towel to absorb some of the fat.

In the 2-quart iCook Sauce Pan, simmer together:

1 can tomato sauce

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 can of diced tomatoes w/green chilies (I slice smaller to petite size)

I can of water -(I use this to rinse out and completely empty the above cans)

1 can dark kidney beans (drained)

1 can lite kidney beans (drained)

Add the browned ground beef and season to taste. I use about a tablespoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of cumin, and a little salt and pepper. My husband likes a dash or two of hot sauce as well.

How’s that for an easy-peasy recipe to warm your hearts (and stomachs!) on cold winter nights?

Like tonight, for instance. Mmmmm ….

A new year, a fresh start

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Category: Home, Legacy of Clean, Recipes

By: Pat Johnson

As a New Year stretches ahead of us, what are your goals? Think spiritual, physical, emotional, even financial … what do you want to accomplish during the coming year?

My husband and I are big on goal-setting. Back in the day, we’d actually have the kids state their New Year’s resolutions to us in a formal presentation. Admittedly, they thought we were nuts, but all these years later, I’m happy to report both our son and our daughter have set and achieved many, many goals throughout their lives.

This is also the time of year when I love to give the house a good once-over. But with two college-age kids, it’s almost impossible to keep all their things organized, and their rooms are in a constant state of storage and staging. My clever plan is to just keep their doors shut and pretend it doesn’t bother me.

Then I turn my attention to the other rooms in the house, and focus on clearing out clutter wherever I find it – trading our still-useful cast-offs into a tax-deductible donation to local charities.

As for New Year’s Eve itself, you’ll usually find us playing cribbage with my husband’s 84-years-young mom who’s probably sharper than either of us, especially at cards. And a dip in the hot tub is a must – if we can squeeze in next to all our kids’ friends for whom the tub is reason enough for an instant party any night, but especially on New Year’s Eve.

And if December 31, 2011 is anything like past years, we can count on finding several stow-away college kids sprawled on any available couch or recliner in the morning. At least we know they’re safe, right?

Of course, they all love my Zuppa Tuscana soup and Banana Nut bread, so I plan to a double batch of each because they’re easy to make ‘n serve.

Which brings me back to my original topic: The importance of setting and achieving goals. I think it makes us better people, better parents, better friends.

Goals can be simple: “Use only environmentally responsible cleaning products” (think Amway’s Legacy of Clean products). They can be complex: “Develop a plan for retirement.” Relatively easy: “Walk two miles a day, five days a week.’ Or a real challenge: “Increase my income by 10%.”

Whatever your goal for 2012 is, I encourage you to write it down and refer to it often, noting the progress you’re making as well as any struggles you’re experiencing along the way.

Come 2013, you’ll undoubtedly have achieved that goal – and many more!

My immediate goal? Start chopping veggies for Zuppa Tuscana. The kids will be here any minute!

Holiday gunk-buster

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Category: Amway, Holiday, Home Cleaning, LOC, Legacy of Clean

By: Pat Johnson

So Thanksgiving is over, the family’s long gone, your fave football team either won or lost – and there you are, stuck with the cleanup.

(OK, in all probability, you got the major stuff done over the weekend, but there’s still that caked-on, baked-on, unidentifiable “stuff” clinging to your stovetop, oven, sink, etc. – right?)

At our house, we get this kind of cleanup in less than 10 minutes, tops. I promise. And no, I don’t call in a cleaning service.

Instead, what I do is get out the Legacy of Clean™ Scrub Buds® Pads.

Yes, I talk about these little stainless steel miracles all the time. But every year during the holidays, I always end up depending on them even more.

Legacy of Clean Scrub Buds Pads

A Scrub Buds Pad makes short work of all those Thanksgiving leftovers you’d rather not eat. I’m talking stovetop gunk. Oven crud. Pie crust that’s stuck the pan. The turkey-roasting pan. Even that slightly slimy sink drain cup we sometimes forget to clean.

In short, all those Thanksgiving leftovers no one wants to eat!

After you’re finished cleaning, pop the Pad in the dishwasher and it’s good as new, ready to get to work again.

On the outdoor grill, for instance. If you’re like us, after Thanksgiving, you’re ready for a few simple meals on the grill.

Here in snowy Michigan, we use our grill all year long – even in blizzards. Before the weather gets seriously awful, and again mid-winter, I give the grill a serious cleaning.

This way, it’s always ready for a quick meal. We just shovel off the deck, give the grates a quick once-over with a Scrub Buds Pad, and the grill’s ready to fire up.

One more tip: Don’t bother trying to get your grill shiny-clean. You’ll lose all that deep-grilling flavor. Your goal should be to just get the big chunks off the grates. For once, perfection is not the goal!

And here’s a Scrub Buds holiday bonus: Leave these shiny, sparkly balls near the sink, and your family and friends might even think they’re Christmas ornaments!

Coming clean with flying colors

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Category: Amway, LOC, Laundry, Legacy of Clean, SA8

By: Pat Johnson

 

For my husband, the pilot, nothing beats a day flying. Honestly, I think if he had his druthers, he’d live in his airplane – a more-than-slightly-cramped space, as the picture shows. When he’s at the controls in the cockpit, he gets a look on his face that’s just pure bliss.

Here is a man who loves his work.

And, here is a magnet for the kind of grease and dirt you can only get when you’re checking an airplane over pre-flight.

Amway created our exclusive Classic Prewash Spray Spot Treatment just for people like my husband – or anyone who’s ever gotten lipstick or a drop of butter or a dab of salad dressing on a fave shirt (myself included).

They’re all essentially the same kind of stain: Greasy, oily, tough to remove.

Classic Prewash has solvents that break down grease and oil stains most spot treatments won’t touch – without scrubbing or soaking. The trick with greasy, oily dirt is to catch it right away, before the stained clothing is forgotten in the hamper for a week.

I just spritz it on my husband’s grease-stained shirts and pants, let it sit for a minute or two, then wash as usual in Legacy of Clean™ SA8®+BIOQUEST® Concentrated Detergent.

My other surefire tip? Sometimes, it takes a second time around. Grease is stubborn. It doesn’t give up easily. Kinda like some people I know …

So if you still see stains on that freshly washed shirt, go at ‘em again. Another spritz or two of Prewash Spray. Another round of SA8+BIOQUEST in the washer. That shirt – or whatever – usually comes out stain-free.

It’s a fact of life: My husband will always be a pilot. I’ll always wear lipstick. And we’ll both occasionally get greasy stains on our clothes.

No worries.

Amway laundry care products get those stains “up in the air” and out of our clothes like nothing else on earth!

See Spot Go.

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Category: Amway, Cleaning, LOC, Legacy of Clean

By: Pat Johnson

Do you ever feel as if your whole house has gone to the dogs? Me, too – especially now that the kids are in college, leaving only my husband and me to pick up after Makena, our golden retriever. Take a guess who’s the boss around here. (Hint: It’s not the humans.)

Adding to the fun, it’s been raining a lot lately. Makena’s newest trick is her “shake-shake-shake” dance. She comes in the house all wet, covered with who-knows-what, and the minute she hits the kitchen, let the dancing begin – splattering everything in sight: walls, cupboards, you name it. (Who knows? Maybe she thinks there’s a doggie version of “Dancing With The Stars.”)

Fortunately, clean-up is easy. I first rub her down using an old towel (I save ‘em just for this purpose). Then I spritz a little of Amway’s exclusive Legacy of Clean™ Kitchen All-Purpose Cleaner on a microfiber cloth to de-spotify the walls and cupboards.

If Makena’s coated in mud, we’ll give her a quick bath, using a little Legacy of Clean™ L.O.C. Muli-Purpose Cleaner in a tubful of water. It’s that safe and gentle, on her skin, on our hands, and on any washable surface.

Makena’s muddy paws often do a number on our floors, too. Here again, Legacy of Clean™ L.O.C. Muli-Purpose Cleaner  comes to the rescue. One capful in a bucket of warm water, a quick mopping, and the ceramic tile sparkles again. Same with vinyl or finished wood floors. I’ve even been known to pour just a teeny bit of undiluted Legacy of Clean™ L.O.C. Muli-Purpose Cleaner onto a microfiber cloth and rub out spots on the carpet. (Of course, I test it first in an inconspicuous place!)  (All Fabric Bleach also works as a carpet spot cleaner, but not sure if you want to use it here)

Trust me, if your house has gone “to the dogs” like ours has, you can see those spot(s) go, thanks to Legacy of Clean products!

Super Stains Hall of Fame

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Category: All-Fabric Bleach, Amway, Cleaning, Home, LOC, Laundry, Legacy of Clean, SA8, Tri-Zyme

By: Pat Johnson

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the products I felt deserved a “Best Product” award. Today, we’ll take a look at the opposite side of things: a couple of nominations for the “Super Stains” Hall of Fame. You know, those once-in-a-lifetime (or even once a week!) messes that go beyond your usual wipe-it-up or launder-as-usual methods.

Take, for instance, the simple act of nuking a bowl of chili in the microwave.

Too often, you can’t find the cover for the bowl and in two or three minutes’ heating time, you’ve got an explosion on your hands. Those beans, that tomato-y soup-y liquid, all stuck, seemingly permanently, on the oven walls. Talk about your tough messes!

No need for scrubbing with my go-to solution:

  • Fill a coffee cup with water, heat it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, then carefully remove it. The steam from the hot water helps loosen the chili chunks and bean bits.

Presto – your microwave looks like brand new again!

Next up are the “Super Stains,” Laundry Edition. My husband’s co-workers occasionally have him bring me favorite clothes with stains they call hopeless.

Hopeless? Not for this “Queen of Laundry”!

Once, someone sent an outfit to my husband, for example – via inter-office mail, mind you. She had already washed and dried the shirt and pants, but the chocolate stain remained on the front of both pieces, and was now officially set-in.

If there was ever a time for Amway’s exclusive Legacy of Clean laundry care products, this was it.

After soaking the outfit for several days in a concentrated mixture of Tri-Zyme® Concentrated Detergent Booster, All Fabric Bleach, and SA8®+BIOQUEST® Concentrated Detergent, the chocolate stain finally came out.

My husband inter-officed the clean outfit back to his co-worker, and my reputation as “Queen of Laundry” remains intact.

I’ve come to realize that my list of “Super Stains” changes all the time, depending on whether the kids are home or whatever our dog, Makena, has gotten into.

The one thing that never changes? How I make every one of those stains disappear, using Amway’s Legacy of Clean products!

The Dirt on Dirt

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Category: Amway, Cleaning, LOC, Legacy of Clean, Pool

By: Pat Johnson

We had our first frost here in Michigan last week, a sure sign that the cold weather can’t be too far behind.

Time to get out the sweaters and put away the swimsuits. Time to close the pool, stash the warm-weather toys. Time to tend to my poor garden that’s seen more than its share of neglect this summer. (Too busy packing and unpacking my kids to and from college and internships, I guess!)

Honestly, some of these beds are so over-grown, I might have to just start fresh and re-plant in the spring!

For the rest of ‘em, I’m digging and dividing and re-locating, all of which results in – you guessed it – a ton of dirt. On me, my tools, my nails – the works.

Enter Amway’s exclusive Legacy of Clean™ L.O.C. Multi-Purpose Cleaner. I rely on it to clean everything, yet it’s gentle enough to use on my hands. After all, I can’t show up to work with dirt under my nails, can I?

And get this: Our dog Makena insisted on one more dip in the pool as we were pulling the cover over it (the pool, not the dog!). She loves that chilly water so much! Trouble is, the water’s not exactly pristine this time of the year, so she, too, got a bath in my fave L.O.C. It gets her sweet-smelling again, and you should see her shiny coat!

After Makena took her last swim of the season, my husband got to work closing the pool. (Makena hates not having the pool at her disposal during the winter months!). In addition, we power washed our patio furniture, cleaned it using L.O.C. before we put the furniture away for the winter.

Now, if only we had an equally effective solution to keep Makena from trying to pull the cover off the pool in January!

Best in Show

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Category: Amway, Cleaning, Laundry, Legacy of Clean

By: Pat Johnson

This blog spotlights my own “Best Product” awards. Full disclosure: These aren’t real awards. No prizes are given out. Like Julie Andrews sang in The Sound of Music, “These are a few of my favorite things …”

So, these exclusive Amway products are my own personal faves – best in show, if you will. You’ll notice the first two have absolutely nothing to do with cleaning or laundry. Fact is, even this “Queen of Laundry” likes having nice-looking skin!

And now … drum roll please … Pat’s “Best Product” awards:

In the “high-performance skin care” category, I’ve nominated Artistry™ LuXury Creme LuXury. It’s entirely appropriate that we use the word “luxury” twice in the name. Honestly, my skin has never looked better since I started using this prestige skin care product.

In the “younger-looking skin” category, my pick is the Artistry Time Defiance® Skin Care System, including Cleansing Treatment, Conditioning Toner, Day Protect Creme, and Night Recovery Creme. This is my secret to younger-looking skin!

Now, you knew my “Best Product” awards couldn’t ignore cleaning, right?

So, my “best all-around cleaning product” award goes to Legacy of Clean™ L.O.C.® Multi-Purpose Towelettes. I can’t praise these little wiping wonders enough: they’re ready for spills, stains, and spots wherever it happens – in the car, on an airplane, and in every room of our home. These babies really live up to that “multi-purpose” name!

These products are my faves. Which Amway products win your “Best Product” award?

Straight A’s in Laundry

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Category: All-Fabric Bleach, Amway, Cleaning, Laundry, Legacy of Clean, SA8, Stains

By: Pat Johnson

Back-to-school always brings a new semester’s worth of laundry challenges, right? Over the years, I’ve seen more than my share of grass goof-ups, marker messes, pen perils, and of course, the dreaded juice box explosion.

Even now, with our kids coming home from college, I’ll find weeks-old stains on clothing that’s been stashed in a hamper and forgotten – until they bring it home, knowing their Mom is the “Queen of Laundry” and will undoubtedly restore their treasured T-shirt and that fave pair of jeans.

My not-so-secret weapon for the school of tough stains? Amway’s Legacy of Clean™ concentrated laundry care products. Our septic-safe, eco-sensitive liquid and powder formulas leave clothes clean and fresh, using naturally derived biodegradable ingredients.

For hard-to-remove stains like mud, grass, and blood, I rely on Legacy of Clean SA8®+BIOQUEST® Concentrated Detergent. It’s concentrated, so I get more loads per container. And the handy refill lets me reuse the container over and over again. Less packaging, less waste, more earth-friendly!

My daughter, Claire, loves vivid tie dyed favorites – the brighter, the better. I believe she’s a hippie – flower child at heart! Just the other day, she called me unexpectedly and stated she had a laundry question. I’m so happy Claire’s doing her laundry!!

SA8 Triple Liquid 3X Concentrated Detergent will help keep those brights, well, bright. It’s also a miracle worker on all my fave black clothing. I’m still wearing a black T I bought years ago – the color hasn’t faded at all!

Looking for a real miracle worker in the laundry room? I’ve found it: Legacy of Clean PreWash in the convenient spray formula. It gets out everything from chocolate to dirt, mud, clay, and even blood. Just spritz the stain with PreWash, then wash in either SA8+BIOQUEST or SA8 Triple Liquid. For more tougher stains like “impossible” felt-tip pen stains and oil to even lipstick, try Classic Prewash.

We even have a rescue for that juice box that burst open all over your kid’s school clothes: Legacy of Clean All Fabric Bleach, with its oxygen-and-minerals formula that’s safe for any washable fabric. My “Queen of Laundry” tip: Pre-soak really tough stains like fruit juice in All Fabric Bleach for at least 15 minutes, or even overnight – then wash in your fave Legacy of Clean detergent.

Honestly, after all these years of our kids returning to the classroom, I think I’m ready to teach a graduate-level course in laundry. And my “student teachers”? You guessed it – Legacy of Clean products!