You can admit it. Like most of us, at one time (maybe more recently than you’d like to admit), you’ve probably purchased some cleaning products that aren’t quite an eco-sensitive shade of green, if you get my drift. That’s OK, because since then, we’ve seen the compact fluorescent light, right? And in favor of Mother Earth — not to mention the health of our families — many of us have started using more environmentally conscious cleaners, like the LEGACY OF CLEAN line of products. Yay for us … and the future of our planet!
But wait … where are all those old cleaners now? If you’re like me, they’re capped up at the back of your cupboards, hidden in the back of a closet, or tucked away on a shelf in the basement. Why? Because we don’t know what to do with them!
Here are four ideas to help you reclaim your cupboard/closet space and safely dispose of household cleaners safely:
1. Use them up. I know it sounds odd, but it is better to use them as needed, than to put them in the trash or down the drain. If you don’t want to use them, donate them to a charity or someone else.
2. Read the labels. The product manufacturer often provides disposal information on the carton or bottle. If there’s nothing on the label, visit the manufacturer’s website or contact them directly. It’s their product; they should be able to tell you how to dispose of it.
3. See if your community has a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program/center. I’m not sure how it works in all communities, but in my area, you need to make an appointment to drop off during the week (Monday-Friday). There is also a designated half-day on Saturday once a month, when you don’t need an appointment. They do have limitations, so check the website or call before you go.
4. Surf the internet. If you don’t have an HHW site in your area, go online. Even if you find a site for another community, they may list some companies/agencies you can contact for information.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is opening all the windows and letting fresh, cool air blow through the house. It feels great to read a book on the sofa with a light breeze blowing through the living room.
Airing out the house doesn’t just feel good, its healthy too. Circulating the air allows for bacteria, odors, and stale air to be replaced with fresher, cleaner air. Often, the air inside a home is more polluted than the air outside.
In addition to opening windows, a quality air purifier system is a great help. I can always tell when someone is running a system that really works – you can smell the difference – the air is fresh.
Atmosphere is Amway’s air purifier and it works great. And its a lot nicer to have a quiet Atmosphere unit running in a corner of the living room in December than it is to open all the frosted windows and freeze!
In honor of May being National Pet Month, I’m writing today about our baby, Makena, a sometimes-delightful, sometimes-a-handful golden retriever who’s named after our favorite stretch of beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Recently, we found out Makena loves pineapple – go figure!
Summertime is Makena’s all-time fave season. There’s nothing she likes better than rolling around outdoors in whatever smells best, especially after a hard rain like we’ve been having lately.
One night last week, Makena came in smelling from something she rolled in, leaving her muddy paw prints all over the hardwood floors, as she proudly pranced around, tail wagging furiously.
While my husband quickly toweled her off, I used a little Legacy of Clean™ L.O.C.® Multi-Purpose Cleaner in a gallon-size bucket of water to “swab the decks.” Multi-Purpose Cleaner is an Amway exclusive that’s planet-positive and gentle on washable surfaces, yet packs a big cleaning punch on all kinds of dirt.
Then it was bath-time for our furry friend. She loves baths so much, sometimes I think she gets dirty on purpose. In her little doggie brain, bath time is a bonding moment. So, into the tub she goes.
I soap her up with dog shampoo and just a drop of Multi-Purpose Cleaner, following label directions and making sure to keep all soap away from her beautiful brown eyes. A quick spritz with the shower and she smelled like our sweet dog again.
Makena was smell free, but the tub was a mess. I rely on Legacy of Clean Bathroom Cleaner Spray to dissolve soap scum (and any residual dog dirt) fast without scrubbing, and get the tub all sparkling clean again.
Finally, I tossed all those brightly-colored, stinky doggie towels in the washer, along with Legacy of Clean SA8® Triple Liquid 3x Concentrated Detergent. It’s triple concentrated so we get more loads per bottle, and the special formula helps protect colors from fading or becoming dull.
There’s never a dull moment living with Makena. But we wouldn’t trade her for all the well-behaved dogs in the world – especially when Legacy of Clean products keep our house from looking like, well, a dog house!
I’ve used Legacy of Clean home cleaning products for many years now. I appreciate the planet positive approach of safe, effective home cleaning solutions. With pets, friends, and loved ones around, who wants to use harsh solvents or hazardous chemicals?
Many people mix Legacy of Clean products with water. Instead of water, I use white vinegar, the kind you find at the grocery store and can use for cooking or salad dressings.
White vinegar is an excellent, mild disinfectant, glass cleaner, and dirt-buster. In my personal opinion, when added to Legacy of Clean solutions, it makes for an incredibly powerful cleaning combination.
Worried about that pungent vinegar odor lingering after you clean? Don’t. It fades quickly, leaving no trace.
It collects in corners. On tabletops, sofas and chairs. It fails the white-glove test every time. It’s everywhere. And the minute you get rid of it, it starts all over again, settling in once more.
If you’re knee-deep in spring cleaning like I am, you’re probably more familiar with dust than you’d like to be. Good news: I have a few tried-and-true tips for getting rid of dust once and for all – and keeping it at bay instead of just moving it around.
Dust first, then vacuum. Any dust that falls to the floor is picked up by the vacuum.
Lose the feather duster. I can’t think of a less efficient way to dust. I love microfiber cloths, which really seem to grab dust and hang onto it for dear life. Best of all, when the cloths get dirty, I just toss ‘em in the washer with Legacy of Clean SA8®+Bioquest® Powder Laundry Detergent, exclusively from Amway. No fabric softener in this load; microfiber doesn’t need it. Microfiber cloth is great for cleaning windows and mirrors as well.
Reconsider rugs. Put simply, they’re dust magnets. If dust is a problem for you, experts recommend bare floors or going with a very short-pile carpet.
Stop dust before it starts. Change the filters in your furnace and AC. And think about investing in an Atmosphere™ Air Purifier from Amway. We really relied on ours, especially when our allergy-prone son still lived at home.
De-clutter the place. You don’t have to be a hoarder to have a clutter problem. More knickknacks, books, and stuff hanging around your house equal more dust as well. Pare down your belongings and you’ll see pared-down dust, too.
One final thought before I go back to my spring cleaning chores: Remember Mother Earth. Try to use eco-conscious cleaners like those in the Legacy of Clean product line, which use ingredients derived from nature, packaged in 100% recyclable – sometimes even reusable – containers.
Yes, you can have a clean, dust-free home without harming the planet!
For me, springtime means gardening. There’s nothing I like more than planting seedlings and pulling weeds, digging in the freshly un-frozen dirt – and yes, getting it all over my clothes.
Other traditional rites of spring are bursting forth on playgrounds, baseball diamonds, grassy soccer fields, lakes and streams, bringing with them new laundry challenges as the weather gets warmer.
Some things, however, don’t change with the seasons. Year-round, my husband, who’s a private pilot, brings home the grease and unknown stains that go along with routine airplane maintenance. Sometimes he’ll even bring home a coworker’s shirt, hoping I can bring it back to life.
Full disclosure: I’m a bit of a laundry geek. It has to be done just right. My family knows to simply stay away and let me do my thing – armed, of course, with environmentally-responsible Legacy of Clean™ laundry care products, exclusively from Amway.
For my husband’s work clothes (and, occasionally, those of his coworkers), I’ll first spritz those tough oil-based spots with a little Classic Laundry Prewash Spray Spot Treatment, which really does a number on stains like these.
I lived in Ireland for three and half years in the early 1990s. A rural cultural holiday that I came to enjoy was May 1 – sometimes called May Day. The holiday marked the start of summer in Ireland and featured fairs, feasts, and regional celebrations.
Since May 1 is this weekend, I thought I’d share a recipe I sometimes use for Irish Soda Bread.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Set the baking rack in the center of the oven.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to distribute the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon.
Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry.
Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Here in Michigan, gardening season is just starting. Our local home centers are filling up with flower and vegetable seeds ready to be started indoors right now while the weather outside is still a bit iffy.
For those of us who are crazy about gardening, there’s a lot going for it. Gardening is good exercise (bending, stretching, digging, and weeding are great calorie burners), it beautifies the landscape, and it’s good for the environment, too. After all, plants help clean the air; more plants mean more clean air for all.
And, while I haven’t gone totally organic in my gardening efforts (yet!), I’ve learned a few tips over the years for growing a “greener” garden, using more earth-friendly solutions:
– Look for organic pesticides and herbicides. They’re right there on the shelf at your local garden center. Or …
– … composting. It creates nutrient-rich soil without pesticides and herbicides. By composting things like grass clippings, eggshells, coffee grounds, almost anything except meat scraps, you’re helping to keep lawn and kitchen waste out of the waste stream.
– Start from seeds. Aside from guaranteeing your plants a chemical-free start, watching seedlings grow in their little egg-carton “planters” is a true affirmation of the miracle of life. (And you’re finding a new use for those egg cartons, too.)
– Plant a few tomatoes and other veggies, alongside the flowers. You’ll not only save money, you’ll enjoy your own personal produce section at the peak of freshness.
– Avoid excess water usage by planting for your climate. Which leads me to …
– … let Mother Nature help with the watering. It couldn’t be easier to catch rain water in a barrel and use this to water your plants. So much more earth-friendly than the garden hose!
Of course, the most eco-friendly approach of all is to replace the entire lawn with ornamental grasses and plants. That way, you’ve just eliminated the noise, pollution, and energy usage of weekly mowing.
Honestly? Sometimes I’m tempted to go that route. I wonder if my neighbors would be OK with the idea …
I must admit that I was slow to warm to Earth Day as a holiday. Not that I was ever in favor of pollution or environmental destruction. It’s just that when the holiday first appeared years ago in the 1970s, I thought it a fad or gimmick that would go away.
The Earth Day holiday not only didn’t vanish, its grown in popularity. The annual event serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainability and ecological concern.
The themes of Earth Day continue to increase in awareness in the general population. People really do want to help preserve and maintain the environment. And these concerns often translate into action with many consumers looking for organic, natural, environmentally friendly products.
My fellow bloggers and I have been posting all month about Amway’s solid environmental policies and record, about the Earth-friendly formulas used in Legacy of Clean products, and Nutrilite’s commitment to organic farming and natural nutrition.
Amway IBOs can be proud of Amway’s commitment to Green efforts. And it doesn’t hurt to mention the Earth-friendly aspects of many of products to your customers, either.
I wonder if any IBOs have stories to share about how the Green aspects of Legacy of Clean or the organic aspects of Nutrilite have helped their business. I’m all ears!
Back in 1970, when the first Earth Day was established by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Amway had already been producing biodegradable, concentrated laundry and cleaning products for eleven years!
In fact, the first product produced when we first started in 1959 was L.O.C. ® Liquid Organic Cleaner, one of the first-ever biodegradable cleaning products. Amway co-founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel were true pioneers in the industry, and way ahead of their time.
Rich and Jay proved a company could create effective cleaning products without harming the environment. Millions of Amway Independent Business Owners since then have proved our PLANET POSITIVE™ approach is profitable, too.
But for me, the proof is in the performance. I love using eco-sensitive laundry and cleaning products, but only if they work well in a real-world household like mine.
Keep in mind, both my husband and I love to garden. And did I mention we have two kids and a big golden retriever?
Trust me, we know dirt!
Thankfully, Legacy of Clean™ products, exclusively from Amway, get the job done right the first time, every time. And I love the many ways our products are eco-sensitive: They’re made with powerful, natural ingredients, many are concentrated so you use less, and the plastic containers are recyclable.
As a company, Amway’s come a long way since that first bottle of L.O.C. rolled off the production line. And a lot has changed around here since 1959.
One thing hasn’t: We’re still inspired by Rich and Jay’s legacy of clean and green. That’s why we developed Legacy of Clean products to work really well, without harming harm you, your family or the planet.