Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Why Choose Green?

This past February, I had a booth at my local business expo. You can see that I featured Shaklee’s Get Clean line.

I have to give credit to my ten-year-old, Nathaniel, who was a huge help to me at the expo. Who knew that he knows so much about Shaklee and their cleaning products? He had a great time, talking to people who stopped by and inviting them to sign up for the drawing. He even took time on Sunday to take my business cards around to people working the other booths (his idea, not mine!). My husband shook his head and said, “Is he destined for a job in sales?” Time will tell.

The importance of choosing non-toxic cleaners really hit home last month when I received an e-mail with this story:

“At the local Sam’s Club, my wife purchased a 4-pack, shrink-wrapped, of ‘The Works’ toilet bowl cleaner. On the way home, in the back of our van, it tipped over, and some leaked out (about half a bottle) on the seat and the carpet because of a hole in the top of one of the bottles. The seat, the carpet and the underlying steel were all damaged. The final resolution: our insurance company totaled the van, because of the spill!

According to the insurance company and poison control, the fumes from the toilet bowl cleaner made the interior environment of the van permanently unsafe for anyone, especially young children, so we wouldn’t be able to drive the van any more. The fumes also corroded any exposed metal in the van and poison control warned over time would ruin most, if not all, electrical connections. After the van was cleaned and repaired to the fullest extent possible, it was still determined that eventually, the residual fumes would continue to have a chemical reaction and deteriorate anything left in the van, leaving the van completely useless and unsafe, hence the insurance company’s decision to total the vehicle was made.” ~Matthew L. Rzepka, CPA, CFP, Michigan

Wow. That’s why household cleaners are considered hazardous waste.

A safer alternative is Shaklee’s Get Clean line. Basic-H2, about a tablespoon in the toilet, is quite effective at cleaning the toilet – without the nasty fumes. If you feel you need something stronger, Basic-G is another option – again about a tablespoon in the toilet bowl. Let either one sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub & flush. Voila! So safe, my kids clean the bathrooms (which was one of Nathaniel’s selling points at the expo: “I use these cleaners to clean the bathroom.”).

The best part? Shaklee has a money-back guarantee. Try them out - if you don't like them, let me know and Shaklee will refund your money.

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