Home Clean Home: Bright Whites

April 27, 2011

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My cleaning knowledge is always a work in progress. Until now, I had no solution for getting my whites whiter. My mom taught me to be afraid of bleach. Not because it is bad for our water systems, but because one slip could mean ruining an outfit! She also taught me to be afraid of nail polish remover, but that might be related to the fact that I stained their bathroom cabinets with a spilled bottle when I was in middle school.

So since I don’t use bleach in my house, I had no solution to getting whites white other than washing them in my usual detergent. Sadly I consider whites to have a much shorter lifespan than other colors because when most reach a few years old I donate or trash them due to too many stains.

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Enter: Nature Bright. Shaklee’s Laundry Booster and Stain Remover. Instead of chlorine, it uses natural enzyme and active oxygen to keep colors bright and stains out. It’s color safe, so it can be used on whites and colors, and it can be used in loads of laundry or, for more steadfast stains, as a soak. It’s also sweet on toilets and bath surfaces! I used it in my toilet this weekend along with a little Basic H and my toilet is white as can be.

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Uses:

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Another awesome feature: safe on antique linens!!!

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I decided to give it a whirl. I started with a few of my grandmother’s linens and a few of our white wedding napkins that had just been used at a messy dinner.

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It’s SO hard to photograph white, but this linen had yellowed stains that were maybe 50 years old!? (Let’s be extreme ; ) )

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The napkins were covered in balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce

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I also soaked a cleaning towel that had stains of who-knows-what:

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I mixed up a bowl of Nature Bright as directed and let the items soak for a few hours

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When they were done soaking, I rinsed and set them out to dry.

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STAINS = GONE! GONE!!! I did not launder them – this was just the soaking!!

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I was thrilled with the results. Not only were the stains gone, but the whites really were whiter!

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Still so hard to photograph, but the yellowing was gone –

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And my cleaning towel was the whitest of all!

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Since the smallwares did so well, I decided to tackle tougher stains. Very tough stains.

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Hello armpits!

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These shirts are year’s old – and they are not very white! The sunshine hitting in the above photo makes the stains look a little worse than they really are.

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We also have a two white towels that have some unknown stain. I *think* it is rust, because it won’t come out.  Most bodily substances come out of fabric, so I do not think that’s what it is. (Gross if it was!!) So I think it has to do with maybe sitting in a rusty part of the washer too long or against something in our old bathroom that was metal. I have scrubbed this with TIDE with no luck.

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I combined the towel, shirts and a pillowcase in the soak –

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I let them soak for an afternoon –

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After!! Now, the sunshine had set because these were taken in the evening, so it’s not a true apples to apples before + after, but the shirts were NOTICABLY better!!!

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The armpits were not 100% white, but there was definitely an improvement. And the overall shirts were definitely whiter!

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My pillowcase was great!

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And the towel knocked my socks off…..until….

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I found the stains. They were still there :( Much harder to find, but still there. I was heartbroken.

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I tackled the stains with a little concentrated Basic H next, combined with some Nature Bright directly on the stain. And it helped. A lot. They are fainter now, but still slightly there. Not sure if I should blame the Nature Bright or the stains, but I guess these towels are just not going to ever be 100%.

Overall, I love the Nature Bright. It was 90% effective and removed tons of stains. I guess some things just come out better than others. I’m going to keep working on those towels! And Matt’s undershirts. And the white dress I wore to my wedding!

Here’s a pretty neat cost comparison for similar products:

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Next on my list to try was the laundry detergent, Fresh Laundry. All of the Shaklee products I bought with my own money, but this detergent was a gift from Becky when she visited us a few weeks ago. I am a laundry smell SNOB and really didn’t want to buy this without smelling it first.

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I got busy with a load of white sheets and gave it a test run.

It worked incredibly well!! The sheets were very clean, and they achieved a crispness that I haven’t gotten with other detergents. I LOVED that because it reminded me of my grandmother’s guest room where the sheets were so crisp they made noise when you moved. I never knew what her secret was, but I think it had to do more with thread count than laundry. Nevertheless, I washed a couple of loads with the Fresh Laundry and was very happy. My clothes were very clean and there was no trace of sweat smell, which is a problem I’ve had with green laundry in the past.

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I have one major complaint: I do not like the smell!!!! It’s kind of powdery-floral and I just didn’t care for it.

Now there is a fragrance-free version, so I think if I continue to like the effect I would get that next time. Using that with my Method Marshmallow dryer sheets would leave a nice vanilla smell.

My fear was that it was more expensive than other cleaners, but because it’s concentrated, it still beats the prices here:

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NOTE: The above costs are for the powdered version. It’s a bit pricey, but it does do 224 loads!

I don’t know how it compares to Method, which is the only other green detergent I know of, and I haven’t tried making my own like Ashley does, so maybe that’s even less. But I was still shocked it beat the price of Tide.

While we’re on the topic of laundry, here’s a demo of how I fold sheets!!

I take the bottom sheet and fold it into a loose square, keeping seams always on the inside:

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Then I tackle the top sheet the same way:

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Getting it down to a nice rectangle, and then folding that in half

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I take the pillowcases and fold them lengthwise

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I place the bottom and top sheets on one end of the pillowcase

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And then fold it over like the letter C

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When you rotate it, you have a nice little sheet package all ready to go

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You know I only did this so I’d have a beautiful collage of folded sheets. So nice on the eyes!

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I have a new appreciation for white things these days.

If you’re interested in buying Shaklee products online, here’s a website for my friend Becky where you can order them.

Now I’m off to create some stains!

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1 Steph April 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

Kath I love your blog so much. But do you feel like you are just selling us stuff now? This seems like a great product though!!!

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2 Beth April 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

:( Unfortunately I agree with Steph. I love the blog, too, but the cleaning product selling is going a bit far.

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3 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

I don’t feel that way, no, I’m just showing you what it did! Just like I show you meals I make but don’t expect you to make them the next day.

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4 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I think this post is highly relevant; cooking and living make things dirty and it’s always great to hear about tried-and-true solutions. Thanks for this post, Kath! Nature Bright sounds great and it doesn’t sound to me like you are selling anything. I do the same thing with every product I blog about, and I love hearing about what others are buying and using. From crackers to cars… it’s all my honest opinion and part of life! :) So much better to buy something that you know someone is fond of instead of wasting money on unknown products and services.

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5 Jane April 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Eh, it was a bit much.

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6 Emily G. April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Can I chime in, please?

I think there is a lot of selling going on, but if it’s stuff she uses for the outcome of a product (ie: cleaning project, clothes, meal) then she SHOULD state where you can buy it. Wouldn’t you hate for her to tell you and show you how well the cleaning product did but didn’t tell you what it was or where to buy it? Also, here are so many people that read her blog (didn’t you say 15,000?). Not linking to where you can buy it would cause massive amouts of e-mails or comments.

It would be different if she claimed the product was 100% effective..but she clearly stated that it didn’t get everything cleaned.

And please correct me if I’m wrong..but didn’t she become a seller AFTER she started using the products?

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7 Amanda April 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Yes, but she is still a seller.

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8 Emily G. April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

So what? She gave the same rave reviews (actually – I think she gave better reviews prior to selling). If it’s a product you truly believe in, why not promote it? And if you’re able to make a commission, why not take advantage of it? It’s a win-win for her, the company, and us as readers who want to know about a good product.

I think what a lot of people don’t realize is, this is her JOB. This is how she makes a living. If you owned a “store”, would you not promote business?

I’m sorry – but I see no harm. Had it not been for some of the things she sold/promoted, I would have NEVER known about them.

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9 SquatLikeALady April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I totally agree with you, Emily. A dishonest salesperson just trying to make a quick buck likely would have begun selling the product from first blush, which Kath did not do, and would not have shown us the remaining stains on the towels. I hate when bloggers rave about products that stink, OR don’t tell me where to find a really good product!

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10 Jacie April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

At the same time, it seems fair for readers to let her know that it may be off-putting to have someone selling cleaning products on a food blog. While I understand that a blog may be someone’s income, more and more of them seem to becoming like infomercials.

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11 Emily G. April 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

She’s damned if she does or doesn’t. While you haved a point about it being a food blog, she started the Home Clean Home series because readers wanted to know how she stay organized and so clean. When she finally does, she’s critized for endorsing a product?

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12 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Agreed! I personally enjoy the Home Clean Home series of posts, because Kath has so many great ideas. I would never have heard of Shaklee products, which I may or may not actually purchase, unless Kath had told us about them.

If you aren’t interested in Kath’s reviews of the products, don’t read the post. Simple as that!

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13 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Agreed!!! :)
I have zero issue with it.

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14 Heather April 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Maybe I am wrong but I don’t really consider this blog a “food blog”. Sure she talks about food but it is so much more than that. It includes so many other aspects of living a healthy life … Excercise, Spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, etc. I consider a clean house with green products another part of her healthy lifestyle. She also does a very good job separating those posts and making it clear what they are about, so if it’s not your thing, skip them :) They will be “selling” bread soon too, does that mean she shouldn’t talk about it on her blog ?

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15 Cyclist Kate April 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I agree. Over the years I feel the blog has become much more of a lifestyle blog…honestly, when I am in a rush, I often skip the food part and read the other parts. I love the home clean home series and am hugely grateful to Kath for turning me on to Shaklee products–they really are the best cleaning products I’ve ever used. She has demonstrated so much integrity all throughout her blog on giving honest reviews of products she likes and doesn’t like and has made an effort to make the products she loves accessible to her readers. I wonder, if she weren’t a seller, would people have the same aversion to her touting this brand?

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16 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

For what it’s worth, all the products were bought with my own dollars

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17 Kerry April 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

She even said the laundry detergent stinks. Lay off. I love the cleaning and organizing posts. They are some of my favorites. This is definitely a lifestyle blog, not just food. Thanks so much Kath for sharing your life with all of us!

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18 claudia April 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

She’s just saw a product she liked and worked really well, and wanted to share it with us. Coincidentally, she built this platform on this blog where she was able to both promote and earn a discount, which I don’t see a problem with. I mean, I haven’t heard people complain when Kath has deals through OpenSky, which also includes products she has used and approves of. On a personal level, I’m glad she does these posts because we’re all looking for a better way to either detoxify our lives or just broaden our scope of products. She just wants to inform us of things she uses that has both, worked and not. It is her blog and her job but every product she uses, whether it’s in her food like those Kodiak Pancake Mix or Calibowls, again, I’m not hearing people complain when she gives them a positive review. In fact, the opposite happens and people love learning about them.

19 jamie hayworth-chin @ make-it-healthy.blogspot.com April 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

got my Shaklee starter kit in the mail last weekend…can’t wait to bust open that bad boy and get crackin’!!!

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20 Lindsey @ Enjoying Healthy Foods April 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

You will have to let me know what you think!!!

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21 Susan April 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I’m not sure the Basic H is any better than the vinegar I was using before, but I LOVE the cherry pit scrub!

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22 Rachel April 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

If it was a sunny day, you might need to contribute some of that whiteness to the sun’s bleaching qualities:) We cloth diaper my daughter and a few hours in the sun gets the stains out.

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23 kristi April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I was about to post the exact same thing!! The sun is the most natural (and cheapest!) stain remover there is!

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24 Lauren April 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

Wow so awesome! I have been trying to ween myself off of bleach because I used to depend on it for EVERYTHING (kitchen, bathroom, laundry, floors, you name it), glad to know there’s a natural product out there with such whitening power!

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25 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

I don’t use bleach either — my parents didn’t so I never really learned how to use it! We really don’t have many white things though — no white sheets or towels and Jason’s white shirts seem to stay really crisp and clean if they are washed separately.

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26 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

Wow- truley did get your white whiter and brighter! I am afraid of bleach for the same reasons as you are.. and can’t STAND the smell

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27 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Very cool. I have been experimenting with making my own detergent; hoping it works out well once I’ve got the method down :)

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28 jennifer April 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

wow, i both WANT and NEED this!!! =)

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29 Laura April 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

That’s awesome! I have Nature Bright but have never really used it to remove stains, I just throw a scoop in as a boost when I wash my whites. I’m going to have to tackle some of the spots on my white rug now!

I love that you’re honest about your feelings toward the products. I personally love the light floral smell of the detergent, but everyone’s tastes are different. :)

Thanks for the sheet folding idea! Love learning new cleaning/organizing tips!

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30 Lisa Fine April 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Does this product work on any stains, on any color of fabric?

Thanks!

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31 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Yes, it’s color safe on all fabrics

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32 Heather April 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I am impressed! Being a huge fan of white linen, I am intrigued. Where can I get but this product? Is it biodegradable and environemntally friendly?

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33 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Yes, it is Natural, Biodegradable, No phosphates, Bleach free.

You can read more or order here: http://katheats.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=00305

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34 Caroline @ French Ponytail April 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I hope to one day have a life where I have the (1) time; (2) energy; and (3) organizational power to (a) clean my clothes, home, linens, etc. properly; and (b) care whether they are cleaned properly.

Right now I send my laundry out. And my white couch has wine stains on it. But one day!

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35 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I’m always looking for new ways to make my white’s whiter! Thank You :)

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36 Emily@SavoryandSavage April 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Oh, I was just going through my white t-shirts to figure out which ones I need to pitch because of the yellow underarm stains. Now I am going to hold on to them and try and see if I can get them white again.

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37 Charline April 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Have you looked at this company? http://www.norwex.com/norwex.php?lng=7&cnt=223

They have great green products, and LOVE their laundry soap. Their window cloths are phenomenal, only water needed, and their dishcloths with anti-bac never get the stinkies! If they do, you boil them with vinegar and water and they are good as new again.

Sign up as a rep, you get 40% off retail prices.

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38 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

That seems a lot like Shaklee. I wonder how their’s smells

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39 Charline April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

The laundry soap has very little smell at all. Sometimes I forget a load in the wash and remember the next day. With other soaps, I have to re-wash because they have already started to get that musty smell. Not with Norwex. It is awesome. Just ordered 2 more bags for me. With only using 1-2 tablespoons in my big front-loader, they last forever…

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40 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Wow, I need to find some of this stuff! I am a bleach user at the moment (shudders at the thought) but have been looking for something to replace it. I think I could do with the smell of this product if I have those Method Marshmallow Dryer Sheets too! Thanks for the informative post Kath!

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41 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’m good at the staining part also! :P

Thanks for all the amazing tips! :)

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42 Hope April 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I feel the same way about bleach! I’ve never used it before. I’ve always been afraid to. My family really never used it growing up either. Luckily, we don’t have too many white items in our house, no white towels or sheets. So we are pretty good in that department. The products seem great though! I love that they are environmentally friendly. Oh and Method has Marshmallow dryer sheets?!?!?!? I need to get those asap! :)

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43 Frieda April 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Kath, I’m pretty new to following your blog but I love it so far. It’s nice to know there are others out there trying to eat well, keep healthy and keeping green. I enjoyed your discovery of the Shaklee stuff. I will have to give it a try as well. Keep up the great blogging. I love it!

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44 andrea April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

When living in China, I made my own cleaning agents with Organic Soapnuts. It worked SO WELL – could use for virtually everything – laundry, floors, kitchen, bath etc. Super cheap and VERY GREEN. I have just started doing it again here in the US and I really like it. you can add oil if you want to, as well.

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45 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I am so excited to try these!! OpenSky is sending me some

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46 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Cool tips-thanks!

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47 econathome April 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I line dry my sheets and get a really crisp, natural smelling sheet! LOVE IT!

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48 Mom April 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I’ve been searching my whole life for something that will take out spots, so if it works, I’ll take some for Mother’s Day! Thanks!

But….now don’t be afraid to put the iron on those antique linens. It doesn’t take as much time as you think.

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49 Karen April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

You sound just like my mom, Mama Kerf…boy, does she love that iron!
Me? Not so much :)

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50 Mom April 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Yes, I think AFTER the bakery gets going, Kath should iron her antique linens while she watches Glamour Girls.

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51 Greta April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Wow! Impressed! I hate how bleach makes my whites, well so much less soft. My mom is an expect at applying it (she uses an eyedropper for precision) I think I’m going to buy some of this though. Thanks for the recommendation!

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52 Jen April 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Ahhhh….love :) I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff!!!! There is nothing like slipping into a bed after the sheets have been washed :)
I have 2 boys and a husband, nothing is ever white anymore; I think I need to try this stuff! Thanks for the recommendation.

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53 jenny April 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Kath, I love how the focus of your blog seems to have grown. What apprears to have started as weighloss/healthy eating site, has developed into healthy lifestyle blog. The green cleaning tips are grea, please keep it up!!

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54 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

The difference is incredible in those whites!!! I’ve always been a little wary of bleach too, but this product looks like such a great alternative!

PS – I spilled nail polish remover in my parents’ bathroom and stained their countertops a few years back haha.

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55 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

wow, people are realy hating on you for “selling” this stuff. I can see their point, but I didn’t really get the impression. So thank you, Kath for the informative post!!

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56 stephanie April 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

my mom taught me the best trick i’ve ever seen for getting armpit stains out of white shirts – white vinegar mixed with hot water. works SO well, especially when you let the shirts dry in the sun.

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57 Paige(Running Around Normal) April 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Wow this must have taken a long time to put together!! Very informative :) Love the sheet folding demo too. I hate that bottom sheet!

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58 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Kath thanks for sharing what you do to get your whites really white without using bleach. My mom taught me the same thing: don’t use it! Line drying my clothes in the sun isnt possible in my urban townhouse (and who has clothes lines anymore anyway!) so thanks for this review.

Totally random here but if you ever do have kids, and if you do ever cloth diaper (and if you do that the kinds, types, and research that goes into diapering a baby is mind boggling!!) but I bet this product would be great on diapers. You cannot wash diapers with say Tide or All or most other conventional products…it will either give your kid a horrific!! rash OR it will degrade your diapers (and good ones are expensive!) so anyway…this product may help you with that aspect of life one day :)

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59 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

We DO plan on using cloth diapers someday and I hope this is indeed a good solution!

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60 Leslie February 26, 2014 at 7:12 am

We use shaklee and cloth diapers and I have no complaints!

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61 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I’m scared of bleach too. But whites do have a limited life span. I don’t know what else to use.

I have a major issue with spots all OVER my colored towels. I wash them with regular detergent but I get these discolored spots all over them! None of my other clothes have this so I have NO idea what is going on! Very frustrating!

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62 Alexis April 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Was this post edited — I didn’t notice even the slightest sales pitch (although honestly, I wouldn’t care in a post this detailed).

LOVE the sheet folding tips. Great post – love the whole series.

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63 Angel7 April 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for posting this, and sharing your thoughts on different products!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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64 Kristen April 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Great info! I’m almost out of laundry detergent and was trying to decide what to get next. 224 loads means a long time before I need to think about buying detergent again!

I got my Shaklee starter kit last week and the scrub saved a pot that I thought was completely ruined! Thanks for introducing me to the products!!

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65 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

So glad!!

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66 anne April 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I actually love doing laundry so this was a fun post to read :)

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67 cathyb@brightbakes April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hi Kath!
Couldn’t resist adding my two bits.
I’m a self-admitted “clean freak”…but also a healthy-living “green freak”.
I was so excited upon reading your initial Shaklee product review, and could’t wait to try it. I’ve been searching forever for a practical, cost-effective way to clean “greener”, but I refuse to give up any of the cleaning power that conventional products provide.
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical (I’m of Pennsylvania-Dutch descent..which means my family DOES consider cleanliness next to Godliness!! ;) but I received my shipment very quickly (impressive service!), and immediately put it to work. Allow me to say I am sold! I’ve added a few drops of essential oil and my house is positively gleaming. Thank you!

Cathy B.
P.S. I love how much I relate to your blog. The fact of your down-to-earth practicality is right up my alley!

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68 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

SO glad to hear this Cathy! I’m pretty sure my family has PA Dutch history too!

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69 Alison April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Kath,
I’d love to buy the Nature Bright but the shipping is almost as much as the product is!
Are there any discounts that you can provide readers? Or maybe have it as a product on OpenSky!

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70 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hey Alison, Wish there was something I could do – but I’m just the messenger in this case

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71 Baroque Diva April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for this post, Kath.

Although the thought “she’s just selling us a product” DID cross my mind for just a fleeting moment, I REALLY loved the post, and I would like to try this product now- and wouldn’t have known about it without your post.

My Mom also raised me to be afraid of Bleach AND nail polish remover!! LOL :) :) Love it!!! hee hee

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72 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Love this! I might have to order it, too.
I’ve already got my starter kit (and I’m planning to send you before and after pictures soon!).

For the record, I love hearing about all of this. I don’t think it’s tacky or inappropriate in the least. The fact that you are selling Shakelee, is certainly not a negative in my book. I’d rather order through you and have you get the “credit” for it, then to just order it straight from the web, from someone I have no connection to. So, keep ‘em coming, in my opinion. :)

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73 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) April 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Well said! Everyone has to make a living somehow, and I applaud Kath for her work helping others improve their lives through nutrition, exercise, green living, etc. Why would I give my money to Clorox when I can give it to individuals who are doing good in the world? :)

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74 Becky April 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Well spoken. People prefer to purchase from people they know and trust. Who better than Kathy?

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75 Cordulla April 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Who the heck is Kathy?

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76 Becky April 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Whoops – my error – Kath!

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77 M. Carter @ the Movies April 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I am not nearly brave enough to own white bed linens. I’m always reading in bed and using a pen to highlight passages and make notes, so inevitably the sheets end up with some kind of ink stain. And don’t get me started on the dog hair. I should have gotten a hairless pooch.

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78 Robyn April 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Really enjoyed this post! I feel like keeping my whites white is something I struggle with. They all seem to eventually turn yellow and then I have to toss them :( I can’t wait to try some of these products and see how it works for me!!

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79 Robyn April 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Oh, also read your post where you spritzed your floors with basic H scented with lavender and mint before using your Shark mop, and I was wonder where you get your essential oils! Thanks!!

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80 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I got them at Whole Foods. A bit pricey, but the last a while

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81 Simply Life April 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

great product to know about!

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82 Caitlin April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

i heart the smell of clorox.is that weird? dangerous? both?

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83 KathEats April 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

BOTH!

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84 Cora April 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

Won’t you have to use bleach at the bakery in the 3rd sink? Or have you found something else that the health department approves of?

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85 KathEats April 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

Not sure yet, but Shaklee’s Basic G is EPA certified

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86 Erin April 28, 2011 at 2:16 am

Me too!

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87 Nicole (the other one) April 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I used to date a swimmer in college, so the smell of chlorine gets me all hot and bothered :-)

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88 Rachel April 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I’m so surprised that after all these comments, I’m the first to bring this up! You can take your folded sheets and put them INSIDE the pillowcase. That way you still have a neat little package, and it’s all contained. I don’t do this myself, as I only have one set of sheets, but it’s such a great way to store them. Also, I should give credit to Martha Stewart for that one- I’m not that clever!

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89 Dalai Lina April 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Very intriguing ideas. I have given up all toxic cleaning products EXCEPT bleach, because nothing else would work! I try to mostly spot clean. My logic is that surely there is greater damage to the earth by throwing away things and replacing them then using a little bit of bleach – who knows what those factories are churning up in the atmosphere! Anyhoo, I don’t mid trying new things if they work and this looks promising!

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90 raisin April 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

you can’t buy shaklee at the store, right? you have to have a subscription/membership. That’s always bothered me about Shaklee. If they believe in their product they should make it available at the stores, but they’re all about sales, sales, sales.

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91 lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) April 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

JUST got my Shaklee products in the mail today!!! I bought the nature bright and can;t wait to try it out!! Thanks for showing the before and after pics! Hoping it can get my lab coat ‘bright n’ white’ again!

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92 Bev April 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

I too love Nature Bright. As far as detergent, I switched to there fragrance free powder and love that too. I like clean clothes without the smell of flower etc. The dryer sheets are great and they can be recycled, the feel like paper but do a awesome job :)

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93 Jessica April 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

I absolutly loved this post. I am a fairly new reader. Love the blog. Love food, cleaning and organizing so two thumbs up! I actually bought my Shaklee products as a result of your first Home Clean Home post, when you announced that you were a new distributor. I LOVE the products. Favorite has to the Basic H, least favorite is the Basic G only beacause I am confused as to how to use it efficiently. I have never been real big on cleaning because of all the products out there and the yucky/toxic stuff they have in them. I am excited that these are good for you and the environment! Loved using them while being 7 months pregnant with no worries :) I hope to start business with Shaklee in the future but for now thank you for indirectly changing my homemaking life :)

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94 Ev April 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Nature Bright sounds fantastic – I might have to try it and hopefully save some of my whites!

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95 klm April 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

oh very nicE + WHITE!!

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96 Christine April 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Kath, I am impressed that you read and responded to many of these emails! That takes a lot of time!

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97 Karla April 29, 2011 at 9:23 am

I LOVE that you showed us this. I am always interested in learning which product, food of otherwise, are worth my money and which are not. Thanks for the tip on this one! I can’t wait to make my whites whiter!

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98 Destini May 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

I was just going through ur website on some downtime at work(I do this often, i only recently found ur blog and have been slowly getting to it all) and saw this. i have the exact same problem. My whites get so dingy so quickly. And I hate it. I tend to buy cheaper white tank-tops because I know they wont last. White bedding? Would be unheard of. Though I LOVE the way it looks in the summer. I was reading through some of the comments as i tend to do when finishing a entry. And was a little blown away by some comments. If it wasn’t for these type of posts, I would be a little hesitant of buying some of these products. Especially natural cleaners, I just find sometimes they will lack in some areas.

So thank you for this post!

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99 JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl August 29, 2011 at 10:17 am

Love this Home Neat Home section – great tips!!!! Got my Shaklee this weekend – it’s time to clean!!!

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