Monday, February 21, 2011

Get [Your House] Clean, Naturally

I've been having fun with Shaklee's Basic H2 and Scour off paste, seeing all the things they can clean. I started with my toughest job, my glass stove top. I couldn't get this off no matter how hard I scrubbed. My mom even gave me a special scrubber made for it and although it took some off, it couldn't get it all.

Glass Stove top with burnt on stuff:

Glass top after Scour Off Paste (hallelujah!!)
I used the Scour off with a green scrubby sponge and a bit of water, rubbed it around and left it. I let it sit for about 5 minutes and took a regular sponge and took it off.It was so wonderful that there was no toxic fumes or harsh smell. It actually smells a lot like bubblegum.

Now onto another huge job, the oven, *shudder*. My current oven has a self-clean function, but at our last apartment we didn't and it was horrible. It was the worst experience trying to get the burnt on stuff off when we moved and my newborn just across the room. I scrubbed for 4 hours, SERIOUSLY 4 hours and barely made a dent, I really wish I had had Scour Off then. The fumes were so bad, I had to put a mask on. I also had to wash my hands a million times because I felt like there was still chemicals on my skin, which there probably was.

So even though my oven has a self-clean function, I don't like using it (nasty smell and heat) especially in the summer in Vegas.
Nasty oven stuff:

I almost always spill stuff pumpkin pie when I bake. I over fill the crusts...oops.

A whole new oven:

I used the Scour Off the same way as the glass top. Applied with a scrubby sponge and some water, scrubbed it around and let it sit a couple minutes. It did take me two times because the layers of cooked on stuff was so thick. This experience was so much more pleasant than my 4 hour experience. I didn't need a mask, there were NO fumes, I didn't feel like I had residue on my skin.

Again the before and after shots:

I also used the Scour Off on my sink. I had peeled potatoes and left the peels too long and they discolored my sink...

Honestly, this is just the beginning of the things that I've cleaned. With the Basic H2 I've cleaned spots on my carpet, marks on the wall, and dirty boots. I pretty much use it on anything that needs cleaning. It simplifies my life so much. I only need one concentrate to make window, all-purpose, and a degreaser.

Here are some more cleaning pictures...

Spots on the carpet in front of the couch

Dirty leather boots

 I wish I had the before picture (I think I deleted it) of this because this spot on the carpet gave me so many headaches. It's right inside our door and the tile part is small enough that you have to step here to close the door behind you before taking off your shoes. Well this strip was so bad, it was a super dark grey.

And now it matches the rest of the room! Thank you Basic H2!
And the little blur on the side, that's my kid trying to get into the frame. Silly kid.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Heart Frame

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I put together a little craft. I didn't get to do everything I wanted as this has been a particularly stressful week (completely unrelated to V-day). I started with a dollar store frame, white paint, and these red and white glass hearts. I don't know where they came from, my husband has given these to me. Shortly after we started dating I began to find them in my coat pocket, my purse, in my car, etc.They've been his special little way to show his love.

I simply glued them to the frame, after painting it white, and put a picture of my husband and I in it. I've been looking for a way to use these hearts and I really like how it turned out.

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