Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Everything you Need to Get Clean this Spring + a Giveaway!

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Last week, I saw Ellie chewing on something. When I asked her what it was, she pulled a small white cap out of her mouth. I looked around the floor for what it went to, but I couldn't find any bottles or tubes laying around.

About ten minutes later, Caleb walked up to me with something sticking out of his mouth. I immediately pulled it out, and it was the tube of Jock Itch cream that we use to help treat severe diaper rashes. Of course, he was chewing and sucking on the open end of the tube. A slightly panicked phone call to the nurse later, I learned that he probably didn't ingest much and the worst that would happen was diarrhea. Oh, and I apparently didn't need to worry about a mouth rash for a week or so. Sheesh!

I have been very careful to keep medications up in the cabinet and cleaners on the other side of the baby gate, but apparently these kids are resourceful! It makes me want to take any potentionally toxic substances that we can possibly get rid of and throw them out. Now, obviously, we can't just stop taking medications, so we need to be even more careful about keep things up high. But my cleaning supplies? I keep those under the sinks. Within reach of four highly-curious, highly-resourceful quadruplet toddlers. Granted they would have to navigate over the gates, but I don't want the first time to end badly.

Michelle, one of my sweet readers, contacted me at the beginning of the month about some all natural, non-toxic cleaning supplies that she has. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am hyper-vigilant about germs in the house. With kids who are still trying to overcome their prematurity, cleaning is super important!

So Michelle's products seemed like they might be a good way to solve my need to clean and keep toxic chemicals out of the house too. But, honestly, I was still a little skeptical. Can all natural cleaning supplies really clean as well?

This is what she sent me to try, and I put it to the test!

The laundry detergent and germ-killing wipes worked pretty well, but what I absolutely loved, was the H2 Organic Super Concentrated Soap. It's one cleaning product that can be diluted to make several different cleaning products. 1.5 teaspoons mixed with 16 oz of water makes a Degreaser. 1/4 teaspoon mixed with 16 oz of water makes an All-Purpose Cleaner. And 2 Drops mixed with 16 oz of water makes a Window Cleaner. One cleaning product, and a few spray bottles and I have a whole range of non-toxic cleaning products. Talk about streamlining my life!

But, ever the skeptic, I couldn't believe that one cleaning product would really work all that well. I mean, c'mon. I've seen the cleaning supply aisle at the store and puzzled over what to buy many a time. So I went around spraying my house:

The All-Purpose Solution took care of smudges on my garage door.

The Window Cleaner didn't leave a streak. I'm a hard core Windex fan as I've had bad luck with the cheaper window cleaners out there. I now feel like I should put a sign up on the front glass door letting people know that it's there! I can see someone walking through it because they can't see the glass!

Well, all that is fine and good, but I decided to try the Degreaser solution on the worst mess in my house. I've scrubbed and scrubbed, and 409'd, and scrubbed some more in an attempt to get the ugly burned on rings off of my stove top. I finally did what any self-respecting woman would do: I gave up and pretended like they weren't there. You want to impress me, Degreaser? Then take that off. (It's true, I was talking to my cleaning supplies as we went.). I sprayed the Degreaser on, let it sit for a few minutes, and then applied a little elbow grease with a Magic Eraser. I literally couldn't believe it. Nothing else has worked!
And with that, I was completely sold on the H2 Organic Super Concentrate! It's actually cheaper per bottle than the best sale price in the store; plus, it's non-toxic. One 16 oz bottle ($12.15) makes 48 gallons of cleaner. Done and done!

~Giveaway~
Now for the best part! Michelle has offered to give one A Beautiful Ruckus reader the entire Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit. This super concentrated kit retails for $115.00 and provides $3400 worth of cleaning products. I actually had to re-read the $3400 worth of cleaning products because it just blew my mind, but it's true! Dilute these items with water to the prescribed amount and you've got enough products to last...a really, really long time!


Cleaning Supplies:
  • Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, 16 oz
  • Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes, 35 Wipes
  • Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover, 32 oz
  • Dish Wash Concentrate, 16 oz
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate, 32 oz
  • Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Compatible, 32 oz
  • Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets, 80 Sheets
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate Dispenser, 1 count (empty)
  • Nature Bright Dispenser, 1 count (empty)
Plus all of the accessories you need to clean:
  • Organizer Caddy, 1 count
  • Spray Bottles, 3 count
    • Windows and Mirrors
    • All-Purpose
    • Degreasing
  • Dropper Pipette, 1 count
  • 1/4 oz Dispenser Pump for 32 oz Bottle, 1 count
  • Laundry Measuring Cup, 1 count
  • Dual Measuring Spoon, 1 count
  • Cleaning Accessories, 4 count
    • Super Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
    • Super Microfiber Window Cloth
    • Super Microfiber Dish Sponge
    • Miracle Scrubber Pad
On top of that, three additional winners will each receive a sample of the Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate. Each sample makes one full bottle of window cleaner and one full bottle of all purpose cleaner!

This is one amazing giveaway! Make sure you enter and also check out her great blog, Michelle Muckala, for great tips on organizing and streamlining every part of your life. She's got it together over there!

Please use the Rafflecopter giveaway below to enter. The first two tasks are not optional and must be completed to qualify for this giveaway. If you choose the "anonymous option" to comment, please at least include your first name and first letter of your last name. It's impossible to verify comment entries without names! The additional entry tasks are optional. Winning entries will be validated prior to announcing the winner with an alternate drawn if the entries cannot be verified.
(The first winner displayed won the Get Clean Starter Kit! The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th winners displayed each one a Basic H2 sample!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
The contest ends at 11:59pm on Monday, April 29th. The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by email on Tuesday, April 30th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email with their information so that the prize can be forwarded to them. A Beautiful Ruckus is not responsible for the delivery of the prize and is not responsible if the sponsor does not deliver. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States. A Beautiful Ruckus received complimentary item(s) for review in exchange  for hosting this giveaway from Michelle Muckala, Shaklee Independent Consultant. For more info, please see my disclaimer page.

115 comments:

  1. I would love to try the H2!! We are trying to get all the chemicals out of our house.

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    1. That's great! My toddler drank some of my Basic H2, had it been toxic cleaners, the outcome would not have been so good!

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  2. I would love to try the super cleaning concentrate! Actually, I have wanted to try this starter kit for a long time.

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    1. Good luck Kimberly! It's an amazing set :)

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  3. I am excited to try the laundry detergent! <3 Tree Barnes

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    1. The laundry detergent ROCKS! Thanks for entering :)

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    2. That is why many people love our detergent, people's eczema even gets better when using it!

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  4. i couldn't figure out how to leave a comment on Michelle's site and couldn't find a post on the give away on her blog, so I hope this comment suffices. I am just recently trying to remove chemicals from our home so I am excited about this give away. :-)

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  5. I would love to try the laundry goodies (detergent, stain remover, etc) because I have sensitive skin and am very sensitive to fragrance and it sounds like I would tolerate this brand well. :)
    Sarah Nelson

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  6. Thank you for hosting this Rebecca! I'm so glad you loved the products, people go crazy over them! I LOVE your glass before/after, that is a huge difference! I really think you might need to make a "Door is here" sign! Thanks for all the entries ladies :) Can't wait to see who wins this great package! You're going to LOVE it!

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  7. I would love to try the super concentrated formula, as I have so many uses for it around the house. I have a cook top that is way worse than yours!

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    1. Tons of uses! I use it for my windows, mirrors, hardwood floors, stainless steel (streak free and amazing), sticker residue, and on and on and on...I even put it in my toddler's bath!

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  8. The laundry booster and stain remover! Because I have a toddler.

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    1. Debbi...the Nature Bright is amazing! I have a friend that just messaged me tonight about buying a $328 Coach purse for $25 because the worker accidently made a 3 inch mark with permanent marker...she got it out with Nature Bright and the Basic H2 concentrate :) I've gotten out permanent marker, pen, and dried on for days glitter glue from clothing.

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  9. I need stain removers that work with 3 boys!

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    1. Shaklee is your answer! From grass stains to marker to mud, it's got you covered!

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  10. Toddlers make a mess, get into trouble, get into things they shouldnt, no matter how well hidden they are! I need something that is safe to use arouns my family ad well as cleans well!

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    1. For sure! My toddler drank my Basic H2 and I was sitting right there with her, I turned away for a minute. It's like they have an internal radar-you can never be too careful. If it were a chemical filled cleaner, I can't even imagine what would have happened. We didn't have to go in or anything!

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  11. I used the Shaklee baby items when my children were littles. The youngest is now 11 years old. I used the Basic H also. What a great item. I think that I would like to try the H2 Degreaser Formula. That would be super handy! Sonya Johnson

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I love to hear stories of people that used Shaklee before :)

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  12. I saw these products at a "Fit and Fun Fair" recently and I'd love to try the H2 Organic Super Concentrated Soap! I love that you can use it so many different ways!

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  13. I love this giveaway! I'm really excited about the stain remover- with four kiddos, who isn't excited about removing stains?!

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  14. I need to try the H2 cleaner as the Degreaser.

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  15. I'd like to the vivix because I could really use the energy to get pumped about spring cleaning right now.

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    1. LOL Nora! Energy is a must for spring cleaning :) I LOVE the vivix!! It's a little pricey, but it's so worth it. My skin gets so soft when I use it. My favorite for energy though are the Vitalizer strips-talk about energy!

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  16. I like MENOPAUSE BALANCE COMPLEX* 60 CT.

    Darlene Owen

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  17. I can't wait to try out the dish washer soap. Our water out here is so hard our dishes never seem to come out clean.

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    1. A friend just messaged me for a reorder because of how amazing it is, I've never seen glass sparkle so well before! For hard water you will need to use a little more, and maybe even a drop or two of Basic H2!

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  18. I'd like to try their energizing tea!

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    1. Love the energy tea! They come in handy strips that you can take with you. I can't do a whole one, because I'm so sensitive to caffeine, but half a strip and it's a great boost of energy with zero jitters and zero crash.

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  19. The revitalizing shampoo seems like it would be perfect for me.

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  20. I would LOVE to try the Super Cleaning Concentrate! I, too, have those ugly rings on my stove and would do just about anything to get rid of them!!!

    Christi Boyer

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  21. I would like to try it all! The h2 concentrate would be great for my in-home daycare!

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    1. The families you care for would thank you for switching to a non-toxic line like Shaklee. The great thing is there are no fumes at all and Shaklee also has a Germicide concentrate.

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  22. This all sounds great. I hate streaky windows and the degreaser would be wonderful!

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  23. I like this: Advanced Undercounter carbon filtration system #82333. Includes installation parts (#56790). Because my daughters keep asking for soda and we should drink more water.

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  24. Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover since for some reason the kids think it is okay to walk outside all the time in their socks.

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    1. LOL! Last summer my husband forgot to pack our then 10 month olds shoes for an outdoor party (and yes, she was already walking). Anyways, we let her walk in her socks and everyone said "throw those away!" I soaked them in Nature Bright and they were bright and clean after going through the wash :)

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  25. The Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate sounds great. I love the idea of one product serving multiple purposes.

    Nicole M.

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  26. Id love to try INFUSING MINERAL MASQUE

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    1. The masque is great! It makes your skin so soft, love that it cleans your pores right out.

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  27. i would like to try the laundry detergent!

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  28. I would love to try the degreaser! I have a stove that looks just like yours did.

    Lori S.

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  29. I would love to try Fresh Laundry Concentrate. Thank you!

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  30. I would love to try their laundry products!

    xnicolenewbyx@hotmail.com

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  31. I would love to try the dishwasher concentrate. We are having trouble with other products dissolving.

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    1. Mine dissolved just fine every time, I never even have so much as residue left!

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  32. I am most excited to try the Daily Wash Concentrate (kitchen)

    (d schmidt in widget)

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  33. Always looking for inexpensive, effective, non-toxic ways to clean house. It's not my favorite activity, but since it has to be done anyway... why not do it well, for less money, and not kill myself or my family in the process with toxic chemicals? Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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    1. Thank you for entering Tina, I LOVE your thought process :)

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  34. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate

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  35. Forgot to mention I am most excited about the cleaner concentrate.

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  36. Would love to try the laundry detergent! Nothing like non-toxic cleaning products.

    Angie

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  37. The NATURE BRIGHT LAUNDRY BOOSTER & STAIN REMOVER!

    Kristin

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  38. Great product that would provide some peace of mind.

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  39. I would love to try the laundry products.

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  40. I look forward to trying the laundry detergent. I am always looking for the best alternative when it comes to cleaning my family's clothes. Thanks, Mitzi Cline

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  41. My parents used Shaklee when I was a kid. I totally forgot about them. I didn't even know they were still around because the products were so expensive, my parents only used one or two things. I would love to try any of it. They used to have make-up as well. I didn't see it, but I saw some skin care products.

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    1. Oh yes, they are still around. The average customer has been using Shaklee for over 17 years, pretty amazing! I hear lots of parents and grandparents used Shaklee.

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  42. I love hearing about non-toxic cleaners. It seems like there are not enough on the market yet. We make our own cleaners (read about it here:30 Days to a Chemical Detox), but the one I can never get to work well is the laundry detergent. It just doesn't seem to get everything clean. So I hope I win, so I can try the he laundry detergent.

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    1. My MIL actually made a pretty decent laundry detergent,I liked it, but it didn't perform as well as Shaklee. I have yet to find anything that works as well as it does. From baby poop to spaghetti sauce to grass/mud stains, it's taken care of them all.

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  43. I really REALLY want to try the laundry detergent. I use an Ionizer for my "regular" cleaning already but the laundry detergent is the one I want to test out most, much as I'd love green products elsewhere!

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  44. I would love to try the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Tea Green Matcha Flavor

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  45. I would love to try the stove cleaner, I have nothing currently that really cleans it!!

    Christine

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  46. I'm very interested in finding safe products for my home cleaning, and the concentrated-multi-use solution sounds so convenient.

    -Danielle T.

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  47. I'd love to try their healthy aging line
    diesel_had_my_baby@yahoo.com

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  48. Looks like a great find! Love to try it.

    Theresa M.

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  49. Stain Remover! My kids always have stains on their clothes!
    Ashleigh Brumet

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  50. I would love to try all the laundry goodies! Sadly, it's my favorite chore :)

    Kimberly Gulley

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  51. SUPER excited about this giveaway! What a great deal! -Fallon C.-

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  52. Would love them all!

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  53. Would love to try the cleaner concentrate as a degreaser
    kami Butler

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  54. All of the products sound great, but I could definitely benefit from the super cleaning concentrate. From that, I think I would use the all purpose cleaner and window cleaner the most. I can not believe the amount of savings with this starter kit!

    Amy H.

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  55. I want to try everything. Every.single.thing. Lincoln is in a weird licking phase so I'm freaked out to use any "normal" chemical-filled cleaners within his reach!

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    1. Julie it's funny you say that because at my 7 year olds dance class tonight, my toddler was LICKING the glass door! Ew! It does make you go hmmmmm about the chemicals in your home, doesn't it?

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  56. With our 4 enjoying the outdoor activities a bit too much, I think, I would love to try the Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover! They just ruined 3 shirts each this week! lol !
    Anyhow, all the products would be a relief money-wise and safety wise.

    Dafna (Revi'ya Vegas)

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    1. Lucky! We've been stuck inside with four mega snow storms rolling in over the last two weeks. For sure you need Nature Bright! That stuff is great.

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  57. I've been really wanting to try an all-natural all-purpose cleaner. I feel the one I use now is too harsh for everyday use.

    sarah.zaengle at yahoo dot com

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    1. Basic H2 is so gentle and you use so little. It's great for every day use!

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  58. Everything sounds great! This giveaway is amazing... hope I'm the lucky girl!

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    1. Thanks Phoebe, the kit is so fun to get. I still remember when I got my first kit, it was like Christmas! You get so much and the microfiber clothes are another of my favorites.

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  59. I am shocked at how many bad and toxic chemicals there are in cleaning products that I have been using for years!!! so I am now starting to makeover all of them to safer products I would love to try the all natural all purpose cleaner been trying to find one that is not soo toxic

    Lesha
    leshaturner@hotmail.com

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    1. that's great Lesha! Yes, it is amazing that they have a whole entire aisle devoted just to cleaners in the store, isn't it?

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  60. Wow! What a neat giveaway and I do believe I would be very interested in trying the H2 Organic Super Concentrate. Sounds like a good all-in-one to get many uses out of!

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  61. BASIC H2® ORGANIC SUPER CLEANING CONCENTRATE would be the one I would like to try.

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  62. These products all sound amazing! I think I'd most like to try the h2 super cleaner though .
    Tessa A

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  63. I'm excited about the laundry detergent.
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

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  64. I love the household products that I have used from Shaklee. I would like to try the ProSant√©® Hair Care System.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Angela! The hair care system is suprisingly great! It doesn't get all sudsy like normal shampoo, so I was leary at first, but I really like it.

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    2. They are amazing, but every household should have the Basic H2. It works great and is cheaper than any homemade formulas out there.

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  65. I want to try the
    Nature Bright® Laundry Booster & Stain Remover

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  66. Non-toxic is the way to go! Too many chemicals are used in practically every product. It's nice to see that there are products made for those of us that have to be concerned with little ones running around.

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  67. I would like to try the Hand Wash Concentrate.

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  68. I would like to try the Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate, I have a hard time finding one I really like that cleans well without a huge price.
    Sylvia Zajis, mrszajis@yahoo.com

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  69. I'd like to try the Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate

    Susan Smith

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  70. I have heard wonderful things about this line, and I am crossing my fingers I get to be the lucky one that wins!! :) I would be really interested to see how the laundry items handle our hard city water.

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  71. I am most excited to try Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate

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  72. I'd love to try the H2 cleaner since it has multiple uses.

    Kayla R.

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  73. All purpose cleaner and also the laundry detergent.

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  74. I need the laundry detergent and dish washing detergent I do so many loads of each week

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  75. i am so excited to try the H2 Organic Super Concentrate
    i would use it on everything
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  76. Charity is excited to try the dishwasher soap!

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  77. I would love to try the healthy beauty line. The Herbal Blend® Multi-Purpose Cream looks great.

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  78. i would like to try the Enfuselle® Moisturizing Shower Gel

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  79. FRESH LAUNDRY CONCENTRATE (POWDER) FRAGRANCE-FREE
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  80. Oops. I said I followed with G+. I opened it in another window while I finished the RC form. But when I went to go there and follow, a picture flashes with the babies, but then it goes blank and I can't see it or follow it. Sorry.

    slehan at juno dot com

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