|by Kerry Scott-Faine, Independent Watkins Manager #368118
Welcome to Part 2 of All Natural Living with Watkins. If you missed Part 1 it may be beneficial to go back and read through that article to get an introduction to the series.
As I mentioned in my previous article, I am big into direct sales associates using what they sell no matter what business they are in. To that end last week I went through my house to see just how many Watkins products I use. I knew used a lot of them and but did not realize just at how many until I wrote them down on my little notepad. This is just one of the reasons why I love Watkins as a business partner. Watkins provides products that you use in your everyday life already PLUS they are all natural – good for the environment and the people we love.
|In this second article, I am going to focus on the All Natural Home Care products. The Watkins home care line has been awarded the DFE (Design for the Environment) certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. To receive this seal of approval Watkins follows a “Freedom Code” which means the home care products are Ammonia Free, Animal Ingredient Free, Benzene Free, Biodegradable, Boron Free, Butyl/Ethyl Cellosolve Free, Chlorine Free, Diethylene Ether Free, Dye Free, Formaldehyde Free, Isopropanol Free, Kerosene Free, Mineral Spirit Free, Never Tested On Animals, Non-toxic, Paraben Free, Petrochemical Free, Phosphate Free, Phosphoric Acid Free, Phthalate Free, Propylene Glycol Free, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free, and Sulfuric Acid Free.|
Before getting into the specifics on each of the home care products that I use and love I wanted to share a personal story directly related to the home care line in general. A few years ago when the line came out I decided to completely toss ALL of my chemical cleaners that I had been purchasing at my local chain store. You see, Watkins had a fabulous deal on a starter kit and added with my personal discount it was a very inexpensive way to get started with the line. Anyway, at the time my son was taking medication for asthma and having a really hard time of it whenever he got active. After just a few weeks of using the chemical-free cleaners I noticed my son was having fewer asthma attacks. A few weeks after that I noticed he had stopped using his rescue inhaler. And after a few months we visited the doctor asking him if my son could stop taking his daily asthma medicine all together. The doctor advised giving this a try but keeping the rescue inhaler just in case. It turns out having the former chemical based cleaners in the house were directly related to his asthma attacks. Now my son is 17 and free of the daily medicine and inhalers. I have not seen him have an attack in years now though he is just as active. Because of this I will NEVER go back to bringing chemical cleaners in my house ever again. More than ever, I am sold on all natural products whenever possible for the health and wellness of my family!
And now, on to my favorites of the All Natural Home Care line:
All Purpose Cleaner: My favorites scents here are the Lemon and Grapefruit (also comes in Aloe & Green Tea, Lavender and Orange Citrus). Nothing better than when you are done cleaning to have a refreshing citrus smell left in the room. I use this cleaner for absolutely everything from the daily kitchen cleanup to bathroom deep clean day. I even use this all-purpose cleaner as a carpet stain remover. We spill a lot so when we do I grab the spray and a cloth. Just a couple sprays and a few dabs of the cloth and the carpet is so clean you would not even suspect we are a “spilly” family.
All Purpose Wipes: I use the Lemon cleaner for dusting during weekly cleanings. I also keep one of these in my car for spill cleanups on the go. It also works very well for wiping down the dashes and other areas in the car for more of a deep interior clean project too. If you want a less citrus smell the All Purpose Wipes also comes in Aloe & Green Tea scent.
Window Cleaner: My favorite of the window cleaners is the Lemon scent. It also comes in an Aloe & Green tea scent too if you prefer more of a clean but not citrus-y smell. Gone is the left over chemical smell in my house that used to come from other leading brands after I cleaned my windows.
Dish Soap: So in my house I have my teenagers do the dishes daily by hand. When they do I have them use the Lemon, Grapefruit or Orange dish soap (also comes in Aloe & Green Tea and Lavender scents). Although lately my daughter has been choosing the scent so we end up with more Lemon in the house these days. Since this is an all-natural product I never have to worry about chemicals absorbing into their skin or leaving dangerous chemical residue on our dishes (as one can get from traditional dishwasher soaps). Plus Watkins has added a natural degreaser so your pots and pans come out easily cleaned too.
Hand Soap: I have an all-natural hand soap (and lotion) by every sink of my house. My favorite kitchen scents are the Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange. In the bathroom, I prefer the Lavender or Aloe & Green Tea. Watkins has so many scents that I alternate through them each time I place an order keeping things fresh at the sink. Besides the fresh scent my favorite part is that you don’t need a lot making my soaps last a lot longer (and saving me money in my budget too).
Brand New Foaming Hand Soap: this is a brand new product out this year. Again, these are all natural hand soaps but in a fun to use foaming product. Plus Watkins has added a new scent called Coastal Breeze. I will be trying out this scent in my bathroom as soon as my lavender hand soap runs out. In my kitchen I have already switched over to the grapefruit scent. It is a wonderful, clean scent and with just one pump it does not seem to use as much product. I’m hoping that means the foaming hand soap is even more economical. This product also comes in Grapefruit, Aloe & Green Tea, and Sweet Apple. I can’t wait to try them all!
Laundry Detergent: This product comes in a liquid lemon scent, a fragrance free liquid OR a powder depending on your favorite method of doing laundry. I cannot say enough about the laundry detergent. It is safe for baby clothes, kids clothes and adult clothes – no more buying multiple containers of laundry soap. Many laundry detergents have so many chemicals that it wears out your clothes prematurely. But you do not need those chemicals to have clean clothes! Watkins laundry detergent has great stain fighters leaving your clothes clean and smelling really fresh too. It works much better than the store brand I used to use before I found Watkins. If you want to try out the powder product here is a fun experiment you can try at home. Place a tsp of your favorite detergent in a glass of water and then take a tsp of Watkins. Swish around the cup and watch which one dissolves faster. In my experience Watkins wins every time.
Natural Room Fresheners: Comes in many different scents such as Aloe & Green Tea, Lemon, Lavender, and Orange Citrus. This all natural spray leaves behind a refreshed scent – with no chemicals you have to worry about inhaling on your way out of the room. Every busy bathroom needs one of these. Enough said (lol).
I hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite Watkins All Natural Home Care products. One question I get from customers regarding living naturally that I wanted to share in this article is “Isn’t it more expensive to use all natural products?” My answer? Not with Watkins, most of the products I highlighted in this article are around the $5.00 – $10.00 per item mark and many of them are even below that $5.00 mark. Compared to other products on the market today Watkins all-natural products are a great value – and carry the DFE seal ensuring you really are using a product made with all natural, chemical free ingredients. So yes, you can live naturally chemical free on a budget.
By the way, Watkins has many more home care products that I did not touch on in this article but perhaps it may be your next favorite product. Oh, and all Watkins products are 100% guaranteed or your money back so you don’t have to worry about the risk in trying Watkins out for the very first time.
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