All winter we try to keep our home warm by keeping the heat in and our windows and doors closed. The warm days of spring energize us to freshen our homes and wash winter's dust and dirt off our windows.
Cleaning our homes is more than just making our house "smell" clean. Some air fresheners and cleaners give off toxic pollutants that can lead to health problems. According to a study reported by Science Daily, under certain conditions, when a large surface is cleaned in a small room, or when products are used regularly, the toxic pollutants can reach levels that may become a health risk.
Sol-U-Mel makes spring cleaning easier. Indeed, The Melaleuca Wellness Guide lists over 120 uses for Sol-U-Mel. It is unique in that it dissolves and lifts stains by turning them into a solution that can be easily rinsed away.
In preparation for carpet cleaning, first use full-strength Sol-U-Mel to remove oil-based stains like chocolate, paint, grease, permanent markers, food stains, and gum. Pet stains should also be pre-treated with Sol-U-Mel. If a pet can smell his scent he will return to the same area. Sol-U-Mel penetrates and dissolves the pet stain so that the pet no longer needs to visit that area.
Clean carpets by mixing 1 oz of Tough & Tender and 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel for each gallon of water in your cleaning machine reservoir. Check the color fastness of your carpet before using any cleaning product.
In the kitchen it is probably the oven and ventilation hoods that will need extra attention. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of MelaMagic and 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel in a 16 oz spray bottle and fill with water. Apply to the oven and ventilation hood and let it set for 5 minutes. Wipe it with a damp cloth. If it is a major job, use a soft scrubbing pad and diluted MelaMagic.
Showers can be easily cleaned by spraying with diluted Tub & Tile with an added capful of Sol-U-Mel. Rinse well. Not only will Tub & Tile clean and shine the shower, but it will wipe off hard water spots, along with fungus, mold, and mildew. For spot treating mold and mildew use full strength Tub & Tile.
If needed, walls can be washed with a mixture of 1 tsp of Tough & Tender in a 16 oz spray bottle of water. If you need a stronger mixture, add I capful of Sol-U-Mel.
If you have a ceiling fan, it probably needs a spring cleaning. Tough & Tender dissolves grime making it easy to wipe off with a damp clean cloth. After drying the blades, apply Rustic Touch to help repel dust.
Metallic or polymer venetian blinds (not wooden blinds) can be taken down and soaked in a bathtub with a tablespoon of MelaMagic or Tough & Tender mixed with warm water. Swish around to clean, then rinse with warm water and gather up and carefully stand on their side on a clean dry towel to dry.
Last but not least, wash windows inside and out. The EPA tells us that the basic ingredients in window/glass cleaners is ammonia and isopropanol. The cleaners may be irritating to eyes, skin, nose, and throat, and cause death if swallowed. The use of gloves and ventilation is recommended.
Clear Power Glass Cleaner does not contain ammonia or other caustic chemicals and yet is a very effective cleaner. Clean with cheap paper towels. Old towels and cloths can leave lint.
Spring cleaning our homes with EcoSense can give us pleasing results without exposure to caustic ingredients. We can pull open the curtains and let the light shine through our clean windows into our clean home.
~ Richard M Barry
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide
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Spring Cleaning with EcoSense Testimonials
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
I make a lot of jams. We eat a lot of plums. My son who is 16 months old is learning to eat, so I have a lot of red plum stains on my carpet. I poured some Sol-U-Mel and rubbed in it for a second. By the time I got up and wet a microfiber cloth with hot water and rubbed over the spot it was gone, no residue or ring stain, just gone.
Also the grout in my old bathroom used to be white. On February 3rd I took a photo which showed yellow grout and stains. Today after cleaning every Saturday with Tub & Tile the grout is white and stains are gone.
I learned at a webinar about using PreSpot as a great fly spray. I used it to kill a spider.
My child's school uniforms are not fading by using the MelaBrite in every wash with her navy blue uniforms. The MelaPower is also a great wash for cloth nappies. Normal powder and liquid detergent wash them but after a while, about once a month, I have to strip-wash them due to smell. I have been washing them with MelaPower since January and I have not yet needed to strip-wash my cloth nappies. MelaPower and MelaBrite in warm water are enough. Thanks for everything.
I joined Melaleuca in January 2013. I have several dogs and 2 cats. As you know pets can be very messy. Here recently, I rented a carpet cleaner to help clean up the mess my pets had made. I have done this in the past but the carpet never seemed to be very clean after using carpet cleaner products. This time, since I am a Melaleuca customer I bought extra Sol-U-Mel and put it in the carpet cleaner to see if it would do a better job. To my amazement it got rid of the stains and odor better than anything I had ever used previously. Not only does the carpet look and smell cleaner, it looks like it did 10 years ago. Instead of the dark dingy color that it was before the cleaning, it is now a bright new looking color as it was when it was first put down in my home. I would recommend Sol-U-Mel to any of my friends, family, or even complete strangers. I will never use any other carpet solution ever again when I rent a carpet cleaner.
I have only been a member of Melaleuca for a few months, but every product I have used has been awesome! One cleaning product stands out from all the rest for its exemplary cleaning power. All of the cleaning products are wonderful, but the one that blew me away is Sol-U-Mel! It does everything it says it will and then some! I have nearly white carpet in my townhouse (not by choice). Some friends of mine tracked in some red clay mud from outside! If you know anything about red clay mud it is very hard to get out of any fabric, especially light colored fabric. I thought I was doomed! Nonetheless I sprayed the stains with Sol-U-Mel and got out my scrub brush, and much to my amazement the stain completely disappeared! After this particular incident I was still a little skeptical thinking that maybe it hadn't had time to set and just came up so easy because I cleaned it up so fast. Well I was taking care of my niece and nephew one morning after this incident, we had a great breakfast and I took them back to their mom a few hours later. I went on to work after dropping them off and when I came home from work I noticed that one of us had dropped grape jelly on my almost white carpet, and it had been there all day! Again I figured there was no way this was coming up. I just knew the stain had set in, and there was no way it was coming up. I went ahead and sprayed it with Sol-U-Mel anyway to at least get what I could out of the carpet to keep it from being as noticeable! To my amazement it not only made the stain lighter, it made it disappear right in front of me. Needless to say I have recommended Sol-U-Mel to anyone who will listen! I tell everyone it is the best product on the market, and if they don't believe me come to my house and we will put grape jelly and red clay mud on my carpet, and I will show them what an awesome product Sol-U-Mel really is!
My grandson was diagnosed with irritant-induced hyperactive airway disorder. The doctor told my daughter to clean Charlie's room often. She was cleaning with supplies that contained chemicals, and then airing out the room. It didn't matter -- every time Charlie went into his room, he would have an asthma attack. We realized that the cleaner she was using was causing the attacks, so we switched to Melaleuca products. The first time after cleaning his room, no attack! Six months later, Charlie placed out of IIHA -- all because of Melaleuca's all-natural products.
A few years ago I was preparing my home for sale. The outside windows were so covered with hard water that it was going to cost over $600 just to clean the outsides. I took out my Tub & Tile and a non-scratch scrubbing pad. With very little effort, and less than an hour and half of work, every window in my home was sparkling clean. For the inside I just used a little Clear Power and one of Melaleuca's Microfiber glass cleaning clothes. Those clothes are also perfect for mirrors and stainless steel appliances. Wow, I just love cleaning with Melaleuca products. I save so much time, money, and no more harmful chemicals. Thank you Melaleuca and thank you RM Barry.
Chemical-free way to remove wallpaper! EcoSense Success Story: My husband and I had wanted to remove an ugly wallpaper border for years but never did because of the chemicals you need to use to remove the glue. Fast forward to this year after using Melaleuca products for 10 months. I decided I wanted to remove the wallpaper and paint the walls. My mother-in-law suggested we use a harsh chemical to remove the glue. I told my husband absolutely not! We have a one year old and a three year old running around our house, and they have severe allergies to food and chemicals. I did a little research and decided to try Sol-U-Mel. It had already worked on tough carpet stains and deodorizes quite well. I sprayed it directly on the wallpaper and let it sit for about 2 minutes. I was then able to scrape it off with ease! My husband was amazed! He was so happy. I am so glad I found Melaleuca! The products have changed my life!!!