I'm a huge admirer of new cleaning products line Haven; on the inside, they're filled with powerful yet benign cleaning ingredients, and on the outside, they've got some seriously well-designed packaging. Haven was just featured in New York magazine's Best Bets, so I know I'm not the only one looking for eco-friendly products that mean serious business when it comes to cleaning up. Kayce's delightful concoctions bust dirt & grime with 100% safe, natural ingredients like baking soda, castile soap, citric acid, witch hazel, and vegetable glycerin.
This special How She Does It offers a look into Kayce's inspirations, motivations, and mission to make cleaning products truly clean.
Haven's Clean House Starter Kit includes All Purpose Cleaner, Air & Linen Spray, Furniture Polish, Hand + Dish Soap, Scrub, Canvas Cleaning Tote, and Pop Up Sponges
Another major problem is the use of synthetic fragrance. While reading "fragrance" as an ingredient can seem benign, loose labeling regulations allow this one little ingredient to hide lots and lots of other secret, petroleum-derived ingredients that can trigger asthma, allergies and skin sensitivities, as well as pose serious cancer risks. Several "green" brands use synthetic fragrances and the most common complaint I hear from people who are adopting Haven products are past woes related to overpowering chemical scents that caused severe irritations.
My hope is that I can not only provide people with incredibly natural products but help them learn to identify and avoid potentially hazardous ingredients on their own.
We're a society of very busy people, so we've come to rely on prepared products to do most of the work for us and our expectations of these products are very high. We're accustomed to living this life of getting what we want immediately with very minimal effort and are constantly blasted with advertising for products that promise to, say, melt soap scum off your shower without any scrubbing.
For commercial shower cleaners, that price comes in the form of gasping desperately for air and running maniacally in and out of the bathroom to get away from the fumes that result from one "cleaning" session.
While the chemicals might do what they say they'll do, these are incredibly toxic products and I honestly can't understand how it's legal to manufacture and sell what is essentially poison and call it a cleaning solution. These ingredients aren't necessary if you're willing to exert the smallest amount of effort and I think that's where people's perception of green products gets skewed. We want the product to do all the work for us but, as a result, we've come to have a unsustainable reliance on very dangerous chemicals.
It works even better than a commercial cleaner and takes me half the time because I'm not running between the bathroom and an open window. This cost/benefit analysis is something we don't really take the time to do in our daily lives but that's changing. More people are beginning to take stock and it's an incredibly exciting time. I'm working hard to make Haven a part of the catalyst that brings this wider cultural shift.
I think that spring cleaning (and cleaning in general) can definitely be enjoyable! My advice for getting your seasonal cleaning done is to focus on organizing and purging in a sustainable way, utilizing items you already have in your home creatively instead of tossing out old things and buying new ones. That's how we accumulate so much stuff to begin with!
Put your energy into up-cycling, recycling and donating. See if a coat of low-VOC paint or cool new pull knobs will refresh an old piece of furniture that you can use in a new way. If you do want to get rid of things, give them a shot at new life by calling The Salvation Army and scheduling a time for them to pick up your old items for free.
You are one crafty lady – I love your blog! What’s a favorite DIY you’ve done lately?
Why thank you! The most fun part of my job is definitely the creation I get to do every day. It's exhilarating to learn how to make something new, especially when it ends up being way easier than you ever expected it to be.
What do you guys think? I know I was relieved when I ditched the Tilex and could finally breathe freely while cleaning the bathroom.