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7 Tips to “Green” your Spring Clean

According to the calendar, this past week included the start of Spring AND World Water Day. A major part of Ha-Ra’s cleaning system is its simplicity and reliance on natural resources like water. It is important to protect our water and commit to using eco-friendly products like Ha-Ra to ensure our environment survives.

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Here are some tips to make your Spring cleaning a bit more resourceful this year:

1. Clean floors are a refreshing reminder that winter is gone.

Get rid of all that salt, slush, and grime, from a hard winter, with the Ha-Ra Floor Perfect System. When you’re finished, “green” your clean by throwing the dirty water on your flower bed outside rather than down the drain. Ha-Ra is bio-degradable and will not harm your budding plants.

2. Clean windows let that spring sunshine brighten your home.

Wipe down all the windows and screens with Ha-Ra’s Vario Window Cleaner. You’ll be amazed at what a difference clean windows can make, and now you have more reusable water for the lawn!

3. Prepare your kitchen for all those fresh fruits and vegetables.

After a winter of imported produce, spring brings fresh strawberries and green beans. You want your kitchen counters and refrigerator to be clean and ready to receive those healthy organics. Since Ha-Ra is made from plants and not harmful chemicals, it’s perfect for kitchens. We’ve got tons of kitchen sponges and cloths to help with the dirty work.

4. Make that old salty car look brand new.

Nothing shows the confidence of spring like a clean car. No more winter salt stains, no more windshield wiper patterns. Why pay for a car wash when you already everything you need from your Ha-Ra Protective Formula and Natura Glove? Save water by purchasing a spray head for your hose, that way it won’t run the whole time you are cleaning.

5. Bring out the shorts. 

Put all those winter sweatshirts and snow pants away, your not going to need them anymore! It’s time to free your warm season wardrobe, and give them their first wash of the spring with Ha-Ra’s Saponella Blue Pearls. Make sure to use the proper water level settings on the washer and air dry your clothing to save electricity.

6. Might as well clean the bathroom while you’re on a roll.

All of your spring BBQ guests will be so impressed with how clean and fresh your bathrooms are. They’ll be sneaking a peak under your sink to see what cleaning products you used and won’t be surprised to find Ha-Ra. Green your clean by using the water in the back of the toilet and some Ha-Ra, when your done just flush!

7. Fill the house with flowers.

Bring the spring inside. Nothing reminds you more that spring is here than a beautiful bouquet of sweet smelling flowers. You’ve earned it; the house looks marvelous! Not only did you clean it all, but you were saving the environment in the process! Way to go green for your spring clean with Ha-Ra!

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Teaching Your Kids To Clean

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Remember those beloved chore charts from your childhood? Well, it turns out our parents had it all figured out already.

It is important that children learn from an early age that cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming, but rather fun and effective. Using Ha-Ra products with your kids helps teach them a lifetime of good habits including how to be environmentally responsible. This value will help protect our natural surroundings for the years to come.

Here are FOUR HELPFUL TIPS to encourage your kiddos’ good cleaning habits:

Give Ownership
Deem certain areas of the house theirs to maintain. Kids are more likely to keep a space clean and tidy when they have ownership over it. Give them the chance to make small design or organization decisions in those spaces, and remind them it’s their responsibility to look after the rug the picked out (or whatever decision they made).

Create a Fun Checklist
Kids love to see their own progress documented and rewarded. A fun chart or checklist can provide a great outline of what chores need to be done by each child each week. Assigning simple rewards for doing their chores will give them something to look forward to in the future.

Make a Family Activity
Don’t feel like you need to stay completely hands-off when your kids are completing their chores. Schedule a time when everyone cleans the home together! Especially with younger children, it can be helpful to clean alongside them and offer assistance as needed. But, be sure to give them the space to learn on their own. No one likes to work while being watched…

Provide Education
Ensuring your children are learning healthy and eco-friendly cleaning practices at a young age will help save the Earth they’ll be living in for years to come. Review the differences found in the ingredients of chemical cleaning products and natural products like Ha-Ra. Explain the negative impacts that harsh chemicals can have on their health and environment. Green cleaning is for everyone!

Don’t sweat over finding the “right” way to teach your kids to clean. Experiment with these tips, involve and educate them, and eventually, you’ll find the perfect fit for your family!

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5 Tips for a Super Bowl Pre-Game Clean Up

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Before you head to the kitchen to concoct some delicious dips and plentiful platters, use these simple tips to get the living room in order for perfect Super Bowl viewing.

1. Wipe down the television screen

No one likes trying to follow the bowl from underneath a layer of dust. Grab your Ha-Ra Polishing Cloth and give the screen a proper cleaning. It’s easiest when the television is turned off, and the screen is black. Good picture quality is essential for the big game, so be sure to tick this step off your list.

2. Vacuum/sweep the floors

Yes, they are definitely going to get dirty again, but it’s always good to start with a clean slate. Give your floors a good once-over with the Ha-Ra Floor Kit before setting up your shindig. Your guests will thank you when they can execute the “5 second rule” without picking up a piece of dog hair with their dropped cheese.

3. Sanitize the remote control

There are tons of germs that like to live on devices like remotes. Take this opportunity to rid yours of any lingering grime. Use your Ha-Ra Protective Formula mixture with our Polishing Cloth to trap every hiding morsel of dirt on your device.

4. Organize and store any unnecessary items

Remove all the bells and whistles from your living room. Super Bowl Sunday is not the time to impress your guests with scented candles and elegant centerpieces. Clear away the clutter, and cover your nice coffee table with a cheap table cloth in your team’s colors. Maybe invest in a few extra coasters for the end tables.

5. Arrange the seating

Lastly, tap into your inner architect and structure the perfect seating arrangement. Make sure the food is accessible but not blocking the game; keep a path clear for easy exiting; and of course, ensure every seat in the house can fully see your squeaky clean screen.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Clean Home

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1. Go green!

Make this switch this year and finally go green. The New Year is a great time to clear out all the chemical cleaners that have been living in your cabinets forever. Removing harsh chemicals from your cleaning routine will protect your family and the environment. Ha-Ra products consist of millions of extremely fine fibers that do all the work without the need for chemicals.

2. Downsize and declutter.

Have you been putting off going through your closet? Now is the time to do it. While you’re throwing away all those old chemical cleaners, you might as well declutter the rest of your spaces. Organization is the key to keeping a house feeling clean. Be sure to wipe down all shelves and sweep/wash all floors before restocking them with your downsized belongings.

3. Save money.

Using Ha-Ra products is super cost-effective in the long run. Instead of buying the cheap throwaway cleaning rags and mops, invest in some quality products upfront that clean even better and last for years. Then, just pair them with water and a couple of drops of Ha-Ra Protective Formula to clean almost any surface! (One 500mL bottle of Ha-Ra Protective Formula will maintain your Ha-Ra fiber-based products for 1-2 years with average use.)

4. Take care of yourself.

Be sure and take time for yourself this year. Don’t get bogged down with laundry, cooking, cleaning, and more. Let Ha-Ra help by providing easy-to-use, quick, and effective cleaning tools to tackle any job in minutes. Treat yourself to our Yellow Floor Pad to make sweeping up an absolute breeze. Then, take the time you save and do something you love!

5. Enjoy and entertain!

There is nothing better than a clean home, especially a Ha-Ra cleaned home! This New Year, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Invite some friends over and create some new memories in your sparkling, chemical-free house. That’s what it’s all about…

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Autumn Cleaning & Maintenance Checklist: Outside

Though our days may be growing shorter, the list of things we need to do to prepare our homes for the impending drop in temperature only grows longer. And though the month of October may be known for delivering all sorts of delightful frights, Ha-Ra would like to assure you, there is nothing to fear in cleaning and protecting your most prized possessions with Ha-Ra’s full family of ultra-powerful, all-natural cleaning components.

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This is the first half of our comprehensive list of what you can do to prepare for the change in seasons, from Autumn to Winter, and details what can be done outside of the home:

1. Check that all exterior doors and windows properly close.

2. Check weather-stripping and/or caulking on all exterior doors and windows, and clean, repair, and/or replace as needed.

3. Check exterior paint for flaking and/or peeling, and clean and/or touch up as needed.

Ha-Ra Blue Paste is an ideal cleaning agent to help with external surfaces, and doesn’t rely on harsh chemicals to get the job done. First, wipe a slightly damp Ha-Ra cloth, or any Ha-Ra cleaning agent, over the Ha-Ra Blue Paste and once a foam is created use the suds to clean any grimy surface. Rinse the surface with a clean Ha-Ra cloth or glove to remove all Ha-Ra Blue Paste and then gently rub dry. Increasing the cleaning power of all Ha-Ra fiber containing cleaning devices, Ha-Ra Blue Paste contains a micro-fine marble blend, chalk, and is nearly one-fifth pure soap stone and other natural substances, including but not limited to citral and limestone.

4. Power-wash all exterior windows and siding.

A perfect all-in-one solution to cleaning windows, whether in the home or outside of it, is the Ha-Ra Window Cleaning Kit. For use everywhere from greenhouses to birdhouses, car mirrors to compact mirrors, the Ha-Ra Window Cleaning Kit is an all-natural, water efficient alternative to common chemical cleaners. The Cleaning Kit contains:

  • Ha-Ra Green Glove, to clean window frames
  • Ha-Ra Star Cloth, for a streak-free finish
  • 12.6” Ha-Ra Specialized Window Squeegee, for window panels
  • Ha-Ra Rollfix, for use with the Squeegee

5. Check and clean gutters and downspouts. Consider installing heating cables to prevent ice dams.

6. Clean and cover exterior furniture, children’s toys, umbrellas, and/or other outdoor items.

7. Store any items not in use in the Autumn and/or Winter.

8. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots.

9. Inspect, drain, and store garden hoses.

10. Schedule sprinkler systems to be blown free of water.

11. Check and clear dryer exhaust pipe.

12. Clean outdoor light fixtures and replace any faulty bulbs.

An innovative use of the Ha-Ra Eyeglass Cloth is the handling and cleaning of any exterior light fixtures and/or light bulbs in or around your home. The Eyeglass Cloth will remove fingerprints, dust, or greasy residue and works without water to help handle delicate glass fixtures that are ornamental, practical, or a mixture of both.

13. Drain water heater to remove sediment and schedule a furnace inspection.

14. Clean vehicles in preparation to be stored in the Autumn and/or Winter.

15. Prepare vehicles to be used in the Autumn and/or Winter.

16. Vacuum the inside of your vehicle.

17. Change windshield wipers, if applicable.

18. Add temperature appropriate wiper fluid, if applicable.

Ha-Ra Star Cloth is the perfect way to clean anything inside any of your vehicles prior to the start of harsh Winter months. The Ha-Ra Star Cloth is hand-made in Europe and is an incredibly absorbent, dual-purpose cleaning/polishing cloth that can be used dry or slightly damp. For use on all surfaces, clean a dashboard as easy as a side mirror, and just as well. Made of a 3:1 polyester, polyamide blend, the Ha-Ra Star Cloth will leave surfaces streak-free and with proper care, will last this and many more seasons to come

19. Clean grill.

20. Fill propane tank if used in the Autumn and/or Winter.

21. Drain and clean the pool, if you have one!

22. Store any pool related items not in use in the Autumn and/or Winter.

23. Inspect and clean chimneys and flues.

Happy Cleaning! And to revisit easy steps on how to clean your home for any season, please visit our additional checklists:
The Ha-Ra Summer Cleaning Checklist
The Ha-Ra Spring Cleaning Checklist