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Two in One, Get More Done!

With the holiday season in full swing, we are all feeling the stress that comes along with entertaining. It sometimes feels near impossible to get everything done in time for your celebration gathering, but equipping yourself with the right tools is often half the battle.

We all love “killing two birds with one stone” because it saves us time and money, and those are two of the most important resources around the holidays. Ha-Ra USA understands the desire to accomplish more for less, and that is why we love products like our Featured Product of the Month: Saponella Blue Pearls.

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Whether your sink is full of post-Christmas dinner dishes or your laundry basket is stacked high with food-stained clothing, our Saponella Blue Pearls will conquer the task with ease.

DSC_3773Ha-Ra USA Saponella Blue Pearls is a concentrated laundry and dishwashing detergent. It is made with natural soap stone and soap roots and is highly biodegradable. This product is free of chlorine compounds and corrosives, bleach, phosphates, optical brighteners, enzymes, synthetic fragrances, suspending agents, perborates, and foam regulators. Oh, and did we mention that one bucket lasts for about 150 wash cycles or 250 dishwasher loads! Think of all the time and money you’ll save with this product on the shelf.

Instead of letting the holidays get the best of you this year, just invest in a bucket of our Saponella Blue Pearls. Then the only hard decision you will have to make is whether to keep it in the kitchen or the laundry room.

Buy your Ha-Ra USA Saponella Blue Pearls today and receive 10% OFF your order! Just enter code CLEAN101 at checkout!

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HOW TO Clean Your Patio Furniture

When storing patio furniture for a move or especially in between seasons, you may be tempted to just move the furniture as is; to disregard wrapping and/or cleaning them prior storage, if at all. However, once the furniture has been moved or worse yet sitting in storage for quite some time, if that furniture wasn’t treated before being put away there’s a high chance of mold or mildew having set in. And depending on the material, this could cost anything from mild annoyance all the way to having to replace the entire set. This is one of the reasons why Ha-Ra® suggests that you clean your patio furniture thoroughly before properly covering them and storing them for the off-season, or for a move. An easy, fast and environmentally friendly cleaning option exists with the Ha-Ra® Green Glove and the Ha-Ra® Protective Formula.

Start by mixing 4-5 drops of the Protective Formula per gallon of water, and then immersing the Green Glove fully in the mixture. Having soaked for a short amount of time, wring the Green Glove free of excess mixture and use to clean the surface of your patio furniture slowly and thoroughly, interspersing circular and back and forth motions. You’ll immediately be able to tell the difference between the untreated portion of the furniture and the spot that was just cleaned with Ha-Ra®. The dirt lifts right off of the surface and once the Green Glove is again submersed in water and the dirt particles loosened up and released, you’re ready to clean more of your furniture.

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Ha-Ra® can be used to clean wooden patio furniture, aluminum patio furniture, wicker patio furniture, wrought iron patio furniture, along with a number of other types of such as multiple types of siding, window frames, window sills, front doors, sliding doors, blinds, screens, stairs, bars, stone surfaces, car rims, metal doors, and a number of other outdoor structures and other surfaces.

The Ha-Ra® Green Glove (order #0418) is made from tough, long lasting fibers for minor to major cleaning jobs and protects your hands while easily removing stubborn dirt, grease, and grime. The Ha-Ra® Green Glove fibers are patent protected and are structured to use the cleaning power of water for results, negating the use of chemicals. Ha-Ra® has a number of different specialized fibers for you to choose from, and they be used only in combination with the plant based Ha-Ra® Protective Formula.

The Ha-Ra® Protective Formula (order #0600) is safe to use and minimizes your exposure to toxic agents. Produced from raw plant materials, the Protective Formula is 99% biodegradable and can work to keep the fibers clean on the Green Glove as well. This formula is nitrate-free, phosphate-free, preservative-free, pH neutral, and has a natural fragrance. The formula does contain 10-20% anionic surfactants, 5-10% biological solvents, 5-10% skin-protection ingredients (glycerin), and 1-5% starches, among its ingredients. Needing to use so little of the formula per use can also save you over 95% on cleaners in both household and commercial use!

When storing furniture, for any reason, make sure to thoroughly clean and then wrap your furniture so that when you next use your furniture, you won’t have to worry about any surprises with a potentially troublesome after-the-fact cleaning or needing to all-together replace your furniture. Ha-Ra® provides an easy, fast, cleaning agent free of toxic chemical cleansers providing a harmonious solution for you, your furniture, and the environment!

Still need some advice on cleaning your furniture? Watch our step-by-step video:

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Staying Safe with Cleaning Products

In order to best ensure the health of your household, a regular cleaning of your home is absolutely essential. Unfortunately, household cleaning products, including but not limited to soap, fragrances, and grooming supplies, often include harmful chemicals. At any given time, the average household will store three to twenty five gallons of toxic materials, found mostly in these various cleaning agents. The cleaning industry generates more than $168 billion globally in annual revenue, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the average household annually spends $345 to $854 on cleaning products, with these numbers varying by region, education, income, age, and household size.

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The types of health hazards cleaning agents pose will vary per product. With some chemicals the damage is immediate (acute) and can include hazards such as respiratory irritation, headaches, sneezing, watery eyes, or chemical burns. A number of fragrances added to common cleaning agents can easily contribute to allergic reactions such as these. Other chemicals are associated with long-term damage (chronic) such as multiple forms of cancer or hormone disruption. These long term effects can include decreased sperm count in men using these products or numerous birth defects when exposed to women who are pregnant.

The Ha-Ra® Protective Formula is an extremely safe, environmentally friendly alternative to all other cleaning agents. Produced from raw materials taken from plants and 99% biodegradable, the Protective Formula contains absolutely no preservatives, is nitrate and phosphate free, and is pH neutral.

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The list of surfaces that the Ha-Ra® Cleaning System can clean is nearly endless, and the Ha-Ra Protective Formula can also be used for better results in both dishwashers and in your washing machine. It is also incredibly efficient; 1-2 bottles will easily last for an entire year and leading to much less waste than other cleaning agents. The Protective Formula is crafted to work with the Ha-Ra® fibers, to support and protect them.  The Ha-Ra® Protective Formula, much like all of the Ha-Ra® cleaning products, has been tailored over decades to provide maximum support for the world around us, as well your own personal health, family, and household.