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Back to School or Not Back to School: Clean Accordingly

There is much debate these days about whether or not it’s a good idea to return to in-person school. Regardless of which one it’s going to be for you, let Ha-Ra help adjust your cleaning routine to better accommodate the situation! Let’s look at some things that can change and some things that shouldn’t…

Back to School

You can hold off cleaning the home office/Zoom Zone, or wherever the computer resides. Forget anything that is messy or dirty in the background of your web camera. Instead, focus on the laundry and washing/ironing your pants. You haven’t needed them much these days, but you’ll want to put those on before you leave the house. 🙂 You might also want to clean out the garage and wipe the cobwebs off your car. You can use your handy Ha-Ra Brilliant Polishing Cloth to freshen up the inside of the car. You can also wipe down the lunchbox and backpack while you’re at it! 

The living room will also not be seeing as much action, so you can put that on the back burner until the weekend too. Less TV watching, video game playing, and family craft projects, means less mess and less to clean. Yay!

Not Back to School

If you or your child will be staying home for school for a while, then you’ll want to clean a few things regularly. And, why waste your money on cleaning products that you keep having to repurchase?! With just water and Ha-Ra, you can clean over and over again, and some of these areas will definitely need it!

Frankly, everything in the Ha-Ra Kitchen Kit will work beautifully. Most important on the school at home cleaning list is that Zoom Zone! Wipe the computer down, wipe the camera, wipe the screen, wipe the mouse, wipe the keyboard, wipe the desk around it. Clean the windows, so you have good light coming in (making you look your best on camera). 

The bedrooms and living room are going to see a lot more action, so those will need regular upkeep. Just like your awesome Hedgehog Glove, the Floor Perfect Nano Hedgehog Pad is amazing on the floors. And, you’ll also want to wipe down the game controllers, remote control, coffee table, TV, and the rest of the surfaces in those rooms. 

Always and Forever

Regardless of whether school is a go or a stay, the kitchen and the bathrooms are always going to need some attention. So, keep wiping those down like you always do with your Ha-Ra Kitchen and Bathroom Kits. You know what to do! And Ha-Ra is here for you! 

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Baby Stepping to Avoid a Bummer Summer

With summer coming to an end, there are lots of things going that can really drag you down. It’s important to stay engaged and continue to make the world a better place, but sometimes the news can be too much and make it seem like there’s no hope. You shouldn’t ignore but rather explore!

Explore what you can do in your life that matters. Summer is a time when the weather changes, and you can change too. It may seem trivial to start with the little things, but life is full of baby steps… Remember that feeling when you learned to walk? Of course not, but remember when your child, sister, brother, nephew, niece, friend’s child, learned to walk? Those first steps are one of the most celebrated moments in our lives. Baby steps are how it happens, but somewhere along the way we forget that and become impatient and/or lazy. And yet, the progress that comes from baby steps adds up to massive rewards. 

Is this a self help blog or a cleaning blog? Today it’s both! Baby stepping through cleaning is a great way to practice the “baby step” process. It’s the perfect way to remind yourself of how good it feels to accomplish a goal.

Clean one thing and stop. You did it! It’s clean! Go watch TV! Ok now clean two or three things, the whole kitchen counter maybe. You did it! And so on. It may take you awhile in the beginning but before long, you will have developed a cleaning routine that you’re doing without even thinking about it. And, with our Ha-Ra’s helpful products, it will take no time at all.

What if you are reading this and thinking, I already am a great cleaner? I have a routine!

Great! Maybe you can baby step to clean smarter and greener. Are you using Ha-Ra products to do your cleaning? Have you baby stepped your way through replacing all your harmful chemicals with products like Ha-Ra Blue Paste? Have you baby stepped through replacing those gross rags with a Ha-Ra Mach6 Glove? Have you baby stepped through cleaning your windows like a pro with a Ha-Ra Vario Window Cleaner Viva? You get the idea. Head back to the Ha-Ra products pages and see what other baby steps you can take in your cleaning journey!

Make your remaining days of summer full of joy and adventure! As you baby step your way through cleaning and then onto bigger and better things, reaping reward after reward for you, those around you, and the world. Baby step number one, you finished reading this article… 🙂 

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3 Ways to Distract Yourself & Celebrate Earth Day

Who can think about the earth at a time like this? These days are so focused on other things that it’s easy to forget about the earth. We might even feel a twinge of anger that Mother Nature’s little bugs have caused so much pain and destruction, but it is now, more than ever, that we need to take care of her. There are examples popping up all over of how nature is thriving as humanity takes a time out. Help continue this healthy trend for the earth even when things return to a state of normalcy.

Here are 3 Ways to Distract Yourself & Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with Ha-Ra while at home…

1. Stuck in the house? Deep clean!

You’ve watched everything on Netflix, you’ve Zoom-ed your family and friends, and you’ve stocked up on toilet paper and hair dye. Now what… How about a deep clean?  We know you’d rather just sit on the couch in your pajamas, but now is the best time to deep clean. Once you can go out again, you will never want to stay home again… so get the deep clean done now.

With Ha-Ra products, your cleaning doesn’t require any chemicals that hurt Mother Nature, so you are celebrating Earth Day merely by cleaning your house. Bust out your Ha-Ra Green Glove and go deep. It is the perfect way to spend a day and keep your space clean.

Bonus: Head outside and start to get your patio, garden, etc. ready for outdoor use. Summer is almost here!

2. Recycle all your chemical cleaner bottles, once and for all.

No need to be wasteful, but hurry up and finish using all your harmful chemical cleaners or donate them to someone else in need.  Once all your old products are empty, throw them in the recycling bin and never look back.

Even if you buy the “eco-friendly” cleaners, they still come in plastic bottles, and there is still waste created in the manufacturing process and shipping process. Even if you refill them at a refilling station, you still have to drive there to do so.

The greenest possible method for cleaning is with water and Ha-Ra products. Your order will be delivered straight to your door, and Ha-Ra products last for years saving you a lot of money and time. Try our Ha-Ra Mach6 Glove with some water and clean everything with ease. Over and over and over, no extra trips to buy more and no manufacturing of chemicals. An Earth Day power play!

3. Spread the word not the virus!

Earth Day is not only about doing eco-friendly things but also about raising awareness. Rather than spreading the virus, help us spread the word. Tell all of your friends and family about the environmental benefits and stay-at-home perks of using Ha-Ra products.

A simple thing like owning Ha-Ra products such as the classic Ha-Ra Bathroom Kit, can transform your cleaning and your interdependent relationship with Mother Earth. Send folks a link, mention it on your next Zoom call, and/or post it on your favorite social media platform. Sharing is caring. 💚

 

This Earth Day, deep clean, be free of chemicals, and spread awareness by telling the world about Ha-Ra! Enjoy being clean, green, and serene. 🌱

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Spring Cleaning The Right Way!

The cold is breaking, the warmth is dawning, you’re getting feeling back in your fingers and toes, and it’s time to clean all those spaces the winter forgot. It’s SPRING CLEANING season, especially in current times.

Yay so exciting! Just kidding, few people look forward to deep cleaning their homes. But, if you clean the right way, it won’t feel like work. It can be simple, fast, fun, and low-impact for the environment. Here are the steps… 

Step 1: Turn up the music!

Just like when exercising, if you can’t hear yourself breathing you can go further. If you can’t hear yourself cleaning, you can clean more!

Step 2: Start with the simplest.

If you start with the worst, you will never start. Start with something simple. Clear the clutter off the counter. Wipe the kitchen counters. Load the dishwasher. Next thing you know, you are in it! One thing leads to another, and the deeper you can dive. 

Step 3: Go under the sink, and get your cleaning supplies.

Grab your Mach6 Glove, Nano Hedgehog Cloth, and/or your Sapphire Cloth. Time to rock! [Sidebar: All your Ha-Ra supplies are safe and chemical free, so you can store them under the sink without worrying about children getting into them!]

Step 4: Move from room to room.

You’re in the kitchen. Good! That gets the dirtiest. If all you get done today is the kitchen, you have succeeded! But keep pushing, after the kitchen is clean, take a break. Go sit down on the sofa… now you are in the living room… might as well clean that next! Get those windows with the Vario Window Cleaner Viva. Keep it going and just get all the windows in your home while you’re at it.

Step 5: Potty Break!

You’ve been working hard! Take a potty break. Annnnd while you’re in there, you might as well deep clean that bad boy too. Grab your Bathroom Kit from under the sink, and make your commode sparkle.

Step 6: Finally the floors!

When cleaning, always clean top to bottom, so all the extra dirt falls to the floor. Now, that you have thoroughly cleaned every area of the house, it’s finally time to clean the floors. You can use your Floor Perfect Nano Gold Soft Pad to get those to shine with ease.

Step 7: Tomorrow tackle the garage and grill.

You did a great job today. Throw in the towel…literally… 🙂 Tomorrow you can finish up with the outside stuff. You can break out your Green Glove and go to town on the patio, garage, and grill.

Speaking of green, did you notice not a single chemical was used in your entire spring cleaning adventure?! Now that is cleaning the right way! Congratulations! You are keeping your home and our home, Earth, clean at the same time. Thanks.

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Are You Ready for 2020?

So many deadlines, dreams, goals, plans, and aspirations slapped a date of 2020 on them as the year everything will finally be achieved! Well, here we are. You finally made it! The question is: are you ready? Did you achieve your goal? If so, congratulations!

If not, good news, there’s a loophole… we technically have until the end of 2020. We have less than 12 months to quit procrastinating and make it all happen. 

You can do it! We believe in you and are here to help. Going green, finding more time, and finally cleaning parts of the house that look like abandoned museum exhibits. Ha-Ra can cover you for all of those goals.

Here are the 3 ways you’ll know you are ready for 2020!

  1. You wrote it down. Whatever it is – goal, dream, plan, shopping list, whatever! Write it down now or as soon as you think of it. Digital screens have destroyed our short term memories. It has a 100% greater chance of happening if it’s written down. Journal, diary, notepad, smart phone app, kitchen wall, wherever. It’s gone otherwise.
  2. You have the supplies. Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime… but only if he has a fishing pole, bait, and a bucket. He won’t achieve anything without the proper supplies. We often set goals but don’t get ourselves the supplies to achieve them.
  3. You know the ‘WHY’. Attaching the WHY makes it real. Makes it worth it. Makes it a story. Makes it memorable. Makes it happen! When we know why we are putting in the effort, we are more likely to do it. The more specific the why, the better.

Here’s an great example:

  1. Write down a list of the forgotten areas of the house that need cleaning.
  2. Get your Mach6 Glove, or Viva Mini Cloth, and restock your Ha-Ra supplies like your Blue Paste and Protective Formula.
  3. Why? Because you will finally be able to use those parts of the house again. It feels so good!

2020 is the end. The end of unfinished business. The end of excuses. The end of cleaning your house with chemicals. It’s the beginning of new goals, new dreams, new achievements, new clean, new life!  Are you ready? With Ha-Ra, you surely will be.

Happy New Year! Happy Achieving! Happy 2020! Happy Ha-Ra!