Natural Tips and Tricks-Brought to You by an Independent Watkins Associate Mary Ellen
Certified Organic Label Guide
Making sense of organic labeling can be difficult, and many consumers do not understand the significance of the USDA Organic label. Since October 21, 2002, the following guidelines were established by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) to assure consumers know the exact organic content of the food they buy.
On foods like fruits and vegetables, look for a small sticker version of the USDA Organic label or check the signage in your produce section for this seal.
The word "organic" and the seal may also appear on packages of meat, cartons of milk or eggs, cheese, and other single-ingredient foods.
Foods such as beverages, snacks, and other processed foods use the following classification system to indicate their use of organic ingredients.
100% Organic — Foods bearing this label are made with 100% organic ingredients* and may display the USDA Organic seal.
Organic — These products contain at least 95-99% organic ingredients (by weight). The remaining ingredients are not available organically but have been approved by the NOP. These products may display the USDA Organic seal.
Made With Organic Ingredients — Food packaging that reads "Made With Organic Ingredients" must contain 70-94% organic ingredients. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal; instead, they may list up to three ingredients on the front of the packaging.
Other — Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may only list organic ingredients on the information panel of the packaging. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal.
Keep in mind that even if a producer is certified organic, the use of the USDA Organic label is voluntary. At the same time, not everyone goes through the rigorous process of becoming certified, especially smaller farming operations. When shopping at a farmers' market, for example, don't hesitate to ask the vendors how your food was grown.
*Salt and water are not included.
Try these simple tips to experience the health benefits Watkins array of spices have to offer.
* Sprinkle Watkins Cinnamon on oatmeal, yogurt, French toast or in muffin batter.
* Add a dash of Watkins Thyme to scrambled eggs, omelets or soufflés.
* Stir Watkins Oregano into your favorite soup base, chicken, tuna salad or dressing.
* Try a sprinkle of Watkins Ground Ginger over fresh fruit for a refreshing dessert.
* Add Watkins Rosemary leaves to mashed or roasted potatoes.
* Curry Powder can be added to rice dishes.
GREEN UP YOUR CLEAN-UP!
Here are a few simple tips to Green up your cleaning efforts using Watkins natural cleaning products. Not only will your home thank you... your family will thank you for leaving those harsh chemical concoctions at the store.
Living Rooms: Using J.R. Watkins Lemon Furniture Polish and a good microfiber cloth dust all the surfaces in your living room. This gentle polish is perfect for finished and unfinished wood, formica, particle board and vinyl. And because it is made from natural olive oil, it gently loosens and removes fingerprints, smudges and dirt. Here's a quick tip: Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. It sucks up dust particles and doesn't spit them back out, so you don't have to dust what you have already dusted!
Kitchen: Many dishwashing detergents have a dirty little secret — they contain phosphates. These agents find their way into our lakes and ponds where they endanger our fish. Have a phosphate intervention with your dishwasher, J.R. Watkins Automatic Lemon Dishwashing Detergent can help. Its 100% phosphate free. The concentrated power will make your dishes and glasses sparkle without the need to overflow your dishwasher's detergent cups.
Bedrooms: We spend one third of our lives in bed. Make it time well spent with J.R. Watkins Liquid Laundry Detergent. Wash bed linens and small rugs with this ultra concentrated formula. It is gentle enough for baby clothes, so you know it won't irritate sensitive skin. Quick tip: Vacuum your mattress. The common mattress harbors dust mites, these critters feast on dander and dead skin and really like to hang around. Vacuuming won't eliminate them, but it will cut their population.
Bathrooms: Do you have to hold your breath when cleaning your shower? If you answered yes, it's time to ditch your cleaner and come to the greener side with J.R. Watkins Citrus Tub & Tile Cleaner. Just a light mist on your shower walls will drive away hard water stains and soap scum. And since it is naturally derived you can finally inhale when cleaning in small spaces. Simply spray, let sit and wipe. Quick tip: A small scrub or tooth brush will help clean grout and corner areas.
And one final tip we would like to mention that applies to your entire home.
Check dirt at the door. The soles of our shoes meet a lot of toxic pollutants throughout the day. Make it a habit for you and your family to check their shoes at the door. And when you find dirt has been tracked in, a quick sweep and mop with J.R. Watkins All-Purpose Cleaner will do the trick!
Bet'cha Didn't Know:
Many of the cleaning agents we use to clean our homes are listed with the EPA as "household hazardous wastes." Make sure you dispose of all your cleaning products correctly, contact your local recycling center.
Next time you take a soak inthe tub consider this, residue from you cleaning products can leach into you bath water and skin- Check out Watkins Plant Base Tile and Tub cleaner get for people with respiratory problems and you do not have to use rubber gloves.
Baking Soda Kitchen Care Guide
Refrigerator: Clean and Deodorize inside and out with a solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda per quart of water. After cleaning place open package of soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors as they occur. Stir once and awhile to keep fresh layer on top of box.
Food Disposal: Add about 3 tablespoons soda to each quart of water used to flush through disposal.
* Use a cookie cutter to cut pizza crust into fun shapes for kids.
*Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar after baked to make a dessert pizza.
*Brush pizza crust with grapeseed oil and sprinkle with cheese before baking for a excellent cheese crust pizza.
Give the Gift of Natural
With one in three people in North America suffering from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis* it is easy to see why giving the gift of natural cleaners can be one of the best gifts of all and Watkins makes it easy for you by having a starter cleaner kit shop now.
Natural plant-based home care cleaners are free of ammonia, chlorine and other chemical ingredients that have been known to cause respiratory irritations. Minimize your family's exposure to these harmful chemicals this holiday season with Watkins Natural Home Care Line.
These non-toxic, plant-based formulas are both biodegradable and phosphate free so they are easy on the environment, your home and loved ones.
You can shop at my Watkins online store for all the Natural Plant Based products!
*US National Center for Health Statistics
Warm the heart and soften the skin of that special someone on your holiday list with Watkins natural personal care giftable ideas.
Using clear cello, wrap Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Body Lotion with a tube of Watkins Lemon Cream Shea Butter. Complete the gift with a perfect bow — ta da...a gift fit for anyone!
Wondering what to get for someone that seems to have everything. Wrap Watkins Vanilla Lotion and Vanilla Body Cleanser for a gift that will help prevent dry winter skin. Who can't use soft, supple skin all year round?
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