If the whole idea of "going green" feels overwhelming — don't worry!
We'll help you break it down into small,
achievable steps that make it super doable...and FUN!
Do you have triggers you might not have noticed or paid much attention to?
Step 1: Laundry
The foundation product at Green Pear Organics is natural laundry products. Why? Because all day, every day, your clothes touch your skin — the sheets you sleep on, the towels you use after showering and the clothes you wear. You breathe the fumes and touch the detergent directly and your largest organ (your skin) is exposed constantly and consistently.
It's an easy switch! You just buy something other than what you've been buying.
Nellie's All Natural products make switching easy. They have a long-standing reputation, are transparent in their ingredients (we cannot count on the government to monitor our safety in this area!), they offer a variety of options to mimic what you've been using and most of all they are safe and effective natural laundry solutions!
Soap Berries, also called soap nuts, are another alternative to conventional, chemical-infused laundry detergents. Soap Berry Liquid or in the traditional "berry" form, both are organic, sustainable and clean alternatives for your wash.
These Soap Berries, which grow on trees, create a natural soap when agitated that lifts dirt and grease and cleans your clothes leaving them looking and smelling...well...CLEAN!
Watch this Short Video on Soap Nuts
Step 2: Household Cleaners
There has been so much information released lately on the pollutants and chemicals in ordinary household cleaners. This is the next step. If you must, finish what you have but then VOW never to buy dangerous cleaners again.
1. Avoid cleaners with ammonia and bleach, these are highly toxic and create chloramine gas when mixed together
We've got a couple solutions for you in this area. Soap Berries are an amazing thing. And here they are at Extreme 18x Liquid Soap Nut concentration in liquid form to do all and any cleaning you need. You can use this for just about everything from stain removal and laundry to wiping down the counters, cleaning out the fridge or even washing your hair! Organic, sustainable and cost-effective with none of the nasties mentioned above because they come straight from a tree!
If you'd like to take a more conventional approach Nellie's All Natural also produces a safe, effective and proven formula with Nellie's All Natural All Purpose Cleaner. It's long-lasting and strong enough to do the job, yet safe enough that you can get the kids to use it!
Step 3: Personal Care Products
This is a frustrating area that is often overlooked. With statistics including on average that we eat 7 pounds of lipstick a year — and how about that NO new law governing ingredients in cosmetics has been passed since 1938 (yet more than 80,000 chemicals have entered the market in the last 30 years). For these reasons, we must be our own best advocates.
There are countless ingredients to look out for and many toxins and poisons can be hidden under the ingredient "fragrance" including lead, mercury, arsenic, formaldehyde and additional carcinogens.
In addition to navigating the list of nasties, sadly many companies that claim to be organic aren't listed on the US registers or with the appropriate agencies.
So what do we do?
Again, we start with baby steps. If your head itches or burns after shampooing start with your shampoo and conditioner. If your eyes sting with your makeup (applying or removing), start there.
By the way...did you notice that many of these ingredients are THE SAME as the ones used in your household cleaners?! Shocking!
Because we are asked so often about personal care products and because there are SO many areas to explore, examine, research and study...we have opted instead to recommend a company that does this full-time.
Beautycounter is a California based business founded just five years ago that sells non-toxic makeup, hair and skin care products. They are by no means 100% organic, however, they significantly safer and cleaner than the department and drug store brands many of us are now using.
We've signed up as consultants so that you can use this resource to research the personal care products best suited to you. So far we have been impressed with the makeup and hair care. Cleaner than what we were using, no side effects and and the performance of those you expect from big name brands. In addition they have full transparency of ingredients...unlike many of those on the shelves of even our favorite health food stores.
So there you have it! Three easy steps to set you on the path to going green in your house and your life.
As always — WE.ARE.HERE — to help you with big questions and small. If you're struggling to start or far along the path, either way, going green isn't a trend...these days it's a health MUST!
Nellie's All Purpose Cleaner
Nellie’s All-Natural All-Purpose Cleaner gets the job done naturally. The lemongrass-scented cleaner provides exceptional cleaning power against household dirt and grime.
Free from harsh chemicals, phosphates, dyes and perfumes and contains no SLS or SLES.
HOW TO USE: Spray surface area and wipe clean using a damp cloth. For heavily soiled surfaces, spray area and allow to soak for 30 seconds before wiping. Repeat as needed. For any surface that you are not sure of, test before use.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Alcohol, Laureth-7 (derived from coconut oil), natural lemongrass fragrance.
Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda
$11.00 - $21.00
Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or worry about what toxins you and your family are being exposed to even in your laundry soap?
Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda is highly-concentrated but doesn't contain any of the usual dyes, fragrances or chemicals used in ordinary detergents. Nellie's is hypoallergenic, made from a trusted formula using simple, gentle ingredients that clean all the way to the fiber, rinse thoroughly and leaves no residue.
You only need one scoop per load and it dissolves quickly in hot or cold water. Available in 100 Load Tin or 50 Load Pouch — NOW AVAILABLE in Nuggets!
HOW TO USE: Use one scoop for each regular sized load. Wash according to instructions on garments. Always test on garments that may bleed or fade.
FREE FROM: SLS, SLES, gluten, phosphates, fragrance and chlorine.
INGREDIENTS: sodium carbonate, linear alcohol ethoxylate, sodium chloride, sodium metasilicate
NOW AVAILABLE: NELLIE'S BABY LAUNDRY SODA!
You may also need:
• Nellie's WOW Stain Stick Remover
• Organic Wool Dryer Balls
$1.25 - $25.00
Soap berries, also called soap nuts, are a natural alternative to traditional laundry detergent and fabric softener.
These super-powered little berries provide a wonderfully toxin-free, clean and effective option for those wanting to eliminate the use of chemical-based laundry detergents.
Soap Berries grow on trees in Nepal and contain a natural detergent called saponin. The Soap Berry absorbs water then releases saponins which circulate in the washer freeing up dirt, grime, oils and even stains.
They don't suds-up like mad but provide a gentle, powerful way to wash your clothes! Put 4-6 Soap Berries in the muslin bag provided. Place in the washer with clothes. Wash as usual with cold, warm or hot water in any size load.
After washing, remove bag from washer and allow the bag of berries to air dry. Dry clothes as usual. Each bag of 4-6 berries will wash approximately 25 loads. Replace Soap Berries when pale, broken and crumbling.
Your dark clothes will never look better and your whites will sparkle!
You may also need:
• Washing Bag —need to replace yours or want an additional bag? Ours are of the highest quality muslin 3x4" the perfect size for your Soap Berries
• No Frills Refill — Have our original 75 or 200 Load bag? Order a no -frills refill that comes with 60 loose Soap Berries for approximately 250 loads!
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We never planned on selling Himalayan Salt Lamps at Green Pear Organics. We had researched them for our personal use and found the benefits to be so awesome, word spread and soon friends and family wanted them too!
Our manufacturer, a local man who has been in the industry for more than 20 years agreed to become our supplier. He is passionate about the benefits of Himalayan Salt and not only builds lamps but also builds salt walls, salt rooms and salt caves for spas! He really knows his stuff!
What Are Salt Lamps?
Our genuine Himalayan Salt Lamps are blocks of mineral-fueled salt that have been hand carved from the caves of Pakistan high in the Himalayan Mountains.
This is the only true source of Himalayan pink salt. Be weary of counterfeits, you will not experience the same positive effects. If you’re not experiencing health benefits, you may have a fake. Remember, you get what you pay for and our lamps do not compromise on quality or authenticity.
How Do The Lamps Work?
When the Salt Lamp is warmed by a light bulb it releases negative ions into the air. These negative ions are what we find when air is “fresh” like at the beach, in the mountains, near a waterfall or even when taking a shower! Negative ions are invisible, odorless molecules that basically damp mop the air free of pollutants. Then they take those vapors back to the Salt Lamp where they are dried out trapping the pollutants inside the salt — and then the cycle repeats.
Living in modern cities and urban environments we are exposed to an excessive amount of positive ions emitted by cell phones, wifi, air conditioners, TVs, electronics in general. By introducing more negative ions into the air with a Himalayan Salt Lamp, we can restore our natural state, returning the body to a “normal” balance of positive and negative ions.
What Benefits Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Provide?
Salt Lamps remove mold, dust and allergens from the air thus helping with asthma, allergies and fatigue as well as improving mood, lessening anxiety and promoting better sleep patterns. This is in addition to strengthening the immune system.
The list goes on . . . the increase in oxygenation levels from the Salt Lamps help stabilize brain function (no brain fog!) while the negative ions work to reduce tension in the stomach and intestines improving digestion by promoting the production of digestive enzymes. Wow, right? Why wouldn't you give it a try?
How To Best Use a Salt Lamp
To assemble your genuine and authentic Salt Lamp from Green Pear Organics, screw the 15-watt bulb that is provided with your lamp into the socket on the cord. If you prefer a brighter or warmer lamp, purchase one of our 25-watt bulbs. Grasp the two metal butterfly clasps and gently widen them. Click into the base of the lamp in the allotted grooves.
Then, simply click your Himalayan Salt Lamp on to…set and forget! Watch for our easy-to-follow video on how to click the light cord into the lamp coming soon!
It’s best to leave the salt lamp on 24-7 allowing it to work full time.
If you have it in your bedroom or a room that requires a dimmer you can find them on our website. Turn the dimmer to an acceptable range…and sweet dreams! Make certain though that the lamp is still warm to the touch at that setting. If it’s not heated, it’s JUST salt and not really doing its job.
With all this information, why not give it a try?! You may end up with surprising benefits like so many of our customers. We are not doctors or health care practitioners, we cannot guarantee you any results, we are only passing on our findings and experiences. Everyone is different. And you may find that the gorgeous pink glow is all you need to feel better!
If you have any questions, please just get in touch via text, email or Facebook, we're here to help.
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