#ZeroWaste Laundry Day

By Corey Breneisen

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Have you heard? Our unassuming Stain Remover is a little bar of laundry magic! Don’t just take our word for it, ask anyone who has used it.

Here is an abbreviated list of stains it has removed:

red wine

curry

salad dressing

spaghetti sauce

bbq sauce

coffee

olive oil

butter

grass

purple juice

chocolate

And the list really does go on! It has saved countless articles of clothes, tablecloths, carpets, car seats, couch cushions, etc. Safe any color or fabric, simply wet the stain remover bar as well as the area to be treated. Work fabric into a lather. Then wash as normal. You can either was right away, or wait until you are ready to wash a full load of laundry.

As with all of our products, our stain remover is free from palm oil, harmful toxins, artificial fragrances or dyes. It’s pure, simple, and clean. Just like your laundry should be.

Pair it with our all natural Powdered Laundry Soap and our 100% Wool Dryer Balls for a #ZeroWaste Laundry Day!



A BIG Step Forward

By Corey Breneisen

It feels like we began working with the Scientific Research Council in Kingston, Jamaica many moons ago! We teamed up with their chemists to reformulate our Clean & Clear All Purpose Cleaner. Going through the process allowed us to create a product we know you are going to love! The SRC used our basic formula and tweaked it here and there so now it has FOAMING ACTION! The bubbles are super fun and work to cut grease in a flash. Having a certified formula also allows us to expand our customer base and seek opportunities with larger retail outlets. We are really proud of the work we have been doing and we are thrilled with results!

Our commitment to bring you safe, eco-friendly products that clean effectively while keeping your home, your body and your planet safe, continues with our new formula. All ingredients are nontoxic, plant derived and meet EWG standards for safety.

Ingredients: Distilled water, Alcohol, Decyl glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium citrate, Tea tree oil; May contain the following essential oils: Cinnamon oil, Basil oil, Lemongrass oil, Oregano oil, Bergamot oil, or Lime oil; Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl gylcol, Sorbic acid.

Each ingredient has a specific job to make our All Purpose Cleaner work effectively.

Distilled Water: Solvent Alcohol: Solvent, Antimicrobial Decyl glucoside: Primary surfactant, Solubilizes dirt and oil Glycerin: Bonds with water to increase moisture content Sodium citrate: Helps maintain pH and stabilizes active ingredients Citric Acid: pH adjuster Tea Tree oil: Antimicrobial Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl glycol and Sorbic Acid: Preservative (Preservatives are necessary for any product containing water. Water being the source of life, it loves growing microbes of all sorts!)

Formulated for use on all kitchen and bathroom surfaces, windows, mirrors, and wood. Our NEW Clean & Clear All Purpose Cleaner will keep your home clean and your mind at ease. Still available in our 3 signature scents: Cinnamon Basil, Lemongrass Oregano, and Bergamot Lime. Shop for it now in our E-commerce store.

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At Your Service

By Corey Breneisen

Our vision for Rae Marie is to be a hub for sustainable living & design. We believe it is possible to stop living in excess, to make more informed consumer choices, and to use our natural resources more responsibly. In essence, to follow our mission of doing no harm. To fulfill our vision, we offer a number of services beyond our product lines.

Green Services by Rae Marie

  1. Going Green Parties: Part green living seminar and part shopping in the comfort of your living room, our Going Green Parties are a great way to socialize with your friends & colleagues while learning about our eco-friendly products. We explain in detail the benefits of each of our products and how to use them as well as provide participants incentives and discounts for attending.

  2. Sustainable Living Seminars: These educational workshops focus on a specific topic, from organic home gardening, to zero-waste living, to sustainable design practices. We partner with experts in their fields to give you information for living in alignment with nature.

  3. The Green Home Assessment: Transitioning to green living can feel overwhelming, so we have developed a service to help you. We will meet with you to design a plan for ridding your house of toxic cleaning products, streamlining waste reduction, and even go as far as designing a rainwater catchment system. Our action plan will give you concrete steps for living better.

  4. Home Organization: Need to find more space in your home? We have a keen eye for arranging space for maximum flow & efficiency. We will design an organization system that works with your lifestyle as well as provide you with a maintenance check list that will keep your home tidy 24/7.

Sustainable living is possible. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with you. If you would like to book one of our services or find out more information, please send us an email: hello@raemarie.net

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Life in a Small Town

By Corey Breneisen

Twenty-five years ago, I left the small, rural town in Pennsylvania where I was raised to explore the great big world. At the time, I couldn’t wait to leave behind all the trappings of small town life. I never expected to return, let alone return with two kids who will now graduate from the same high school I did; and most likely have some of the same teachers I had; take swim lessons in the same community pool; ride bikes through the same streets; explore the same creeks. Life is funny though and here I am, back where I started.

I admit, I had an idyllic childhood. The small community gave me a taste of independence at a young age. In a town with a population of just under 2500, everyone knows everyone. And with a family entrenched in public service, and as large as mine, it was inevitable that everyone knew me. I had many eyes watching me which was both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I had many caregivers, people looking out for me and keeping me safe. It meant I could ride my bike to the pool or my friend’s house at a younger age, or explore the town with my gang of cousins 12 and under. On the other hand, there were a lot of expectations to manage.

My escape was our local public library. I would sit in the front room in one of the high back winged chairs (which are still there!) and I would read about far off places and dream about the adventures that awaited me beyond the limits of this town.

Upon returning, I now see the many gifts growing up in a small town gave me. Independence, ambition, a sense of community, to name just a few. I am grateful I can share these gifts with my children. Already, they breathe a little deeper, laugh a little louder and explore a little more.

*For more stories about life in a #smalltown, follow us on Instagram: @raemariefinesoaps. Every Thursday we feature a post about our lives, our town and our families.

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3 Benefits of Using Wool Dryer Balls

By Corey Breneisen

Our favorite eco laundry hack at Rae Marie is using old fashion solar power to dry our clothes. But when April showers come calling and our clothesline is out of service, we turn to our Felted Wool Dryer Balls for an eco laundry boost. Here are 3 reasons you should start using wool dryer balls for your laundry routine:

  1. Reusable & Nontoxic: If you haven’t ditched your dryer sheets yet, now is the time! Not only do dryer sheets create a lot of waste, but they damage your dryer, your clothes and your health! (Read more about toxic dryer sheets here.) Our wool dryer balls are made from 100% wool roving and are needle felted by hand. So not only are you getting a practical laundry tool, but a lovely handmade work of art too! While dryer sheets are one and done, wool dryer balls have an infinite life span. When you are ready for a change, simply toss the dryer balls into your compost.

  2. Reduces Drying Time & Static: Using 6 wool dryer balls in a heavy load (think blue jeans) can reduce drying time by 30-40%. That savings goes right into your wallet. Smaller drying time means a smaller electric bill. Wool absorbs up to 30% of its weight in water. Wool also has the magic ability to balance electrons thereby breaking the static cling! Dryer sheets use toxic silicone to break the static barrier. That silicone creates a film on your clothes as well as your dryer. Once on your fabric, it will be absorbed into your skin and can cause a host of allergen & respiratory issues.

  3. Softens Fabric & Eliminates Odours: Wool dryer balls are like a massage for your laundry! They gently pound the fibers in your clothes as they bounce around the dryer keeping the fibers soft, pliable and fluffed. As we stated earlier, wool is absorbent and that goes for odours too!

Are you ready to make the switch? We are happy to help you transition to your Green Lifestyle through our Going Green program. For more natural cleaning tips, be sure to follow our Instagram. We post eco life hacks and natural cleaning tips on Saturdays.

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Get Your Spring Clean On

By Corey Breneisen

Spring is here and with it comes the ritual of cleaning. We’ve rounded up our best cleaning pro-tips to get your house sparkling~with a little help from Mother Nature.

Here are 5 Pro-Tips for All Natural Spring Cleaning:

  1. Use Recycled Newspaper for Streak Free Glass & Mirrors. First spray the surface to be cleaned with your favorite scent of our All Purpose Cleaner. Next, gently crush a page of newspaper until it’s soft. Wipe down surface. Then stand back and admire your reflection! You are a cleaning diva!

  2. Use an Old Toothbrush for Deep Cleaning Tile Grout. Wet the toothbrush with water and then dip it into our Soft Scrub Tile Cleaner. Attack the grout in your shower or backsplash in your kitchen. Rinse. Buff with a gentle cloth. Now take a deep breath and enjoy that fresh lemon & eucalyptus scent!

  3. Wash your Shower Curtain with a Load of Towels. The best way to combat mildew on your plastic shower curtain liner is to give it a wash every few weeks. Add it to a load of towels for balance and friction. Use your favorite scent of our Powdered Laundry Soap and watch the magic happen!

  4. Air Linens & Rugs in the Sunshine. Time to put away the heavy comforters and get out the lightweight bedspreads and throws! Before putting them on your beds, hang them on the clothesline in the sun to kill dust mites and release any unpleasant odors they may have absorbed while in Winter storage. Give them a spritz with one of our nontoxic Linen Sprays!

  5. Use Wool Dryer Balls to Cut Drying Time. We love hanging our laundry on a clothesline to dry, but those April showers can foil our plans. When the rains come, use 2-3 of our Felted Wool Dryer Balls to decrease the amount of time your clothes will have to spend in the dryer. They also help with lint and static.

Rae Marie makes it easy to get your Spring Cleaning done the natural way. Ready to Go Green? Order our Detox Box and get all of our home care essentials. Need some help in making the transition to Green Living? Book a Going Green consultation.

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