#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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HomeMade Days in the Park

By Corey Breneisen

June in the Northern River Valley means HomeMade Days in Brandon Park. From the time I was a little girl, I remember enjoying this two day event featuring local artisans, craftspeople, live music and food. Tagging along with my mom and grandma, we would make our way through the park, my attention always drawn to vibrant hand crochet dolls or landscape paintings reflecting the local scenery.

It’s exciting for Rae Marie to become part of this long standing tradition. For me, personally, I couldn’t ask for a better homecoming. It’s an opportunity for us to establish ourselves as part of the local community of makers, and to maybe catch the eye of a little girl wandering through the park behind her mom and grandma.

Please come out and join us today and tomorrow. We will have all of your Rae Marie favorites plus a few surprises, as well as our new Rum Bar!

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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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Subscribe to our Detox Box in 3 Easy Steps

By Corey Breneisen

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Our much anticipated Subscription Service for our natural cleaning products is now LIVE on our website! Whether you are in Jamaica or in the U.S. you can sign up for our renewable subscription. Every 6 weeks you will receive a box of natural cleaning essentials that will keep your laundry, kitchen and bathroom shining like the top of the Chrysler Building! Our box includes Powdered Laundry Soap (up to 48 loads), Stain Stick, Soft Scrub Tile Cleaner, and our All Purpose Cleaning Spray.

So how do you sign up for our Subscription? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Visit our ecommerce store. Once in our store, select the item: Subscription Detox Box. Select the scents you prefer and then hit the Subscribe button.

  2. You will be prompted to fill in your shipping & billing information. This will create a personal account for our website.

  3. Get Green & Clean! Your products will be delivered to your door every 6 weeks and your credit card will be automatically billed.

Need more incentives for signing up? Be one of the first 15 subscribers and you will receive a special discount code to put towards your first delivery to receive 15% off. Enjoy eco-living made easy.

5 Ways to Go Green in the New Year

By Corey Breneisen

The celebrations and excitement of the holidays are over. Life is returning to a pre-holiday routine. But with a New Year comes a fresh perspective, new goals, new dreams, new commitments.

In Jamaica, we greeted 2019 with a new government imposed ban on single use plastic bags, straws and styrofoam. While those of us who have already committed to living a more ecofriendly lifestyle welcome the change, it is forcing many people to reassess their daily routines and habits.

Whichever corner of the world you may call home, transitioning to a Green Lifestyle is simple. Here are 5 ways you can begin to make your home more ecofriendly.

  1. DECLUTTER: We live in a consumer culture that brainwashes us to desire more and more and more. In fact we just spent the last 6 weeks (or more) acquiring stuff for the holidays. Some of it is useful and well crafted and will enhance our life in some way either through its utility or its beauty, but let’s be honest, most of it is going to end up taking up too much space and collecting dust. When you fill your home with intentional objects that hold use, beauty or meaning, the energy of your home lightens. You will find that you are filled with more joy upon entering your space and that you will be spending less time cleaning, sorting, organizing and more time enjoying activities that enrich your life. When you feel better, you do better.

  2. BUY LESS: Now that your home is clutter free, keep it that way! Before going to the store or making an online purchase, take stock of what you already have. Think about whether your new purchase is a replacement for something or an addition to your home. Then ask yourself, is it absolutely necessary to buy? If it is a replacement, could the old version be fixed or updated in anyway? Buying a new slipcover for an otherwise sturdy couch that just needs an update instead of a whole new couch for instance. Or seeking out a repair person to fix an older appliance. The key is to make shopping thoughtful and intentional instead of reactive and emotional.

  3. Ditch the Disposables: As a busy working mom, I understand the convenience of paper plates and plastic forks! However, living on an island forces me to confront the darkside of a disposable culture on a daily basis. The shorelines, gullies and roadsides are polluted with our conveniences. Having to brush aside a stray fork or plastic bottle before placing my beach blanket gives me tremendous pause to reflect on how we are choosing to live on our planet. Instead, make daily routines such as washing the dishes a meditation. Bring intention to the chore. And teach the kids the same. Allow them to wash up after themselves. By contributing to the family chores, they learn early on what it means to be a responsible citizen in a larger community.

  4. Plant a Garden: Even if you live in an urban apartment with a single window, you can grow a basil plant! Contrary to popular belief, gardening does not require acres of tilled land and a huge time commitment. A container garden on a porch or balcony will produce a surprising yield of fresh herbs, veggies and flowers. The harvest can be dried, frozen and shared among neighbors and friends. If your neighborhood has a community garden, consider becoming a member. The few minutes or hour spent getting your hands dirty will remind you of your connection with the earth and your fellow community members. Sparking that connection leads to more mindful living. And when you are more intentional with your lifestyle choices, you feel better and then you do better and that wonderful cycle gets repeated.

  5. Clean Green: Often we focus on detoxing our bodies by changing our diets. We forget that our largest organ is our skin which absorbs everything it comes in contact with. The products we use to clean our homes can have a devastating effect on our overall health and wellness. Studies have shown that using traditional cleaning agents can have the same consequences on our respiratory system as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day! Selecting ecofriendly alternatives such as Rae Marie’s line of natural homecare products, will insure your homes stay clean while your bodies stay healthy!

Do you need more tips and tricks for Going Green this year? Rae Marie is here to help. Book a Green consultation with us. We will assess your physical space, make a plan for decluttering and assist with creating new daily routines to make your transition into a Green Lifestyle simple. Contact us for details: hello@raemarie.net

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