Thursday, October 4, 2012

Why iGOZEN is the Organic Cleaning Solution that’s Better for the Environment By Tara Pelton

When I first heard about iGOZEN All Purpose Everyday Cleaner I was struggling to find something I liked to clean my kitchen. I had pretty much given up trying to get the kitchen clean and sanitized with an organic cleaner. Don’t get me wrong - I applaud organic cleaners.  (Finally - a solution that is not dangerous to your health.) But, sadly, they are oily. They are sold in plastic bottles as a concentrate of oils (coconut oil, citrus oil, lavender oil, etc.) or they are oils diluted with water in spray bottles. So, I tried baking soda…. But it, too, left a film and was difficult to manage in a spray bottle, or in a bowl or whatever way you are supposed to use it. So then I tried Vinegar. It apparently removes germs (I’m still not sure about that), but at least it worked in a spray bottle. Problem is the whole experience of cleaning with vinegar isn’t very fun, well actually to me, its kind of gross – and even worse if you are using it in a previously-used plastic bottle.  But I hung in there and kept trying.plastic bottle song

Then I really became discouraged because I realized that no matter what I tried, the fact remains there were way too many plastic bottles in my kitchen: bottles for window cleaner, dish soap, bottles for tile grout and refrigerator shiners, sinks, stoves…rah!  All that  - but I still could not clean my blender or food processor successfully. This is scary: plastic bottles take hundreds of years to biodegrade and 70% are never actually recycled. Its even more depressing when you know 1500 plastic bottles are used everysecond in the USA. Every second – that’s crazy! And this figure is just an estimate for plastic drinking bottles and doesn’t even include cleaning product bottles.

“Where do all the plastic bottles go?” is a song I could write today, from my heart.

So I wished, (Yes, I truly am one of these people who wishes on stars), “Please, please help us solve the plastic bottles problem.”  It was certainly a problem so big and too overwhelming for me alone. Every time I purchased plastic cleaning bottles I felt the tug of guilt– “What happens next?” I asked myself. “What happens to this bottle when I throw it away; when it is covered in oily film and I can’t really re-use it anymore? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THE PLASTIC GALLON BLEACH BOTTLES?  It was like a nightmare or something.

So all of this is what was on my mind when I first heard about iGOZEN and I flipped my lid. “Whoa – you are kidding me? A cleaner so small you can pack it in a powder packet that weighs less than an ounce? Give it to me now.”  So I tried it. And I love it. I use it for everything in the kitchen: the sink, the stove, the blender, the refrigerator, the countertops and – yay! – the food processor! Actually I even use it on super-messy, food-caked pots and pans.  It disintegrates the caked on food and sanitizes everything on contact. Its more effective than the toxic cleaners, in my experience.  Rock on!  And best of all – you can mix iGOZEN in any 16 oz bottle of water and you’re ready to roll.

So that is what began the story of iGOZEN’s simple packaging. You receive tiny powder packets and mix them with 16 oz of water. Viola – the perfect sanitizing solution.   Next, hear the story of how iGOZEN Reusable Bottles were created.

I made a wish and it is coming true. I’m inspired. We can make this change. We really can.

Hope you’ll try iGOZEN!

Xoxoxo
 
Tara at iGOZEN

Mushroom Bean Casserole: Good for You and Delicious for the Whole Family By Tara Pelton

Before I give you the recipe for the best green bean casserole of all time, I will take a moment to tell you why you should eat green bean casserole and why you want to make sure you get your kids to try it. Because it’s delicious! Start them off young with green bean casserole and you will be glad you did, because your boys will like to eat their green beans.
tars green bean cassaroleGreen beans are very healthy to eat, especially for growing kids. Green beans containVitamin K, which aids in healing cuts, scrapes and bloody noses.  If your kid gets a bloody nose, feed him lost of green beans (and strawberries). The vitamin K will provide essential nutrients to heal.
Green beans also contain high amounts of Vitamin C which aids in healing the cuts and scrapes a child gets in playing every day – lots of green beans help to quickly repair tissue and grow strong.
You will be happy to know that green beans are vital to the health of mothers and any young woman, too. They are high in Manganese, which is a wonderful nutrient that aids in reducing pain of periods (PMS). On your day off, you will enjoy green bean casserole….Since its so delicious I guarantee you will want to eat the entire casserole by yourself.
The mushrooms in the casserole also provide Manganese as well as providing you with vital trace nutrients, like copper. This is why it is excellent for a woman to eat this particular casserole to provide your body with vital nutrients from both the green beans and the mushrooms together to help balance the stress on the body during menstruation.
So there you go – that’s why you want to learn how to make Delicious Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole….Make enough for the whole family and especially serve it to small children so they will learn to enjoy it.

Tara’s “I Love Yellow Peppers and Raisins” - iGOZEN Salad Recipe By Tara Pelton

Looking for a delicious crunchy salad with the right balance of tangy sweet and salty? Try this delicious and beautiful recipe. Be sure to buy fresh and wash your fruits and veggies with iGOZEN Simply Clean. 
This recipe has 250 calories for a huge delicious helping, 350 with cheese added and that includes the dressing.
Tangy Sweet and Salty Salad with Fresh ingredients
Ingredients
Yellow-orange peppers
Mushrooms
Yellow Raisins
Mushrooms
Green beans
White onion (optional)
Parmesan (or other) shredded cheese (optional)
Lettuce (romaine)
Chop into bite size pieces, or in the case of lettuce gently tear the lettuce into bite-size pieces.  Decorate your salad with delicious crunchy beans, sweet yellow raisins and orange peppers.
Add salad crunchies if you have them (see my other recipe on how to make salad crunchies)

Dressing
1 tablespoon honey (raw, unfiltered is the best for you and only 60 calories per heaping tablespoon)
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 generous heaping tablespoons Greek style yogurt 
salt & pepper (use whole salt, kosher, sea salt or Himalayan salt)
1 teaspoon mustard
Yes, I really said yogurt. You can use oil if you want but yogurt is plenty delicious and saves calories.  Just try it….
Remember to encourage your kids to help you prepare foods.  Use iGOZEN to make sure all foods are sanitary and free from dangerous germs or pesticides or bacteria, and send us your favorite recipes if you'd like to share them.

Environmental Diseases: Dedicate Yourself to a Toxin-Free Lifestyle By Tara Pelton

“My friend’s doctor is certain her leukemia is caused by the herbicides being sprayed on farms near her home.”
Here at iGOZEN, we are touched by these kinds of stories every day. Perhaps you too, have known someone with an illness due to environmental toxins.
Everyone deserves to live stress-free, without fear of disease or contamination from toxic gases, chemicals and food. And that is why we work so hard to help people learn how to remove pesticides from our foods and keep our homes toxin-free with iGOZEN.
Dedicate yourself to a toxin-free lifestyle; for the planet, for your friends and everyone you love.Love Your Planet
Environmental pollution is a very complex subject. How can we be free from pesticides, herbicides and toxins? What can do to make a difference in this overwhelming problem?
The most important thing we can do is to educate.  When people understand, they make the right choices. Set a good example, because everyone learns by example. Eat fresh, pesticide-free foods and clean your homes with toxin-free solutions. Reduce waste, reuse and recycle. Talk to others and urge them to do the same.
Protect your health by protecting the environment.
Click here to tell us your story.

Rhonda from Michigan: Cat Safe from Toxic Chemicals By Customer Stories

Protect Pets from houshold toxinsProtect Pets

Many of us here at iGOZEN have pets, and of course they are part of the family. From parakeets to dogs and cats, the last thing we want to do is accidentally harm our pets just because we were cleaning our house! And it looks like our customers feel the same way. Here's some feedback from Rhonda in Michigan, who's been using iGOZEN Everyday Cleaner:

I love this stuff I can use it around my cats and it [doesn't] bother them. I have a cat that loves everything, especially when I am doing it. He likes to taste test a lot of stuff and [iGOZEN] is so safe . Thanks for a wonderful and safe product.
Rhonda Greig
Michigan
 

Did you know that nearly 9% of calls to the Pet Poison Helpline in 2010 were made by cat owners? The most obvious poisons top the list, with the first three being human/vet drugs, poisonous plants and insecticides. But number four on the list is Household Cleaners. In other words, cats and bleach aren't a good mix. Lysol and cats aren't a good combination either!
So the potential for poisoning a pet is actually rather high, especially if your house is on the clean side. So we are happy that iGOZEN Everyday Cleaner replaces most (if not all) common and toxic cleaners in households, creating a safer environment for both humans and pets.
What good is your clean house if it's slowly (or quickly) poisoning your family (pets included, of course)? Here's an easy way to tell if a cleaning product has harmful chemicals. If the names of the ingredients are hard to pronounce, they are probably toxic. Look them up online to confirm. Then switch them out with something safe. iGOZEN is made from sea shell calcium and sea salt. Pretty easy to pronounce those two ingredients!
iGOZEN is easy to use and our customers love it. Just visit our Facebook Page and listen to the conversation. The word "love" is constantly mentioned.

EWG's Guide to Greener Cleaning By Jannifer Ju

Green Your Home with Safe Cleaning SolutionsEver wish you could find a resource that would tell you the real scoop when it comes to what'sreally in all the cleaning solutions you're buying? Well, there is! Environmental Working Group.
Never heard of EWG? Here's a little blurb from their website discussing what they're all about:
"The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.
"In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies.
"EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides™) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change."

These guys aren't messing around either. Upcoming is a database of over 2000 products and 200 brands detailing the toxic nature of cleaning products that may be in YOUR home. The top offender in EWG's "Hall of Shame" was a huge surprise to me: Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner! Simple Green was one of the products I had counted on in the past to be safe. Turns out Simple Green contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent dangerous to red blood cells.
One of the reasons iGOZEN came into being was because it's so hard to tell what's really in the cleaning products on store shelves. At least when you make your own cleaning products, you know what's in them! iGOZEN is simply calcium from sea shells and sea salt, so there's no danger from absorption through skin contact, unlike "Simple" Green and a host of other products found in most homes today.
Environmental stewardship is a duty of every person. Please refrain from buying toxic and dangerous products and get educated on what to avoid by subscribing to information from organizations like EWG. Together we can have an impact on big business. If no one buys their toxic junk, they will have to change their ways and go out of business, no matter how many lobbyists they may have in Washington D.C.

Ink Stains and Pain Begone! By Customer Stories

Removing ink from shirtOccasionally customers send in a random use of iGOZEN that we never thought of before. While iGOZEN was never intended for medical use, it does seem to have a positive effect on a variety of ailments. We'll leave the discovery of those uses to our customers, but we are happy to hear about them when the occur.
It just goes to show the power of the sea(seashells to be exact) on the mundane (ink stains) to the unusual (knee pains):
 
I had an ink stain that had been dried into a dress shirt, and I didn't know how to get the stain out. It was a new, white shirt, and from what I've been told, ink can be difficult to get out. I don't use hairspray, which is one solution I'd heard of (never tried it), and I was just about to wash the shirt again. No time to run to the store.

I grabbed the everyday iGOZEN and sprayed it onto the stain. It was right in the front pocket of the shirt so I was really hoping it would work. It did! Right before my eyes the stain started to melt away. While it was in it's dissolved state, I dabbed on a little Oxyclean powder and some water, and I was able to quickly rub the remainder of the stain out of the shirt.

That same night my wife's knees had a burning sensation due to an injury. She avoids pain killers, so we were looking for another option. Since I was already using iGOZEN for just about everything (like Greeks use Windex), we sprayed some on her knees. Remarkably, they felt better quickly and now she sprays iGOZEN on her knees nearly everyday. I attribute the alkaline nature of iGOZEN to be the reason it worked. It didn't heal the injury, but it made the burning sensation go away.

I also gave some to a friend, and he was amazed at how good it made the food taste. He also mentioned the blueberries he purchased for a catering event lasted a lot longer than the SAME BATCH of blueberries he DIDN'T wash. Literally, the box he set aside for himself turned moldy and rotten. The leftover blueberries  he brought back home (that had been washed) maintained their freshness and quality. The only difference was iGOZEN. iGOZEN Rocks!

                                                                                                                T.D.E. from California