By Del Cromartie on March 24, 2023
Are you a stay-at-home parent looking for a safer alternative for cleaning your home? Look no further than Quite Happy Products! Founder and owner Rashaii Russell is a mother of three and understands the importance of providing safer alternatives for cleaning products. That’s why she founded Quite Happy Products, a woman-owned, veteran-owned, minority-owned, small business.
In 2020, Rashaii started Quite Happy Products after realizing that her commercial cleaning company was spending too much money on products. She wanted to find a cheaper way to purchase supplies that were safe for her and her family.
“Our products are made with eco-friendly ingredients and are safe for the environment. We take a transparent approach to cleaning unlike most cleaning products on the market that don’t list their ingredients. We believe in transparency and want you to know exactly what you’re exposing your family to when cleaning your home.
“Our products have been rigorously tested to ensure that they perform well on different surfaces and clean effectively. Our customers love the way our products smell and their effectiveness.”
What’s the best thing you like about Chicago?
“I like the fact that there’s always something for you to do here. Even in the winter. In downtown Chicago, there are so many activities to choose from. No matter what you’re into, you’ll be able to find something. I love that about it here.”
Do you have any hobbies?
“I read a lot and enjoy listening to audiobooks. I also love to exercise.”
What’s the most unusual job or client interaction you’ve ever had?
“When I first started my cleaning company, we began with residential cleaning. We had a client that only wanted me to clean their bathroom. It was so weird because their bathroom wasn’t even that dirty, and they didn’t want us to clean anything else. Another thing I never understood was why people would clean before the cleaners arrived. That’s our job, and they are doing it for us.”
What is the most significant event that’s ever happened to you?
“I joined the military! I was twenty-two and already had two kids. I did it because I didn’t see my life getting any better, without the intervention of some sort. Let me just say, it did work! It taught me many things I did not know about myself. Honestly, I did not think I would be cut out to be a business owner. I didn’t realize what it took to be a business owner until I got boots on the ground and began doing it.
“There were a lot of nights where I found myself just not knowing anything and it felt like I was just winging it! But the experiences that I’ve had throughout my military career gave me the courage and strength to persevere through the challenges of being a business owner.”
How did you get into this business?
“My very first business was a commercial cleaning company, and with any cleaning company, you purchase supplies. Although we were purchasing our supplies in bulk, we were still spending a lot of money, specifically on multipurpose cleaners. As I was reviewing the budget, I began thinking that there must be a cheaper way. I’m a mother with three kids so every penny is very important to me. I thought that there had to be a way for us to save money.
“I went down this rabbit hole one day of exploring cleaning products and thought maybe we could start using new cleaning products. Something organic because I love essential oils, and I understand their benefits. I researched a variety of cleaning products to learn what’s in them because I have allergies and wanted something safe that wouldn’t bother me. Some products had a very strong smell that caused me to sneeze and have headaches. The last thing you want to do as a cleaner when you’re around your client is sneeze. They freak out!
“As I began looking, I couldn’t locate anything I liked at a price point that I was comfortable with and thought maybe I could make my own products. That’s how Quite Happy was born. Because I didn’t like what was in the stores. During my research, I discovered that these companies are not required to list the ingredients on the label, which freaked me out! That was when I decided to create my own product.
“In my very first iteration of the product, we used it at home. I thought if I was going to kill anyone it would be me and my kids not other people! Surprisingly we survived. That’s when I began introducing it to others so I could get feedback. I’m a veteran, so at the time, I shared it with my soldiers, and they loved it. Then I began using the products with my cleaning company. I wanted to see how well they performed on different surfaces, how well they cleaned, and whether people would be interested in purchasing them.
“I asked those who the products whether they would buy them if they were in a store. Everyone said “Yes!” and that they loved them! They loved the way the products smell and the way they clean, That’s how I began making the products. Since then, I’ve been working hard on developing the product line and building this brand to bring it to those would benefit.”
How’d you come up with the name “Quite Happy Products”?
“I own a commercial cleaning company and the cleaning company is called Happy Hands. When I created the products, I wanted something that would embody me as a person and something that was unique. I used the happy from my cleaning company’s name and added quite because quite happy describes me. I’m typically a quite happy person!
We produce and manufacture organic cleaning products in the United States. Everything that we use is eco-friendly. It’s very safe for the environment. Everything from the bottle, the labeling, and to the way we ship it. We ship it sustainably. We try to make it as safe for the environment as possible. I invested a lot of time and thought into that.”
What is the main problem you solve for your customers?
“Quite happy products were created for people who want a safer alternative for cleaning and for people who use essential oils because our products are essential oil based. But it’s not just about being safe, we also value transparency. Did you know that most cleaning products on the market do not have to list their ingredients? Crazy, right? I even went into a grocery store and saw it for myself. We knew that we were cleaning with bleach or pine sol, but we didn’t really know what we were cleaning with and how it would affect us in the long run.
When you use Quite Happy Products, you don’t have to worry about any of that. We list all of our ingredients and tell you exactly how to use them. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re using a product that is safe for your family.”
What sets you apart from the competition?
“Well, as I previously mentioned, we take transparency seriously. We believe you deserve to know exactly what you’re bringing into your home. We manufacture and source our products from the United States, supporting the local economy. That’s so important to us.”
And have you smelled our products? Each one is made with a unique blend of essential oils, so they not only clean effectively, but they also smell amazing! Each product has its own special scent and cleaning properties. Your home will be left smelling fresh and clean, without harsh chemicals.”
Do you volunteer?
“Yes, we definitely volunteer and give back to our community! At Quite Happy Products, we started our own non-profit organization called the Happy Hands Cares Foundation. For every product that you purchase from us, we donate a cleaning product to a homeless shelter in need.
We also create care packages for the homeless in our community, which include basic essentials that we often take for granted, like toothbrushes, hats, gloves, socks, and hand warmers. It feels amazing to be able to give back in such a meaningful way and make a positive impact in our community. We appreciate those who support us in our mission.”
If you could share one tip with the readers about choosing cleaning products, what would it be?
“Do your research! It took me time to do my research to learn that the products that I’ve been using for years are not safe. Some of the products have ingredients that are not good for you and can cause a variety of health issues that people don’t know about. Some of these products can trigger symptoms, and you won’t even know the cause of them. So please, do your research.”
Do you provide any discounts?
“Military members who buy my products can use code “mil” at the checkout to receive 40% off their entire purchase.”
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
“Yes! We’re kicking off our Spring-Cleaning Sale so be on the lookout as we’re introducing disposable wipes and a few other new products.”
Rashaii is what we like to call a Local Business Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. High standards of professionalism and the strong work ethic of small business owners like Rashaii and her Quite Happy Products team are the infrastructure of the Chicago economy.
If you’re someone who is concerned about the use of harsh and dangerous chemicals in your home and want to protect your family from potential harm, then eco-friendly cleaning products are the way to go.
At hquitehappyhealthy.com, you can find a wide range of eco-friendly cleaning products that are safe, effective and affordable. By using these products, not only are you doing your part for the environment, and allowing Happy Hands Cares to give back to disadvantaged communities, but you are also ensuring the well-being of your loved ones.
So, don’t wait any longer, head to quitehappyhealthy.com today and make the switch to eco-friendly cleaning products for a cleaner, safer and healthier home!
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