March 17, 2010

Clear and Free......and Clean

Maybe you want to use plant-based cleaners but you don’t want the fragrance that comes with  natural cleaners. Seventh Generation has an entire line of fragrance-free natural cleaners from fabric softener sheets and liquid, dish washer detergent in liquid and pre-filled pouches, to kitchen, bathroom and glass cleaners, tub, tile and bowl cleaners and more. Every product in the Clean and Clear line uses use natural ingredients and is completely free of perfumes or other fragrance but they still have the same cleaning ability of the original cleaning products and laundry line. They really work and the only thing missing is fragrance.

February 17, 2010

Naturally Clean; Clean Naturally

When it comes to cleaning—your home, your clothes …you have many choices. Should you choose products that are made from natural ingredients? Even if you don’t have a well for your drinking water or a septic tank for waste, what gets poured or sprayed into your living environment and your clothes, eventually goes out into the environment in some way at some point. If the product cleans or softens to your satisfaction why wouldn’t you use it?

At Seventh Generation, they say: “We know your home is your world.. . For the past 20 years, it’s been our mission to help you protect your world with our naturally safe and effective household products.” And they make and sell what they advocate.

For example the Natural All Purpose Cleaner is non-toxic & biodegradable, hypo-allergenic, does not create harsh fumes, is not tested on animals, and is even Kosher-certified. And with ingredients including essential oils and botanical extracts* (citrus reticulata (green mandarin), mentha spicata (spearmint), citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain), citrus aurantium bigarade , it smells absolutely wonderful. And those plant-based ingredients are not there just for the olfactory effect, they provide real cleaning muscle, along with the other biodegradable ingredients.
Other great-performing and wonderful smelling cleaning products include: Blue Eucalyptus and Lavender or White Flower and Bergamot Citrus Laundry Liquid Concentrate, Wild Orange and Cedar Spice Kitchen Cleaner, Lavender Floral and Mint Dishwashing Liquid, Emerald Cypress and Fir Tub and Tile Cleaner. There are also Automatic Dishwasher detergent packs that work very well. When you use these products you will not only cleaning up, you will be cleaning with a conscience, with the welcome bonus of fresh fragrance.

As of this writing, Seventh Generation has saved more than 365,000 trees and 999,000 gallons of petroleum. As their motto says:
           "In our every deliberation, we must consider the
            impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”

January 20, 2010

Sweep Pet Hair Off and Away

Building on the idea of those sticky rollers that you use to remove lint and hair from clothing, The Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair quickly rolls away hair from the beloved members of your family who walk on four legs and shed shamelessly.

The sweeper does a good job and when it is full--which will take a pretty long time--you dispose of it.

Just remember, please, as tempting as it may be, do not use it on the pets themselves.

November 16, 2009

Really Clean Dishes; Softer Hands

 A brief word about a little power-pack that  will help you save a bit of time when you use your dishwasher. Cascade ActionPacs are convenient, light, and dissolve completely.   Each little power-pillow has four times the cleaning power with an assist from Dawn to help eliminate grease. Other similar manifestations of dishwasher detergents have been disappointing in the past. 

This one fulfills the promise on the package.

And if you have to do dishes by hand, you might try Dawn with Hand Renewal and Olay. It does help your hands come through the chore a lot more comfortably.

October 29, 2009

A Cleaner Sweep

The original Swiffer WetJet was an innovation in cleaning and the New Swiffer has indeed improved on that innovation. The latest Swiffer WetJet has two spray nozzles to increase coverage and cleaning efficiency. A larger Scrubbing strip on the front, rather than on the side, makes it easier to get at stubborn dirt. The handle is more ergonomic and the pole is stronger while the whole machine seems a bit lighter and easier to operate and maneuver around corners and under furniture. The battery compartment ( four AA batteries are needed) has also been improved for easier access and stability. The triple-layer cleaning pads have also been updated to be more absorbent and trap the dirt and dirty solution.

The different types of cleaning solution are more easily recognizable—Multipurpose, Antibacterial and Wood-- and are available in a larger size.

The improvements are noticeable and what has become the new standard in floor cleaning is now even better.

The new Swiffer Wetjet starter kit (sugg. retail $21.99) comes with 500ml bottle of cleaning solution and two pads.

August 16, 2009

Go Green without Going Broke

Any product that is eco-friendly and works is always new. Marcal Small Steps 100% recycled bath tissue, paper towels, napkins and facial tissue, are all made from 100 percent recycled paper – not from trees. When use products made from recycled paper, you are making a difference. Marcal states that if every household in the US replaced one roll of traditional paper towels with a roll of 100 percent recycled paper towels, we would save nearly one million trees.

And the cost for Small Steps is about equal to other mainstream brands, and the tissue is soft to the touch and the paper towels are absorbent.

And keeping the environment in mind is no new for Marcal. The company has been saving trees and reducing landfill by making its paper products from recycled paper, sourced from curbside pickup from residential neighborhoods, the small blue baskets in office buildings, unwanted junk mail, waste from printers and more.

Small Steps is hypoallergenic, virtually lint free, manufactured without chlorine bleaching and are made without added dyes and fragrances. Who needs blindingly white paper towels anyway?

July 18, 2009

Hold the Bleach!

If you want to brighten your clothes but don’t want to risk damaging fabrics with chlorine bleach, try Spray & Wash Bright & White, a new liquid that you use with your regular laundry detergent to safely brighten colors and white alike. From Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of the original Spray ‘n Wash spray, this is a laundry product is so very worth buying and adding it along with your detergent.

Now you can have cleaner and brighter clothes without the risk of bleach.

The highest compliment we can give it is ----It works!

June 07, 2009

Don't Do Windows?

Cleaning the outside windows has always been kind of a big deal. It’s a bit easier now, thanks to Windex Outdoor All-in-One. From SC Johnson, this new product enables you to forgo a ladder and use a hose and this long-reaching cleaning tool complete with Windex streak-free cleaning pad to quickly clean the outside windows.

One disposable pad cleans up to 20 windows. All you do is spray the windows with water from a hose then wipe the HOW LONG handles pad up and down and then immediately rinse the window with the hose. If you can get 2 people in on the job it is even quicker. One rinses and the other cleans. It is almost enjoyable to do.

This really works and the windows are streak-free. The handle is long enough to reach first floor windows so if you need a longer pole, you will have to attach the end of the pole that comes with the product to a broom handle or other long pole. (The pole that comes in the package is hollow so another longer pole can be fitted into it easily.)

Windex Outdoor-All-In-One will have you doing your own windows, and even liking it.

Cleaning the Grill

It is definitely time for firing up the grill for outdoor cooking. Nothing like it. Nothing like the mess left on the grill, either, when all the cooking is done. True, at least the mess is outside but, it’s still a mess, waiting to be cleaned up for the next time.

Here is a great way to take care of all that. Grill Daddy-- the first grill cleaning tool of its kind, and ultra lightweight, eco-friendly and made to last. The Grill Daddy and Grill Daddy Pro are specifically designed to thoroughly, quickly, and easily clean any barbeque grill with the power of steam no matter what the mess!

And the real beauty is that you can clean up the grill soon after you’ve finished cooking, while the grill is still warm. The Grill Daddy uses the warmth of the grill to steam it clean. There are 3 versions available starting at around $20.

The Grill Daddy and Grill Daddy Pro can be found at retailers such as Home Depot, Wal Mart, Ace and True Value Hardware Stores while the Grill Daddy Platinum is currently available by special order. Detachable replacement brushes are available online.

June 05, 2009

Thoroughly Flushed

Whether or not you agree that the modern toilet was invented by Thomas Crapper, it is certain that the basic design of this necessity has not changed much over the years. The question—usually asked when trying to clean the toilet—is why? True enough that toilets in most public bathrooms, being attached to the wall, are a bit easier to clean and that design may or may not be adaptable for residential use. Either way, those bowls still have to cleaned and it is a job that is sure to keep you humble. But here is a product to make it a little easier, while still doing a thorough job.

The new
O-Cedar® Scrub Fresh™ Toilet Bowl Brush is the perfect solution for those who want to battle bacteria build-up in their toilet bowls and bathrooms. The brush’s anti-microbial bristles prevent odor-causing bacteria growth on the brush, while the caddy’s built-in hygienic spray freshens the brush. And, the child-safe locking system allows you to cleanly and safely store the brush.

longer bristles and shorter bristles work together for a thorough scrubbing. The angled brush provides easy, heavy-duty cleaning under the rim, where lime scale builds up. The bristles of the Scrub Fresh Toilet Bowl Brush contain anti-microbial protection that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and since the anti-microbial treatment is built into the bristle manufacturing process, it will not wash out when you clean the toilet.

There is also a hygienic spray inside the caddy to freshen the brush after each use, so you are not storing a dirty brush. To freshen the brush after each use, push the handle down to activate the spray. After a few seconds, your brush will be refreshed and ready for its next use. Each can of hygienic spray will last for approximately three months and is available in 1.5-ounce refill cans. The innovative design of the Scrub Fresh Toilet Bowl Brush results in 30 percent less debris getting left in the brush after cleaning. The Scrub Fresh Toilet Bowl Brush caddy has a child-safe locking feature on both the hygiene spray compartment and the brush caddy.

This product makes cleaning a toilet bowl more agreeable.