Just a couple of weeks ago one of my Canadian readers sent me a note to let me know that they had gone searching for Persil only to find that it wasn’t available in Canada. For some reason I was sure that the detergent would have launched at the same time in both the US and Canada, but apparently that wasn’t the case.
Last week my husband came home from work and announced that he had a black shoe polish stain on the cuff of his white Brooks Brothers dress shirt. Apparently he had decided to clean up his shoes before an important meeting, but things didn’t quite go as planned. My reaction? Yay, a laundry challenge! Something tells me this is not the way normal people react to such things, but I’m sure you, my blog readers, will understand.
This is not my first time writing about Ecover Dishwasher tablets – they were actually listed as one of my top 10 green and natural cleaners for the kitchen in a post that I wrote a couple of years ago. In fact, they were the very first item on that list – that’s how much I like them! But since not everyone who has recently started following my blog has gone that far back and read that entry, I thought they could use their own dedicated blog post. Have I mentioned that I really, really like these little guys?
Now, let me start off by saying that the kitchen is one area of the house where I choose to only use “green” cleaners. We do a lot of cooking and eating at home, so it’s imperative for me that everything that comes into contact with food be safe: dishes, counters, the sink and pretty much every other surface in the kitchen. Whether we like it or not, cleaning supplies will leave some amount of residue behind, and if you cook your own food (or eat out of your own dishes), that residue is eventually going to come into contact with food and get ingested. So I would encourage everyone to “go green” in the kitchen, especially when there are so many great options available that aren’t much more expensive than conventional cleaning supplies and are equally effective.
I recently came across this article on one of the Gardenweb forums that I found very interesting. If you haven’t read the article itself, this spring Procter & Gamble are releasing Tide PurClean: an eco-friendly version of Tide that is made with 65% plant-based ingredients. On top of that, this week it was announced that Procter&Gamble received biobased certification from the USDA’s BioPreferred Program for Tide PurClean. What exactly is “biobased”? In short, derived from renewable materials such as plants instead of non-renewable petroleum-based products. By the way, P&G started working on the development of biobased chemicals back in 2011 as part of a larger sustainability initiative.
Have you heard of Shout Color Catchers? They are single-use sheets that go in with your non-sorted laundry that claim to “absorb and trap loose dyes in your wash water, protecting clothes against color bleeds and helping preserve original colors” (a quote from the Shout Color Catchers website). I had seen products like this show up over the years, but had never actually tried them. So it was fun to try out something new for this Shout Color Catchers review!
Now, let me just put a major disclaimer here: I in no way endorse mixing colors and whites in one load. In fact, I sort my laundry almost religiously and will never, ever wash white and colored clothes together. Or even light and dark clothes together. I firmly believe that if you want to keep your clothes looking good, the best (and easiest) thing you can do is spend a couple of minutes sorting. The reward? Non-dingy whites and colors that look good longer.
But sometimes, just sometimes I find myself wishing I could combine whites and colors. Specifically when I wash microfiber cloths. I use a ton of microfiber for cleaning – it’s probably the most used cleaning tool in our household (and you can read about how I use it and some of my other green cleaning choices in this post). We use microfiber cloths to clean everything from dog paws to bathroom counters to our ceramic stovetop, along with microfiber pads for the mop. And I have the cloths color coded so they don’t get mixed up: the bathroom cloths are white, the dog towels are orange and green and the kitchen towels are mostly pink and purple.
Back in March when Persil ProClean and Persil ProClean 2in1 first launched in the US I was lucky enough to be among the first to try it out and review on my old blog (you can still find the entry here). I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I wrote that!
That review was for the Original liquid and Pearls, but this time I was given a chance to try out the extra powerful Persil ProClean 2in1 liquid to see how I would like it. I obviously jumped at the opportunity, since the ProClean 2in1 liquid recently beat Tide in Consumer Reports testing.
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