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Final Wrap-Up of the Smiley360 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Spring Cleaning Mission

IMG_0706[1]While it feels like it was just yesterday when I wrote the first post for this awesome free product test from Smiley360, evidently time has flown by much faster than I could have ever expected as apparently a month has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Needless to say between work, and all my other side projects, the small amount of free time that I have on the weekends has come and gone, and I have not accomplished anywhere near as much as I had hoped.

With the upcoming closure of this mission on May 9th,  I just wanted to provide my readers with some of the great cleaning uses that I learned with the help of this Smiley360 mission. The remaining weeks in this mission were dedicated to the laundry room, bedroom, as well as other general household cleaning tasks that can apply to almost every room in the hIMG_2065[1]ouse.

Since I do not have kids, only pets, and we are a non-smoking household, there are only a few of the remaining tips that I plan to try and use in the future. First, lets take a look at the Laundry Room. Having used a lot of Clorox 2 in the past, mostly as a laundry booster, than for actual stain removal, I never really thought to use Baking Soda for this purpose.  I already plan to use this tip with my sheets and towels, and you can’t beat the cost savings of a box of IMG_2066[1]baking soda to the cost of the Clorox 2 and saving money is always a win in my book.

The next tip, which I had some experience with many years ago, yet completely forgot about was its use as a carpet deodorizer. While I do not have any kids, I do have three cats and one dog, and with that comes a variety of odors. Our dog has unluckily gotten tagged a few times in the past by a skunk, and sometimes no matter what you do, faint odors like that, as well as those from cat vomit can tend to linger, so I will definitely be using this tip in the future.

Next came tips for the general household. At first I didn’t think I would find any of these tips IMG_2067[1]useful, until I found the one about freshening the closet. Due to the fact that we have pets, the door to our closet constantly remains closed. Since that is where all our shoes reside, as well as our laundry hamper, a musty smell can linger from time to time. I have tried a variety of different air fresheners in in the past, which included the little lavender satchels, and even the little gel balls that are supposed to absorb odors. Of course those seemed like they masked the smell more than removed it so I will definitely use Baking soda in the future.

Lastly came the tips for freshening your home from all those pet related odors, and with the IMG_2068[1]three cats and one dog, we definitely have our fair share. While two of our litter boxes are automatic, the third one is still manual because one of our kitties is quite finicky and he will not use the automatic ones. I am definitely going to try the baking soda tip in his litter box to help to help cut down on the stinky odor. I also plan to use it as a laundry booster for the pet bedding that goes through the wash, as we have had issues in the past with a few of the kitties having accidents and urinating on the beds instead of in the litter box, and while I have used other cleaning solutions to resolve those smells, I think that the baking soda will be the perfect boost to leave everything smelling fresh and clean.

Those are my go to Arm & Hammer Baking Soda cleaning tips. If you happen to have any tips that I did not cover in this post, I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

 

Great Touchless Soap Dispenser for Kitchens and Baths – An iZiv Touchless Soap Dispenser Review


SoapDispenser3Whether it is at the kitchen or bathroom sink, liquid soap is the one thing that must always be within easy reach. The problem is unless you have a built in soap dispenser, you are forced to leave an unsightly plastic dispenser bottle on your counter.

While our kitchen has a soap dispenser built into the counter, finding the right dispenser for hand soap in our bathrooms has been a constant struggle. In the past I had used the foaming dispensers from Bath & Body Works, I recently learned that I have a gluten allergy, which includes even topical products. Due to this allergy, I had recently transitioned to using Method hand soap in my bathroom, but had yet to find a good hand soap dispenser for our second bathroom.

While that bathroom is primarily used by my husband, it also functions as our laundry room, as well as a guest bathroom, so I needed to find a hand soap dispenser that was easy to use as well as one that looked good while sitting on the counter.

I have always liked the idea of an automatic hand soap dispenser, but my only experience with one for the home was the Lysol hand soap dispenser, which in no way lived up to my expectations, and quickly got disposed of once we ran out of the soap bottles needed to feed the thing. SoapDispenser1

One one of my travels across the web, I happened to come across the automatic soap dispenser by iZiv. Since I am always up to try new gadgets whenever I find them, I had to give this hand soap dispenser a try.

When this touchless soap dispenser first arrived at my home, I have to say I liked the look of it right away. It had the nice modern stainless steel look, and the reservoir was large enough to hold plenty of liquid soap. The one thing I really liked was that it came with a removable twist IMG_0778[1]on foot, that raised the bathroom soap dispenser up off the counter. That was one of my biggest complaints about the Lysol dispenser. It only had small built in bumps on the bottom that were supposed to be feet, but no matter how careful you were, water always got underneath the dispenser.

With this iZiv liquid soap dispenser, the feet raise it up high enough off the counter that even a bit of water on the counter will not have an effect on this bathroom soap dispenser. This is very important since the batteries that make this touchless soap dispenser work are located at the base of the dispenser and that is obviously something that you do not want water getting into.

Overall we are very happy with this touchless soap dispenser by iZiv. It holds plenty of liquid soap and dispenses the right amount of soap every time, eliminating the chance of dispensing too much and causing soap waste. Our one complaint is that this automatic soap dispenser does not work with rechargeable batteries, only traditional store bought batteries. I wouldn’t say this should be considered a deciding factor in whether or not you should buy this model, it just happens to be a matter of preference for us since we utilize rechargeable batteries for nearly everything in our home that is battery powered. If I had to do it again, I would most definitely purchase this iZiv automaic hand soap dispenser again.

NOTE: I received the iZiv automaic hand soap dispenser mentioned in this touchless soap dispenser review at a discounted rate in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions and experiences with this product are my own.

Week 1 of the Smiley360 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Mission – Spring Cleaning the Bathroom

IMG_0706[1]When it comes to cleaning my home, I am always on the lookout for products that will make keeping my home looking good a relatively simple process. As a pet mom to three cats and one Mini Schnauzer, I am in no way a neat freak, because as most pet parents know it is next to impossible to keep your home pristine whenever furry four-legged kids are involved.

In recent years I have been trying to transition to using more natural products, so I couldn’t help but sign up for the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Mission offered by Smiley360 when it was offered to me. If you have never heard about Smiley360 then you have been missing out. It is a free program that allows you to test various products in exchange for providing your unbiased experiences with the product on social media sites.

As you can see from the photo I just received my Arm & Hammer kit, and this is the first week of spring cleaning mission, from 3/15 – 3/28, and the first room in the house that I was to tackle was the bathroom. I have to say that cleaning is one of my least favorite tasks, so finding tools or products that make the task of cleaning as quick and simple as possible is a must for me.

Smiley360 provided me with a handy little booklet complete with tips for spring cleaning the bathroom. I will say that until I received the invite for this mission, I never really thought of using baking soda as a cleaning product in my home. I remember when I was younger that baking soda was commonly used as a refrigerator deodorizer, but most commonly used in baking. I have spent large sums of money on cleaning products each year, and have never actually given a second thought to using something from my pantry.

IMG_0707[1]The tips for bathroom cleaning were actually quite simple. I do not have a shower curtain in my home, so I was unable to test that, but I do have a tub and two sinks, so I decided to tackle the Surface-Safe Cleaning tip first.

While the guide mentioned to use a sponge, I slightly modified this tip by using a microfiber cleaning cloth, and went to work on my tub first. A weekly ritual for me is to soak in the tub with one of my favorite bath bombs from Lush, and the bombs do sometimes leave a bit of colored ring around the edge of the tub. I wet the microfiber cloth, and added the Arm & Hammer baking soda, and went to work. It took a very short amount of time to clean the tub, and the baking soda left everything smelling nice and fresh, with no chemical residue left over.

My next attempt was to clean the sink of soap and toothpaste residue. I used the same process to clean the sink that I had used on the tub, and I have to say that cleaning with the baking soda was quicker than with any other cleaning product I had used in the past. I did not tackle the tip of cleaning the bathroom floor, as that is a more involved cleaning process than I was ready to deal with.

Of the four tips provided in the booklet, the last one I tried was drain deodorizing. Since I had just cleaned the sink, it made logical sense to deodorize the drain as well. I only poured a small amount of baking soda down the drain, not the 1/2 cup that the instructions requested, so I am not sure if the deodorizing will work as well as it should. Drain odor has never been a major issue in my home, so I don’t expect to notice much of a difference.

Out of all the tips provided in my Smiley360 booklet, I would have to say that my favorite tip thus far is the surface-safe cleaning. I have always spent money on products like Mr. Clean, Pine Sol and the like just to wipe down the surfaces of my tub, shower and sinks, never realizing that baking soda could be used for the same task at a third of the cost. Moving forward I will definitely opt to clean with baking soda from now on and the money that it will save me is just an added bonus in my book.

 

Soft and Plush, Just Wish They Were a Tad Bigger – An Au Naturel Origins Bamboo Washcloth Review

AuNaturelWhile bath towels, and washcloths in particular, are something we all use on an almost daily basis, they tend to be the one thing in our home that we put very little thought into when we purchase them. Sure we want something that is soft and plush, but unless you have an unlimited budget, towels are not something you want to spend your entire paycheck on.

For me, I guess you can say I am a bit of a snob when it comes to my towels. I want something that is soft and plush, but paying $20 or more for just one towel is a bit too much for my taste, regardless of how plush they may claim to be.

My all time favorite towels right now are the bamboo bath towels that we found on overstock at a local discount store. So when I found a set of 6 bamboo washcloths by Au Natruel Origins I had to give them a try. I am very particular when it comes to my washcloths, I don’t like them to be too thick, so I have been using the same washcloths for about 10 years, and needless to say they are starting to show a bit of wear, and are in need of being replaced but I can’t bring myself to part with them just yet.

When these organic bamboo towels first arrived at my home, they had the soft, fuzzy feel that I IMG_0523was expecting, without being overly thick. At the time of this writing a set of 6 cost $14,98 on Amazon, which breaks down to about $2.50 a washcloth, which is relatively affordable when compared to the traditional cotton washcloths found at your local store.

I like bamboo wash cloths and towels specifically because they are made from a sustainable material. Bamboo grows much faster than any other material, eliminating the extended wait time for plant regeneration.

While it is common to find bamboo washcloths in a variety of colors, the bamboo washcloths by Au Natruel Origins maintain their natural color, which means they are free of dyes, and this brand uses organic bamboo, which means its free of harmful pesticides as well, making these towels perfect for those with sensitive skin. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, so they will not develop the stinky, musty smell as quickly as traditional towels.

When these organic bamboo towels first arrived at my home, I loved the soft feel of the bamboo washcloth right away, although they did seem a bit smaller than a traditional washcloth. As with any fabric product that comes into my home, I washed these bamboo wash cloths prior to use. The instructions requested they be washed on gentile cycle, which I thought was a bit unusual for a bath towel. I have since washed them with my other towels on regular cycle, and have not noticed any undue wear on these washcloths.

IMG_0648Overall, I am very happy with the bamboo washcloths by Au Natruel Origins but my only complaint is the size. They are a bit smaller than a traditional washcloth, as you can see in the photo at left. The darker towel on the bottom is the Canopy brand from Target, and the one on the top is the bamboo wash cloth. The traditional wash cloth measures 11.5″ x 10.5″, while the bamboo washcloth is only 9.5″ in size, about a half inch smaller than the Amazon listing stated they were.

This size difference is actually quite apparent when you hold this towel in your hand. You actually feel like you are missing something, giving the impression that these towels are designed particularly for babies instead of adult use.

Size aside, I am still quite happy with these bamboo washcloths. They have the soft feel that I love, and they are not overly thick, making them a great replacement for the ratty washcloths that I have been using for years. My only recommendation to the manufacturer would be to make them a bit bigger so they equal the size of a traditional washcloth. Other than that, you can’t beat the price for a set of 6 bamboo washcloths, as you can easily spend much more than that at your local store.

So if you are looking to update your washcloths, I do recommend giving these bamboo washcloths by Au Natruel Origins a try. While the size is a bit smaller than traditional washcloths, the fabric quality more than makes up for it, making them a great addition to any home.

NOTE: I received the bamboo washcloths by Au Natruel Origins mentioned in this bamboo washcloth review at a discounted rate in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions and experiences with this product are my own.