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The Real Scoop on Cleaners: What You Need To Know and a GIVEAWAY


We live in a very busy world.  The stats don’t lie:  160.6 million people in the U.S. alone are working their tails off at full- and part-time jobs.  What does that have to do with household cleaners?  Everything.

You see, the large corporations manufacturing these products know that you, the consumer, don’t have time to do the research and figure out what they (the cleaning companies) are exposing your family to in every clean-up wipe, disinfectant spray, and detergent.  Marketed to make your life easier also keep your family healthier, one might wonder why so many of these amazing products have intense and VERY scary warning labels.

Well, perhaps you hadn’t wondered.  But I did.  I’m all over those warning labels like face paint on KISS (That’s a band, folks.  One I am rather fond of.  Don’t judge me.)  I raided my cupboards and found some very unsettling stuff that had invaded my cleaning supplies.

Under the sink
There are some options for do-it-yourself cleaners but many of us just don’t have time to mix ingredients and play chemist in the kitchen.  So which products are okay to buy off the shelf?  Which of the “green cleaners” will actually perform?  Which products are truly safe to use around our babies, grandbabies, or sweet puppy dogs?  (Yes, I worry about what chemicals are around my cuddly-wuddly puppy dogs.  Don’t you?)

After considerable research and help from friends who are just as concerned about harmful chemicals and living an eco-friendly lifestyle, I found a TERRIFIC company: Simply Neutral.

Have you heard of them?  Have you tried their products?  Well, today is your LUCKY day!  I am going to give one Value Pack (which includes the all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and nonabrasive cleaner) to a lucky commenter so they can try these products and rave to their friends.  And while I know that you are all equally devoted KISS fans, but painting your face to look like the Starchild (a KISS reference) and knocking on your neighbors’ doors to rave about theses products is not recommended.  What is advised is telling every single person who will listen how great they clean and how you don’t have to worry that they will turn your family into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles every time you clean up around them.

And the price?  I know you are curious.  I know you are sitting in your desk chair thinking, “That Lacy girl must be rolling in the dough to afford a fantastic product like that.”


Oh, my goodness no.  As a military wife, I can tell you right now that I can’t afford to buy designer-name-brand anything.  I am a non-generic person who must buy generic.  There are entire aisles in the grocery store that I don’t even walk down because I can’t afford a single thing on the shelves.  How about that for some honesty?

But just to make it even easier on you… and I am all about that… the lovely ladies at Simply Neutral want to offer you a 10% discount on any order you place online using the code: *simplyonline*.  They also offered up the giveaway of the Value Pack so I wouldn’t have to cough up the bucks to give you one myself.  And, I want you to know that I contacted them.  I wanted to write about their product.  That’s how much I love them.

Employment Stats -Bureau of Labor Statistics
A Report Card – Women’s Voices for the Earth

Voting closes at 10:00 a.m. Monday (September 29th).  Winner to be announced at noon EST Monday September 29, 2008.  Your comment is your entry.  Can’t think of what to write?  Tell me about the worst mess you have ever had to clean up.  Please no repeat entries.  Tell your friends!

  • Barb - Great info Lacy…as expected of only you! You are so thorough. I worry about alot of the products in the world today. Heck, look what has come over from China. I too worry abou effects of things used around our critters. Truthfully, I use vinegar for alot of things. (people just think I do a tons of pickling *wink)
    Going over to check this product out.
    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Hugs & Prayers~ and hope you have a great weekend!
    BarbReplyCancel

  • chocolatechic - This sounds great.

    I’d love something like this due to my girl having such sensitive skin. Sweating makes her break out in hives.ReplyCancel

  • Meadowlark - Just last night BabyGirl and I were discussing switching to more natural products. She happened to be using a face soap made with all natural ingredients and remarked on how fresh and clean it smelled and that it didn’t irritate her skin. That was our “DUH” moment right there.

    And why SHOULD I tell my friends, when I WANT TO WIN!!!! OK, I’ll do it because it’s the right thing, but I STILL want to win 😉ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Dear Lacy,
    After trying your home-made soap that has no additives on my face, I have to tell you that it has never felt more soft and clean. Even the staff at work have commented. I know it sounds like I never washed my face before I got your soap but I always wash morning and night. It is scary out there when I stop to think that we are putting crudd on our faces under the guise of “clean” stuff. I have not heard of this brand but I am sure that it would work if you are using it. After all from what I have read about on your posts, you thoroughly check into products that are good and bad. Please continue to do your good work DETECTIVE FRIEND. lol Love AlwaysReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - Sounds great! I feel like after I clean my house I’m always getting congested! These would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Heather in Oregon - I have been trying to take the plunge and convert to all natural cleaners. I should do so because I have a baby – but the cost has always turned me away!!

    I’d love to give this stuff a try and see how it works so I can rid myself of the crazy conglomerate of chemicals under my sink!!

    HeatherReplyCancel

  • marky - I cringe to think what poisons may be lurking under my sink!
    You are right, I should switch to something like this. My kids have asthma and I try not to use much chemical junk, but I know that there is still dangerous cleaners in my supply.
    Thanks for caring enough to offer such a great gift!ReplyCancel

  • mojavi at Simple Things - i would love to try them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I would love to try these products. My cupboard is filled with scary products. Thanks for the info. and contest!

    Jen @
    http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com
    http://godsshiningstars.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • The Cotton Wife - I mostly just clean with ammonia – it’s amazing how much grease goes into farming!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Hey Lacy, sign me up! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Meadowlark - Lacy, would you stop advertising this giveaway all over the place? I told you, I NEED TO WIN. So CUT THAT OUT this instant!!!!!

    You crack me up!!!! ROTFL!!! I’m off to spread the word! -LRReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Ooh! Sounds good! =D

    (And we just listened to Beth [KISS] the other day…. LOL!)ReplyCancel

  • ToilingAnt - I’d love to get some natural cleansers around here… but you’re right, they can break the bank. Even better that these aren’t that pricey!ReplyCancel

  • becca - we are all about natural cleaning products but with three cats (one of which of mildly incontinent) we go through a lot of them so its good to know there are affordable ones.

    becca
    http://swampyankeesfromouterspace.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Clair - I would love to win. I don’t mind cleaning but would like to use more natual cleaners.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - This would be so awesome. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to buy more natural cleaners and then I could actually do some of the cleaning. I am incredibly sensitive to all the chemicals and usually leave the house while he does the bathrooms. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Great! I also can’t afford to buy such products as they are hilariously expensive here! Sometimes you wonder if people really want you to save the earth or only spend money…

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Lessee.. worst mess I ever cleaned. Well, I could go into some nasty messes at jobs, but I’ll stick to home for now. When I was living in New York City, caring for my then-partner’s aging Slavic grandmother (with a bad case of dimensia).

    I had baked up a chocolate pie from Grandma Clark’s special recipe, and stuck it faaaaaar back in the fridge for safe keeping until the next day’s meal. Everyone went to bed and all seemed well. However, Nana had other ideas.

    When I woke, all was quiet–Nana was asleep–So, I washed my face and headed into our small apartment kitchen to prep the morning brew. When what to my wondering eyes should appear but.. Grandma Clark’s Chocolate Marvel Pie.. smeared over every surface in the kitchen.

    Have you ever finger-painted with a two-year-old? Right. Now imagine that scenario in sticky, fudgey, sugary choco-paint over every inch of cabinet, countertop, appliance, and wall.

    For the first few minutes, I could do little more than stare in abject horror at the scene. Then came the sense of doleful resignation, which led to an entire day of scrubbing, wiping, chiseling and spritzing.

    Poor dear. Not her fault in the least, but I will never forget that, my most messy of home messes.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sue - Oh my – the worst mess is usually the one I just made! But when we had bed and breakfast – we bought eggs in huge flats – I managed in a frantic early morning rush to knock off the counter and break a full dozen eggs! Ewwwww – we had beautiful birch floors – good news is eggs don’t stain floors – bad news – took a LOT of paper towels and salt to get that mess upReplyCancel

  • tipper - Never heard of the brand-but would love to try it!!ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: The worst mess is always the grill but who wants to use those oven cleaners on it. I wonder how this would work on the grill.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - I have to tell you that I was nurtured at my depression era mother-in-law’s knee. I use white vinegar for almost all my cleaning.

    Worst mess: 1 year old son spilled grape juice on my brand new carpet (8 hundred years ago). Cleaned it up with white vinegar and warm water. Works every time.ReplyCancel

  • Celesta - I would love to give these a go! I’m addicted to my Method products. Can you convert me?ReplyCancel

  • jenny - My biggest mess was last Spring, when we were in the middle of making strawberry wine. We had a big 5 gallon glass jar filled with about 3 gallons of strawberry liquid and just added 5 pounds of sugar. The husband was stirring, stirring, stirring, when all of a sudden, a big chunk of glass broke from the bottom and my floor was now covered in a sea of sticky, red strawberry juice. Ugh! Between keeping 3 little ones from walking in it and the cats shoo-ed out, it took forever to mop it up. Did I mention I was pregnant at the time?

    I have been phasing out cleaning chemicals, too. Using up what I have and then replacing it with natural cleaners. Some of that is pricey, though, so I have been getting pretty friendly with the vinegar latelty! I’d love to try one of these products!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - You are so funny. I love your KISS reference and you have moved up in Sirdar’s books because you like the band;-). I have not tried these products but they sound pretty good to me. Wonderful post and contest idea and prize.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Thanks for the great info! I am always on the the look for new green cleaning products.

    CarolynReplyCancel

  • jacque - Probably my worst mess was one which was self inflicted. I was upset with hubby and dumped all the trash cans in the kitchen to make a point Humm rather childish when I think of it now, but he never leaves the trash cans in the kitchen any longer.ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - Well, the way I cut down on using those awful chemical-laden cleaners in my house is …….. just not to clean very often. Those fingerprints and slops of oatmeal can build for at least a week before a good scrub down! : )
    But, as you know, I do have two very MESSY girls, so I should surely invest in some of these excellent cleaners!
    Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Joan J - I’ve also been thinking about more natural cleaning products, since starting to babysit for my 2 yr old asthmatic grandson. It only makes sense to try and stop putting more chemicals in our home environment, but especially when those chemicals can make my sweet darling grandchild have breathing difficulties! I’ve been hesitant to put out the big $$s for products I’m not sure work, so winning a sampler pack would be ideal! Sign me up, please!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - I love natural cleaners. I too am frustrated at the prices. We could afford to buy them, but what chaps my butt is that I want them to be easily affordable for EVERYONE. I want to be just like grabbing a generic, store-brand product. But for some of these products at the store to charge $5-6 for a 8oz cleaner? Just infuriates me. I’ll use vinegar and water until they get real. These Simply Neutral prices aren’t too bad and come in a good size!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I checked out their site. The prices are very reasonable. The natural products products are great! So count me in for the drawing. I checked the produce and grain bags too. Organic cotton. Sounds great. I may have to go buy them myself!

    The worst mess was when I canned and processed over 100 lbs of tomatoes. Tomato juice everywhere! If I look in cracks and crevices, I can probably still find tomato seeds!

    Don’t forget to claim your 10% discount when you order. Everyone wins with that discount! -LRReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Lacy, thanks for sharing this info, I’d love to try the products. I’ve been using a few different ones, but they are so expensive I don’t do it consistently.

    Worst mess…about 15 years ago, someone in my household would heat up cans of dogfood for just a few minutes on very low heat in the wintertime for our outside dog. One evening this person forgot to open the dogfood can, and forgot it was on the stove. Do you know that when a can of dogfood explodes in your kitchen it is VERY far reaching…like to the ceiling in adjoing rooms?

    I just fell off my desk chair and began rolling around on the floor laughing like a crazy woman. Oh my goodness! I can just picture it!! -LRReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss Lacy! :mrgreen:

    Worst mess EVER was, no doubt, the time I first made soap! I used a recipe that was lye-heavy. This was before I knew how to make up my own recipe and I used one I was not sure of. Smooth move Ex Lax, because that was the GROSSEST MESS I have ever made!! It flopped horribly and I was moving it to the trash can to dump it out when I spilled this GOOPY ORANGE GOO ALL over my kitchen floor!!

    Oh my wordy that was a mess. Gross. Ick. Phooey. Nasty. Stinky.

    Have a great weekend! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Shelli - Hi Lacy, thanks for stopping by the blog. Now could you stop by the house and “show” me how to use the cleaners? 😉
    Well it was worth the try. Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

  • amyb - i was trying to think of the worst mess i’ve ever had to clean up…but having 5 kids, they always seem to come up with new and exciting ways to totally trash the house.
    maybe the time i went to chapel hour at our church (in our perpetual adoration chapel) and no one showed up after me. i called the hubby (he was home with 3 kids, grace was only about a year old) and he told me to come home right away, the kids were all puking and it was everywhere. that was my last chapel hour. and the girls had woke up puking and made trails to the bedroom. red koolaide. on light gray carpet. not an easy mess to clean!
    i use mostly vinegar. commercial types of cleaners give me major headaches and sore throat for days.
    thanks for letting me know about your giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - I’ve tried some “green” cleaners in the past. But like everyone else, I find them rather costly.

    I use a lot of vinegar to disinfect things, especially around the animals. Lemon juice to cut grease and odors in washing dishes, baking soda and salt for burned on messes in the bottom of pots and pans. But it is difficult to give up those commercial products for some of the really tough jobs. However, in general I try to stay away from strong chemicals, mostly due to my asthma.

    I promise to “rave” about these products to my friends if I win! 🙂
    Nice blog, just ran across it this morning.ReplyCancel

  • Kath - I cant use alot of cleaners as they start off my allergies on a raging course. I would love to try out these at your suggestion. Baking soda and vinegar is what I always go back to.

    My biggest mess- spilled paint in the pickup on the carpeted floor …thankfully. And none of my 6 kids even were the culprits!

    Can you give suggestions of what you found these products worked very well on?ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - I, too, use mostly vinegar to clean. I even like the smell of it. My son, not so much. Maybe this would make him want to clean more? Maybe not. But maybe he wouldn’t complain so much when it’s his turn!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cottingham - As an allergy sufferer, I always looking for newer (potentially cheaper) cleaners that will not aggravate my sinuses and lungs.ReplyCancel

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