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Monday
Mar092009

Quick, Efficient and Green Laundry with Laundry Alternatives

This is just about the coolest thing I've seen in terms of laundry since the hand-cranked laundry spinner thing I used during my short stay with a friend and her host family in Costa Rica in 1994. (Not to mention their kitchen disposal...meaning the pig that lived just under the kitchen window and would eat all the scraps you tossed.)

This is the Wonderwash from Laundry Alternatives - the space saving, time saving, energy saving Green Clean solution for your laundry needs! As seen on The Rachael Ray Show, the Wonderwash uses a patented pressure system to thoroughly clean a five pound load in just minutes using less water and detergent than hand washing!

What can you wash with the Wonderwash? How about a week’s worth of dress shirts, 10 t-shirts, 30 pairs of socks, bibs, cloth diapers, burp clothes….the list goes on and on.

How does the Wonderwash work? When you put warm or hot water into the drum, fit the lid in place and seal the machine,the air inside the drum will absorb the heat of the water and expand (i.e., just like a hot air balloon). When the air expands it creates pressure inside the drum. The pressure forces the detergent (which is diluted into the water) into & through the fabric (which is porous) about 100 times faster than you could by hand or machine.

Definitely Twofer Thumbs Up for the Wonder Wash!
**Contest/Giveaway**
YOU can Win a Wonderwash PLUS a Mini Countertop Spin Dryer! This dryer quietly spins the water out of your clothes in just minutes.

To participate follow these easy steps by Friday, 3/13 at 8:00pm!

1. Blog on your site about what YOU would use the Wonderwash and Mini Countertop Spin Dryer to clean.

2. Post a photo or a video of your mess and be sure to link back to Laundry Alternatives at www.laundry-alternative.com.

3. Fill out this secure participation form to be entered to win!

4. Then join us on Twitter Friday, March 13th from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. (EST) to tweet with Green Cleaning experts and find out who won the grand prize!

Five attendees will also win The TrueGreen Laundry Washing Ball, which cleans your clothes without bleach or detergents in cold water. It does not contain harmful synthetic detergents, perfumes, dyes, or oils!

RSVP here: http://resourcefulmommy.blogspot.com/2009/03/show-me-your-mess-and-win.html

Contest is open to all U.S. residents and runs from Friday, March 6th to Friday, March 13th at 8:00p.m. EST. All winners will be contacted within one week of closing to verify participation and obtain shipping information.

Janine

Monday
Mar092009

Twofer Thumbs Up for a new home!


When I first started blogging I did what I usually do...jump in without reading the directions. I never read directions. I skim at best. But usually I like to just play with it until I figure it out, or break it.

I started Twofer the Price of One as a twin blog and then started I'm a Little Green as a place to catalog all the cool green products that I was reading about. I sill am a little green, but I have decided to rename this blog Twofer Thumbs Up which is the term I use when I find something I like or have reviewed at Twofer the Price of One.

So welcome to the first installment of Twofer Thumbs Up and right now I'd like to pass along THIS blog as something I like and you should too :).

Janine

Monday
Sep082008

Styrofoam CAN be recycled - but it's not easy.

So tonight as I was cleaning up from another put-it-together project, I was trying to cram the Styrofoam packaging into the trash because "everyone knows it can't be recycled and it's just a sad fact, and save the tears for the whales"...right? WRONG!

After much searching it seems everyone is in search of a recycling center that accepts the static-y white stuff. Lo and behold I found The Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers! And they are located in my home state of Maryland!

And the excitement stops there.


It seems the Alliance with all their muscle can't even get a drop-off location for Styrofoam recycling IN the state where it's located.

They offer some nice suggestions for mailing the packaging material to the centers that accept it by mail. But I can't image the cost for the box and postage for the huge chunks of Styrofoam...even if they weigh less than a pound. Plus, it seems silly to mail shipping material. I should just hold onto it until that next fragile package - right?

Plus, some of you live nearby a Styrofoam drop-off location! To see if you do check out the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers website and download the .pdf file. And then take advantage of it!

Lost in the foam,
Janine

Tuesday
Aug192008

A New Sniffing Sensation


First was the laundry detergent. Now I've found Clorox GreenWorks dish soap and again...I'm WOWed by the scent! These GreenWorks folks have it down when it comes to smelling good. I'm sure there's science behind that, or maybe it's as simple as things that are natural smell good. Either way, I find myself sneaking sniffs of the stuff.

Switching to natural cleaners is a perfect way to transition into being greener. But it's hard to switch when we often have brands we've used for years. For me, as a Clorox user, I was willing to try the GreenWorks dish soap without putting up too much fuss.

The real test came when I used it in my sink on foods that are notoriously "tough" to scrub off....peanut butter, baked on cheese, burnt veggies (I'm green, I never claimed to be a good cook). Clorox GreenWorks dish soap passed with flying green colors!

Try it and let me know what you think...about the dish soap, not my weird smelling obsession.

And thanks to Mom Central for introducing me to Clorox GreenWorks!

Janine

Tuesday
Aug192008

One way to keep leaves out of the landfill


I'm really a city girl and because of that have always loved the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair that comes through every August.

I get my fill of animal smells, Wrangler jeans, and 4H, while my kids get their fill of games, and rides.

This year we explored the outer regions of the fair where I came across a booth that had information about a county-wide compost program that seemed only too good to be true.

I realized that all those brown yard bags filled with grass, leaves, and trimmings don't just get emptied into the local landfill, or burned. They are brought to a large compost facility and transformed into products called Leafgro and Compro.

Whomever thought that one up gets a LilGreen pat on the back!
If you live in Montgomery County, Maryland, click HERE for more information and to find locations where Leafgro and Compro are sold.

Janine