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Entries in eco-friendly (10)

Monday
Feb222010

Review and Giveaway: Ecostore's green cleaners have No Nasty Chemicals

3/11/10 UPDATE: Winner is...Luke Swantek! Congrats Luke and thank you everyone for entering.

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I got rid of my cleaning lady almost 3 years ago. I miss her terribly but I just couldn't justify the cost anymore. And, while part of me LOVED the fresh chemical smell and neat, orderly home I had once every two weeks...the feeling only lasted about 5 minutes until the Twofer started trashing the place again.

So, I started cleaning myself.

There are tons of products out there that make cleaning easier but...

The one area I dreaded the most was the bathroom.

Ew.

So I loaded up on long-handled brushes and scrubbers and potent cleaners that promised "no scrubbing" so that I wouldn't have to work as hard or get as close to the germy germs. Yet, even with that distance the chemicals were burning my nose.

It's not until YOU do the cleaning YOURSELF that you really start to think about what you are using!

Here's how my neurotic brain works....I would wash the Twofer's bathtub and rinse and rinse and rinse and not really want them to sit in the tub because I just wasn't sure I had rinsed all the chemicals out. And I didn't want them sitting in a tub full of harsh chemical with their private parts all exposed becase who knows what that stuff will do to a girl's reproductive organs and I would like them to have kids one day so I can have grandkids thankyouverymuch (deep breath in) so just how long do you think I need to rinse this tub before I can safely fill it with bath water for them and know they aren't taking a chemical bath that will one day leave them barren????

That was when I started looking into green cleaners.

Ecostore products have No Nasty Chemicals

I tried the cream cleanser on my stainless steel fridge, kitchen sink, and the Twofer's bathtub. I also used the toilet cleaner on two of our toilets. I have to say both cleaners have a nice fresh but definitely not harsh smell. The cream cleanser got rid of the tub scum with little scrubbing effort from me and rinsed off nicely. Plus, I'm not worried about rinsing it 1000 times because it's made of chalk, plant based products, xanthum gum, and lemon verbena oil...natural goodness.

The toilet cleaner was thicker than the other chemical brand I buy. I let it sit for a few minutes in the bowl and it worked really well with a few strokes of the toilet brush. Plus, it's clear, not blue and contains NO phosphates, bleach, nitrates, ammonia, chlorine, etc. Who knew a mixture of glucocides, citric acid, pine oil, and other natural elements could clean a toilet bowl so well!

And check out the note that comes with the product shipment:

twofermom,green cleaners

You can win $25 in Ecostore products

You have up to FIVE ways to enter...each item is an entry and leave a separate comment with links when applicable for each!

1. Visit Ecostore and tell me which 2 products you would most likely buy with the $25.00 gift card

2. Follow Eco Store on twitter and tweet: I'd like to win $25 in @ecostore cleaners with No Nasty Chemicals from @Twincident http://bit.ly/ecocleaner

3. Sign up for the Ecostore "No Nasty Chemicals" newsletter in the right column on the blog

4. Sign up for the Ecostore free monthly newsletter

5. Email 3 friends with a link to this giveaway and cc scarytwins{at}yahoo{dot}com (feel free to explain in your own words why you are sending them the link, or recommending they enter as well, etc. - whatever you want to say)

Givewaway open to US residents 18 and over who have not won an Ecostore giveaway in the last 6 months (Limit one win per 6 months per person). Contest ends Friday March 5, 2010 at 11:00 PM ET. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries, will be notified via email and has 48 hours to reply to email to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. 

For more information be sure to visit www.ecostoreuse.com and become a Fan of ecostore on Facebook!

Janine

Disclosure: I received $25.00 gift card to purchase Ecostore products for the purpose of this review. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Ecostore prior to posting.

Monday
May252009

**UPDATE** Clorox Greenworks Dishwashing Liquid Tips and Giveaway

**UPDATE** Winner is...furygirl3132.
Congratulations and happy dish washing!


I guess you could say I'm a person with a sensitive olfactory organs (look it up...I did) because one of the first things I do is smell. I smell books before I read them, I smell food before I eat it, and I even smell people...in a subtle way. You won't find me sniffing around.

So the first time I tried Clorox GreenWorks dishwashing liquid I was in love with the smell. But after using it a number of times I realized this stuff was powerful. Not only that, it's better for the environment because it is made with biodegradable ingredients and is 99% natural. Here are a few other tips you should know:

GreenWorks Tip One


Have some baked on mess in your Pyrex or glass dish? Spread a thick layer of GreenWorks dishwashing liquid on it and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then take your sponge or a plastic spatula and the mess should scrape off easily. I haven't used a wire pad since I discovered this little trick and my hands and nails are much happier.

GreenWorks Tip Two


You can make your own bubbles! All you need is some GreenWorks dishwashing liquid, water, and karo syrup or glycerine and you've got large or extra large bubbles. We tried this the other day and the Twofer loved it. They loved mixing the 'recipe' and they loved the large bubbles too.

Here is the link to 3 different versions of the bubble recipe: http://www.shadesofgreenjournal.com/files/GreenWorks_BubblesRecipe.pdf

GreenWorks Giveaway!


Haven't tried the GreenWorks dishwashing liquid yet? Enter to win a free bottle!
All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me if you have tried any of the GreenWorks products yet and if so, which ones. That's it! (be sure to include your email or Twitter ID so I can get in touch with you if you win!)

Extra entries (include link back to this page)

  • Tweet this giveaway
  • Email this contest to 5 friends and cc me (scarytwins [at] yahoo)
  • Blog about this giveaway

Contest Ends Wednesday, June 3rd 2009 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and given 3 days to respond after notification.

Good Luck!
Janine

Product supplied by Clorox GreenWorks

Tuesday
Apr282009

A Mother’s Day Gift that Gives Back to Mompreneurs in Africa

This mom supports her family with coconut oil

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to buy your mom a gift that supports other mothers. Basa Body all-natural coconut oil products make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for so many reasons.

About Basa Body

Basa Body products are made with organic coconut oil that comes from Coast Coconut Farms, a micro-franchise business that provides sustainable employment, management and ownership opportunities for the rural people of Kenya. Coast Coconut farms produces coconut oil for cooking and for Basa Body products. When you buy either line of products ayou are helping moms in Africa support their families.

But How are the Basa Products?

I received a Kiss Me Pack that includes three products that no only smell good, they feel really good too. The Basa Body Lotion was supple yet not greasy. The Body Stick was perfect for my cuticles and elbows. And the Mint Trouffle Soap was oddly refreshing, if not hunger-inducing!

Basa Body Kiss Me Pack

Two reasons to Buy Basa Body products for Mom

First, purchase a Basa Body Kiss Me pack between now and May 12, and use the promotion code "momitforward," to receive an additional 10% off. That makes it a fab Mother’s Day gift for under $30.00!

AND


If you purchase a Basa body or Coast Coconut Farms product OR make a donation of at least $20 between now and May 12th, you will be entered to win one of three prizes from MomItForward:

$250 Disney gift card
$150 Amazon.com gift card
$100 Target gift card

Already got your mom something?

Look ahead to the end of school and get your child’s teacher a Basa Body or Coast Coconut Farms gift as a thank you that goes a little further.
Is there a mom-to-be or new mom in your life? Surprise them with a gift that really celebrates mothers everywhere.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my mom friends. Please visit the Basa Body site and consider donating or making a purchase.

And Mom – you can guess what you’ll be getting May10th !☺
Janine

Wednesday
Apr222009

Celebrate Earth Day with Joey Totes! (Update: Giveaway!)

***Update 5-10-09*** Joey Totes winner!
The winner is....RobynsOnlineWorld.
Congratulations!!
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Joey Totes Contest!
Leave a comment with ways you use reusable bags & be entered to win a
Joey Set of 1 Big 2 Small tote bags! (a $20 value!)

Contest ends Tuesday, May 5, 2009. Winner will be chose randomly.
All those who already left a comment are counted in the contest!
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Make at least one change in your life this Earth Day and stop using plastic bags when you shop. Joey Totes can make
that easy.

Joey Totes are the coolest reusable bags yet!

They are lightweight and fold up into themselves.
They are machine washable.
They are strong (made of ripstop nylon and hold up to 40 lbs).
They are affordable-just $20 for a l
arge and 2 smalls (hint: SAVE 10% with Coupon code TWOFER) coupon expires May 31, 2009

Here's what the Joey Tote looks like folded up:

Small, flat, easily fits in your car or purse

Here's what the Joey Tote looks like stuffed....and this is the small!

Expands, lightweight, sturdy

Here's what else I realized about Joey Totes:

They hold WAY more than plastic bags.
The handles don't cut into your hands and arms like the plastic bag handles.
They don't blog away like plastic bags.
They are reusable over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over and over....

Twofer Readers get 10% OFF your Joey Totes purchase!

Go to: JoeyTotes.com
Choose the totes sizes you want.
Use Coupon Code: TWOFER

That's it!
Then come back and tell me how you'll use your Joey Totes so we can all trade ideas.
I'm feeling Green...
Janine

Monday
Apr132009

Win an Electrolux eco-friendly washer & dryer that's really "Kelly Green"!

Kelly Ripa and Electrolux have a new way to bring the outdoors in:
Green your laundry room with the new limited edition "Kelly Green" front load washer and dryer from Electrolux!

Great for spring, and even better for the environment, Electrolux washers are up to 83% more energy-efficient and use 56% less water. This comes just in time for Earth day when Electrolux is kicking off its virtual flower garden campaign to drive awareness and raise funds for Global Green USA.

Starting today, when you go to electroluxappliances.com and plant a virtual flower for a friend, Electrolux will donate $1 to Global Green USA to support their healthy green schools initiatives across America. Everyone who logs on to the site and plants a virtual flower will be automatically entered for a chance to win a new eco-friendly Kelly Green front-load washer and dryer!

In addition, Mom Central will be giving away one Kelly Green washer and dryer set to a member of their community!
Simply go to www.momcentral.com and leave a comment with:
1) the flower you planted on the Electrolux site and
2) your own "laundry tips" for saving time and energy.

Mom Central will pick one lucky winner in a random drawing from all entries received!* (Mom Central giveaway ends April 27, 2009)
* small print tax stuff that you can read at Mom Central but trust me...still a good deal :).

Good luck! I'm off to plant my flower now!
Janine

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