Most people have rituals surrounding the coming of Spring, and one of the least enjoyable, might be Spring cleaning. Washing and packing away cold weather clothes, wiping down shelves and drawers, and wiping windows, and doing a lot of laundry, isn’t the stuff dreams are made of unless you are like a friend of mine who actually thinks cleaning is relaxing and look forward to it!
If you’re list most people, and the endorphins don’t kick in when you put laundry in the machine or pull our your mop, Meyer’s Clean Day products can help you make it a bit more pleasurable. The products contain plant-derived essential oils and the scents are inspired by Thelma A. Meyer’s garden. Thelma also recognized the value of community gardens in her hometown of Granger, Iowa where she created them.
Spring cleaning means you’ll be doing a lot more laundry than usual. Those Winter items need to be put away clean, or age spots may appear, and stains set to permanent. Depending upon how you store your warm weather items, they may smell as fresh as you’d like and need a once-over in the washing machine. So, as long as you’re going to be dealing with laundry detergent, why not try one that will make the chore more pleasurable, if shy of “fun.” Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Laundry Detergent ($15.99 34 fl oz, 1 L) in a new scent called “Bluebell.”
What’s note-able about this particular detergent is that it is highly concentrated, so although you got a lot of detergent for your dollar, you can actually do 68 full loads of laundry from one bottle. This concentrated 4X laundry detergent smells fresh and seems so elegant, but it contains Anionic Surfactants from plant-derived sources, Cotton Extract, Borax, dirt and stain-fighting enzymes, and all-natural fragrances & essential oils that pack a punch against dirt, grime and musty smelling clothes. Just one tablespoon is needed for a full laundry load and you can even use the cap as a measure.
Whenever I try a new product I wonder if it’s going to really do what it says. I used the recommended amount of product on a load of very dirty socks, jeans, and other hard to clean items. It seemed like so little detergent, but everything came out looking clean and very lightly of the fragrance. While it didn’t make laundry day fun, I did almost look forward to the next load due to the pleasant scent, and the excellent results.
If you like the Bluebell scent (there are plenty of others to choose from on the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Web Site), you can get the same fragrance in fabric softener, countertop cleanser, dish soap, hand soap and an all-purpose cleaner. There’s even a nifty set with a trio of these treats that includes: Bluebell Dish Soap, 16 oz; Bluebell Countertop Spray, 16 oz; and Bluebell Liquid Hand Soap, 12.5 oz
Of course, there are plenty of other Earth-friendly, lovely to smell and use products that are cruelty-free and not testing on animals. All of the liquid products are biodegradable and some of the powder products that contain minerals that do not biodegrade still break down into non-harmful decomposition products and return to the earth as they left it. The packaging is recyclable, and the bottles contain 25% post consumer plastic. All of the products free of ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates or petroleum distillates. Most importantly, the work, very, very well. They give you the experience of using luxurious cleaning products, but with reasonable prices that will surprise you!
Besides Bluebell, Mrs. Meyers has scents in basil, lavender, geranium, rosemary, honeysuckle, parsley, baby blossom, and some are also scent-free. This Spring cleaning season you may actually find yourself “whistling while you work” if you’re using Mrs. Meyers Clean Day on laundry and throughout the house. Visit the web site to see what’s available and to order, especially if you can’t wait another minute. You can find some of these products at mass market retailers, and can use a store locator on the web site to find stores near you.