Our Daily Green

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Cleaning with The Amazing WhipIt

Sparkling Shower DoorsWe will begin today's post with a confession. I don't like cleaning. Not on a boat, not with a goat, not here nor there, not anywhere.

Yet, when Our Daily Green was invited to test a line of cleaning products? We jumped at the chance. Like it or not, you still must clean your home. And what better way to do it than by testing a product "As Seen On TV" ?

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for infomercials. They make everything seem so easy and doable. Convincing, too! I was sure that Whip It would make me think I had a personal butler.

Well, to go with truth in advertising, no, that didn't happen. I still had to scrub and wipe and scour my home. But that's okay, because it worked! Seriously, what is more frustrating than cleaning? Cleaning and finding out your product didn't work. As someone who regularly writes about "green" products, with natural ingredients, I must also confess that I typically put certain products (like those for glass) in the 20% bin. The part I am not going to get right. Because most glass cleaners that do not contain toxic ingredients like ammonia don't accomplish the goal.

I put Whip It to the test. My glass shower. This glass has to contend with soap scum on one side and hairspray on the other. I ask a lot of my glass shower doors and I did not anticipate that Whip It would prevail. (aside: that didn't stop me from singing a song from the 80s that copyrights prevent me from sharing, but imagine me with a red flower pot on my head as I sing about the product).

Whip It, Whip it good
I have spent this past week cleaning my home. I have tested laundry, surfaces, and the holy grail of cleaning, glass.

Whip It lives up to the hype. I propose this: Buy some. If you order online, please tell them you didn't see it on TV, but you did see it on Our Daily Green. Show us some love. Show them some love. They sent me a box of stuff to try and I liked everything! I did! My house smells pretty, my shower walls sparkle, and I didn't use toxic things to make that happen.

I don't even have the magic of really good photography, just a real person, with less than perfect photos to share. I took some before I cleaned, and after. And heck yeah, it's nice. And isn't toxic. And makes you sing songs from the 80s if you're a certain age.

In other words, Whip It, Whips it good.
Disclosure: Whip It sent me a box of their cleaning supplies to test. It inspired me to clean. I don't like cleaning, but I like the results. If you don't like to clean but you like seeing results, we strongly endorse this product.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Five things you should never flush

One of the possibly most misleading labels on personal care products is the word flushable. To borrow from the Jurassic Park quote, "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." The only thing that should go down a toilet is human waste, water and toilet paper. In fact, even the extra-soft toilet paper can pose a hazard to your plumbing because it takes longer to break down.

Because of the confusion surrounding such products, septic tank maintenance has become increasingly difficult. Most products labeled as flushable will certainly go down the drain, but once there, they will not properly break down and in older plumbing can eventually create a clog, prompting you to need septic tank pumping. If they make it past your property, you're still potentially causing your municipality an issue.

To save yourself from costly repairs, as well as potential community wide assessments to repair damaged infrastructure, Our Daily Green has a list of things you may have thought you could flush, but shouldn't.
  1. Feminine products of any sort, including tampons, liners, and pads
  2. Cleaning wipes or personal wipes
  3. Cotton balls or pads
  4. Cotton swabs
  5. Dental floss 
All of these common bathroom items can wreak havoc on your pipes and septic system. Because these sort of items also often have greasy residue on them, they create "superknots" that do not dissolve and clog entire sanitary systems. In London in 2013, a 15-ton fatberg, which was comprised of wipes and fat brought the city's sewers to a standstill.

Do yourself and your pipes a favor, if you're in doubt, don't flush it, but dispose of such items in your regular trash. 

We'd like to thank today's sponsor for encouraging us to take care of our pipes and septic systems. All opinions and advice are our own.