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Sometimes I feel like I am constantly on the prowl for natural, nontoxic home cleaning products. Is it too much to ask for a quality cleaning product that is effective, doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, is reasonable priced, cruelty free and save to use around the whole family? I’ve tried so many different brands yet, each one seems to be missing something. Maybe it’s known to be an effective product, but the parent company conducts animal testing. Maybe it’s a natural and safe product but to achieve that the company had to sacrifice effectiveness (seems strange, right?). Or maybe it’s a great product, but it’s packaged in such a small amount that it’s just not cost effective. Luckily, there’s a company producing products that meet all of these specifications. H2O at home.
H2O at home is a company found in France in 1997 based on the notion that products that are environmentally sound and non toxic. Brought to the United States in 2009, H2O at Home is quickly becoming a leader in the natural product industry. Currently they produce natural home care, organic personal care, and natural home fragrances.
I was sent the curiosity box to sample some of their current offerings.
The curiosity box contains the following:
-Mini Multi-Surface Chiffonnette
-Sample Sized Liquid Dishsoap in Mint & Exitic Verbana
-Double-Sided Microfiber Sponge
-Sample Sized Cleaning Clay
-Sample Sized Neterpur
Mini Multi-Surface Chiffonnette
Made from microfiber, the essential multi-surface chiffonnette traps dirt cutting cleaning time in half and allows you to clean with only water. It can be used dry for dust or light spills, or wet to lift up grease and dirt making it a versatile little cloth. It can also be used in conjunction with H2O’s concentrated cleaners for extra cleaning power.
I love the chiffonnette. I found myself reaching for it versus the paper and cloth towels that I usually use to clean around the house since it seemed to pick up messes a lot better. I used it both wet and dry and have tackled many tough jobs with this (the dreaded stovetop being one such job). No shredding or ripping have occurred. My husband also loved the chiffonnette as it does not leave streaks when cleaning windows or computers. It wouldn’t surprise me, if I find he’s swiped the mini one to keep in his office. My only disappointment is they don’t sell the minis, only the full size, as the smaller size is perfect for packing in my laptop bag or my husbands cluttered desk.
The full size (13″ x 15″) multi-surface chiffonnette retails for $19 each (or 2 for $35) and comes in titanium (pictured in the mini size), reed or flamingo. The chiffonette is also available in different styles for different surfaces as well.
Liquid Dishsoap in Mint & Exotic Verbena
The dishsoap contains highly concentrated ingredients meaning a few drops go a long way.
I absolutely adore the scent of this. I found the scent to be subtle, but pleasant which is exactly what I want in a dish soap. I’ve used some soap in the past that left a heavy floral fragrance on all the dishes, which isn’t pleasant while you are trying to eat dinner. A few drops of this goes a long way, and I usually found myself only needing one pumpful to get the dishes that I handwash, including all of my son’s bottles and my breast pump parts. I did enjoy it much more when used in conjunction with the microfiber sponge.
The dish soap retails for $15 for 33.8 fluid oz, or $10 for 16.9 fluid oz and comes in two scents, Mint & Exotic Verbena or Orange & Sweet Marjoram. You can also get the optional twist pump for $2.50.
Double-Sided Microfiber Sponge
The double sided sponge includes one side for scrubbing and one side for wiping. Extremely absorbent, it’s the perfect sponge for the kitchen.
I’ll be honest, the double-side sponge was the item in the box that I was the least excited about. After all, a sponge is a sponge right? I had no idea how they could possibly make a sponge better, but somehow they did. This actually ended up being my favorite product out of everything that was sent. I found it cut my time doing the dishes in half, and easily took care of some of the stuck on food I encountered. The high absorbency of the sponge was perfect for cleaning up spills around the house (which with a 9 month old, we have a lot). Plus, when it needs to be cleaned, you can just toss it in the dishwasher or in with the laundry.
The microfiber sponge retails for $5 each, or all three for $13. It is available in graphite (what I received), khaki and raspberry.
The cleaning clay is a 100% natural and food safe cleaner that is great for cleaning ceramic, pots, pans, ovens, sinks, jewelry and more. It is a little clay disk packaged with a rounded white sponge in the lid. To use, you wet the sponge, rub on the clay disk, and squeeze the sponge until it gets sudsy.
The cleaning clay worked quite well. I used it to tackle some of the chores that don’t get done as often as they need to (IE cleaning our stove, and cleaning our shower). The clay and and sponge quickly cut through grease and grime and I was able to finish each one in about 10 minutes, which was amazing! If it only took that long normally, I probably would do it more often! The lemon scent on this is again, subtle, which I really appreciate, and being natural, it lacks the trademark ‘chemical’ smell that most commercial cleaners possess to some degree or another. It’s gentle on the skin, although I did have a fresh cut on my hand which the clay irritated. I would suggest wearing gloves if you have any cuts or sores on your hands.
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The cleaning clay kit retails for $29 and comes with the clay, sponge and a heavy duty chiffonnette.
Netepur is a versatile stain remover for clothing and textiles which removes organic stains, grease, or oil. It is safe for any items that are launderable in water, but if unsure, do a small spot check first. To use, soak clothing in hot water, rub netepur on spot, allowing to soak for 10 minutes, and then wash as normal.
To test the netepur, I chose 3 articles from my son’s wardrobe: a fresh stain from today (middle), a set in stain from a week ago (left) and a set in stain from moths ago. For this test, I did not use any additional laundry detergent to truly test the netepur itself, and not anything I might already have.
Surprisingly, I noticed the biggest difference in the garment with the stain that had set in the longest. It had faded quite a bit. The week old stain lightened up quite a bit too, which was also impressive to me, since this stain had been set in when it went in the dryer, so I was having difficulty getting it out. The fresh stain was mostly gone, however there are some remnants of it left. Once I threw it back in with a round of laundry with soap, the stain came right out. I have no doubt that the netepur would work great in conjunction with H2O at Home’s Laundry detergent and other laundry products.
The netepur retails for $14 for 3.5 oz, or $15 for a 3.38 oz liquid netepur in a rollon tube.
I loved the products I received in the curiosity box, and have incorporated all of them into my cleaning routine. A little goes a long way on these products making them very cost effective, and comparable to other brands on the market. Plus, the natural ingredients are safe for using around pets and young children. H2O at Home’s products are something I feel good about using in my house. I don’t have to make any sacrifices when it comes to my home, I can have safe, natural, effective products for a good price.
To learn more about the company, visit H2O at Home’s website; you can view their full catalog of products (including their cleaning products, home fragrance collection, and personal care), find an advisor, or learn how to host a party to get discounted and free products. And if you love the products, consider becoming a product advisor yourself. It’s a great way to share you knowledge with others while earning income.