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Sep
14
2014
Sep 14, 2014

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Dirty dishes, we all have them. Dish detergent liquid is something we all have to use but they’re not all created equal. Some have a lot of garbage ingredients and just aren’t worth using which is why I like to try out different brands of dish liquids to find that I can live with.

Allow me to introduce you to Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid. There are a lot of different scents or you can pick up an unscented version as well. I decided to test out the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest. Let’s see how well it works. – Continue Reading

Jul
16
2014
Jul 16, 2014

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I’ll admit it, I use hand sanitizer. Our whole family uses hand sanitizer, not every second of every minute but we do use it. I find it hard not to when I see people on public transit sneeze directly into their hands and then promptly hold the hand rail. Ugh…that gives me the shudders.

I recognize hand sanitizer isn’t the answer for everything but depending on the type and kind of hand sanitizer you have, it can kill most of the germies on the surface that it comes into contact with. Of course, it works better if you’ve already washed your hands first to remove the organic materials that can prevent the hand sanitizer from doing its job.

Anyhoo, I recently came across this bottle of One Step Sanitizer Spray and I was intrigued because it was in a spray format. I’ve only ever come across one other hand sanitizer that came in a spray format so I was interested to see how this one would fare.

Let’s just say the other brand has nothing to worry about.

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Jan
28
2014
Jan 28, 2014

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Washing your hands can be a whole lot more fun when you get hand soap that you actually like using. Take a look at this bottle of Avalon Organics lemon glycerin hand soap. It’s a glycerin based hand soap and contains lemon essential oil, chamomile, aloe and vitamin E. That sounds pretty good, right?

Let’s take a closer look and see how the Avalon Organics lemon glycerin hand soap fares compared to those bigger names that are out there.

First off, it’s pricey. I got this bottle on sale for $3.99 but at regular price it’s almost $9. That’s pretty hefty but then again, some big brand names cost more than that. Ever wonder what’s in their soap? Let’s move on, shall we?

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Jan
3
2014
Jan 3, 2014

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Back in September 2012, I did a review about reading labels and specifically mentioned the Ivory soap bars that are marketed as pure and simple (99.44% pure clean and simple so they say).

Yeeeeeah, and I’m a 3 star Michelin restaurant owner.

Enough said.

Anyhoo…during a recent grocery shopping trip at my local health food store, I spot Val’s Veggie Bar on sale for $2.49. Val’s Veggie Bar sounds like a healthy granola bar but it’s not. It’s soap, chunky bars of soap and I’m not talking $2.49 for 1 Val’s Veggie Bar. I’m talking 1 pack of Val’s Veggie Bar with 3 individual bars each 105 grams. Terrible English, I know but you get the idea. Quite frankly, I’m too excited about this to even form decent sentences.

I had to do a double take. I hadn’t even picked up Val’s Veggie Bar from the shelf to read the label yet but a quick calculation told me each bar was only about 80 cents. At that price point, Val’s Veggie Bar was comparable if not cheaper than most big store brands with a gazillion chemical ingredients that I could never pronounce.

I’m having an ‘OMG, this is a really good deal’ excited moment in the store (silent squeal because loud squeals really aren’t a typical supermarket occurrence).

I picked up Val’s Veggie Bar and read the label. Can you guess what Val’s Veggie Bar is made with?

 

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Mar
30
2013
Mar 30, 2013

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Febreeze, you all know the name. Whether you use it or not, you’ll have seen the Febreeze commercials with all the spritzing and dirty junk around. Sniff sniff and the people in the commercials can never seem to smell the garbage they’re sitting in.

You see, once upon a time I might have been impressed by that. Now that I’ve become a label reader, I can’t help but wonder if using Febreeze or any other synthetically scented product for that matter, is a good idea or not. I mean, do you know what you’re sniffing?

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Mar
21
2013
Mar 21, 2013

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Ah choo…cough cough…AH! It’s attack of the invading germs from people around you who aren’t using the proper techniques to cough and sneeze. When in doubt people, please use your elbow! AHHHHHHHHHHH, even my kid knows to do that. Do you know how often I still see people sneezing INTO their hands?!!! Then, I watch and next thing you know, I see those exact same hands reach for a communal transit handle bar. GGGGGROSSSSS. Transfer of germs that could otherwise be avoided is my biggest pet peeve because I know it can be prevented with a few changes to everyday habits. UGH.

Well, it should be no surprise to regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com that our family uses hand sanitizer. Now, we’re not using them every single minute of our lives. We’re quite aware that when the hand sanitizer hits, it kills all bacteria good or bad (mind you, organic material should be removed by regular hand washing first to make the sanitizer more effective). Having said that, you never know when you need some hand sanitizer as a back up plan.

Now, most of us know that hand sanitizers are usually alcohol based and will do a number of your skin so I’ve been looking for a kinder alternative. Enter Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer. I saw this in my colleague’s purse the other day and then headed over to my local health food store after she gave it the thumbs up. Let’s take a look and see what the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer is all about.

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Jan
3
2013
Jan 3, 2013

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This product review is a long time coming. I often think about what we as human beings are doing to the environment and whenever possible, I try to make somewhat wiser choices for my family. Sure, wiser choices often come with a higher price tag and every family is pinched. So, I try to make those wiser choices where I think my dollar will stretch the farthest.

Enter Nature Clean Laundry Liquid. I purchased this bottle of Nature Clean Laundry Liquid in the lavender scent a while ago but it’s been in the lineup waiting for its turn to be tested. Finally, this bottle of Nature Clean Laundry Liquid in Lavender Fields scent made it to the front of the queue and I’ve been using it for the past 2 weeks on my kid’s clothes. Do you think it made a difference?

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Mar
17
2012
Mar 17, 2012

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Once upon a recent time, I came across the Live Clean line quite by accident and fell in love. I wrote an awesome review on the Live Clean sensitive skin fragrance free lotion and decided I’d try another one of their products, just cuz I wanted to. This time around, I decided to buy the Live Clean Sweet Pea Moisturizing Liquid Hand soap at my local pharmacy. Why, you ask? Well, call me nuts but I was actually enticed by the ‘sweet pea’ tag. I mean, what would sweet pea hand soap smell like? Plus, I’m not exactly thrilled by the hand soap my daughter has been using ever since we ran out of the Green Beaver lavender foaming hand soap. So, what not try the Live Clean Sweet Pea Moisturizing Liquid Hand soap and review it for ThingsThatWeDo.com?

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Mar
4
2012
Mar 4, 2012

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As I get older, I become more conscientious about what I’m putting out into the environment. As a somewhat informed parent and consumer, I try to find solutions for our home that won’t put too tight a strain on our finances but at the same time are healthier options for our family. For example, I’ve stopped buying canned products which instantly reduces the amount of BPA getting into my home. I buy dried chickpeas and soak them instead of resorting to canned chickpeas (click here to read my past blog about this).  I try to buy organic and/or locally grown whenever possible and I think more carefully about what our family wants vs. what our family needs.  Thus, even when it comes down to our dish washing liquid, I decided to give the Nature Clean dish washing liquid a try. I recently saw it on sale at my local Loblaws and decided to buy it since I happen to also like their fruit and veggie wash concentrate. From a brand I trust, it seemed like a good idea to put this Nature Clean dish washing liquid to the test for thingsthatwedo.com.

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Feb
11
2012
Feb 11, 2012

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When you have young children, you know that hand washing is key to keeping them healthy. Given the cold winter weather, it seems appropriate for this mommy blogger at thingsthatwedo.com to do a quick feature on the Green Beaver lavender foaming hand soap. I was at my local organic market and came across a sale for the Green Beaver products. Apparently, they’re making a facelift on the packaging of some of their products but hey, I’ve tested out their Green Beaver sunscreen (click here if you want to read it) so why not try their hand soap?

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