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Earth Month With Nellies!
Happy Earth Month! As a company, Nellie’s strives to make planet friendly, simple, and honest products for your whole home!
This Earth Month (and always) our commitment to you is to stay true to the following guidelines when developing new products.
Striving to keep the environment as spotless as your home
Simplifying your daily life with safe, clean formulas and easy-to-use products
Providing transparency in our ingredients and developing products that work
Earth Day is a great time to make the switch to planet-friendly cleaning. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming; one small change is all it takes!
We’ve put together some sustainable switches, to help you get started.
Here in North Vancouver, BC (where Nellie’s HQ is located), the use of plastic bags has been banned. A great switch for any household, wherever you live, is to use re-usable bags. The Nellie’s Tote Bag is sturdy, water resistant and great for a whole lot more than groceries! To help you take the first step - or continue your planet-friendly journey, on Earth Day (April 22nd), we will include a complimentary Nellie’s Reusable Tote with every purchase!
We don’t believe in shipping water around the world. With just 4 ingredients and containing no phosphates, fillers, or chemicals, our HE Certified Laundry Soda is safe for your skin and the environment. Nellie’s powder Laundry Soda is super concentrated, dissolves clear and requires just one small scoop per regular sized load! Our packaging is reusable and refillable making this product a great step in the right direction.
Chemical fabric softeners and toxic dryer sheets contain harmful chemicals and fragrances, adhere to clothes, vent into the air, and rub off on skin. Nellie’s Dryerballs provide an easy solution. Made with 100% New Zealand Lambswool, our Dryerballs lift and separate clothes creating airflow reducing drying time. The natural wool softens fibres and reduces static – and they last over 2 years, the equivalent of over 1000 dryer sheets! Our Dryerball Tin even has a piggy bank slot! A gentle reminder of all the money saved with this switch!
Washing dishes with chemical products and then using them to eat off, probably isn’t the best idea. Nellie’s Dishwasher Powder is the perfect solution. Planet-Friendly, concentrated, and packed with power, dishes will be clean and safe for mealtime. Our packaging is plastic-free, reusable, and refillable making this another step in the right direction.
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Our Founder James, (Nellie’s son) has fond memories of his household being zero waste and planet friendly. Nellie was going green long before it was “cool”! He remembers removing labels from cans for recycling, re-using household goods and cleaning with homemade solutions. Nellie was a minimalist and bought only what was needed. She bought quality goods, meant to last.
With these values instilled in his core and his entrepreneurial spirit, after she passed, James wanted to find a way to keep her memory alive.
Back in the day, the only natural solution to softening fabrics was to toss shoes or tennis balls in the dryer when drying clothes. Consumers were becoming more eco-conscious, and James was determined to find a product that could have the same effect, without the chemicals.
15 years ago, he came across Dryerballs. After some testing, he realized that not only did Dryerballs provide a natural alternative to fabric softeners, but they also reduced static and drying time!
With that in mind, James decided to commercialize Dryerballs. To get Dryerballs into the hands of consumers and deliver education on their benefits, he manufactured our very first dryerball and hit the fair and festival circuit. Something Nellie’s still does today! The more dryerballs that sold; the more consumers were raving about their amazing effects!
It wasn’t long until hundreds of other companies were producing dryerballs. To keep moving ahead with selling Dryerballs, James developed a blue dryerball, with an oval shape and decided his dryerballs needed a brand identity. Enter - Nellie’s Dryerballs!
Fun fact! Nellie’s Dryerballs were the first product to carry the Nellie name and are still available today! To be more planet-friendly, Nellie’s moved to 100% New Zealand Wool Dryerballs, added Scented Dryerballs and the ever-popular patented Flyerballs! And the rest, as they say, is history!
- Stiff clothes
- Long drying times
- Harming the environment
Solution – Dryerballs!
Two or more Dryerballs in the dryer lift and separate clothes while they are drying, softening fibres, and creating airflow during the cycle. This continued action keeps synthetic and natural fibres separated, reducing static. And by default, reduces drying time up to 25%! Dryerballs can replace up to 1000 single-use toxic dryer sheets. Nellie’s Dryerballs last 2+ years, saving valuable time and money!
Follow along on the @nelliesclean Instagram for more fun facts and exciting promotions!
You may have already started your deep clean or maybe need a little nudge in the right direction - either way, Nellie’s is here to help! Did you know that Nellie’s products have multiple uses? We have put together a guide on how to use your favorite Nellie’s products to tackle this year’s big clean!
We recommend breaking up your clean over a few weeks to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Start with the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room appliances, then move room by room, cleaning the surfaces.
We’ve put together a guide to ensure your space is in tip-top shape, using safe, effective products that get the job done!
What you will need:
- Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener
- Nellie’s Dishwasher Powder or Nellie’s Dishwasher Nuggets
- Nellie’s Shower & Bath Cleaner
- Nellie’s All-Purpose Cleaner
For a non-toxic oven cleaning hack, make a paste with one scoop of Oxygen Brightener and a little hot water and apply to the oven with a sponge or cleaning cloth. Let sit for a few hours and rinse off with a clean cloth and water. The sodium percarbonate will oxidize the stain and lift off the residue, while the sodium carbonate will neutralize any fatty acid.
Bathroom Grout and Shower Tiles
To clean tiles and grout, make a paste of 1 scoop of Oxygen Brightener and a little hot water. Use an old toothbrush and some elbow grease to tackle the grout. Rinse thoroughly with a soft cloth and clean water.
To deep clean your shower head, combine one scoop of Dishwasher Powder (or the contents of one Dishwasher Nugget) + 2 oz of Shower & Bath Cleaner and a few cups of hot water in a plastic bag. Use an elastic to secure the bag around the shower head. Ensure the shower head is immersed in the liquid. Let sit for a few hours. The citric acid in the Shower & Bath Cleaner will help unclog the shower head, clean off any mildew and remove hard water deposits and rust scale.
Porcelain (Sinks, Bathtub & Toilet)
Nellie’s Shower & Bath was made for porcelain surfaces! Spray the solution onto shower tiles, bathtub, toilet, and sink. Allow the solution to sit for 15 minutes. Rub or scour the surfaces with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse with water. Avoid using abrasive cloths that may scratch the surface.
Tip! If you have a jet tub, try filling the tub with hot water and tossing in 2 x Dishwasher Nuggets for a safe, deep clean of your jets.
Washer and Dryer:
Nellie’s Laundry Soda does not contain fillers; therefore, you won’t generate build up in your washer or dispenser, eliminating the need for special cleaners. We do recommend keeping the door of your front loaders open to avoid mildew!
Once you are done deep cleaning the “big things,” continue cleaning each room using Nellie’s All-Purpose Cleaner, Shower & Bath Cleaner and Toilet Bowl Cleaner on surfaces, walls, and toilets!
Follow us on Instagram and stay tuned to learn how Nellie’s Products can also deep clean your outside spaces!
Sorry folks – Nellie’s Wrinkle-B-Gone doesn’t work on the face (we’ve tried…), but it does work wonders on wrinkled clothes! Our plant-based formula removes static and wrinkles and freshens fabrics with Nellie’s signature lemongrass fragrance.
Who even has time to iron (other than your mother-in-law)? In as little as 5 minutes, you can have the same effect of an iron using the Wrinkle-B-Gone – really!
This amazing formula comes in a convenient travel size too!
At Nellie’s, we believe in keeping things SIMPLE.
WRINKLE-B-GONE TIPS, TRICKS & INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Activate Nellie’s Wrinkle-B-Gone in 4 simple steps and…wrinkles b gone!
- Use a light mist of Wrinkle-B-Gone on synthetic fabrics to reduce static.
- Wrinkle-B-Gone as a fabric refresher! Spray on curtains, couches, carpets, blankets and more!
- If you do love ironing (we can still be friends!), use Nellie’s Wrinkle-B-Gone as an ironing aid!
TIP: Try Wrinkle-B-Gone with the Nellie’s One Bottle. With its revolutionary spray nozzle, the Nellie’s One Bottle provides a versatile, ultra-fine continuous mist great. Pump it once for a slight mist or three times for a steady spray!