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Earth Month With Nellie's
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.
Nellie’s Re-usable Tote:
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!
Nellie’s Laundry Soda:
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.
Nellie’s Lamby Wool Dryerballs:
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!
Nellie’s Dishwasher Powder:
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.
To stay up to date with all things Nellie's, follow us on Instagram @nelliesclean!
Dryerballs – How the Nellie’s Brand came to be!
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!
It's The Little Things
Heading out of town and can’t live without your Nellie’s faves? Here’s how you can use some of our popular travel-size products on the go!
And like most Nellie’s products, our minis have MULTIPLE uses!
How to use: Spritz in the bowl before you go and eliminate odours with a natural lemony fragrance.
No need to limit to the powder room, spritz any area that needs a little refreshing!
Pack our Toilet Spray in your travel bag or suitcase for when you gotta go…on the go!
Nellie’s Scented Wool Dryerballs
How to use: Add a hint of fresh scent to your drying experience by adding a single scented dryerball in the dryer alongside four unscented dryerballs.
Tuck a scented dryerball anywhere that could benefit from the scent of pure essential oils! Closets, drawers, cars, sports bags and more!
How to use: Pre-treat stains in preparation for laundering! Wet the stain, wet the stick, agitate with water, and toss in the wash!
Keep a WOW Stick in your everyday bag, diaper bag, suitcase, and car - and treat stains as they happen!
How to use: Shake, Spray, Smooth & Snap static, and wrinkles away.
Wrinkle-B-Gone makes a great fabric refresher! Use on couches, curtains, carpets and more!
Pack this travel sized mini-Wrinkle-B-Gone for times when you won’t have access to an iron and to freshen musty spaces!
Keep hands clean with Nellie’s effective, alcohol-free hand sanitizer.
Keep a mini in your car, on your desk at work and anywhere else you may need to clean your hands frequently!
The Healthy Way to Soft Laundry
Unless you live in a nudist colony, wearing and washing your clothes is a part of regular life. Of course, some of us hang our clothes on a line to dry, but it’s safe to say that the majority of us choose the convenience of the dryer. As a result, one of the most toxic things we do on a regular basis is use fabric softener or dryer sheets. These products are full of toxic chemicals! Exposure to such toxins have been linked to skin irritations, neurological disease, cancer, hormonal imbalance, and ultimately your overall health can be impacted. Yikes!
Chemicals infiltrate the clothing we wear, which in turn gets on to our skin and is absorbed by our bodies. Some reports show that the occurrence of brain disease is growing, as well as the levels of industrial chemicals being found in human bodies. Some suggest the two are linked! Since manufactures are not legally required to include a list of ingredients on their dryer sheet packages, we have no way of knowing what kind of chemicals are being used.
Get Soft Laundry Without Toxins
Don’t worry - you can still have super-soft and scented laundry, without subjecting your body to horrible toxic chemicals thanks to Nellie's Lamby Wool Dryerballs. Our dryerballs are made with 100% pure New Zealand wool, so no nasties! They reduce drying time by helping dry your clothes faster, so you’re saving energy and money. They also reduce static and wrinkles, all while softening your clothes, but the best part is that they’re chemical free and will last about 2 years.
If you prefer your laundry to have a fragrance, the Scented Wool Dryerballs are infused with pure essential oils and available in Citrus, Lavender, and Simply Fresh. The scent will last about 50 loads, so you can enjoy the chemical-free natural scent. We recommend tossing one scented wool ball with your four unscented wool balls to enhance your drying experience.