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Dryerballs – How the Nellie’s Brand came to be!

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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!
 
Nellie's First Dryerballs
 
 
 
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!
 
 
Nellies Blue Dryerballs
 
 
 
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!
 

Problem:

  • Stiff clothes
  • Static
  • 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!
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Spring Cleaning Tips with Nellie’s

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WOW! It’s been a long couple of years of hanging out at home.  You’ve binge-watched The Home Edit and watched reel after reel of organizing and cleaning videos.  If you are like us, we are ready to deep clean our spaces and head outside to enjoy everything Spring has to offer!
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: 
All-Purpose
 
Kitchen Oven
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.
 
Shower and Bath Cleaner
 
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.
 
Laundry
 
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!
Happy Spring!
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It's The Little Things

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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!


Travel Size - Toilet Spray


 
 

Nellie’s Toilet Spray 


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!
 

Travel Size - Scented Dryerball


 
 

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!

WOW Stick


 
 
 

Nellie’s WOW Stick 


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!
 
 
 
Wrinkle-B-Gone
 

Wrinkle-B-Gone (88ml & 110ml) 


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!
 
 

Hand Sanitizer


 
 

Hand Sanitizer


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!

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Nellie's Wrinkle-B-Gone!

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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!
  • Shake 
  • Spray
  • Smooth
  • Snap
Nellie’s Wrinkle-B-Gone can be used for multiple purposes!
 
  • 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!
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The Nellie’s WOW Stick Story

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The Nellie’s WOW Stick:


How our fan favourite stain fighter came to be


 
One of the perks of working for a small company like Nellie’s is that even the staff is encouraged to participate in product development!
Before the word WOW found its way onto some of our packaging, a few of the parents with young kids on the Nellie’s team saw a need for a natural stain remover. Oxygen Brightener was working wonders on all types of stains (in and out of the washer)... but it wasn’t portable. Bleach pens were quite popular... but not a natural solution.
 
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During a weekly sales meeting, the idea of a powerful and natural stain remover came up and our owner (AKA Nellie's son) said, “if you think there is a need, let’s do it!”.
The team got busy. We had one goal: to have the Nellie’s stain remover outperform the others!
Working with a soap manufacturer, many samples were ordered, and a rigorous testing process began. All types of stains were applied to white shirts in the Nellie’s HQ kitchen, including tire grease, blood, soy sauce, coffee, hanger marks, and ink. The team tested and tested until a formula was able to remove all the stains successfully!
During the testing process, some of our employees would walk by and watch what was going on, exclaiming "WOW!" in awe from witnessing each stain disappear. We initially had another name for our stain remover picked out, but hearing "WOW" after "WOW", the name was pretty obvious, and the WOW Stick was born!
 
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Fun Fact: The WOW Stick was the first Nellie’s product to have WOW in its name and lemongrass as a scent. Since then, lemongrass has become Nellie’s signature scent and WOW has made it into the name of more of our amazing products.
Since conception, customers regularly send us photos of their WOW Stick’s results. We love seeing the results and discovering new stains that this powerful little stick can tackle!
What’s a major stain you’ve got out with the WOW Stick? Post a photo and tag us @nelliesclean!
Packaging Update: You may have seen or received an older version of the WOW Stick that contains a paper wrapper around the stick. In an effort to reduce waste, we have recently removed the wrapper!
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