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5 Ways to Go Green with Your Clean

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Earth Day is every day for us at Nellie’s. We’re firm believers in using cleaning products that help you keep the environment as spotless as your clothes! Here are 5 ways Nellie’s helps you get that eco-friendly squeaky clean for your whole home.

Lamby Wool Dryerballs


Our eco-friendly Lamby Wool Dryerballs are crafted from 100% pure New Zealand wool to improve tumble drying. They work to soften your clothes, reduce drying time, static, and wrinkling. This means your clothes are dry faster, saving you money and helping the environment. Plus, the tins aren’t just cute – they’re reusable and recyclable! With a slot at the top, they're a perfect piggy bank to keep all that money you’ll be saving on your energy bill. Traditional dryer sheets are single use and can’t be recycled, but your Lamby Wool Dryerballs are reusable for up to 2 years. These natural alternatives are a no-brainer!

Laundry Soda


Get perfectly clean clothes without sacrificing the environment or your washing machine – Nellie's Laundry Soda's highly concentrated formula dissolves quickly in cold or hot water, rinses thoroughly and never leaves a residue. Plus, it's free from SLS, SLES, gluten, phosphates, fragrance, chlorine, and is HE-efficient, meaning you’re using less energy for your washing machine. Our powder formula is eco-friendly, as more cleaning power can be packed into a smaller space using powder.

Oxygen Brightener


Everyone sings oxygen’s praises for maintaining life on Earth, but do you know its second most popular use (according to us)? We do! Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener harnesses the power of oxygen to penetrate stains to strip away dirt, odor, and grime while keeping your colours bright and your whites white. Our chlorine-free formula is colour safe, septic safe, hypoallergenic, environmentally-friendly, and biodegradable! So much better than bleach, don’t you agree?

Dish Powder


Did you think we’d stop at just laundry? No way! Nellie’s Dish Powder easily penetrates grease and food particles, leaving every plate spotless without leaving a residue. Our phosphate-free formula gives you an eco-friendly cleaning experience and is septic-safe, so you can wash the dishes without worrying about the environment.

One Soap


We think it’s easier on you and the environment to keep things simple – not only when it comes to ingredients. Why use multiple different soaps when you could use just one? Our One Soap is safe for hands, dishes, dogs – anything you would use a sudsy soap for! Our formula is colour-free, SLS, SLES, and toxin-free and effortlessly strips away food, dirt, and grime, leaving just a sparkling, hypoallergenic clean. Do you like yummy-smelling soaps? The One Soap is available in four options: Peppermint, Melon, Water Lily, and Fragrance Free.
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How to Care for Your Spring & Summer Linens

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With tulips sprouting and warmer days quickly approaching, we’re dusting off winter’s cobwebs with a Spring Cleaning Series to help you prepare for the new season! To kick things off, we’re talking about the place you spend some seriously important time – your bed. We’ve already covered how to clean your mattress and how to clean your duvet, but now that we’re switching over to lighter fabrics like linen for our bedding, what’s the best way to take care of them? Don’t worry, we’ve done the research for you! Keep reading to find out the best way to care for your linen bedding.

  1. Be sure to remove any spots before putting the fabric in the wash – once any stains have been cooked on, they’re permanent! Oily stains from body lotion, etc., are not uncommon, so just use your WOW Stick to lift the stains out.
  2. Prep your laundry – button any buttons, close any Velcro so it doesn’t snag other things, and turn any patterned or decorated fabrics inside out.
  3. Don’t mix bedding with clothes that have metal zippers or a rough texture – any snags could ruin your sheets!
  4. Wash with your favourite Nellie’s Laundry Soda – the gentle formula is perfect for cleaning your fabrics without damaging the quality of your linens.
  5. Never use bleach – use the Oxygen Brightener to brighten your whites and colours without the nastiness of bleach. It’s better for your fabrics and your skin!
  6. Wash in warm or cold water. Lower temperatures are better for the environment, and also easier on your sheets.
  7. Line dry your sheets and duvet covers if you can. If you need to use a dryer, make sure the temperature isn’t too high. A too-hot dryer can ruin your fabrics as it weakens and breaks natural fibres.

Other Notes

  • Most linen on the market is pre-washed, which gives it a more lived-in feel and appearance. Plus, you can put it in the dryer! Traditional, untreated linen should never go in the dryer. The heat causes the fibre to close up and lose its luster.
  • If you’re drying your linens in the dryer, be sure to use your scented Dryer Balls in lavender! Not only will you cut down on drying time, you’ll have lightly scented sheets to help you drift off to sleep.
  • Storing linens in plastic can result in yellowing and should be avoided. Natural fibres need to breathe, so a non-plastic basket is ideal for storage.
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Bathroom Deep Clean Checklist

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As we move indoors after the warm weather disappears, it’s important to make sure your whole home is clean and healthy for your family. Why not start with one of the most-used rooms in the house? Don't feel intimidated by a deep-cleaning of your bathroom. We have a breakdown of how to get the cleanest bathroom ever!


Ceiling and Walls


Work from the top down – that way you’re not sprinkling dirt and dust on your freshly cleaned countertops. Start with the dirty ceiling fans, as they don’t remove humidity efficiently and spread dust everywhere when they run. Use your vacuum cleaner’s dust attachment, and then give it a wipe down with the All-Purpose Cleaner.


Ceilings and walls collect a disgustingly amazing amount of dust, even in your bathroom! Give yours a good cleaning with an extension duster or a plain old lint-free rag with the All-Purpose Cleaner. While you’re up there, don’t forget to clean your light fixtures!


Toilet


Scour away toilet stains by turning the water off at the wall and then flushing to empty the bowl. Use a pumice stone to scour away stains at the rim and around the waterline, and then suds it up with the Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Turn the water back on and flush.


Tackle hidden bacteria around the seat. If you’re potty training children, or just have a messy family, it’s a good idea to completely remove the toilet seat every couple of months to give the bowl rim a thorough cleaning. You’ll be amazed – and disgusted – at how much nastiness can build up around the seat bolts.


Shower and Tub


Clean your shower head to remove mold as well as calcium and mineral deposits by filling a plastic bag with straight white vinegar and attach it to your head with a rubber band. Let it sit overnight, and then remove the bag and scrub with an old toothbrush, then run the water to dislodge and loosened gunk.


Eliminate stubborn mold and mildew with the the Shower & Bath Cleaner. Spray generously around the tub or shower stall, let sit for 30 to 60 seconds, and then scrub with a nonabrasive sponge. For daily cleaning, spritz the Shower & Bath Cleaner after every shower or bath.


Wash plastic shower curtains in the washing machine with a hand towel or two to act as scrubbers. Launder on ‘warm’ with the Laundry Soda and hang to dry.


Is your tub stained? Remove any discolouring with a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Dab it on the spot and wait at least one hour, and then wipe away.


Prevent future mold and mildew by running the fan for at least 15 minutes after every bath and shower.


Sink and Faucets


You don’t need harsh products to tackle mineral buildup! Just stick a lemon wedge in the faucet tap overnight, remove the next morning, and wipe the buildup away. You can also use the method we mentioned earlier, with a bag of vinegar.


Keep your drains flowing properly by removing soap scum and other types of buildup. Once a month, remove and wash the plug with hot, soapy water. Sprinkle baking soda into the drain and wait 5 minutes before pouring 2 cups of very hot white vinegar. The mixture will foam and bubble while scouring away residues in the drain.


Finish by giving the sink and faucets a wipe down with the All-Purpose Cleaner for a naturally disinfected clean.


Floors


Remove debris first by sweeping or vacuuming. Don’t forget to clean the baseboards too, as they collect a lot of lint and dust.


Mops don’t really do a good job cleaning around the base or behind the toilet, so do this small area by hand. If you’re potty training boys, you might want to use an old scrub brush around the base of the toilet. When that’s all clean, switch to your regular mop.

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See You Later, Summer - Top Tips for Storing Warm Weather Clothing

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When it’s time to switch over your wardrobe and bring out your fall and winter clothing, it’s important to store your summer clothes properly so it’ll be ready to go when the warm weather comes around again.


Before you store summer clothes


It can be intimidating and possibly overwhelming, but the best way to get started is to take all of your summer clothes of out the closet and dresser drawers and place them on your bed or a large table. By emptying your closet, you can work more efficiently since you can actually see all of your clothes at once!


Begin by sorting the clothes into categories: shirts, pants, dresses, accessories, etc. Then, tackle each stack by sorting into save, donate and discard piles. Be ruthless! If you didn’t wear it this year, you won’t wear it next year. Have boxes or reusable bags nearby for your donation and discard piles so you can whisk them away when you’re done.


For kid’s clothes that’ll be too small next year, prepare a bag of clothes to hand down, donate to charity or consign.


For the clothes you plan on keeping for next year, carefully inspect each piece to make sure it’s clean and stain free. If it’s not, you know what to do! Use the WOW Stick for tough stains, and then was with the Laundry Soda. If you have to dry clean any items, be sure to remove the plastic bag before storing – that bag can trap moisture and lead to mildew and discoloration.



Clothing Storage Supplies


Whether you’re planning on storing off-season clothes in a closet or packed away, be sure to have the right supplies.


Hangers: If you’re hanging your clothes for storage, choose sturdy hangers that won’t rust, stretch, or discolor your fabrics. Structured items like jackets and coats need shaped hangers to support the shoulders. For skirts and pants, hang them by the waistband on skirt hangers to avoid creases. Silky fabrics must be hung on padded hangars to avoid slipping off during storage.


Clothing Storage Bags: If you have fabric storage bags, give them a quick wash in the washing machine to remove any dust and mold spores before packing away for storage. Fabric hanging bags are ideal, as air can circulate and prevent any moisture build-up and damage.


Storage Boxes: Many clothes, like knits, are best folded rather than hung. Whether you prefer cardboard or plastic boxes, it’s important to choose the right kind to avoid damage to your clothes.


If you’re using plastic containers, make sure they’re clean by wiping them with All-Purpose Cleaner, and then line with a clean, 100% cotton sheet or acid-free tissue paper to keep fragile items from touching the plastic container.


If you’d prefer to use cardboard boxes, make sure they’re acid-free. The cardboard boxes you grab from the grocery store are not safe for clothing storage, as these boxes are made from wood pulp that can leach acids and cause stains on clothes! Save these boxes for other use, such as Halloween and Christmas decoration storage.


Clothing Storage Areas


If you’re simply transferring summer clothes to another closet, it's the perfect time to clean the closet or storage area you’ll be using. Give it a good vacuum, and wipe any surfaces with the All-Purpose Cleaner.


Store your clothing in a cool, even-temperature and well-ventilated area that is away from artificial or natural light. Avoid attics, damp basements and garages.


This may seem like a long to-do list, but when Spring comes around you’ll be happy you took the time to store summer clothes correctly.

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When to Wash? Here's Our Laundry Guide

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We wash our clothes to keep ourselves, our families, and our favourite items smelling and feeling fresh, but there is actually such a thing as washing too much or too little! There are downsides to both: laundering your clothes more than necessary can shorten their lifespan and ultimately wear them out more quickly, and washing them too infrequently can be unhygienic and lead to bacteria growth. Yuck! Here are our general laundry guides for you and your family:


For your clothes


Bras: After three to four wears


Underwear: After every wear, of course!


Stocks and stockings: After every wear


Sports and swimwear: After every wear


Jeans: five to six wears, although some advocate washing as little as possible


Tops: One to two wears


Dresses: One to two wears


Pants, skirts, and shorts: Three to four wears


Jackets and blazers: Five to six wears


Coats: Once every two months of wear, and before storing away for the season


Pajamas: Three to four wears


Get your clothes fresh and clean, but don't sacrifice your health and the environment! Wash clothes (and towels, bedding, etc.) with Nellie's Laundry Soda, and remove tough stains with the WOW Stick. If your clothes need some extra brightening or whitening, choose Nellie's Oxygen Brightener instead of toxic bleach.


For your kids' clothes


Washing your kids' clothes doesn't need to be a massive chore! Most experts say you can wash their clothing along with yours anytime you see stains or they don't pass the sniff test. The problem is that kids tend to get dirtier more often than adults do, so those stains and smells come up more frequently. Here's a handy guideline: the lighter and softer the fabric, and the closer it hugs the body, the more you need to was it. But as long as you don't notice dirty patches or stains, kids can wear clothes multiple times before they're ready for the laundry pile, just like you.



For your baby's washing


It seems like the hamper is constantly overflowing with onesies, blankets, burp cloths, bibs, rompers, and tiny adorable socks! Unlike grownups, who typically wear one or two outfits per day (not to mention wear an item of clothing more than once before washing), babies are mess machines with their spit up, drool, diaper leaks, or the dreaded blow out. Because of this, it's not uncommon to change their clothes as much as 5 times per day! So when it comes to washing your baby's clothes, there are two schools of thought:


1) Wash one load every day because it can be done quickly and won't pile up


2) Wash everything once each week so that you only have to spend one day dealing with laundry


Whichever one you choose, make sure you're washing with Nellie's All-Natural Baby Laundry Soda, which is formulated with baby's soft skin and messy mishaps in mind. Thanks to a concentration of sodium percarbonate for natural brightening, as well as the addition of pure vegetable soap, there is no need for an additional whiteners or brighteners. The stain-fighting formula is effective on cloth diapers and removes stubborn baby stains such as milk, baby formula, and spit-up. The formula is derived from plant-based and mineral-based ingredients and is non-allergenic, leaves no residue on fabrics, and contains no fragrance.


In the dryer


When drying your laundry, use the Lamby Wool Dryerballs to cut down on drying time, soften fabrics, and reduce wrinkles, naturally! Then, smooth out any remaining wrinkles and creases with the new Wrinkle-B-Gone.


Of course, these guides don't apply when excessive sweating or accidental spills occur, or to those that have different hygiene preferences.

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