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Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Review

As you probably know by now, I love appliances, especially of the cleaning variety! So when the time came to replace our old Maytag dishwasher I was pretty excited. I knew right away that I wanted to have a European dishwasher, since that’s the technology I’m used to and quickly narrowed it down to Bosch.

Check out my full review of the Bosch 800 Series dishwasher over on Olga’s Laundry Blog.

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Go Green in your Kitchen with Ecover Dishwasher Tablets!


I’m a firm believer in “going green” in the kitchen and using only eco-friendly and safe cleaning products around food. I’ve gone through quite a bit of trial and error, but some products just really stand out to me as being both safe and effective.

Check out my review of Ecover Dishwasher Tablets over on Olga’s Laundry Blog. I figured the best test would be to throw a baking dish with greasy, baked-on potato residue at them and see how they handle that.

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Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent now HE Compatible!

Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent for HE Machines

Cheer has always been known as a highly effective powder detergent for colors – it lacks the OBAs that are present in most detergents sold in the US which can make saturated colors fade. And now it’s finally HE compatible!!



Cheer powder is one of the few laundry detergents widely available in the US that does not contain optical brighteners (OBAs) and is therefore truly safe for colors. Read on to find out why this is important and why you should avoid OBAs for your colored loads.

For the longest time Cheer was only available in a non-HE friendly version. Some people still used it in their HE front loaders with good results, but I personally did not want to take that risk. Well now Cheer powder is finally HE compatible! Head on over to Olga’s Laundry Blog to read the full post about HE friendly Cheer powder.

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Choosing a Caldrea Laundry Detergent Scent

Caldrea Laundry Detergent Scent


Caldrea, the sister company to Mrs. Meyers, are known for their skincare and household lines with unique fragrances. I had heard good things about their laundry detergent, but with the main Caldrea line not being available anywhere locally it was really hard to make a decision on which scent to get. Based on the description alone they all sounded pretty good!

So I reached out to Caldrea customer service and they were kind enough to send me some samples of their hand soap in a variety of fragrances. Check out my post at Olga’s Laundry Blog to read more about the scents they offer.

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15% Off Method Products at Vitacost Through January 28!

Here are some of the Method products I use in our home

Great deal on Vitacost this week: you can get 15% off all Method cleaning products, plus 4% cash back through Ebates and to top it all off, first time Vitacost customers can get $10 off their first order !

If you read the first part of my Green cleaning post, you’ll see that I use the Method All Purpose Spray in the kitchen and bathroom, and in the second part I’m going to go over some of my other favorites, such as the floor and bathroom cleaners. Also worth noting that the Lavender Cedar laundry detergent smells HEAVENLY! It’s one of my favorites for white sheets.
Oh, and hand soaps and skin care are also included!

Here’s a sample of some of the prices  and the savings you could get:

You can check out the rest of the offers here:

And if you have never purchased from Vitacost before, you can get $10 off your first order of $30+! Just follow this link, create a Vitacost account and you will instantly get the discount code. Please make sure to write it down if you won’t use it immediately.

Not an Ebates user yet? I would strongly recommend you to join – with Ebates you get cash back every quarter for shopping at your favorite online retailers. Sign up here and get a gift card after your first purchase!


My Top Ten Green/Natural Kitchen Cleaners Reviewed – Seventh Generation, Method, Ecover and more!

Method All Purpose Spray Cleaner - White RosemaryPlanet Ultra Dishwashing LiquidSeventh Generation Rinse Aid - Free and ClearBetter Life Take It For Granite ReviewEcover Natural Dishwashing LiquidBon Ami Powder Cleaner

I’ve been a Vitacost and iHerb shopper for years, and the reason that initially brought me there was a desire to switch to more natural cleaning products. I am very sensitive to scents and fumes, and having to use bleach or Tilex on the tub and Lysol in the bathroom always left me with watery eyes and a splitting headache. Even worse in the kitchen, where everything comes into contact with food!
I figured that there had to be some alternative, and started searching for “green” products that would be less aggressive, but still effective. There was a lot of trial and error along the way, but I would love to share some of my favorites, as well as a couple of duds to stay away from.

This is the first part of a series of posts where I will share my cleaning experience – stay tuned!

If you are a first time Vitacost or iHerb customer, you can receive $10 off your first order and try out a lot of these products for so much less than you would pay retail!

  • To save $10 off your first Vitacost purchase of $30+ follow this link.
  • To save $10 off your first iHerb order of $40+ (and $5 off of anything under $40) use code VMC661 or follow this link.

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