For the past month, I’ve been trying some new cleaning products from Natural House. These natural household cleaning products contain probiotics, which means they use good bacteria to help do the job. The products are:
Natural House gave me the opportunity to try a 30-day supply of each product in my own home, so that I could tell you about my experience. They’re also allowing me to give away a set of the products to one of you lucky readers. I am not being paid or receiving any other compensation, and everything written here is my own impressions of the products and the company.
TRASHY eliminated the smell of death from my garbage can.
Remember that garbage can I told you about, the one that smelled like something died in it? The very next garbage pick-up day after I wrote that, I sprayed the inside of the can with TRASHY. The spray has a light, minty smell, kind of like toothpaste or mouthwash. It’s not overpoweringly strong, like some “air freshener” sprays. After using it, I didn’t smell anything as I walked past the can. The next week, I opened the can and put my head down near the opening, and I inhaled. I noticed a slight odor, but nothing like before. Once again, I sprayed it a few times with the TRASHY. After that second use, I never noticed the death smell again! As far as I’m concerned, TRASHY works! Granted, the temperatures have cooled off some, and I’m still interested to see how TRASHY keeps odors down in the middle of summer, but we’ve had some pretty warm days since I started the TRASHY trial, and I never noticed the stench of garbage like I used to.
FLUSHY made cleaning the toilet (and the brush) a breeze.
The next product I tried was FLUSHY. I was a little nervous about tossing the entire packet in the toilet bowl. What if I was really supposed to remove the little plastic covering and dump the stuff in? But I needn’t have worried. After a few seconds of sitting in the bowl, it fizzed a little and then *poof* the whole thing dissolved or peeled back, because the powder burst out and started fizzing. The FLUSHY foamed up so much, I couldn’t see the toilet bowl at all. I probably waited a few more seconds than I needed to, then I grabbed the toilet brush and started scrubbing. Because of the foaming, I couldn’t really see what I was doing, so I just tried to be thorough, and then I flushed. Almost all the stains and build-up in the bowl were gone. Once I could see, I was able to get the couple of spots that I’d missed. One of the most impressive things was that the toilet brush itself was a little dingy from lots of use, and it practically looked new again after using it with the FLUSHY. We’ve used it a couple of times now, and I don’t think it helps with any of our other pipe issues; I was hoping that it might make a difference in the functioning of the toilet, but our problems are probably caused by roots in the line or some other issue with the pipes. As a bowl cleaner, FLUSHY is great. I don’t feel like it contains anything that prevents build-up, but it does make cleaning fairly easy.
I should mention that my husband is usually the one who cleans the toilet. I decided to try the FLUSHY one night after he’d gone to bed, and I was a little disappointed that he didn’t mention the toilet’s cleanliness the next day. A couple of days later, he finally got over his shock enough to comment on how clean it looked.
SINKY results are harder to classify.
Finally, I tacked the kitchen sink with SINKY. On this product, I don’t feel like the directions are clear, and I tried contacting the company through the form on their website. Although I identified myself as a blogger selected to do a review of the products, I kind of wanted to test the customer service. I never heard anything back. I don’t know if my information didn’t transmit correctly or if my ISP filtered their response for some reason. All I know is, I’m not entirely clear on how I’m supposed to use this stuff.
The first time, my husband was helping me. We put the SINKY packet in the right side of the sink, the one that the pipe goes straight out. We poured hot water out of the faucet (admittedly, not the hottest water in the world) onto it for a few seconds, and it burst and fizzed a little. We waited about 20 seconds, based on the FLUSHY instructions, then my husband turned on the faucet and flushed out all the SINKY foam. Looking down in the drain as much possible, it still looked kind of slimy and coated, and I couldn’t see any difference at all in the left side.
The second time, I put the SINKY packet in the left side of the sink. I heated water in the microwave and poured it slowly over the packet. I let the foam sit in the pipe for several minutes this time. I could see bubbles forming and rising from the right-side drain as well. I think it removed some of the slime and build-up, but didn’t look as clean as I expected. I have a couple more packets, and I will try them again. I had waited a couple of weeks between uses, in hopes that I’d get better instructions from the company. It may be a case of needing regular use to really keep the drains clean. I do not have a disposal, so I can’t testify to how it would work with one of those.
So, I’m sold on TRASHY as a way to keep down the stinky trash can odors, and I’m fairly impressed with how FLUSHY makes cleaning the toilet bowl easier. I’m just not entirely convinced that SINKY is improving my kitchen sink drains.
TRY THEM YOURSELF
Now is your chance to win a set of Natural House products to try in your home. When you fill out the form, be sure to leave your email address and/or a link to a blog that has your contact information clearly displayed in your profile. If I can’t contact you, I can’t let you know if you win.
FIRST ENTRY: Leave a comment on this post, telling me about your biggest cleaning challenge and how you think TRASHY, SINKY, or FLUSHY can solve the problem.
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You can earn a maximum of six entries per household. Eligible comments must be made no later than 11:59pm ET on October 29, 2011. Entrants must be 18 or older, with shipping addresses in the United States or military APO/FPO addresses. One winner will be selected by random drawing on October 30 and notified by email. Winner must respond with mailing address within 72 hours or another winner will be selected. Products will be shipped by the sponsor.