Vanish vs. Dish Soap – the Showdown

With kids and dogs in the house, messes and stains are quite commenplace. O’s mother has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and therefore has quite a lot of experience within the stain removal field.

She has tried to convince us of using Vanish more than once, but we have always been quite happy with regular dish soap which is better for both the environment and your health.

Should we trust the pink? It’s certainly a more expensive choice, but now to the test.

For the test setup we used a piece of cotton cloth cut into two pieces and applied 15 of the most common stains.

You really should remove stains immediately, but let’s face it – that never happens in real life, so we let the stains dry for the night. The next morning we soaked one cloth in water with dissolved Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White for 6 hours and then rubbed the stains (followed the instructions). The other cloth was soaked in water and dish soap. We rubbed some extra soap on the stains before soaking. This procedure was followed by 6 hours in a closed plastic bag.

We tried:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Chocolate
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Coke
  5. Cooking oil
  6. Lipstick
  7. Ball point pen
  8. Permanent marker
  9. Coffee
  10. Mascara
  11. Fruit coloring
  12. Baby poop
  13. Grass
  14. Dandelion sap
  15. Ketchup

You will notice a free space which should have been blood (no 16) but it turns out that we are too much of a pair of wushes to get that job done.

Now for the results…….

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The Fabric Softener Hack

As you probably know fabric softener is bad for the environment, and be sure that if it smells great it’s filled with perfume. I really don’t like my clothes smelling like perfume and the baby definitely doesn’t need it.

In stead we use untainted vinegar. Vinegar has the same softening effect on clothes as fabric softener and in addition, it’s also beneficial for your washing machine as it reduces limescale.

Vinegar doesn’t remove static electricity, but most of our clothes are made of natural materials such as cotton and wool, so for us it’s no problem.

Here’s the hack: Continue reading The Fabric Softener Hack

Shedding Season

The summer is ending and that equals a ton of dog hair in our home. We recently bought a couple of rugs, but keeping them clean during the shedding season is a hopeless job. I read that one of the cleaning ladies at the Danish royal family use a scrubbing broom to remove pet hair from the oriental rugs at the Palace.

Dogs are like potato chips – you can’t have just one

Yesterday I bought a floor scrubbing broom and today it came to the test. I pulled the brush across the carpet towards myself to draw the hairs out of the carpet and finished with a vacuuming.

Your dog will shed less if you choose dog food of high quality  preferably with fish oil and brush the dog regularly.

It works really well – this is how I’m going to clean from now on.