The Minimalistic Hoarder gets Therapy™…

When I was a child I never stayed in a hotel room.
There was really no need, if my family traveled somewhere it was to visit extended family & we’d be staying with them, end of story.

I saw people staying in hotel rooms on TV shows & in movies, it looked so glamorous.
My vow of success as a 9-year-old was to stay in a hotel room, eat french toast while watching tv on a giant bed all to myself, while wearing a big fluffy white bathrobe, matching slippers, & then to top it off, not make the bed (gasp).
I should probably note that I always shared a room with a sibling, I had never tried French toast as a child but it sounded fancy, & thought of not making a bed just blew my mind – my Mom could never know)!

As an adult, I think my inner 9-year-old self would be suitably impressed by my hotel sleepovers, however, in my travels I have stayed in hotel rooms everywhere on the scale from potential meth lab next door, while joking with my husband that there’s a chalk outline of a body under our bed, to really swanky five-star European hotel rooms with waterfalls in the foyer & sommelier recommendations on their room service menu.

As much as tv assisted in creating the romantic image of a hotel room, it also as an adult has damaged it severely.
Have you ever seen those shows where they review hotel rooms cleanliness, scouring the walls for mold, finding questionable hairs in the shower drain, lifting mattresses & bedding to uncover bed bugs, & if all that wasn’t enough – UV blacklight for DNA?
Every fiber of my being as a clean freak starts to itch, & feel dirty just watching!
My husband suggested that I should probably pack my cleaning kit when we stay in a hotel next time. I know he was joking but that’s probably going to happen!
I even saw you can buy UV blacklights for your luggage on Amazon. That poses the thought that maybe you’re better off with the old adage of “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”, except for bed bugs, & syringes left on the floor behind the bed (we actually saw that on one of those shows), Those things will hurt you!

If you’d told me back then that I’d be using only natural cleaners I would have laughed at you. There is no way I would have believed some vinegar recipe with essential oils & borax could get things as clean as chemicals with names longer than 5 syllables, that you would need a pharmaceutical degree to pronounce. I just accepted the nose hair burning smells were the “This is working” sign that of your home is now clean. When watching those shows, (& don’t even get me started on those hoarding shows). I felt compelled to do a deep deep deeeeeep clean on my home as soon as daylight hit.
*I’d like to take a moment to thank my husband for being amused enough by this to just laugh, & not binge watch these shows for 2 weeks wearing my fingers out from scrubbing each following day!

When I started venturing into natural products besides just making my own, I found a brand that seemed appropriate for my clean freak needs. Little did I know that they would become some of my favorite cleaners to use.

Introducing “Therapy Cleaners”…
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Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish, Graphite Cleaner & Polish, & the new Heavy Duty Glass Cooktop Cleaner!

“Therapy was founded in 2016 with the belief that cleaning is more than just a mundane chore. Cleaning can be relaxing, restorative and even, well, therapeutic.”
And they completely shine through on that one (Pun intended).

Firstly, the Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Kit.
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This stuff is amazing!
The kit consists of a 16 oz. bottle & a really nice 14’x14″ microfiber cloth.
(I’m a big microfiber cloth buff – again pun intended).
This retails at $14.99.
I have been using this for about 3 months around my house. We have all stainless steel appliances (including my husband’s beloved kegerator), & I have still barely made a dent in the bottle.

Ingredients:
Filtered water, coconut oil, sorbitan monooleate (emulsifier), lavender vanilla essential oil blend, acrylates copolymer (emulsifier), methylisothizolinone (preservative).

I would give this a 9/10. I have found it to be super effective in everything it claims.
The bottle is stylish & looks great even left sitting out on the counter.
I know $14.99 seems costly for a kit, but it seems to protect your stainless steel appliances from smudges, smears & fingerprints. I use it on a range of appliances including the kitchen sink & in the 3 months it has barely used a quarter of the bottle, & I don’t use it sparingly.
It’s made here in the States, again the microfiber cloth is of great quality & works beautifully with the spray.
It leaves everything stainless steel in our home smear free, & even cuts through water marks.
We have an aggressive ice maker in our freezer that likes to throw ice at you, & slip an extra few cubes out while you’re catching the launched ice! I’m always finding puddles on the ground, & water marks dribbled down the stainless steel door. This cleaner makes quick work of that!
The scent is a mix of vanilla lavender with a hint of coconut to me. I like the creamy smell, it doesn’t have the sickly sweet fake vanilla scent like some big name brand cleaners use to unsuccessfully mask their chemicals.

Secondly, Therapy Graphite Cleaner & Polish Kit.
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Same deal with a nice looking 16 oz. bottle, which comes with a great quality 14’x14′ microfiber cloth.
Retails at $14.99.
I use it on my kitchen counters, & my bathroom counters as well.
It is non-toxic & a neutral pH that can be used on graphite, marble, quartz & onyx surfaces.

Ingredients:
Filtered water, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, dimethicone, sodium carbonate, lemon essential oil blend, methylisothizolinone.

I’d give this an 8/10 as well.
It makes short work of grease & oil, & leaves a nice shine to my graphite counters & black splash.
I have used a lot more of this, I use it daily & after 3 months I have about a third of the bottle left. $14.99 may seem expensive, but for the quality, the size of the bottle & the results I think it’s a fair price.
It has a lemony floral scent that isn’t heavy & doesn’t stick around for too long.

And the newest member of the Therapy Family… Therapy Heavy Duty Glass Cooktop Cleaner Kit.
IMG_0484Another great looking 16 oz bottle which I would happily leave on the counter ready to use. This one comes with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad.
Retails at $14.99.

Ingredients:
Filtered water, calcium carbonate, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, dimethicone, essential oil blend, acrylates copolymer, methylisothizolinone.

This is a new item to the family, & I haven’t had this bottle long so I can’t say how long I think this bottle will last yet, that would be based on how often I used it, & the level of messiness on my glass top at any given point.
If you’ve read Quick Fix Angela’s Guide to Cleaning your glass top… you know that I usually use a very basic method to clean my cooktop, however, I really like the other Therapy products in the range enough that I’m willing to jump in boots & all I give this a try!
I’ve used this a few times now, & I’m honestly impressed.
Always let your glass top cool before you clean it, then I wipe with a dry cloth or paper towel to move as much dry cooking debris as you can, then you simply apply the cleaner directly to the sponge, then draw circles all over the glass top. When you feel like it’s got rid of all the marks & what-have-you, wipe it free with a cloth or paper towel. Then buff it with a microfiber cloth.

I would give this a hard 8/10 at this point, based on its performance for value & quality so far. Once I’ve used it for another month or so I will be back to change that score if need be.

Now I’m off to put on my bathrobe & make myself some french toast…
I will be back with more reviews soon, but for now be kind to the world around you, & the people in it, & feel free to follow me!

Angela

Use the code “SAVE10” to save 10% on their website.
http://therapyclean.com/

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Mrs. Jones Soapbox Soft Cleaning Scrub Review..

I guess I wouldn’t really call myself a “Self-proclaimed clean freak” (though my family probably would). I just kind of stumbled into it as my kids grew past the destruction phase. When they were little I saw dishes in my sink as guests arrived & I didn’t feel so much as a pang of shame… You came to see my spawn & I, NOT my house I thought!

And then I found myself cleaning deeper, & being an expert in my cleaning products because it made me feel in control of my home – much the same as wearing matching bra & panties had when I was younger (BK: Before Kids). I feel like I’ve my act together, I feel productive, & I feel calm when my house is clean.

So this put me into the adventure of finding just the right products I liked.
About 6 months ago I went on the natural route… White vinegar, blue dawn, rubbing alcohol – you name it – I cleaned with it.
But you can’t minimize when you’re making all your own cleaning products from scratch. And to be honest, sometimes I felt a little like I was on my own version of Breaking Bad (granted with cleaning supplies NOT Meth).

So this blog is my new baby.
I’ll be using it to leave reviews of things I like, dislike, or what-have-you.

My first review is a product I’ve been using for about 3 months now.
It’s a soft paste like scrub with a sweet almond scent. (Almond smells don’t usually crank my engine, but this has a sweet smell that I now associate with clean). The consistency is sort of a mix of toothpaste & butter. It’s soft as the name suggests!

It comes in 2 sizes & 3 options.
16-ounce main packaging: $9.99 (perfect for a gift, or in an area it may get banged around a lot because the packaging is more sturdy).
16-ounce Refill: $5 (I use these most of the time – not as pretty, or firm but they look fine, & do the trick).
80-ounce Refill: Normally $25, but on sale for $22.50 currently. (This is the buy in bulk=save money option as it equates to $4.50 per refill.)

The thing I most love about this is there is no chemical smell, no burning of the skin from a reaction to anything, but it works beautifully.
I’ve used it to clean almost everything in my home from the glass cooktop to the BBQ grill, to entire Bathroom, & I even used it in the laundry on a small stain just to see how amazing it truly is…. And it is!

 

 

A big plus is I can pronounce & spell all of the ingredients without gaining a degree:

Ingredients: baking soda, distilled water, borax, castile soap, washing soda, citric acid, coarse salt, oxygen bleach, cream of tartar, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, vodka, essential oil blend (almond, coconut, and oregano).

I would definitely rate this product as 9/10.
I have been using one pottle for my entire upstairs (2 full bathrooms, laundry) & in 3 months I haven’t reached the bottom of a 16-ounce pot, so the value for $5 is exceptional.

It cleans through grease, & grime so it serves it’s cleaning purpose.

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And I don’t need to use gloves, worry about ventilation, or concern for skin reactions… I honestly can’t stand the smell of heavy cleaners now.

I have no affiliation with this company, it is just a product that I use in my home, however, I do have a code if you’d like to get 15% off your first order off the website, it’s:
http://i.refs.cc/NbCZJFvZ

It’s worth spending over $30 to get the low shipping of $6.99.
I will be back to review more of a few of my favorite things soon.

Enjoy
Angela