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Suds in the Tub - the Nellie's Bathroom Cleaning Guide

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We’re firm believers in that the room in which you clean yourself should be clean too! The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the house, meaning it gets dirty quickly! For your weekly bathroom clean, you don’t have to resort to harsh and nasty chemicals to make the room sparkle and shine! Keep reading for our guide on the ultimate bathroom clean!

Shower & Bath Cleaner


Cleaning the shower or bath is no fun, no matter how good your cleaning playlist is. Cut back on the scrubbing with the Shower & Bath Cleaner. Use it as a daily cleaner as well as a general deep clean. Simply turn the nozzle to the ‘ON’ position and spray away! For general shower cleaning, spray the entire area and allow the solution to set for at least 30 seconds to loosen the dirt and soap scum. Scrub with a non-abrasive sponge if necessary, and then rinse and wipe clean. For daily shower cleaning, mist all wet surfaces (including the shower curtain) right after your shower and allow to dry. Don’t use on natural stone, marble, brass, or damaged/cracked surfaces.

All-Purpose Cleaner


The All-Purpose Cleaner truly lives up to its name – you can get an eco-friendly clean from the kitchen, the hallway, your outdoor space, and more! In the bathroom, it’s ideal for counters and any other surface that gets toothpaste marks and finger prints. The lemongrass scent provides an exceptional cleaning power against household dirt and grime, all while being free from harsh chemicals, phosphates, dyes, perfumes, and no SLS or SLES. Wipe away all that dirt without hurting you, your family, or the environment!

Floor Care & WOW Mop


Whether your bathroom floor is tile, vinyl, or laminate, your floors need cleaning too! Nellie’s Floor Care is specially formulated for the Nellie’s WOW Mop with a plant-based formula that removes stains and tackles the toughest household dirt and odours. Plus, thanks to the design of the WOW Mop, you can clean hard-to-reach places like behind the toilet with ease.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner


When it comes to the place you put your cheeks, you want to keep it as clean as possible! Nellie’s Toilet Bowl Cleaner has our signature refreshing lemongrass scent – much better than what’s normally going on in there! Get eco-friendly cleaning power and long-lasting performance without any nasty chemicals. Simply flush the toilet to wet the bowl area, and squeeze the bottle under the rim. Allow to set for a few minutes, and then scrub with a toilet brush and flush to rinse!
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Your Dishwasher's Best Friend

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Introducing your dishwasher’s best friend and the newest addition to the Nellie’s family, the dish refill pouch! It’s the same beloved formula we use in our Dishwasher Powder tins – easily penetrating grease, food particles, and more, leaving every plate spotless! It even takes care of stubborn baked-on foods, so you have nothing to worry about when your mother-in-law unexpectedly knocks on the door. In fact, she may even be so impressed with your sparkling dishes she stays for dessert! (Sorry about that)
Plus, our phosphate-free formula provides an eco-friendly cleaning experience, so the environment is left as clean as your plates and glasses. Shop the new Nellie’s Dishwasher Powder pouch here.
Why does Nellie’s use powder? Liquid detergents are made of largely of water. We don’t think selling and moving water around the planet is a very good idea. The fact is, more cleaning power can be packed into a smaller space using powder! You can learn more here.
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How to Get a Happy, Efficient Laundry Room

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Whatever size your laundry room is, it’s important to ensure it’s a space you’re inspired by and happy to be in, since it’s a room that’s used so frequently. Don’t dread doing the laundry because of the gloomy space! We’ve got some ideas to help you love your laundry room.

Brighten Up, Buttercup


Is your laundry area dark and depressing? A few simple upgrades can beautify the space – first, brighten it up by opening blinds or swapping in LED bulbs. Better lighting is not only more pleasant but also helps you spot and treat stains before they’re set in by the dryer. Also, who says laundry rooms have to be stark and utilitarian? Try a funky wallpaper or paint colour to keep things cheerful. Finally, add a plant to keep the air fresh naturally.

Keep the Essentials Accessible


Consider open shelving to allow clear and easy access to necessities like your Laundry Soda, Oxygen Brightener, and WOW Stick. You can hide extra supplies like lint rollers and sewing kits in baskets and sturdy boxes. A wheeled hamper with separate sections will help you easily divide lights and darks. Look for a nice, attractive hamper – there’s no reason a hamper has to be ugly!

Stack up the Storage


If you have the space, use the laundry room as your cleaning hub with extra cleaning supplies, a broom, your WOW Mop and Floor Care. It’ll keep everything organized and prevent you from having to hunt down the All-Purpose Spray because you’re not sure if you left it in the bathroom or the kitchen.
Do you have other laundry room tips?  Let us know below!
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Be a Clutter Buster - 10 Things to Ditch Now

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After a while, you can get so accustomed to seeing certain things in your home that you forget that they’re just clutter! Ditch these things today for a clearer home and a clearer mind before jumping into the new school year. Plus, we've got some tips on how to prep these items for the donation bin.

The stack of paper bags on top of your refrigerator.


The groceries are long gone! Their day is done – put them in the recycling.


Sheet sets for sizes of mattresses you don’t even own anymore.


Make sure your linen closet is keeping up with your furniture.


Any bottle in your bathroom that contains a product that didn’t work for you.


Why are you keeping that frizz-inducing shampoo or the acne-causing moisturizer?


The bowls or cups in your cupboards with tiny chips in the rim.


They’re not “still good” if you have to strategically sip so as to not cut your lips!


Shoes you bought on sale that pinch your toes.


Ouch! You haven’t worn them yet, and you won’t wear them anytime soon. Donate them!


The attachments for a vacuum you got rid of years ago.


Seriously – ditch them. They're just sucking up space!


The glass vase that your latest flower arrangement was delivered in.


How many of those do you have around the house now? Again, donate them!


That book you couldn’t finish and that other book you loved and devoured.


Take to a used book store, or better yet pass it on to a friend and then discuss over coffee (or wine)!


Your second-string black sweater.


You just wear your favourite one anyway.


The tent camping stove you used once – three years ago.


Extend this to any aspirational sporting equipment that never sees any action.


Any of these strike a chord? What else would you add to this list? But remember – don’t feel bad about getting rid of perfectly functional items if you donate them to people would really need them! You’ll free up space from all the clutter, and someone else gets something they need. Win win! Before you haul them to your nearest donation bin or to your friends’ home, make sure they’re clean – give a scrub with the One Soap or a wipe with the All-Purpose Cleaner before loading the items up. For those old sheets, be sure to launder with Nellie’s Laundry Soda and brighten them with the Oxygen Brightener so they look as good as new! Then, sit back and relax in your clutter-free home.

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Your New Cleaning Schedule

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Most of us clean our home by going room to room, checking off the to-do list in each room. And when we keep up with it, our homes look great. But who can really keep up with that? Switching to task-based cleaning instead of going room-by-room simplifies the cleaning routine. Everything will still appear perpetually clean if you break up the task instead of by room: dusting would happen once a week whether you do it in the bathroom every week or throughout the house each Monday, as an example. Here’s a sample schedule:
Monday

Dust surfaces with a cloth and the All Purpose Cleaner (this means everything – including toilets and picture frames in every room)


Tuesday

Clean surfaces with the All Purpose Cleaner (this would be things like counters, glass, wooden tables, chairs, appliances, and again, toilets)


Wednesday

Vacuuming (every room with wall-to-wall carpet and all area rugs)


Thursday

Mop other floors with the WOW Mop and Floor Care (vacuum first, and then clean wood floors and tile floors throughout the house)


Friday

Clean out fridge, straighten pantry, clear off desk, organize mudroom and entry, and maintain closets


Saturday

Wash bedding with the Laundry Soda, Oxygen Brightener to freshen up your whites, and speed up the dry time with the Lamby Wool Dryerballs


Sunday

Rotate toys and books and plan for the week ahead


Another advantage to this strategy is that it’s much easier to remember what you’re supposed to do each day. If needed, you can break up that day’s duty into small chunks of time that more easily fit into your schedule – but you know throughout Monday that you’ll have your duster at-hand.
One thing that might need to be tweaked with this schedule is if you live in a multi-level home. In that case, it might be easier to group a couple days’ tasks together and stick to cleaning one floor at a time. Will you switch up your cleaning schedule? Let us know in the comments!
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