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I’m not a particularly good housekeeper, but I am trying to do better. Lately I’ve been trying to stick to a schedule of working in different rooms on different days of the week, as well as staying on top of the handwash dishes (mostly pots, pans and good knives) that seem to get out of control almost instantly.
Monday is my kitchen day, and while my sweetie did a good job of keeping things from getting out of control while I was gone, there was still that stack of handwash that needed to be tackled.
About Mrs. Meyer’s
I’ve long been interested in Mrs. Meyer’s products but had never actually used any of them before. I love their eco-friendlier philosophy:
- the products are no less than 97 percent naturally derived
- they lack icky substances like parabens, phthalates, phosphates, petroleum distillates and artificial colorants
- the bottles are at least 25 percent post-consumer plastic
- they’re not tested on animals and don’t contain any animal products
- they use plant-derived products when possible
- they aren’t antibacterial (which is important for not breeding super bugs!)
But they also smell. The fragrances are designed to be aromatherapeutic and to smell natural. They offer scents like rosemary, lemon verbena, honeysuckle and apple (I got basil).
All that sounds nice, and I’m sure it is if you like scented things. But I do not. I seek out unscented candles, fragrance-free laundry detergent and the most basic dish soap there is in terms of smell.
But I thought I’d give it a try anyway.
Testing Mrs. Meyer’s
So I did a bunch of dishes using the basil dish soap. I opened it up and gave it a big sniff to start, and I found it really sweet and floral, and not really anything like what I’d call basil, which is sweet, yes, but a little woodsy, too.
It wasn’t offensive, just stronger than I’m used to (since I’m used to soap that smells like, well, soap).
Because this is a more natural product, it doesn’t make as many bubbles as your regular dish soap does, but the cleaning power seemed to be the same. I had a range of dishes to do including knives, a baking sheet and some greasy pans, and they all came out just fine with no more effort than I would have used with my other soap.
The soap smelled really strong while I was using it, but the scent dissipated as the dishes dried. When I used it as hand soap some of the scent remained for a long time. That’s the “base notes,” which are more woodsy and less sweet than the initial scent, so it wasn’t too bad.
I don’t know that I would have ever bought Mrs. Meyer’s on my own, knowing that it’s all scented. But since it’s in my house I will use it. I may well get used to the smell, and I do like that it’s a more natural product than what I usually use to get my dishes clean. If you like scented products you will probably enjoy these.
In addition to the samples (we got dish soap, countertop spray and one dose of laundry detergent) we also received coupons, so I’ll probably try a different scent in the future (I’m guessing lemon verbena) and see if I can find one I like better. I’ll let you know.
Do you have experience with Mrs. Meyer’s products? What’s your favorite product and scent?
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