Cleaning for the Holidays - Bathrooms and Laundry & a Giveaway

The holidays are tough. Buying the perfect present, trimming the perfect tree, decorating the house enough {but not too much} and baking the cookies without burning them. With all that stress, we add on hosting guests. Even if you are like me and do not host any major holiday events at your house, I am sure you have family that stops in or friends coming by to say hi and exchange gifts. So, we are under pressure to keep our house "guest-ready."

Today I am sharing with you how we are using Mrs. Jones Soapbox products in our home to keep it clean simply and naturally.

A while back at our Mom's group, one of the members shared information on how we can keep our homes safe from dangerous chemicals in our cleaning products and cosmetics. Since then the EWG {Environmental Working Group} has been a permanent resource for finding household products that I can safely use in my home without the worry that my daughter will be ingesting any toxic chemicals. I still find that even in the "safe" categories, there are toxins that need to be worried about. 

I have tried over and over to make my own cleaning products and laundry detergent, but none ever seemed strong enough to really clean well. This is where Mrs. Jones Soapbox comes in.

Cleaning for the Holidays with all natural Mrs.Jones Soapbox & Giveaway
Mrs. Jones Soapbox prides themselves on being made with all natural, safe ingredients. They are even mixed and crafted by hand. I love that when you look at the ingredients on the label, you can not only pronounce it all, you know what each ingredient is! 
Cleaning for the Holidays with all natural Mrs.Jones Soapbox & Giveaway

And how pretty are the containers? No need to hide the dollar store spray bottles!
Cleaning for the Holidays with all natural Mrs.Jones Soapbox & Giveaway
Check out her comparison chart to see which of her products can replace commercial cleaners.

Toilet Bombs
I have tried and failed at making my own toilet bombs. They ended up being more of a mess than a cleaning product.

From my previous experience with Toilet Bombs, I thought there was no way that any would ever really work. Then these Toilet Bombs from Mrs. Jones Soapbox  showed up in my sample kit. They really are everything I thought my homemade ones would be, just actually working.

I simply dropped the toilet bomb in the toilet and let it fizz. When it was done, I dipped the brush into the water and used that to clean the rest of the toilet. It was cleaning the yuck off, but I was a bit skeptical that it really was "clean". After I brushed the toilet down, I actually had baby duty {she woke up early from her nap} and when I went back to the toilet 10 minutes later, at the top of the water, around the rim there was dirt. Actual dirt collected around the sides. At first I thought it was a ring that the toilet brush hadn't gotten, but when I flushed, there was no ring. I was super impressed.

Here is my video review:


Cleaning Tip: After I am done scrubbing a toilet, I leave the brush in between the bowl and the seat to allow it to dry before putting it back into the holder. Wet/Dirty Brush + Dark Place = Disgusting Mold and Germs.

Soft Cleaning Scrub
Generally, I am not a fan of scrubs. They are usually gritty and hard to clean up off of a surface. This was not the case with Mrs. Jones Soapbox scrub. Per the directions, I took a dollop and placed it on the surface to be cleaned {my sink & vanity top} and used a moist washcloth to spread it around. It was not gritty and spread very easily. The sink usually gets a lot of buildup from my husband shaving and our toothpaste. Our conventional cleaner that is a D on the EWG scale {not good, we just wanted to finish up what we had on hand} usually has a really tough time getting that buildup off. I usually have to clean it a couple times to get it all. The Mrs. Jones Scrub took it all off in one swipe like it wasn't even there. And it doesn't have any of the chemicals in it?! I was already sold. 

The real test would be our tub. I took a dollop and placed it on a damp rag and started scrubbing. It didn't take a lot of pressure or scrubbing to start to see the ring from my daughter's baths start to disappear. For the last several months it has been there, even with regular cleaning {I use a magic eraser to clean the tub during showers}. I did have to use another dollop in the tub, but I think that is also because it really needed the deep cleaning. After I was done scrubbing, I just turned on the tub and used the same rag to wipe down the tub with clean water. When I squeezed the rag, I was amazed at how much dirty water came out of it. It also didn't take me as long as it does with other products. And I was able to stay in the room. Sometimes with other cleaners, I have to leave the room to take some deep breaths. In my opinion, this product performs as well as other conventional cleaners and is much safer too.
Cleaning for the Holidays with all natural Mrs.Jones Soapbox & Giveaway

Laundry Soap & Softener
I have made my own laundry detergent before. It worked well but wasn't very effective at specific clothing types. I usually had to supplement with Oxyclean. I gave up on it.

For this particular post about guests, I used Mrs. Jones Soapbox Laundry Soap on our guest sheets that go on the air mattress bed in our basement guest room. It said that I use a heaping teaspoon per load. That's it. Again, I was very skeptical. But I am a rule follower {at least the first time} so I put just a heaping teaspoon in. 
Cleaning for the Holidays with all natural Mrs.Jones Soapbox & Giveaway
During that laundry cycle, it smelled amazing! We usually use unscented detergent when we buy it, but I do love the smell of clean, lightly scented clothes and sheets. Since the scent is due to the essential oils used in the product, I have no need to worry that it is not safe against even my daughter's sensitive skin. 

The sheets came out of the dryer soft and fluffy even without added softener {the product says it is a softener too} and still smelled great. I am not sure how to compare the cleanliness of the sheets to a conventional detergent but the Mrs. Jones Laundry Soap seemed to do the job. 

The real test will be my husband's smelly running gear. {Update to come}

I had heard great things about Mrs. Jones Soapbox products and was excited to try them first hand. They really are great in the bathroom and laundry. I loved them so much, I went and purchased the other products so that I can try them everywhere! {I will review them later this week :)}

You can get them too for 10% off! Just for Managing a Home readers, you can get 10% off your order until December 31st by using the code HOME10. 

You can also try Mrs. Jones Soapbox products for free! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win the sample pack below.  Three winners will be chosen!

Win this sample set from Mrs. Jones Soapbox until 12/12/14! Managing a Home


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Good luck!

Disclaimer: I have received this sample pack of (2) Toilet Bowl Bombs, (1) 5-wash Laundry Soap Sample and (1) 16 oz. container of Soft Cleaning Scrub at no charge, This review is my honest and unbiased opinion. Giveaways are supplied by Mrs. Jones Soapbox. See full disclosure statement here.

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47 comments

  1. Ok I love this post I truly do. I love to clean the home & I love finding natural effective products to do the job! Thank you for a fine review. I hope I win!! eekkk! I found you today at #sitsblogging now a follower!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and being a follower! I hope you win too!!

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  2. I am seriously addicted to cleaning, cleaning products and I love non toxic cleaners, soaps, everything! lol!
    I have been checking out Mrs Jones Soapbox on Pinterest and WOW!!
    I will probably be ordering this week. (I'll be back after checking my budget, lol and entering my #!)
    You always have such well written reviews and posts! I enjoy reading them!
    Thank you for sharing this and hosting this giveaway!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. When you check back, we actually updated the order entry to include your name on your order not your order number (as there is no number and I didn't update before posting..oops). I know you will love the products as much as I do!

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  3. This is so awesome! Thanks for the giveaway - The Toilet Bowl Bombs look super cool!

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  4. I'd like it all - the Whole Kit 'n Caboodle Set caught my eye!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. The toilet bowl bombs look awesome

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  6. Those toilet bowl bombs are amazing!

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  7. I've never heard of this brand before! I'd like the soft cleaning scrub. My tub and I are always fighting!

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    1. I hope you win then. The scrub really did a great job! My friend used it on her bathfitter tub and got off soap scum that no other cleaners could.

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  8. These products seem like the perfect way to clean- and I love how you tried them and shared so much about them! It makes me want to clean my house!! (Usually never how I feel!)

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    1. I never feel that way either - but I actually am motivated to clean with these too! Isn't it amazing how the right "tool" makes you want to do things you would never want to do?

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  9. Love these products!! Great giveaway!

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  10. All of these products sound really great. Thanks for the giveaway and for co-hosting with me again this week at The Oh My Heartsie Girls WW Link Party.

    Wishing you a FABULOUS week.
    xx
    Lysa

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  11. Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit sounds like a great way to try their products.

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    1. It would be. You know if you place an order before Friday night you get 10 entries!

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  12. The Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit would be nice to have to keep my house clean and fresh.

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    1. I know - I just purchased the rest of the products to make that kit!

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  13. I would put Shine and the Soft Cleaning Scrub on my wish list!

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  14. I like the toilet bowl bombs, it seems like a quick no-mess way to clean the toilet! you're review of it makes it look all the more awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I am in love with these toilet bombs! Seriously, I hate toilet bowl cleaner...

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  15. Oh my gosh. Everything looks so awesome!! I've added Laundry Soap & Fabric Softener All-in-one to my Christmas wishlist! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. I am so getting that too! I am going to be doing a price compare in an upcoming post because it is that good!

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  16. I'm putting the eco-friendly household cleaning kit on my wishlist.

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  17. I'd love to have the Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  18. The Whole Kit and Kadoodle would be perfect,thanks

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  19. i like the all purpose disinfecting spray

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  20. the Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit is my pick.

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  21. I just love these products. I would choose the Laundry Soap and Fabric Softener.

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  22. Um.... THE TOILET BOMBS! I super need these!

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  23. i would like to try the Laundry Soap & Fabric Softener

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  24. Em Mahr - I'd love to have the Wood & Leather Cleaner

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  25. Definitely the toilet bowl bombs! I hate cleaning toilets!

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  26. I would love the Sparkle :: Glass, granite, mirror & stainless steel cleaner!

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  27. The Clean :: All-purpose disinfecting spray

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  28. I'd like the ecofriendly household cleaning kit (I'm not sure if my comments going thru...sorry if this is third comment)

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  30. the Soft Cleaning Scrub is on my Christmas wish list!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  31. this stuff looks AMAZING!!! i am amazed by this lady and her products - even featured on oprah!! i would LOVE to try the laundry detergent - 75-100 loads - WOW!!

    kmcgrew213@aol.com

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  33. I love the Laundry Soap & Fabric Softener :: All-in-one, 75-100 washes!
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N

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  34. This is wonderful! I pinned this so I dont forget! Thanks for linking up last week at Totally Terrific Tuesday! Cant wait to see what you have this week!!
    Jess
    Live Randomly Simple

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