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Here in Boston, it is tricky to know whether or not it's safe to put away your seasonal items for Spring and Summer. In my 20+ years of living in Boston, I've only experienced what I like to describe as Spring weather a handful of times. However, by the time May rolls around, I can pretty much store my Winter gear safely without the threat of a Nor'easter.


The first step in storing any seasonal items away is to make sure they are going into storage clean. Dirt and sweat and skin cells (I know that's gross to talk about, but let's be real here) can attract pests such as moths, carpet beetles and even crickets and roaches. You'll use fewer pesticides and make your deterrents such as cedar more effective.


Next is to choose a nice container to store them in. I like these fabric boxes from Reisenthel. They store flat when not in use and they look attractive on closet shelves. I purchased these from The Container Store and this pattern is no longer available from the Container Store, but a solid black color is available to purchase on Amazon. The fold flat when they are not in use.


When you store your items inside, be sure to take the time to fold them and add them neatly inside the box. I know it's tempting to just stuff them in there, but if you take the extra few minutes to make sure they are in there neatly so you can see them all, you'll be so relieved and less overwhelmed when you take them out in Wintertime.



Folded Neatly! (Bonus for File Folding Method!)

Add a deterrent if you want: You can add a cedar plank or cedar balls to deter pests away from natural fabrics such as wool and cotton. Cedar is only effective if you can smell it! Below are some of my favorite products to protect clothing! Moth sachets filled with herbs work well also, but they will need to be replaced.

Now you can enjoy your summer! Do you put away your items seasonally? Let me know!

So, let's talk about luxury cleaning products and if in fact, they are worth the price! Luxury cleaning products have been around for a few years and they are increasing in popularity but I wanted to see if these products were worth their high price tag or if you were just paying for a label or brand name. (*cough* Kylie Cosmetics).


The Good Home Company Detergent, Vacuum Beads and Stain Remover

Today, we are going to review and test the second most expensive laundry detergent you can buy right now and it's from a company called The Good Home Company. It's a pretty bottle! Ironically, this is the same exact bottle I purchased to hold apple cider at my wedding reception which I used as the table numbers. They are very elegant and I think if you're done with this and you want to re-use this bottle, you totally can. 

The Good Home Company was founded by a lady called Christine Dimmick. And in doing research for this video, I found out about a few things about Christine and the brand. Christine was a fragrance designer and a graduate of the famous Parsons School of Design. She is the author of two books and one just released in April of 2018, called Detox Your Home. I also learned that she is a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for ingredient safety in products which immediately made me feel better about having paid $25 for a bottle of laundry detergent.  So, this brand was started in 1995 right out of Christine's home and she hand made all the products and actually, hand-delivered them as well. I love this story of her entrepreneurial spirit and the fact that she has a background in Fragrance Design definitely intrigues me. 

Ingredients in the Good Home Co:

Laureth-7: surfactant

Lauryl glucoside: surfactant

Fragrance: ?

Sodium Citrate: preservative

Alcohol Ethoxylate: non-ionic surfactant

triethyl citrate: stablizes foams?

Sodium gluconate: helps as a soil remover for laundry detergents as it breaks the calcium bond holding the dirt to the fabric and further prevents the soil redepositing onto the fabric again.

Methylisothiazolinone: Preservative

Benzisothiazolinone has a microbicide and a fungicide mode of action. It is widely used as a preservative The rest are colorants.  Price: $25 for 34 oz which is approximately $0.74 a load. That's 34 machine washes and 68 handwashes. Tyler's Glamourous Wash is slightly more, but not as good a value at $28.50 for 32 oz which is almost 11 washes since you're supposed to use 3 oz per machine wash.

Watch The Review Here:



Why would you buy this detergent:

  • It makes an amazing housewarming gift 

  • It can make doing laundry seem less mundane

  • Smell is amazing

  • Free of harsh ingredients

  • Good for people who like to reuse the bottle

  • Good company culture and message, especially for those who care about animal testing, parabens and phthalates 

  • Product is made in the USA and this is not a big brand, so your money is supporting a small business.

Why you would NOT buy this detergent: 

  • It's expensive

  • Glass bottle can be a hazard to those with small children or curious pets

  • Using it is a bit messy  

Bottom line: This is a great laundry detergent. It smells great and gets rid of stains without using harsh chemicals. I will probably repurchase the refill and I like feeling kind of fancy while I do the laundry. The packaging is beautiful, but a bit messy to use. It's not a totally practical product but there's no doubt, it's a lot of fun!


If you're like me, you like the smell of freshly washed laundry, but you don't have the patience or time to do the laundry every day. I also like Febreeze which is a fabric refresher and odor eliminating spray, but I don't always want to buy it, when I have the ability to make my own. Here is a simple recipe that you can use to make your very own, fabric safe, homemade fabric refresher spray.


You will need just 4 Things:

-An Empty Spray Bottle

-Fabric Softener

-Baking Soda

-Water


Add the Fabric Softener and Baking Soda to your empty bottle and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake it up good and use it where and when you would use Febreeze! It will separate from time to time, so shake it up before each use!


Hope you enjoy this little DIY tip!

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