Clean with pHur

Have you heard of pHur, an organic cleaning disinfecting agent?

Water + Salt + Science became pHur’s magic formula. And thanks to painstaking, multi-year testing, it was registered as a proven disinfectant with the EPA on both Federal and State levels.

It is already making a difference in the healthcare industry, replacing multiple toxic products used in hospitals with our alkaline cleaning water and natural disinfecting water.

pHur™ Cleaning and Disinfecting Water can be shipped to doorsteps every 30 days, and in select counties, a certified pHur technician can electrostatically disinfect entire households. Both options give consumers the option to live naturally and live clean.

It’s the first cleaning agent of its kind and perfect for Winter cleaning.

If you’re tired of using those cleaning products that are chockful of chemicals, then you should check out pHur.

The pHur System Kit ($30.95 as of this post) included:

  • 16 fl.oz. Disinfectant
  • 16 fl.oz. Cleaning Water
  • 2 fl.oz. ON-THE-GO Disinfectant
  • 1 Greenspeed Original Microfiber Cloth
  • 2 Sprayer Heads (not in the picture below).

What exactly are the ingredients in each bottle?

pHur Cleaning Water is high pH alkaline cleaning water without hazardous solvents, phosphates or ammonia. There are no added scents or colored dyes. It’s safe on hard and soft surfaces, leaving no residue. The active ingredient is Sodium Hydroxide. pHur Disinfectant’s active ingredient is Hypochlorous Acid. Both Cleaning Water and Disinfectant can’t be used with acids and hydrogen peroxide.

As someone who does a lot of cooking and baking, I used pHur to clean my kitchen countertop, which really gets plenty of action. Imagine my surprise when it worked and it worked well!

Despite its organic nature, there’s a warning in the back that it should be kept out of children’s reach. A reasonable warning, if you ask me, but I looked into that and found this on their website:

If pHur isn’t harmful, why does the label say CAUTION and carry the 10-minute dwell time? pHur™ Disinfecting Water has been registered with the EPA under traditional disinfecting standards. Although contradictory to pHur’s all natural makeup of water and salt and its kill-on-contact power, our label must place traditional warnings and directions on its bottle based on the EPA’s standards for toxic, chemically-laden products. pHur™ Disinfecting Water is THE FIRST disinfecting solution to kill bacteria physically rather than chemically. We’re in desparate need of a new category within the EPA, but until then, we’ll bear the burden of the old labels.

Packaging’s recyclable, so that’s a bonus. Unfortunately, you can’t buy it elsewhere because it has a short shelf life – 30 days. It doesn’t have any preservatives that will allow it to stay in shelves for a long time. According to their website, pHur™ products are currently sold exclusively through to those living in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, TX, WA. Here’s hoping it’ll be available in the Northeast soon!

Disclaimer: A representative for pHur contacted me to review their product. I received a sample in exchange for writing a review on the blog. All opinions are my own.

Ocean Allure Wool dryer balls

Allure Wool: A better alternative to dryer sheets

Dryer sheets are handy, useful little things, but nobody can pretend that they’re eco-friendly. For one thing, you can only use them once, plus they’re packed with chemicals. And let’s face it, drying clothes isn’t the greenest household activity either, but there are ways to dry your clothes in a greener manner.

Allure Wool came up with a better option: dryer balls. These dryer balls are handmade and made of natural merino wool. Even their coloring’s chemical-free. Best of all, you can use them numerous times, and you’re going to want to do that, because they help dry clothes faster,  make clothes softer, and prevent static cling. They’re also good for people who have allergies; I’m pretty sensitive to the sharp scents of fabric softeners, so these dryer balls would be great to have.

You can check out their website for more information or visit Allure Wool’s Facebook page.

Updates on dishwashing liquid hunt

Back in January 2009, I blogged about my search of a green automatic dish washing liquid here. Of the eight products I listed there, I’ve tested and re-tested three:

Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Gel, Lemon Scent, 45-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Pack of 6 from = $24.42

Bi-O-Kleen Automatic Dish Gel, 64-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Pack of 6 from = $60.87

Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid, Case Pack, Twelve – 25 Fluid Ounce Bottles (300 Fluid Ounces)
Pack of 12 from = $39.42

I will post separate reviews of each item above, so it’s easier. Based on my experience, you will do fine using these green dishwashing liquids. The rest of the items below are still pending my investigation.

Citra Dish Automatic Dishwashing Detergent, Gel, Fresh Grapefruit, 75-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
currently not available in

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Automatic Dishwashing Liquid, 48-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Pack of 6 from = $43.86

Earth Friendly Products Wave Auto Dish Gel High Performance, Lavender, 40 Ounces (Pack of 8)
Pack of 8 from = $34.29

Attitude 2x Automatic Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Tea Tree & Lime, 26 Loads, 35.2-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Pack of 6 from = $32.74

Shaklee Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate

Don’t be clingy

Winter’s almost over, but static cling from your clothes may still be a problem. We all use fabric softeners and dryer sheets, but I found these tips from Seventh Generation’s Sue H.:

  • Don’t overdry your clothes.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Set it at the minimum temperature and amount of time you think the clothes will need.

Following these tips can also reduce your energy expenditure and carbon footprint, while saving you some money on electric bills.

Roomba-like green grass cutter announced

When I first saw the Roomba on TV, I thought it would be loads of fun to have a little cleaning machine just zipping around the house on its own. Husqvarna has come out with something similar to this concept, except theirs is a solar-hybrid lawnmower.

The mower can cut grass unsupervised, which, according to its manufacturers, could save up to 40 hours of labour in the garden – the equivalent of a week’s holiday – every year.

The lawnmower uses the same amount of energy as a standard light bulb and is made from 90 per cent recyclable materials.

Let there be light

A bulb just blew out in our garage and needs to be replaced. We will be looking for a compact fluorescent light bulb to replace the old one. Sure, it’s more expensive than the regular bulb, but it’s the least we can do to keep some amount of carbon dioxide out of the air. Every little bit helps, doesn’t it?

That new carpet smell

If you’re a new homeowner, you know what I’m referring to. It’s the new-ness. It holds so much hope, doesn’t it? It smells promising. The scent of a new beginning.

Surprise, surprise. What you’re smelling are the lovely volatile organic compounds or VOCs being emitted by your carpet. These chemicals can make people sick. Carpet + padding + adhesives = yucky VOCs. Bleah.

I checked some flooring websites to see what they say about that new carpet smell. As expected, they try to make light of the matter. What was I expecting, really? Of course, there are no conclusive studies proving the relationship between new carpet and respiratory illnesses.

I tend to lean towards being careful though. Get an air purifier. If you’re the drastic sort, remove carpeting altogether. However, if you like carpets, install carpets with low VOC – the so-called “eco-friendly” carpeting. Use low-emitting, non-solvent adhesives. Use felt padding, instead of rubber. It wouldn’t hurt to try.

What to do with your old carpets? If it’s not in terrible shape, have it repaired. Otherwise, have it recycled.

The good thing nowadays is that there are healthier options out there. We recently added a runner in our kitchen using carpet tiles from Interface Flor. What’s so great about Interface Flor? They actually have a Return & Recycle Program! How many companies are doing that right now? Not a lot. Thank goodness a friend recommended it to me.