7.01.2010

How 'bout a GIVEAWAY for YOU?



My Koskereaders have been a really good sport about this young whipper-snapper called Lazy Green Mama.  I'm trying not to ignore Kosker's Idlewild, but I know it often stays at the bottom of my to-do list.

So, I'm bringing one of my giveaways over here... JUST for you.  Ok, I have the same one on LGM, but since the company is awarding TWO winners... I figure I'll give one of the giveaways JUST TO READERS OF KOSKER's IDLEWILD.  Plus, it's laundry detergent and everyone regardless of family size/age/hobby uses the stuff (I hope!).
Here's the product review:
For a new blog, I have written about laundry A LOT! It makes sense… I do a lot of it and I enjoy it (GASP! I finally admitted it. I actually get mad at my husband if he “helps” and does a load. The whole {lazy} thing must just be a cover to hide this fact!).

One of the first companies I contacted to join this BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA was Nellie’s. I’ve seen them in the Gaiam catalog for quite awhile and the time was finally the right time to try it out. My laundry needs have grown exponentially with the arrival of Zel (Hazel's spy name for LGM) and I really dislike buying baby detergents, but she has sensitive skin…

My verdict: It’s fabulous. I got to try the Laundry Soda and the Laundry Nuggets (same product, but pre-measured… perfect for a {lazy} or busy mama!). I love that I can use ONE detergent for all of my family’s needs: mama’s yoga attire, Cob’s business casual AND farmer gear, Zel’s baby clothes & DIAPERS. This stuff is all-natural without any additives or fragrances (to quote a Nellie’s cartoon: “After all, you wash your clothes to get the smell out!”). Plus, it works just as well in cold water. Hello Planet Earth… we’re here to save you. (yikes, I need more sleep, eh? That was for Claude, my new Canadian reader! Oh and Claude, Nellie’s is a Canadian product! Cool, eh? Somebody please stop me!)

Truthfully, my favorite thing about the product… it really UPS my washer’s coolness factor. The packaging is cool. I’m a sucker for marketing. Even my father-in-law commented on it. Head to their web-site and I swear on my organic(ish) garden that you’ll find reading about laundry products ENJOYABLE!

As for the cloth diapers: It worked really well. I did a cold rinse, hot soak then wash, cold rinse. I do soak the diapers for 4-8 hours about every other load so I’m sure that helps. I don’t think it’s what I’d turn to when dealing with stains, but I’m ok with stained diapers. Anyway, I’ve got my eye on another Nellie’s product to deal with the stains… when and if I do want to tackle them.

Buy it:
Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Nuggets (36 loads for $9.99. Also sold in larger quantities and in a cool tin!)
Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soda (50 loads for $9.99. Also sold in larger quantities and in a cool tin!)

WIN IT: You will receive both the Laundry Soda AND the Laundry Nuggets
*To enter, please just leave a comment telling me a laundry tip

Extra Entries:
*Visit Nellie's and leave me a comment (or add it to your previous comment) telling me which other Nellie's product you'd like to try.
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Winner will be chosen by random.org.  All entries must be completed by July 8th (happy birthday Hazel!) at 11:59 pm.

10 comments:

  1. i'd love to use the lavender sticks-mmm....

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  2. definitely would like to try this stuff-you're right, the packaging is super cool. my tip...um...i guess i'm a pretty conventional laundry-do'er. i can't think of a single one. except that i will often let the washer fill up with the detergent and soak for a while (like hours) before i let it run (especially with the kids clothes). and i swear by baby wipes-as soon as my kids get something on their clothes if i wipe it off with a wipe it doesn't stain.

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  3. I love the individual packaging. I was laundry when I'm out of town often so this is a nice way to not have to buy those packages at the hotels front desk that aren't even remotely all natural.

    I think I follow you on this but I'll have to check:)

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  4. This stuff looks great!! My laundry tip... some people might not like this (it makes my husband nuts). I am a firm believer that most people do not need to separate laundry. I don't generally wear bright colors (in fact, I intentionally don't buy clothes that can not be washed all in one load) so everything just gets tossed in the same load. I can honestly say that I have NEVER ruined a piece of clothing in the wash.

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  5. My tip is to use much less detergent than you think you need. My clothes still come out clean and I save money.

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  6. - my tip: RARELY wash hot. I wash everything in cold or warm. . . and it's great! Think of the energy I'm saving! ;-) I also hang all of my laundry- no dryer here, and I don't miss it. It might take some getting used to, but once you do, it's so easy!
    - I think I'm a follower already. . .
    - I also subscribe.
    - other product I'd like to try: The oxy brightener. I use OxyClean already and love it. But I LOVE Nellie's packaging. I also LOVE their website. It's adorable!

    Thanks for introducing me to this. I'm a sucker for packaging and cute websites. If I could, I'd go out to the store and buy this RIGHT NOW.

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  7. I'm bringing my dad's comment from LMG over here... 'cause it qualifies for this giveaway:

    don't put a dead chipmunk in with your wash to give it that earthy smell. It will clog up the lint filter on your dryer

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  8. I'm bringing my dad's comment from LMG over here... 'cause it qualifies for this giveaway:

    don't put a dead chipmunk in with your wash to give it that earthy smell. It will clog up the lint filter on your dryer

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  9. Holy cow your dad's comment is hilarious! I love your dad... in a totally non icky kind of way :)

    Can't say I have many good "tips". The only thing I recently discovered that I love are these rags that you throw into the laundry that help catch loose dyes. I love these when washing baby clothes because it doesn't make sense to me to sort into various colors (considering a weeks worth of clothes makes about 1 load for Caleb). Throw one of those things in and it attracts the dye. I've only had 1 mishap where it didn't quite catch it all since I started using these.

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