Perchloroethylene, triclosan, phthalates and 2-butoxyethanol: You may have never heard of these toxic substances, but they could be all over your home if you use common household cleaners. In fact, many popular cleaning agents and multi-purpose sprays contain chemicals that can make our families sick, which is ironic considering that’s exactly what we’re trying to protect them against by cleaning. The Zabada Handy is a non-toxic cleaning pad that eliminates the need for harmful cleansers by wiping away dirt and removing bacteria using just water. We recently had a chance to take the Zabada Handy and Marvel for a spin as well as Coyuchi’s luxurious line of air-weight organic towels. Read on for our reviews and enter to win your own bathroom prize pack including a towel from Coyuchi’s Air Weight Bath Towel Collection ($48 value), a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30 value) and a Zabada Bathroom Marvel ($30 value).
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This giveaway is open to USA residents only. The contest will end at midnight on Thursday, March 12th. Good luck everyone!
COYUCHI ORGANIC COTTON TOWELS
Coyuchi’s Air-Weight Towel Collection is the first towel line in North America to be Fair Trade-certified by Fair Trade USA. As their name implies, the towels are lightweight, soft and very absorbent. In addition to being made of luxurious organic cotton, the products in this line are also free of toxic dyes and bleaches.
What we loved: Our favorite thing about the Air-Weight collection was how quickly the towels dry. We’re also big fans of the fact that they give back to the people who make them under Fair Trade USA: A portion of the proceeds from every towel sold goes towards a fund benefiting the workers.
What we thought could use improvement:
The towels arrived with a subtle but noticeable chemical fragrance. The scent went away after washing, so it may have been from the packaging.
The Zabada Bathroom Handy and Bathroom Marvel are chemical-free, waste-eliminating products that can remove 99.9% of bacteria just using water (according to Zabada).
What we loved: They really work! We were skeptical at first but with just a bit of water (more water was needed for tougher grime and soapscum), we were able to wipe our bathroom surfaces to the point where they sparkled. We also love the fact that they’re reusable and reduce waste and save money by eliminating the need to use paper towels and other cleaning products.
What we thought could use some improvement: The Zabada Handy and Marvel really impressed us with their performance, but it’s important to point out that they won’t be able to lift away tough bathtub discoloration (and Zabada doesn’t claim that they will). At the end of our trial, we still had a little but of yellowing on our bathtub surface, but it was still squeaky clean to the touch.
Thank you to Coyuchi and Zabada for the opportunity to review their products and don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win them for your own home!