Pink Solution. Back at the computer, I googled "Pink Solution" and found out that this Canadian (HOORAY!) company makes a series of natural, safe cleaning products for many different applications. Wow! We had to try this and were so happy when they agreed to a review! Since we received our set of products, we've used them in many ways, and have been very pleased with how easy they are to use and how successful they've been!
"Pink Solution is a natural enzyme cleaner, which when mixed with water, emulsifies dirt, grease and grime, and restores finishes to their natural state."It's 100% chemical free - completely safe to use around pets and children. It's non-toxic and biodegradable. It contains no ammonia or formaldehyde, or other chemicals common to most cleaners, and can be used to replace all household cleaners. It's available in different forms: Pink Solution, Laundry Bar and Mother's Choice paste.
Pink Solution itself is a solid, sort of the consistency of soft margarine or shortening. When you heat it, it "melts" into a liquid, allowing you to mix it up with water to the desired concentration. The instructions tell about making a "light" solution or a "heavy" mix, and they're used for different things. The solution is unscented, making it perfect for households with scent issues. It's available in several different sized-containers.
A tip from the demonstrator about making an antibacterial cleaner: add a few drops of tea tree oil to your solution and it's great for cleaning taps, sinks, tubs, toilets, kitchen counters, etc - basically anywhere you need to kill germs!
We've used the light solution for:
- stainless steel fridge
- glass patio table
- car windshield washer fluid
- chrome bathroom fixtures
- laundry (especially for soaking the cloth diapers)
- stain removal
- washing marks on the wall
- the ink on the couch (also in our Little Green Machine)
- the seats and carpets in the car
- kids car seats (they've never looked so clean!)
- mopping the kitchen floor
- washing produce (diluted, and then rinse well)
Mother's Choice cleaning paste. This paste is 5 times stronger than Pink Solution, and contains a bit of pumice, so it's a bit "gritty." Used along with the rough-ish sponge provided (in the Costco kit - also available by phone, for 35¢), this paste has easily cleaned:
- our tub
- bathroom sink
- glass stove top
- crayon off the wall (scrub gently so as not to remove the paint too)
- shower (hadn't been done properly in a while - oops!)
- tile floor grouting (with an old toothbrush)
I haven't tackled the oven yet, but this is the task for which Mother's Choice was created! Imagine an odour-free oven cleaner!!! During the demo (at Costco), I watched in awe as the demonstrator removed baked-on gravy from a roasting pan - easily. The trick is to let the cleaner "sit" on the surface for a while first, to allow the enzymes to do the work for you!
laundry bar has been an absolutely wonderful new tool in my stain fights! :) I've been able to remove tomato sauce, fresh sweet potato stains (the week-old ones were a bit tougher and required a bit of sun bleaching), carrot, old unknown stains on a hand-me down tie, collar stains on a white shirt etc etc! Mainly, I've been able to take out the stain on the first try, but I've had to let a few stubborn stains "sit" for a bit, then rinse them out, and sometimes reapply the soap. This is my to new "go-to" when I notice something on our clothes! The laundry bar is 6 times stronger than Pink Solution and has the added help of Borax.
I would (and have been!) recommend these products! They have made many of my repetitive cleaning tasks so much easier. I can't say that I find cleaning fun :) but it certainly takes much less time. Something I really like about these products is that you only have to use a little bit - and it certainly goes a long way! In fact, even though I've mixed up 4L (1 gallon) of light mix twice and heavy mix once, you can hardly see that I've used any! And, there is a certain "triumph" in getting a dirty surface clean - especially something you thought would never be clean again!
Specially for Glimpse readers, Pink Solution is offering a 10% discount on phone orders. Just mention that you saw the review on Glimpse when you call 1-800-565-9972. Offer open to Canadian and US residents.
Check the special events page to see if Pink Solution is going to be at a Costco near you soon. Pink Solution is also available at some retailers: check the "find a retailer" page.