Sunday, April 25, 2010

Soap Nuts Winner

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Review

I'd been hearing a lot online about Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce and was interested to try it for myself. Living in California, it is not available in our local stores, so I entered a few giveaways and won some. When I first got my Country Bob's All purpose Sauce, I had to do an immediate taste test, you know, opening the bottle putting a little on your finger. All I can say was WOW, I really like it.

The sauce is kind of like Worcestershire Sauce (another favorite of mine) in a sweet, but not too sweet, tomato base. It compliments beef, pork and chicken well. We love it as a dipping sauce, it's become the favorite sauce of the house for meats.

I also tried a two recipes from their site, the Rosemary Pork Roast and a modified Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs, substituting a pork roast and actually using a slow cooker. Both went over quite well.

Eventually I'd like to try the Spicy All Purpose Sauce, BBQ Sauce and the Seasoned Salt they make.

If you haven't tried Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce, you should. If you live in an area that sells Country Bob's in a retail store, you can go to their site and request a coupon by registering for their newsletter.

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce is available online at the Country Bob's site for those who can't purchase it locally.

Soap Nuts Review and Giveaway

I've been looking for safer, more environmentally friendly products to use around the house for laundry, cleaning and other needs. I've just tried USDA Certified Organic Greener Living Soap Nuts, courtesy of Buy Soap Nuts. Soap Nuts are the fruit of trees in India and Nepal and contain saponin, a natural soap. They also have anti-microbial (germ killing) properties.

I was impressed not only that my clothes came out clean, but at how soft my clothes were... without using a fabric softener sheet. When I washed a load of clothes that included some sweaters I was surprised that I had no static cling, the load with my big plush robe had a bit of static, but not much. My flannel sheets came out great as well. I'm fragrance sensitive, so it was great to have just the smell of clean.

Although very good for regularly soiled clothes, which mine were, I haven't tried them on heavier soiled clothes, but for stained clothes it is recommended to use some type of stain remover as well. I also haven't tried it on my whites yet.

To use for laundry, put 4 or 5 Soap Nuts in a small muslin bag and put it in the washer with your laundry. Remove the bag before putting your clothes in the dryer. They normally do 4 or 5 loads, but in cold water, I easily got 6.

You can also make a concentrated liquid by boiling 12-15 whole Soap Nuts in 6 cups of water for 30 minutes. The liquid does not contain any preservatives so it will need to be used within a few days. It can be stored in the refrigerator or portioned in ice cube trays and frozen.

Regardless of whether you use the whole nuts or liquid, the spent nuts can be added to your compost. I don't have a compost pile, so I just push them into the soil in my pots.

Another thing that impressed me about Soap Nuts is that they are not just for laundry: they can be used for other household cleaning needs and because of their anti-microbial properties they can also used help relieve skins conditions like eczema and psoriasis. I'll be spraying the liquid on some of my plants later this spring to see how well they work to deter bugs.

I haven't found any one product that I plan on using exclusively for laundry or other needs, but Soap Nuts are truly an all purpose item and it's another one of those products that I'll continue to use.

Now on to the giveaway. Buy Soap Nuts has generously offered a 500g bag of their USDA Certified Organic Greener Living Soap Nuts, a $22 value, to one of my readers.

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Mandatory: You only need to do this once. Check out Buy Soap Nuts and comment with something you learned about Soap Nuts.

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Leave separate comments for each entry. If it says 2 entries, remember to leave 2 commentsAdditional Rules: Open to US and Canadian residents

This giveaway ends 4/24 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

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