We've probably never been more worried about killing germs. And yet, it seems we should be a little more concerned about how we're killing them.
Most people use hand sanitizers that are loaded with alcohol, and soaps that are brimming with the chemical triclosan. Yes, those products work to kill germs, but they can also make your children sick. Unfortunately, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can poison children who ingest them, and it turns out that triclosan may be a pretty nasty endocrine disruptor (you know, the stuff that makes children go through puberty well before their time).
And you thought you were protecting your family. Well, now you really can.
CleanWell Hand Sanitizer
Here at Daily Grommet we have found an innovative new company that is committed to keeping you and your family a little cleaner, and safer in the process. CleanWell products are just as effective (they meet FDA and EPA standards for germ killing) and yet they're not toxic to your family or the environment. They're made with
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Stan Ades winced every day as he faced his shaving mirror. His sensitive skin was sure to be nicked and boo-booed no matter which shaving cream product he used and over the years he'd tried them all. There must be a better way, he thought. He met with a chemist and together they came up with Pacific Shaving Oil. Most creams or lathers just add a layer of air that the razor has to cut through. Pacific Shaving Oil adds that oh-so-desirable layer of lubrication and moisturizer so the razor doesn't rip over the surface like sandpaper. No icky menthol-like or antiseptic smell either-- Stan wanted only a light citrus scent that faded over time.
Soon women who ordered a sample for their men tried it and they now account for 40% of the sales. Made from plant extract essential oils and packaged in small, travel-friendly containers, this shaving oil can be used with or without additional shaving cream. You will get at least 100 shaves from each little bottle.
For every bottle sold, a tree
Got a bad case of butterfingers? Otterbox is just what the doctor ordered! Daily Grommet's founder, Jules Pieri, heard about this clever way to klutz-proof your phone from her doc, Abigail Zavod. Turns out medical professionals in particular love Otterbox protective cases because they offer unparalleled protection in harsh (or messy) environments.
But everyone-from busy moms to mountain bikers-will also appreciate how they shield against harmful drops, shocks, scratches, sneezes, even Cheerio dust. Otterbox is designed for all the spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have ever broken an electronic device due to their active lifestyle. "Like our customers, we've been there too!" admits company founder Curt Richardson.
There's an Otterbox for almost every device, including iPods, smartphones, tablet PCs and laptops. Cases are available with varying degrees of protection. If you're relatively nimble, opt for the single-layer silicone skin Impact series. Drop
Sad is watching a thirsty dog try (and fail) to drink from an owner's water bottle. Sadder still is watching that owner then drink from the same bottle. Saddest has to be seeing a parched pooch try to lap up a puddle from a hot street. Slurpabowls - portable, recyclable bowlsRead More »from Drink up, pup!
Dogs drink best from bowls. So Daily Grommet found a way to give them what they want, even when you're on the go. Slurpabowl is the clever solution that Claude Meyers and Peggy Woo came up with for their own dog, Lula. It's a compact, collapsible bowl that clips right to your key chain or leash. It's reusable, recyclable, and since you get six in every box, a terrific bargain.
We think it's a must for parents and pups with a busy summer planned.
Sharp-looking dog collars and leashes don't often stay sharp for long. Daily Grommet found ones that do. So, while you're in the midst of freshening up your own summer wardrobe, consider outfitting your dog or cat with these smart new accessories.
Created by Jenn Johnson, not far from Daily Grommet headquarters in New England, Bowchies colorful collars and leashes stand up to whatever dirty deeds your dogs love to do!
Daily Grommet features Bowchies - creative pet giftsThey can go in the ocean for a dip and unlike similar products, Bowchies dry nicely without that musty, moldy smell thanks to their clever nylon webbing.
Not only are they durable and "dog-walker tested," these cute collars and leashes are reasonably priced, making them doubly recession-friendly!
Buy Bowchies' cute designer dog collars and leashes here.Read More »from Spruce up your pooch
More Unique Pet finds from Daily Grommet:
Read our Poochie Bells review for a creative (and smart!) gift idea.
Better than sharing a water bottle - the recycleable way for pets to
One of the Daily Grommet team members recently told us a funny story about her mother's well-trained pooch. Apparently, the little shih tzu, Coco, was ringing bells whenever she was ready for a walk. Sure, our discovery maven thought. Just like Jinx the cat in the movie Meet the Parents was using the toilet instead of a litter box. But then she visited and witnessed Mom's fluffy, white pooch sideswiping the bells hanging from the front doorknob to give them a jingle. She proceeded to sit patiently, waiting for her walk, even giving them another ring a few moments later when her master still had not appeared.
Poochie Bells come in a variety of styles and colors so your doggie doorbell can match your decor. We were drawn to one with a Burberry-style grosgrain ribbon and large silver bells. Read the Poochie Bells review on Daily GrommetNo matter how old or incorrigible your poochies are, trainers insist that it's actually pretty easy to train your dogs to use them. And the package comes with instructions to help ensure success.
Every time you get a new cellphone, computer, or gaming system, you probably wonder what to do with the old one. You can't decide whether to toss it, give it away, or sell it. So the stuff just sits there in a closet, collecting dust, losing value, and not helping anybody.
That's why Daily Grommet was thrilled to discover Gazelle, a website that buys back many types of used electronics, and knows exactly what to do with them. Gazelle keeps stuff out of landfills by reselling through retail, wholesale, and recycling channels. They've gotten rave reviews for being leaders in the "recommerce" effort, a new movement to realize the value of reuse as a powerful first step in recycling. Gazelle.com on Daily Grommet
Just go to their site, search for the device you're trying to sell, answer some questions about it, and get a quote on most items instantly. If you want to sell, they'll even send out shipping materials free. In just 10 days, you can get payment via PayPal, check, or Amazon gift card (or they'll help you
Container gardens are magical. Whether they're made up of colorful flowers or stunning foliage, they can turn an ordinary rooftop into an urban paradise, or transform a bare front porch (like ours, here at Daily Grommet) into an inviting retreat. Smart gardeners know that the key to keeping plants healthy is good drainage. Traditionally this means lining the bottom of planters with rocks, which makes the containers heavy and unwieldy and can quickly turn a green thumb into a pain in the back.
Enter John and Sarah Hoggatt, the duo behind Better Than Rocks, who discovered that the recycled plastic mesh John's brother-in-law patented as a building material could double as lightweight, eco-friendly drainage at the bottom of a flower pot. Better Than Rocks works just like rocks do, allowing water to flow freely, yet trapping needed moisture inside the pot. Presto! Pots are pounds lighter, making it easy to rotate them according to your plants' sunshine needs. The result: aRead More »from This gardener's tool rocks
You know the drill-you're always taking pictures, but then what? Maybe they make it onto your hard drive once in a while. But ordering prints, or assembling albums? Sure, you'll get right on that… somewhere in between work, soccer practice, laundry, and dinner. Meanwhile, the grandparents are complaining they can't remember what the kids look like, and your wallet sports a single, crumpled baby picture. The Daily Grommet team went searching for a creative solution and found ZoomAlbums.
ZoomAlbums are the professional-looking, pocket-sized albums you create yourself, at home, that will have everyone asking where you got them. Each kit includes the Creator Software CD, which lets you simply drag and drop the photos you'd like to use, and enough supplies to create three albums. The patented photo pages work with your regular ink jet printer; simply print twelve photos on a single sheet, fold along the score lines, and remove the adhesive backing as directed to assemble the
Most of us here at Daily Grommet have fond memories of how fun summer camp was, but what happened beforehand was anything but fun. We remember our moms swearing a blue streak as they wrestled with the sewing machine, sewing labels onto every stitch of our clothing, or wielding a Sharpie over the rest of our gear.
Fortunately moms now have it easy with Mabel's Labels. We were thrilled to discover these custom labels that work on just about everything with no sewing or markers required. Their new Camp Pack is everything you need to label Junior's gear with ease, and it's offered at a bargain price.
You get 40 stickers ("Tag Mats") which are laundry safe and can be used for clothing, 15 Sticky Labels for water bottles and gear (dishwasher safe, of course), 8 Shoe Labels, and 2 Bag Tags. You can personalize it all with up to 20 characters (first name, last name or both), an icon, and your child's choice of color. Whatever is left over can be used for jackets and gear