Photos, above, from Crate & BarrelHave you seen Crate & Barrel's new line called Clean Slate? I've never seen such a beautiful catalog of utilitarian products! The photography makes their cleaning and storage products look almost sexy. They make me want to pull out my rubber gloves and get to work! I mean, no one really enjoys cleaning, right? But Crate and Barrel sure knows how to make housework look stylish.
When I received the Clean Slate catalog in the mail, I was instantly smitten. I had to restrain myself when placing an order (and there was free shipping!). I could have bought one of everything, especially the beautiful German Redecker brushes, above. How cute is that hedgehog crumb brush!
Instead of buying more than I needed, I ordered just a few items: a divided tote to use as a hamper, a Redecker rubber-bristled lint brush, and a bottle of Caldrea hand soap in sea salt neroli. When my package was delivered on a Saturday via FedEx, I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I am very pleased with the hamper and the lint brush, which is ideal for getting pet hair off clothing and upholstered furniture (so handy when you have three dogs!). At first I wasn't crazy about the smell of the hand soap, but it's growing on me. Plus, I like the pretty yellow print on the label (I'm a sucker for well designed packaging).
While we're talking about cleaning, I have to mention a great product that anyone who has pets in the house should have on hand. Nature's Miracle uses "nature's enzymes" to remove organic stains and odors, including urine and throw-up. So far, I've had good success with this product.
Urine odor can be especially hard to get out of a rug or carpet, and Nature's Miracle doesn't use perfume to cover up odors. When our oldest dog, Phoebe, was on chemotherapy, she developed a urinary condition which caused her to have a couple of accidents. Nature's Miracle worked well and removed all traces of odor. We were, however, left with a lighter colored stain on our natural fiber rug, so be sure to test the product on an inconspicuous area first.