So tonight I am making my famous, super-cheesy, mouth-wateringly delicious baked-potato soup. Seriously, this stuff is better than anything I have ever had in any restaurant. The difference is in my secret recipe. Maybe I'll share, but that's a whole different post! Anyway, when I told my husband that I was making baked potato soup for dinner this evening, his eyes kind of glazed over and I could see him start to salivate. Yep. The stuff is THAT GOOD. It's loaded full of cheeses, (5, to be exact) bacon, ham, butter, cream, and lots of potatoey goodness. (Yes, I am aware that "potatoey" is not a word. It's MY word, though!) While this soup is spectacular, I rarely make it, for two reasons. One: It is a heart attack in a bowl. Literally. This is NOT for anyone counting calories! I only make it a couple of times per year, and every time I do, I want to run a marathon afterwards to rid myself of the calories that are sure to attack my belly and thighs. The second reason I rarely make this dish? You guessed it! The clean up. I am not a sloppy cook by any means, but when you're dealing with lots of things like frying bacon and bubbling, melted cheese, accidents and splatters are inevitable. I always dread cleaning up the mess that comes along with making my fantastic baked potato soup.
You see, as a busy mom of 3 kids, 2 of which are floor-dwellers under the age of 2, I don't like using harsh chemicals for cleaning. Especially in heavily lived-in areas such as my kitchen, bathrooms, and our family room. I can usually get away with using white vinegar as a cleaning agent, but for some tough-to-tackle messes, it just isn't enough. That's why I was so happy to get the chance to review Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Simple Green is safe around children and pets, as it is non-toxic and biodegradable. As a matter of fact, it can replace many of the bottles currently under your sink!
Simple Green has a TON of uses. It can be used on...well, pretty much everything that needs a good cleaning! Anything with a water-safe surface, that is. It can be used on any kitchen or bathroom surface, as well as floors, walls, doors, light-switches, even outdoor patio furniture gets clean with Simple Green! It can even be used as a laundry booster! Simple Green can also be used where most of your typical household cleaners just can't hack it; places such as aluminum siding, garage floors, on fireplaces, as a floor wax remover, on your grill, on toys, and even as an adhesive remover! All while being completely SAFE and NON-TOXIC. Now that is one versatile powerhouse of a product, if you ask me! Oh, and I should also mention that using the concentrated form of Simple Green can save you money, too! One bottle goes a LONG way! With proper dilution, just one 32oz bottle of this product will literally yield GALLONS of this cleaner! Yes, I said GALLONS...Plural...Now that's a TON of cleaner!
I received the Original Concentrated Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner for my review. It came in a HUGE 32oz bottle, and along with it came a handy and attractive Simple Green spray bottle for dilution. The spray bottle took all of the guesswork out of mixing the proper amount, since it has a very easy to understand dilution chart right on the bottle! So whether you're scrubbing the bathtubs or scrubbing down a car's engine, you can always be confident that you're using the proper strength Simple Green.
I have been using my Original Concentrated Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner for a few days now, and I have been quite pleased. I have used it on my kitchen surfaces and floors, on the baseboards, and in my bathrooms. My 1 year old actually decided she was going to pour a ton of baby oil into my tub and smear it around. I didn't realize this when I went to shave my legs, as she did this under Daddy's supervision while I was laundering our cloth diapers. He was giving her a bath, and he thought it was cute, so he let her play and smear it ALL OVER the tub. It was all up the sides and everything! So I went to take a bath and shave my legs, and once I got into the tub and started shaving, I noticed something VERY oily....I was slipping and sliding all over! By this time, it was too late. I had already started shaving, and now there were little, stubbly hairs sticking to everything because of the baby oil mess! Thank Goodness I didn't submerge my head under the water! My hair would have ended up looking like I had swam through an oil spill! Anyway, by the time I drained the water from the tub, it was a MESS. The hair I had just shaved off of my legs was ALL OVER the sides of the tub. I tried wiping it away with a wet washcloth, but it wasn't very effective, and it left a nasty, greasy residue. So I decided I would try Simple Green in tackling this mess. I used a 1:10 dilution for heavy applications and I went to town. And guess what? My tub was CLEAN and baby-oil free, with very little elbow-grease on my part. It only took me about 10 minutes before my large soaking tub was looking brand new!
I have since also used it to clean toys, windows, even a pet stain on my carpet! Simple Green didn't disappoint, even though I tried it on everything under the sun. My husband, the car guy, even used it to de-gunk some of his tools. Worked like a charm! I will now be using Simple Green products as an everyday cleaner in my home, and I will be reclaiming the space taken up by several bottles of chemicals that once lived under my kitchen sink. I will be listing them on Freecycle and they can find new homes. I don't need them anymore, because Simple Green is safe around my babies and dog, and effective enough to take care of any mess I can possibly throw at it. Except for cleaning the interior of my Mercedes. Simple Green is NOT recommended on leather surfaces. But it can handle anything else I come across that needs a good scrubbing!
Simple Green can be bought at most major retailers like Home Depot, WalMart, Lowe's, Ace/True Value,and many, many more. Visit their website to find a retailer near you!
The nice folks at Simple Green are so sure that you'll love their cleaning products, they're offering one lucky follower of mine the chance to try the same 32oz. Original Concentrated Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner and spray bottle package that I received!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product from Simple Green to facilitate my review. No monetary compensation was provided. My opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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