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Burst My Bubble

December 17, 2009

What is our fascination with bubbles?  Did you ever play Poppit? Seriously! We have games where all you do is pop bubbles! I know my sister and I could never turn down the opportunity to jump on a piece of bubble wrap when we were little. So what is about bubbles that captivates us? I don’t know if I will ever know.

One thing I do know is that in cleaning, I associate bubbles with cleaning ability.  The more bubbles a soap produces, the better it works.   When I first started trying all of these green cleaning products, I tried a liquid dish detergent. I put it on a wash cloth and washed a few plates and immediately decided that I didn’t like it.  It didn’t make enough bubbles, but when I talked to my friend who has been using these products for years, she said she loved it!

So, this week I decided that I need to give this soap a chance.  I mean I am going to be eating off my dishes, so shouldn’t I be using non-toxic cleaners on them?  Well, last night I filled up my sink with warm water and some of this soap.  My sister just gave me her old food processor, and it had collected more than a little dust.  I took the whole thing apart and threw the parts in my soapy water.  I let them soak for about 10 minutes while I started dinner.  Bacon, Brocolli, and Noodles. Now, in this recipe, I had to cut a whole package of bacon with my kitchen shears.  When I got done, my hands and the scissors were covered in grease. I threw the scissors in the water and decided it was time for one of my tests.   Everyone wants soap that can cut through grease.  So I shoved my hands in the water, swished them around and rinsed them in the faucet.  Wouldn’t you know it, no grease.  I didn’t even have to scrub!  I wiped down the scissors, rinsed them, and they were clean as well.  This soap passed that test with flying colors!

So, at this point, I needed to clean the food processor parts.  Even though it had been sitting for about 15 minutes at this point, there were still bubbles.  I used the soapy rag to wipe down the base of the processor, and it looked good as new.  Test two, passed!

My final test was two-fold.  I wanted to see just how long the bubbles would last, and I wanted so see how the soap did with the pots and pans from dinner.  So I just left the sink full while I finished cooking dinner.  Thirty minutes later, we were ready to eat.  I sat down with my boyfriend, ate dinner, and finally decided I better clean up.

The water still had bubbles in it even though I had first filled it over an hour before.  It was a little chilly, so I warmed it up with some hot water from the faucet.  I about fell over when new bubbles started forming from the flow of water!  I don’t know how I thought this soap didn’t bubble. I cleaned both large pots that I had used to make dinner.  Even the burned on grease and bacon on the bottom of the pan came off with a sponge.

I am happy to say that I have switched my liquid dish cleaner to my eco-friendly brand.  And I didn’t even have to compromise my love for bubbles!

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