Dropps makes eco-friendly laundry and household cleaning pods — they cost the same as traditional detergents and perform just as well
Dropps makes eco-friendly laundry products like biodegradable detergent pods in compostable cardboard boxes, wool dryer balls that are good for up to 1,000 loads, and more. Formulas are plant-based and free of dyes, fillers, and colorants, while some are scented with natural essential oils. We tested Dropps for weeks, and they performed like traditional options with the added benefit of not cutting corners on safe ingredients or eco-conscious design hacks. Read more: The best laundry detergent
Ideally, the household laundry detergent is a renaissance man. It's tasked with effectively cleaning clothes and removing stains while preserving the integrity of fabrics and leaving behind no residue. On top of that, it should smell great. Dropps delivers on these needs with eco-friendly laundry detergent pods, dryer balls, mesh bags, and more. Plus, it exists in the sweet spot between sustainability, convenience, and cost. Dropps makes eco-friendly laundry products, like detergent pods and dryer balls Its best-selling detergent pods dissolve in water within seconds, releasing plant-based micro-organisms and safe synthetic ingredients that clean clothes efficiently. Dropps offers laundry detergent pods in pretty much every variety: scented or unscented, heavy-duty versions for large loads, ones for sensitive skin — the list goes on. Dropps also sells scent boosters and fabric softener pods, booster pods, bestseller bundles, dish detergent pods, laundry bags, and dryer balls. There's no use of dye or colorants ever and items are not tested on animals. Products will also be delivered in recyclable, repulpable, compostable cardboard packaging. You can find them on Dropps, or shop the Dropps Amazon store directly for all the perks of an Amazon membership. Prices range from $15 (50-count) to about $30 (160-count) depending on the formula and how many washes it covers. For reference, Amazon's Choice for Tide Pods is about the same at $0.25 per load. If you shop on Dropps, you can also save up to 20% by subscribing and get free shipping. Dropps products meet the EPA's Safer Choice standards, which are designed to enforce stringent human and environmental health criteria. When designing new products, the company uses the program as its gold standard. According to Dropps, 68% of traditional liquid laundry detergent bottles are not recycled and contribute to approximately 606 billion pounds of plastic that end up in our oceans annually. By using a biodegradable pod and zero plastic, the company aims to reduce plastic consumption by not encouraging any to begin with. Though Dropps' eco-friendly ethos and descriptions like "eco-responsible laundry detergent" have the ring of a 21st-century startup, the company has been around in some form for decades. Seven years before the introduction of Tide Pods, Dropps pods were released as a more eco-friendly alternative. In 2017, they were awarded the EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year title for outstanding achievement in the formulation and product manufacturing. What we tested and how they performed Several of us at Insider Reviews tested Dropps and its various laundry products.
"I tested these with 15 loads of laundry and was pleasantly surprised. My clothes came out clean, smelled fresh, and felt soft to the touch. Dropps performed well on food stains, daily grime, and dirt, and on a variety of materials: denim, cotton, flannel, and nylon among them. The clean scent wasn't overwhelming, but it did linger after the wash. If you don't want to smell fragrance after washing, you should buy the unscented version. In terms of dirt and stain removal, Dropps performs as well as traditional options, though marginally less than the strongest on the market, according to Wirecutter. For the perks of a safe, relatively eco-responsible product, though, I didn't have to compromise on performance." — Mara Leighton, senior reporter
"I tested these unscented pods because my skin is sensitive and I don't like overpowering scents. I know it's silly to say, but these pods are just so cute. I love the convenience of having a box of pods and the simplicity of needing one pod per load. There's no need to carry a heavy detergent bottle down to the laundry room in my apartment. — Isabel Thottam, freelance reporter
"For $25, you can get a trio of three wool dryer balls in three colors to match your laundry load and prevent staining: cream (for light-colored loads), charcoal (for a mix of colors), and black (for darker items). I always hated using dryer sheets because they have to be thrown out after one use. The dryer balls are reusable — Dropps says you can use their wool balls for over 1,000 loads — plus, they're chemical-free with no fillers or synthetic ingredients." — Isabel Thottam, freelance reporter
"My clothes get tangled together or stuck at the bottom of the washer drum all the time, so they're prone to stretching or ripping. This mesh washing bag protects them from tearing or stretching and keeps intimates together too. I also use my mesh washing bag to wash two stuffed animals and it worked out great. The toys fit perfectly in the bag and were safe and clean after being washed. And when I used the bag for actual clothes, it was such a relief to not have any of my intimates twisted up or to find my sports bras stretched out. I have some bulkier wool sweaters that couldn't fit in the large 11-inch x 13-inch size bag, so it would be better if there were bigger sizes. If you have any intimates or delicate clothes, I would suggest getting at least one of these because you'll end up using them every time you do your laundry." — Isabel Thottam, freelance reporter
"Even though I'm not a huge fan of scented products, I gave these a try. The scent was still strong to me, so I'll try the unscented one next time. The good thing is that it's made with natural essential oils and botanical extracts, not a bunch of chemicals. I live in an older apartment building, so I have tile in my kitchen and on my bathroom floor. I wanted to give my bathroom floor and kitchen counter a good deep clean, so I used the booster pods to clean my tile and grout. It worked like a charm and was so easy to use. These pods seem small, but they're powerful. All you have to do is dissolve one pod in a gallon of water, then use a towel or sponge to apply the solution to the stain or surface area. Since I was cleaning my tile and grout, Dropps recommended using less water, which helped form more of a concentrated paste that worked really well. I waited a few minutes, rinsed the area with some clean cold water, and my tile was clean. The pods can also be used for cleaning fabric, carpet, rugs, upholstery, and clothes, which makes them super versatile." — Isabel Thottam, freelance reporter The bottom line
Dropps has managed to create powerful laundry detergents that are convenient and cost-effective. For consumers concerned about planet earth and with a budget, it's a win-win-win. If you're looking for a guilt-free option that performs like the standard stuff you've been using, this is a good option.
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Summary List Placement Sheepskin boots are a favorite for their warmth and comfort, but they require...Summary List Placement Sheepskin boots are a favorite for their warmth and comfort, but they require maintenance to stay looking fresh over time. The good news is that there are several things you can do to treat stains and take care of odors from the interior. We've put together some tips and a list of products that make the cleaning process easier, including the Shacke Suede & Nubuck 4-Way Leather Brush and Outback Gold Wool Wash. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Ever since UGG boots hit the market, sheepskin boots have become a comfort icon. Made from real animal hides that have been tanned to create a softly-napped outer finish and finely sheared wool for the lining, they must be hand-cleaned and treated with care just like suede shoes and jackets. Some brands state that their shoes are machine-washable, but that probably means they're made from synthetic materials and not natural sheepskin. Whether you've just purchased new boots, or you're looking to get a favorite pair back in good shape again, here's everything you need to know about caring for sheepskin. What to do first when you get a new pair of boots: Most wearers begin to see signs of soil and staining after wearing the boots for just a few weeks, and the interior can develop some strong odors as well. To help prevent problems, here are three tips to keep the boots fresh longer. Use a stain-resistant and waterproof spray like Moneysworth & Best Suede and NuBuck Protector to coat the exterior before you wear the boots. Spray the sheepskin lightly and in layers, allowing each to dry before you apply the next coat. Wear moisture-absorbing tights or socks each time you wear the boots. This will keep the interior cleaner and smelling better. After each wearing, gently brush the suede with the Shacke Suede & Nubuck 4-Way Leather Brush to remove accumulated surface dust and soil. How to clean the outer surface of sheepskin boots: Eventually, your boots are going to need a thorough cleaning. To prevent spotting, you need a gentle leather and wool cleaner like Outback Gold Wool Wash and at least 24 hours to allow the boots to dry slowly. Begin the cleaning process by giving the exterior of the boots a good brushing to remove loose dust and soil. Wipe away any excess mud from the soles with a wet paper towel. Following the leather cleaner label directions (Outback Gold recommends one teaspoon per gallon of water), mix a cleaning solution with warm water. Dip a sponge or microfiber cloth into the cleaning solution and wring so that most of the water is removed. Starting at the top of the boot, wipe down the entire surface using gentle circular motions. Rinse the cloth or sponge frequently, as soil is transferred. Be sure to evenly wet the boot so that no streaking or water-spotting occurs. How to remove difficult stains from sheepskin boots: Even brand-new or freshly cleaned boots can get stains. Fortunately, you don't have to throw them out — there are a few things you can do if your boots become a victim of oily foods or salted sidewalks. Oily stains: Cover the oily stain with a layer of baby powder or cornstarch and let it remain on the stain for at least 24 hours. Brush away the powder and repeat until the stain is gone. Scuff Marks: Use an artist gum eraser to gently buff away the scuff. Take care not to rub too hard and always follow the nap of the sheepskin. Finish by brushing with a suede brush to lift the nap. Salt Stains: Mix one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and one cup of warm water in a small bowl. Dip a cloth in the solution and gently wipe the salt-stained area. Finish by dipping the cloth in plain warm water and wipe down the entire boot evenly to prevent watermarks. When the boots are dry, brush with the suede brush to lift the nap. How to clean the wool inside of sheepskin boots: Now it's time to clean and disinfect the interior shearling of the boot to get rid of bacteria and fungus that cause odor. For this, you will need a phenolic disinfectant (Lysol; currently out of stock) or pine oil disinfectant (Pine-Sol). Even though chlorine bleach is an excellent disinfectant, do not use it because it will cause the hide to stiffen and if too strong, the sheared wool will disintegrate. Mix a solution of the disinfecting cleaner and warm water following the label directions. Dip a sponge or microfiber cloth in the solution and wring until only damp. Wipe down the inside of each boot. If concerned about athlete's foot fungus, spray the interior with an anti-fungal spray. Now that your boots are cleaned inside and out, allow them to air-dry away from direct heat for at least 24 hours. Allowing them to dry slowly — that means no clothes dryer or hot hair dryer — will prevent cracking and damage to the hide. Join the conversation about this story »
Spills and messes in the kitchen are a natural part of cooking. But the right cleaning...Spills and messes in the kitchen are a natural part of cooking. But the right cleaning products will keep your stove-top gleaming and spotless. ZEP Heavy Duty Citrus Degreaser will tackle the worst spills on baked enamel stove-tops, gas or electric. Whether you can barely boil water or are a gourmet cook, stove-tops can get messy. Food gets dropped and then burned onto the surface, pots boil over, hot grease flies everywhere — just preparing one meal can leave quite a problem. Ignore the chore of cleaning up for a couple of days and you've got a real quagmire. Needless to say, the quicker you clean up a spill or splatter on a stove-top, the easier it will be to remove. It's a good idea to wipe away food and grease from the stove-top after every cooking session. That can usually be done in just a few minutes with the right cleaning tools and product. 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Wipe down knobs and lightly soiled components so they are ready to reinstall. Step 4: Wipe down the entire surface with a damp cloth to remove crumbs and light soil. Tackle tough stains using the proper cleaning product and tools for the specific type of surface to prevent damage and to leave it streak-free. Step 5: Reassemble the stove-top and pledge to clean it after every use to make the job easier next time. After a lifetime of cooking in test labs and at home, I've cleaned every type of stove-top. Because it certainly wasn't my favorite task, I tested dozens of cleaning products and care tips to find the best. Any type of cleaning that requires less elbow grease, appeals to me. I'm always looking for the most effective, easiest to use, and the best value in products for myself and others. For the simplest cleaning process, I swear by daily wipedowns and then a thorough cleaning after a big cooking session. 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Both finishes are durable and easy-to-clean once you get rid of the greasy film that can coat the surface. With ZEP Heavy Duty Citrus Degreaser, there's no need for scouring with abrasive pads. The natural citrus solvents will cut through the grease. Simply spray it on, wait a few minutes and wipe away the sticky messes. Finish up with just a clean cloth or sponge dipped in hot water for a final rinse. I like to pour some ZEP into a separate spray bottle and dilute it 50/50 with water to use for small everyday messes. It is effective and safe to use on stainless steel, aluminum, and other metal surfaces. For tough, burned-on food, spray on the ZEP and allow it to work for at least five minutes. You can then use a rubber scraper to loosen the food and wipe it away. If you have a free-standing or built-in stove, be sure to lift the stove-top or remove the drip pans to clean away food that has dripped inside. You may be amazed at what you find. Pros: Removes grease easily, pleasant citrus odor, available in one-gallon size for easy bottle refills Cons: Can damage granite countertops and painted wood surfaces, usually only available online or in home improvement stores The best for ceramic stove-tops Ceramic stove tops are prone to scratching. So how do you get rid of burned-on food safely? Weiman Cooktop Cleaner Max can tackle the worst problems and still leave your stove-top streak and scratch-free. After years of cleaning enamel and stainless steel cooktops that stood up to scrubbing from a steel wool pad, I encountered a smooth ceramic stove-top. It looked sleek and conducted heat well, but removing the overflow from a boiling pot was difficult until I found Weiman Cooktop Cleaner Max. The micro-bead technology in the formula provides just the right amount of abrasive power to remove burned-on food and grease but doesn't scratch the surface. After cleaning with the lemon-scented paste and enclosed pad that conveniently stores in the lid of the container and rinsing, there are no streaks or watermarks at all. Pros: Removes the worst burned-on messes and grease effectively, will not scratch ceramic surfaces, comes with a scrubbing pad Cons: Does not remove scratches caused by knives, pots and pans, not readily found in all mass-market stores The best for gas grates There's no scrubbing needed to clean grungy gas stove-top grates and burner heads with Austin's Clear Ammonia Multipurpose Cleaner. I think we have established that we all love any type of cleaning that requires very little effort. If you own a gas stove-top, I can offer just that type of cleaning for filthy grates and grease-clogged burner heads: Austin's Clear Ammonia Multipurpose Cleaner. All you need is a sealable plastic bag or container and Austin's. 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