A few weeks ago, the folks over at Bon Ami sent me an email with the following subject line: You look like Chicks Who Can! (I wonder how they got that idea). To help with the next cleanup, they offered to send me some samples of their dish liquid and liquid surface cleaner.
I was happy to say yes as I already had good experiences with the powdered product. I first got to know Bon Ami through our landlord’s strict instructions about an apartment we used to rent: only Bon Ami powder for surfaces! I had never heard of it before and hoped it wasn’t too difficult–or too expensive–to find. Furthermore, as I was pregnant I had started buying all the “eco” cleaners–so I didn’t want something too fumey or with too many questionable chemicals. But I soon found that Bon Ami powder was easy to locate, not at all expensive, and free of chemicals and biodegradable–so I could happily stay in our landlord’s good graces. Which was good when our water use went way up after little E was born.
So I was pleased to try products from their expanded line, especially once I opened the package. Scented with tangerine and thyme, the dish soap and liquid surface cleaner combine some of my favorite aromas: lively citrus, fresh herbs. I’m not going to say that dish liquid had me dancing around my kitchen a la Snow White or Mary Poppins–doing dishes is doing dishes–but it did the job and smelled great! (Note: a fragrance free version is also available). As for the surface cleaner, it’s nice to have it in liquid form already (having only used the powder previously) and to enjoy the same fresh scent as I degunk the jam (and whatever else) that has dried on the counter after my boys have “helped themselves” to toast and jam in the morning.
There’s something to be said for cute packaging, in this case the little chick (who “hasn’t scratched yet” per the company’s slogan). But I like that the packaging isn’t just cute–it’s also made of recycled materials, so is eco-friendly like the product itself.
My gift package also included the cute kitchen towel pictured above, a wooden jam spoon, and finally a cheery red apron with that little chick. That last item was a hit with my boys: it was immediately turned into a superhero cape. So I can’t say I’ve personally had a chance to try that yet, though it has been used quite a bit.
Bon Ami has generously offered to provide one of our readers with their own “Chicks Who Can” kit. Don’t worry: you don’t have to be a canner (but maybe you’ll get inspired). You do, however, need to live in the United States to participate. Just leave a comment here by 11:59pm on October 2nd and a winner will be selected at random.
Disclosure: Bon Ami sent me a sample of the products being offered in this giveaway at no cost to me. I have not otherwise been compensated for my time or this post and my opinions remain mine entirely.