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Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Ah, spring time. The time of rebirth and renewal and refreshing. The second the weather warms up, we're ready to throw open the windows, let the sun shine in, and CLEAN. Spring cleaning isn't just a trend, it's a way of life for us at Frosch. Here's what's on our to-do list for warmer cleaning weather:

1. Windows. Treat those windows AND screens to prepare for sunnier weather. Screens can be hosed off and scrubbed with a little dish soap or all purpose cleaner (we like our Vinegar Cleaner for screens), while windows themselves can be wiped down with a glass cleaner (Bio Spirit is a favorite here, of course). 

2. Linens, Furniture and Floors. Clean and air it all out! Vacuum, shake off, and otherwise treat any area rugs, carpets or flooring. Our pH Neutral cleaner can be your best friend here - use it spot clean stains, hand wash area rugs, or gently wash a wide variety of flooring. Take time to vacuum on, under and around furniture, and wipe down any hard surfaces while you're at it. And make sure those curtains and window treatments aren't neglected too! 

3. Appliances. Get ready to deep clean! It's time to toss out any leftovers you don't recognize in the freezer and fridge, and give those shelves and drawers a nice wipe down. Use a bucket and some dish soap or a mild spray cleaner like our Baking Soda Spray to deodorize safely around food storage. Tackle your oven, stovetop and grill, too -- our degreasing Grapefruit Kitchen Cleaner is a winner here. 

4. High traffic areas. Take a bucket and your favorite all-purpose cleaner (we like our Lavender Universal cleaner for this task) and hit the floor - or rather, the baseboards! Save yourself from spring cold and flu season by wiping down baseboards, walls, doors and doorknobs, drawer pulls, the fronts of cabinets, and any areas that get a lot of traffic from germy hands but don't get wiped off too regularly. 

5. Clean you cleaners. You're done cleaning house? Don't put those tools away yet! Before you wrap up your spring cleaning... give your cleaning tools a clean! Vacuum or pull off any hair and debris caught in your broom, use a cloth to wipe off dust and grime from the outside of your vacuum (while you're at it - does the filter need cleaning or replacing??), disinfect and air out any cleaning brushes. Next time your deep clean will feel extra clean.  

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5 Ways to Eliminate Plastic at Home

5 Ways to Eliminate Plastic at Home

At Frosch, one of our top priorities is a closed cycle approach to our products. This means we think about the entire lifecycle of a bottle of dish soap, from manufacturing to bottling to your home... and finally where the bottle goes when it's empty. 

Our bottles are made with 100% recycled PET - this means we use zero "virgin" plastic in our manufacturing. All our bottles are made with recycled PET flakes, 20% of which come from regular household recycling in Germany. All this with the focus of eliminating ocean plastic. When a Frosch bottle is empty, our goal is for it to become another Frosch bottle (or at least live on as another recycled material). 

How can you reduce your plastic use at home? Like Frosch, think in cycles - products that can be reused, over and over again, or products that can be recycled or composted once their usefulness is complete.

Here's five ways you can reduce your plastic consumption at home. 

1. Shop in bulk. Using fewer bottles, boxes and packages means less waste goes to a landfill. Whenever possible, look for products you can buy in bulk quantities to avoid re-purchasing (and throwing out) small packages again and again. You can also look for grocery stores that allow you to shop things like cereal, grains and dry goods can often be filled at grocery stores with reusable containers, or bulk stores where you can buy large quantities in less packaging. Search "zero waste lifestyle" for more tips on how to do this!

2. Eliminate disposables. We love convenience, but there's enormous evidence that everything from straws to diapers to sandwich baggies ends up in the ocean and the bellies of animals. Switch from disposable one-time-use items to long-lasting products that can be used again and again, like glass or aluminum straws, waxed wrappers instead of plastic baggies, and washable cloth napkins instead of paper towels.

3. Buy recycled or reused. Like Frosch, many companies offer products in recycled packaging, closing the loop on virgin plastic cycles. In addition to shopping companies like these, supporting secondhand or thrift stores keeps things like clothing, furniture and toys out of landfills (and oceans).  

4. Avoid products with microplastics. Frosch products never contain microbeads - those tiny abrasive beads that some companies add to enhance the scrubbing of their household or personal care products like exfoliants and toothpaste. Many countries and companies have banned these altogether because the resulting sludge of plastic into waterways and ecosystems does more harm than good. Check the ingredients before buying and look for products that use natural scrubbers like walnut hulls instead. 

5. Choose materials wisely. Wherever possible, pay attention to the recycle symbol on the bottom of your products - contrary to popular belief, not all plastics and cardboards can be recycled easily. Materials like glass and stainless steel have longer shelf lives and can generally be reused again and again. Can it be recycled when its usefulness is done? If not, is there a safer alternative?  

How do you reduce your plastic consumption at home? 

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Get Cozier Indoors - Your Fall Cleaning Guide

Get Cozier Indoors - Your Fall Cleaning Guide

Warm summer evenings are a thing of the past - it's time to bring on the season of sweaters, falling leaves and pumpkin spice! Fall is the perfect time to tackle some heavy-duty household chores before the weather gets too cold to crack open the windows. As the season grows colder, you'll be spending more time inside, so it's a great idea to handle some deep cleaning tasks before you hole up with your PJs and hot chocolate. 

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Get to Know Frosch - Advanced Skin-Friendliness and Harmful Chemical Avoidance

Get to Know Frosch - Advanced Skin-Friendliness and Harmful Chemical Avoidance
Since our beginnings, Frosch has focused on developing products that not only support our mission to create a healthier planet, but also a healthier home. Our 9 definitions of eco-identity outline the standards that we hold not only our products to, but also our creation and development processes. Today, however, we'd like to dive a little deeper into an aspect of our products that hit even closer to home: your personal health.  Continue reading

Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Some studies show that the air inside your home is actually 2 to 5 times worse than the air quality is outside, which is shocking when you think about how much time we spend indoors. The air inside your home is impacted by all sorts of things you may not have considered, from the type of paint on your walls to the scented candle burning in your entryway. 

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Introducing: Frosch Referral Program

Introducing: Frosch Referral Program

Did you know Frosch has been voted Germany's most trusted brand in household cleaning by Reader's Digest for more than 15 years... and we want to keep that going! 

To help spread the word about our environmentally friendly and efficient cleaning supplies, we're inviting you to share Frosch with your friends and family and earn while you refer!  Each friend you refer will receive 15% off their first order, and you'll receive $10 off an order for each friend that uses your referral!

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The Cleaning Power of Lemon

The Cleaning Power of Lemon

Who doesn't love the smell of freshly chopped citrus in the kitchen? Or the refreshingly tart taste of lemonade on a hot day?

Known best for it's sour flavor and bright scent, lemons are not only a culinary star, this fruit is also powerhouse in the cleaning world and has been used for centuries to treat, disinfect and bleach surfaces. 

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Get to Know Frosch - Naturally Active Ingredients and Surfactants

Get to Know Frosch - Naturally Active Ingredients and Surfactants
If you're new to Frosch, you may simply know us for the fresh, vegan cleaning power of our products. But did you know there's more that goes into our products than just powerful ingredients? Frosch holds its company and its products to what we call our 9 characteristics of eco-identity. We'll be diving into different aspects of these 9 points to give you a better understanding of what goes into Frosch product (and therefore, what you'll be bringing into your home!). Let's jump in!  Continue reading

What are microplastics and why do we care?

What are microplastics and why do we care?

Here's something shocking: in the next decades there may be more plastic than fish in the oceans due in particular to one nasty culprit - microplastics. 

Microplastics are exactly what they sound like - teeny, tiny pieces of plastic. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) classifies them as pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter. Five millimeters may sound insignificant, but because they're so small they're incredibly hard to filter out of water systems.

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