Saturday, November 26, 2011

A clean giveaway*!

(Please tell me you got the pun!) Anyone who knows me in person knows that I'm obsessively clean about certain things: floors, sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. I could let windows go until it appears to be perpetually foggy outside and it wouldn't bother me much. The things I obsess about are things that we're in constant contact with the most. Window?! Pu-lease.

So, you can imagine my giddiness when my order of Laundry Soap from Under the Willow came with a  sample of Carrie’s newest creation: Cottage & Castle, an all-purpose cleanser.
Regular readers may remember – if you’re not forgetful like I am – that I’ve raved about Under the Willow’s products, in particular her Laundry Soap, which come in a range of scents.
Anyway, I’m always game for trying new cleansers, especially earth-friendly ones. So I used Cottage & Castle on my bathroom sinks, bathtub, and Corian kitchen sink.

Cottage & Castle comes in a powder form. The directions are simple: sprinkle, then scrub with a wet washing cloth, rinse. Carrie also sells microfiber cloth; I used a sponge and that worked great too.

I don’t have granite bathroom sinks and my tub is just fiberglass, but Castle & Cottage did a fantastic job on all those surfaces. It also made the tap and spigot shine, shine, shine! And a little bit went a long way.

The ultimate test was on my Corian sink. The instructions that came with the Corian countertops said to use only non-abrasive scrubbers and Bon-Ami cleanser. Well, guess what? Cottage & Castle worked at least as well as Bon-Ami, plus, it has an incredible scent!

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a scent gal. Scents calm me, make me smile, or transport me to a far-away time or place. So having that lovely, but not overpowering, scent in Cottage & Castle definitely did it for me. I don't normally smile while I'm cleaning, but Cottage & Castle put a smile on my face.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I’m offering one of my readers a chance to win a package of Cottage & Castle. You can see for yourself what a great product this is!

If Laundry Soap is more your style, you may choose to get a package of that instead, if you win.

To quality for this giveaway, just leave a comment as to whether you’d like the Laundry Soap or Cottage & Castle.

For an extra entries into the drawing, do any or all of the following:

~follow @CarrieGarvin on Twitter, and let us know your Twitter handle in your comment here

~re-tweet this giveaway to your followers on Twitter; again, let me know your Twitter handle in your comment here

~blog about this giveaway – this will net 2 extra entries - give me the link to the post in your comment here

~LIKE the Under The Willow Page on Facebook - - and comment on her Wall that you’re entering this giveaway

I’ll put all the entries into a random drawing on Tuesday, December 6th. If I have a way to contact the winner – through Twitter handle, or on the Under The Willow Facebook page, or if you left a contact in your comments - I will get in touch with you. If I have no means of contacting the winner, you will have one week (Dec. 13) to get in touch with me to let me know your mailing info.

*Giveaway is only open to those living in the U.S.

Good luck!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams