Small Business Saturday

This article originally posted November 27, 2013 on our tumblr blog   Whether you want to #ShopSmall or you’ve been favoring small businesses since long before Twitter, this weekend is a great time to support your favorite small and local businesses. Don’t forget that some small businesses don’t have a physical location and you can also shop online while eating leftovers in your jammies! You can find Meliora K’s Right Hand Laundry Soap at two amazing small businesses in Chicago: The Dill Pickle and the Green Grocer. Whether you want to stay in and shop online, visit a local retailer, or...

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Is it time to green your laundry? A testimonial

This article originally posted March 28, 2014 on our tumblr blog   We often get feedback from new customers about our product, and we really love to hear what you like and the suggestions you have to make our products even better. Today we heard a lovely story from J.A. about making the leap to green laundry. We’ll let her tell it: "Over the years, I’ve ‘greened’ many aspects of my household cleaning products, from dish soap to cleaning spray.  But I always held out on the laundry detergent.  To me, the smell of Tide was just synonymous with clean...

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Cleaning Products Right to Know Act

This article originally posted April 24, 2014 on our tumblr blog   Recently, Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act into Congress. Women’s Voices for the Earth has a good summary of what the bill entails, and if enacted it will mean more transparency for consumers.  At Meliora K, we already fully disclose all of our ingredients, and we would like to see more transparency from other cleaning products companies.  That’s why we support this bill. Think for a moment about buying a new food product at the grocery store. If you care about the...

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The Purpose of Business is to Make Money

This article originally posted May 1, 2014 on our tumblr blog   I heard this phrase again for the 4325rd time today, in a webinar geared towards assisting young engineers with their entrepreneurial aspirations. I’ve always disagreed with this sentiment, but to tell it to a group of young people with serious problem-solving chops, that have spent a recent four years creating multistory beer bongs out of various items from Home Depot strikes me as especially silly. If I walked onto the UIUC campus in the middle of the night during Engineering Open House and tried to insist that the...

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A Better Way to Disinfect a Sponge

Better Household Cleaning Disinfect a Sponge Disinfecting a Sponge without Chemicals Meliora K

This article originally posted June 2, 2014 on our tumblr blog   Do you use a sponge for handwashing dishes? How quickly does it get really, really disgusting?    The standard advice for this problem is to get the sponge wet and put it in the microwave for a minute or two.There’s nothing particularly wrong with that, as it will certainly get the job done. However, something about not seeing the magic happen, and the occasional result of drying up the dirty sponge because of leaving it in too long, is unsatisfying. Many people end up using bleach to really feel like...

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