SKOY: A new (earth-friendly) way to clean

When is the last time you used handfuls of paper towels to clean up a spill in the kitchen? Chances are you don’t have to think back too far. Or maybe you use a couple each evening to clean off counters and tabletops after dinner. Well, those paper towels fill up landfills fast – a whopping 2.5 million tons are used annually!

That’s where SKOY comes into the picture.  A reusable SKOY cloth is highly absorbent, 100% biodegradable, and has 101 uses! Just one cloth saves an average of 15 rolls of paper towels and can absorb up to 15 times its own weight. It’s long-lasting because it can be cleaned easily in the washing machine or dishwasher. To sterilize, just pop it in the microwave (while wet) for a minute or two!

Unlike typical microfiber cloths, SKOY is made from natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. It’s thicker and dries more quickly, which also helps cut down on bacteria. And it’s available in great colors and designs to keep your kitchen bright. As it turns out, the Swedish word “skoj” (pronounced “skoy”) means “just for fun”!

SKOY cloths can be used in the home, office, car… anywhere! The endless possibilities include: counters, tabletops, sinks, ovens, glassware, high chairs, floors, car dashboards, toys, electronics, golf clubs, and patio furniture.

We have two California moms to thank for bringing these fun, earth-friendly cloths to the States. They stumbled across them while living in Europe in the late ‘90s and were hooked. Just one try and we think you will be too!

The SKOY motto says it all:

Wet. Wipe. Wow.

-K.H.

Vacuums: Not just for cleaning anymore

Think the sole use for your vacuum is cleaning floors? Think again.

A Green Bay, Wisconsin mother learned that lesson this Christmas when her children gave her a vacuum cleaner as a gift. Upon opening the box she was surprised to find over four pounds of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine valued at over $280,000. Police say that the drugs were probably put in the box by smugglers before it was shipped from Juarez, Mexico.

(Read the full story in the Green Bay Press Gazette here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011101150692)

There are two lessons to keep in mind from this story. First, vacuum cleaners make great gifts! They may not be at the top of everyone’s wish list, but they are necessary for keeping a clean home and are always useful. If you’re shopping for a gift for newlyweds, new parents, or someone who’s just moved residences, they are likely in need of a vacuum. These Wisconsin kids were clearly on to something when they chose this gift for their mom.

Second, and more importantly, this story reminds us that there are many uses for a vacuum aside from cleaning. So dust off that old Hoover and get ready to put it to a new use!

Lull a baby to sleep

In the womb, a baby becomes comfortable with a lot of different sounds. Infants often need white noise in order to recreate that sense of security when falling asleep. The sound of a vacuum cleaner creates the perfect womb-like environment.

Stop a bug infestation

Got a fruit fly problem in your kitchen? One of the quickest ways to stop the rapidly multiplying invaders is to suck them up with your vacuum cleaner. The hose attachment will help you get them in all those hard-to-reach places!

Retrieve lost jewelry

Have you lost jewelry or other small items behind the radiator or under the couch? Consider using your vacuum to suck it out from wherever it’s stuck! Don’t forget to replace your bag with a clean one first so you’re not digging through piles of dust for your earring…

Manipulate your cat

Yes, it’s sad when terrified cats run for their lives upon hearing the vacuum. But if you need to prevent your cat from going into a certain area – perhaps you just painted your living room walls and don’t want them to rub up on the wet paint – it will do the trick every time!

And finally, just for fun…

Rob a bank

Thieves in France known as the “Vacuum Burglars” have used a powerful vacuum cleaner to steal money from 15 supermarkets over the past 4 years. The gang has stolen over 500,000 Euros by drilling a hole in the pneumatic tube that siphons money to the safe, then sucking out the rolls of cash with a vacuum. Creative, but we don’t condone this use!

-K.H.