20 Mule Team Borax

**The following is my personal opinion. 20 Mule Team is not paying me for this review.**

Product description/details:
This review is on 20 Mule Team Borax. I’ve had this post in mind for some time now. The reason it took me so long to put it together was because I didn’t know how to communicate my deep appreciation for this naturally occurring compound. (I obviously decided on doing it as a review.) Yes, you heard right. I am reviewing a compound that you can find deposited somewhere in a seasonal lake.

Who are they (the company)?
The company that makes the most popular (in my opinion) borax on the market is 20 Mule Team. I don’t know much about this company other than borax is the only product it sells. I also noticed on the website that 20 Mule Team is part of the Dial Corporation, which is now the Henkel Corporation.

(They do have the company’s history on the website if you’d like to read more about it.)

Why use them (the company)?
Although I don’t know much about the actual company, I’d still recommend using the borax they sell because I am 110% satisfied with their product. I also appreciate that they provide informational content for potential, new, and existing customers on their product and website. Their website has a designated “Uses” section where they have short videos showing you the many uses of borax.

How did I hear about them (the company)?
I heard about 20 Mule Team from the first box of borax that we bought about four years ago. We were led to borax when we found out we were pregnant with Little Nugget.

In finding out we were going to have a baby, Josh and I—pretty much instantly—decided to ditch all of our toxic household cleaners and switch to greener/safer cleaners. (Babies will do that to you.) We started with our laundry detergent; we began making our own. One of the ingredients in the detergent was borax.

It wasn’t until a couple years after we started making our own detergent that I paid attention to the 20 Mule Team Borax box. The packaging itself is an informational packet. Reading the entire box inspired me to begin using borax to clean things that were difficult to clean with solutions like vinegar and water.

How often do I use this product?
I use borax to clean on a weekly basis. Alright alright, I’ll be honest. I wish I had time to deep clean on a weekly basis. (On a good week, I will.) I use the borax when I deep clean. What I love about using borax is that it doesn’t seem like I’m “deep” cleaning at all. I found that using borax doesn’t require so much elbow grease and I’m talking about cleaning my stovetop, bathroom and kitchen sinks, glass shower doors, bath tub, and toilet bowl. All the places that get greasy, slimy, and just plain yucky. If you’re a parent, I’m sure you know about the cooking oils and hard water grime and other things that aren’t necessary for me to mention.

To make sure I answered the question…I’ve been using borax on a biweekly basis for four years now.

Product pros:

  • Borax is a natural mineral that is not toxic. (However, it should still be kept away from children, and first aid is still required/recommended if borax makes contact with eyes or if it is ingested.)
  • It cleans the hardest grime with very little elbow grease (in comparison to other household cleaners).
  • A box of borax lasts me about a year. I’ve bought four boxes in four years. A little bit of borax goes a long way.
  • I appreciate that it easily dissolves in water and that it works on its own. I love that I can just pull out the box, pour, and clean.
  • I also love that it works instantly. I know that in their bathroom cleaner video, 20 Mule Team instructs the watcher to leave the toilet bowl soaking for 30 minutes, but I always just pour the borax on the surface I’m cleaning—or a sponge—and scrub away.
  • Borax is inexpensive! You can buy a box of borax for under $4.
  • Because its use is so versatile and it cleans so many things, we don’t have to have multiple cleaners. We save space by using borax.

Product cons:

  • The only thing I have to complain about is the box. I wish the opening of the box could be closed after being opened.

Suggestions for the product (if any):
My only suggestion would be for the 20 Mule Team to improve the opening of the packaging. The perforated flap that has to be pressed in to open the box sometimes gets stuck inside making it difficult for the borax to come out, especially when the borax clumps up in sizes bigger than the opening.

Company contact/website:
In clicking the “contact us” link on the 20 Mule Team website, it sent me to Henkel North America’s website. I did a general search to find information on Henkel’s website regarding 20 Mule Team Borax, but nothing came up. The only thing I could find was a phone number for “laundry products”—800-457-8739. In addition to the phone number, they also have a contact form that you can fill out and submit on their page.

Where can you purchase this company’s products?
You can purchase 20 Mule Team Borax at any large chain store like Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Ace Hardware.

Do you have any feedback?
Do you have any comments, questions, or concerns about what I wrote above? Please feel free to comment below or email me directly at jasmini88@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you.

Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer

**The following is my personal opinion. Munchkin is not paying me for this review.**

Before Little Nugget was born, we thought that wipe warmers were silly and more of a luxury than a necessity. It wasn’t until we experienced Little Nugget’s shrieks when being cleaned with cold wipes that we decided a wipe warmer was definitely a luxury, but also a necessity for our baby.

We used the Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer with Little Nugget. We noticed a big difference when the wipes were warm as opposed to cold.

With the experience we had with Little Nugget and because we were having another November baby—this meant another round of winter diaper changes—we chose to purchase another wipe warmer for our second Nugget. (We had already passed our Prince Lionheart wiper warmer along.)

With Target gift cards in hand, I went shopping with the intention to buy the Prince Lionheart warmer since I had experience with it already. To my surprise, the only warmer they had in-store was the Munchkin Warm Glow Baby Wipe Warmer.

Product description/details:
This review is on Munchkin’s Warm Glow wipe warmer. This wiper warmer is a low-voltage box-looking unit that stores and warms wipes used to clean your baby during a diaper change.

The Munchkin’s wiper warmer has a convenient flip-top lid, sliding side locks, a built-in window, and a night-light to help with the diaper changes. According to Munchkin, the warmer stores 100 standard wipes.

Aesthetically, I would describe the unit as “chunky” because…well, it’s chunky. I don’t know how else to describe it. If we were comparing it to heels, it would definitely be wedges and not stilettos. It has rounded edges, so the box is softer-looking, and it only comes in white with green accents.

Who are they (the company)?
I’m almost confident that you’ve heard of Munchkin, but if you haven’t, they are a company that develops innovative and modern products for babies and children. Feeding, safety, potty, bath, travel, nursery, and apparel products, the Munchkin name is a trusted brand that can be found anywhere family products are sold.

Why use them (the company)?
I have personally interacted with Munchkin. I gained the confidence to say that they are a trustworthy company after my first experience with them. I had reached out to Munchkin to communicate some concerns about another product of theirs (not the warmer) I had purchased. The ease of communicating with the Munchkin customer service team was a relief. Munchkin understands that we are parents, which means we might have children crying in the background, which means…help now!

How did I hear about them (the company)?
Once I became pregnant, it was rare not to hear about Munchkin. Munchkin products are everywhere and recommended by many experienced parents.

How often do I use this product?
I used this wipe warmer everyday until Z Nugg could no longer be changed on the changing table. (Oh squirmy babies!) After I moved her changing station to the floor, Z Nugg was old enough to handle a cold wipe on her booty without fussing. Plus, we live in SoCal and our “cold” months don’t stick around for too long. I used it for a solid five months.

Product pros:

  • My number one ‘pro’ about this wipe warmer is that it is easy to use. It doesn’t require the user to purchase anything extra. I mention this because the Prince Lionheart wipe warmer we had required the purchase of a “replacement pillow” to avoid browning and retain moisture. The less trips to the store the better!
  • This wipe warmer is low voltage, so the unit never felt hot, and it still warmed the wipes just enough. It also never discolored or dried out the wipes.
  • The warmer’s chunky and simple design make it very easy to clean and refill.
  • I appreciate the flip-top lid because it is convenient to open when dealing with an explosion.
  • The built-in window is a small detail that I think many parents will appreciate, too. The window—located on the front—allowed me to see if I needed to refill the warmer before I began tackling a dirty diaper. Any parent will agree, running out of wipes in the middle of cleaning an explosion off of your baby is quite possibly the WORST timing.

Product cons:

  • According to Munchkin, the warmer fits 100 standard wipes. Although I never counted how many wipes comfortably fit, I do know that if you put too many in there, it will be nearly impossible to take out one wipe without ripping it to pieces. This isn’t necessarily a ‘con’ (and it might seem obvious), but I think it’s worth noting.
  • I found the easy-access “night light” useless. It’s a cool concept, but it is just as Munchkin describes, “a warm glow”. The light is too dull to accurately and completely wipe a midnight poop, so I never used it.

Suggestions for the product (if any):
I have two suggestions for this product. One, I’d suggest making the “night light” brighter in order for it to serve its purpose. Two, I’d suggest Munchkin to make the wipe warmer in other colors. Personally, I don’t care if everything in my room matches, but I know that there are other parents that determine their purchases based on color availability.

Company contact/website:
You can contact Munchkin by phone, email, or mail.
Phone: 800-344-2229 and their customer service hours are M-F 7 am to 5 pm (PST).
Email: cserv@munchkin.com
Mail:
Munchkin, Inc.
7835 Gloria Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Where can you purchase this company’s products?
Anywhere. Seriously.

Do you have any feedback?
Do you have any comments, questions, or concerns about what I wrote above? Please feel free to comment below or email me directly at jasmini88@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you.

Ubbi diaper pail

**The following is my personal opinion. Ubbi is not paying me for this review.**

Product description/details:
This review is on Ubbi’s diaper pail in robin’s blue egg. Although the color has, in my opinion, nothing to do with the performance of the diaper pail, I mention it because the diaper pail is available in a variety of colors. (To view all available colors, click here.)

The Ubbi diaper pail is an oval-shaped, powder-coated steel diaper pail. It has rubber seals, a full-open top, a sliding lid and childproof safety lock built into the top, and a bag holder on the inside.

I had measured the number of diapers that fit in the diaper pail when Z Nugg was a newborn, and haven’t measured it again since then—she is now eight months. I found myself changing the bag on average every 4-5 days and I’d throw away 8-10 diapers a day. Doing the math, the bag fits about 32-50 diapers before having to be changed. (Obviously, this number will vary.) On their website, Ubbi states that the diaper pail holds an average of 35 diapers, so I’m not too far off.

Who are they (the company)?
Ubbi is a Pearhead, Inc company. If you haven’t heard of Pearhead before, they are the company that makes products to celebrate and document your baby’s milestones, months, years…life. Ubbi stems from Pearhead and makes quality diaper pails, toilet training products, and they are starting to expand into baby/toddler feeding products.

Why use them (the company)?
I have personally worked with Ubbi, and in working with them, I’ve gained the confidence to say that they are a trustworthy company. The ease of communicating with my contacts at Ubbi has been a pleasure, and I would definitely recommend them as a reliable company, in general, although I only have experience with their diaper pails.

How did I hear about them (the company)?
I was introduced to Ubbi through an Instagram giveaway in October of 2015 where I won other things like the Blooming Bath. Ubbi was one of the five companies participating in the giveaway.

How often do I use this product?
I’ve been using the diaper pail since the birth of my daughter, Zion. I’ve used the Ubbi diaper pail every day for the last eight months.

Product pros:

  • My number one ‘pro’ about this diaper pail is, it is easy to use.
  • This diaper pail doesn’t need special filters for it to do its job—I’m sure the fact that this diaper pail is made of steel has something to do with this. I love that I don’t have to go to the store to continue purchasing additional items (bags are the exception) to have this diaper pail work.
  • The steel-make of the diaper pail keeps odors in. Seriously! When I lift open the top to unload the bag full of diapers, I smell it!
  • Any 13 gallon bag works with this diaper pail. You don’t have to purchase their specific bags, which means you can stock up on a Costco pack of 13 gallon bags, and voila, you’ve got a functional diaper pail for the next year, at least!
  • The diaper pail’s sliding lid helps there to be less disruption in the air flow which means that when you close it, the diaper odor will not be pushed out into your living environment.
  • The bag holder on the inside of the pail helps keep the bag in place.
  • The childproof safety lock helps keep unaware babies out of the diaper pail. (I say unaware babies because my toddler knows how to lock and unlock it now.)
  • The diaper pail’s oval shape allows it to fit better in slender areas. We have it behind a door.

Product cons:

  • Unloading the bag full of diapers can be frustrating at times. I’d suggest leaving the bag slightly open in order for the flow of air to assist you in removing the bag instead of making it more challenging. However, in doing this, you are inviting the odor from the bag into your living space.

Suggestions for the product (if any):
My only suggestion for this diaper pail would be for Ubbi to including a foot piece for users to step on when removing a full bag. The suction the bag creates when it’s being removed can cause the diaper pail to lift up with the bag.

Company contact/website:
You can contact Ubbi by emailing them at service@ubbiworld.com or by calling them at (800) 827-6985. Ubbi also has international contacts for those customers that are outside of the United States. Click here to see Ubbi’s international contacts.

Where can you purchase this company’s products?
Ubbi diaper pails can be purchased at children boutiques and select buybuyBaby stores. To locate a store near you, click here to search via Ubbi’s store locator.

Do you have any feedback?
Do you have any comments, questions, or concerns about what I wrote above? Please feel free to comment below or email me directly at jasmini88@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you.