Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Skoy's the Limit

In my venture to make our family greener, one night I searched the internet for a solution to our paper towel addiction. We seriously have a problem. I was intrigued when I came across Skoy Cloths who claimed that 1 of their cloths could replace 15 rolls of paper towels! So I kept reading...100% biodegradable & reusable...those 2 statements sold me on wanting to try some!

I was even more excited that after contacting Skoy, I was sent a set of 4 to try! They came just 3 days later (such fast service!) & were so cute.

My first thoughts were how on earth was I going to use these for cleaning? They were stiff as cardboard. But as soon as I wet the first one I was hooked. I didn't even need to use it! It became so soft! Within a few minutes I had wiped down the kitchen counter, Julianna's chair, my cabinet doors, my stove top & the sink. After each item I simply rinsed the cloth & used it again.

I loved that the pack contains 4 different colors. The purple one is Julianna's. After every meal (or snack) she asks for her purple paper towel (she hasn't kicked the name yet...haha!). The blue & orange ones we use around the kitchen & first floor, and the green one is reserved for Will (who will be starting solids soon & will need a good face & hand wiping after meals).


So what do we use the Skoy cloth for that we used to use paper towels for? Wiping counter tops, wiping down the stove & fridge, wiping off the table & Julianna's chair, wiping Julianna's hands & face, cleaning up spills (even though it has to be wet when you use it, it holds a ton of liquid from spills!), and a number of other things. We still use paper towels as napkins (hoping to get some cloth napkins soon) & to put our toast on in the morning (a bad habit leftover from the days of no dishwasher). The cloths can also be used with cleaners.

To keep using the cloths all you need to do is disinfect them. How? You can put them in the washing machine, the dishwasher or in the microwave...yep you can microwave them to kill germs. I roll mine & put each one in a section of my utensil basket in the dishwasher whenever I run it.

So how much does this greener option cost? Less than I thought! Just $6.99 for a 4 pack. About the same as 6 rolls of paper towels. So if each cloth can replace 15 rolls of paper towels...that's a big savings!

HERE'S THE BEST PART....drum roll please....dadadadadadadadada...Skoy is going to give 2 of my readers a set of Skoy cloths for free! To enter, simply leave me a comment telling me one thing your family is doing to be greener (this is mandatory). Easy peasy!
Want more chances to win? Do any of the following (leave a seperate comment for each):
  • Visit the Skoy website & tell me which of its many benefits appeals to you the most.
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  • Put our button anywhere on your blog & leave the link to where it can be found.
The giveaway ends next Wednesday, August 25th at 11:59pm EST. US residents only.
Good Luck!

**And check out my newest blog, Spoons, Spades & Stitches...all future reviews & giveaways will be posted there!**

47 comments:

  1. That is a interesting product. I guess I am green in that area. We use plan old wash cloths for wiping down the counter tops and tables and I have another pile next to the cloth bibs that we use to wipe down the kids after meals. How many uses do you get out of them do you think? I also follow your blog, have your button(http://www.thecrazinessthatismylife.com/) and I have voted for you but I will go do that again.

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  2. I have your button

    www.thecrazinessthatismylife.com

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  3. I voted for your blog at top mommy

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  4. The benefits.. Well paper towels are annoying they don't hold a lot of liquid and you can go through a roll so fast. Anything that can be washed and used again is great!

    Okay I think I did it right this time! LOL

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  5. We are slowly doing things to be a little greener around here.... I suppose the biggest change so far has been switching to those CFL light bulbs.

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  6. I have your button on my blog:
    happeningsoftheharperhousehold.blogspot.com

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  7. Well there are many benefits to this neat product.... but what I like the best is that they come in 4 different colors. Like you said you can specify each color for a specific purpose!

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  8. We have been trying to go greener in our house for a hile now and one of the things we do which relates to this is that we use old t-shirts as rags to clean windows, mirrors, the car windows etc. vs. using paper towels this way we can throw them in the wash and reuse again. I love the skoy clothes though I would look much better cleaning with those then the old stained up hard rock cafe shirt or my faorite my sons old Barney shirt that was beyond saving two years ago.

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  9. We are trying to use hand towels more for drying hands than paper towels. These would be great to help with clean up.

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  10. Voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs

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  11. Love that they are biodegradable & reusable! The one thing that I was wondering was about them getting to "germy", then I got to the part about putting them in the dishwasher...SOLD!

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  12. Put your button my my blog.

    http://discoverytoyscourtney.blogspot.com/

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  13. We are going green and are starting by using the energy saving light bulbs around our home.

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  14. I went to their web site. What a Great product! I LOVE that they are dishwasher safe. How easy. And yes my sponges do get stinky and I just buy new. I loved to hear that wont happen with these.

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  15. I subscribed to your blog. I also voted on top baby blogs and top mommy blogs.

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  16. I just grabbed your button and put it on my blog. Boy was that easy to do.

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  17. To be greener we are cutting out paper towels which makes this the perfect thing for us!!

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  18. I love the reuseable part of it and the absorbency is a good aspect too.

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  19. Following your blog on Google now.

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  20. I am still working on building my blog so I can't figure out where/how to add the button but I did add it to my list of suggested links. Will that count? Or can you tell me how to add it? It's a goggle blog =)

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  21. @Clothmamaof4...to add a buton to your blog, from your dashboard go to design, then add a gadget, then click the plus for HTML, then just paste my HTML code into the box & save. Hope that helped! Thanks for following!

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  22. Yeah! Learned something new =D Thanks! http://clothmamaof4.blogspot.com/

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  23. We recently started cloth diapering!!

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  24. The SKOY cloth has an absorption factor of 15x its own weight.

    AMAZING!

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  25. voted for you at top baby blogs

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  26. voted for you at top mommy blogs

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  27. I've made reusable swiffer duster mop pads and wet jet pads as one way to help our family go green :)

    jbuccigross at gmail dot com

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  28. i think it is awesome how you can throw them in the dishwasher!

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  29. You button is on my blog
    www.3little1.blogspot.com on right side bar

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  30. My family is being green by....unplugging lamps when we are not using them and unpluggin everything minus TV and such when not home :o)

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  31. Your button is located at www.thesandor6.blogspot.com

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