Friday, October 7, 2011

Mrs. Meyers, where have you been all my life?

If there were a scent that could bring to mind every happy memory accumulated over the course of my life, I believe that scent would be Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Geranium. A couple of years ago I picked up a pack of counter wipes in this scent on a whim at a local TJ Maxx. Once I took them home and realized they were pure magic, I raced back to the store but alas! They were sold out, and I've never been able to find this particular scent in Ohio since. I was extremely frugal with my lonely pack of wipes, and only ran out of them a few months ago. Even after they dried out in the packaging, I would just wet them down and that heavenly scent would fill my home as I cleaned.

So, when I was in NYC imagine how thrilled I was to discover the Mrs. Meyers products in Geranium EVERYWHERE! The shelves were stocked with dish soap, laundry detergent, hand soap, toilet cleaner, dish detergent, dryer sheets, you name it. Unfortunately I traveled carry-on, so I could only bring back one Geranium candle (and even that caused the TSA to root through my luggage--so worth it though) but now I have this glorious fragrance wafting through the house once more.
more on Mrs. Meyers after the jump!

While Geranium in my humble opinion is the best, the great thing about Mrs. Meyers products is that they all smell great. That's sort of the point. There is an actual Thelma Meyer, an Iowa mother of nine (nine!) who the products are named for. Her daughter created them because she was tired of bringing harsh chemicals into her home to clean. The Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products are formulated with essential oils and use preservatives instead of chemicals, and even then it's less than 1%. I did a little research on the company's website, and there are some quite lovely little videos about their mission and a brief interview with Thelma. One thing she says is "no one can be a perfect house cleaner." What a relief! Also that "you need to have a happy medium about perfection and happy home." I like that grounded advice, Thelma. It takes the pressure off. All the Mrs. Meyers products are reasonably priced between $3.99-$14.99. And there's more than Geranium. You can choose between basil, raspberry, lemon verbena, apple, honeysuckle, rosemary, parsley, baby blossom, and their seasonal scents (right now things like Iowa pine and orange clove. yum!) And with tag lines such as "Smells like a garden. Cleans like the dickens," what's not to love? -hil