lard, let the fat congeal for at least an hour, then cleaned them
using the same process as with the glass plates. In both cases,
scores were based on the number of rubs it took to remove the soil.
All of the products tested were very good at removing food and
grease, but cost just a few cents per ounce while others cost up to
$0.94 cent per ounce. The makers of DuoDish ($0.16/ounce) and
The Laundress ($0.94/ounce) claim they can be used in the sink
and the dishwasher.
Makers of“green” brands claim they’re safe for septic tanks,
have minimal impact on aquatic life, are free of fragrance and dyes,
or are“natural” (but there’s no official definition of that term except on meat and poultry products), according to the report.
Since all the tested products are recommended, Consumer
Reports suggests consumers purchase dish liquid based on the
price. Plus, the magazine suggests that consumers skip anti-bacterial cleaners, insisting that the government says they don’t
clean any better, and they might lead to tougher bacteria—not
exactly the kind of thing the industry, or its associations, wants
to read about.
More info: www.ConsumerReports.org
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ap-
proved the registration of Clorox’s Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels with Bleach to kill Clostridium difficile spores in
five minutes. This is the first bleach-based wipe to receive EPA registration for C. difficile.
Dispatch towels with bleach clean and disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces quickly and effectively in just one step. The towels
are pre-moistened with a unique 1: 10 stable sodium hypochlorite
(bleach) solution like the concentration that is recommended by
the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines for
effective disinfecting against the toughest healthcare pathogens, including C. difficile. The towels with bleach are EPA-registered to
kill 26 additional pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). They can be used on multiple surfaces in healthcare settings, including plastic, plastic laminate, stainless steel,
sealed fiberglass and glazed porcelain.
Clorox acquired Dispatch brands from Midland, MI-based Caltech Industries.
In September 2010, the EPA registered Dispatch Hospital
Cleaner Disinfectant with Bleach spray to kill C. difficile spores in
More info: www.cloroxprofessional.com
• The USDA selected Purell Green Certified Instant Hand
Sanitizer Foam as one of the first products in its new BioPreferred
Label Program. The new USDA product label indicates products
have been independently certified to meet USDA BioPreferred program standards for biobased content. Gojo is one of just 11 companies approved to use USDA’s new product label on certified
Purell Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer is produced by
Gojo Industries, and is made with 100% naturally renewable plant-
derived ethanol in a readily biodegradable formula.
• SheaMoisture has partnered with Walgreens to launch a line
of hair care products. The SheaMoisture hair care line—shampoos,
conditioners and styling aids—is rolling out at more than 7,000
Walgreens stores and online at the retailer’s website.
“We are very excited to launch our newest collection at Wal-
greens,” said Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Cre-
ations, maker of SheaMoisture. “They have been a key partner in
the growth of our business and we are enthusiastic about bringing
organic hair care products to such a broad consumer base.”
The range is available in four varieties—Raw Shea & Argan Oil,
Coconut & Hibiscus, Yucca and Baobab and African Black Soap.
The launch also includes two new hair kits, the Curl & Shine Kit
and the Repair & Transition Kit, which contain travel sized versions
of the Coconut & Hibiscus and Raw Shea hair collection.
There are several programs in place to support the launch, including a beauty advisor based program, a social networking strategy, store level sampling as well as demo stations, according to
“There has been a tremendous amount of anticipation for this
launch in our social networking communities for months,” said
Emmet Dennis, Sundial Creations partner and chief marketing of-ficer.“This phenomenon is a testimony to the convenience of shopping at Walgreens and the loyalty that our customers have shown
us for almost 20 years.”
More info: www.sheamoisture.com
• SK-II is rolling out the SK-II Clear for Life project with the
goal of connecting women in need across Asia to a source of
clear drinking water, so that they in turn can help empower
The project was inspired by SK-II global ambassador Cate
Blanchett’s donation of 3 million liters of clear, purified drinking
water to Asian communities in honor of SK-II’s 30th anniversary. For its inaugural year, the SK-II Clear for Life project has
pledged a donation of 30 million liters of water through a partnership with Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water
U.S. consumers can contribute to the cause by visiting the SK-II Clear for Life website and clicking to“Share The Word.”For every
“click to share” on social media websites, SK-II will donate 1 liter
of water to communities in need.
“The goal of all our cause efforts is to bring the transformative
power of a crystal clear life, one filled with hope, harmony and op-