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Preschooler vs. Playdoh: Vegan?

Preschoolers, and other young children, love playdoh. It’s perfect for their tiny hands and imaginative hearts, and it’s safe and non-toxic, which means it’s perfect for parents too. Unfortunately, playdoh has the nasty habit of getting stuck where it shouldn’t. It ingrains itself into carpets under little feet, litters the kitchen table, and, always, always drys out right when your toddler is in melt down mode, and you thought it’d be your saving grace.
We here at Sparkle thought we’d do a little research for you, since National Playdoh Day was just the other day, and see what we could find out about this popular product that children love so much. We broke it down into two different scenarios, so no matter how playdoh comes up today, Sparkle has you covered!

Scenario: Preschooler vs. Playdoh vs. Carpet otherwise known as “Total Disaster”

According to an official release by Hasbro, “To remove PLAY-DOH compound from carpet or fabrics, allow it to dry completely, and then loosen with a stiff brush. It may be necessary to vacuum clean or wash with gentle soap and cold water. You may need to repeat the process in order to completely remove the PLAY-DOH compound.”
Scenario: Playdoh all dried out? Tired of watching PAW Patrol for the hundredth time and have an hour you need to fill? No problem — make your own Vegan Play Dough!
It’s never too early to teach your child to be sustainable and to make their global footprint a little smaller. Vegan Mamma has a great recipe for Vegan Play Dough, which we’re going to include here. If you’d like to see her blog, and other cool vegan recipes, definitely check her out!
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp veg oil (Vegan Mamma used canola oil)


“Combine the above ingredients and stir over medium heat until your dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove and knead until it becomes elastic. Then divide the dough (if using multiple colors) and mix in the food coloring, or you could go more natural for the color and use things like beet juice, juice from frozen berries, etc.” 
We love that you can avoid artificial coloring as well. Making natural choices when your children are young, can really benefit them in the long run. We are their first role models, after all!
So, there you have it!  Playdoh is such an integral part of childhood, and we hope that these tips alleviate some of the natural stress that comes with raising children. Keep your head up guys — we know that you’re awesome parents, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. We’ll make it through, one day at a time!

Take Cleaning OFF Your List This Fall

It’s almost here…   School days.

And if you thought it was bad running the kids to friends’ houses, the mall or the movies, fall really turns up the heat with sports practice every single day, honors society, and a host of other after-school activities.

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Is Your Desk Actually Clean?

keyboard-germs       Think of places that are pools for germs, bacteria, and viruses.  I’m sure the first places to come to mind are toilets, sinks, and kitchen counters.  Am I right?  What about your desk?  What if I told you that your desk’s surface can have up to 400 times more bacteria than the office toilet seat?  Pretty disgusting, right?

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Beware the Kitchen Wasteland!

     I’ve got a question for you, and I want you to answer me honestly:

     When’s the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?  I mean really cleaned it, as in removed every last item in there and went over it top to bottom, front to back? Can you remember? That long ago, huh?

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Who’s Been in Your Home or Office?

When you hire a cleaning company, many cleaning companies use subcontractors to do the actual cleaning. These are hires which the owner doesn’t know,  who “might have” passed only the most cursory background check. The owner of the cleaning company has very little control over these hires, and these are people who can disappear literally overnight – leaving you wondering why your home or office was not cleaned.

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Wash Your Hands! Help Prevent Infections

Most of us were reminded time and time again as children ‘WASH YOUR HANDS!’ Then we reminded our children and their children … but who reminds us?

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Rings….of the Porcelain Kind

Everyone in developed nations have at least one toilet, hence the porcelain throne. What a marvelous invention! Push a lever and down the drain everything goes. read more…

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with Vacuuming

The primary reason Building Service Contractors (BSC) clean is to protect the health and safety of their clients’ clients – aka – the building occupants. Protecting health and safety should include careful chemical selection and usage, non-skid floor finish, restroom disinfection, touch point sanitation and prompt removal of trash to avoid attracting pests. read more…

When Are Disinfectants “GREEN”?

According to one expert, Rebecca S. Kaufold, Chemist at Spartan Chemical Company in Maume, Ohio: “Disinfectants are designed to kill, hence, they are not considered ‘green.’ Disinfectatnts, however, are necessary in specific applications, such as in an operating room. This is where product usage and facility priorities come into play. The Building Service Contractor (BSC) needs to work with the facility to identify what kill claims are necessary and determine what types of products carry those claims. From there, the BSC can try to find the ‘greenest’ product.

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Achoo! What Your Floors Are Doing to Your Allergies

Ever heard the statement that people with asthma should remove their carpets to reduce allergens in their environment? Well, this may not necessarily be true. It would seem logical that carpets can trap and carry more dust, dander, pollen, mites, and other allergens than a hardwood floor. But a recent study suggests that homes with carpets and homes with other flooring are essentially equal in terms of allergen control.

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