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iQ The Smarter Cleaner – Review and Giveaway – CLOSED

by MARIA on July 6, 2011

I was recently asked to check out the iQ cleaning products line on my blog, and agreed because I had never heard of the product line and was intrigued by the concept. Also, with young kids, I’ve become so much more aware of the importance of using safer products, especially those involving cleaning.

I was sent the iQ Bathroom Cleaner, the All-Purpose Cleaner and the Glass Cleaner to try (the company also makes a Floor Cleaner). Right away, the difference between these products becomes clear. What arrived were three empty spray bottles and three refill cartridges. The products require you to fill the bottle to the fill line with regular tap water, insert a refill cartridge, then insert the sprayer (which releases the concentrate into the water) and a gentle shake. With that, you have a bottle of cleaner – it’s quite genius actually. It’s a very simple three step assembly that allows you to reuse the bottle, and simply replace the cartridge when the cleaner runs out.

So besides the obvious environmental advantages to this product (which creates a smaller carbon footprint), it is also non-toxic, and never tested on animals. Using ingredients such as corn and/or coconut derived surfactants, baking soda, sugar based acid, and water, the iQ line is very unique.

But do these products clean what they are supposed to? Yes, they do.  I tried them on my kitchen counters, bathroom counters, walls and the windows, and they worked very well. I really liked that they don’t have a strong scent/odor at all – that is something that really bothers me about products I have used regularly in the past. Personally, my favorite product was the Glass Cleaner – it is fantastic, and true to its word, absolutely streak free. I used very little product on my mirrors and windows and got fantastic results. Love.

I also really like the appearance of the product (yes that matters to me) and I like the idea of being able to downsize from tons and tons of bottles of cleaning products, to three or four.  The products are also very affordable and retail for $5.47 (for the bottle and cartridge) and $2.50 (for replacement cartridges).

  

 

 

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a prize pack that will include all three of the products I received plus a year’s supply of the refill cartridges for each (a $50 value).

How to Enter

Mandatory Entry:

Leave a comment below telling me how you feel about conventional cleaners and how important “green cleaning” is to you.

Optional Additional Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each below):

  • Like iQ on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did
  • Follow iQ on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did
  • Tweet the following (once only) and leave a comment below saying you did:

“Enter to win a $50 iQ prize pack on @BOREDMommy’s blog –  http://bit.ly/oen8lr  #OpenToUS/CdnRes #giveaway

RULES:

  • Open to U.S. and Canadian Residents
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org (Please leave your email and/or Twitter handle so that I can contact you if you win.
  • The contest will run from today, July 6 to July 13, 2011 at 5p.m.

UPDATE:

Congratulations to my winner – #45 Mel Gallant – thanks to everyone who entered!!!!

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda July 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I have recently started to switch to greener cleaning products. I have a 2.5 year old who loves “helping” me clean, so safe and green products are very important to me!

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2 Jen P July 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

i hate how strongly conventional cleaners smell – i prefer to use eco friendly cleaners because they allow me to breath easier and i know they are safe for my pets
penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

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3 Jen P July 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

i follow iQ on Twitter
@ wilderlady
penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

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4 Jen P July 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm
5 Lindsey July 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I have a twelve-month old who snaps off childlocks to get into my cupboards. I’d rather he was eating baking soda than Ajax.

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6 Glogirl July 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I don’t like all the chemicals in conventional cleaners but find that generally they work better than “green” cleaners. I would love to use more green cleaning products that really work well.

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7 Glogirl July 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I Follow iQ on Twitter @glogirl3

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8 Glogirl July 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm
9 Diana/@livyloorose July 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I RT’d, always looking for safe/cruelty free products. Love the low carbon footprint too.

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10 Shawna July 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’ve tried making my own cleaners from websites but haven’t had the greatest results especially with glass cleaners. And with a little one who likes to lick the glass, it’s important what I clean it with!

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11 Shawna July 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I like IQ on FB.

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12 nicole July 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I am always looking for a good environmentally friendly cleaner. I am very aware of what I use when cleaning ever since the birth of my first DD. Some of the stuff has not been that great, I would love to try iQ.

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13 nicole July 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I like iQ on Facebook

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14 nicole July 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Followed iQ on Twitter (@torel233)

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15 nicole July 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Tweeted (@torel233)

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16 Ira July 7, 2011 at 1:09 am

I use conventional cleaners as little as I can. I prefer safe products for a good price. And it always come down to a green ones.

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17 Ira July 7, 2011 at 1:13 am

Follow iQ on Twitter

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18 Ira July 7, 2011 at 1:16 am
19 Devan @ Accustomed Chaos July 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The main reason i like more ‘green’ products is because they dont have the harsh smell that the other products have. I have a sensitive nose & hate weird/ strong smells

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20 Tracey July 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I never used to care about conventional cleaners until someone, as my daughter was crawling across the floor, questioned me on if I know what I clean my floors with and besides the brand name I had no idea what EXACTLY I was using. I have since changed my cleaning IQ to simple cleans best.

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21 Tracey July 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Follow IQ on Twitter (@MomRedefined)

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22 Veronik July 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

Green products are sooo important to me. I have a little 14 months girl and I wouldn’t imagine her around those bad and unhealthy products that are still on the shelves of our stores. There are many new green products available now, plus they are good for the environment, why not make the switch?

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23 Suzanne DS July 10, 2011 at 2:28 am

Green cleaning is important to me. I want it environment friendly.
spdls0215@yahoo.com

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24 Suzanne DS July 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

* Like iQ on Facebook
suzie p. santos
spdls0215@yahoo.com

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25 Suzanne DS July 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

* Follow iQ on Twitter
@spdls0215
spdls0215@yahoo.com

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26 Suzanne DS July 10, 2011 at 2:31 am
27 Vicki July 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

These look great. I’ve been trying to go as “green” as possible and have been trying different kinds of environmentally-friendly cleaners for a while now. Most are so expensive. Nice to see that these aren’t! I’d love to win and try them out :)

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28 Vicki July 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I “liked” IQ on Facebook

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29 Vicki July 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Following IQ (PlanetPeople) on Twitter

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30 Vicki July 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Tweeted to let others know!

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31 Amy Brown July 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

My daughter likes to help me with the bathroom cleaning so I try to by the “green” products when I can, specifically for the bathroom. thanks for the chance :)

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32 Amy Brown July 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I follow iQ on Twitter

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33 Amy Brown July 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm
34 Heather R July 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I write a blog about cleaning with and using all natural products! I recently purged our cleaners and I am using 100% all natural – mostly baking soda and vinegar with a few purchased products. So far so good!

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35 edmontonjb July 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

Last year I was cleaning the bathroom and, not thinking, I sprayed two different cleaners on the shower. The mixture of the two created some pretty crazy fumes and I broke out in a sweat and got very dizzy. I opened the window and got out of there quickly but it really opened my eyes to what I use to clean our home. Now, I’m natural whenever possible.

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36 edmontonjb July 12, 2011 at 3:31 am

I like IQ on facebook as Jb Hartling

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37 edmontonjb July 12, 2011 at 3:31 am

I follow IQ on twitter as edmontonjb

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38 ddigerati July 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I started moving my family to green products when my now 6 year old was born. She was extremely sensitive to the presence of chemicals in the house: our detergent, kitchen cleaners, dishwashing liquid, bath cleaners, air fresheners, etc. She would break out into hives, large welts, and her skin would be itchy. I didn’t realize how harsh and toxic cleaners were.

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39 Erika July 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Any time you can add green products in your daily life, is a good thing! There are so many toxins and harsh products which, when disposed, can seriously harm the environment.

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40 Chrysta Archer July 13, 2011 at 12:56 am

My boys are at the stage that they will do anything for a buck so often that includes cleaning. The greener the product is the less I have to worry. It is such a win-win!

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41 smothermother July 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

the smell of convetional cleaners is so over powering. i want to walk into my house and smell clean, not like a pine forest or lemonade bomb has gone off.

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42 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Green cleaning is really important for me. It’s better for the environment and safer for my family!

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43 Claire July 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’m always looking to make my cleaning a little greener. I usually use whatever is cheapest though.

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44 Mel Gallant July 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

We’re big on green cleaning in our house. Even before we our daughter came along, we tried not to use too many chemical-based stuff…but it’s hard to get away from it completely. I’d be interested in winning this prize for sure! :)

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45 Mel Gallant July 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I tweeted and followed IQ on Twitter (melgallant).

status: http://twitter.com/#!/melgallant/status/91231600196583425

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46 carma July 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I”ll be honest I haven’t had much success with green products other than the vinegar/water mixture I use on the kitchen counters.

If these work I’d love to try ‘em

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47 carma July 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

tee hee a day or two late and a dollar short as usual :D

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