Posts Tagged ‘bath’

Boon Frog Pod: Product Review

We LOVE the frog! We had no problems installing it on our porcelain tile and no problems with it staying put, even with it loaded up with toys, shampoo, etc.

The frog holds an amazing amount of toys – you’d be surprised. It has a removable storage basket that allows you to easily dump out the toys and scoop them up. It has a great handle to make this a snap, plus you can rinse them in hot water before hanging the basket up on the frog!

The frog’s toes are a great place to hang washcloths and loofas. And there is a shelf for shampoo, bubble bath and conditioner behind the frog’s head.

There are 2 installation options – suction cups for a lighter load and sticky strips for heavy loads. I would encourage you to try the suction cups first. We had a heavy load (I thought) and the suction cups held just fine for over a year. We just remodeled our bathroom so we will see if the cups work as well on the new tile. I hope so, because my husband threw the sticky strip installation piece away!

Hints on installation – per Amazon’s reviews, many people did have some trouble getting the frog to stay on the wall. Make sure you follow the instructions exactly, including leaving the base piece on the wall for the appropriate amount of time (24 hours if I recall) before attaching the frog itself.

I highly recommend the Boon Frog Pod for helping keep bath toys and necessities organized and in a modern, stylish and fun way! My daughter also loves the frog, so it’s a hit all the way around!

Amazon has the Frog Pod at a good price.

Advertisements

Vinyl shower curtains emit toxic chemicals

Those vinyl shower curtains that nearly every home has, can emit up to 100 different chemicals. That “new shower curtain” smell is actually the out-gassing of fumes given off by these chemicals.

I replaced my shower liners with fabric ones a few months ago after my husband whined about the smell making him feel sick. Now I know he was not just being a pansy, but there is definite truth that these toxic fumes make you sick. This includes nausea, headache and many of the compounds in these PVC liners are listed as known carcinogens by the EPA.

And according to a recent LA Times article

“The study found that PVC shower curtains contained high concentrations of phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive effects, and varying concentrations of organotins, which are compounds based on tin and hydrocarbons. One of the curtains tested released measurable quantities of as many as 108 volatile organic compounds into the air, some of which persisted for nearly a month.

Seven of these chemicals — toluene, ethylbenzene, phenol, methyl isobutyl ketone, xylene, acetophenone and cumene — have been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as hazardous air pollutants, said Stephen Lester, the center’s science director and a coauthor of the report.

Potential health effects include developmental damage and harm to the liver and the central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems, according to the report….

Vinyl chloride, which is a major building block of PVC, is a known human carcinogen that causes liver cancer, Lester said.”

Phthalates were recently banned in a new act pass by congress that will help protect children from such harmful substances.

If you have a vinyl shower curtain, get rid of it, preferably recycle it so it won’t end up in a landfill. And opt for a fabric version like this made from polyester or a cotton one like this. I actually really prefer them for more reasons than they are non-toxic. They look better, I feel like they are cleaner, you can toss them in the washer and of course, they don’t smell up the bathroom for weeks!