Pet products and some eco-friendly kitchen stuff as requested (update)

This post is somewhat random again as I’m featuring some eco-friendly products along with a couple of pet products. I love looking up pet stuff as I get to read about pets and see cute photos and videos. (If you post pet stuff add me on Instagram and I’ll check out your account!) There should be an internet filter that only lets you see pet content. I’m sure this exists and my googling skills aren’t good enough to find it.

A nontoxic toothbrush stick that gets your dog to brush his own teeth
Update: that item is no longer available. The link has been updated to a similar product, also with an A from fakespot. I saw something similar to this in a Mashable video and it turns out there are a ton of these type of doggie toothbrushes. Many are poorly rated on Fakespot, but this one has a legitimate A from Fakespot and a 3.4 star rating with 50 reviews. People say their dogs took to it quickly and there’s even a video of a buyer’s dog using it! Reviewers say their dog “loves this thing,” “plays with it all day long,” and one person’s dog even sleeps with it. It has the appeal of a new toy with the added benefit of cleaning your dog’s teeth. Some pet owners say that a little peanut butter will encourage them to chew.

A little wall brush to help your cat groom themselves
We just featured a dog product so we should have something for cats too. This inexpensive soft rubber groomer can be fixed to the wall at the perfect height to give your cat a way to gently rub their cheeks. It has a receptacle for catnip to encourage grooming behavior. This has a 4.4 star rating, an A from Fakespot and over 100 reviews. Cat owners write that their cats love it, that it’s easy to install (although some say you have to use screws) and that their cats even fight over who gets to use it. Some say it depends on the cat though. Here’s a link to a video of cats using it.

Probiotics that may help reduce gas and bloating
My doctor recommended that I go on a high quality probiotic because honestly my diet is sh-t but also I’ve been on antibiotics following my medical procedure. It reduced bloating and I swear I don’t have as many sugar cravings as I used to. I have been able to eat better and reduce the junk I eat since I went on these Florastor tablets. Mine are from CVS but I’m going to reorder from Amazon as they’re considerably cheaper. If you’re looking for a way to improve your digestion and health and maybe reduce your cravings, these may help. People say these can reduce bouts of recurring diarrhea from serious digestive conditions, that they “fixed my antibiotic tummy problems,” that they can improve overall health and even stop stomach aches.

Eco-friendly recyclable trash bags
We were asked to cover more eco-friendly products after the great conversations in our post about Alicia Silverstone’s very eco-conscious lifestyle. Karen recommended trash bags. (She recommended a brand that is not currently available, but it’s a great idea.) These 13 gallon plant-based kitchen bags are recyclable but not compostable. (Check out this listing for biodegradable bags which are a little smaller.) They have a 4.8 star rating, almost 300 reviews and an A from Fakespot. They’re made using renewable resources and reviewers say they fit a lot, are strong and can contain odors, and don’t leak or tear.

Washable produce bags that will eliminate your need for plastic
Since we’re talking about eco-friendly products, here’s the #2 best seller in that category on Amazon. I struggle not to use the produce bags at the grocery store. These awesome mesh produce bags have an A from Fakespot, 4.7 stars and 1,350 reviews! These bags have tiny holes so stuff can breathe but reviewers say the holes are small enough that they can also hold bulk items like rice, oatmeal and nuts. People say the quality holds up and that they’re see-through enough for cashiers to be able to view what’s inside. You may not want to store your refrigerated produce in them as they’re said to make some vegetables dry out a little faster. Here are bags for storing produce in the fridge, I have something similar to this. (Update: I replaced that link with a more affordable option!)

Leakproof silicone bags you can cook and store food in!
I’m a little excited about this product. These are leakproof bags you can use in the microwave or on the stovetop in boiling water. They can take the place of plastic bags for food storage and their unique material makes the food stay hot or cold. They even stand up! The bags are toxin and BPA free, are dishwasher safe and come with a dry erase marker for labeling. People call them “easy to rinse and reuse” and say they’re great for packing food to-go because they help keep the temperature stable. Some users have trouble with the sliders and say that you have to make sure you’re choosing the right closure for the bag size.

The best ice cream scoop you will ever own
I’m vouching for this ice cream scoop that I recommended a few weeks ago! I finally ordered it and it really cuts through very hard ice cream with minimal effort, which can be a bad thing for me given how much I love Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. Phish Food is a close second. At least they’re an awesome company. I ordered this in the mint color as that’s my favorite and it also comes in five other colors. (Yes I know I just recommended a probiotic. They cancel each other out, right?)

A convenient and easy-to-install nearly universal car cell phone holder
Update: This broke after three months! I don’t recommend it
In that same post where I recommended an ice cream scoop I also featured a universal cell phone holder. People love that one, but I ended up buying a different one, this MPow holder that similarly fits in your car’s vents and fits my Samsung S8+ perfectly. It’s said to fit all cell phones under 6 inches. I’m embarrassed how many of these I went through before finding one that works. It stays right next to me for easy-to-see navigation and is so easy to install and use. I’m really glad I purchased this and just bought one for my mom too. (Mom if you’re reading this you’ll get it at your house today!) Plus it’s under $9, you can’t beat that.

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  1. Erinn says:

    Ouuuu I like those reusuable bags. They look like the camelback thing my husband has for mountain biking. I think the slider issue is just par for the course because I know he sometimes struggles with the camel back – it needs to be a tight seal so it makes sense that it can be a struggle – otherwise you’d have spilling.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have a version of the cat scratcher thing and even without the catnip in it (my cat loves the spray kind but not the actual catnip – he’s weird) he’s really taken to using it. You’ve also reminded me that I need to get the silicone reusable bags off my amazon wishlist and just buy them!

  3. Krakken says:

    Ack. You’re killing me with these pet gear posts. I must try it all. Speaking of… Thundershirt has worked so well on my stressy under 2 yr old rescue’ s separation anxiety chewing issues. Definitely worth the cost in terms of my best leather boot collection. I’m grateful for the recommendation. (Sorry I was too anxious to wait out Amazon and bought local. Next time)
    That chewy dog toothbrush would give me the satisfaction of exploiting her bad habits to my financial gain. Dog dentistry is EXPENSIVE.
    PS. I do not have time to spend searching out this stuff online so Keep them coming.

  4. Desolee says:

    I’m tempted to get the zip bags. For the produce bags I’d love to find a pretty one , floral or Pucci pattern or something 😂 because I need A LOT of motivation to use special bags to buy produce (the planning ahead, etc)

  5. Cee says:

    Ohh I want those produce bags!

    • Venus says:

      A friend showed me hers just yesterday! She loves them. And she said that she kept asparagus in one for about a week in the fridge, no water or anything, and the tops didn’t go mushy at all. A couple spears were pretty limp, but she said they perked up once she did put them in water.

      I am too lazy, but you should get them for both of us, lol.

    • Antonym says:

      I have them and love them! I just keep them in my reusable shopping bag so I don’t have to worry about remembering them. I absolutely love that I can just toss them in the wash.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I have those Hippo Sak trash bags – I love them! They are very strong and hold a lot, and the handles are great. I’ve bought them for family members too.
    Going to look into the produce bags.

    If I bought that cat grooming thing, my cats would wait for me to install it, use it once, and then never look at it again.

    • Celebitchy says:

      People said that about the cat grooming product – it really depends on the cat! That’s true of a lot of things for cats.

      • lucy2 says:

        For my 2, it’s pretty much true of anything I spend money on for them, LOL. Though they do like a lot of their toys. But scratching posts, pet beds, etc – nope.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Yes! Cats are fickle ass creatures! I bought my kitten tons of toys and all he wants us to play with is crumpled up paper and hair ties.I’m still going to try this gadget out. There are several products in this post I want! Good job curating it, CB!

  7. Becks1 says:

    Ooh I like those silicone bags. That’s what we use plastic bags for the most – freezing stuff – so if I can reduce my usage there, that would be great.

    Does anyone have them – can they be frozen? I should check the product info lol.

  8. GR says:

    I don’t know if there’s an internet filter that shows only pets, but there’s a browser extension called Make America Kittens Again that replaces photos of the “president” with pics of kittens.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m always on the lookout for produce meshes which don’t leak bits of crumpled onion skins.

  10. Faithmobile says:

    We use our compost bags as produce bags, in fact Trader Joe’s now use the same bags in their produce and meat departments. Just search for compost bags on Amazon and they are the best seller. In my town you may toss your bagged compost in the yard waste bin.

  11. Rocķy says:

    I’ve been looking for ziplock bags that weren’t crazy expensive. Thanks!

    • KellyRyan says:

      I’ve purchased the Rubbermaid stackables from Amazon, and use very few ziplock’s. We use them in the frig and freezer, have lasted for years. Small one’s are good for bulk purchases of spices and seasonings.

      We have two rescue felines, cat and kitten. They were deprived of food, and I do like to compensate. Purina indoor cat food and Fancy Feast both purchased from Amazon.

  12. Sunny says:

    We have mesh bags like those and they are AMAZING. Single-use plastic bags are so gnarly for the earth, and the mesh ones are a fabulous alternative.

    My sis gave me some of those silicone bags for xmas–they’re great but just know that the plastic rod that seals them can get hard to take on and off. Coconut oil helps a ton to make them slide more easily though.

  13. Anastasia says:

    OK I’m going to have to get that dog toothbrush chewy thing. Especially for my senior citizen dog. I have peanut butter flavored dog toothpaste I’ll use in it!

  14. Jessica says:

    I’m getting those ziplock-replacing pouches for me and my parents and my sister! What an amazing product!

  15. Melissai says:

    I have the slider bags and they’re good. I wouldn’t recommend putting anything delicate in it. (Bread, pastries, etc). They can get squished. My only complaint is it’s hard to get air out.

  16. Gaby says:

    I love eco-friendly products!

  17. susiecue says:

    getting the mesh bags! Yay!

  18. Lola Lola3 says:

    Fabulous! I just bought the doggie toothbrush. Had to spend $1,200 last week on my newly adopted rescue dog who needed 6 rotted teeth removed. I was wondering why I could smell her unbelievably stinky breath across the room. After the operation, her breath is great–well, normal dog breath. I’ll do a Snoopy happy dance if she chews this thing.
    Thanks for posting it!

  19. HeyThere! says:

    I’m ordering the produce bags AND the silicone storage bags!!! 🙌🏼 THANK YOU!

  20. Alicia says:

    GreenBone dog poo bags are plant based, biodegradable, strong, and large enough to clean up after 100lb Doberman! I feel I should be their spokesperson at this point because I can’t stop raving about them.