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The International Home and Housewares Show is just a heavenly place, with products to transform your lifestyle, and make your house into a home! I had a twinkle in my eye the entire time I wandered the expo’s floor in Chicago, March 5 – 7, 2016.

With endless ways to create a balanced, healthy and happy life, I left feeling inspired. Here are a few stand-out companies and products:

Not All Clean is Equal

Now, even filters need to be certified. Forget detergents, the way to get clean is filtered air and water.

BetterAir is the world’s first probiotic air and surface purifier, making it more than easy to protect everything you care about. Comprised of an organically cultured strain of probiotics, BetterAir Environmental Probiotics works on a microscopic level, eradicating at the source.

An innovative solution if there ever was one, Boneco healthy air creates top-quality air treatment products, so you can breathe easy. Protect your lungs and your skin with their collection of purifiers and humidifiers.

In an effort to eliminate the need for detergent, visionary inventor Julius Toth developed a device that attaches to a washing machine and generates Ozone – nature’s detergent. Used commercially for odor reduction and water purification, this substance is also a very effective antibacterial, germicidal and fungicidal agent. The EcoWasher simply mounts on to the wall behind your washing machine, making life clean, easy and detergent free.

Water Logic , makers of the most highly certified water purifiers, features hot & cold dispensers, countertop coolers, sparkling water, ice & water dispensers as well as reverse osmosis. With over 100,000 organizations in the US already enjoying filtered, purified water from WaterLogic, it is the clear choice for better water, and better workers.

Keeping your produce as fresh as possible, the Bluapple refrigerator purifier will absorb ethylene gas, slowing down fruits and vegetables from getting to that too ripe stage! Prevent uniform ripening by using the refillable and cute Bluapple.

File Your Way to a Smooth Summer

The latest edition, Micro-Pedi Nano Callus Remover is engineered with a more powerful motor and a better ergonomic design than other Micro-Pedi models. Making buffing callouses more convenient than ever, there is no excuse not to have summer ready feet this season!

For the Love of Fabric

Revolutionizing ironing techniques, Swiss researchers and engineers bring state-of-the-art technology into the home, fueled by the love of beautiful fabric. Equipped with a blower, vacuum system, integrated professional steam generator and professional iron, the Laurastar active board is the innovation that will bring you professional results without needing a professional.

The Pursuit of (Smoked) Perfection

Making it simple to create gourmet smoked food, the Bradley Smokers and Grills helps you add that extra oomph to your barbecue.

Save the Planet, Choose Your Disposables.

Delivering sustainable products with accessible price points and modern designs that are both biodegradble and biodisposable, Ecosoulife is an Australian brand that aims to change consumer habits by providing tableware for your conscience.

Splash for Summer

Creating airbeds, above ground pools, spas, toys and much more, Intex is keeping it hot for summer. Delivering high quality and affordable prices, you can float your summer away.

Shine a Light On It

The Un-Edison lightbulbs by MiracleLED are eco-friendly AND eliminate the unflattering dead zone so often found in other lightbulbs. With LED replacements and a range of different shades, MiracleLED really will, light up your life by giving you lighting to enhance your moods.

Rest Easy

Passionate about helping you sleep and relax, Sound Oasis provides new technology to provoke a meditative state when your head hits that pillow. From sleep sound therapy systems and sleep therapy pillows, to sleep therapy masks, you’ll say a permanent goodbye to unwelcome restlessness.

What’s More ‘Spring’ Than a Flowering Tea?

Unbeknownst to me, watching a flower blossom is extremely soothing. Drinking that flower as a hot tea? Divine. Primula Products has a range of flowering teas which allow you to view your blooms bloom. Scent, taste, vision – so many senses stimulated, not to mention the lines of products they sell that make your tea and coffee experience extraordinary.

Prep Your Way to Healthy

Dedicated to providing families with the tools for a healthy lifestyle, Fit-Fresh has devised re-useable container sets in the correct portion sizes for your whole family. Complete with lunch bags, prepping and packing perfect-portion lunches (say that 3 times fast!) has never been easier.

The Solution to Your Pantry’s Black Hole

How is it that your pantry seems to lose one piece of each matching Tupperware set? Worry no more! LidLover, created by Patricia Anthony, is the result of years of lost lids. Anthony created silicon lids that can fit and seal around most standard sized dishes, containers, cookware and bakeware making storing and even stacking (!!) completely manageable once again.

Get Outdoors This Summer With PicnicTime

The creators of innovative outdoor leisure, entertaining and gift items, PicnicTime will make your picnic experience not only easy and fun, but also completely Instagram worthy!

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Two Tubs With One Scrub

The world’s first 2-in-1 laundry and dishwasher detergent, Powerizer is so powerful that it is patented! Expect residue free, squeaky clean results with this detergent you can use for BOTH your clothes and your dishes. Make the switch – convenience is the key to a busy life!

Step Up Your Steep

Tea lovers! We are set! The Tea Totaler is a portable tea-steeping mug that makes the process of flavor extraction almost instant. Let your tea reach its aromatic potential, all while you commute to work.

Housewares That Make Life Easy

These handy gadgets from UT step up your kitchen game, leaving your family, your guests, or your cat, wondering where those skills came from. You can slice that bagel with finesse and chop those herbs with guile. Urban Trend products allow you to pretend you do more by doing less.

Back to Basics

Even heating, easy release finish, versatility and durability are staples of this long-used style of cookware. Lodge has created a range of products — from skillets to griddles — to make cooking that much more special for the kitchen and for the campsite. Seasoned Cast Irons are making a comeback. Cast iron pans are the original non-stick and demand has never been stronger.

Summer Soft Serves never looked so good!

Yonanas fruit soft-serve machine churns 100% frozen fruits into a healthy dessert without additional fat, sugar or preservatives, for a natural and nutritious treat that can satisfy that sweet tooth. Summer treats are a few less calories away!

Steel is Always a Steal With Gunther

Gunther Wilhelm makes chefs as good as the quality tools they use with innovative cookware and cutlery used by professional cooks, even on the iconic White House Chef Tour. The Thunder ProCut line delivers superior cutting characteristics with a SMART-BOLSTER™ design created for perfect balance, precision, comfort and control in the kitchen, preventing the notorious chef’s callous. This collection also features a stylish woodblock designed in a modular fashion to allow an attachment of four to eight steak knives. It is the only woodblock with a double-side look that displays the line from the front and back.

That Last Drop is Golden

Instead of shaking and squeezing to get that last drop of your condiments, syrups, beauty products and cleaning supplies, the Flip-it! cap screws on and dispenses what’s inside with ease.  From the bathroom to the kitchen to the garage, Flip-it! saves you time and effort from struggling to use favorite household products and saves money because you’re not throwing them away prematurely.

Nothing Cooler Than Cold Brew

We just lied. There is. Cold brew on the go is cooler than cold brew. Infuse your coffee while you make your way to work. Cool Gear has ALL the chill.

Nancy TrentNancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting trend watcher and the founder and president of Trent & Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm.  Trent & Company grew out of Nancy’s personal commitment to helping people live longer and healthier lives.  A former journalist for New York magazine, Nancy has written seven books on healthy lifestyles, serves on the editorial boards of several magazines and travels around the world speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert in PR with more than 30 years of experience creating and managing highly successful campaigns. Nancy can be reached at (212) 966-0024 or through e-mail at  You may also visit


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