Why Public Goods Has Been Great for My Airbnb

People who host Airbnb and other short-term rentals are always looking for ways to save money and distinguish their listing from the crowd.

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Public Goods not only provides the type of conscious products guests who use these services are often attracted to; the products are unique and looks great in photos. With their subtle and attractive black and white packaging, they add to a consistent design element that makes our listing stand out.

Hosting guests for the last two years, we have learned that small, thoughtful touches make a big impact in the hospitality business. We host a 5-star Airbnb in Quincy, Massachusetts, and our guests have frequently commented on the quality of the Public Goods products we provide. We have even had three reviews that mention our Public Goods products by name.

Because the products are so affordable and convenient, we can not only provide guests with the expected soap, shampoo and conditioner, we also have the necessary items that many people forget or lose when on vacation. Recently a guest called and asked if we had a toothbrush because she left hers at her last hotel. She was amazed when we told her to look behind the bathroom mirror where she found two Public Goods toothbrushes, as well as toothpaste, floss, razors, shaving cream, lotion, moisturizer, deodorant and lip balm!

Reviews are the lifeblood of short term rental properties. One of the keys to getting a good review is cleanliness. We also use Public Goods for all the cleaning products needed to keep our vacation rental looking it’s best. It’s not only because they work and smell great, but for another, much more important reason.

Hosts need to be aware that many guests may have chemical sensitivities that typical supermarket products can exacerbate. For example, my wife is allergic to Methylisothiazolinone, a very difficult-to-pronounce chemical most people have never heard of.

This ingredient is in hundreds of products because it extends shelf life. It is even being added to many products that have been around for years but reformulated recently. The chemical is in most shampoo, body wash, liquid soap and cleaning products at this point. There are even some “Natural” brands that include this substance.

After noticing it on the label of their laundry soap, we recently contacted Seventh Generation, who told us they are working on phasing out its use over the next few years. It is also banned in Europe and other parts of the world. Thankfully, it is not used in Public Goods products.

Guests from other parts of the world may not even know they have a sensitivity or even an allergy to these products, since they aren’t used in their countries. As my Grandmother always says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Comments (2)

  • I use Public Goods products in my Airbnb too! I have a shelf in the bathroom with: hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. I buy the refill replacements and re-use the dispensers.

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