Cleaning is Not a Dirty Word (But the Cleaning Industry Is)
The cleaning industry has a dirty secret. All those products you see at the supermarket that tell you they are free from ‘nasty’ chemicals or that they are environmentally friendly cleaners… are not necessarily true. So how can you tell what is genuinely eco-friendly and safe?
Reading Labels Doesn’t Always Work
NZ’s labelling laws on cleaning products aren’t that strict. The manufacturer can claim their product’s ingredients are good for the environment, yet not include a list of all ingredients, meaning you have no way of verifying their claims. A well-known international brand claims that their product is 100% recyclable, using natural orange oil… yet the label doesn’t list all the ingredients, nor the percentage of ‘natural orange oil’.
Environmental Claims are a Marketing Ploy
Those ‘natural’ cleaning products you buy, with lovely earth- coloured labels and claims of being ‘green’ and ‘natural’… have incomplete label information. They absolutely do not back up any of their claims of being ammonia/ phosphate/ chlorine free. These labels are created to make you buy their product.
NZ’s Labelling Standards for Environmentally Friendly Cleaners are Lax
NZ has an ‘ecolabel’ brand that you’ll all be familiar with. The tick shows you’re making an environmentally friendly choice. But these standards allow use of palm oil, and manufactured fragrances (although they do not allow nitromusk or polycyclic musk compounds).
Why Is This So Important?
Because bleach and ammonia can cause respiratory diseases such as COPD. Artificial fragrances have been found to be endocrine disruptors and possibly carcinogenic. The lack of labelling requirements mean that almost anything can have claims to be ‘natural’ or good for the environment, yet but potentially toxic and harmful.
Our products are honest. Our packaging lists our ingredients and we say what we mean (and mean what we say). We don’t use artificial fragrances. We don’t use palm oil. But our products are effective, smell great, and are eco-positive.
If You Have a Grey Water System You Need to Read This
Grey water tanks are increasingly becoming a solution for homeowners wanting a way to decrease their water use. There are a number of things to take into consideration before investing in a new grey water system.
What Is a Grey Water System?
Grey water is ‘gently used’ water that is sent to a tank and then dispersed on your property rather than sent to the sewage system. This is an excellent way to reduce load on sewage systems, reduce your household water use, and recycle water when there are restrictions and shortages in place.
To make the system work well, there are some things a household has to do so that the system works faultlessly.
Be Careful What You Wash Down the Sink
Whatever you put down the sink will end up distributed throughout your property. So minimise washing grease and oils down the sink, food waste, and harsh chemicals. Use eco-positive cleaners and avoid harmful chemicals such as bleach. This goes for kitchen and bathroom cleaners, whatever products you use in the shower, and also clothes washing chemicals.
In particular, avoid boron and salts that can harm plants.
Don’t Use Greywater to Water Your Carrots and Potatoes
You need soil to filter the water and remove the impurities. A good rule of thumb is that you should never use greywater directly on the edible part of a fruit or vegetable. So avoid watering your leafy greens, your potatoes and carrots, and your strawberries. Ornamentals, fruit trees, and shrubs such as raspberries are all ideal candidates for greywater use. Lawns can be watered provided they are done so through underground drip tubing.
Use the Water Straight Away
If the water in your grey system sits for more than 24 hours, it turns black and becomes odorous due to bacteria growth. Prompt use of the water ensures this won’t happen.
With eco-friendly ingredients, our cleaning products offer benefits that most supermarket cleaners don’t. Want to kill mould naturally? Deodorise your home without harmful fake scents? We have the cleaning hacks to help.
Cleaning Hacks for Stubborn, Messy, Smelly Problems
Every cleaning product on the market seems to offer a range of benefits, but do they deliver? Our range of products have eco-friendly ingredients. Combined with these cleaning tricks, will make your life cleaner, and better!
Get Chrome and Stainless Steel that Sparkles
Sticky hands, dust and wear and tear can make chrome and stainless steel dirty. If you’re the slightly obsessive type, trying to rid your fridge of fingerprints will make you rue the day you ever decided to have anything other than a plain white finish. Luckily, we have a cleaner that wipes away greasy dusty marks easily. Try our stain and mould surface cleaner, with the power of white vinegar but not the unpleasant smell!
Banish Smelly Microwaves & Fridges
Places where food spatters fester can end up being pretty stinky. When you next wipe down your microwave or fridge, use this cleaning hack. Use a little of our lemongrass and lime surface cleaner. Lemongrass is an amazing deodoriser and will leave your appliances smelling fresh and clean for a long time to come.
How to Clean Fly Spots from the Ceiling
Cleaning fly spots off walls, ceilings, and windows is an onerous, boring task. If you scrub too hard, you will damage the paint surface too, hastening that next round of home renovations. Use our fly off surface cleaner, which not only easily removes fly spots, but also repels the flies from returning. Sounds like a miracle? Our customers think it is amazing!
Cleaning Hacks for Filthy Windowsills and Tracks
Window tracks accumulate dirt and dust, and in winter can be prone to mould. Use our stain and mould surface cleaner, and use an old toothbrush to get into awkward crevices and cracks. The vinegar is naturally antifungal so mould doesn’t re-grow, perfect for keeping windows looking cleaner for longer.
Stain Removal from Clothes
If you’ve tried everything to remove greasy stains from your favourite top with no success, try the grease-removing capabilities of our pine and orange dishwashing liquid. Pump a little on the stain, rub it in, wash as normal.