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YOU – naturally powerful cleaning

Some of you may know that I have been on a bit of a mission to try to cut out some of the “nasties” in our house recently – by “nasties” I mean unnatural chemicals.

I was reading one of my many home magazines while on holiday and came across YOU. They are a company that produces 100% plant based cleaning solutions, therefore extinguishing your families exposure to the harsh chemicals so often found in everyday household cleaners.

YOU products are approved by Ecocert, who recognise products that are made from natural origin and use processes that are respectful to the environment. I have found with some “natural” cleaners that they just aren’t as effective as the harsher cleaners, but the same cannot be said here. I tested the ‘all purpose cleaner – disinfecting’ and the ‘kitchen cleaner – ultra degreasing’.

Let’s start with the Kitchen cleaner:

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It takes a lot for me to muster up the enthusiasm to clean so when this arrived I thought I would give the kitchen and all the cupboards a much-needed seeing to! When I sprayed the cupboards, the cleaner immediately lifted any grease, I didn’t have to scrub or leave it any length of time, it really was instant – I cleaned the whole kitchen in less than an hour. I struggle with some cleaners as they aggravate my asthma, but because this cleaner didn’t let off any harsh fumes it made the whole process much more bearable. It has a fresh, but not overwhelming smell and it’s effectiveness was very surprising.

The all purpose cleaner:

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I am not a huge fan of disinfecting everything, I have always been a hot soapy water kinda girl as I feel it is kinder to young tummies and my hands! I honestly don’t know what I did before I had this though, I use it for cleaning the potty, the kitchen sides, the table, the kitchen floor….everything! I previously might have used antibacterial wipes for some of these things, but they inevitably end up in landfill whereas I can use a piece of kitchen roll with this spray, which I can then compost.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s no need to buy a new big bottle every time you shop, instead you just buy one of their teeny tiny refill bottles, top it up with water (yes, even hard water works!) and you’re ready to get cleaning again. In turn, you reduce your carbon footprint, save money and produce less waste.

What’s not to like? I am a convert and will be buying their bathroom cleaner on my next visit to Waitrose – the latest supermarket to stock the YOU range.

To full the full range available by YOU and to read more about their company just click here.

Triplet rating: 10

Please note: I have been sent these products by the company to test and review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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No nonsense living

I’ve been trying to be a bit more aware of the chemicals that we are putting on and in our bodies. It all started with suncream and my mother in law. She has always been into naturally sourced, organic products and I’ve never really thought anything of it until recently when Harry started to have an allergic reaction to a “sensitive skin” suncream. My MIL doesn’t use suncream as she doesn’t feel that it is beneficial to do so, instead she uses oils such a jojoba and coconut as a natural alternative.

I wasn’t quite ready to go au natural on the suncream issue as these methods don’t actually stop you from burning, which is obviously no good for small people so I started looking into alternatives. The usual “child friendly” suncreams contain a lot of scary chemicals so I started looking for alternatives.

Green People Organic Children Suncream

I found The Green People Organic Suncream (Factor 25) was fantastic on their faces and their eczema cleared up immediately after using it. It has a lovely feel, more like a moisturiser. Admittedly, on extremely hot days I have put the original suncream on their arms and legs because it is a higher factor and I struggle to chase them round every half hour applying the factor 25. The other option would be to cover them up in light clothing and hats which I have also been trying to do as much as possible. Does anybody know of a higher factor natural suncream I could try?

I have also started to change my washing products, cosmetics and cleaning products in a bid to consume fewer chemicals. If I could afford to buy everything in it’s basic simplest form then I would, but this organic, chemical free business isn’t cheap so perhaps it’s a case of changing the products that we use most often and that contain the most nasties.

Any suggestions or product recommendations would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Make your own fabric softener

I recently ran out of fabric softener and after briefly contemplating just not doing the washing, I thought I would have a go at making my own! It’s cost effective and good for your machine too.

All you need is:

1 litre container with lid
300ml Distilled white vinegar
400ml Water
200g Soda Crystals
15-20 drops of Essential oil (optional)

I find vinegar and soda crystals brilliant for cleaning just about everything!



Method

Add the vinegar and water to your container then slowly pour in the soda crystals. The mixture will fizz up (hence the add slowly part). Put the lid on the bottle and give it a good shake. Add 15-20 drops of essential oil (optional) and you’re ready to go.

My clothes have been coming out brighter and feel a lot fluffier than they did when I used the shop bought fabric softener. Apparently shop bought fabric softener leaves a residue on the clothes that builds up over time which can leave them dull and almost feeling greasy. Also, homemade fabric softener doesn’t clog up your machine and the vinegar and soda crystals will actually help keep it clean.

My washing machine doesn’t seem to collect the homemade softener from the drawer so I just add 60ml to the drum before I stick my washing in.

Make sure you give the bottle a good shake before each use to mix up the ingredients. What’s not to like?