I am sometimes asked what products I use from our eco-superstore of 1000+ products. ‘umm, er, well’ I start, marshaling my thoughts room by room in the house ‘just about all my bathroom products, cleaning products, health supplements and a few others to boot!’ This normally leaves my potential customer looking a bit dazed.
So, to help me with my response and to let you know how much Wikaniko has inveigled my life I thought I would examine exactly which products I use and why….
We use lots of Wikaniko products in our bathroom …..
Faith in Nature provides all our hair-care and shower-gel needs. These products are gentle on skin and hair and are FREE FROM Paraben & SLES and artificial colours & fragrances. They are also pH balanced and Biodegradable.
We love the Neem & Propolis Shampoo as it is tough on nits! In the last year we have had at least 4 letters from my daughters school warning of nits in her class. Washing with the Neem Shampoo is all we need to keep the nits at bay. Neem is a tree that grows in SE Asia and the leaves are a natural insect repellent. The young leaves are edible and are eaten in rural Thailand with a chilli-paste – yummy!
The ‘Other Half’ is a big fan of the Aloe Vera Shampoo – has a suitable scent for men!! Ie none!
I love the wide range of shower gel/bubble baths – the scents are always delicious and I leave the shower feeling really clean and refreshed. Currently I’m using the Lavender & Geranium, but that is nearly finished. Have lined up Seaweed and Citrus next!
We are currently using the Aloe Vera Handmade Soap for the children – both love it. It doesn’t have much scent, but gets them clean (and neither are clean by nature, especially not in the summer when they are out bare-foot or half-naked in the garden) and is easy for them to use themselves. Sadly, this does mean it doesn’t last as long as it should as both love to play with the soap in the bath, making hand bubbles and generally being kids!
The hand-washes too are great. We have used the Tea Tree & Aloe Vera for years as it is great for both cleaning hands and as an anti-bacterial. However, I am currently experimenting with some of the others (just because I can) and we are currently using the Orange & Grapefruit – just love the strong citrus smell!
I am a total fan of the Kingfisher Toothpaste (though have not got Dad onto it yet and only Chimp likes it – Monkey puts up with it if she has to!). To my mind it does a great job of cleaning my teeth and leaving my mouth feeling fresh.
Bathroom Cleaning is not my favourite job. But it needs doing and my trusty micro-fibre cloths really help. They are great for my (almost) daily wipe-over surfaces and once a week I aim to do a deeper clean where I get out the BioD.
BioD Toilet Cleaner sorts out the loo – I usually use this at least two or three of times a week. Squirt round and leave for as long as possible, then a quick scrub and away you go. It is good for getting rid of the limescale as well as cleaning and disinfecting. Monkey loves the bubbles when she flushes! We have been giving the BlueLoo Cistern blocks a go too – great for daily loo freshness.
The BioD Multi-Surface Cleaner is my main cleaning solution (along with vinegar, Bicarbonate of Soda and Soda Crystals) and I use this diluted on all surfaces – tiles, sink, toilet seat/cistern, bath, floor and window-sills. A wipe over with the sponge or a bit of a scrub for stubborn marks, then a wash down with a damp clean micro-fibre cloth and if necessary a shine with the dry cloth.
We live in a hard-water area, so I sometimes need Limescale Remover. A little squirt and a scrub with an old tooth-brush and all is back to normal. Great for the glass bit on the shower too.
Some of the grouting and fixing around the bath has suffered from mould (we chose not to use the mould resistant grout & sealant) so I gave in and got the Astonish mould & mildew remover. To my mind, our Astonish products are on the lighter green end of our range and do contain some chemicals I would prefer not to use. However, it is a balance – chlorine vs mould & mildew spores! Just remember not to use any acidic product at the same time – eg the Limescale Remover or vinegar as that would release some nasty vapours.
The windows and mirror get the diluted vinegar and scrunched up newspaper treatment – cheap and easy!
From time to time I give my sink and bath a Soda Crystal treat – pile a cup or so on the plug add a cup or 2 of boiling water and unclog those drains! If the kids are around, I prefer the Vinegar / Bicarb of Soda mix as the fizz is fun!
In fact, the only things not from Wikaniko in the bathroom are:-
The towels – we do lovely bamboo towels, but I’m not throwing out my perfectly good towels just so I can treat us all with soft, fluffy, yummy bamboo ones (well, not yet). Chimp does have a bamboo flannel though!
Toothbrushes – we don’t do them (yet?).
Toilet paper – again, not in the shop (yet?)
Using our own products is great as I am saving and earning all at the same time!!