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Sparkling Car and 2 dry kids!

washnnwaxWashing the car is great fun with water, I admit.  However, having both kids soaked through (or more likely stripping off completely) on the front drive just didn’t feature in my plan the other day.

Besides, I had a product to test….  The Waterless Wash & Wax Car wash (also good for boats, caravans, kitchen white goods …).  According to the bottle and information you just spray it on, leave 5 seconds and then wipe and grime, grease, mud, car gloop, tarry bits etc will come off.

Now, I have not cleaned the outside of the car for a conservative 5 months.  The car is silver, but you could be forgiven for thinking it is more of a beige-brown-sludge-silver.

So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I headed out armed with nothing but a bottle of Waterless Wash & Wax and 4 micro-fibre cloths – in theory 2 for me and 1 each for the kids.  Part way through the job, I realised that old toothbrushes were required to get into those hard to reach nooks and crannys around the door handles where green-stuff likes to linger!

I was incredibly suprised at how well the spray worked.  Even with months old grime, it was literally just spray, count to 10 and wipe.  Even my 5 year old could do a great job, once I explained and demonstrated how to wipe effectively – ie round in circles and quite firmly, rather than a very gentle flip-around with the cloth.  The 2 year old wasn’t doing such a great job, but he enjoyed wiping and seeing how dirty his cloth got!

If you are a more regular car-cleaner than myself, then a more gentle sweeping motion with the cloth over the car would suffice.

So how well did it do?

IMG_0711 IMG_0704Here are before and after photos of the gate-post paint that mysteriously found itself on the wheel-arch!!







And a little video (hopefully) showing the kids cleaning and a bit of me cleaning too!



Overall verdict – very easy to use, car came up a treat – it is back to being silver, gleams beautifully and looks a lot better.  We even cleaned the wheel arches.  It even cleans the inside (not cloth or leather though) and windows.  I admit to doing some of the inside, but not all!  The vacuum cleaner was required first and then it was supper time.

The microfibre cloths changed from blue to black, however am soaking them in Soda Crystals and will throw them in with the nappies on a relatively hot wash (60oC) and with luck they will be fine.  If not for food surfaces use, then at least for the cars, bikes and floors.

The product contains Carnauba Wax and Kaolin Clay and does not contain petroleum distillates, solvents, kerosene or silicones.  It is fully biodegradable and this does mean you need to use a bottle within 6 months of opening.  However, for a usual car-cleaning family this is about 5 – 6 cleans for a mid-sized car (like our Renault Scenic), so easily possible to use within 6 months.  If you allow the kids to use the spray, you may get through it faster!  Spraying is fun and more may be used than is strictly necessary.



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Living Greener with Wikaniko #1: The Bathroom

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….

The Bathroom

We use lots of Wikaniko products in our bathroom …..

Faith In Nature products and our handmade Aloe Vera Soap

Faith In Nature products and our handmade Aloe Vera Soap

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!

toothpasteI 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.


IMG_0553Bathroom 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!!

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Free Trial of Commercial Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Multi-Purpose Cleaner is a highly versatile cleaner. Use as a spray and wipe cleaner. For general surface cleaning, including laminates, ceramic tiles, kitchen and sealed granite worktops, chrome appliances, porcelain, fridge and microwave interiors, water resistant surfaces or surfaces not harmed by water.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner is a highly versatile cleaner. Use as a spray and wipe cleaner. For general surface cleaning, including laminates, ceramic tiles, kitchen and sealed granite worktops, chrome appliances, porcelain, fridge and microwave interiors, water resistant surfaces or surfaces not harmed by water.

As I have mentioned before, Greenyourlife is offering local businesses the opportunity for a Free, No Obligation trial of 2 of the Earth Renewable Solutions Cleaning Products.

We are offering trials of the Multi-purpose Cleaner and the Germex Disinfectant.

So far we have had hairdressers, pubs, cleaning businesses, B&B’s and small food outlets trial the products and all like what they have seen.

But many wonder why we are doing this.

Well, Earth Renewable Solutions (ERS) is a relative newcomer to the market.  It has quite a novel product and it is a small British business.  It is just the kind of business Wikaniko likes to work with.  All of the Wikaniko Independent Distributors can (if they want) offer free trials of the ERS cleaning products so more and more businesses and organisations get to try them.  This is a great marketing tool.

Germex Disinfectant from Eco2Life

Germex Disinfectant from Eco2Life

How do I benefit – well, in an ideal world every business that tries the product would buy it.  In a realistic world, some will and some wont.  Some people worry that their clients wont think a place is sufficiently clean unless it has the smell of bleach or other recognised cleaner.  Others are relatively small businesses and a bottle of concentrate would probably last a year or more as a little goes so far.

But I believe that more and more people are recognising the fact that cleaning products can and do lead to health problems.  Some can lead to breathing issues and some people are highly sensitive to the ‘fragrances’ added to many cleaning products.  Where cleaning products are used regularly throughout the day or daily due to health and safety regulations, surely it makes sense to use products that are safer for your health and for the environment.


Where am I offering this free trial – well almost anywhere between Epsom and Farnham.  If you are further afield, do get in touch – we can probably work something out.


Post Trial – What Would It Cost?

So, if you are interested in the product after trying it, what is the cost?

Well, each bottle of concentrate is £34.99 and that comes with a 750ml spray bottle.  Each bottle of concentrate dilutes down to at least 90 bottles of 750ml spray bottles.

So each spray bottle is less than 40p (£0.40).  So Eco-friendly and Eco-nomical!

For people living in a 5 mile radius of Normandy, then I do a refill service on these 2 products.  Your initial full spray bottle is £3.00 and then each refill is £0.80.


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