I am not (as I may have mentioned before) a huge fan of cleaning. There is almost always something more fun to be done. However, the washing up won’t do itself, the toilets don’t clean themselves and the floor does need some TLC to ensure when Chimp picks up things off it and shoves them in his mouth, that they are not totally covered in grime, muck and germs!
So, how to combine my antipathy towards cleaning with wanting a clean home without creating a chemical fug that can harm my children’s health and my own? I do use micro-fibre cloths for wiping and cleaning surfaces, but for the above list I have found BioD to meet all my requirements.
BioD Washing-up Liquid cleans really well – even the greasier stuff. A little goes a long way and bubbles are plentiful which pleases my 4 yr old when she ‘helps’ wash up (though she is getting better at actually wiping the dirty items and not just pouring water and bubbles from container to container!). Importantly, neither my skin nor my daughters is damaged by this washing-up liquid and when it disappears down the drain, I am confident that aquatic wildlife will not be harmed by its contents.
The Dishwasher powder does a great job on things in the dishwasher (or at least it did in our old home where the dishwasher worked properly. The dishwasher in our rented home has issues with the release mechanism on the powder dispenser and so getting crockery really clean is more of a challenge!).
BioD Toilet Cleaner comes in 2 sizes, the 750ml with a ‘duck-shaped’ top end so it is easier to squirt under the rim. It does have a strong scent of lemon grass which I love and if squirted and left for a while (ideally overnight), the scuzz and scum that can develop in the bowl is easily brushed away. As with most toilet cleaners, it is best to use at least once a week. Once again, the ingredients are all natural, biodegrade easily and do not harm aquatic life – Yeah! So what does it actually contain:-
- acetic acid – is a descaling agent and is the main component of vinegar.
- citric acid – the same as the natural acid in citric fruit such as lemons and limes, also a descaling agent and softens hard water.
- Coconut oil derived detergent – cleaning and foaming
- Corn sugar gum – helps to thicken the liquid, I think
- Vegetable Glycerin – helps to thicken I think.
- Lemongrass oil – fragrence
So nothing nasty at all.
Also on my BioD list is the multi-surface cleaner – great for floors, sinks, baths, paintwork and more. I don’t use this that often as am a fan of Microfibre cloths for cleaning most of these surfaces. However, when a little more is required then this is perfect.
I have also used the Laundry detergent and would again if I could wean myself off soapnuts! The BioD Nappy Fresh is an antibacterial, germicidal sanitising powder that gives me confidence to wash Chimp’s nappies at lower temperatures and know that they are truly clean.
So all in all, ‘Thanks BioD’, you really help me keep a clean and chemical-free home!