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Cleaning with Micro-fibre

Our bathroom micro-fibre pack - sponge, wiper cloth and shining cloth

Our bathroom micro-fibre pack – sponge, wiper cloth and shining cloth

I don’t pretend to be an expert on micro-fibre cloths, but I am a convert to them.  We have had a few around the house for a while, but I never really took to them.  Just didn’t get them at all.

But a chance chat with a friend on eco cleaning and how she loved her micro-fibre cloths made me give them another go.

Now, I love them.  I started with them in the bathroom using the Bathroom Pack which has a microfibre sponge for the hard jobs (showers, bath stains and so on), a softer cloth to wipe clean and an even softer cloth to shine those taps.   So now, when I do get around to it, my bathroom gleams beautifully.  Just ought to clean more often….

I often use a natural oil (currently virgin organic coconut oil) in the bathwater for my two children, a way of helping to keep their skin moisturised – especially for the eczema on my daughter’s leg.  However this does leave the bath in rather a disgusting state – a definite tide line!  But a quick rub with the microfibre sponge and the tide-line disappears.  (My apologies for the appalling video quality and my voice over!)

Next has been the kitchen where the soft cloths are a wonder on cleaning surfaces, even our induction hob – if you scratch it, then it becomes less efficient, so having good non-scratch cloths that clean without chemicals is quite amazing!  Wiping down windows and woodwork becomes so much easier with these cloths as well.

When the Chimp was weaning, before we remembered to get a plastic sheet to go under his chair, the laminate floor looked like a fabulous food-fight had occurred.  Most things easily picked up, but weatabix turns to concrete in moments!  So, it was with trepadation that I attacked the floor.  I did use a vinegar solution spray as well as my trusty microfibre cloth – largely as a disinfectant and because I read somewhere that vinegar was good for cleaning wood laminate floors.  A few minutes of work and the floor was clean – dare I say, even sparkling.

And the best bit – pop them in the washing machine at 30oC and they come out good as new and ready to go again.

So how does it work?  Well apparently these cloths work with water to clean and act almost like a toothbrush, getting into all the tiny bits of the surface to remove the dirt.  The dirt is then held within the cloth until it is rinsed. They are non-abrasive and so won’t scratch surfaces.

In addition to all this, they are made from recycled materials in the UK!  Wow, how eco can a product be?

As easy as 1, 2, 3….

Cleaning Problem:  My draws get grimy from my kids sticky hands, but I don't want to use chemicals....

Cleaning Problem: My draws get grimy from my kids sticky hands, but I don’t want to use chemicals….


1.  wet the kitchen sponge with water

1. wet the kitchen sponge with water

2.  Wipe away the grime and muck

2. Wipe away the grime and muck

3.  All the Grime and Muck have gone

3. All the Grime and Muck have gone


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We Can Eco Clean

WeCanEcoClean-LogoLoads of people employ someone else to clean their home or office – some are weekly or more, others are a one-off.  Wherever you live, people need this service.  Would you like to have your own business delivering a great service to others?

Most companies use a variety of cleaning products which can result in or exacerbate health issues – the home can be an incredibly toxic environment with a mixture of chemicals from cleaning products, furniture, paint, carpets and so on.  These products also result in environmental damage – there is more water pollution nationally from products used in the home (cleaning, laundry etc) than from industries!

toilet-cleanerThis is where We Can Eco Clean comes in.

It is a business that only uses environmentally friendly and non-toxic products that do not affect people’s health.  More importantly, your health as the cleaner and business owner is not affected either.

How does it work?

Firstly you join Wikaniko (currently FREE for your first 6 months so you can see if it is for you)

Then you decide which of our three Eco Cleaning Packages is for you – the Basic is £59.99, Standard is £135 and Professional is £199.

Germex Disinfectant from Eco2Life

Germex Disinfectant from Eco2Life

Each package provides you with a selection of eco-friendly cleaning products, biodegradable bin-bags and microfibre cloths along with essential kit such as a tabbard, information CD and ID Badge.  In addition all packages include online training with regard to the benefits of eco cleaning, and full support regarding advertising and promoting both the service and the opportunity.

The Professional Package is best suited to someone who does commercial cleaning as well as household cleaning.

Go through all of the training and information on the CD, put up some advertisements locally for an Eco-Cleaner and away you go.

You can also promote the other Wikaniko products to your customers and build your own team of Eco Cleaners across the country.

Being an Eco-Cleaner can earn you a healthy regular income even before you start to build your own team or add on product sales.  The excellent on-line book-keeping service offered by Wikaniko can also help you keep your accounts in order, removing that pressure from your shoulders.

If you would like to find out more, click here or get in touch.


The Joys of Bleeding! Re-usable pads, Cotton tampons and pads & Mooncups

Menstruation, periods, time of the month, on-the-blob (sorry – horrible phrase) – whatever you call it, it is not the most enjoyable time for many women, me included.  In the UK, we do not celebrate the fact that women have eggs that enable us to make babies and that we become fertile every single month (much better than Pandas who only manage once a year!).  But if our eggs are not fertilised, then we lose them and we bleed.

We hide it, make ourselves ashamed of it and suffer a fair amount of negativity in the media, at work, at  home or even at play when we are bleeding.  Yes, we have mood swings.  Yes, bleeding can hurt (a lot at times).  Yes, sometimes blood leaks.  No, it is not glamorous.  Yes we can feel like pants and want to hole up in bed with a hot water-bottle, a chick-lit book and a large box of chocolates.  No, we don’t like it when others are negative about it.

And look at the commercial choices of how to cope with the bleeding….

a)    A plug made from rayon & other man-made fibres, bleached with chemicals including dioxin and wrapped in plastic.  These conventional tampons can shed fibres when wet, possibly causing infection.  If there is any cotton in the plug, it will be conventionally grown using loads of pesticides and may be Genetically Modified. Many also have a perfume added which may add to the irritation for many women. And we shove this up our vagina!!!  

b)   A pad made from the same type of stuff as the plug – perhaps a little better as at least it doesn’t go in us, but it still hangs around next to our vagina for a few hours at a time.

Organic cotton, no chlorine bleach, no plastics.  So much better for you

Organic cotton, no chlorine bleach, no plastics. So much better for you

There is a growing amount of literature on the health problems resulting from conventional sanitary products, especially tampons.  But in addition to this, think of the environmental problems – we throw the tampons and pads away and most will end in landfill.  A woman will use at least 11,000 tampons/pads in her lifetime and that makes a huge addition to landfill.  Some tampons will get flushed down the toilet, possibly blocking drains or even ending up in rivers with all their lovely chemicals too!

There is also the cost factor – each month you probably spend £5+ on sanitary products.  That does add up over the years.

So what choice do we have?

Well actually more than you may think.

There is a pad for all preferences - wings, no wings, thick, shaped and thin.  All organic cotton with no chlorine bleach or plastics

There is a pad for all preferences – wings, no wings, thick, shaped and thin. All organic cotton with no chlorine bleach or plastics

On the more conventional lines Natracare have a whole range of organic cotton, chlorine free and plastic free pads and tampons, including maternity pads.  In addition, 95% of the product is biodegradable.  These were my first step away from conventional products and I have been using them for about 15 years.  However, they still need to be disposed of and still create a monthly cost.

They come in different shapes, different thicknesses and different materials.

They come in different shapes, different thicknesses and different materials.

As with reusable nappies, it is equally possible to have re-usable, washable pads.  Many women make their own using a variety of materials and I have used these in the past.  I have just rinsed before adding them to the usual wash. If needlework is not your forte, then you can buy washable pads too.  This option cuts both the disposal issue and the cost issue quite considerably.

Moving to the fairly unconventional is the Mooncup – a reusable cup made from soft, medical grade silicon that you insert into the lower part of the vagina and it collects the blood.  It forms a seal with the walls of the vagina and so does not leak.  It will last for 4 hours+ when you just empty it into the loo, rinse it out under a tap and reinsert.  It can be used during swimming, exercise, overnight in fact for everything except penetrative sex (obviously!).  And you only need 1!

I heard about Mooncups a couple of years ago and was rather squeamish about them.  It sounded a bit weird, having a little rubbery cup up your vagina, collecting the blood and then having to empty it.  But, chatting to a few friends who love them, I decided to give it a try.

The lovely Mooncup.  Reusable, comfortable and easy to use.

The lovely Mooncup. Reusable, comfortable and easy to use.

I love it.  It is so so so much more comfortable than a tampon as there is no tendency to dryness or falling out during a huge coughing fit (this has happened to me, very embarrassing!).  At times I had to actively remember whether I had it in or not!  Insertion and removal were not difficult at all and even the negative comments from my other-half won’t put me off!  He is quite grossed out by the idea, but then he is by the whole concept of periods.

So, that is me sorted for Sanpro for the next X years until Mother Nature decides I should hit the menopause and experience a whole new set of womenly issues!