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Dirty Shirts

Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts – probably the most natural way to wash clothes

I am a Newbie at the school gates, it is sometimes a little daunting to start new conversations with other mums or dads, especially those who already seem to know each other and have been pounding the pavement to the school gate for years.

However, today I did strike a conversation with another mum, exclaiming how hard it was to get the food stains out of my daughters shirt.  I have to admit to being a little-bit astounded (and at a loss for words – not a common event) when she replied “these shirts are so cheap, I often don’t bother cleaning them I just get a new one!”

Now, this perhaps should  have been a good time for me to go into rant mode on the sweatshops that go into making such cheap school uniform and probable child labour too.  Not to mention all the pesticides used to grow the cotton and the damage done to the environment for her just to throw the shirt away if it was stained.

I could have also ranted on about the toxic chemicals in many laundry detergents, all to acquire the ‘Whiter than White’ look.

Sadly I didn’t.  I was at a loss.  I couldn’t believe my ears.

A fabulous alternative to  chlorine bleaches

A fabulous alternative to chlorine bleaches

So yes, I do wash my daughters shirts and no I don’t use high-chemical laundry detergents.

Mostly I use soap nuts. Sometimes I make a soapnut laundry liquid.  I also use Laundry Oxygen Bleach to soak them in to help removed stains and sometimes as a rub for persistent stains.  For fragrance I use essential oils I like – often rosemary and lavender for the main wash and Tea Tree for the nappies.

Sometimes, really hard to shift stains don’t shift.  Does that matter?  No, I don’t think so.  My daughter is 4 & 3/4.  She is a messy eater, loves messy play, painting, getting dirty and generally having fun.  So what if her school shirt is not whiter than white with no stains on it?

Besides, almost all of her school clothes are second-hand and so come with a certain amount of wear and tear.

If I send my child to school in pristine clothes, will they worry about messing them up, getting some dirt on them or perhaps something ripping?  Will this hinder her from running, painting, playing with messy stuff and generally having fun?

Possibly.

So – to my mind, school clothes are essentially play clothes!

Though I’m not sure all teachers would agree.

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Shopping & Saving with Wikaniko

I use a bamboo flannel for my baby boy as it is the softest flannel I have ever felt in my life. He loves it too.

I buy quite a lot of everyday items through Wikaniko, saving myself about 25% on the cost every month.  Some are one-off purchases, but most are things that we use and need replenishing.  If I go around the house these are the things I will buy – perhaps not every month, but regularly….

Kitchen:

  • BioD Washing up Liquid
  • BioD diswasher powder
  • Dustbin liners
  • Recycled dish-scourers
  • Oven Mate Oven Cleaner
  • Astonish Oven Cleaner
  • BioD  Multi-surface cleaner
  • Magic Eraser
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Aloe Vera Drink
  • Vitamin C & D tablets
  • Codliver Oil tablets
  • Royal Jelly tablets
  • Aloe Vera and Tea-Tree Handwash

Utility Room

  • Soap Nuts
  • Laundry Oxygen Bleach
  • Soda Crystals
  • Nappy Fresh
  • Ecostain Remove
  • Recycled Clothes Pegs

Bathroom

A great handwash for families as is anti-bacterial and has a lovely smell so you know whether the kids have washed their hands or not!

  • BioD Toilet Cleaner
  • Bathroom microfibre cleaning pack
  • Small bin bag
  • Paper Nappy Liners
  • Jackson Reece Wipes
  • Organic Cotton Wool
  • Aloe Vera & Tea Tree Handwash
  • Aloe Vera Shampoo
  • Aloe Vera shower and bath gel
  • Aleppo Soap
  • Seaweed Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Bamboo face flannel
  • Dead-Sea Salts infused with lavender
  • Jasmine & Heather Dead Sea Salt Scrub
  • Tea tree oil
  • Grapeseed massage oil
  • Biodegradable nappy bags
  • Aloe Vera Toothpaste
  • Eco shower head
  • Shaving oil with Lemongrass

Bedrooms

  • Aloe Vera Handcream
  • Luxury Face Lotion
  • Luxury Body Lotion
  • Natracare feminine products
  • Natural Deoderant Spray
  • Aloe Vera Cradle Cap Lotion
  • Beaming Baby Organic Baby Lotion

Garden

  • A range of seeds
  • Paper Potter
  • Copper Slug tape

As you can see, the majority of the above items are necessary or useful for day-to-day living, though I admit to a few luxury goods.  In the next few weeks, I will go through the items above and tell you why I use them, what it is I like about them and why I would recommend them.

There are no doubt a few more things scattered around the house and many more that I would buy on an occassion.  In addition, there are some great gifts – friends and family will be getting some Wiked Wiki gifts this year, so beware!

We usually buy £30 – £60 every month of Wikaniko products for our own use.  If I was buying these same products at our local supermarket or from another website, I would be paying about 25% more.  I have been a distributor with Wikaniko since May 2011, so from then until now (November 2012) I reckon I have saved us at least £202.50.  My outlay – joining fee of £48 (though now is £78), annual fee of £12 and since September 2012 a monthly website fee of £3.50.

Overall minimum savings of £142 in 18 months.  In addition to this, I have earned commission every time my order has been over £100 in a month and I have earned over £20 in Green Stamps for a variety of things – from completing training to off-setting the postage of larger orders.  It all adds up and this is not including the income I make from selling or that I will make from team development.

Would being a Wikaniko Distributor save you money on your regular purchases? Have a look through my website and see.  If so, this alone could be worth your joining up.  Then think if any of your friends or family would buy from you rather than another website or their local supermarket…..  Do you know anyone else who may like to join?   You can see how you can both save and earn without too much effort.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please do get in touch.