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Soap Nut Solutions

New in to our shop today are three fabulous, brand new Soap Nut products.

Now I mostly use soap nuts to do my laundry and usually put 5 or so nuts in a little bag or old pop-sock and pop it in the machine along with the dirty clothes.  I have made soap nut liquid detergent – which actually makes them last even longer – by boiling up 50g of soap nuts with about 1L of water and then letting it simmer for 20 mins.  You strain off the solution and put it in a bottle.  Then I use it as any other laundry detergent.

soapnut handwashBut now, the lovely people over at Greenfrog (fabulous name – chosen as the products don’t damage the frogs natural aquatic environment) have brought out 3 more products for us to use soap nuts in even more ways….


The soap nut formula is very gentle for hands and is infused with Aloe Vera and anti-bacterial essential oils to keep your skin soft and protected.  Only 100% natural plant and mineral based ingredients.  It is also considered by current users not to inflame eczema which is great news.

For those who like to know these things, here is the ingredient list:-  Aqua, potassium cocoate, aloe barbadensis extract, sapindus mukorossi extract, cocamide dea, glycol stearate, honey, cocamidopropyl betaine, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf oil, triticum vulgare (wheatgerm) oil, phenoxyethanol, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, citral.

multisurfacecleanerMulti-surface Cleaner

Make cleaning your kitchen and bathroom surfaces easy-peasy with Greenfrog’s All-Purpose Natural Cleaning spray.  It was a Finalist in the ‘Best New Natural Living and Home Product’ at The Natural and Organic Awards 2013.

The power of soapnuts will cut through grease and grub and leave your home smelling naturally fresh and clean.

The product’s skin-friendly natural formula is infused with an uplifting blend of neroli and geranium essential oils. With no-nasty chemicals and 100% plant and mineral based ingredients you can feel good about using this around even the most sensitive skins.

For those that want to know the ingredients are:-  5- 15% non ionic surfacent, less than 5% an-ionic surfacent. Also contains phenoxyethanol, limonene, linalool, citrollol, geraiol. Contains geranium and neroli oil.

washing_up_liquidWashing Up Liquid

Fabulous for sparkling dishes and soft hands, all from natural soap nut cleaning power.   This skin-friendly washing-up liquid is infused with essential oils of lemon and neroli which have naturally anti-bacterial properties and smell deliciously bright and zingy.

One squeeze is enough for a bowl of dishes and because it is SLS-free, you won’t get excessive bubbles.

Again, for those who like to know, here are the ingredients:- 5%-15% nonionic surfacent, 5%-15% anionic surfacent. phenoxyethanol, limonene, linalool, citronellol, geraniol. Contains neroli oil and lemon oil.

If you are interested in finding out more, click on the images to go to the relevant pages in my Greenyourlife Shop.


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Why BioD?

Lovely bubbles, clean dishes and fully biodegradable

Lovely bubbles, clean dishes and fully biodegradable

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!).

For a Green Clean Loo, look no futher than BioD Toilet Cleaner.

For a Green Clean Loo, look no futher than BioD Toilet Cleaner.

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.
  • water
  • 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.

For really clean nappies at lower temperatures

For really clean nappies at lower temperatures

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!