Cleaning takes on a different dimension when you use natural plant based soaps. I will fully admit to enjoying cleaning now – I do 99% of my household cleaning with Hemp Oil Soap or Soapnuts.
We are especially proud our Hemp Oil Soap, which is inspired by the earliest soap made in Britain – made between the 12th and the 19th Century. The ingredients are 100% British grown and pressed hemp seed oil, 100% British lye-water. It is the British version of Savon Noir. The soap is completely free of additives and free from plastic contamination.
This soaps is gentle on the skin, unbelievably tough on grime and devastating to microbes. Use these soaps for any dreaded cleaning tasks for washable surfaces without rubber gloves.
Traditional soap has always been recognized for its universal properties. There was not a certain soap for shaving, for cleaning or for washing – one soap did everything! I have over 1200 documented uses! Fascinated by this soft soap or black soap as it is known in historical texts, at Natural Spa Supplies we have set out to recreate the 12th century hemp oil soap recipe – it took 18 months of experimentation. I will admit that we do not cook the hemp oil soap over an open fire and I still don’t know why these soft plant oil based soaps are often called black soap!
Cleaning with Hemp Oil Soap
Try Hemp Oil Soap for a rubber-glove-free cleaning experience. It is liberating!
This traditional soaps are left in their original fully concentrated form and you you soon realize just how little you need, sometimes just a tiny dab of soap will do the job. As an example, I cleaned every surface in my kitchen (except the ceiling!) with about 20g of hemp oil soap.
The General Principles of using Real Soap
There are two types of traditional soap:
Water based soaps made by soaking or simmering soapy plants such as soapnuts, soapwort etc. The liquid produced can be used neat of diluted. Use for shiny thing, glass, dishes and for clothes washing but be prepared for many surprises!
The second type of soap is the oil based soap made by saponifying oil and lye – getting these two ingredients to transform into soap and glycerine. This can take a lot of coaxing and the recitation of encouraging words. Although there are a lot of crossovers as to which soap is best for which task, sometimes only one of these soaps is fit for the task on hand. Hence all the information pages. It will soon all become filed in the common sense region of your brain. The plant oil based soaps are best for the really grimy tasks.
Soap can be used neat or diluted in hot water depending on the size area to be cleaned or the absolute griminess level.
Soap is more active in hot water.
Soap takes time to do its work. Half the time rubbing and scrubbing by allowing the soap time to do its work.
Most surfaces require rinsing.
… Now for some tasks!
Cleaning in the Kitchen with Hemp Oil Soap
We spend most of our cleaning time, cleaning things in the kitchen. Don’t feel sorry for us, we listen to the radio at the same time. Find out how to eco clean everything in your kitchen with hemp oil soap: Walls, skirting boards, floors, the refrigerator, freezer, the sink, cupboards inside and outside, slightly burnt pans and saucepans, badly burn saucepans, the extractor fan, cloths used for cleaning, the oven and grill pans, tiles and mildew.
With this extreme cleaning, you also need an extreme scrubbing pad. Our Scrubbies fit just that description! In a range of colours and designs, these Scrubbies make washing up twice as fast, are easy to keep clean, they are machine washable. With a surface as hard as gypsum, they deaal with all of the above in the most satisfying way!
Clothes and textiles
How to remove dark stains from collars and cuffs – wet the stained area, for delicate fabrics, rub in a knob of soft soap by hand, or for durable textiles, scrub the soap in with a brush. Ignore for an hour or so, then rub or scrub and rinse. Repeat of needed. Then place in the washing machine and wash as normal with soapnuts. Try the same technique also on other stains on clothes. I have rescued five woollen jumpers and several linen skirts! These powerful oil based soaps are the perfect compliment to soapnuts.
How to Clean Everything in Your Lounge
Having visitors is a great incentive to cleaning the lounge. Get your cleaning supplies to the ready and invite some friends over. You’ll be surprized how easily you can clean rugs, carpets, sofas, the fire place and heath
How to Clean with Hemp oil Soap in you Bathroom
Clean the sink, taps, shower screen, bath, bidet, shower tray, tiles, the floor, just about anything in your bathroom. If you are a good tea maker or a worthy home brewer, your guests will probably want to use the bathroom at some point. So you’ll need to clean this too.
Cleaning Up After Pets Made Easy with Traditional Soap
Pets like to keep us agile and fit by shedding hair, furballing, spilling food out of their bowls, causing tidal waves in their water bowls and missing the litter tray. It is all for our benefit! Whatever you need to clean up, you can always wash your hand’s afterwards!
For dried surprizes: furballs and doo-doos behind the sofa, dissolve the offending matter with a Hemp Oil Soap and vinegar mixture.
Use the naturally antibacterial Hemp Oil Soap and don’t forget to scrub the nails at the same time.
Cleaning a wooden animal cage (guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, quail etc)
First remove the animal! Put it somewhere sheltered and safe. Remove all the soiled bedding. Make a solution with 1-2 soup spoons of olive or hemp oil soap dissolved in a bucket hot water. Use a scrubbing brush, cloth or sponge to wash the entire cage. Repeat if necessary. Make sure the cage is dry and odour free before adding fresh bedding, food, water and of course the animal occupant. If you didn’t know this already, fleas, mites and other annoying insects hate black soap. If your animal is infested with fleas or mites, clean their cage thoroughly and book them in for a bath in real soap – just don’t get it in their eyes.
More to come!
Do not get soap in the eyes. If you do get soap in your eyes flush with plenty of running water.
I did allow some soap to run into my eyes and it really did hurt and irritate my eyes. I will not be repeating this experiment!
Keep away from pets and children.
Do not ingest – accidental ingestion is unlikely as soap does not taste pleasant. If soap is ingested seek medical attention. Take the jar with you.
Test an inconspicuous area of the surface to be cleaned before use.
Storage of Hemp Oil Soap
The soap is provided in a glass jar. Like most natural products, it will keep better if it is kept out of the light between uses and at a stable room temperature. The soap has a shelf life of 6 months and should be used within three months of opening.
Ethics of Using Hemp Oil Soap
- 100% British grown hemp seed, oil pressing, soap manufacture and packing. Long live British manufacture!
- Olive Oil Soap made in Morocco, helping developing countries.
- A traditional low-tech product
- 100% biodegradable
- Fully recyclable or reusable packaging
- Safe for septic tanks and grey water recovery systems
- No additives, fragrances, preservatives – great for sensitive skin and rubber-glove-free cleaning
- Recyclable or reusable glass packaging for the soap. Compostable or reusable padded envelope.
- Left as a concentrate to reduce postal costs, use of packaging materials and storage areas.