Natural Cleaning Kit

Do 99% of Your Household Cleaning with our Eco Cleaning Kit

When you think of household cleaning, you probably conjure up an image of rubber gloves and an endless array of chemical cleaning products kept under the sink. In this blog we are going to open up a new world of cleaning joy and wonder with just a few natural cleaning products which we have put in an eco cleaning kit. See how you can do 99% of Your Household Cleaning with just four natural products in our Eco Cleaning Kit. Our selection of natural products are so effective and cost efficient that you will wonder why you haven’t been using them all the time.
Think of all the different cleaning tasks from washing up, windows, the floors, cupboards, the cooker, the hob, the fridge, the shower screen, loos. Then think of all of the different products which are marketed for all these tasks – washing up liquid, window cleaner, floor cleaners, multi-surface cleaners, oven cleaners, hob cleaner, shower screen cleaner, toilet gels. That’s a lot of chemical products, a lot of plastic and a whole lot of pollution.
So how can you reduce all of this down to 4 natural cleaning products?
Very easily, we have made up a kit so you can make the switch to eco products with one click. Or, if you prefer, you can buy the productss individually. However, we’d like to you fully understand our natural cleaning products first, so you can get the most out of them.

Introduction to the Products in our Eco Cleaning Kit

Natural Spa Supplies soapnuts showing their foam on bolderSoap Nuts, or Soap Berries, Soap Nut Shells
A detergent which grows on trees. Yes, these soapy fruits grow year after year, and they produce saponins (soap) in their leathery skins. After being gathered by village collectives, the fruits are de-stoned and dried. They yield a water-soluble detergent which is great for washing the clothes to replace chemical washing powder and for making a multi-surface cleaner and washing up liquid. This soap is my ‘go to’ for shiny surfaces. Soapnuts are totally skin and hair friendly and you won’t need rubber gloves to use them. I’ll list their many uses further on.

 

 

 

 

 

Hemp Oil Soft Soap
This is a British oil-based soap which we make at Natural Spa Supplies from hemp seed oil and lye. Being a soft soap and having a gel-like consistency it can be used neat or diluted in water. It is a ‘universal’ soap which mean it is very multipurpose as it can be used for washing and exfoliating the skin, wet shaving and for cleaning. This soap excels at the difficult cleaning tasks such as roasting tins, burnt pans, the hob, very greasy surfaces such as the cooker hood, leather and steel. This soap prooves itself invaluable for cleaning germy things because it is a powerfully antimicrobial and along with this it is quick to deodorize surfaces. With our Hemp Oil Soap, you can deodorise your under arms in the shower in an instant and deal with puppy mess accidents and other hygiene incidents! I’ll make a big list for you in a bit.

 

 

 

Walnut Shell Powder
Another tree product, the ground shells of walnuts, have a rough but non scratching surface and we recommend adding a sprinkle at point of use for very hard tasks. The Walnut Shell Powder is also antimicrobial. Where other cleaning product had relied on microbeads which pollute the oceans and enter our food chain, walnut shell powder, fully biodegradable is a great way to add extra ooomph to your scrubbing.

 

 

 

Scrubbies
Imagine a cleaning cloth made of cotton, a tad smaller than a face flannel, but with the textile loops which are as hard as gypsum rock. Now add some psychedelic colours to your imaginary cleaning cloth and you have a Scrubby. Just looking at a Scrubby will bring you joy, but get one in your hand and start using it and really, you will find it hard to put down. It helps speed up pretty much any cleaning task. Scrubbies are so tough that they can be washed time and time again in the washing machine at 50°C returning to their bright colours.
I use a Scrubby in my kitchen many times a day to speed of washing up and to help out all round. I have more, in the bathroom and loos. My husband even has one in his shed. The Scrubby is great for cleaning the bathroom fittings, taps and the shower screen. It excels at detail cleaning, such as the little line of grime which forms between the floor and the bath panel and tiles. Most rough surfaces such as skirting boards, stone floors would shred normal cleaning pads but not the Scrubby. It can handle almost any washable surface. Do just check a small area of your surface first, to make sure the Scrubby isn’t too powerful!

Soap Nuts Uses
Laundry – put 3-5 soapnuts in an odd sock. Place it in the washing machine drum and do your wash. Use the Soapnuts in the sock for another 3-4 machine loads. It costs just pennies per machine load.
Washing up & Surface Cleaner – Stand a handful of Soapnuts in a jug of water for an hour or so to make natural detergent. If you are in a hurry, put some Soapnuts in a jar of water with a tight-fitting lid and shake it up. You have an instant planet and hand friendly detergent. You could also strain some of the soap nut liquid into a pump spray bottle if you find it more convenient. Once you have used up the Soapnut liquid, add more water to make more! Keep going!
Soapnuts Can Clean …
Dishes, pots, pans, glassware, mugs, cutlery – no need to rinse • hand washing delicate Textiles, especially silk • Kitchen surfaces and tables • Walls • Floors of PVC, laminate and linoleum • Taps – it removes fine films of limescale • Cupboards • Refrigerator and the exterior of other white goods • Windows • Mirrors • Radiators • Pet bowls • Sink • Bath • Toilet bowl spray – use after each flush to minimize limescale build up • Toilet seat, lid, pedestal • Plant leaves • Damp dusting of electrical goods and light sockets – the Soapnuts have a degree of anti-static qualities, which means your computer screen won’t get dusty so quickly • Damp dusting of household ornaments • Terracotta and porous surfaces such as a Clay Amphora Water Purifier – an oil based soap could block the pores, so we always use Soapnuts to these and any clay cookware • Containers used for fermenting and brewing such as kilner jars, demijohn, fermentation vessels • Cars, bikes, motorbikes including windows, wheel and hubs • Tooth Cleaning – rinse afterwards • Hair washing – don’t let it get in the eyes as it will sting, but very good for washing greasy hair.
Hemp Oil Soap Uses
Soap works with heat, agitation, time and water. As we leave the hemp oil soap as a concentrate, most of the time a little water is used with the Hemp Oil Soft Soap to activate it. For heavy duty jobs, apply the Hemp Oil Soap and give the soap time to work before rinsing it away. Being a soft soap, the Hemp Oil Soap can be diluted in hot water to for cleaning large surfaces such as floors. There are many cross overs between the tasks that the Soapnuts and Hemp Oil Soap can do, so I’ll list the tasks that only the Hemp Oil Soap can achieve:
Hemp Soap Can Clean
Burnt saucepans – add hot water and 1-2 teaspoon of Hemp Oil Soap, return to the heat and stir the burn away with a wooden spatula. Finish the task at the sink with a Scrubby • Roasting tins – use with a Scrubby • Fridges – clean up surfaces with rotten food and slime • The Kitchen Sink – use with a Scrubby – removes tea and coffee stains, removes grease and cleans drainer plugs • The Cat Litter Tray • Traditional Floors – such as flagstone, ceramic, painted wood – used diluted • Glassware – I used it to clean oil out of glass jugs, but it need rinsing well and then drying and polishing. Apart from these cases, I’d normally use Soap Nuts to wash glassware because there is no need to rinse • Leather – Sofas, chairs, leather car seats • Plastic – including plastic car interiors – do not use on control peddles unless you rinse every trace away in case they become slippery in wet weather. Hint, the scrubby cleans all the trim details, but wring it well and hold a damp dish cloth behind it to prevent drips. Please read more about the Scrubby below • Tack and Harness, Dog Leads and Collars – use with Macho Fina Sponge • Leather clothing use with a silk Fina sponge • Teapots – use with a Scrubby • Plant saucers and metal or ceramic plant pot containers • Painted Windowsills • Outdoor Furniture • Bird Feeders • Pre-treatment of grubby Cuffs and Collars • Wet the soiled area, rub or scrub in the Hemp Oil Soap roll it up and leave for a while. Assess – can it now go in the washing machine or go through the hand wash, or does it need another application? • Shaving – gives a great wet shave, reducing shaving rash and ingrown hairs • Exfoliating – remove the dry and dead skin which can’t be moisturised – use with Copper and Nettle Exfoliating Glove • Hand and Nail Hygiene • Gardener’s and Mechanics Hand Soap • My husband dips the end of screws into the soap and says they are much easier to drill in • Breadboards clean and deodorize. Nobody likes their marmalade and toast tasting of garlic heh! • Cast Iron Frying Pans – it cleans and deodorizes cast iron.

A Scrubby close up. See those loops? They are as hard as gypsum!The Scrubby Scouring Pad

Scrubby Techniques
The Scrubby can be used wet or dry, but for cleaning I normally use it wet.
Uses of a Dry Scrubby
Sweep up some breadcrumbs • Gather pet hair off the floor or carpet • De-bobble / remove piling from woolen jumpers.

Pairing up a Scrubby with a Dish Cloth
For many cleaning tasks I hold the Scrubby with a cotton dish cloth behind it. So, for example I would use the Scrubby with the dish cloth behind it to clean the shiny front of my fridge. Then turn the cloths both over so that the dish cloth can do the final wipe to absorb any drips, prevent water marks and leave a dry shiny surface.
Wet Cleaning with a Scrubby
Washing Up with Soapnut solution or Hemp Oil Soap • Cleaning washable counters and work surfaces • The Sink • The Taps • The Draining Board • The Fridge Interior • The Hob • Surface Grease and Spills from the Oven, the Oven Racks and the Door • The Cooker Hood • Sticky cupboard and fridge tops, mixture of grease and dust – use with Hemp Oil Soap • Walls – best with Soapnut solution so the surface can be repainted, but don’t rub too hard because the paint is softer than the Scrubby • Floors and Skirting Boards • Windows – good for removing mineral films – use with Soapnuts • Exterior paint work – use the Scrubby with a gentle pressure • Washable surfaces on Boats, Yachts, Caravans – again do test the surface in a discrete area to make sure the Scrubby is suitable • Animal Feed Bowls and Buckets • Detail Cleaning at junctions between the skirting board and floor, the toilet pedestal and floor, around table legs etc • Outdoor Furniture • Many of the cleaning tasks listed above.
Once you get a Scrubby in your hand you will want to try it for all sorts of cleaning tasks.
Walnut Shell Powder Uses
Add a sprinkle of the Walnut Shell Powder at point of need: Cleaning exteral window covered in mineral film / haze • Cleaning the Shower Screen • Cleaning stains off the sink
Well I think that must be 99% of your household cleaning tasks!

 

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Have I missed anything off the lists? If I have please comment below and I will add it on
Why We Stopped Using Chemicals
1. Chemical cleaning products do not list their ingredients on the label. You have no idea of the formula and you cannot learn about the health dangers of individual ingredients. Across the range, chemical cleaners contain toxins which effect the brain, the lungs, the reproductive organs and many are carcinogens. Why would I buy something that I can’t understand or trust? Why would I want to make the companies that product polluting cleaning products richer? I checked one company, Unilever and their annual revenue is £45,000,000,000 and they do still test some of their products on live animals. Many people buy the Ecover brand which is owned by Unilever, thinking they are helping the environment. Grrrr! https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/company-profile/unilever
2. Many people and animals are poisoned by exposure or ingestion of chemicals used for household cleaning. Do you have safety locks on the cupboards were these dangerous goods are kept?
Children Poisoned at Home What’s Lurking Under Your Sink?
https://www.toddlers-are-fun.com/children-poisoned-at-home.html
Common Canine Poisons in the House and Garden
https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/605397/poisons.pdf
3. Chemical cleaners leave toxic vapours in the air and on clothing and bedding which gives round the clock exposure to a variety of chemicals. It must have a big impact on people with asthma, COPD and other respiratory complains.
Cleaning and asthma what you need to know.
https://ebpcooh.org.uk/cleaning-asthma-need-know/
4. Chemical cleaning products are invariably packed in thick plastic. Although some plastics can be recycled, more virgin plastic must be added to make new products, adding to the plastic burden on the planet.
plastic recycling facts
https://ibanplastic.com/plastic-recycling-facts/
5. Ultimately all of the chemical products that are used for cleaning go down the drain. Then where? Usually streams and rivers towards the sea. All of the UK rivers are polluted with chemicals and householders are partly responsible. Some of the products used in household cleaning products do not biodegrade readily causing pollution levels to build up over time.
Chemical Water Pollution Caused by Every Day Detergents
https://sciencing.com/chemical-pollution-caused-day-detergents-6664097.html
6. If you have a septic tank, or grey water system, all of our products are septic tank friendly and we know that our products will fully biodegrade after use. Many chemical products do not biodegrade and the pollutant continue to build up in our rivers and soil. https://www.lanesfordrains.co.uk/domestic/help-advice/using-drains-and-sewers/homeowners-guide-to-cesspits-and-septic-tanks/
7. When I used conventional cleaning products, I was then tied into using rubber gloves. I still got contact dermatitis and my hands would itchy especially under my rings. Now of course, I can do all my cleaning without rubber gloves and I can be much more spontaneous. I don’t believe that washing up gloves offer complete protection and somehow the chemicals do get through them. As you can check in the link, gloves are made which resist specific chemicals https://www.safetygloves.co.uk/chemical-resistant-gloves.html but you don’t know what is in household cleaners.
8. When using chemical cleaning products (even with gloves) my nails used to split and I used to have to carry an emery board with me everywhere. I also had frequent sore throats, sneezing fits. It might have been caused by the artificial fragrances in these products. https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/cleaning-sprays-as-harmful-your-12033434
UK NHS staff could have been put at risk by inhaling toxic fumes from cleaning machines
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/health/uk-nhs-staff-could-been-3355291
Nurse exposure to cleaning products risks respiratory health, study finds https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/research-and-innovation/nurse-exposure-to-cleaning-products-risks-respiratory-health-study-finds-25-10-2019/
9. I am concerned for the health and safety of the workers who work for the chemical companies who are on the production line and are exposed to the vapours. https://www.wsj.com/articles/unilever-compensates-workers-in-dispute-over-alleged-mercury-poisoning-at-plant-1457609635
10. Concerns about carcinogens in household cleaners and toxic air in my home https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/toxic-cleaning-products/
Indoor air pollution from household products putting lives at risk, report warns
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/indoor-air-pollution-from-household-products-putting-lives-at-risk-report-warns-a6890936.html
In conclusion, these 4 natural cleaning products, Soapnuts, hemp Oil Soap, Walnut Shell Powder and our Scrubbies are very safe, extremely effective, they couldn’t be any more planet friendly. We believe our products save you money and that like us, once you discover how versatile they are, you would never go back. Click Here to Get You Eco Cleaning Kit capable of performing 99% of your household cleaning tasks. We really hope you gain a new pleasure from doing your Household Cleaning with our Eco Cleaning Kit and we are always here to help with your eco journey.
Do reach out to us, if you need any personal support.

The Bridle after cleaning with Hemp Oil Soap

Guide on How to Clean & Care for a Bridle with Natural Products 2019

How to clean your bridle, saddle and other tack with natural and chemical free products leaving the leather clean, very supple, flexible and protected. After a friend invited me out horse riding, I thought it only polite to offer to clean the bridle and saddle afterwards, but of course, it would have to be in my eco and natural way. I had come prepared for my ‘apres-ride’ brandishing a jar of Hemp Oil Soft Soap, a coarse textured Macho Fina Sponge and a ‘Sally Scrubby’ natural scrubbing pad.

 

A photo of the bridle cleaned with hemp oil soap, a scrubby and a stiff macho fina sponge

Aebridle cleaned with hemp oil soap, a scrubby and a stiff macho fina sponge

What is Normally Used to Clean a Leather Bridle?

When I was a child we used to clean all our tack after each ride using bars of glycerine saddle soap. However the glycerine soap can make the reins very slippery in the rain and I never felt my tack was supple enough. Because you need a fair bit of water to create the lather with glycerine bars and I believe that cleaning with bars of glycerine soap is too wetting on the leather, making it go quite stiff and dull once you have finished.

 

What is the Most Eco Friendly Way to Clean a Bridle?

I was handed a very stiff bridle. As soon as I started, before I had even got half way around the first piece of leather, it was clear the all grease and dried sweat were coming off and the leather became instantly clean and supple. It was certainly much easier and faster with the Hemp Soap
Stiff Sponge and thenatural scouring pad , the Scrubby   than I had remembered from my youth.

What are the Benefits of using Natural Products for Tack Cleaning?

  • The mold and mildew ( a blotchy grey film over much of the bridle) came off immediately
  • The grease came off, for the most part immediately – some areas needed a tiny bit more pressure
  • The soap lifts the dirt out of the leather – The salty sweat was removed and the smell of the leather improved – this Hemp Soap does have a great deodorizing quality and it was also deodorise any tack with dung or urine deposits on it
  • The leather became instantly supple and flexible
  • The buckles were easier to do up and undue which is important, especially in emergencies
  • With a more liberal application of Hemp Oil Soap to the driest zones, such on the reins near the bit, the flexibility and therefore strength of the leather was massively increased
  • Many surface cracks vanished as if I had applied some anti-aging product. The Macho Fina Sponge really helped to get the soap into the pores and cracks!
  • The stiching appeared much cleaner and more attractive
  • The deposits on the bit come off quickly with some Hemp Oil Soap and the Scrubby – normally it has to to scrapped off and its is not a very pleasant job
  • As the Hemp Oil Soap is naturally very anti-microbial, the bit has been left very clean and smooth. Something to bear in mind if you by secondhand bits!
  • The leather darkened and took on a light sheen – just like healthy human skin!
  • The Hemp Oil Soap left my own skin feeling great
  • I was able to tip the used soapy water straight onto some plants as the soap begins biodegrading as soon as it hits the soil.
  • All these products are plastic free and sent in eco packaging

 

Bridle before cleaning image 1, with mould, mildew and very stiff

Bridle before cleaning showing mould and mildew.

How do You Clean a Bridle Using Natural Products?

  • Dissemble the bridle
  • Wet the sponge in a basin of warm water and squeeze it out tightly, so it is just damp
  • Place the bit in the basin of warm water to soak
  • Apply a dab of Hemp Oil Soap with the sponge drawing it along both surfaces of the reins, cheak pieces, nose band throatlash etc.
  • Get the soap under all the loops, around the buckles, and well into the places were the reins attach to the bridle
  • Rinse the sponge from time to time as it goes brown with sweat, grease etc. so you are working with a clean sponge. Add more soap to continue, so that each componet was cleaned and nourished without over wetting it
  • Once everything was clean I added more soap to parts of the leatherwork which get a lot of wear, such as to the inside of the leather straps where they meet the bit. The leather here gets wet while it is in use with the horses saliva and it can become very dry and brittle. Adding the extra soap at the bit end of the reins helps the reins to stay strong and stretch a bit under stress rather than snap at a crucial moment!
    Be sure there is no excess soap left on the riders end of the reins, to minimize slippage in the rain!
  • Finally I gave the bit a going over with a Scrubby and watched as the grass and food stains vanished and then I gave the bit a rinse in fresh water
  • Let the leatherwork dry so you don’t get fingerprints on it and reassemble it.

 

The Results … More Bridles to Clean!

 

I checked with my friend yesterday and she has told me that she has not had to clean the bridle over the last few weeks as it is still feeling supple. She is super pleased with the effects of the Hemp Soap and she is a total convert. I told my neighbour about it and offered to clean her horse’s bridle – she brought two of them over and we made a little video showing exactly how it did it – I hope you find it useful! I have also just heard that neighbour is also delighted with her two clean and supple bridles and I’m hoping for a reversal where she will invite me to ride one of her horses around the village soon! I expect friends and neighbours will be dropping dirty saddles, spare stirrup leathers, dog collars and leads and complete sets of harness off for cleaning soon!

More About Natural Tack Cleaning Products

 

Hemp oil soap is used for shaving, washing and cleaning.

Hemp oil soap is used for shaving, washing and cleaning.

As you might not have heard of our Hemp Oil Soap, the Macho Fina Sponge and the amazing multicoloured Scrubby before let me explain a little more. Our Hemp Oil Soft Soap is an oil based soap made by Natural Spa Supplies based on ancient British soap making techniques. It is a remarkable soap in that is great for wet shaving, deep cleaning and exfoliating the skin, controling spot prone skin and for cleaning hard to clean things such as burn pans, greasy oily things, dried food from pet bowls, germy things such as cat litter trays. While it has remarkable anti-microbial powers, the great thing about it is that it is fine for people with sensitive skin. So one soap does many tasks in the home and around the stableyard. The soap biodegrades rapidly in the soil and it is packed in reusable glass jars. Follow the link to read more about and buy Hemp Oil Soap

 

I used the course sponge on the tack, because, the grease can only be removed in one of two ways – by dissolving it (the Hemp Oil Soap breaks down the grease and combines with it so it can be rinsed away) and by mechanical pressure, which also helps with the penetration of the soap through the grease. The Macho Fina Sponge is an unbleached sponge which comes from Greece and which has been collected sustainable by licenced divers. It has a very course and complex texture which is rough enough to remove the grease, but also great for getting the soap in to the rough underside of the leather and into any cracks in the surface, but without destoying the surface finish. You can cut the Macho Fina Sponge into the size that works best for just with a bread knife. The sponge pad I created from this was about 1 inch thick which made it strong enough for the hard work and thick enough to get a good grip on. When the sponge does come to the end of its life, add it to the dung heap or bury it in the soil with your kitchen waste.

Scrubbies come is all different patterns and colours

 

The Scrubby is a scouring pad made of cotton which looks rather like a colourful flannel. The big difference is that the loops are as hard a gypsum and it has tremendous scrubbing power. I used one for my washing up and it makes it twice as fast. It is great at many kitchen jobs such as the hob, the draining board and sink, the taps and any rough surfaces such as skirting boards. It is great for cleaning cleaning the bit too! The Scrubbies are very hard wearing and durable and with all the different colours and designs they bring genuine joy and great satisfaction to cleaning. I have retired one Scrubby already by cutting it up and burying it with my food waste in the garden – that will gradually biodegrade.

I hope that you found this blog useful and that you’d like to give it a go!

 

 

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