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.




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!
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?
Common Canine Poisons in the House and Garden
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
UK NHS staff could have been put at risk by inhaling toxic fumes from cleaning machines
Nurse exposure to cleaning products risks respiratory health, study finds
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.
10. Concerns about carcinogens in household cleaners and toxic air in my home
Indoor air pollution from household products putting lives at risk, report warns
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.
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Speak to your plants

Why you Should Speak, Hum or Sing to your Plants

Why You Should Speak, Hum and Sing to Your Plants and How they Communicate with YOU! 😆 

I expect if you have a pet you have already had lots of conversations with it today, but have you said ‘Good Morning’ to your house plants yet? Have you asked each plant how it is and whether it needs anything today? Have you thanked your plants for purifying the air in your house and for all the wellbeing effects they have been giving you night and day? Well if not, give it a go and you could be surprized how they respond and how it makes you feel better and what you could learn.

Just being in a room with plants lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety, makes for greater productivity, more job satisfaction and improved attendance. We have lots in our office! Plants also purify the air, (see one of my earlier blogs on how house plants purify the air) Research also shows how speaking, humming or even singing to your plants enhances their health and vitality and it is good for us too.

Plants and Humans are Similar

While plants might seem anatomically very different to us, we share the same building blocks of life and our biological functions overlap. It is helpful to think of a plant as an upside-down animal where the brain is in their roots and cells analogous to neurons (the excitable cells in the brain) are found just behind the root growing tips.

The Sensory Systems of Plants and Humans

My carniverous jug plant appears to have lips at the top of the flower, the base of which also acts as a stomach. I would caution against kissing it though as the lips are sticky and contain neurotoxins!

My carniverous jug plant appears to have lips at the top of the flower, the base of which also acts as a stomach. I would caution against kissing it though as the lips are sticky and contain neurotoxins!

Humans’ possess the senses of smell, taste, touch, sight, hearing, other physical senses, and less understood energy based senses. Plants have many more senses than us and experiments have shown that plants display cognition, exhibit learning and memory, that they can process information and communicate. Plants have what might be described and an emotional intelligence too, as like us, plants are also altruistic and nurturing. Scientific evidence is stacking up on how plants are not only intelligent but also conscious and sentient. Research has also shown that they do respond to our thoughts and some researchers believe then can also feel pain. Perhaps this is why plants were the original source of ‘asparin,’ a pain killer and ethylene, a commonly used anaesthetic.

Communication Helps Survival

Plant communication involves sending and receiving information to its offspring, its own group of plants, to neighbouring plants of different species, to mycorrhizal fungi, insects and other animals. In this way plants can team together to defend themselves and ‘friends’ from over grazing and attack from pest. For example, if an acacia tree is being browsed by an antelope, it will send out signals across all the trees in the clump and they will all produce chemicals making the leaves toxic and unpalatable. It works every time – the antelope will move on.

Plants Develop Large Communication Networks

The below ground storey in forests is a tangle of communication networks where older trees act as hubs and information is sent through mycorrhizal fungi. It has been described as the WoodWide Web! In this way trees can exchange nutrients and other types of nourishment. The group benefits because one species can lend another nearby species water or nutrients to be returned the favour later on.

Plants Generate and Detect Sound

Experiments have shown how brassicas responded to stressful responses – such as the sound of caterpillar munching. While plants don’t have ears, every plant cell contains mechanico-receptors which transform the air disturbance caused by sounds into electrical and chemical signals. This means besides listening to messages from their leafy friends,

Plants send out distress sounds when they are bing predated or when they can hear preditors nearby.

Plants send out distress sounds when they are being predated or when they can hear preditors nearby.

your plants can hear you and they are aware of your presence as soon as you enter the room.

The distressed plants, responding the munchy sound of hungry caterpillars, also emitted a low frequency sound to produce an immediate warning to its leafy friends. Shortly after, the entire group of plants responded with a chemical barrage to deter the pests. Several researchers, using electrodes on the leaf and in the root area, have transmitted the signals though an amplifier or oscillator and we can hear the songs of these plants. There have even been ‘plant concerts’ and plant duets with human musicians. If you have the equipment there is no reason why you shouldn’t let your plants sing out loud too.

Plants Prefer Certain Sounds

Plants such as African violets have been shown to release more pollen when they hear sound in the frequency of 11-12hz – the frequency of bees buzzing.  A plant researcher has shown how plants leant towards a sound they apparently liked, in their case, a 220hz purr. A recent Royal Horticultural Society experiment has shown that one species of plant particularly liked the sound of female voices and grew larger when they were regularly spoken to by females. I am sure that there are many plants which respond to male vocal patterns too!

Plants Can See YOU

Humans have 4 types of photoreceptors to enable us to see. Plants have 11 types. When we talk, hum or sing to our plants we use sound, thought and movement and you can be sure that our plants can see us and hear us. Unconsciously, we release neurochemicals and pheromones and so the serenaded plants taste and smell us too. Plant pick up our energy fields as research has shown that they do respond to our thoughts and intentions.

Plants communicate using electrical, chemical and sound signalling – just like us really! As sentient and intelligent life forms, many researchers believe that plants can go beyond reading our thoughts and intentions and they are likely affected by our moods and personalities. Seems plants can respond to thoughts and as we share many modes of communication – can we respond to their thoughts? If your plant is thirsty can it somehow get you to notice and encourage you to water it?

Feeling Good with Plants

Should you speak to your plants? Yes, why not tune into these plants that we share our space with, especially when both plants and humans can benefit?

When we express care and love to our plants, both us and the plants release feel-good neurochemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins and pheromones, in the same way that humans do among their friends, family and pets. The dual reward is immediate.

Socialize with your Plants

Don’t be shy, have a chat with your plants and flourish together!

Somethings your plant might ask you for…water, nutrition, light, a different pot, a new plant neighbour, a different position, damper air, less draughts and help with health issues.

You’ll realise just how sophisticated your plants are when they request …

Soapnuts with Water Just Added

Soapnuts made by Plant – For Plants!

Soapnuts which are great for washing dusty plant leaves. Soapnuts are a dried tree fruit which is high in saponins a natural plant detergent. Saponins are generated by soapnuts to deter pests and to perform immune functions. Once you have made up you soapnut plant wash, you try it for washing up and household cleaning too!


Amphorae makes Tap Water Safe for Plants

An Amphora to help remove chloride and other toxins from tap water. If you can’t collect rain water, use an Amphora to remove toxins from tap water and to improve the quality of the water. Water from taps is not good for plants. Perhaps the plant will share the amphora with you and let you enjoy better quality drinking and cooking water?

Hydrated fucus serratus

Hydrated fucus serratus British Seaweed very high  nutrients for plants and micorrhizal fungi

Seaweed is a great plant food and it also nurtures the mycorrhizal fungi which help the plant break down soil nutrients, so it feeds the plant in two ways. Seaweed can be used when you water the plants or as a foliar feed. Do keep some back and try it for conditioning your hair!






Source Material

Tompkins, Peter and Bird, Christopher, The Secret Life of Plants, 1973, Pengiun Books.

Dowsing the Cosmic Web. Plant & Human Interconnectedness by Ellen Kamhi


Plants Can See, Hear, Smell and Respond


Sound Garden. Can Plants Actually Talk and Hear?


Womens’ Voices Makes Plants Grown Faster Finds Royal Horticultural Society


A You Tube Video showing Plants and Trees Singing. The music starts about 2 minutes in.

A human flea harnessed to a coach

De Flea Your Cat: Catch, Kill and Prevent Cat Fleas

De Flea Your Cat: Catch, Kill and Prevent Cat Fleas. We love our pussy cats, but not their fleas. After years of trying different chemical free methods of flea control, Mrs Everybody and her 19 year old cat, Boudi have arrived at a simple and effective solution.

This solution takes just minutes – involves no chemicals – it is low tech and even ancient  – the cat likes it – it builds the bond between cat and human – it is calming to do and it is satisfies our human urge to care for and stroke our furry friends.

Moustache, Cat or Fine Hair Horn Comb

Moustache, Cat or Fine Hair Horn Comb

This Age Old Solution Cat Flea Solution?

Daily grooming with a horn flea comb! The principle is to capture and kill adult fleas before they get a chance to lay eggs and continue a cycle of re-infestation.

Why are Cat Fleas such a Menace?

Fleas can make a cat really unwell and an infestation can even kill a kitten, plus, the fleas will bite us too. Hardly anyone likes cat fleas! Even if you are feeling well disposed to these parasites, these little creatures not only feast on your cat’s blood, but also on tapeworm eggs. This means that when the cat cleans it coat and it ingests some of the fleas, it ingests tapeworm eggs too. So cats infested with fleas, nearly always have problems with worms as well.

Due to the skin irritation caused by flea saliva, the cats skin can develop allergic dermatitis. Constant scratching and licking can produce patches of raw skin and over licking can cause the cat to ingest too much fur. Fleas can also transmit diseases such as bartonellosis to the puddy cat which has serious health consequences and can result many trips to the vet.

Just a few minutes of cat combing daily, can massively help  to kill and prevent fleas – saving your cat hours of licking, preventing sore skin, anemia and the dreaded fur balls. The rewards can be almost instant.

Boudi, our 19 year old cat enjoying the bliss of being combed.

Boudi, our 19 year old cat enjoying the bliss of being combed. She is helping by flattening her ears.

Why is Combing the Best Defense Against Cat Fleas?

We had tried several non-chemical alternatives – brushes and flea zappers. However  brushes didn’t remove adult fleas and the bristles harboured flea eggs. It is very difficult to clean a brush. Plus brushes with plastic or nylon bristles induce a static charge in the cat’s coat making the cat uncomfortable and prone to electric shocks – that means claws in your knees as the cat leaps off!

We found the battery operated flea zappers so large and cumbersome they couldn’t get into all of the cat’s tiny contours and the metal teeth aren’t exactly pleasant on the cat’s skin or on the skin folds.

On the other hand, a horn puddy cat comb is small and agile – it will pull out loose hairs, flea eggs, loose fur and LIVE fleas. Horn has the same triboelectric charge as fur which means that no static is induced when you use it to comb the cat.

Cat Flea Combing Technique

1. Invite the cat on your lap, use a towel to cover the lap if the cat is heavily infested with fleas and to help prevent deep claw injuries if the cat decides it’s had enough.

2. Calm the cat by stroking it before beginning your mission.

3. Start with the cat’s favourite places – the head, under the chin, the back of the neck. Try to bring the teeth of the comb into contact with the skin, being gentle and thoughtful all the time. I talk with my cat while I am combing her  – she feels really special and starts purring!

4. If your combing session is short, focus around the base of the spine and tail area and on the head and neck as fleas like to hide in these inaccessible places.

5. Most cats don’t like the comb running over the spine or projecting bones such as the hip bones, scapulas, elbows etc, so gently move the skin to the side of bony protrusion and comb the fur and skin in a more comfortable location.

6. The cat will have many folds of skin where it curls on your lap – stretch the skin so that the folds are flattened and so that the horn comb can maintain good contact with the skin without causing any discomfort.

7. Most cats have places that they don’t enjoy being combed, so if the cat acts concerned, go back to combing it in its favourite place such as the head. Perhaps next time you will achieve a few more strokes of the comb in the less popular places.

8. It might not be possible to comb every inch of the cat, don’t worry because, hopefully the fleas will move to more accessible areas next time. Even if you combed the cat all over for 30 minutes, you would still only capture about 85% of the fleas – that’s why daily flea combing is so important. Keep the combing session short unless your cat is really revelling in it. Sometimes, all my cat wants is just a few minutes of combing. That is fine, I know she is really busy and has other plans.

9. Try to draw the comb in the same direction as you comb, that way loose fur and eggs end up on one side of the comb and hopefully any fleas will get caught up in the loose hair – at least for long enough for you to see them and to deal with them. I draw the comb towards me so I can spot captured fleas straight away.  See below for what to do if you catch a flea.

A trained human flea pulling a carriage.

A trained human flea pulling a carriage. Photo credit Roy Malloy.

Catching Cat Fleas?

I did say that the horn comb will catch live fleas, but you will need to kill them yourself – not always an easy task. As any cat comber will know that captured fleas, given half a chance, will leap off the comb and vanish (temporarily) into the carpet or the cracks of a floorboards. They can jump 150 times their own height. Then when they get hungry they will bite anything warm blooded – and that is often us.

Unless you are going to start a massively successful flea circus (in fact human fleas were used in flea circuses) you are best off killing the flea before it leaps away. Normally when people catch a flea, they squash it between the nails – but the flea can jump off before you get the chance!

The Insect Circus Museum

The Insect Circus Museum

Don’t Let the Flea Get Away!

Have you got a flea in your comb? Congratulations! Hold the flea on the comb by pinching the comb on both sides of the tines with the thumb and forefinger securing the flea between them and the tines. Now, with the finger tips still pinched together, slide the flea and any hair off straight into the bowl of soapy water to kill the flea. Carry on combing.

I don’t dip the horn comb in the soapy water, but slide the hair, eggs and fleas off the tines into the soapy water. Horn combs prefer to remain dry, but you can rinse them and dry the comb after the grooming session. I usually just make sure that mine looks clean.

How to Kill a Cat Flea Easily!

Dissolve  a ‘dot’ of Hemp Oil Soap in a bowl of water. The soap is very anti-microbial – reassuring because we are dealing with fleas and tapeworm eggs; but the main benefit of soapy water is that the soap breaks the surface tension of the water. When the flea is captured on the comb and transferred  into the soapy water, it will not be able to jump off the water. It will drown within a few seconds.

Your cat and cat’s friends and family will be exceedingly grateful. Don’t feel guilty, your cat would have bitten it to death first, had it got half a chance. The flea was probably doomed. The difference is, by regularly grooming your cat, especially in the places the cat can not reach itself,  you might be able to capture the flea before it lays eggs and the cat will stay healthy and happy.

10. After combing the cat. Don’t forget to thank you cat for its company and cooperation! I make sure the comb looks clean by removing any visible detritus with my fingers. Wash your hands after combing your cat and that towel if necessary. I always use the Antibacterial Hemp Oil Soap for my hand washing and Soapnuts for washing my clothes in the washing machine!

Removing and killing the living fleas daily with a horn flea comb is the best way to keep your puddy cat flea-free. Additional measures to break the cycle of re-infection involve hoovering regularly, washing the floors and keeping the cats bedding clean.

Keeping your cat flea free does involve a daily activity, but once the habit is established it becomes second nature and the pleasure and benefits outweigh the effort every time. My cat expects to be groomed while I am making my bedtime drink and we enjoy our special time together every evening.

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Static Electric, The Hair, The Skin, Our Health

Static Electricity, The Hair and Skin?

We have all experienced the effects of static energy: Getting a shock while closing a car door; After walking over a floor or carpet then getting zapped on a conductive surface such as tap, radiator or door knob. or when taking off your jumper. You might get cracking sounds when you comb or brush the hair with a nylon or plastic brush – and you’ll notice how much hair is pulled out! High levels of static, not only induce hair loss and skin trouble but can also impact on our health, so it is useful to understand the phenomenon.

What is static electricity?

Although we can’t see this static energy, it is a high voltage electrical energy field which surrounds us, clings to us and moves around with us. We notice it the most when we get an get an electrostatic shock – We can both hear, feel and sometimes see the spark, as a stream of electrons moves rapidly from our charged hair or skin to a conducting surface. Even the tiniest spark is about 500 volts. A longer spark can measure several thousand volts and burn a tiny hole in the skin. Lightning is electro-static discharge on a much larger scale.

Static charges form when different materials come into contact or even when they rub together. The charges separate when the objects are separated and then moves with the separated objects. One obect with have a negative charge and the other will be charged with the positive polarity. The charge accumulates on the skin or the hair as the inside of body has a fairly high resistance.

Examples of Static in Everyday Life

Static from Transport

Take the following scenario. We driving the car. The clothing, skin and seat are all rubbing together and working as a static (triboelectric) generator. Both the body and the seat are insulating surfaces and as we exit the vehicle we are taking one polarity of the charge with us, while the other polarity of charge stays in the driver’s seat. On getting out of a car after driving in nylon clothes, the skin voltage can have reached 21,000 volts, in wool clothes 9000 volts and cotton, some 7000 volts. No wonder it is easy to get a static shock when closing or locking the vehicle door.

Static at Home

Typically when walking on a vinyl floor, each time the soul of a rubberized shoe makes contact with the floor, it draws up negative electrons and leave a positive charge in each footprint. With a bit of scuffing and sliding the next person or large metal object you touch will get zapped. It is easy to reach a charge of 12,000 volts! Walking over a synthetic carpet can leave you charged with 35,000 volts. One solution is to go barefoot, to wear leather, suede or vegetable fibre soled slippers indoors or to change to a natural flooring surface.

Static at Work

Hospitals and industrial building / structures must be designed so that the static discharges do not cause explosions and workers with sensitive electrical and computer equipment must wear grounding devises so that the static does not cause circuit boards to short out.

Hair Static

If you comb your hair with a nylon comb or brush you can hear the crackling sound of static and the hair can become quite unmanageable. As the nylon comb has been stroked through the hair, electrons from the hair have moved to the comb. Hair will be pulled out by the comb because the comb will gain an negative charge and the hair, having lost its electrons is left with a positive charge. Because opposites polarities form an attractive force and charges of the same polarity  form a repulsive force, the hair will be attracted strongly to the comb.  Each hair now has a positive charge and each hair repels the other similarly charged hairs, sending the individual hairs apart in all directions. Not only is it unmanageable, some of it is lost to the plastic comb!

Home Experiments with Static!

In my video on a Horn and Plastic Comb Comparison, (coming soon) you will see that the plastic comb carries enough charge after combing my hair to pick up a feather. By comparison the horn comb leaves the feather just where it is. You can try this at home. It works best in a dry room.

Another way to show how plastic combs grabs electrons is to charge the comb again by combing the hair until it is static and flyaway. Now hold the comb next to a small continuous stream of water. The comb will alter the path of the water. By comparison, the horn comb has no influence over the trajectory of the water – the charge of the horn comb did not alter as it was drawn through the hair.

What is the Impact of Static on our Health?

With this accumulation of charge on the skin, subtle electrical processes in the body within each body cell, the brain, the heart, every part of the body is altered, including skin and hair health. Little tiny parts of the body use electrical signals, but they are measure in millivolts, even the walls of each cell retain their integrity due to miniscule electrical impulses.

Carrying high voltage static around with us can cause malaise and disturb the body. More and more people are reporting symptoms of Electromagnetic Hypersensistivity (ES)  or (EHS). Many people have the sensitivity to some degree, especially when the electro-magnetic pollution is taken into account. Electomagnetic pollution is caused by Wifi, microwaves, mobiles, TV, fluorescent lighting etc.

Electromagnetic energies are emanated by electrical devises, but here we are just discussing Static Electric, caused by contact / movement of different surfaces together.  Both electro-magnetic and static of energy have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing and contribute toward ES.

What Can You Do to Reduce Your Body Levels of Static?


Introduce more humidity to heated rooms by airing the room each day. Even in the winter it is good to open the windows for ten minutes a day to air each room.

It is also great keeping lots of houseplants which also detoxify and humidify the air in the house and they look so wonderful.

Try to favour clothing made from natural textiles which tend to absorb humidity and accumulate reduced charges compared to synthetic textiles.

Consider carefully what you wear on your feet. It is best to choose conductive, rather than insulating soles.

Take time to go outside everyday and use natural techniques for grounding the body.


Use a horn comb for the hair! Horn combs do not collect electrons or alter the charge of the hair because they are the same material as the hair, keratin and no charge is induced with contact between materials of the same type. Beside reducing hair loss, reducing static and flyaway hair, there are many more reasons to use a horn comb and you are invited to read about them on the Horn Comb product page.

Balance the Wash  / Conditioning of the Hair. Be aware that hair conditioners often contain synthetic anti-static agents. You can make a natural hair conditioner from Scottish Seaweed which has some natural anti-static properties!

Body / Skin

Try the Body Ionic Brush, which has bristles of copper and horse hair on the skin to remove any charges from the skin surface. The brush delivers negative ions which are massively important for health and wellbeing and neutralizes charges on the body surface.  Also one or two strokes with this ionic brush, can give electrons to the hair and calm intensely flyaway hair.

A full brushing of the body with the ionic body brush is a profoundly healthy routine and due to the movement of lymph fluid which is also very electrically conductive, even brushing on the skin surface has deep effect further in the body!

Wash the face and body in Rhassoul Clay which has natural anti-static and static dispersing properties.

Laundry and Cleaning

Fabric conditioner and many cleaners contain synthetic anti-static chemicals. We prefer to wash the clothes in soapnuts which have some natural anti-static properties! Soapnuts can also be used for many household cleaning tasks.

I hope that you enjoyed learning about static and that you will get a chance to do your own experiments. Who knows, you might be the next Tesla, finding ways of harvesting of all this free static energy!

More detail, if you are still awake, or if you really, really want to know more!

What Causes Static Charges to Separate?

The core of atoms are made up with protons and neutrons. Protons have a positive charge and neutrons are without charge. Around the centre of the atom are series of shells containing electrons spinning in layered orbits, called shells. The electrons have a negative charge. The electrons in the outer shell are often mobile.

If the atom is composed in such a way the there is room for further electrons in the outer shell, nearby electrons will take up orbit in the shell and the atom will be more stable. Equally, there are atoms which are willing to give up electrons from their outer shell. Depending on which atom any specific material is composed, the material has have a tendency to either donate or accept electrons. Only contact or friction is necessary for these Olympics to go on.

When electrons are lost from a material, the material will be left with a positive charge. Conversely when a material accepts electrons, the material may take on a negative charge.

What Materials are Involved in Charge Separation?

Materials are arranged in hierarchical series, called the Triboelectric Series. This list shows the propensity of materials to donate electrons nearer to the top with those materials willing to accept electrons near the bottom. It is not the full list! This flow of electrons happens when the different materials are in contact or are rubbing together.

The top of the series

Rabbit fur (also Cat fur)
Hair and Oily Skin
Dry Skin and Nylon
Cotton other vegetable fibres ( these materials wick humidity and so reduce the accumulation of static, because moisture conducts static and it flows away)

Materials from the top of the series give up their electrons readily, meaning they acquire a positively charged field. Rabbit fur is known for being left with a strong positive charge after being rubbed with a material lower down the scale such as wool or more so plastic.

The middle of the series


Lower down the series

Latex (Natural Rubber)

These materials gain electrons readily.

The further apart the materials are on the triboelectric series, the more static or charge separation is created. Unless this field is discharged on a conducting surface, the invisible static field clings around our body and moves around with us. Because static is conducted away by moisture in the air, we are more likely to get static shocks in dry environments and on days with low humidity.

Notice that fur is very high up the triboelectric series. The more active the rabbit or cat, the dryer the day, the less it washes, the more likely the fur is to accumulate a high positive charge. Cats are very prone to getting shocks from static discharge and if I was a cat, I would dread being combed with anything comb made with materials which would cause static. I would insist on being combing with a horn comb!

Please note that my explanation is on a very basic level and physics and quantum science offers more sophisticated and compelling adventures about energy, electrons, sub atomic particles quantum energy and waveforms!

pumice, hemp oil soap, and soapnuts

Clean your Toilet without Chemicals

Mrs Everybody has now crossed the Final Frontier! Hurray! She and Mr Everybody, for that matter, can get their toilets super clean without chemical cleaners. It has taken us a few years to work it out, and the challenge was quite extreme in the end, but what a sense of relief now have been successful! (Excuse the awful puns!) Please read on and find out how.


My weapons of choice against limescale deposits, staining and other nasties in the lavatory bowl. Pumice, hemp oil soap and soapnuts.

What Causes the Build Up in Toilet Bowls?

As with any cleaning task it is important to understand the nature of this grime. Know your enemy! Concreted grey or brown stains in the lavatory ‘ceramic glazed earthenware toilet’ bowl are of lime scale or iron from the water or pipes. Blackish stains could be from the manganese in the water or decomposed rubber from seals. Blue or green stains can derive from copper in the water, the use of copper pipes or the use of chemicals in the toilet. In fact you can get stains in the toilet bowl of almost any hue. A lot depends on the nature of your water. Further, nastier deposits might come from back wash. I spare you the details of those and other sources of germy grime. Start bidding them farewell!

Conventional chemical toilet cleaners are of either strong acids or bases, which are risky to keep in the house and toxic for the water system. You never quite know what is in chemical cleaners as the manufacturers don’t have to list all of the ingredients on the label. Toilet blocks are also commonly used either in the bowl or in the water reservoir. I have a particular distrust for blue ones – high in chromium. Anyway I can’t use these, firstly because I don’t have chemicals in my home – it’s my house and my rule. Secondly, I am allergic to chemically cleaned toilets. They can produce violent coughing fits in me. Finally I would rather use something with a natural and traditional aroma which will biodegrade quickly and which is safe for septic tanks and filtration ponds.

What are our Weapons of Choice against Deposits and Staining in the Lavatory Bowl?

A Small Black Pumice This is crucial for tackling concreted lime scale deposits.
Hemp Oil Soap This can be modified and left to deep clean the toilet. It is also the basis of our daily cleaner.
Soapnuts These are secured in the cistern to help prevent the accumulation of deposits and stains… Ah ha!

How to Remove Limescale Deposits Naturally

Be very brave or put on your non-leaky gloves on. Use gloves if you have any cuts on the hands or splits on the skin or cuticles. Gently rub the stains with the pumice, keeping the pumice wet. Just rub gently, yes gently! You will see the lime scale deposits breaking down straight away. Instant gratification. Go gently. Use the angles of the pumice stone to reach into every crevice. It is better not to use any type of cleaner while using the pumice so that to see what you are doing in the clear water. Flush the toilet and continue if needed. Flush again at the end.

Wash your hands, wrist and lower arms and scrub your nails if you have been a bare skin cleaner or if you feel the need. Wash the pumice and scrub it with a nail brush and soap. We use either multipurpose hemp oil soap or rhassoul clay for washing our hands and scrubbing our nails. However you managed this task, you deserve a Bronze Medal.

How to Remove other Resistant Deposits, Stains and Grime

Some stains penetrate into the porcelain – which is slightly porous.  Make a mixture hemp oil soap and either vinegar or bicarbonate of soda. Keep the mixture thick enough so that you can place it directly over the stain. It is best to give your chosen mixture time to work. The timing depends on your levels of patience and any sense of impending urgency! Try the other hemp oil soap anti-stain mix if the first one doesn’t cut it. Most stains will give into to either one of these assaults. Now you have removed all of the deposits and stains you are ready to deep clean the toilet bowl. You have done very well. You deserve a Silver Medal.

How to deep Clean the Toilet Bowl

First make your Super but Natural Cleaner

1. Squeeze the lemon. This will make a lovely refreshing drink with the addition of either cold or warm water and honey or sugar if you like. You don’t have to be suffering from a cold to drink lemon juice. I drink some most days as it helps to keep the body more alkaline, plus it is full of fresh vitamins. You could also use orange or grapefruit.

2. Place the halved citrus shells and the pips into a pan of about 2 litres of hot water and simmer the rinds and pips for a few minutes to dissolve the oils. Add a dollop of hemp oil soap in at the end so that it dissolves too. You can add other essential oils if you would like to introduce your favourite aromas or enhance the anti-microbial action.

3. Remove the rinds or citrus fruit shells from the mixture.

How to Deep Clean the Toilet with Traditional Soap

Now pour this hot mixture directly onto the residual water in the toilet bowl. You are forcing the cold water out of the toilet bowl and replacing it with hot soapy-citrus, natural and fresh toilet cleaner. Use the toilet brush to bring the soapy mix up to the water jets and under the rim of the bowl. Put the lid down.

Leave it alone for 10 minutes, and then give it a scrub to maximize the cleaning action while the water is still hot. You can leave the soapy mix for longer if needed, or even over night. There is no time limit, well not until somebody needs to use that toilet again! Then scrub the toilet and flush it. If you want to use vinegar or bicarbonate of soda or even both, creating a foam, then this is effective too and they can be used with the soap mixture to good effect. Now you deserve a Gold Medal! But don’t rest on your laurels – There is more!

How to Clean the Seat, Lid and the Exterior of the Loo

Wipe the both sides of the lid with either a damp cloth or some damp toilet paper with the addition of a splash of soapnut liquid or a tiny dab of hemp oil soap. Wipe the flush buttons or pull handle. Then do the same for the both sides of the loo seat. Make sure that no soapy residue remains on the seat or else it will feel a bit sticky. The same method can be used to wipe down the porcelain on the foot of the toilet and the exit pipe. If you are using a cloth, don’t use it for anything else now. Place it in the washing machine afterwards, washing it at least 60 degrees Celsius. Wash your hands again.

How to keep the bowl sparking clean with soapnuts

You can help the toilet to stay cleaner for longer by doing what Mr Everybody has been doing. We live in a very hard water area and so toilet deposits are hard to prevent. After my toilet had regained its old sparkle, Mr Everybody put his thinking cap on, ruminated for a while and ran up (and down) the stairs wielding an odd sock from his odd sock mountain. He then stuffed it with 4 soapnuts. If you are lucky enough to have soft water, 3 probably will do. He opened the toilet water reservoir and tied the sock to the outlet pipe so that the sock could not block anything, tangle around anything and so that the soapnuts couldn’t escape.

By securing soapnuts in the toilet cistern, you can keep the water softer and reduce limescale deposits.

By securing soapnuts in the toilet cistern, you can keep the water softer and reduce limescale deposits.

Now whenever I flush the toilet, the toilet refills with a soapnut soap solution, modifying the water so that it behaves more like soft water. We like that. This makes the accumulation of deposits slower and I am sure that we can keep the dreaded deposits at bay. Once the foaminess stops, I will replace the soapnuts. I guess if the toilet was flushed very frequently, then you could add more soapnuts to keep the foaminess, aka, water softness up to the required standards!

Also each time the toilet is used for number twos, we use the toilet brush and some thinned down hemp oil soap. To do this take some naturally concentrated Hemp Oil Soap out of the jar and add some hot water, just off the boil. Gently stir it and the soap will thin down. Put it in a washed out squeezy bottle, (devoid of chemicals) preferably one with a nozzle for aiming at the water jets and under the bowl rim. I have added some essential oils to my thinned soap – The bathroom always has a fresh aroma.

As we use our DIY self-modified cleaner each time the toilet is used for serious business with the toilet brush afterwards, the toilet has remained perfect. I don’t think that there is a Platinum Medal, but if there was one, I would award it to Mr Everybody for his innovation.

If you have managed to restore your toilet to a show house model, then you can join the victory parade and celebrate with the Olympians later this summer! If you look hard, you will see Mr Everybody there.
Hemp Oil Soap for Cleaning

PS. If I see an order for all 3 products, I will select the best piece of pumice which I can find for cleaning the toilet bowl. If you order is not so clear cut, then you can always send me a message with the order, send an email or give me a quick call to make sure that you have the best shaped pumice for the task.


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