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Caring for Your Vacuum

Vacuum cleaners are a staple in many homes and have been so for decades. This is because they enable their owners to clean their homes with ease and in quicker time. As such, it is practically irreplaceable for many and they are considered a valuable investment.

Vacuum cleaners can run into thousands of pounds in costs, and as such, they need to be properly cared for to avoid damage and constant replacement. Fortunately, caring for a vacuum cleaner is not an overly difficult task, and can be done without much effort. If you are a vacuum cleaner owner who wishes to prolong its lifespan, consider the following steps:

Replace broken parts

While vacuum cleaners should be maintained and kept in good condition, they often get damaged at some point in their lifespan. Should that happen, it would be in your best interest to repair and replace whatever parts have been broken or misplaced.

For example, if a Karcher vacuum part needs to be replaced, look up Karcher spares from a retailer such as Spares2you and replace it as soon as possible. If significant damage has taken place, take your vacuum cleaner to a repair expert and have the issue resolved before more damage takes place.

Use as suggested

One of the most common reasons why vacuum cleaners get damaged in the first place is that they are often used in ways other than their recommended manner. This includes use on surfaces that are advised against, mishandling the various parts of the vacuum cleaner, and improper storage.

For your best interest, read the instruction manual that comes with your vacuum cleaner carefully and only make use of the machine in the way and on the surfaces that have been specified. This will go a long way to make sure that your vacuum cleaner does not get damaged and can serve you for a long time to come.

Clean regularly

While they are designed to help ease the process of cleaning your home, vacuum cleaners also need to be cleaned to prolong their lifespan.

Regularly empty the attached trash bag and wipe the surfaces. Make sure there is no obstruction in their pipes and clean them if any is discovered. If there are any metallic parts of the vacuum cleaner, make sure they are clean and dry at all times to avoid rust damage to them. If all these are observed regularly, the damage is less likely to occur.

Service it regularly

Once a year or so, have your vacuum cleaner taken to a technician who will service and conduct maintenance work on your vacuum cleaner.

This will help to identify and rectify any possible problems with the vacuum cleaner ahead of time to prevent further damage. When you take your vacuum cleaner to your technician, ask for any tips or suggestions they have about maintaining, using, and storing the machine, and be sure to follow any instructions given.

Vacuum cleaners last and serve for a very long time or can fall apart easily depending on how you treat them. Follow the above steps to maintain your vacuum cleaner.

How a Dishwasher Changed My Life

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When we moved here, to our little house in the countryside, I had to accept a few things in order to get the lifestyle we wanted. Firstly, I would have to do a fair bit of driving to get the girls to school. Nights out would either need to be very sober or cost a lot more if we factored in taxis. We’d have to accept that our internet went about the same speed as dial-up, circa 1997. And, perhaps most horrifyingly of all, I would have to accept that there wasn’t space in our kitchen for a dishwasher.

I’d never had a dishwasher until we lived in the house before this one, and getting one at the last house felt like all of my dreams had come true at once. You see, I’m not naturally domesticated, and the washing up was my BIGGEST nemesis. I absolutely hate washing up. And so does everyone else who lives here, so it would often go undone for days at a time, which as you can imagine, is a less than ideal situation.

I won’t lie, I had a bit of a meltdown at Husband and told him that something needed to change, so he put his thinking cap in action (as well as chucking a bit of cash at the situation!) and worked out that we could have a dishwasher if we did a bit of shuffling around in the kitchen.

We’re seriously lucky that we have some super handy and practical people in our family, so after a call to Husband’s aunty (although you could just hire a plumber) we worked out that we could put the dishwasher where our washing machine currently stood and do a bit of a retrofit with the pipes to move the washing machine along a different wall altogether.

We have a galley kitchen, so it wasn’t immediately obvious that we’d be able to do this, but sometimes it takes a new pair of eyes, and someone with a bit more expertise than yourself, to come up with this sort of solution.

Husband’s aunt and uncle ordered all of the parts they’d need and came round one evening a few months ago to get it all done. It only took them two or three hours, and by the time they finished, we had a shiny new dishwasher, ready to go, and a washing machine that actually worked MUCH better in its new position because the floor was more level and it was closer to the dryer, too.

It sounds dramatic when I say it’s changed my life, but I cannot understate this fact enough. Instead of permanently living in limbo between “don’t use the kitchen, I’ve just spent hours cleaning it” and “we’ve got no clean plates, we’ll have to have a takeaway”, the kitchen is permanently clean and tidy and we ALWAYS have things to eat and drink with.

This has also had other knock-on effects too – we eat far fewer takeaways, so we’re saving money and being healthier, both of which are really positive. It also means that the rest of the house is tidier, because there’s a place for all of the dirty plates, cups and cutlery to go. I also enjoy cooking SO much more now. Before, I’d cook a roast or bake a cake and then be faced with the reality that I had to hand wash every single item I’d used in the process. Now, it all goes straight in the dishwasher, nothing is untidy, and I can just enjoy the whole experience of being creative in the kitchen.

If you don’t think you have space for a dishwasher in your kitchen, it could be well worth getting a plumber or kitchen designer to have a look and give you a professional opinion as to whether there might be a way, and if you’re as undomesticated as me, it could genuinely change your life!

Top 8 Ways to Simplify Your House Cleaning

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House cleaning is a necessary but stressful process for everyone. Generally, it starts off as a seemingly simple chore which becomes increasingly overwhelming as time passes by. And most of us wish that the process could be simpler and less tedious. Well, it could be, but only if you know how to make the process simpler and less stressful. This article focuses on eight ways to make house simpler.

Do a little daily

Staying on top of  small daily tasks makes cleaning so much easier. Most of us prefer to do all our house cleaning in a single day, the main reason being the lack of time during weekdays due to work. However, doing a few small tasks daily such as wiping counters and washing dishes can make a huge difference. The aim here is to avoid building smaller chores into large ones.

Make a Schedule

Staying on top of things is not as easy as it sounds especially because there is a plethora of other stuff which occupies your mind and could cause you to forget that you have to do the dishes or wipe the counters. That is why it is important to have a schedule which clearly shows when you want to get some house chores done. Having a schedule gives you a clear-cut plan of action and prevents lagging or idling around when you have work to be done.

Make and implement rules

 Sometimes, making a few rules could be just what you need to make house cleaning simpler and less stressful. This is especially necessary if people usually make a mess at your home which you have to clean up all by yourself. Some rules would go make it easier to do your job, especially if everyone does theirs. Consider rules like “no shoes on while on the carpet” which could help reduce the number of times you need to vacuum-clean your carpet. An important part of making rules is implementation of the rules since rules without implementation are nothing but words.

Decluttering

 An important part of making cleaning simpler is organization. The main cause of cluttering at home is the fact that everything is kept everywhere. Have places for everything. If possible, label places where certain stuff should be kept like cups, plates, spoon/forks and other household equipment. This also applies to clothes, undies, and shoes.

Clean as you go

This technique is better and easier to use after decluttering. Once clusters have been reorganized, wiping becomes much easier, maybe even fun. Wiping bathroom counters and sinks after taking a bath could be easier after bottles and accessories have been moved out of the way. Also, cleaning dishes after meals make the sink empty which in turn makes wiping easy. However, not all chores are compatible with this technique but it is important to do those that are.

Be consistent

 Consistency is important in making house cleaning simple. If you have work to be done, do the work. There is nothing worse and demotivating than being in work mode and then lagging only to continue later. Being consistent is also about doing a little each day without skipping. Doing some laundry for about ten minutes each day will reduce the overall amount of laundry you have to do during weekends.

Delegate chores 

If dirtying the house is not entirely your fault, then, cleaning the house should not be entirely your responsibility. Make cleaning a family thing. Delegate some of the chores to the kids. Regardless of the age, everyone should be able to contribute in some way (except a toddler, of course). Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to carry the entire load of housecleaning.

Consider outdoor help

 If the burden of work is too much for you, employ a maid or a yardman. Employing outside help will immensely lessen your workload and give you time to actually spend with your kids and train them in the way you would like them to be. However, if you think you couldn’t handle the workload, outside help is unnecessary.

Liz is a part of the Content team at Best Vacuum Expert, sharing expert knowledge and best tips on how to have a clean house.

5 Great Tips to Organise Your Kid’s Room

kid's roomThe summer vacation is great for your kids but not always so great for their rooms. Being stuck inside all day whining almost always ends in mess and clutter and dealing with this can be even worse when you see the state it’s in. So here are 5 great tips on how to organise your kid’s room without giving up on first sight:

  1. Sort, Store and Simplify

If your kid’s room is lacking in storage, buy some boxes or shelving. You could even ask them to go with you to choose something they like so they’ll be more inclined to help you (see point 4 and this article by Gtech on getting your kids involved with cleaning). Sort through all the mess and divide into subject piles (e.g. one pile for games, one for books, one for clothes, etc.) and then store accordingly.

  1. Make it easier to put away, harder to get out

Shelving is a great way to do this as your kids may not be able to reach the shelf so they won’t be able to take out everything at once. Also consider getting storage solutions that offer padlocks or child-lock technology. This will force your kids to ask you for which toys they want rather than cluttering up their whole room with unused toys and other mess.

  1. Label, label, label

When you’re sorting through the different piles, make sure you store things in boxes or draws that are clearly labelled. Having a colour coordinating system could also work for you (e.g. the red box is for books, the blue for games, the green for dolls and so on). Labelling will also make it much easier for you when it’s time to clear up the mess from around the house or your kid’s room. theartofcleanliness.com has a great post on a closet organiser system to make your kid’s closet much easier to keep tidy; you could label each section of the closet for even clearer organisation.

  1. Bring the child into the process

As I mentioned before, you could ask your child to come with you to choose some storage they like (e.g. boxes with their favourite characters on them) or make cleaning a game. However you decide to bring them into the process, it’s important to get them started in helping you. You could even offer a reward at the end if they’ve done a good job.

  1. Build a maintenance routine

This will help you stay on top of things without the mess getting too hard to control. Set out a weekly cleaning schedule and allocate a day to organising your kid’s room. This is a good habit to get into especially if your child is also getting involved. See this maintenance checklist by Lowe’s Canada for the monthly maintenance you shouldn’t be avoiding.

See more ways to keep your kids busy on mumstheword.me.

THE PURGE (AKA, Don’t Stand Still or Mum Will Throw You in the Bin)

Before Christmas, we were lucky enough to be given a brand new sofa, and in preparation for this, I cleared every stick of furniture out of our living room and cleaned the carpet the day before it was delivered. As it turned out, I quite like having a lounge which isn’t stacked high with toys and other clutter, so much of what we moved has sat in the dining room since the beginning of December, making the room look like a huge version of Monica’s secret closet.

THE PURGE

Last week, I decided that enough was enough; we couldn’t live with one room that looked like one of those storage units, but the rest of the house was by no means ready to receive all of the stuff from my Room of Shame.

And so began…THE PURGE!

I started with the airing cupboard, taking out all of the duvet sets and sheets, and storing them in under-bed boxes, giving us a huge empty cupboard to use for other things. Then I moved on to the girls room, where I managed to clear out SIX black bags of clothes and two massive IKEA bags full of toys for charity, as well as four bags of rubbish, which gave us a whole bunch of empty storage in which to put all of the new things they got for Christmas. Next, I moved on to that dead space at the bottom of the wardrobes that I tend to fill up with things like old pairs of curtains and blankets which don’t really have another home, and managed to fill up two more bin bags of stuff for the charity shop.

My next job is to tackle The Room of Shame, but now that the rest of the house is so much clearer and we have plenty of space to tidy INTO, it doesn’t feel nearly as daunting – I don’t feel the need to start Googling ‘storage near me‘ anymore so that I can just move half of our belongings elsewhere!

The nice thing I’ve noticed is that the decluttering has had a really positive knock-on effect for my mental state, and our lives as a family. I’m taking more interest in other housework because the house looks nice and I want to KEEP it looking nice, and Sausage has a clear desk to do her homework on, rather than perching up at the coffee table each evening. BB has also taken an interest in helping me (in exchange for pocket money, of course!) to put washing away and do other little jobs, which is a habit I’m more than happy for her to get into. I think I’ll make The Purge a six-monthly thing so that we stay on top of it and don’t feel like we’re perpetually drowning in old clothes and toys!

Do you have a purge every now and again, or are you a bit of a hoarder? Do leave me a comment below.

The Basics of Floor Mopping

moppingFloor mopping is a simple, sustaining, and satisfying process when done with the most effective cleaning tools. The industrial mop system is often perceived as a rigorous, tedious process. However, it provides immense satisfaction if the right methods are used. The following industrial mopping procedure overviews the important components of the process, and best practices for maintaining hygienic floorcare.

The Basics: Investing in a Mop Kit

Mop kits offer an efficient means of cleaning floors–as they include the complete system needed for good fast and effective. Most kits comprise of a mop tool, a dust mop, and damp mop pads. Floorcare systems such as microfiber cleaning kits are known to offer thorough coverage, as each component of the kit yields elimination of bacteria, don’t require chemicals, and require less water. Since mop kits include a comprehensive set of products for the floor mopping process, it is no doubt that investing in a kit for industrial mopping is worth it.

Mopping Methods

Before beginning the mopping process, one key action that should be taken is vacuuming the floor. By doing so, significant debris and surface dirt will be removed.

There are two primary methods for using an industrial mop: wet mopping, and dry dust mopping. It is best to choose a mop based on the floor surface; for example, a sponge mop will complement a smooth surfaced floor, and a rag mop will suffice for a floor with high level of texture.

Wet mopping follows a fairly direct process, as it starts with soaking the mop under a faucet to soak in hot water, or using a mop solution such as a non-bleach cleaner. After soaking the mop, it is important to remove excess water to avoid over-wetting the floor surface. After draining excess water in a bucket, the mop should be damp and ready to clean. After mopping floors, it is critical to rinse the mop pads or put them in the washing machine for a thorough clean.

Although wet mopping seems to be a messy activity, it is extremely beneficial in that it can remove sticky liquids, stains, and everyday kitchen messes.

Dry dust mopping is the optimal method for removing microparticles, crumbs, pet hair, and dust balls–to name a few. It is the perfect way to attain clean hardwood floors! Dry map pads automatically attract dust and small particles. It is important to remember to utilize the power of the swivel heads of a mop, which are able to clean areas that are harder to access.

Similar to the process of wet mopping, once finished, simply pull the dry pad from the head of the map, and rinse the pad or place in the washing machine. For dry and wet mopping, microfiber products serve as very effective cleaning systems. Microfiber mops require a little bit of water, and they are set to clean. To see the effectiveness, it is recommended to start with dry mops.

After using the mop, it is vital to allow the mop to dry thoroughly before storing. This eliminates any risk of bacterial growth. It is best to store the mop in a cool, dry location. The mop should be replaced once there are visible signs of wearing.

Wrapping Up

As seen in the two methods, industrial mopping utilizing the right tools and methods can yield a clean and thriving floor in the home. The main idea is that proper care for the mop, and using strong materials such as microfiber products are what ensure a safe and impactful cleaning system in the long run.

Five Tips to Turn Clutter into Order (without too much hassle)

Clutter gets you down. It’s a slow creep, but eventually you realise you can’t do the things you want because there’s no space, too much mess, and it’ll take all the spare time you have just to make room for what you wanted to do.

When it reaches this stage, it’s time to wage war on clutter.

#1 – Get Organised

Everybody hangs on to things ‘just in case’. It can reach the stage when there’s nowhere in cupboards and wardrobes to keep the stuff you want because they’re full of things you no longer use.

Getting tough on those space stealers is the first step to mastering clutter instead of letting it master you. Take it slowly, doing just one room at a time. Start with the least cluttered room, because when you get a relatively easy success you’re more motivated to tackle something more challenging.

Go through all the cupboards and divide stuff into three piles:

• Keepers
• Trash
• Savers

The keepers you’ll have somewhere either to hand or on display. The trash items speak for themselves. Be ruthless and have a big black bin bag to hand so you’re less likely to change your mind. The savers are items you want to keep, such as sentimental value things or heirlooms you can’t part with. These you’ll pack away and store elsewhere.

Having sorted possessions in this way you’ll already feel like you’re reclaiming your space. Time to move on.

#2 – Find and Use Hidden Spaces

Hidden spaces include under the stairs, or even under the kitchen cabinets (that area that’s generally blocked off with kick boards). But hidden spaces can also be hiding in plain sight.

Look up, and see all that space on the wall. We tend to ignore high up spaces, but it’s valuable real estate for shelving to hold books, ornaments, collections or anything else you want on display. And the best thing is shelving works in every room, and is usually out of reach of little fingers.

#3 – Making More of Storage Furniture

Digital gadgets are part of everyday life, but they really contribute to clutter when they’re left lying on surfaces, especially in living rooms.

Storage furniture provides a solution in the form of coffee tables or end tables that have drawers and shelves built in. When you can scoop chargers, controllers, remotes, tablets and phones out of sight, surfaces are clean and tidy, but gadgets are still handy.

In bedrooms, make beds work harder. Choose divans or ottomans over frame beds and use the built in storage for toys in kids’ rooms or spare linens and duvets in the master bedroom.

#4 – Use Self Storage for Seasonal Items

We live according to the seasons, either consciously or unconsciously, doing different things depending on the weather and time of year.

Those activities generally involve different bits of kit, from lawn mowers and barbecues to sports equipment or seasonal clothing. Keeping them at home takes up space and adds to the feeling of clutter.

Self storage is an answer many people are discovering. The rooms come in all sizes and are quite inexpensive. The rental terms are short, so giving up a room or moving to a different size is quick and easy. Plus, most of us live within striking distance of a self storage facility.

Storing items not being used frees up a surprising amount of space, whether it’s more room in the garage to work on the car, or more space in the house to arrange things in everyday use.

#5 – Banish Dumping Grounds

Let’s face it, we all have them. Post and junk mail gets tossed on the side ‘for later’, keys get dropped on counters or hall tables, and shoes pile up just inside doorways. Making tiny changes in these areas can really help control or banish small dumping grounds:

• Install a key rack and use it.
• Invest in a letter rack where all incoming mail gets stacked until you have time to deal with it.
• Put a shoe rack by the door, or make it a household rule that shoes are placed in whatever area you designate for them.

Sometimes, changing just one little habit, or tackling one little area, can have a big impact on clutter.

Cleaning and De-Cluttering After Christmaso

Post-Christmas Cleaning and De-ClutteringI don’t know about you, but when the tree finally comes down, it feels like a really good time for a big cleaning session and declutter. My kids are still at an age where their toys take up a LOT of room, and Christmas usually means finding even more room for all their stuff, so in order to maintain a tiny bit of decent living space (as well as hanging on to my ever-precarious marbles) I tend to have a bit of a blitz, including all of the things that don’t get cleaned as regularly. Here are a few things which get deep-cleaned at this time of year:

Glassware

Husband has quite a large collection of glasses, ranging from large litre-sized beer glasses from Europe right down to special vodka glasses, and everything in between. It’s not the sort of glassware which gets used every day and is kept on shelves in our dining room, so it does tend to collect dust and this is usually the time of year when it all gets taken down, washed and polished before being put back on the shelves.

Fireplace

Our wood burner gets used a LOT during the winter, in fact it’s roaring away as we speak, but it does need a good clean up every now and again. The ash gets thrown away each time we use it and I vaccum the hearth almost daily, but the glass on the front and the metal parts can get grimy and need a polish.

Doors and Light Switches

Unless you’re a cleaning machine like my friend Sam, there are probably areas of your house that you don’t even NOTICE until they got dirty and things like light switches and doors are a prime example. When you’ve got kids with grubby hands who insist on TOUCHING EVERYTHING, stuff gets sticky, which them attracts dust and can end up looking grubby. Now is the time to give them all a scrub.

Down the Back of the Sofa

If you’ve got a sofa with cushions on it, there’s a good chance that there’s a whole load of crumbs, dust, stray hairs and tony toys hiding down the back of the cushions. Get your vacuum pole down there and give it a good clean out to deal with the rubbish removal, then a spray with Febreeze or even given them a once-over with a steam cleaner. It’ll freshen up your sofa and make it seem much nicer.

Inside Your Cupboards

Go through your cupboards and check the sell-by-dates on everything – I guarantee you’ve got at least one can of food which is well past it’s best. Get rid of anything you can’t use and if there’s anything which is still in date, the local food bank will probably make excellent use of it. This will also make cleaning the shelves a lot easier!

Do you have any amazing home cleaning tips to share with me?

Housework Hacks – My Top 5

As I’ve mentioned about a billion times before, I’m not a fan of housework. I’m not ashamed to say that if I were rich, I’d probably pay someone to do it. It’s a thankless task that is never done. As soon as you think the place is spotless, someone wears something, eats something or pees somewhere and you have to start all over again.

Just recently, I’ve discovered a few little things that have helped to make the cleaning process a little easier, which is something we could all do with. Since we moved, we’ve had a few different cleaning challenges to deal with, such as laminate flooring in the hallway, which is something I’ve never had to care for until now. We all know about white vinegar, lemon juice and newspaper being a great help, but the ones I use may not be so well-known. So here are a few things that could make your daily chores a bit less of a, well, chore!

Housework Hacks – Fabric Softener

Housework Hacks - Fabric Softener

This is an odd one, but I’m not a massive fan of polish or aerosols in general. I find it smells pretty rough and as is the modern way, I don’t really have a lot of true wooden furniture, mostly Ikea-tastic units that don’t actually like polish very much. I don’t know where I read this one, but instead of polish I use a tiny bit of fabric softener on a cloth instead. We have oak effect laminate flooring in our hallway and not only does this get it shiny, it makes it smell lovely as we walk into the house! It smells nicer and helps you to pick up dust and remove drinks rings far better than a dry cloth. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have antiques or wooden units as it’ll dry out the wood, but for anything laminate or laminate floor. You can also combine it with tip number 5 and use old socks as your dusters…saving you a whole load of the money in the process.

Housework Hacks – WD40

 Housework Hacks - WD40

WD40 is one of those things that most people have in the garage or shed but never think to use for cleaning. In fact, WD40 is AMAZING a getting rid of grease. Just recently, I cleaned our cooker hood using WD40 and a soft cloth and not only did it cut through the cooked-on grease with seriously minimal effort, the cooker hood came up to a beautiful shine too. In the grand scheme of things, WD40 doesn’t even smell too bad either and I can’t convey just how easy this made the whole job.

If you go to the WD40 site, there’s actually 2000+ uses for it and Husband informs me that it’s also amazing at getting waxed crayon off of painted walls and laminate flooring!

Housework Hacks – Bicarbonate of Soda

Housework Hacks - Bicarbonate of Soda

This is a pretty well-known one, I think, but it’s pretty old-fashioned too so I’m not sure if it’s as well-known to my generation. We keep bicarb in the house constantly as it is so cheap and so useful for so many things. We’ve used it on a saucer in the fridge to wick away any unpleasant smells, diluted in boiling water to brighten stained mugs, made into a paste and used with a toothbrush to clean tiles and the bit round the base of the taps that goes scummy. We even used it to get the smell of sick out of our memory foam mattress after Sausage did an EPIC chunder one night and no amount of cleaning product would get rid of the odour.

Housework Hacks – Chamois Leather

Housework Hacks - Chamois Leather

If you have a dog which is a short-haired breed, especially at this time of year, you’ll notice that those spiky little hairs are BLOODY EVERYWHERE. You can’t brush them like you can with a longer haired breed, but rubbing their coat with a slightly damp chamois leather a couple of times a week helps to get rid of all of the loose hairs and will make their coat come up a treat. Plus, if your dog is anything like our big baby, they’ll just love the fuss! (It has to be a proper chamois though, not an artificial one)

Housework Hacks – Old Socks

Housework Hacks - Old Socks

This is another slightly odd one, but old socks actually make excellent dusters! If you’re like me, you probably do a 6 monthly blitz on socks, where you go through drawers and separate anything which either doesn’t have a partner or has holes in the toes. Don’t throw them away – stick a sock over your hand and it does a really good job of picking up dust and can be washed and reused time and again.

So there you go, five little tips which may make your day a bit cheaper and easier. If you have any of these little gems, let me know! Also, check out Floors Direct for some excellent flooring solutions. Two more things which are great for laminate flooring maintenance are acetone-free nail polish remover and ice. The nail polish remover will help to remove stubborn marks like paint, oil, tar or markers. Using ice to freeze substances like chewing gum before gentle scraping them off of laminate flooring is also a really efficient (and free!) way to care for your laminate.

Why We’re Sticking ‘Two Fingers’ Up at Damaging Cleaning Products

I’m starting to get to that stage of pregnancy where I want to begin the nesting process. Cleaning is not something that comes naturally to me, but I’ve definitely started to get the decluttering bug and I keep getting random “I must scrub that skirting board…” type thoughts jumping into my head whilst sitting in my armchair.

Having an asthmatic child means that I try to be selective about the products that I use, which is why when I saw the following video for Two Fingers cleaning products, I was intrigued (as well as bowled over by cuteness because I L.O.V.E. sloths!)

This is the blurb that attracted me in the first place:

“Everyone recognises that we live in an environment that is constantly under threat from the things we pump into our skies, bury in our land and pour into our rivers and oceans – and everyone knows that we need to change.   At Two Fingers their whole approach is about protecting the environment by preserving precious resources, respecting the need to conserve, and doing everything possible to minimise the impact of excessive packaging, transport and distribution.

Their entire range is ONLY made from ingredients derived from natural, readily biodegradable, renewable and sustainable botanical resources, principally plant and vegetable derivatives. All their products are non-hazardous and have never been tested on animals.   So say Two Fingers, to dirt, to waste, to toxic cleaners!

Two Fingers cleaning products are unique in that they transform plant and vegetable based ingredients into particles called micelles, which disrupts the bonds of material to not only clean, but disintegrate dirt and oil. These micelles are much smaller than that of typical soaps and detergents and (here’s the clever bit) they surround dirt with detergent making the dirt more soluble and lower the surface tension so the dirt comes away from the surface with a simple wipe of a cloth.”

Knowing that not only will the products be safe to use around the home, given that it’ll have an asthmatic and a newborn in it, is a huge relief, and knowing that the company has strong policies when it comes to the environment is an even bigger ‘tick’ in Two Fingers box. I also noticed this in the FAQ section of the site:

Are Two Fingers products safe to use around pregnant women, young babies/toddlers and animals?

The combination of low volatile organic compounds/no fumes, a neutral pH level, no known Carcinogens or other health effects mean our products are a safe choice for use in the home. You can even wash your fish tank with them – just don’t forget to take the fish out of the tank first!

If you want to know more about Two Fingers Clean, watch the video above and head over to the site for more information.

Post written in collaboration with Two Fingers Clean