We all enjoy living and working in clean surroundings, but many household cleaners, especially those containing chlorine bleach and ammonia, are toxic to the environment and may have been tested on animals. So what should you look for in a cleaner? Well, you can use natural cleaners from your kitchen cupboards as follows (but it’s always good to test on a hidden area first):
Vinegar – mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and you have a multi-purpose cleaner
Lemon juice – use to remove soap scum and scrub dishes, surface and stains
Bicarbonate of soda – can be used for scrubbing surfaces or as a deodoriser e.g. in trainers
If you prefer to buy cleaning products, as with other things, it’s good to check the labels. EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal. The leaping bunny logo guarantees consumers that no animal tests were used in the development/production of the product as of a fixed cut-off date.
At Pukka, all of the cleaning products we buy, including our hand soaps and washing-up liquid are certified Cruelty-free. We choose cleaning products that use plant-based ingredients that come from renewable sources, biodegrade rapidly and are less toxic. We also buy in bulk and refill our bottles to minimize the amount of packaging used.
And what if you use a cleaning service? In this case, it’s important to find a company who cares as much as you do. At Pukka, we were lucky enough to find the professional, reliable and extremely lovely Eco Sheen. Like us, Eco Sheen are committed to working with ethical suppliers and minimising their carbon footprint and resource use. They also use Cruelty-free, EU Ecolabel and refillable products.
So for those cleaning with natural, EU Eco-label and Cruelty-free products take a moment to reflect on your good work (or that of your cleaning service!).
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In the early days of ‘green’ cleaning, in most stores, only Ecover products were available and their labelling wasn’t anywhere near as appealing, so we reverted back to our ‘tried and tested’ brands. But the tide is turning and we are far more aware of the damage chemicals in products can do. Plus there are many more environmentally-friendly products available that actually work.
So, if you haven’t turned to green cleaning yet, here are some great reasons to make the switch now.
At Eco Sheen, all the products we use are environmentally-friendly, without any harmful chemicals and carry the EU Ecolabel; if they don’t, we don’t use them. But we don’t stop there. Our buckets, mops, cloths, packaging, computer equipment and our vehicles are all eco-friendly, biodegradable and energy-efficient. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint so that our whole business is truly environmentally-friendly, and green. All our cleaning solutions are long-term and sustainable – no harmful chemicals here.
Want to go green but don’t have the time to do it yourself? Need office cleaning, window cleaning, and a carpet and curtain shampoo? Whatever your eco-friendly, green cleaning needs, our team is the perfect choice. Contact us at Eco Sheen today and get those windows, surfaces, homes and offices gleaming!The post WHY SHOULD I ‘GREEN’ CLEAN? first appeared on Eco Sheen.]]>
With longer daylight hours and the sun shining, I’m sure you’ve noticed a few dirty windows. Not to mention the dust on curtains, window blinds, ornaments and surfaces that aren’t in constant use. The daffodils are blooming, clocks have gone forward, little lambs are being born, all the tell-tale signs that spring has arrived; but why do we spring clean?
Well, traditionally, the practice originates from the Far East. The Chinese have spring cleaning rituals to not just get rid of dust and dirt, but also to chase away any bad luck or misfortune from the winter months. In Iran, they go as far as buying new clothes! But the North Americans and Canadians are probably the most avid spring cleaners, with dusting out the attics, emptying cupboards and decluttering. In the 1940s, you would regularly see housewives spring cleaning their homes from all the dust, dirt and soot collected over the winter months.
In the UK, we’re a bit more conservative. In fact, in a recent survey of 2,000 adults, it was discovered that 85% of people believe spring cleaning will become a thing of the past. Whilst we don’t believe that will happen, it was interesting to see that less than half spring clean every year, 37% only every few years and 1 in 5 never bother.
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to not just clean your house or office from top to bottom, including all those nooks and crannies, rugs, blinds, curtains, pictures, door frames, windows and behind furniture that rarely moves. It is also the ideal time to declutter and rejuvenate. Go through the cupboards and wardrobes; the old adage of ‘if you haven’t seen it or used it in a year or more, time for it to go” still stands strong. Let’s look at some benefits of spring cleaning.
But not everyone has the time to do spring cleaning. You may be a busy mum, working parents, couples working full-time with long journeys to and from the office. Or just don’t like cleaning, and that’s ok, and that’s where Eco Sheen comes in to spring cleaning.
At Eco Sheen, we carry out that spring cleaning for you; well, as far as the cleaning side of things anyway – we’ll have to leave it to you on the decluttering aspect! Plus you have the added benefit that your spring clean will be a Green spring clean!
All the products we use are environmentally-friendly, without any harmful chemicals and carry the EU Ecolabel; if they don’t, we don’t use them. But we don’t stop there. Our buckets, mops, cloths, packaging, computer equipment and our vehicles are all eco-friendly, biodegradable and energy-efficient. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint so that our whole business is truly environmentally-friendly, and green. All our cleaning solutions are long-term and sustainable – no harmful chemicals here.
Want to go green and get a spring clean? Need office cleaning, window cleaning, and a carpet and curtain shampoo? Whatever your eco-friendly, green cleaning needs, our team is the perfect choice. Don’t miss out on National Spring Cleaning Week. Contact us at Eco Sheen today and get those windows, surfaces, homes and offices gleaming!The post TIME TO DO YOUR SPRING CLEANING? first appeared on Eco Sheen.]]>
Whether it’s your office, warehouse, property to sell or let, or your own home, you want to know that when you use a cleaning product, it will really remove dirt and grime, leaving worktops, appliances, floors, carpets, curtains, windows, doors, frames and other surfaces clean and fresh. But you also want to use products that are free from chemicals, safe to use and environmentally-friendly.
So, let’s break a long-held myth – eco-friendly products are just as effective as traditional cleaners! Before chemicals made their way into cleaning solutions, and before our shelves were stacked with easy-to-use, time-saving bottled cleaners, we used baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, water and good, old-fashioned elbow-grease! And not forgetting that when more natural products are used, such as citric acid and lactic acid (safer antimicrobials), there is no strong, chemical smell associated with ‘green’ cleaning products.
But you need to have your wits about you when choosing a green cleaning product. Whilst some manufacturers/brands are putting a lot of research and work into ensuring their products are truly green – ECOS, Clorox Green Works and SC Johnson’s Nature’s Source – replacing chemical surfactants with biodegradable, environmentally-friendly versions – others aren’t. Whilst they may be using reduced levels of phthalates, i.e. fragrances, these are still harmful to you, your children and the environment; and it is still legal to sell these products.
At the moment, manufacturers of cleaning products are not required to list all the ingredients on the packaging but that doesn’t stop you from becoming a ‘label geek’. The list of harmful chemicals used isn’t pretty reading: sodium hypochlorite, xylene, phosphates, trisodium nitrilotriacetate, silica, 2-butoxyethanol and methylene chloride are amongst the preferred types of additives. Not only do they cause immense damage to the environment when flushed down our plug holes, the residue they leave behind after use also affects us when we come into contact with them on a daily basis.
So, let’s take a look at the main benefits of green cleaning.
Experts from the three major green certifying organisations – EcoLogo, DfE and Green Seal – agree that, yes, they do clean effectively and you will find that some green cleaners also have disinfecting ingredients, too. There are a set of performance standards that a green cleaning product has to meet, and hopefully exceed, in order to become certified. For example, they have to be free of carcinogens and toxins linked to gene mutations, and biodegradable.
At Eco Sheen, you can rest assured that all the products we use are environmentally-friendly, do not have any harmful chemicals and carry the EU Ecolabel; if they don’t, we don’t use them. All the cleaning products we use carry the EU Ecologo but we don’t stop there. Our buckets, mops, cloths, packaging, computer equipment and our vehicles are all eco-friendly, biodegradable and energy-efficient. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint so that our whole business is truly environmentally-friendly, and green. All our cleaning solutions are long-term and sustainable – no harmful chemicals here.
Want to go green? Become a label geek; look out for the ‘green’ certification logo; make the move to the use of natural products, and contact us at Eco Sheen! Need office cleaning, window cleaning, a carpet and curtain shampoo, a clean up after builders and end of tenancy cleaning; or how about a spring clean? Whatever your eco-friendly, green cleaning needs, our team is the perfect choice.The post WILL MY ‘GREEN’ CLEANER ACTUALLY CLEAN? first appeared on Eco Sheen.]]>
When was the last time you looked carefully at your keyboard, both on top and underneath? When did you last move your pen pot on your desk or any other items on your desk including that pile of paperwork that you just haven’t got to yet, and notice an inordinate amount of dust and debris sitting there? Turn off your PC screen and almost without doubt you’ll see a layer of dust sitting there. And maybe I shouldn’t even mention your telephone; you won’t believe the dust, debris and dirt that lurk on these devices!
So, when is clean, really clean? Our eye can be deceiving, we don’t always see the dirt and bacteria that sits on everyday items and surfaces that we handle and touch day-in, day-out. When you’re wiping down and dusting a surface area, items sitting on that surface should not only be lifted but they should also be cleaned as well. Hoovering the floors shouldn’t’ be restrained to just the exposed areas; move chairs, bags, cables, etc. and hoover in these places as well. And on a regular basis, heavier items such as desks and cabinets should be moved, where possible, so that cleaning can be carried out on the floors and walls behind them.
And then there are the cloths and materials that are being used to carry out the cleaning; how clean is your duster? When were the dishcloths last sterilised? It’s no good wiping down a surface or item with a duster or dishcloth that is dirty and full of bacteria before you’ve even started! Washing and rinsing it under the tap when you’re done is not enough to make sure that cloth is really clean and ready for use next time. They need to be fresh and free from grime to ensure they pick up the grime from the surface, not replace it with new grime!
Our ethos at Eco Sheen is to clean well and clean deep; just about everybody that’s worked in an office environment has picked up a cold or a virus from the workplace. Bacteria thrives in offices; every time you touch a door handle or light switch not only do you leave germs, but so do many other people. Our hands are responsible for the spread of 80% of common infectious diseases. Indeed, the three most common types of bacteria are pseudomonas, staphylococcus and streptococcus. We pay particular attention to regularly used items such as computer keyboards, kitchen utensils, microwaves, door handles and latches, light switches, etc.
But it’s not just about moving items on the desk, hoovering under desks and chairs, ensuring the cloths you use are really clean; it’s also about the products you use. Yes, there are plenty of products available that make all sorts of claims to ‘lift the grime’ from under your feet, and promise a really ‘deep clean’, but they are also full of harmful toxins that can get under your skin. The use of ‘green’ cleaning products has risen significantly over the last few years, by as much as 35% this year alone, as more and more people become aware of the damage certain toxins and chemicals are having on the environment. However, not all products that claim to be ‘green’ and healthier are necessarily so; they can still be using harmful products, for example, phthalates, and it is legal. At Eco Sheen, we guarantee that all the products we use really are ‘green’ and effective.
So, if you really want a ‘green’ clean it’s important to ensure that the products you use are certified by a registered ‘green’ organisation, i.e. EU Ecolabel, DfE, EcoLogo, Green Seal, which have specific performance standards that products have to meet to be certified, and some even require products to be biodegradable, free of carcinogens and toxins that have been linked to gene mutations.
But do so-called ‘green’ cleaners work? Well, according to experts, yes, they do and you will find that some ‘green’ cleaners also have disinfecting ingredients, too. And because more natural products have been used, there is no strong, chemical smell associated with ‘green’ cleaning products. All the products we use at Eco Sheen carry the EU Ecolabel so that you can be sure they are ‘green’ and environmentally-friendly; and if they don’t, we don’t use them.
‘Going Green’ doesn’t have the stigma that was originally attached to the term, it is now a leading trend and is becoming essential to source and use ‘green’ products in not just our offices and workplaces, but also in our homes in order to protect our environment, and our health. So, next time you sit down at your desk in the morning, take a few minutes to look around you and see if your current cleaners have ensured that your environment is really clean – is it time for you to change your cleaners and have a really CLEAN environment?The post WHEN IS CLEAN, REALLY CLEAN? first appeared on Eco Sheen.]]>