How to clean your house with natural eco-friendly cleaning products:
It would be a lie if I tell you that I have always been using natural cleaning products. I haven’t! Being in my mid-thirties, I am from that generation when people were not quite aware of the issues around plastic and global warming. Media did not really mention it so much, I grew up not knowing. We were all in this beautiful world of limbo, partly unaware, partly not willing to care about it. Happy as Larry! Living our lives..…..
I only started to change my ways a couple of years ago. I was going back to that one place I grew up as a child and a lot of these memories that I had were simply gone! Where were the birds, the butterflies or the fireflies that I would try to catch at night? I have this vivid memory of crossing the bridge of my old town, looking under and seeing plastic floating around, surrounded by a mysterious foam. That’s when it happened! I clicked and I started to change my ways.
I listened to scientists, ecologist, and I simply opened my eyes to it. I searched for solutions, alternatives and gradually changed things.
Today, I want to share with you some tips and tricks that can help you do some good! I bet if you are reading this, it’s because you had a “click moment” too.
Choose products that are packaged mindfully:
Instead of re-buying products again and again, re-use your containers to make your own cleaning products. For example, start making your own laundry liquid with soap flakes or your own window cleaner with an old spray bottle. We share all sorts of recipes for free on our website.
Check the origin of what you are buying:
Your objective can be to make sure that the products you use do not come from the other side of the planet. By doing so, you are reducing carbon emissions. Most of our stock is made in France (from start to finish), that’s one reason why I started focusing on the made in France.
Use products that are certified organic:
Look for labels such as Ecocert Greenlife or Soil association or Cosmebio. These certifications mean a lot. It’s not just pretence. Manufacturers, farmers, producers have to meet a very strict set of rules and regulations and their facilities are checked regularly. Their entire supply chain is audited, from the raw material to the finished product. Their process is rigorous, impartial and can be trusted. Look for their logo on products’ packaging.
Choose chemical free solutions:
You do not need harsh chemicals to give a good clean to your house. Eco-friendly products such as Marseille soaps have antiseptic properties. Not only can they be used for various reasons: hand and body wash, washing up dishes or stain remover, but these soaps have zero impact on the environment. They contain no harsh chemicals, no paraben, no palm oil and no fragrance.
Choose plastic free sponges:
I used to be impartial regarding plastic sponges, now they are just a thing of the past for me. Instead of buying the usual supermarket sponge, opt for a more natural solution. Loofahs, brushes or if you like the feel of a sponge, we sell one that is made of biodegradable vegetable material and a scraping side with abrasive minerals and natural recycled fibres. Options are at your fingertips, you just have to pick and choose depending on what you feel it best for you.
Change one habit at a time:
Don’t try to do everything in one go. That’s madness.
Take it one step at a time. However, for every step you make, tell as many people as you can about it. Some will think you are wasting your time, but some will start changing their ways.Trust me! I have converted a few people….not as many as I would like, but little by little, things are changing!
Voilà, that’s all for today! Watch out for our next article next week!
La French Maison.