Eco Living,  Zero Waste

Non-Toxic Household dreams come true with Dr Bronner’s

Has the lockdown have you dreaming of exotic outdoor picnics or warm afternoons over the seaside? I know it has had me thinking more and more about the things that matter. Family, outdoors, food and friends.

Isn’t it funny how we need to have things taken away for us to appreciate it more? It shouldn’t be the case, take this one in a lifetime opportunity to change your perspective and reorder your priorities if needed. Speaking of priorities, one of my priorities is to be more eco-friendly. I aim to bring less toxic products into my household (that doesn’t include my son’s socks, sadly) I place a lot of attention of the things we eat, and the things we wear but sometimes forget to take a close look to the things we use to clean in the house. Now more than ever, cleaning surfaces and disinfecting spaces is on everyone’s mind, so I want to take this opportunity to talk about Dr Bronner’s products.

I have to start by saying this is not a sponsored post; I just genuinely love their products. I first discovered Dr Bronner’swhen I lived in Texas. However after I moved back to the UK, I couldn’t find their products for some time, and eventually, I forgot about them, but a conversation with a good friend in Texas prompted me to do another search. And I found them! Score! I immediately purchased my favourite pure castile soap, and I under my friend’s recommendation, I also got my hands on their sal suds.

Sal Suds = life-changing! If you were to purchase only ONE product, this has to be the one. Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds is a multipurpose biodegradable cleaner. You can use it in your laundry, to clean your kitchen, even to disinfect your plants for little critters. From their site, Sal Suds ‘is made with plant-based surfactants and natural fir needle and spruce essential oils (no cheap, harsh pine stump oil), without any synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives.’ I kid you not. THIS is the holy grail of all multipurpose cruelty-free, non-toxic cleaners.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Fir Needle Oil, Spruce Oil.

How to use?

Use a couple of tablespoons for an average load of laundry, OR dilute with water to sponge down countertops or to mop your floor, or even mix with baking soda to make a powerful scouring agent for bathtubs and sinks.

I currently have a diluted amount (water + Sal Suds) in a spray nozzle container by my kitchen sink. I use this to spray the dishes after washing; I hate when the dishes smell of like rotten egg what’s up with that? So a quick sal sud spray prevents any residual smells on the plates.

I also use it for my plants (small amounts) to get rid of pesky critters. Monitor the use of this as some plants are more delicate than others. However my Monstera Deliciosa and my Bird of Paradise plants seem to cope just fine, a quick spray gets rid of any flies or other unwanted guests. I used around one teaspoon of sal suds in one litre of water, and use that solution to spray plans once a week.

I also use this diluted solution for my kitchen countertops. I do not need to have any other cleaner other than 60/40 water to vinegar solution for the kitchen sink. Because of its dilution requirement nature, a bottle can last way longer than any other product and ultimately not only you save money you also use less plastic.

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