It’s the season of drifting dustballs and whirling whiskers, so spring in to action with our selection of brilliant British cleaning products.
Spring cleaning is an ancient tradition. The symbolism of cleaning is recognised the world over as both practical and a metaphor for leaving the old year and starting anew. The increase in daylight reveals the grubbiness that snuck in during the dark days of winter. But fear not, the world’s greatest vacuum cleaner – beloved by families and builders alike, the robust Henry and his ‘vacuum family’ are here to help clear the detritus of 2014. With his brand new ‘A Rating’ energy certificate, Henry and co are happily manufactured in Somerset.
As we cotton on to the fact that buying British = jobs, it’s great to learn that Henry’s manufacturers Numatic have an apprenticeship programme.
You can find all sorts of recycled cleaning products on the EcoForce website, helping save waste by keeping materials out of landfill.
Judith Mathias, Founder and the super brain behind Home Scents and Violet’s Laundry Liquid, has a string of accolades including being shortlisted for ‘Woman Inventor Award’ and she won ‘Best Creative Business’ 2012 and ‘Northumberland Entrepreneur of the Year’ – a sparkling example to follow. We’ve featured her Beeswax Creamy Furniture Polish with thyme, lavender and violet.
Another beautifully scented range of cleaning products with ethically sourced and palm oil free ingredients, Greenscents is certified organic by the Soil Association. This Exmoor based family business are passionate about sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of their products. To save carbon on the UK delivery why not by in quantity?
Wildwash are great at keeping pets fresh and lovely with their environmentally friendly products. Karen from Wildwash says ‘we started to make animal grooming products because, as groomers ourselves, we couldn’t find ethical products that came up to what we considered the right standard for our pets.’
For those of you who want a quick sweep, Hill Brush still manufacture their resin brushes, hopefully this one is tough enough to last a lifetime and ‘By Appointment’ so keeping the Palace free of dustballs too.
After you’ve had your sleeves rolled up, it’s a real treat to wash your hands. Suma Handmade Soap, is vegan, free from parabens, SLS and palm oil and it’s BUVA approved.
Finally, If you have a mountain of dirt and you’re lucky enough to live in Bristol, we suggest you call A Clean Sweep the ethical + equal opportunities cleaning cooperative. A Clean Sweep are celebrating 20 years as a worker owned business employing people with learning disabilities.
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