Friday 4 September 2015


When I was pregnant with my first child I stopped using cleaning chemicals in the home. Out went the bleach and shower sprays and other popular commercial products and in came an array of "green" products. 

All of this coincided with the great green movement of the first decade of the 21st Century. I was working on an interiors magazine at the time and was regularly sent "eco" products to trial. It seemed almost every issue had some content that related to being green at home, and I took note.

Unfortunately, many of the products didn't work that well. But I did find some great ones - they were the natural products that readers recommended in their "household tips" - mainly vinegar and bicarb soda (baking soda). I still use these around the house - to clean our sinks and showers. And both could almost hold the title of being true "miracle" products as they're incredibly versatile.

But there are some commercial products that I still need to lean on - such as floor cleaner. And recently I found a good "planet friendly" one by Planet Luxe. I've tested it and so far so good. The same company also produces a black cleaning cloth - which is a welcome change to the bright pink, green and blue versions available at supermarkets. 

I found Planet Luxe at Jim and Jane, a lifestyle store in Sydney's Annandale, and they were also selling Salus - a range of botanical skincare that is also Australian owned and made locally. A nice change to everyone's usual favourite, Aesop.

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  1. When I was pregnant my mother was helping me with cleaning the house because of the chemicals which commercial products contain. I was feeling so guilty because she was absolutely exhausted - cleaning her house and my house. I had to find a way to clean it by my own. So I decided to find a natural way. I searched it the internet and there were plenty of good recipes. I make almost everything from an all purpose cleanser to a dishwasher detergent.

    1. Would love to hear what recipes you follow? I generally put bicarb (baking) soda straight onto a surface using a damp cloth, but I know some people like to mix it and spray with other things. Thanks, Jessica.