I have decided that going as natural as possible with my skincare, boycotting makeup brands that test on animals and refusing to buy anything made by Unilever or Johnson & Johnson’s for the same reason is not quite enough. I did a post after Earth Hour about what we are doing in our household regarding recycling, energy saving and rainwater collection, but I wanted to take eco-friendliness a step further. So I decided to switch my cleaning products to the Woolworths Earth Friendly range and see if the grass is really greener on the ‘greener’ side.
I am really loving the Earth Friendly Dishwashing Liquid (R31.95) with pear essential oil. It smells nice and works just as well as Sunlight. It is also safe for use in houses with septic tanks so I can take it along to our cottage in Franschoek instead of using the weird green ‘cleans everything and anything’ liquid we have stashed under the sink there. I don’t even know what that stuff is intended for, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t dishes.
The switch from my tried and tested laundry detergent to the Earth Friendly Laundry Liquid (R69.95) was a bit fraught. When you have a child who gets mud, chocolate, jelly, sauce, juice and other questionable stains on every item of clothing every single day, you want to know you can trust the washing powder. But it got most stains out, except the greasy food ones. You need to pre-treat these stains first. The baby version has lavender and chamomile extracts, and the one I got was lemongrass.
Lastly I tried the Carpet and Fabric Stain Remover (R29.95). It has lime extract in it, so it smells very nice. Our domestic worker managed to use the three quarters of the bottle up in two days, but after my initial shock I discovered she had been having a serious go at the four years worth of accumulated stains (yes, kids will do that to your expensive carpet). I have to admit it has made more progress on removing the stains than other brands I have tried, and it left our lounge smelling divine.
Woolworths’ Earth Friendly range includes washing powder pods in lavender and vanilla, toilet cleaner, granite cleaner, oven cleaner, wood polish, all purpose cleaner… You name it, they’ve got a nicer, non-toxic version with extracts of essential oils. I am so impressed with Woolworths’ drive for sustainability and environmental awareness that I want to support them. And as a mom you just feel a bit more comfortable not having a lot of toxic chemicals around the house. You can have a look at the whole range online here.