A range of useful tips and articles from Astral Hygiene regarding all things clean and more so why not grab a cuppa, sit back and read about some of our nifty time-saving tips, we hope you enjoy! And don’t forget, please do let us know which tips and tricks you’ll be using in your business or home.
As a company that put the environment at the heart of every thing we do, we take quality control very seriously. We sample every product, test it thoroughly, but importantly with the eco friendly range we ensure that this product has been tested by the relevant organisations to confirm the ingredients in these chemicals are not toxic. We do this by making sure that our Eco Friendly Range is approved by the EU Ecolabel Council, and this certifies that this product which carries this label has a guaranteed, independently verified low environmental impact.
As a family friendly, and environmentally conscious business we choose to stock Eco Friendly Products, because they benefit both the earth and our families.
What does “Eco-Friendly” Mean?
This term simply describes a product that is not harmful to the environment. However, it can get more complicated than that, as there are many factors of something that might be “harmful to the environment.” So many different things can negatively influence the environment, such as not using proper procedures when disposing of products. However, there are many benefits to using eco-friendly products that are not simply centred around the health and well-being of the Earth, but also the health and wellbeing of your family.
How to tell if a product is in fact "Eco Friendly"
Although many companies and their products promise to be eco-friendly, as I've said before the cleaning and hygiene sector is guilty of using phrases which can be taken out of context and they can misconstrue their information, leaving consumers confused and often blindly buying their products. When shopping for eco-friendly products, look out for the EU Ecolabel logo on packaging.
This EU Ecolabel can be found on not only liquid chemicals, but can also be found on paper products too. Most of our paper products are EU Ecolabel, and are certified low impact on the environment.
With all this being said, there are alternative, home made recipes for your cleaning products, so I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify some of them!
No matter how many times your favourite influencer tells you to mix them in a solution, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda will cancel each other out. It is basic chemistry - you will be cleaning with saltwater
Switching to plant-based cleaners doesn’t mean you have to clean your house with vinegar (you can if you want but you don’t have to). I rarely use vinegar in my home because I don't like the way it smells
You can still be green without making products from scratch
Your house can be clean and disinfected without chlorine bleach, however you do need a BS EN 1276 cleaner, which can never be Eco-Friendly
Your toothbrush pot, kitchen sponge, and keyboards are dirtier than your toilet
A stronger fragrance is not necessarily a good thing. They are traditionally used to cover up the bad smell of synthetic ingredients, like surfactants made from fossil fuels
There is an abundance of terrible advice about essential oils on the internet. Essential oils are extremely potent and should be used with caution (and maybe even avoided if you have kids or pets)
Unless it’s an allergen, cleaning brands do not have to disclose their ingredients or their fragrances making it hard for consumers to know who to trust - even “eco” brands.
This blog was written by Anna Armstrong, Director of Sales and Operations at Astral. Please get in touch if there are any particular topics you would like us to talk about on the blog!
Monkeypox Virus 2nd June 2022 | By Anna Armstrong | Cleaning Tips , Environmental Health , Hygiene , Sustainability , Coronovirus Transmission Transmission Spread of Monkeypox may occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected human or animal, or materials contaminated with the virus. Monkeypox has not been detected in animals in the UK. The virus can enter the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract, or the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth). Person-to-person spread is uncommon, but may occur through: direct contact with Monkeypox skin lesions or scabs coughing or sneezing of an individual with a Monkeypox rash contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) used by an infected person The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced by cleaning and disinfection, or by washing clothes or domestic equipment with standard detergents and cleaning products. In the home transmission can be reduced by the person with Monkeypox performin
Lets talk dirty..... 4th July 2022 | By Anna Armstrong | Cleaning Tips , Environmental Health , Hygiene , Sustainability , Coronovirus We often forget who we clean our homes for. For me it's not for the visitors who come across my door, it is for my family; and of course for myself. I'm easily annoyed by mess, and I find it harder to have clear and ordered thoughts in a very messy environment. I find in an uncluttered environment, my thoughts flow more easily, and inspiration comes more readily than in an unordered environment. I find too much stimuli just clouds my ability to think and to compose my thoughts. So which are the most dirty areas of your home....Lets talk dirty! 1. Dirt on the top of the cupboards........ This may sound like the last place you would look... but have you had a look on the top of your cupboards? How much dust is up there, and are there any insect corpses or anything undesirable up there? If you have your windows open, you do know that