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!
Preparing to return to work .... shared kitchens 1st Aptil 2021 | By Anna Armstrong In my latest blog series “Preparing to get back to work safely” last week I discussed the implications around making sure your office chair is both clean and sanitised. If you missed it you can have a read here . It is important to make sure that as an employer or building manager the area you expect employees to come back to is both safe, and hygienic. There are so many disinfectants on the market claiming to kill Coronovirus, bacteria etc, but to really know what it kills you have to practically be a hygiene professional! Let’s drill down a bit here on this point........ Coronovirus is an umberella term which basically covers everything from COVID 19, SARS-COV-2 to the common cold and flu. So even if a product only kills the common cold; which is quite easy to kill - it can legally have on its label KILLS CORONAVIRUS.... which is technically true.... but doesn’t mean that it kills COVID or even
Are all hypochlorous products made equal?? 7th April 2021 | By Anna Armstrong | Hygiene Not all Hypochlorus Acid is created equal... can you be sure your HOCI is in the right state to kill bacteria and virus - or if it is just salt water? Since 2020 the popularity of Hypochlorous Acid has increased exponentially, and its explosion can only be testament to the benefits of this biocide that effectively bottles the same capability the human immune system uses to fight infection. This chemical is amazing, and in the right formulation, and in the right chemical state it can kill up to 99.9999% of pathogens quickly and safely. IF it is the right formulation, HOCI can be used effectively on hard surfaces, on skin and hands, in fogging machines and in some cases, babies bottles and dummies. This incredible chemical, in it’s pure form has been proven to kill E. coli, Salmonella, C. difficile, Coronaviruses and Norovirus faster than other disinfectants and requires no special handlin
Public Bathrooms….protect yourself….. 9th May 2022 | By Anna Armstrong I’ve written about how sharing spaces with others means increased risk of cross contamination. So it’s no great surprise that sharing amenities such as toilet seats, toilet rolls, sinks, and taps with strangers have been linked to health risks. Here I break down the credible claims, and dispel the myths. Within this article, I talk around what kind of infections and viruses can be caught from pubic washrooms and importantly provide ways in which you can protect yourself. Due to the volume of people passing through public washrooms, it is a sensible conclusion to come to that these areas are as veritable hot bed for bacteria and other nasties to lurk. Clinical trials,including ones Astral Hygiene has been part of have demonstrated that there are any number of bacteria and viruses that could be lying in wait in public toilets – including streptococcus, E.coli, salmonella, typhoid fever and Hepatitis A. We hav