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Seventh Generation skin friendly products & Giveaway

Published June 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Seventh Generation began across the Atlantic in the USA and are fairly new to the UK. Their items include household products for laundry and cleaning and are designed for people with skin allergies, eczema and other skin conditions.

In our house it’s my eldest daughter Jordanna who seems to randomly suffer with an array of undiagnosed skin problems. These include general skin dryness where patches of skin will feel rough like sandpaper, various sensitivities which the rest of us seem to be immune too (i.e flea bites) and random rashes and spots that appear from time to time. We just don’t know why or what causes any of it, except that her skin appears to be sensitive to many things. I can only guess that certain types of soaps, bath products, laundry detergents and household cleaners add to her skin problems so it can often be difficult to know what to use. 

The products from Seventh Generation are made without the usual harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances which can irritate skin. There are no dyes or artificial brighteners so the majority of the cleaning/laundry products will be fragrance free and colour free or clear liquids. 

Their packaging is made from 100% recycled bottles making the products kinder to the environment as well as the skin. 

These are the products which I have been using recently, all of which are available to buy in Tesco. I have two big laundry liquids.

Both of these do similar jobs – wash the clothes. There is not too much difference between them. They are both clear and free of dyes and fragrance. The differences being that the one on the left is super concentrated meaning I don’t need to use as much to wash clothes and it’s also much better on tougher stains such as chocolate, tomato, pizza and even blood. This one also comes in an unsusal container which looks a lot like cardboard on first glance. It’s actually repurposed fibre. This bottle can apparently be used as a plant starter once the liquid has gone. 
Seventh Generation also sent me two of their household cleaning products.

Again probably not much difference between the two. The green one is an all purpose cleaner meaning I can use it pretty much anywhere. The lack of harsh chemicals make it safer, not just for skin but for my furnishings which can become stained or damaged if using incorrect products. The all purpose cleaner is fine for kitchens, bathrooms, doors, window ledges and pretty much anywhere else that needs a clean, baby items included. There is however a picture of a cooker on the front of the bottle which may be slightly misleading. This product is fine for cleaning  my hob and the cooker exterior but I don’t think it is strong enough to clean inside the oven properly. Unfortunately I still need to use the very nasty stuff for that job. 

The blue cleaner on the right is more for glass products and surfaces. I have white units in my living room and a few mirrors around my home so this is a good product to get them clean and shiny without the awful cleaning smells. 
My final two products are a natural washing up liquid and natural toilet cleaner.

For those of us who don’t normally suffer from sensitive skin problems (myself included) have your hands ever itched, stung or felt slightly sore or dry after washing dishes? I know mine have a few times. I actually put it down to the water being too hot or not drying them correctly but I am now fairly sure that it’s the chemicals in the washing liquids, no matter how mild that cause the slight irritation. 

This natural free washing liquid does exactly the same job as all the other dish washing products and that is get the dishes clean. It still forms bubbles and still cuts through grease and tough dish and pan stains, even oven dishes. It just comes without the scent and added colour. 

The toilet cleaner is one of the products that does come with a slight scent. I suppose it has to really given that part of cleaning a toilet is also making it smell good rather than of what usually goes in it (YUK). The fragrance – Cypress and Fir is made purely from essential oils and botanical extracts. It smells totally different from the usual heavy bleach toilet cleaners, it can still cause skin irritation if it gets directly onto skin (as with most products) but is much safer than most other toilet cleaners. 

All of these products can be bought in Tesco. I am hoping they will bring in more of the range of products to the UK soon as the USA does have a bigger selection. 


Seventh Generation are giving away two baskets full of their products (as above) to two lucky readers. Yes you get the basket too!

Taking part is easy peasy, just click the entry link below. 


The giveaway will close on June 27th and 2 winners will be drawn at random. Entrants must be UK based and have valid working Facebook, twitter and email accounts.

Spring cleaning with humble stuff

Published April 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is humble stuff, cleaning products from a small Scottish based company without the harsh chemicals. They sell a small selection of products but are multi surface meaning they can be used in any room and most surfaces and general uses around the home. I am always confused as to why supermarkets stock multiple cleaners for bathroom, kitchen, glass, wood etc but then next to all those are also bottles of multisurface products containing exactly the same stuff. 

Humble stuff products differ slightly from the usual supermarket shelf brands because they don’t contain the usual chemicals or bleaches. They contain, instead blends of bicarbonate of soda, and natural oils and fragrances yet still clean just as good. 

The multi-surface spray is great for worktop sides after food preparation and also the side where the kettle is which often ends up with tea bag drips on it. I also used it in my living room to give the units a quick clean and dining room table. 

The soft cleaning paste is a white paste which resembles a soft putty. This can be used where a more intensive clean is required. Think cookers, white furniture stains etc. It’s pretty good too considering it’s made mainly with bicarbonate of soda and no bleaching agents. I’ve found it works wonders on getting cups and mugs clean of those nasty tea and coffee stains. I just add a little all around the cup, leave for 20 minutes, scrub and thoroughly wash and have managed to get the majority of my cups looking white inside again. It can be used to clean cooker tops and I’ve read inside the oven too. I haven’t tried this as my oven was not long cleaned with oven cleaner (very harsh nasty stuff) but I will give it a go soon. It’s pretty useful in bathrooms as well and even in the toilet bowl. Again wipe on, leave and flush away. 

The biggest surprise I had using this paste tho is possibly one that this paste may not really be meant got at all. Therefore I would advise you to do this at your own risk. My daughter Jordanna had a new pink top. She managed to get several stains all down it. I think it was a mixture of chocolate, ice cream and possibly sauce (she’s very messy!) I washed it and the stains were still very much there, even after wash number 2.  It was looking like the pink favourite top was destined for the bin, and then I had a bright idea. I scooped a small handful of cleaning paste and applied it to the stains on the top, scrubbed a little and then put it in the machine on a 60 degree wash cycle. (I wish I had taken before and after pictures but just didn’t think) And low and behold it came out stain free and looking very clean indeed. This was a last resort before binning the top so again use this way with caution. 

Humble stuff also sell a toilet freshener too and all their products cost just £5.00 each or buy all 3 for just £12.00. 

House clean for 2017 with help from Vileda

Published December 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s almost time to leave 2016 behind and welcome in another new year. It’s out with the old and in with the new. I have been spending the past two days re-cleaning my home and trying my best to clear the bags of rubbish from Xmas day. I’m getting there slowely but by far the hardest thing to clean for me is the windows. Yes I have a window cleaner but what’s the point in clean windows outside but dirty or streaky inside? No matter what solution I use on windows, they always end up streaky and usually look even worse.  So……. when Vileda offered to send me one of their new Windowmatic cleaners, I was a little dubious as to whether it would do the job, or yet again leave a streaky mess. 

This is the device and there really isn’t much to it. It measures the length of my forearm and is easily stored away. The instructions state to give it 6 hours charge but I did find mine had a bit of charge in straight from the box. It’s already set up to use I just had to attach the nozzle part.

You don’t get any sort of glass cleaner with this, you clean the window with your usually cleaner and wipe with a clean sponge then the device hoovers up and swipes away the dirty water and remaining dirt which cause the streaks. When on it even feels like a small Hoover with a gust of air blowing. I find it best to start from the top and glide down as this way it all goes to the bottom and gets sucked up rather than clinging to the top or middle of the windows.

The nozzle part has a flexible neck meaning it can be bent for small windows and awkward edges. 

The dirty water collects in a see through tank which is easily removed for emptying. This can get a little smelly so it’s a good idea to wash it out after every use. 

The unit will clean a whole house of windows and more on just one charge and the results are much better than using a sponge or even newspaper as some recommend. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% streak free but then again neither is a window cleaner man. The streaking is minimal and the windows look much cleaner inside after use. 

Prices for the Vileda windowmatic start at about £40 and as it’s sale season if may be on offer for less. Vileda have a few videos of this in action on their website.

Zoflora disinfectant

Published July 25, 2016 by Bizzimummy

I have been using Zoflora around my home for a while now. Many people will be familiar with Zoflora products. It is concentrated disinfectant. 

They come in several bottle sizes, the larger being 500ml. I do vaguely recall it being in glass bottles a while ago but I think they have now all been swapped to plastic.

The versatile, 3 in 1 action formula of Zoflora kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that can cause illness and create bad odours. The fragrant solution offers all day freshness and fills your home with a beautiful long lasting scent.

Unlike regular disinfectants that come with the familiar strong cleaning solution scents, Zoflora instead smells of flowers and seasons and the scent lasts a long time too. 

It’s pretty strong stuff and can be dangerous if not used right. It needs diluting for most jobs as it could be flammable otherwise. It needs 40 parts of water per part of Zoflora so if you used 10mls of Zoflora then it would need 400mls of water tho it can be used neat in bathrooms and tough surfaces. It’s great for mopping floors, I tend to use it in a spray bottle diluted to clean kitchen sides. I do love the scents it leaves.

The one thing I don’t understand about Zoflora is that the bottles don’t seem to have safety catches on them, at least the bottles I have used don’t. This could be an issue around young children if it’s not stored away corectly. I store mine high up.

Zoflora is very cheap, often less than a pound per bottle and I see it everywhere from the big supermarkets to home bargains and even corner shops.


Published May 20, 2016 by Bizzimummy

A few months ago I reviewed a cleaning product for Ecoegg. You can see the cleaner review here. I still have lots of the cleaning product left. 

I have recently discovered that Ecoegg have recently won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016. The Queen’s Awards are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce. They are thrilled to have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as one of the most innovative businesses in the United Kingdom.

Ecoeggs most popular and well known product are the laundry eggs. These are made both for washing and drying clothes and for the passed week I have been using the laundry egg for washing. 

These laundry eggs come in a selection of fragrances and are designed to totally replace washing detergent. It’s hard to believe but this one egg is enough for 210 washes. 

The egg comes with small bags of pellets. They don’t all go in at first, only enough for approximately 72 washes and then refill. 

The best way to keep track of when to refill is to work out how many washes you do per week. So say if it’s 3 then divide 72 by 3 which is 24 weeks. That works out almost half the year before a refill based on 3 lots of washing per week. 

The egg does get the washing as clean as any other detergent I usually use. The strength of the scent on washing seems to depend on how big a load I do. I can smell the fragrance better once the washing has dried rather than wet straight from the machine. The egg filled with pellets simply goes in the drum on top of washing and can be used on any wash cycle. The instructions do state that fabric conditioner/softener can also be used if desired.

The eco laundry egg is a sure way to save money. It costs just £9.99 for 210 washes and the one pack will last over a year. There is a larger egg too giving a massive 720 washes for £19.99. And when the egg does run out of pellets then replacements can also be bought.

Sparkling windows for Christmas with the Karcher Window Vac

Published December 8, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Father Christmas will soon be visiting our home and leaving presents for 3 excited little munchkins. We don't have a fire of any sort in our home nor a chimney so this year Santa will need to use his magic key on our windows. However he won't want to come in if the windows are dirty or grubby as his beard and coat may get stained. A lovely window cleaner happily cleans the outside for us, but what about inside??

Like many other people I have tried various things to clean the inside windows but it usually ends up looking worse than it was before I started with awful water and solution streaks. Well not anymore thanks to Karcher and their unique window vacs

Karcher makes window cleaning easier: With Kärcher window vacuums you can save time when cleaning smooth surfaces such as windows, tiles and mirrors – without leaving streaks. The innovative water recovery system takes up dirty water before it drips – and it can be used anywhere because it is battery-operated!

I now have the Karcher WV60 model which comes with the handheld vac, 2 vac nozzles, wall charger, spray bottle with micro fibre head and 20ml solution.

The vac needs very little assembly. The microfibres attachment needs placing on the bottle and the bottle filling with solution and water. I'm not site what the solution contains but to me it just smelt like washing up liquid.

The first part in the cleaning process involves spraying the solution onto the windows and wiping up and down with the cloth. It's quite easy but for higher windows I did have to stand on a chair so it could maybe do with some sort of handle attachment maybe. I did also find that if the bottle was tipped at the wrong angle then it would drip a little but nothing too major and I didn't end up soaked.

It's best to do one window at a time with this solution rather than spraying every single window with it and using the vac afterwards. The windows need to be wet for the next stage and the solution is simply to clean them.

After cleaning its time for the fun bit and to use the vac. The vac is very lightweight and portable. It does not need a power lead and the lead supplied is simply a battery charger.

This vac comes with 2 nozzle attachments both large and small for different size windows. It works just like a cleaner. I simply slide it across the window that I just cleaned either horizontal or vertical it doesn't really matter. It's not too noisy either just a low buzzing sound.

As with anything there is a certain knack to doing it well and it's really all about getting the water off before it all dries up and stains. It does not take long to do and I am pretty impressed with the results. Windows much cleaner inside as well as out. I thought I spotted a few stains but when it examined properly these were actually on the outside and not in. Looks like my window cleaner is overpaid!

It does not take too long to charge and it's small and light too so can be placed on a kitchen unit whilst charging.

Once the windows are clean pane sparkly the unit comes apart easily for cleaning and emptying the dirty water which is stored in a clear tank at the front. I think it takes a long time to get this tank full as I have cleaned all the windows in my house since getting it and the tank is not full yet, no where near.

Of course when not in use, it's small size makes it easy to store away in a cupboard or under units for next time.

And now Santa will stay clean when coming through our windows this Christmas Eve and no linger am I embarrassed that my window cleaner will think my inside windows are dirty.
I have found the vac cleans more than just windows too. It’s great on large mirrors and even oven and microwave doors with glass (outside door only). I also have a large glass shelved unit that I can use it on too.It can probably clean many glass surfaces but for obvious reasons I will avoid cleaning my LCD televisions with it or anything electrical.

Whoever thought window cleaning could be so much fun!

I did wonder about replacement cleaning fluid as it's best to empty the bottle out after use rather than storing it incase of spills. I did find the stuff over on Amazon for less than £5 and a google search will bring it up and many other places. This is for 500ml of solution which will give many good shines to the windows before I have to buy more.

The window vac itself can be purchased directly from Karcher and is priced at £79.99 which is worth an investment. They also have extra accessories for it.


Spring Clean your home with Zoflora

Published March 7, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Spring is on it’s way. Evenings are getting lighter. The days are feeling warmer and the leaves are growing back on the trees. Spring is coming so it’s time to de clutter and spring clean your home.
Zoflora is a concentrated disinfectant with many uses. However unlike other cleaners that smell like cleaners, bleach or even amonia, Zoflora has a much milder and very nice aroma. Zoflora smells floral and of flowers. Zoflora Springtime smells of Spring and makes my home smell lovely.

Zoflora goes a long way. Just one small capful (10ml) can be diluted with 400ml of water and a 120ml bottle will give 4.8litres of full strength disinfectant.
Zoflora kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, eliminates odours and gives an all day freshness making this a 3 in 1 action cleaner.
Zoflora can be used on many surfaces including
*Bathroom (toilet, sink,bath, taps)
*Hard Surface pet areas

Zoflora’s Springtime is a blend of freshly cut green leaves, pine, lemon and herbs reminiscent of the blossoming of new spring flowers.
Zoflora comes in many different aromas and gives a long lasting fresh smell even hours after cleaning.

The only thing that could be improved on with Zoflora is the addition of a child safe cap. Zoflora is a disinfectant which needs to be stored out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
Zoflora’s Springtime disinfectant can be used throughout the home and added to a washing cycle so it’s great for bedding or cushions.
Zoflora Springtime is available in 120ml bottle with an RRP of £1.42. Stockists include Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Wilkinson’s.
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Chamberlain’s Leather Milk

Published March 4, 2014 by Bizzimummy

If you own leather sofas you will know just how expensive they can be to purchase. Even a small armchair will set you back a few hundred pounds. Many leather sofas and suites cost over a thousand. So it’s important that our leather furniture gets looked after otherwise it’s more money to replace them.
Leather is after all like a skin and over time it will start to lose it’s natural oils and moisture. When this happens the leather can harden and crack due to losing durability and flexibility. Once it’s starts to crack, holes and tears will appear in your expensive furniture meaning they have to be upholstered or replaced. Both of which can be very expensive.
Finding the right products for your leather furniture is therefore important to keep it both clean and to prevent cracks and dryness.
Chamberlains Leather Milk is the perfect product for anything Leather.

Chamberlains Leather milk is a leather conditioner which differs from a Leather Cleaner. This Leather milk will perform as a mild leather cleaner but for a more intense clean, Chamberlains has other products to use.
I liked the look of the bottle. It had a rather old fashioned feel to it, like something you would find in one of those old tucked away shops. I found the smell very pleasant. A lot of leather products I have used in the past smelt like cleaning products but this leather milk has a lovely aroma of almonds and makes the whole room smell good.
Before using the Leather Milk it’s best to give your furniture a good wipe down first. Then test a small amount of the product at the back of the sofa to make sure it does not give any unwanted effects.
The Leather Milk comes with a buffer sponge and the way to use is simply by pouring a few drops onto the sponge and applying.

You only need to apply thin even layers to prevent over conditioning and you don’t need to use much of the product so it should last a long time.
It certainly made my sofas look much cleaner and shinier again.

With 3 children my sofas take a lot of jumping on and therefore I need the Chamberlains products to make them last a lot longer.
Chamberlains Leather Milk recipes are 100% natural and free from harsh chemicals. They are formulated to keep leather products looking healthy and feeling soft and luxurious for years to come. It’s important to test the Leather Milk before using as Leather comes in many finishes and textures. Different types of leather require different amounts of conditioning.
You can purchase Chamberlains Leather Milk via Amazon
More information can also be found at Chamberlains web page

Eco2Life: review & Competition

Published February 10, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Eco2Life is a new range of home cleaning products. The products are formulated from naturally derived Eco friendly ingredients.
The way these products differ from others is that you buy the 500ml sprat bottles empty. Yes that’s right empty.
What comes with this empty spray bottle is a small light Small Wonder bottle which contains enough solution to make up a 500ml bottle. You simply add the solution to the spray bottle and add water. This reduces the need to carry bulky bottles from shops. The spray bottles can then be refilled over and over by simply buying a Small wonder refill

There are 4 different cleaning products in the Eco2Life range.
Surface Cleaner
Made using naturally blended coconut, corn and vegetable derivatives. Suitable for most surfaces around the home.


Bath & Shower cleaner For cleaning porcelain basins and baths, shower tiles, general ceramic tiles, chrome fixtures. Have you ever looked closely at the rims around your taps or plug hole? They can get very grubby and bathrooms need extra special attention when it comes to cleaning.


Floor Cleaner I found this product to have a lot more uses rather than just cleaning floors. Obviously it’s great on vinyl and ceramic floors but I also found it cleaned my wooden table very well too. Ideal for cleaning resilient stone, concrete, vinyl, terrazzo, quarry tiles, plastic, ceramic, rubber, enamel, Formica, stainless steel, painted or varnished surfaces, marble and wood, water resistant surfaces or surfaces not harmed by water. It has a rather pleasant lemon and ginger fragrance too.


Glass Cleaner
I find glass so hard to clean without making it look a lot worse. I have a window cleaner for my windows but have two glass units which are a pain for dust and grime. I found this glass cleaner cleaned really well using a few sprays and a dry cloth, no streaks or marks with this product.


I found the Eco2Life products easy enough to make up. Full instructions are included with each bottle but it’s simply a case of pouring water into the bottle half way and then adding the small wonder solution and topping up with more water.

Then simply attach the spray nozzle and get cleaning.


Eco2Life are giving away a special cleaning box to one of my readers.


A SPECIAL eco2life Cleaning Box!


One of each 500ml REUSABLE spray bottle of the eco2life multi-surface, bathroom, glass and floor eco friendly high performance cleaning products.

Two of each 50ml REFILLS, one to get your started and the other to keep you green cleaning

Four different colour high quality micro-fibre cloths.

Everything you need to get you eco cleaning.

eco2life – the brilliantly simple refill system


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Give your home a Christmas Clean with Bar Keepers Friend

Published November 9, 2013 by Bizzimummy

I hate cleaning as do most people but it needs to be done so I am always on the lookout for effective low cost products to help with the job. I came across a brand called Bar Keepers Friend at first I thought it was something used only in bars but it’s actually a very efficient brand of cleaning products. I found these probably some of the best products I have used so far for removing dirt, dust, grime and stubborn stains and generally making my hem sparkly clean.
First there is an All Purpose Power Spray

20131107-141635.jpg It is perfect for all round cleaning in kitchen and bathrooms and most other places. It removes stains easily with a simple spray and wipe. For tougher stevia it’s best to spray and leave for a minute or so and then wipe.
Next is Stain remover

20131107-141929.jpg As it’s name states this one is great for removing those stubborn stains on surfaces. It really works too. I had old tea stains on my kitchen side which wouldn’t go away and after using this it’s gone. It can remove thigs such as felt tip marks, soap scum, baked on food and rust and can also clean stainless steel to get rid of those awful water marks. It can be used on a multitude of surfaces.
Finally the All Purpose Power Cream

20131107-142331.jpg this again can be used almost anywhere to remove dirt and stubborn stains. I found it very effective in my bathroom to clean the bath, sink, taps and toilet. A little bit of this goes a very long way and it smells quite pleasant too.
The only let down with these products is that they seem very hard to find in most supermarkets or shops. They are available on Amazon uk costing just a few pounds each. There are of course other products in the range too and they are defiantly worth buying as they seem to last a while and definitely at the top end of available cleaning products today.
As Christmas is approaching this is a good reason to stock up on good cleaning products and give your home a sparkling clean in time for Santas visit.

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