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A helping hand from Ace

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With three kids, two cats and a tortoise, I have a lot of cleaning and washing to do, it often feels like a never ending cycle and there is always something to clean. Cleaning products fill my under sink cupboard. I never know which is best to use, I get a lot of stained washing and stained work tops as my kids can be messy and lazy when it cons to cleaning. We only have one toilet too, between 4 of us so regular toilet cleaning is vital.
Ace have sent over some of their cleaning and stain removal products to try.

Two of these products are for laundry – Ace for Colours & Ace for Whites. 


They are both pretty much self explanatory, one being for colour washing and the other for whites. Both are used as an addition to regular detergent. The colour product is tipped into the cap and placed on top of the laundry and the whites product goes into the machine drawer. 

The colour product helps to remove stains and it does seem to remove the majority. The tougher stains usually require a hotter or more intense wash. This product does have a rather nice refreshing scent and the clothes are left smelling good. 
The Ace white is a bleach product so does not smell that good, although there is a slight fragrance which masks the bleach odour a little. This helps to get white clothing looking white again, rather than that awful dull white/slightly grey colour. Again it does also remove stains but should not be applied directly to clothes. 
I have also been using two other Ace cleaning products – their All Purpose Spray & Descaler toilet gel. 

The multi purpose spray I found particularly impressive. Not only does it smell good but it also cleans up any surface stains with ease. It leaves my worktops looking very clean and shiny. This can also be used on coloured clothing to remove stains.

Finally the toilet gel. I’m glad I have this as there is nothing worse than manually cleaning a toilet and especially under the bowl rim where all sorts of nasty, disgusting things lurk. This has the duck shape neck which squirts the cleaner right under the rim, removing any nasties and allowing the cleaner to run into the bowl cleaning the sides. So no need to stick a sponge or brush inside. I just leave it on for an hour or overnight then flush and the toilet is clean again. I do this every 2 days or so as I hate dirty toilets.

Ace cleaning products can be purchased from all leading supermarket stores. They are really inexpensive. Find out more on the Ace website. 

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. 

GIVEAWAY

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. 

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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.

Beauty treats for me: Creightons Argan smooth 

Published April 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today it’s all about the hair and hair care. The brand is Creightons who own a good selection of popular high street beauty products. One of their latest ranges is the Argan smooth.


Argan oil has become a very well known miracle ingredient in health and beauty and especially so in hair care products. The antioxidants contained in Argan oil can help work wonders on all hair types, adding shine and nourishment to even the driest of locks.

I have tried out five of the new Argan smooth range. The shampoo, conditioner, heat defence spray deep conditioning masque and thd miracle hair oil.


I love the shiny blue/silver packaging which glimmers with light. I think it’s worthwhile having a few of these products together as they can all be used one after another, starting with the shampoo, conditioner, deep masque, heat defence spray and finishing a style with the miracle oil. It’s like a complete twice weekly hair care routine, I do only wash my hair twice a week as it requires heat styling due to a natural wave/curl and a bit of frizziness due to colouring so the less heat on it, the better.

Using products has made my locks more manageable and the best thing overall is the price of the products – mega cheap. All costing between £1.99-£2.99 each. All of these products together comes to less than £15.00 which is really surprising compared to other brands. 

These products have recently been introduced into supermarkets too, as well as being available to buy online on the Creightons website. 

And my hair after using these products for two weeeks. 

Ecoegg

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.

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