Ecological & Vegan Cleaning Supplies from Veggies
See also this great guide to Make Your Own Vegan Cleaning, Makeup, and other Household Products.
Retail, Refills & Bulk available from us at our Nottingham Base
Bio D Laundry Liquid (Concentrated) 1 Ltr £ 3.85 Refill : £ 3.20 ltr 5 Ltr £17.85 Refill : £15.00 25 Ltr £86.80 £72.00 (£2.88/ltr) Bio D Multi Surface Cleaner (Concentrated) 1 Ltr £ 2.55 Refill : £2.00 ltr 5 Ltr £10.20 £9.00 (£1.80/ltr) Bio D Toilet Cleaner 1 Ltr £ 2.50 Refill : £1.70 5 Ltr £ 8.95 £7.50 (£1.50/ltr) Bio D Washing Powder 12.5kg £40.38 £34.00 (£2.72/kg) Per kg £ 3.55 £ 3.00 Bio D Washing Up Liquid (Concentrated) 1 Ltr £ 1.84 Refill : £1.60 ltr 5 Ltr £ 7.59 Refill : £7.00 25 Ltr £37.30 £35.00 (£1.40/ltr) Caurnie DES Disinfectant 500ml £ 1.44 Refill : £2.60 ltr 500ml : £1.30 5 Ltr £12.60 £11.00 (£2.20/ltr) Faith In Nature Hand Wash (Pump bottle) 300ml £3.39 £ 3.30 Refill : £3.00 (bring bottle) Prices as at March 2007, subject to variation, based on wholesale supplies from Lembas Wholefoods
We aim to work with environmental health officers (EHOs) to encourage them to accept ecological & ethical products. Whilst this works well with our own EHOs with whom we can have ongoing conversations, this is not always possible with fleeting visits by EHOs at events in other local authority areas.
The key product that EHOs like to see is anti-bacterial surface cleaner spray. Products that we would argue are suitable are available from Faith, Ecoleaf and Ecover (but their animal testing policy is not clear & they part owned by Group4 Security). Search for ‘bacterial’ at http://www.lembas.co.uk/
What is the difference between antibacterial and disinfectants?
An antibacterial targets bacteria and a disinfectant targets most or all microorganisms which commonly include bacteria, viruses and fungi. Disinfectants aren’t meant to be used on human skin but instead are meant for inanimate surfaces/objects. Both are equally effective for their respective purposes. You’re comparing apples and oranges.
Antibacterials aren’t precisely “harmful” but there is some debate about overuse and increased resistance that may be justified. Properly done handwashing with plain soap and water is just as effective. It’s the solvent properties of soap, the mechanical friction of rubbing the hands together and the water that loosens and rinses away dirt and thus bacteria and viruses from the hands that really makes the difference.
FAQs About Cleaning and Disinfecting Household Surfaces
Q. What is the difference between a disinfectant and a disinfectant cleaner or antibacterial cleaner?
A. Disinfectants contain antimicrobial ingredients that kill germs if surfaces are free from heavy soil. Disinfectant or antibacterial cleaners contain ingredients for removing soil, as well as antimicrobial ingredients that kill germs. Household bleach disinfects when used according to label directions.
Q. What antimicrobial ingredients are used in household cleaning products that kill germs?
A. Common antimicrobial ingredients include pine oil, quaternary ammonium compounds, sodium hypochlorite, phenols and ethanol.
Q. What microorganisms do disinfectants or antibacterial cleaners kill on household surfaces?
A. Depending on the active ingredient(s) and the product formulation, they kill bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which cause intestinal illness, and Staphylococcus which causes skin infections; fungus that causes athlete’s foot; and viruses such as Herpes simplex, Rhinovirus, which is the leading cause of the common cold; and Rotavirus, the major cause of diarrhea in young children. Read the label to find out specifically which germs the product is intended to kill.
Q. How can I tell if a household cleaning product kills germs?
A. Look for the words “disinfect,” “disinfectant,” “antibacterial” or “sanitize” on the label, as well as an EPA registration number, as this ensures that the product has met EPA requirements for killing germs.
The Effectiveness Of Sanitize Vs Disinfect
Another thing of interest between sanitization and disinfection is the variation depicted between these two as far as their level of effectiveness is concerned. Actually, it is known that sanitizers are capable of destroying even 99.99% of germs. However, to achieve such a high level of effectiveness, it is necessary to point out that you must use them properly, otherwise the level of their effectiveness will be lowered.
According to some experts, disinfectants are known to be much more superior compared to the sanitizers. This is because there are some types of pathogenic bacteria that can not be killed using the sanitizers. With this sanitize vs. disinfect comparison, you will understand that disinfectants are a much better alternative compared to sanitizers.
Time Frame Of Action
While sanitizers can work perfectly well in a span of about 30 seconds, disinfectants on the other hand work in a time frame of between 5 and 10 minutes. During this period, they are able to destroy most of the bacteria effectively.
Article from http://www.guardian.co.uk/
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Washing-up liquid can be unpleasant stuff containing – among other things- potentially harmful perfumes (once released into the environment, they can accumulate in our bodies), skin irritants and synthetic preservatives that can take a long time to biodegrade.
Most suppliers on this list – including Bio-D – use mild, vegetable-based formulas that biodegrade well.
Love the packaging with its sensible warning about using “two teaspoons sufficient for an average bowl”. The bottle contains 68% recycled material, and to cut down on waste there are a growing number of shops with “refilling stations”. In the washing-up bowl, it bubbles up nicely, but is not that enduring. Subtle, coconut fragrance.
Scottish micro supplier that’s been making gorgeous handmade soaps using a traditional “cold process” technique since the 1920s. More recently, it’s moved into household cleaners that have no animal products and are not tested on animals, as well as being suitable for those with sensitive skins. Frustratingly niche: you won’t find this artisan brand in a supermarket and apart from the occasional health food store, you’ll encounter it at a mere dozen farmers’ markets in Scotland. If you can get hold of it, expect a lovely barley sugar fragrance. You’ll need more squirts, though, to match some of its competitors’ cleaning potential.
Clearspring is a range by Faith in Nature organisation which started nearly 30 years ago in rural Scotland, producing homemade skincare products from herbs, essential oils and other traditional ingredients. Still a family-run business – the washing-up liquid is apparently good for sensitive skin. Has a tiny amount (0.02%) of the tongue-twisting, petroleum-derived preservative “2-Bromo-2Nitropropane-1-3-Diol”. Like it says on the bottle, a small squeeze is good for a bowl of washing-up, dealing with the greasy stuff as well as more delicate items such as glasses. Pleasant orange fragrance.
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