There are two signs that Spring is here…the first is those first tentative buds on the trees and those glorious shows of blossoms on the fruit trees. The second is that sudden urge to wash your windows and clean out the linen cupboard. If you look around you can see signs of it in everyone, big loads of washing on the line, hard rubbish on the footpaths. It’s a global phenomena from the Scottish ‘New Year’s Cleaning’ on Hogmanay to our favourite the Iranian practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” – that’s one way to re-energise…


In the back right hand corner of the shop you’ll find all our green cleaning products to help you in your spring-cleaning endeavours. Gentler on the earth usually means gentler on people too with less irritants, perfumes and fumes. One range we love (and not just because they look beautiful) is from ecostore, they started a recent blog post with this quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupry:

“Perfection is achieved not when there is anything left to add, but rather when there is nothing left to take away”

Green Cleaning

So in the spirit of simplicity here are a few of our favourite green cleaning tips:


“In our house we use Soap Nuts to do our laundry, we’re a family of 4 and a $20 bag lasts us a few months. You can just pop a handful of cracked nuts in a knotted stocking and throw it in with the wash, or we like to soak the nuts in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes then throw the liquid in like detergent. A hand full of nuts will do 4 or 5 washes.’


“Squeeze lemon juice onto a burnt pot while it is still warm and then when it is cool add a spoonful of bicarb to scour of the stuck bits. I remember when I was a kid in South Africa grown-ups using lemon juice then a handful of coarse grass to scrub the pots.”


“My best win was using apple cider vinegar to get the mold out of our tent that we put away wet. We just put Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle, squirted the tent till it was drenched, allowed it to dry and then just brushed off the mould. The smell has gone, the tent was saved but the stains still tell the shameful story…”


“White Vinegar and water in an old spray bottle to clean everything because it is a natural antibacterial. I put a few drops of essential oil in too so the house does not smell like a fish and chip shop”