Since I moved to Edinburgh last month, I’ve had to learn to become a real adult – yes, that’s right, I have to do things like washing my own clothes and cooking my own meals. Shocking! My flatmates and I share a cleaning rota to make sure our little flat is shining like a new shilling and this week it was my turn to clean the bathroom which meant I had the chance to use my gorgeous Humble Stuff cleaning products.
I first found out about Humble Stuff on Twitter and I contacted the lovely Marie to find out if they’d be interested in collaborating with The Fourth Month as I am keen to promote cruelty-free homeware just like Wee Tree Soaps: Part 1. Marie was more than happy to get involved and agreed to send me a package of her fantastic products so that I could share their awesomeness with you all!
Humble Stuff is a range of cruelty-free, eco-friendly cleaning products. They’re handmade in Scotland (based in Glasgow) and all their ingredients are fresh and sustainable. I’m struggling to see why they’re called Humble Stuff because these cleaning products are really something to brag about. They’re the UK’s first producer of handmade cleaning products and, with no artificial fragrances or harsh chemicals, they are doing something really amazing for the earth!
It all originated with Marie who has been a self-employed domestic cleaner for over ten years but was fed up of using toxic cleaning products. In search for an alternative, she discovered traditional methods like bicarbonate of soda and vinegar could be used to clean just about everything. Marie continued to research and experiment with non-toxic cleaning solutions with the support of her clients and eventually took the plunge (pardon the bad toilet pun) and took her cruelty-free cleaning products to Trading Standards. Marie now sells these products at fairs and festivals and has gone on to win the prestigious #SBS award (Small Business Sunday)
I received all three of Marie’s ethical cleaning products in my parcel and I’ve now used them all to clean my new flat. Here’s what I thought:
1. Multi Surface Cleaning Spray, £5
This is the product I will use the most out of the three. Multi surface cleaning sprays are a gal’s best friend; I use it on the kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces and my desk and bedside cabinet. Each spray is handmade with you in mind so you can choose from a variety of beautiful scents: Blood Orange (Limited Edition Halloween scent), Lemon Myrtle, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lime & Eucalyptus or go Fragrance Free. My spray was Lemon Myrtle and I am so pleased with it because I am a sucker for all things lemony. This leaves your surfaces smelling citrusy fresh, which makes a pleasant change from the chemical smells a lot of anti-bac sprays have.
It’s only £5 and you can buy it on Etsy.
2. Soft Cleaning Paste, £5
This soft cleaning paste goes back to traditional cleaning methods as it is made up of sodium bicarbonate and organic Castile soap. It is tough on grime and dirt so you can use it for greasy kitchen utensils. I used this paste on the shower tiles and bathroom taps and they were sparkling in a few minutes. You simply mix in 1 teaspoon of the paste with 500ml of hot water and use a microfibre cloth to buff whichever surface you’re cleaning. Again, you can choose from a variety of scents so your house will be smelling and looking like paradise in no time. I got Lemon Myrtle and, like the multi-surface spray, it left my bathroom smelling like lemon cheesecake.
It’s £5 too and you can grab a 250g tub on Etsy.
3. Toilet Freshener, £5
These sticks were probably my surprising favourite from the bunch – mostly because they require little to no effort on my part. The box contains a minimum of 12 fizzing toilet sticks. You pop one in the toilet, let it fizzle to freshen the bowl, scrub or just flush away. It’s old-school and uses bicarbonate of Soda and citric acid infused with 100% pure essential oils. Choose from Grapefruit & Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Fragrance Free. I got Lavender and Patchouli sticks; the smell is really soothing and if you read my blog you’ll know I’m a big advocate for the use of lavender oil. The best thing about these sticks is that it allows you to clean your toilet without using any stringent chemicals that harm aquatic life once they’re flushed away. Your bathroom will smell amazing without any guilt!
These sticks are also £5 and available on Etsy.
Something to remember: these products are made with fresh ingredients so there is a recommended use-by date. Don’t stick these in the back of the cleaning cupboard and forget about them until next your Spring clean. Get use out of them!
If you’re interested in trying some of these products, Humble Stuff offer a special deal: all 3 products for only £12.
Not only will your house be sparkling clean but by using Humble Stuff you are supporting an environmentally friendly way of living as well as an independent company. Independent and ethical shopping is the way forward so do your bit by ditching the toxins and using Humble Stuff around the house.