I’m an antibiotic, preservative, sugar and non-organic consumer, and I’m okay with not being a purist. But the one thing that has often tugged at my mother, wife and woman guilt and conscience is the fact that all my household cleaners are full of chemicals, and that we’re ingesting some of it. Granted, I’m not eating salad off my counter with a knife and fork, but I’ll a fruit that I’ve placed on the dining room, for example.
I don’t think anything terrible is going to happen to me when I eat the apple and a touch of surface cleaner, but there must be a gentler way to clean our homes, and there must be a gentler way to formulate cleaning products other than using chemicals and abrasives.
I mean, there are some studies that point to the dodginess of using harsh household cleaners over time – some recent research shows that using chemical-laden household detergents is the same as smoking a box of cigarettes a day (some disagree with this though). Eek.
Anyway, in my quest to join my earth-friendly recycling and vegetarian ways, I’m trying to go a little “greener” at home, and have been trying out SoPure products. Okay, by “I”, I mean my domestic worker and me. You might know SoPure from their dummy sterilizer and MiteFree products, but there’s a range of cleaning products, and some bodycare, like liquid hand soap and bubble bath (more about this later).
Can I be honest? I’ve only noticed a slight difference since we started using them. Which is good, right? I thought that the shift to gentler products would require more work – whether it’s scrubbing a surface, clearing a stain, or getting the bath and basin sparkly. Or that things would be less clean without all the chemicals. But alas – same amount of effort, yielding slightly better results, and in a gentler way, and without the chemicals.
Here’s a bit more about them at a glance:
- Baby safe and friendly
- Free of nasty chemicals
- Tested in Germany for skin sensitivity
- Naturally derived
Cleaning stuff aside, my favourites are the bubble bath and body wash. My toddler is eczema prone, so I’m cautious about what I put on her skin. These give all the joy at bathtime, without any flareups.
SoPure products are available on their website, at Dis-Chem, select Spars, Faithful to Nature and Baby City.
Disclaimer: I do some consulting work for SoPure. Writing a blog post is not part of my job description, and I’ve paid for my own products. All words are absolutely my own.