Cinderella Clean made the choice to lighten our environmental footprint in the fall of last year. The use of harsh chemicals and bleaches is not good for anyone. Every time we clean a home or office, chemicals end up going down the drain. What about all the plastic containers used to house the cleaning products? What about our bodies interaction with the cleaning products? Our children and pets interaction? In order to implement cleaner practices some research was necessary. What environmentally sensitive products will replace our current lineup? Where can I find these products locally? Will the cleaning power be the same? How much will it cost?
Enter The Soap Exchange, located at 1393A Hillside Ave. in Victoria BC. All of the products sold by the Soap Exchange are 100% biodegradable, all packaging is re-used, all of the spray bottles, all of the squirt bottles are re-filled over and over. Even the cardboard boxes I use to carry all of my refills home from the Soap Exchange have been re-used many times. All of their products are Canadian made, contain no animal byproducts, and are not tested on animals. The products are safe for your family, your septic and waste water system, they contain no parabens or sodium laureth sulfates. Many of the products are also dye free and fragrance free.
Before Cinderella Clean could put these products to use in your home I needed to test them out for myself. I am going to give you my opinion on everything I have used so far. If you are interested in purchasing Soap Exchange products for your home or business Cinderella Clean is a distributor, I would love to tell you more about them!
This is by far our most used product, it is labeled as an all purpose cleaner. Nature Power is highly concentrated, for heavy cleaning 50ml to 1 litre of water is recommended. Nature Power is Citrus based, I find it smells good, while not being over powering. I love this product as a general purpose cleaner in the kitchen, bathroom, anywhere I need a multi purpose cleaner. I use 50 ml of this product in 4 litres of warm water for washing floors and it is great! The fact that it is dilutable means a bottle of this goes a long way!
Red Marvel is the go to product in the bathroom! It cleans the grossest of showers to a brilliant shine, it is powerful on toilet bowls. It cleans the dirtiest sinks easily. I have found the best way to use this product is to apply it and let it do the work, 5 minutes later wipe the surface clean! Red Marvel removes rust, scum, calcium, and other scale deposits. It's phosphate free and 100% biodegradable.
Ship Shape is a powerful creme cleanser. I was simply amazed when I used it on my glass top stove! If you have ever owned a glass top stove you know how hard it is to keep it clean. Ship Shape powers through the cooked on filth and polishes to a gleaming shine! It's great for cleaning ceramic tiles, porcelain, marble, chrome, stainless steel, brass, and silver! It will remove pencil, ink, shoe polish, and scuff marks. Acid free, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly!
Wow! If you need a product that can remove asphalt from your car's paint job, Peel Power will do it! A very strong natural citrus degreaser, it is dilutable and safe to use in your home! It can clean stains from concrete driveways, clean and deodorize garbage cans, neutralize pet odours, degrease engines, yet safe enough to clean the bathroom!
This is by far the best dish soap period. Dye free, scent free, phosphate free, highly effective in hard water, VERY gentle on the skin! I have suffered with eczema (dermatitis) most of my life. It gets so bad on my hands that washing dishes with a generic dish soap is out of the question. When I use Soft Shine I am happy to report I have no issues! No itches, redness, cracks, or inflammation.
This really makes me wonder what is in those other dish soaps? I feel confident about cleaning my little ones bottles and all of our dishes with Soft Shine Dish Soap.
I am not a fan of dishwashers! I suppose it's because I grew up without one. However our house is equipped with one, and my husband uses it religiously.
I asked him how he liked the new detergent? His response was, "I can't believe how small the scoop is!" You get over 100 loads out of this small pail, the dishes come out feeling clean and residue free. 100% biodegradable !
More to come!
I have bought shampoo and conditioner from the soap exchange, along with some other personal care products. I will give my thoughts on these products in one of my future posts.
Cleaning Victoria, British Columbia by reducing the environmental impact.