Over the course of our year and two months without supermarkets we have been asked many a question about cleaning products. Where we buy them, what we use, where can others buy them and so on and so forth.
We have found that as a consequence of changing our shopping habits the types and the amounts of cleaning products we buy and use have changed. We have made our own washing up liquid (successful but not perfect), we have made several version of our own kitchen spray and we have started using washing nuts. In short we have really tried hard to be better cleaning product buyers. As you may know when we do buy cleaning products we purchase them from the really useful shop in Faringdon (it’s actually changed names but we will always call it the really useful shop as…… it is really useful), the same place that caters for our toilet roll needs. Whilst this is great as we are fulfilling our brief of local shopping the more into this new way of life we get the more we think about the cleaning products we buy and use (sad maybe but……… this way of life gets under your skin).
So……..it’s been on our mind for a while and then into our inbox flies a solution! We received an email from a lovely (and extremely clever) gentleman called Angus from a new(ish) company called Splosh!
Now we get many requests to try products and endorse things (both paid and unpaid) and we pride ourselves on saying no to them (apart from our free holiday but you did forgive us) even though it is often very tempting. However, the email from Angus was very different, it simply said he’d heard about our project and would we like to be sent some of his products – no mention of reviewing or endorsing, more like a gift. So instead of hitting delete we clicked the link and……….. we were greeted with a website that was clean and beautiful and on the second section said the words:
‘give supermarkets the push’!!!!! As you can imagine we were delighted and excited. Ten minutes later we had read all about it and emailed Angus back to say we would LOVE to try his products.
To give a little more context here’s a little from the splosh website about how it started:
‘The Splosh story story starts back in January 2010. I was standing in the Hay on Wye Co-Op car park throwing plastic bottles into a recycling container, and was struck by the thought that what I was doing was pretty silly. Ridiculous in fact. I was buying bottles for stuff like washing up and laundry products, my family were using them once and then I threw them away – in perfectly good condition.
I turned to look at the supermarket, where mothers with children were pushing trolleys through the doors piled high with plastic bottles from their weekly shop. Could it be that these multi-billion pound businesses, which dominate the retail scene and whose bosses are considered some of the greatest business people in the country, had a fundamental inefficiency at their heart? Driving away from the Co-Op that day, an idea started to gel in my mind….
It took many months before Splosh was born. Designers, chemists and fragrance experts have worked hard together to create an extraordinary new concept. The idea is to sell home care products direct to customers as concentrates. It’s never been done before, and a lot of complex chemistry has had to be overcome in order to achieve it.’
So inside the box was some loo cleaner, kitchen spray, laundry detergent and hand wash. As soon as nap time was upon us Becksie set to work ‘making’ the products. This was so easy and dare she say it REALLY GOOD FUN (we know, Becksie is SAD). It’s simple, you put the pouch in the bottle (ours were already inside the right bottle) you run the tap until it’s hot and….. you fill it up. Leave it a minute or two and the capsule dissolves and you are left with a full bottle of cleaning product.
As soon as the loo cleaner was ready Becksie bolted upstairs and gave it a go – the result were amazing. It smelt divine. Downstairs the kitchen spray and hand soap were ready. Guess what AMAZING too! They smell great and they actually work really well. Then it was time to do some washing – Becksie was delighted to do washing! These bad boys have even made cleaning fun! WOW!
So here’s the deal we are in one day 100% converted and we promise we haven’t been paid or even asked to say these things, we are saying them because they are true and how we feel. We know lots of you lovely people will love them too.
Here’s how it works – click here to visit their website, chose a starter pack which arrives at your door from these lovely folk in Hay on Wye. Make up the products, use them, love them and then when you run out keep the lovely bottles (we haven’t even mentioned how lovely the bottles look – they are really stylish and simple) and order refills to your door to make more delightful cleaning products.
And the best bit is they are extremely reasonable, for example kitchen spray works out at about 99p per bottle! AMAZING!
So there you have a Team Pugh product review that was done because this company is wonderful and really fits with who and what we are! And as part of our year of less we will be slimming down our cleaning cupboard, using up the old (remember we hate waste) and simply having the few items we need purchased from Splosh, a lovely, quirky and British company.
BUT – don’t fear we promise to keep buying loo roll and other bits and bobs from the really useful shop 🙂