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.cleaning 1

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).kitchen floor

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!

sploshNow 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.’

splosh 1So…… today the postman arrived with our gift and we were extremely delighted, even before we opened the box we knew this was a good thing – it looked right!

splosh 6So 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.splosh 3

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.

splosh 4Here’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.splosh 2

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 🙂


Housework Club

house work club 4Mammar and Becksie both hate (but secretly like) housework FACT!

Mammar and Becksie both feel like they have lots of housework to do!

Da and Lizzie doing 10 minutes each

Da and Lizzie doing 10 minutes each

Mammar has a saying ‘if we all do ten minutes thats ?? (10 times the amount of folk involved) minutes work.

house work club 1So using that principle we have formed a club – we meet once a week and help each other with housework. We started today with an Autumn clean (that’s just like a spring clean only the leaves are orange not green) in Mammars kitchen. We worked VERY hard and Mammar now has a shiny, gleaming kitchen.

house work club 3Mammar and Becskie are tired!

Next on the list Becksie’s kitchen??house work club 2

house work club 6In other news Ian found a fabulous book on its travels for Lizzie. It’s a classic that both Ian and Becksie enjoyed as children so we look forward to reading it to Lizzie before sending it back on its travels!house work club 7

Happy weekend folks x

Fair Enough!

Hopefully most of you remember that for this week’s shop we cut our budget to £25, and whilst we managed to get all of our food shopping for the week easily within this we faced a dilemma when it came to some household essentials we needed – £1.23 to purchase toilet roll and washing up liquid, or more realistically toilet roll or washing up liquid. In the interests of basic sanitation we plumped for the toilet roll, however this did pose us with a washing up liquid based issue!washing up 1

So without washing up liquid how were we going to clean our dishes for the week? Ian had once heard a Continue reading

Team Pugh Spray Cleaner 3000!

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So our first batch of kitchen cleaner has nearly gone and we can declare it a most excellent success that has saved us at least two pounds! The spray cleaned nicely, left things sparkling and smelt great, but it could have done with a bit more power cutting through grease. A quick search through our book of knowledge (google) suggested adding a touch of vinegar to the mix to help cut through grease.

Now vinegar has an awful lot of uses and an awful lot going for it, except for the awful smell! With this in mind we have hatched a little plan to make sure that the added vinegar does not make our house smell like a fish and chippery! Continue reading