Splosh – It’s a New Way to think About Cleaning

Splosh have a solution for our plastics problem, and it’s one that works for us. You still use plastics, but what if those bottles are refillable ones? So you only need the one bottle, and order in refills which can fill them up a few more times.

Splosh cleaning products, Washing up liquid, toilet cleaner, bathroom cleaner and kitchen cleaner

Splosh are a mail order UK based company who offer many different types of cleaning solutions. From laundry to general cleaning, toilets to dishwashing. Maybe not in that order.

Allow me to explain. You order in your initial bottles. We live in a two bedroomed house with two toilets; that’s two toilet cleaners, one washing up liquid, one kitchen cleaner, one bathroom cleaner, one glass cleaner. We already have our Smol subscription so we don’t need laundry cleaner, although I’m considering getting the stain remover spray.

I think that’s probably all we need. If I was to buy these from say, Waitrose, I’d be buying new plastic bottles with the liquid in every time. I get that, you can’t generally transport the liquid inside easily. However, Splosh have a solution! Quite literally.

It’s letterbox sized, a solution in a pouch. Save the pouches as when you have eight you can send them back to Splosh who recycle them. To use the solution, you generally have to fill your bottle with water to the line on the bottle then top it up from the pouch. Give it a good shake and you’re ready to go. Oh, and the refills work out cost-wise about the same as you’d buy in a supermarket – and with free delivery.

Oh, and by doing it this way you could be reducing your plastic use by up to 90%.

Who Gives a Crap Toilet paper and Splosh Toilet cleaner on a bathroom window ledge
I’ll get to Who Gives a Crap soon enough, this week it’s Splosh’s turn. Basically, our daily essentials are all things which don’t hurt anyone or anything and do something good for other people.

It really is that easy. All Splosh products aren’t tested on animals and are vegan-friendly. They proudly display the jumping bunny on their site.

There’s a handwash which is imminent. I’ve recently switched to soap bars at home, although we were big handwash users – all that plastic though. Urgh.

I haven’t been paid in any way to write about Splosh, I’m spending my hard earned cash. If you fancy trying it out, then my unique code is WDECMRLM96 which will give you £3 off a Starter Box (you need to spend over £15). I wish I had bought a Starter Box, as I’m still adding random bottles to my orders as I need them – so I’d definitely recommend looking into this option. While it seems like a lot of money up-front it works out more cost effective over time.

Vegan Friendly Cosmetics

I’m vegetarian. I have been since around 1983 when I declared to my mum that I would never eat meat again while looking at the turkey on Christmas Day. I can’t go vegan. Mainly as I don’t like the alternatives – and I’ve tried. I’m not at the right place to try.
However, one thing I can do is to look at what I’m putting on my body, and improve that. So I’ve been looking at vegan friendly cosmetics.

Vegan friendly cosmetics are the simplest way of finding what I’m looking for. I want brands that don’t test on animals, a long-standing EU regulation anyway – but there’s a catch.
I’ve spent a lot of time reading on PETA to find brands which are cruelty-free and struggled. A lot of brands sell their cosmetics worldwide – and there are countries who insist on exported cosmetics being tested on animals. They’re off my list – and sadly these include a few brands I’ve always thought were okay – Clarins is one. (sob) Benefit too. The only way they can control this is by not selling their cosmetics in those countries – which of course they’re not going to do as it’s all about the money. So I will no longer be buying any of their products.
Fortunately, some old favourites have brought up favourable results – back in the day I used to buy Eyes Lips Face cosmetics – they make vegan friendly cosmetics. You can buy some of their range in larger Superdrug stores. Superdrug’s own range also carries the PETA bunny – always a good sign.
I’ve recently discovered Fairypants who have a great line in perfume. I bought myself a lipbalm, some dry skin cream and some perfume to see how I got on with it. Already it has made a difference – H had dry skin patches, they always come up each winter. We’d normally rely on Aveeno, but they’re not cruelty free – they sell in China, disappointingly. The Fairypants Vegan Dry Skin Balm has had two applications over two weeks and the dry skin has gone! I’m quite amazed by it. The perfume is lovely too!
Fairypants Vegan cosmetics

I didn’t spent enough time thinking about it before – but this year I’m going to be shopping far more conscientiously. After all, if I haven’t (knowingly) eaten meat for this long, I should be looking at the products I use.

Fortunately Sanex seem to be okay which is good as they have one of the few deodorants that works for me. I am ditching my phosphate-free L’Oreal shampoo and have switched to Kind Natured shampoo – they helpfully have a vegan section on their website too. Boots stock Kind Natured and they’re a reasonable price too. H uses their kids shampoo after she has been swimming – it works a treat.
Finding vegan friendly cosmetics doesn’t seem too difficult, so let’s see how we get on…