Happy and healthy homes

BubblyKitchenPowder [320x200].jpgSome of the ingredients in cleaning products can be as harmful to your family as the little bacterial beasties you are trying to banish.

Research has proven that high levels of toxins found in breast milk and blood can clearly be traced back to home cleaning products. If you have ever experienced your eyes, nose, head, skin or lungs feeling the effect of harsh chemical while you clean, it is definitely time to change to a safer and healthier alternative.

Two ranges of environmentally and family friendly household products have recently caught our attention;

Organic at heart

All Organic at Heart cleaning products are:

* made from 100% biodegradable formulas
* effective cleaning products
* 100% recyclable and/or decompostable
* full of gorgeous aromas to leave your home smelling great
* made with traditional ingredients eg vinegar and lemon
* free from toxic residues
* 100% safe with essential oils for family wellbeing
* environmentally aware and supporting ethical trade

Check out their new BUBBLY KITCHEN POWDER with sparkly organic orange. Containing absolutely no nasties and packed in a 100% decompostable waterproof bag, it’s a must for all healthy kitchens. Use it for washing up, surface cleaning, carpet freshening, deodorising and much more.



Like Organic at Heart, Method use plant ingredients for their cleaning products. They have a full range of cleaning products for every eventuality and are passionate about the environment. Their philosophy means they are completely committed to happy and healthy lifestyles and sustainability. Their range includes;

* all purpose products
* speciality products for granite, wood, glass, steel and leather – the wood wipes and sprays are especially yummy and make your rooms smell of almond
* a full bathroom range including the super handy all-surface wipes which are flushable                                                                                                                                                          * There is also a full range for your clothes, body and precious items (your kids!)

Method products are available in most supermarkets, even B&Q (!); for more info check out their website



Brits clean up!


London: British people spend almost as much on personal grooming products as they do on products to keep their house clean, according to new research from domestic cleaning company MOLLY MAID.

The survey found that 86 per cent spend up to £25 a month on cleaning products, with 85 per cent spending the same amount on beauty and grooming items.

But as far as putting those cleaning products to good use, it is the women who do most of the work around the house: only a quarter of men are responsible for all or most of the cleaning in their home compared to 69 per cent of all women. Over half (51 per cent) of women spend more than three hours a week on housework, compared to 60 per cent of men who spend less than three hours a week on house work. A quarter of men spend less than one hour a week on housework.

Both sexes may have different approaches to how much they clean, but they do agree that the kitchen is the most important room to clean, followed by the bathroom for women and the sitting room for men. But both also agree that bathrooms are the most annoying room in the home to clean and kitchens the hardest.

Although men spend almost as much on their house grooming as they do on their personal grooming, they won’t get a look in with a woman who has caught their eye if they don’t put those cleaning products to good use. The survey found that 91 per cent of women are put off by a man who doesn’t keep his house in order.

Pam Bader, Chief Executive of MOLLY MAID said: “We may spend the same amount on cleaning as personal grooming but while today’s women are putting those cleaning products to good use and keeping their home clean and tidy, men are letting theirs gather dust in the kitchen cupboard. In this time starved age when commuting takes long and we work longer hours, a MOLLY MAID clean can really help you keep on top of household chores.”

About the survey
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,997 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 9th – 11th January 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

MOLLY MAID is one of the world’s largest professional domestic cleaning services, carrying out 2 million home cleans every year worldwide. Initially founded in Canada in 1979, MOLLY MAID currently trades in Canada, USA, Japan, Portugal, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the UK

MOLLY MAID offers a 100 per cent guaranteed, flexible and affordable domestic cleaning service. Staff are fully insured, work in teams of two and arrive in MOLLY MAID branded cars, bringing with them all the necessary cleaning equipment and supplies.

MOLLY MAID came to the UK in 1985 and has grown from a standing start to 69 Franchise Owners nationwide and a current annual turnover of over £12 million.

Pam Bader, OBE FRSA, has been with MOLLY MAID since the beginning in the UK, and has given many people who do not have any formal qualifications or business experience the opportunity to run their own businesses from home. The network of Franchise Owners is a mix of both men and women who wanted to take the step into running their own business but wanted the security and support of a national brand behind them.


Toothplace – City of London


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Toothplace, 18-20 Cullum Street, London EC3M 7JJ
Tel: 0207 929 1462

Toothplace is a refreshing new idea. It’s the first place you can walk in and have your teeth cleaned and polished by a professional dental hygienist whenever you like. If you don’t have much time to spare, Toothplace can fit you in during your lunch break or even when you’re passing by for the convenient way to make you smile!