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Cutting the crap out is not just about zero waste!

Posted by Crystal Cole on

I am probably going to make myself really unpopular by saying this, but I am going to say it anyway.

This morning, I posted a photo on our social media account of a natural deodorant. The photo showed two candles behind (obviously, as we make candles too!) and within seconds, a comment was posted " Ironic that you hash tagged zero waste and then put photos of plastic electric candles in the background" A quick look on our page would clearly show that we make candles. Instead of doing a bit of background checking, the comment was made flippantly and quickly retracted when we put the poster straight. We make candles. We are trying to be a plastic free company. Showing plastic or electric candles just wouldn't be us because well, it goes against our ethos and we don't use them because we have candles in abundance in our workshop! How dare anyone pass judgement without doing a little investigation. The comment was taken down very quickly once they were set straight, which is really sad because my reply gave some really good insight in to what we do and how we do it and that is generally trying to cut out plastic and waste from our products and company. That was never seen or read by the poster; i guess they didn't want to open their ears to bit of education around the company.

Last week, I had to defend myself and my company on a zero waste parenting group on Facebook, as a comment was made that "this company seems dodgy to me - I've looked at the reps photo and she doesn't appear to be the sort of person who is a zero waster" How dare anyone make such a judgmental and flippant comment on a reps looks. Is it really ok to cut down a person or a company with such damaging comments without even getting to know us or ask us any questions first. Do you know how upsetting it is for someone to be told that their face doesn't fit their ethos. How crazy is it that an opinion can be formed on what a person looks like in one photo!!!

More and more I am seeing posts of people pleased to show off the changes they are making to reduce their waste and more and more I am seeing comments  that are belittling, rather than encouraging and supportive.

Who cares if john still uses tea bags, but has changed to a biodegradable toothbrush?

Who cares if Brenda still washes her hair in shampoo that has come out of a bottle, but she takes her own bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic carrier bags.

Whose journey is this? yours or theirs? If you don't like my company - don't use us! But if you haven't used us, how can you tell the world that we are "dodgy?" If you don't like that John still uses teabags, how about congratulate him on his efforts so far, maybe offer some advice, but cut him down? Thats just not on.

There is far too much superiority in zero waste groups and whilst some people has spent time educating themselves on the east ways to avoid waste, what they are failing to see sometimes is that their superioirty can come across as really negative. We are all trying to fight a war against waste together and in the battle field, we need to build each other up, not tear down our fellow comrades. Wars like this are won by many people doing the best that they can, but no one can be perfect. Show me someone living a zero waste life and I will show you a liar. Because I am not perfect, my company is not perfect, John and Brenda are not perfect. We are all just trying to do our best.

So next time you feel the need to post a negative comment that could potentially bring down a small business, or give Brenda a mouth full because her face doesn't fit and her hair is not washed with the urine of a zero waste guardian angel, just remember, everyone starts somewhere and everyone can easily go AWOL from the zero waste war because of your comments. Be kind and supportive.

From now on, we will be using the hashtag myzerowastejourney on all of our social media posts, because zero wasting is personal to us all. This company is MY journey to help do my bit, not yours. Your journey is yours too. Doesn't make either of us right; it just makes us soldiers in the same fight, just taking a different route to the battle.

Please stop to think about how your comments towards small businesses and new zero waste individuals can be as damaging as the plastic we all are fighting to rid the planet of. 

I choose zero waste, kindness and positivity. What do you choose?

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Cutting the crap out is not just about zero waste!

Posted by Crystal Cole on

I am probably going to make myself really unpopular by saying this, but I am going to say it anyway.

This morning, I posted a photo on our social media account of a natural deodorant. The photo showed two candles behind (obviously, as we make candles too!) and within seconds, a comment was posted " Ironic that you hash tagged zero waste and then put photos of plastic electric candles in the background" A quick look on our page would clearly show that we make candles. Instead of doing a bit of background checking, the comment was made flippantly and quickly retracted when we put the poster straight. We make candles. We are trying to be a plastic free company. Showing plastic or electric candles just wouldn't be us because well, it goes against our ethos and we don't use them because we have candles in abundance in our workshop! How dare anyone pass judgement without doing a little investigation. The comment was taken down very quickly once they were set straight, which is really sad because my reply gave some really good insight in to what we do and how we do it and that is generally trying to cut out plastic and waste from our products and company. That was never seen or read by the poster; i guess they didn't want to open their ears to bit of education around the company.

Last week, I had to defend myself and my company on a zero waste parenting group on Facebook, as a comment was made that "this company seems dodgy to me - I've looked at the reps photo and she doesn't appear to be the sort of person who is a zero waster" How dare anyone make such a judgmental and flippant comment on a reps looks. Is it really ok to cut down a person or a company with such damaging comments without even getting to know us or ask us any questions first. Do you know how upsetting it is for someone to be told that their face doesn't fit their ethos. How crazy is it that an opinion can be formed on what a person looks like in one photo!!!

More and more I am seeing posts of people pleased to show off the changes they are making to reduce their waste and more and more I am seeing comments  that are belittling, rather than encouraging and supportive.

Who cares if john still uses tea bags, but has changed to a biodegradable toothbrush?

Who cares if Brenda still washes her hair in shampoo that has come out of a bottle, but she takes her own bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic carrier bags.

Whose journey is this? yours or theirs? If you don't like my company - don't use us! But if you haven't used us, how can you tell the world that we are "dodgy?" If you don't like that John still uses teabags, how about congratulate him on his efforts so far, maybe offer some advice, but cut him down? Thats just not on.

There is far too much superiority in zero waste groups and whilst some people has spent time educating themselves on the east ways to avoid waste, what they are failing to see sometimes is that their superioirty can come across as really negative. We are all trying to fight a war against waste together and in the battle field, we need to build each other up, not tear down our fellow comrades. Wars like this are won by many people doing the best that they can, but no one can be perfect. Show me someone living a zero waste life and I will show you a liar. Because I am not perfect, my company is not perfect, John and Brenda are not perfect. We are all just trying to do our best.

So next time you feel the need to post a negative comment that could potentially bring down a small business, or give Brenda a mouth full because her face doesn't fit and her hair is not washed with the urine of a zero waste guardian angel, just remember, everyone starts somewhere and everyone can easily go AWOL from the zero waste war because of your comments. Be kind and supportive.

From now on, we will be using the hashtag myzerowastejourney on all of our social media posts, because zero wasting is personal to us all. This company is MY journey to help do my bit, not yours. Your journey is yours too. Doesn't make either of us right; it just makes us soldiers in the same fight, just taking a different route to the battle.

Please stop to think about how your comments towards small businesses and new zero waste individuals can be as damaging as the plastic we all are fighting to rid the planet of. 

I choose zero waste, kindness and positivity. What do you choose?

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White Vinegar - The Household Item That Just Keeps On Giving!

Posted by Crystal Cole on

From laundry to hair rinse, cleaner to neutraliser, white vinegar has a multitude of uses both around the home and personally. With the beautiful sun shining this week encouraging me to start on an earlier than usual spring clean, plus the recent uprising of a certain Mrs Hinch reaching our social media, lets delve into some of the ways we can put this simple solution to work.
Hair Rinse
Every few washes you can remove product build up by using a rinse of 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Depending upon your hair type just adjust the amount of vinegar; dry hair will need less vinegar compared to oily hair which may need more! The outcome? Soft, silky and shiny locks! This is also a perfect way to help if you're struggling with the transition from bottle shampoo to our SLS free solid shampoo bars and are going through that oily/greasy transition stage.
Natural Deodorant
Mix 50% water with 50% white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray underarms, and voila! Alternatively you can give your underarms a quick wipe with 100% white vinegar when needed. A lot of DIY deodorant solutions call for apple cider vinegar but as we are talking about white vinegar, I thought it best to stick to the theme! Dont forget that using this method or any similar will also mean you will be using a paraben free, SLS free, aluminium free, cruelty free, non toxic, eco friendly and vegan alternative to shop bought alternatives on offer.
Make-Up Brushes
Give those make up brushes a gentle clean by combining 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon washing up liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Give the brushes a swish and a swirl, rinse under warm water and leave to dry. A fab option for anyone with sensitive skin too!
Hiccups and Heartburn
Hopefully not at the same time but if suffering with either, the treatment is the same - if you can stomach it. Knock back a tablespoon of the old faithful white vinegar and it can ease your symptoms.
Fresh Flowers
To give those fresh cut spring flowers an extension of life, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to the vase.
Surface Cleaner
For an earth friendly all round household surface cleaner, mix white vinegar and water with a 50/50 ratio. Wipe down telephones, taps, door handles, practically anything you can touch! Perfect for a spring clean you can even add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils.
Air Freshener
Simple and non toxic, white vinegar can eliminate odours from your home associated with pets, cooking and other not so pleasant smells. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, and optionally 30ml of your favourite essential oil, to 1 pint of water in a spray bottle. Use this as an eco friendly air freshener all throughout your home.
Glass Cleaner
Use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix (I notice a pattern here!), spray on - wipe off! How easy is that? For extremely grimy glass you can always prewash with soapy water before using the trusty mix to lose the streaks and increase the shine.
Neutralise Drains
Pongy kitchen drain? Pour a cup of neat white vinegar down the drain once a week to keep them smelling fresh. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes (perfect for a cuppa and a crossword) before flushing through with warm water.
Limescale Build Up
Are you in a hard water area? I am. It's pretty effortless with white vinegar. Soak the limescale in white vinegar, be it in a kettle or on a shower head and leave to soak. I leave it to work overnight but any length of time over an hour will work. If the limescale is proving extremely stubborn, i use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off anything that remains after the initial rinse.
Laundry
Just add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to your softener drawer instead of fabric conditioner to soften clothes and leave your machine clean and smelling fresh. If you're a fan of fluffy towels then go to town on the white vinegar and add more!
Eggs
I wont get into the science of it but adding some vinegar to the water when hard boiling eggs creates a softer and easier to peel shell.
Old Paintbrushes
If you're thinking of livening up or completely changing the decor in your home, instead of replacing old paintbrushes that may have hardened, use some white vinegar. Put the paintbrushes in a saucepan with white vinegar and leave to soak, after an hour (or more if you're like me and get distracted) put the saucepan onto the heat, bring to a simmer, drain the brushes and rinse clean.
Garden Weeds
It's not all about the house, why not get your garden ship shape for spring too? Spray any unwanted plants and weeds with undiluted white vinegar, it is non selective so will start to work on anything it touches so be careful if there are plants you want to keep. Normal household white vinegar is effective on new growths, stronger vinegar is available but also comes with a warning label. 
Bug Repellent
Whilst you are in your garden you may find that you are bothered by midge flies and other insects. Mix a 50/50 solution to spritz on any parts of yourself that are exposed, patio tables, outdoor counters, and because its now diluted even gently onto your plants. This is also fab as a non toxic repellent for ants, spray onto and trails if you have any issues with ants around your home.
White vinegar is a centuries old solution that has documented uses back to the Ancient Egyptians, it doesn't mean it is without warning. Never mix any vinegar with bleach as it will create toxic chlorine vapours that can be harmful when inhaled. Stone floor tiles should also be avoided, the acidic nature of the vinegar could damage the stone. If you have any wooden furniture that is waxed, it is best to avoid cleaning with vinegar as it can potentially ruin the finish and leave a cloudy mark, with a lot of cleaners always test in an inconspicuous area first if you are unsure. 
White Vinegar & Lemon is available in 33ml glass bottles from our website. 
https://crystalcole.co.uk/collections/home-cleaning/products/white-vinegar-and-lemon-multi-use-cleaning-product

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White Vinegar - The Household Item That Just Keeps On Giving!

Posted by Crystal Cole on

From laundry to hair rinse, cleaner to neutraliser, white vinegar has a multitude of uses both around the home and personally. With the beautiful sun shining this week encouraging me to start on an earlier than usual spring clean, plus the recent uprising of a certain Mrs Hinch reaching our social media, lets delve into some of the ways we can put this simple solution to work.
Hair Rinse
Every few washes you can remove product build up by using a rinse of 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Depending upon your hair type just adjust the amount of vinegar; dry hair will need less vinegar compared to oily hair which may need more! The outcome? Soft, silky and shiny locks! This is also a perfect way to help if you're struggling with the transition from bottle shampoo to our SLS free solid shampoo bars and are going through that oily/greasy transition stage.
Natural Deodorant
Mix 50% water with 50% white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray underarms, and voila! Alternatively you can give your underarms a quick wipe with 100% white vinegar when needed. A lot of DIY deodorant solutions call for apple cider vinegar but as we are talking about white vinegar, I thought it best to stick to the theme! Dont forget that using this method or any similar will also mean you will be using a paraben free, SLS free, aluminium free, cruelty free, non toxic, eco friendly and vegan alternative to shop bought alternatives on offer.
Make-Up Brushes
Give those make up brushes a gentle clean by combining 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon washing up liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Give the brushes a swish and a swirl, rinse under warm water and leave to dry. A fab option for anyone with sensitive skin too!
Hiccups and Heartburn
Hopefully not at the same time but if suffering with either, the treatment is the same - if you can stomach it. Knock back a tablespoon of the old faithful white vinegar and it can ease your symptoms.
Fresh Flowers
To give those fresh cut spring flowers an extension of life, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to the vase.
Surface Cleaner
For an earth friendly all round household surface cleaner, mix white vinegar and water with a 50/50 ratio. Wipe down telephones, taps, door handles, practically anything you can touch! Perfect for a spring clean you can even add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils.
Air Freshener
Simple and non toxic, white vinegar can eliminate odours from your home associated with pets, cooking and other not so pleasant smells. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, and optionally 30ml of your favourite essential oil, to 1 pint of water in a spray bottle. Use this as an eco friendly air freshener all throughout your home.
Glass Cleaner
Use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix (I notice a pattern here!), spray on - wipe off! How easy is that? For extremely grimy glass you can always prewash with soapy water before using the trusty mix to lose the streaks and increase the shine.
Neutralise Drains
Pongy kitchen drain? Pour a cup of neat white vinegar down the drain once a week to keep them smelling fresh. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes (perfect for a cuppa and a crossword) before flushing through with warm water.
Limescale Build Up
Are you in a hard water area? I am. It's pretty effortless with white vinegar. Soak the limescale in white vinegar, be it in a kettle or on a shower head and leave to soak. I leave it to work overnight but any length of time over an hour will work. If the limescale is proving extremely stubborn, i use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off anything that remains after the initial rinse.
Laundry
Just add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to your softener drawer instead of fabric conditioner to soften clothes and leave your machine clean and smelling fresh. If you're a fan of fluffy towels then go to town on the white vinegar and add more!
Eggs
I wont get into the science of it but adding some vinegar to the water when hard boiling eggs creates a softer and easier to peel shell.
Old Paintbrushes
If you're thinking of livening up or completely changing the decor in your home, instead of replacing old paintbrushes that may have hardened, use some white vinegar. Put the paintbrushes in a saucepan with white vinegar and leave to soak, after an hour (or more if you're like me and get distracted) put the saucepan onto the heat, bring to a simmer, drain the brushes and rinse clean.
Garden Weeds
It's not all about the house, why not get your garden ship shape for spring too? Spray any unwanted plants and weeds with undiluted white vinegar, it is non selective so will start to work on anything it touches so be careful if there are plants you want to keep. Normal household white vinegar is effective on new growths, stronger vinegar is available but also comes with a warning label. 
Bug Repellent
Whilst you are in your garden you may find that you are bothered by midge flies and other insects. Mix a 50/50 solution to spritz on any parts of yourself that are exposed, patio tables, outdoor counters, and because its now diluted even gently onto your plants. This is also fab as a non toxic repellent for ants, spray onto and trails if you have any issues with ants around your home.
White vinegar is a centuries old solution that has documented uses back to the Ancient Egyptians, it doesn't mean it is without warning. Never mix any vinegar with bleach as it will create toxic chlorine vapours that can be harmful when inhaled. Stone floor tiles should also be avoided, the acidic nature of the vinegar could damage the stone. If you have any wooden furniture that is waxed, it is best to avoid cleaning with vinegar as it can potentially ruin the finish and leave a cloudy mark, with a lot of cleaners always test in an inconspicuous area first if you are unsure. 
White Vinegar & Lemon is available in 33ml glass bottles from our website. 
https://crystalcole.co.uk/collections/home-cleaning/products/white-vinegar-and-lemon-multi-use-cleaning-product

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White Vinegar - The Household Item That Just Keeps On Giving! By Bethany Henry

Posted by Crystal Cole on

From laundry to hair rinse, cleaner to neutraliser, white vinegar has a multitude of uses both around the home and personally. With the beautiful sun shining this week encouraging me to start on an earlier than usual spring clean, plus the recent uprising of a certain Mrs Hinch reaching our social media, lets delve into some of the ways we can put this simple solution to work.
Hair Rinse
Every few washes you can remove product build up by using a rinse of 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Depending upon your hair type just adjust the amount of vinegar; dry hair will need less vinegar compared to oily hair which may need more! The outcome? Soft, silky and shiny locks! This is also a perfect way to help if you're struggling with the transition from bottle shampoo to our SLS free solid shampoo bars and are going through that oily/greasy transition stage.
Natural Deodorant
Mix 50% water with 50% white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray underarms, and voila! Alternatively you can give your underarms a quick wipe with 100% white vinegar when needed. A lot of DIY deodorant solutions call for apple cider vinegar but as we are talking about white vinegar, I thought it best to stick to the theme! Dont forget that using this method or any similar will also mean you will be using a paraben free, SLS free, aluminium free, cruelty free, non toxic, eco friendly and vegan alternative to shop bought alternatives on offer.
Make-Up Brushes
Give those make up brushes a gentle clean by combining 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon washing up liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Give the brushes a swish and a swirl, rinse under warm water and leave to dry. A fab option for anyone with sensitive skin too!
Hiccups and Heartburn
Hopefully not at the same time but if suffering with either, the treatment is the same - if you can stomach it. Knock back a tablespoon of the old faithful white vinegar and it can ease your symptoms.
Fresh Flowers
To give those fresh cut spring flowers an extension of life, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to the vase.
Surface Cleaner
For an earth friendly all round household surface cleaner, mix white vinegar and water with a 50/50 ratio. Wipe down telephones, taps, door handles, practically anything you can touch! Perfect for a spring clean you can even add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils.
Air Freshener
Simple and non toxic, white vinegar can eliminate odours from your home associated with pets, cooking and other not so pleasant smells. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, and optionally 30ml of your favourite essential oil, to 1 pint of water in a spray bottle. Use this as an eco friendly air freshener all throughout your home.
Glass Cleaner
Use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix (I notice a pattern here!), spray on - wipe off! How easy is that? For extremely grimy glass you can always prewash with soapy water before using the trusty mix to lose the streaks and increase the shine.
Neutralise Drains
Pongy kitchen drain? Pour a cup of neat white vinegar down the drain once a week to keep them smelling fresh. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes (perfect for a cuppa and a crossword) before flushing through with warm water.
Limescale Build Up
Are you in a hard water area? I am. It's pretty effortless with white vinegar. Soak the limescale in white vinegar, be it in a kettle or on a shower head and leave to soak. I leave it to work overnight but any length of time over an hour will work. If the limescale is proving extremely stubborn, i use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off anything that remains after the initial rinse.
Laundry
Just add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to your softener drawer instead of fabric conditioner to soften clothes and leave your machine clean and smelling fresh. If you're a fan of fluffy towels then go to town on the white vinegar and add more!
Eggs
I wont get into the science of it but adding some vinegar to the water when hard boiling eggs creates a softer and easier to peel shell.
Old Paintbrushes
If you're thinking of livening up or completely changing the decor in your home, instead of replacing old paintbrushes that may have hardened, use some white vinegar. Put the paintbrushes in a saucepan with white vinegar and leave to soak, after an hour (or more if you're like me and get distracted) put the saucepan onto the heat, bring to a simmer, drain the brushes and rinse clean.
Garden Weeds
It's not all about the house, why not get your garden ship shape for spring too? Spray any unwanted plants and weeds with undiluted white vinegar, it is non selective so will start to work on anything it touches so be careful if there are plants you want to keep. Normal household white vinegar is effective on new growths, stronger vinegar is available but also comes with a warning label. 
Bug Repellent
Whilst you are in your garden you may find that you are bothered by midge flies and other insects. Mix a 50/50 solution to spritz on any parts of yourself that are exposed, patio tables, outdoor counters, and because its now diluted even gently onto your plants. This is also fab as a non toxic repellent for ants, spray onto and trails if you have any issues with ants around your home.
White vinegar is a centuries old solution that has documented uses back to the Ancient Egyptians, it doesn't mean it is without warning. Never mix any vinegar with bleach as it will create toxic chlorine vapours that can be harmful when inhaled. Stone floor tiles should also be avoided, the acidic nature of the vinegar could damage the stone. If you have any wooden furniture that is waxed, it is best to avoid cleaning with vinegar as it can potentially ruin the finish and leave a cloudy mark, with a lot of cleaners always test in an inconspicuous area first if you are unsure. 
White Vinegar & Lemon is available in 33ml glass bottles from our website. 
https://crystalcole.co.uk/collections/home-cleaning/products/white-vinegar-and-lemon-multi-use-cleaning-product

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From laundry to hair rinse, cleaner to neutraliser, white vinegar has a multitude of uses both around the home and personally. With the beautiful sun shining this week encouraging me to start on an earlier than usual spring clean, plus the recent uprising of a certain Mrs Hinch reaching our social media, lets delve into some of the ways we can put this simple solution to work.
Hair Rinse
Every few washes you can remove product build up by using a rinse of 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Depending upon your hair type just adjust the amount of vinegar; dry hair will need less vinegar compared to oily hair which may need more! The outcome? Soft, silky and shiny locks! This is also a perfect way to help if you're struggling with the transition from bottle shampoo to our SLS free solid shampoo bars and are going through that oily/greasy transition stage.
Natural Deodorant
Mix 50% water with 50% white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray underarms, and voila! Alternatively you can give your underarms a quick wipe with 100% white vinegar when needed. A lot of DIY deodorant solutions call for apple cider vinegar but as we are talking about white vinegar, I thought it best to stick to the theme! Dont forget that using this method or any similar will also mean you will be using a paraben free, SLS free, aluminium free, cruelty free, non toxic, eco friendly and vegan alternative to shop bought alternatives on offer.
Make-Up Brushes
Give those make up brushes a gentle clean by combining 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon washing up liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Give the brushes a swish and a swirl, rinse under warm water and leave to dry. A fab option for anyone with sensitive skin too!
Hiccups and Heartburn
Hopefully not at the same time but if suffering with either, the treatment is the same - if you can stomach it. Knock back a tablespoon of the old faithful white vinegar and it can ease your symptoms.
Fresh Flowers
To give those fresh cut spring flowers an extension of life, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to the vase.
Surface Cleaner
For an earth friendly all round household surface cleaner, mix white vinegar and water with a 50/50 ratio. Wipe down telephones, taps, door handles, practically anything you can touch! Perfect for a spring clean you can even add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils.
Air Freshener
Simple and non toxic, white vinegar can eliminate odours from your home associated with pets, cooking and other not so pleasant smells. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, and optionally 30ml of your favourite essential oil, to 1 pint of water in a spray bottle. Use this as an eco friendly air freshener all throughout your home.
Glass Cleaner
Use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix (I notice a pattern here!), spray on - wipe off! How easy is that? For extremely grimy glass you can always prewash with soapy water before using the trusty mix to lose the streaks and increase the shine.
Neutralise Drains
Pongy kitchen drain? Pour a cup of neat white vinegar down the drain once a week to keep them smelling fresh. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes (perfect for a cuppa and a crossword) before flushing through with warm water.
Limescale Build Up
Are you in a hard water area? I am. It's pretty effortless with white vinegar. Soak the limescale in white vinegar, be it in a kettle or on a shower head and leave to soak. I leave it to work overnight but any length of time over an hour will work. If the limescale is proving extremely stubborn, i use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off anything that remains after the initial rinse.
Laundry
Just add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to your softener drawer instead of fabric conditioner to soften clothes and leave your machine clean and smelling fresh. If you're a fan of fluffy towels then go to town on the white vinegar and add more!
Eggs
I wont get into the science of it but adding some vinegar to the water when hard boiling eggs creates a softer and easier to peel shell.
Old Paintbrushes
If you're thinking of livening up or completely changing the decor in your home, instead of replacing old paintbrushes that may have hardened, use some white vinegar. Put the paintbrushes in a saucepan with white vinegar and leave to soak, after an hour (or more if you're like me and get distracted) put the saucepan onto the heat, bring to a simmer, drain the brushes and rinse clean.
Garden Weeds
It's not all about the house, why not get your garden ship shape for spring too? Spray any unwanted plants and weeds with undiluted white vinegar, it is non selective so will start to work on anything it touches so be careful if there are plants you want to keep. Normal household white vinegar is effective on new growths, stronger vinegar is available but also comes with a warning label. 
Bug Repellent
Whilst you are in your garden you may find that you are bothered by midge flies and other insects. Mix a 50/50 solution to spritz on any parts of yourself that are exposed, patio tables, outdoor counters, and because its now diluted even gently onto your plants. This is also fab as a non toxic repellent for ants, spray onto and trails if you have any issues with ants around your home.
White vinegar is a centuries old solution that has documented uses back to the Ancient Egyptians, it doesn't mean it is without warning. Never mix any vinegar with bleach as it will create toxic chlorine vapours that can be harmful when inhaled. Stone floor tiles should also be avoided, the acidic nature of the vinegar could damage the stone. If you have any wooden furniture that is waxed, it is best to avoid cleaning with vinegar as it can potentially ruin the finish and leave a cloudy mark, with a lot of cleaners always test in an inconspicuous area first if you are unsure. 
White Vinegar & Lemon is available in 33ml glass bottles from our website. 
https://crystalcole.co.uk/collections/home-cleaning/products/white-vinegar-and-lemon-multi-use-cleaning-product

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Changes to our bottles

Posted by Crystal Cole on

Crystal Cole are about to phase in a new bottle type for our cleaning products. 

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Changes to our bottles

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Crystal Cole are about to phase in a new bottle type for our cleaning products. 

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Looking ahead to 2019

Posted by Crystal Cole on

Happy New Year to all of our customers and followers. We hope you all had a wonder Holiday season and are not too unhappy being back to work or routine.

 

Whilst the workshop was closed over Christmas, Team Cole continued to work tirelessly behind the scenes. We have an extremely exciting 2019 to look forward to; plenty going on, big big plans imminent and an air of positivity at Camp Cole.

We will of course keep you updated, but as a little teaser, we will have Amazon news, warehouse news and expansion news! Watch this space!

In the meantime, we have recently launched some new products - simmering granules being one (blog post to follow soon) and a line of home cleaning products. All safe to use, non toxic and of course non recyclable plastic free.

We are also launching a send back service for all of our biodegradable hand care and laundry products, so if you have purchased these products from us, please feel free to send your empties back to us at our address. Whilst these break down and leave no micro plastic fibres behind, they are good to use a number of times and we would be happy to take them, clean and reuse them for our products.

 

Recruiting

You may see a number of posts over the next few months with regards to sales rep positions. We are always actively looking for new sales reps (WORLDWIDE!) so if you have got what it takes to become a rep for us, please do contact us at candles@crystalcole.co.uk where we would love to give you further information.

 

That's it for now, but please do keep an eye on our blogs to keep you up to date with our world (and who knows, maybe even a cheeky discount code or giveaway thrown in the mix!)

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Looking ahead to 2019

Posted by Crystal Cole on

Happy New Year to all of our customers and followers. We hope you all had a wonder Holiday season and are not too unhappy being back to work or routine.

 

Whilst the workshop was closed over Christmas, Team Cole continued to work tirelessly behind the scenes. We have an extremely exciting 2019 to look forward to; plenty going on, big big plans imminent and an air of positivity at Camp Cole.

We will of course keep you updated, but as a little teaser, we will have Amazon news, warehouse news and expansion news! Watch this space!

In the meantime, we have recently launched some new products - simmering granules being one (blog post to follow soon) and a line of home cleaning products. All safe to use, non toxic and of course non recyclable plastic free.

We are also launching a send back service for all of our biodegradable hand care and laundry products, so if you have purchased these products from us, please feel free to send your empties back to us at our address. Whilst these break down and leave no micro plastic fibres behind, they are good to use a number of times and we would be happy to take them, clean and reuse them for our products.

 

Recruiting

You may see a number of posts over the next few months with regards to sales rep positions. We are always actively looking for new sales reps (WORLDWIDE!) so if you have got what it takes to become a rep for us, please do contact us at candles@crystalcole.co.uk where we would love to give you further information.

 

That's it for now, but please do keep an eye on our blogs to keep you up to date with our world (and who knows, maybe even a cheeky discount code or giveaway thrown in the mix!)

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