Living Natural with Norfolk Natural Living

With the ever growing media attention (for good reason) on the Environment, we have been trying to be more mindful about our choices at home and living more sustainably. One of the swaps I have been consciously trying to make is the cleaning products that we use around the home.

Gone are the days where I watch cleaning Instagram stories or videos about the many products people are using to clean their homes. I can count on one hand the amount of products we have in the house for cleaning now as I made a point of using up what we had, and not rushing out to buy products for the sake of products.

Norfolk Natural Living recently reached out to me to review a couple of their wonderful products and without a moment of hesitation, I hopped onboard and offered to write a blog post in exchange for the products.

*Post contains Gifted Items*

Norfolk Natural Living are nestled in a small historic town in Norfolk where the bottle every formulation by hand in their workshop. All of their natural cleaning and garment care products are biodegradable, non-toxic, free from chlorine and bleach, use plant based ingredients and yet, are gentle enough for even a baby’s delicate skin. Even better is that they use PET packaging as it’s 100% recyclable and you can refill your bottles at their store in Holt if you are local.

The two products that I was sent to try out were the Garment Refresher and the Scented Vinegar. The first thing I noticed about the Garment refresher was the lavender scent that came from it. I have been trying to cut down on the number of washing loads we do in a week so this product has allowed me to wear a jumper multiple items without fear of it starting to smell a little worn.

I have successfully managed to reduce our washing machine usage in the last couple of weeks as a result of using this product and have genuinely only been washing clothes that need it. Win, Win!

Next up I tried the Scented Vinegar. I am no stranger to the cleaning powers of white vinegar and usually have a bottle at home to spray down toilet, plugholes to reduce limescale build up. This lovely product has a rose scent meaning it’s far less overpowering that your usual white vinegar smell. Picture me spraying loads into the toilet bowl and having to open windows as wide as possible. Well no longer!

A quick spray of this and it does the job and also leaves the bathrooms smelling great. I also found the best use in our house for this is for cleaning the induction hob and splashback which are both shiny surfaces. I found in the past that wiping them with a cloth still left a residue or marks on the surface which were very apparent in the light. Since using the scented vinegar, I have noticed no streaks or residue as a result and it only requires a small amount which is even better. A little certain goes a long way with this product.

Whilst I know these small changes aren’t the biggest impact right now, I know that we as a household are on the right track and with companies like Norfolk Natural Living putting in such hard work behind the scenes to create these wonderful products, it is even easier. I’ve already spied a few more products on their site that I want to get my hands on and transform the way I wash our clothes as well.

Laura x

*Post contains gifted items in exchange for a blog post*

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Faking that Pregnancy Glow Part 3

Another mid-week and another in my mini-series for faking that pregnancy glow.

As with before I won’t bore you with the detail but I would suggest you go back and read my first 2 posts here and here.

Now you’ve popped back and read my previous posts, you will know this is a collaboration with Beauty Base and I’m sharing some of my favourite highlighting products in order to fake that perfect pregnancy glow.

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The SCA Summer Cleaning Challenge

Now that I own my home, I realise how much effort it takes to actually clean a big house and how much time my mum put into keeping ours tidy before I moved out.

When I was contacted to see if I wanted to take part in the SCA summer cleaning challenge, I was more than happy to oblige and share some of my top tips and hacks for helping speed up the process of cleaning the home. I received a lovely goodie bag of products to help inspire me to create new hacks which you can see below.

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My first hack was to make use of the compost bucket. Now we are pretty lucky enough to have a compost bucket with our local council so I didn’t really need it for that usage. Instead I decided to use it for all my pegs! Yep that’s right, it currently houses all the pegs for my washing line making it rather handy for grabbing to take out and hang clothing.

Next up is trying to find a hack for the smell from the bins. Now usually I would use regular old air freshener and just blast it every few days before giving the kitchen bin a proper clean. I received the very awesome bin buddy in my bundle which is a great citrus product which kills germs and neutralises odours in your kitchen bin. This smells awesome and is great for just shaking into the bin. I will definitely be buying this product again in the future as it really is so handy.

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Another hack I use it kitchen roll and Glass spray. I find that kitchen roll works great rather than dry cloths etc which tend to leave smears. I use it all the time on our patio doors and windows as we have a fair few to clean in this house and I’d be lost without plain old kitchen roll. I’m so glad I received a giant roll of Plenty in my bundle.

My next favourite household feature is a good old-fashioned feather duster. I have some pretty high ceilings and bits of furniture that need regular dusting and we kept forgetting to buy one every time we ventured to the shops. To my amazement I received a lovely new one in the bundle which has been extremely handy for keeping cobwebs at bay and dusting everywhere.

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In terms of cleaning my shower I always use Mr Muscle shower products and also use a kitchen scrubbing-brush to help clear grime and dirt out of the grout and tiling of the shower. I started to do this when we moved in as I was struggling to clean some of the dirt left from previous owners and this was the only thing that helped. The long bristles meant I could get right into the grout and scrub away without damaging any tiles or the grout itself. It’s my favourite cleaning tip if I’m completely honest.

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Last up on the cleaning tips is 2 smaller suggestions in my opinion. My black and decker handheld and cleaning wipes. Cleaning wipes are not only great for wiping down surfaces or leather but are also brilliant for carpeted floor and grabbing hair from the carpet itself. It sounds weird but if you have long hair especially it can get embedded into the carpet if you aren’t careful. This is a great way of gathering up hair and also leaving your carpet smelling clean and fresh.

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When it comes to the black and decker handheld, this is super useful for crevices in sofas or harder to reach parts of your room. I struggle to lift heavy furniture myself so this is great for getting under sofas or behind objects that are more difficult to reach. It’s come in very handy since we received it and I’ve used it quite a lot so far.

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So these are my handy tips as part of the SCA summer cleaning campaign and I hope they’ve inspired you to try something different yourself.

Laura x

*All the items in the first picture were sent to me to feature in the review, some others featured were bought by myself. No payment has been received for this post*

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