Cleaning your home as simple as having tequila shots

Cleaning your home as simple as having tequila shots

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Most of us would admit that cleaning is hard work, and on a beautiful, bright Saturday morning, the idea of spending hours at home cleaning up definitely doesn't stack up to a nice brunch with coffee.
So, then begs the question of how can we escape the mundane, tiresome chore of cleaning?
Well, the best thing we can do it to slice up cleaning into iteratively small (bite-size) actions that can be done as we go about our every day life. Just like having a vodka shot (or tequila, if that suits your taste more). 
Quick and simple.
Here's some tips ...
Wipe off surfaces immediately ... this applies to all situations at home and all scenarios.
While you prepare ingredients for meals, wipe off any dirt immediately after
While you cook, wipe off any spills immediately after
After a meal, wipe off the table and chairs immediately after
Soap & clean stains immediately ...
Spilled a glass of wine on your carpet or sofa? Apply Soapnut Republic natural stain remover and run gently with a damp cloth
Your kids left a marker stain on your blouse? Spray a natural stain remover and rub gently, finish off with a little liquid laundry on the stubborn spot. Wash.
Breakfast in bed, and the coffee spilt? Stain remover to the rescue again. Spray, rub and soak. Wash.
Don’t pile, wash the laundry … 
Don’t let dirty clothes pile up for days and weeks (?!),  every time you get a full load, start washing. Then you will never be overwhelmed by a full day of laundry.
Once a day trick for some places …
Coffee machine, wipe down and dry after use
Fruit juicer, wash and rinse and dry after use
Toilet wash basin, wipe and dry after use
Bath tub, rinse and wash after a shower
Car, wipe or clean your window after a rain shower
You’re getting the drill!
The idea is not to let dirt build up over time making it more difficult to clean or remove a stain. Break down cleaning into little steps and weave them into your every day life. It will make your home cleaner and you a happier (possibly, more sane) person too.
About Soapnut Republic
Soap that grows on trees, Soapnut Berries (Sapindus), are finally in a convenient and ready to use format in Soapnut Republic Personal and Home Care products, which are extremely effective, completely safe, non-toxic, allergen free and biodegradable. Our key surfactant ingredient is natural soapnut berry extract, which we blend with the finest selection of essential oils, and plant and mineral ingredients from around the world.
September 29, 2017
What if Snow White had use Soapnut Republic Fruit & Vegetable Wash on that fateful apple?

What if Snow White had use Soapnut Republic Fruit & Vegetable Wash on that fateful apple?

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Yes, we know our fairy tales 😃
Undoubtedly, Soapnut Republic Fruit & Vegetable wash would not have any impact on that apple, which had been magically infused with poison by the evil stepmom / Queen. 
But, I digress … 
Let’s get back to the main topic at hand: Why do we need a fruit & vegetable wash?
Agriculture (i.e. farming) has come a long long way from the old kampong (country side) days where mostly natural fertilisers (i.e. farm animals’ poo poo) are used to provide nutrients to the fruits and vegetables. Additionally, farmers then were more hands on in bending over to manually prune the leaves, and remove the pests and weeds. These days, in the name of industrialisation and mass production, many farms use commercial fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, and these chemicals are harmful. (Stop for a minute to think about how these are used to kill insects and weeds, in small amounts they might not matter, but the chemicals add up in your body as you consumer over the years.)
These chemicals are typically oil based and linger on the surfaces fruits and vegetables. Certain fruits (the pretty and delicate ones) are the kinds that require the most pesticides to grow and also have the most chemicals lingering on them. These include my daughters favourite fruit - strawberries - and others like grapes, cherries, etc. Leaves of vegetables are also sprayed on to prevent the worms from having their feast, so be sure not to have your feast of vege and chemicals at the same time. Special mention also for broccoli here a pesticide/preservative is sprayed on to the flower, and simple boiling does not remove the chemical. A decent fruit and vegetable wash, that is able to dissolve oil based pesticides, etc is required to thoroughly clean a broccoli. 
(Go ahead and try it yourself: drip water onto the flower head of a broccoli and watch the water droplets flow off the broccoli without even making it damp. Then, spray some Soapnut Republic Fruit & Vegetable wash on the flower head and gently run with your hands. Rinse off, and this time you will notice that the water seeps into the broccoli. The oil based pesticide/preservative have been effectively washed off)
How do I wash my fruits and vegetables properly?
For fruits, place in basin and first rinse with water, then spray some Soapnut Republic Fruit & Vegetable wash, and add some water to cover the surfaces of the fruit. Soak for about a minute then gently rub the surfaces of the fruit. You may use a soft brush for apples, pears to also remove the wax on the skin. For strawberries, cherries, etc, simply swirl the basin gently and wash off. Make a final rinse and you are done.
For vegetables, peel/pluck your vegetables and place in a basin. Do 1 round of rinse, then spray on Soapnut Republic Fruit & Vegetable wash and add water to soak for a minute. Next pour away the water and soap, and make 1 final rinse. Done.
I buy organic vegetables, do I still need a fruit and vegetable wash?
Organic is typically refers only to the process of growing the fruit/vegetables with natural ingredients. No chemicals should have been used in the process. However, during the packaging and the transportation, it is very difficult to provide a truly “pure” environment where there are no contaminants. Think about the exhaust fumes that settles on the fruit during transportation. To be on the safe side, I clean my fruits and vegetables even when I buy organic, but its entirely your choice. 😃
Shop Soapnut republic Fruit & Vegetable wash
About Soapnut Republic
Soap that grows on trees, Soapnut Berries (Sapindus), are finally in a convenient and ready to use format in Soapnut Republic Personal and Home Care products, which are extremely effective, completely safe, non-toxic, allergen free and biodegradable. Our key surfactant ingredient is natural soapnut berry extract, which we blend with the finest selection of essential oils, and plant and mineral ingredients from around the world.
September 22, 2017
Killing me softly … Are my cleaning products safe?

Killing me softly … Are my cleaning products safe?

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If you are using standard MNC manufactured home cleaning products, you probably are using very harsh chemicals to clean your home. These chemicals when inhaled are really bad for you.
Don't believe it? Ask Google.
Hundreds of research and thousands of websites point to chemicals in everyday products that have very harmful effects on the human body. 
Here are a few pointers on how to select a safe and natural cleaning product for your home.
Read the ingredients and make sure there are only naturally derived ingredients in that product
For more information on how to make sense of complicated ingredient names, check out our other article here.
As much plant derived ingredients as possible, plant derived ingredients are typically natural and does not go through harsh chemical processing to be derived.
Biodegradable or eco-friendly means it is safe for the environment, it does NOT mean it is safe for you.  
SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (Sodium laureth sulfate), both plant derived is a very good example of plant derived ingredients that are biodegradable and eco-friendly, but causes skin irritations.
Absolutely nono to these chemical ingredients: 
Ammonia, bleach, triclosan, petroleum by products, phosphates, phalates
Look out for warning signs when bottles state the product is Poison, Dangerous, Corrosive, Warning, etc.
Beware of what is not included in the labels, i.e. Fragrance is often a general term used to include all sorts of chemicals, including those that are really harmful to you. 
Finally, if in doubt, question the manufacturer. If you get a response that is vague and inconclusive, they typically are hiding something. 
Soapnut Republic range of personal and home care products are all made from natural ingredients that are safe from you. We do still have a small percentage of preservatives in all our products to ensure shelf life. The preservatives we use in our products are all cosmetic grade ingredients that strive to be as safe as possible. Our ingredient list are listed on every bottle, and also on the product detail page of our website. If you have any questions, please fell free to drop us a note via email or on our Facebook page.
September 15, 2017
Cream Cleanser: The Iron Man of Home Cleaning

Cream Cleanser: The Iron Man of Home Cleaning

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Grimy kitchen tops, sooty kettles and pots, greying white tiles, and all sorts of really tough and tricky surfaces can be a nightmare to clean. We asked home cleaning experts how they typically go about attacking these and they almost unanimously agree that the cream cleanser will do the job.
Tough on grime and oil this little milky wonder is indeed the Iron Man of Home Cleaning.
In your kitchen,
Use it on kitchen stoves, the hobs and nobs, the sink and even pots and pans, etc.
In your bathroom, 
Use it on the taps, the shower hose, the bath tub, the edges of the bathtub, and even your shower curtain, etc.
In your living room,
Use it on the light switches, vases, the floor tiles, marble tables, etc.
In your garage/balcony,
Use it on the clothes rack, the window seals, the floor tiles, etc.
The list goes on for how you can effectively clean with this creamy wonder.
Want to know the secret sauce for Soapnut Republic Cream Cleanser?
A high concentration of Soapnut Berry extract, which is a natural surfactant that is tough on stains. 
Calcium Carbonate, a natural mineral to give it its soft abrasive cleaning effect.
Tea tree essential oil that it antiseptic helping you to clean and disinfect.
Sweet orange essential oil that leaves that lingering fresh aroma that is uplifting and a reminder that your home is sparkling, naturally clean.
So, don't wait to get your Iron Man of Home Cleaning here: Cream Cleanser
September 08, 2017
Essential things to know about essential oils

Essential things to know about essential oils

soapnut lavender essential oils
Essential oils always conjure up an image of indulgence and luxury. It is typically infused into the air to provide sensual flavour, that helps you relax. Essential oils really have a lot of benefits to you and your health, but make sure you are using real essential oils.
As always, knowledge is key to understanding what is beneficial and what is harmful. 
How are essential oils made?
A common way of making essential oil is through distillation, basically steaming the plant over boiling water. The process "squeezes" the oils out of the plant while the steam vapour absorbs other aromatic compounds within the plant. The result is essential oils and aromatic water (also known as hydrosol).  Oil and water don't mix, so it can be easily separated. 
Other methods of extracting essential oils, include expression, enfleurage, solvents, etc.
Which essential oils are in Soapnut Republic and why?
Lemongrass
There are 2 types of lemongrass essential oils from 2 variants of the lemongrass plant: Cymbopogon citratus or Cymbopogon flexuosus. Soapnut Republic products uses Cymbopogon citratus which has the higher concentration of myrcene which increases anti-bacterial action. The other type is called Cymbopogon flexuosu is more likely to cause skin irritation and hence used in lower grade products or products that do not come into contact with our skin.
We spoke about the benefits of lemongrass essential oil previously, and I shall not elaborate further, simply note it's antimicrobial, anti bacterial and mood lifting benefits to your health. Lemongrass essential oil is used in Soapnut Republic liquid laundry, laundry powder, foaming hand wash. 
Tea Tree 
It is also known as melaleuca. Tea tree oil is another wonderful essential oil, with antiseptic properties. It is commonly used topically to treat a wide range of skin conditions, acne, cold sores, bacteria infections, eczema, etc. It is also a natural insect repellent. 
Tea tree essential oil is used in almost all Soapnut Republic products as it provides powerful antiseptic properties. It is in the foaming hand wash, liquid laundry, wool cashmere silk shampoo, multi purpose cleaner, stain remover, dish soap, glass cleaner, bathroom & toilet spray, floor cleaner,  toilet cleaner, cream cleanser.
Citrus oil / Grapefuit
This is essential oils from citrus fruits, i.e. orange, lemon, grapefruit, etc. It contains limonene or D-Limonene, which is an anti-oxidant, and help to neutralize acid in your body and stimulate the immune system to fight infections. It is also widely used in natural cleaning products to provide a fresh scent, this scent can calm and relax and help to relieve anxiety.
Citrus oil is used in Soapnut Republic multi purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, bathroom & toilet spray
Grapefruit oil is used in Soapnut Republic dish soap and stain remover.
Eucalyptus
It is obtained from the fresh leaves of the eucalyptus tree (scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus). Eucalyptus essential oils has many benefits being antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial and can be applied in many situations, to wounds, to relieve muscle ache, respiratory relief and a stimulant to rejuvenate the tired mind. 
This oil is used in Soapnut Republic Floor Cleaner as it antibacterial and provides a uplifting scent that is safe after you are done cleaning your home.
Lavender
A commonly used essential oil, mostly for therapeutic purposes to lift moods and help you relax. Lavender also skin benefits such as reducing acne and restoring skin complexion. So, wash your hands and reap the benefits of restoration, as lavender oil is used in Soapnut Republic foaming hand wash.
Mint
Mint, or Mentha Piperita, provides a cooling refreshing effect. It provides relieve for sore muscles and also has antimicrobial properties. It's uplifting scent also helps to calm the racing mind. If ingested, it can treat stomach aches and soothe digestive issues. It even helps to freshen your breath.
Mint, or peppermint essential oil is used in Soapnut Republic foaming hand wash.
References
September 01, 2017
Soapnuts Are Berries That Grow On Trees, And Produces Soap Naturally

Soapnuts Are Berries That Grow On Trees, And Produces Soap Naturally

Soapnut berry is a plant based surfactant that is grown and sourced sustainably and organically. It has been used for centuries in cleaning and in natural skin remedy. It is environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable. Now, it is made conveniently available in Soapnut Republic Home and Personal Care products.
August 25, 2017
10 safe ingredients with toxic sounding names

10 safe ingredients with toxic sounding names

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Chemical names used on the labels of cleaning products can be long, unpronounceable, and even sound like long lost sea creatures. Being aware empowers you to make the right decision for you and your family. Here I like to share the ingredients that typically make up natural cleaning products, including those of Soapnut Republic. Hopefully by demystifying these ingredients, you will be equipped to make a better choice the next time you buy home cleaning products.

You will note that most of the ingredients in cleaning agents are to help create foam/bubbly, or to thicken up the liquid to give it texture.

Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside (or Lauryl Glucoside)
EWG rating: 1
To create the nice bubbly effect of soap, what you would call foam.
This is a surfactant or foaming agent, to generate foam in cleaning products, and is derived from vegetables and coconut.

Sodium Coco Amphoacetate
EWG rating: 1
Another surfactant / foaming agent and thickening agent, that is is biodegradable and made from fatty acids from coconut oil.

Xanthan Gum
EWG rating: 1
Gooey, slimy substance that is formed during the fermentation of sugar from soy, wheat, diary, or corn.
This slimy substance helps to thicken and emulsify cleaning formulas, to provide the texture and consistency of the liquid, i.e. think of the texture of cream cleanser.

Glycerol Oleate
EWG rating: 1
Clear amber or pale yellow liquid, naturally occurring in oils and fats.
Used to form emulsions and also can be used as a skin conditioning agent (emollient). Also called Glyceryl Monooleate.

Sodium Polyaspartate
EWG rating: 1
This is a biodegradable condensation polymer based on the amino acid aspartic acid (what a mouthful!), a sodium salt of polyaspartic acid. This ingredient is a corrosion inhibitor, i.e. protects metal surfaces from rusting, corroding, etc.

Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
EWG rating: 1
This helps to thicken liquids and make it gel.
From cellulose, which are organic compound from plants.

Sodium Carbonate
EWG rating: 1
Similar to baking soda, but the non-edible form, which is typically used for cleaning. Commonly known as washing soda, and used in laundry detergent.

Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
EWG rating: 1
Use mostly as a stablizer, to give liquids viscosity (i.e. thicken). It is derived from natural cellulose, treated with chloracetic acid. It is often used in food, i.e. ice creams, and gluten free, reduced fat foods.

Sodium Oleate
EWG rating: 2
Use as an emulsifying agent in soap. It is derived from fatty acids that occur naturally in many natural oils, i.e. Olive oil, canola oil, etc.

Sodium Aluminosilicate
EWG rating: 1
It is a compound which contain sodium, aluminium, silicon and oxygen, and which may also contain water. It is used as a viscosity agent, to add texture to the cleaning products. Also used in food as an anti caking agent.

Information above have been sourced from EWG and Wikipedia, do refer back to EWG for regular updates.

More about EWG rating
EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any.
More information can be found here: https://www.ewg.org

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/

August 17, 2017
Don’t blame childhood allergies only on pollution or your food

Don’t blame childhood allergies only on pollution or your food

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Childhood allergies (asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, eczema) are on the rise. 1 in 3 have allergies in Singapore, and children up to 44.5%. Besides, dust mites and outdoor pollution, research points to other “environmental factors” that causes allergies, the often overlooked areas of our lives - our homes.

Our children today can easily spend 8+ hours a day (like any adult) in a closed, indoor air-conditioned environment (i.e. childcare, school, home and our shopping malls). Did you know that your everyday household cleaning products contain chemicals that are known to cause allergies, disrupt hormones and etc? I did not too, until I became a parent. My boy aged 2 has mild eczema and prone to nasal allergies, my girl 4 suffers from regular internal nose bleeding due to allergic reaction to substances in the air.

Our "parents' generation" cleaning products, which we thought were safe and continue to use today, are in fact, laden with chemicals. Chemicals that are causing the “environmental issues” or “indoor pollution" closely link to development of childhood allergies.

For example, household cleaning products that contain ammonia, bleach, sodium hydroxide, amines, colophony (pine resin) and limonene (lemon scent) should be avoided, as these chemicals are known asthma triggers.

I started looking for a natural cleaning alternative and stumbled upon Soapnut berries (Sapindus). Soapnut berries are the fruit of the soapnut shrub, a native crop of China and India. It is used to make soap by native peoples in Asia (especially India) and Native Americans for thousands of years. In addition, Soapnut Berries have medicinal benefits for people with sensitive skin, eczema and other skin conditions, as the soapnut saponin (plant surfactant) appears to be hypoallergenic and mild on the skin.

I first experimented by throwing soapnuts into my laundry. It does generate soap but was not as effective in cleaning. Further research for natural household cleaning products let me to discover Soapnut Republic - a company founded by a New Zealand couple in China with 3 beautiful children. The company uses a very high content of Soapnut berries extracts (in replacement of toxic chemical as cleaning surfactants / foamers ) in their entire range of cleaning products, ranging from multi-purpose cleaner, foaming hand wash, laundry detergent, toilet cleaners, etc. Soapnut Republic products are now available online here (www.soapnutrepublicsg.com)

At the end of the day, I asked myself this: "Is my family’s health really not worth me spending a little more money on soap and floor cleaners? Is my peace of mind really not worth my time spent ensuring our bathroom at home isn’t a zone of toxic chemicals?" While we cannot control all the chemicals in the malls or schools, but we are the gatekeepers of our own home where our children eat, play and sleep. As a wife and mother, feels good to know I am eliminating chemicals and toxic chemicals from my house that carry detrimental short term or long term side effects.

 

Shop allergen free cleaning products

References
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/help-at-hand-for-those-who-have-nasal-allergy
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6262/1262d3efcabe7bc30ea0f33b4e735b567c03.pdf

August 11, 2017
Benefits of lemongrass in your laundry

Benefits of lemongrass in your laundry

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Lemongrass is very popular in South East Asia, typically used as an essential oil to diffuse around the home to give a sense of peace, balance and harmony. Also used as a massage oil to soothe those aching muscles.

Do you know that lemongrass has much more benefits?
Let me share with you & also let you in on why lemongrass essential oil has been infused into Soapnut Republic Liquid Laundry.

Benefits of lemongrass

  1. Large source of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C) and minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc, and iron), hence, has high nutritional value
  2. Contains antioxidants - you know what that means :)
  3. Possesses anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties, which means its great for reducing cholesterol.
  4. Has anti-inflammatory properties which helps in stomach disorders
  5. Great for flu and nasal blockages, since it is rich with Vit C (proven, my Husband takes lemongrass tea whenever a cold strikes)
  6. Main component is lemonal or citrate which has anti-fungal and antimicrobial qualities, so great for treating infections (yeast, athlete's foot, etc)

The list actually goes on, but let's turn our attention to why lemongrass is suitable and is great in laundry cleaning?

Antimicrobial
Gets rid of bacteria naturally, yes, naturally. Don't use chemical anti-septic as these are harmful to your body.

Antifungal
Singapore is hot, but it is also damp and humid, so clothing is also prone to mould and fungus. Lemongrass is anti fungal and will keep your clothing fresh.

Calming effect
Fresh scent of lemonal (lemongrass) on your clothing can lift spirits and calm nerves. Feel good every time you put on your clothes. :)

Finally, we all wear clothes all (most) of the time, so we cannot stress the importance of not using harmful chemicals on our clothes as it is in constant contact with our skin. Traditional laundry liquid are filled with chemicals that are harmful to breathe in and also harmful to the skin. Soapnut Republic Laundry Liquid is made of 100% natural soapnut berry extracts, infused with pure lemongrass essential oil. It is as natural as it gets, non toxic, allergen free and biodegradable.

Shop Soapnut Republic Liquid Laundry here.

July 27, 2017
10 ways to use a Multi Purpose Spray

10 ways to use a Multi Purpose Spray

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A multi purpose spray is the most versatile cleaning agent for your home. Tough on stains, yet soft on your skin. It is suitable for a wide variety of cleaning. In this post, we share the top 10 ways to clean with a multi purpose spray.

  1. Clean hard surfaces throughout the home, such as living room furniture, kitchen tables and bench tops, and bathroom surfaces. Spray on surface and wipe clean with damp cloth
  2. Get rid of dirty marks off walls. Spray on wall, wipe away with damp cloth
  3. Remove mould. Spray onto surface and wipe
  4. Clean fabric furniture. Removes surface marks such as food & drink stains, including wine and crayons. Spray onto surface, blot out mark with wet cloth.
  5. Clean carpets. Removes food & drink stains. Spray onto carpet, blot out mark with wet cloth.
  6. Clean children's toys. Spray on cloth and wipe toys down. Non toxic and allergen free keeps childrens safe.
  7. Clean air conditioning unit. Wash out the dust, then spray on filter and wipe.
  8. Clean pet equipment. Wash and spray on surfaces and wipe clean. Vegan and cruelty free by PETA to keep furry friends safe.
  9. Clean shoes and sandals (mainly water proof materials, i.e. crocs, or cloth material, i.e. canvas). Spray on surface and wipe with wet cloth.
  10. Clean door knobs and handles. Spray and wipe with damp cloth. (We touch these so often, but fail to clean it often enough.)

Shop Soapnut Republic Multi Purpose Spray now.

July 20, 2017