10 Items you shouldn’t put in the dishwasher

  1. Cast Iron Skillet – all cast iron should be rinsed with warm water, no detergent, otherwise you’re undoing the seasoning.
  2. Wooden utensils and wooden cutting boards – really hot water and heat drying is likely to cause warping.
  3. Vintage crockery – definitely hand wash, dishwasher detergents are way too harsh for delicate crockery, particularly gold/silver trim or hand painted work.
  4. Garlic press and graters – best to wash by hand in warm soapy water. 
  5. Quality Kitchen Knives – good practise is to hand wash so as not to blunt the sharp edge.
  6. Silver cutlery – hand wash.
  7. Pots with burnt on bits – the dishwasher won’t cut it. Instead sprinkle a teaspoon of Bleach Complex & Stain Remover (handy in the kitchen as well as the laundry), pour over boiling water, leave it to soak overnight and it should easily wash out by hand in the morning.
  8. Crystal – dishwasher is too risky, hand wash.
  9. Copper pans – dishwasher detergent is likely to dull copper.
  10. Non-stick pots and pans – may lose their non stick quality when washed with the dishwasher.

Ecological dishwashing

Tablets for Dishwashers 25x20g • Dishwasher Detergent 1kg, 3kg, 10kg • Dishwashing Liquid Calendula 300ml, 1 litre refill • Dishwashing Liquid Lemon 300ml, 1 litre refill * Dishwashing Liquid neutral/sensitive All-Purpose Cleanser 1 litre.

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TIPS for winter coat care

Your winter coats, or coats, are investment garments so great care will ensure they last you for years and years.

Wool Coats

Always read your garment’s care instructions on the label, however, a wool coat can easily be cared for without dry cleaning.

  1. Do up buttons or zips, turn inside out.
  2. Treat collar and end of sleeves, armpit area, for any stains with gentle and effective Stain Removal Spray. Leave it for 10 minutes.
  3. Hand wash or use cold water delicates cycle with Laundry Liquid Wool & Silk, also available free from natural essential oils fragrance Laundry Liquid for Wool & Silk neutral. These products use high-grade olive oil which is processed to obtain soap for outstanding cleansing properties that are also nurturing for woollen and silk fabrics, restoring the protective hydrolipid film.
  4. Roll excess water out with a towel and turn outside in, dry on a sturdy hangar that will hold the shape of your coat.
  5. Be ever so careful with the iron, if indeed it even needs ironing. Iron inside out with a cool iron, or hold the iron slightly above the wool and steam any wrinkles out.

TIPS:

  • Don’t use your pockets for keeping your hands warm, use gloves, or fingerless gloves instead. Once pockets stretch, that affects the line of your coat.
  • Always use sturdy hangars for coats.

DON’T 

  • Use conventional fabric softener
  • Soak or bleach
  • Allow a damp or wet coat to dry crumpled

Down Jackets

  1. Check instructions on the garment.
  2. Treat collar and end of sleeves, armpit area, for any stains with gentle and effective Stain Removal Spray. Leave it for 10 minutes. Laundry Liquid Wool & Silk is very well tolerated by down.
  3. Close all zips, buttons and turn inside out.
  4. Hand wash or use delicates wash cycle cold to 30 °C.
  5. Rinse thoroughly, or rinse twice in cold water.
  6. Keep shaking the down every now and then when drying on the washing line.

DON’T 

  • Use conventional fabric softener
  • Soak or bleach

GORE-TEX®, NGX®, Softshell®, blends or fleece jackets

  1. Follow the care instructions.
  2. You can machine wash your jacket in warm water (30-40°C)
  3. Use delicates cycle and use a Laundry Liquid rather than powder. Specifically for these type of jackets Laundry Liquid Colour is recommended.
  4. After washing, thoroughly rinse your jacket to remove all laundry product residue.

Don’t use fabric softener or bleach as it may damage your jacket.

For coats and jackets, sometimes spot cleaning may be more appropriate, rather than cleaning the entire garment.

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TIPS for Stain Removal

6 Basic Rules

  1. Attend to stains as soon as possible, much more likelihood of success when it’s fresh, as opposed to 24 hours old or more. 
  2. When tackling a stain, always start with cold water especially on stains of unknown origin. Hot water sets protein stains like milk, egg or blood, cooking the protein into the fibres. Hot water is fine for oily stains like butter.
  3. Flush the stain from the inside of the fabric to push the stain out of the fibres.
  4. Treat stains from outside in.
  5. Dab stains on delicate fabrics, do not rub or brush.
  6. Test the colour fastness on a small hidden area before treating the stain.

Sonett products for stain removal:

Gall Soap
Gall Soap Liquid 120ml and 300ml
Stain Removal Spray
Laundry Rinse
Orange Power Cleaner
Bleach Complex and Stain Remover 450g and 5kg An incredibly effective product, completely FREE from any petrochemical bleaching agents It’s effective in the washing machine from 50°C + however if it can act for longer, e.g. having the laundry soak overnight in Bleach Complex, it’s effective from 30°C. Removes all oxidisable stains such as fruit, red wine, tea, coffee, grass, blood, etc. Prevents greying of white fabrics. Brightens yellowed and greyish laundry.

Types of stains and treatment

Fruit, grass and vegetable stains

Apply Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid, leave for a few minutes, rinse out and wash as normal. Please test the colour fastness of the garment on a small hidden area before treating the stain. 

Fat, oil and grease stains

Apply some undiluted Orange Power Cleaner, leave for a few minutes and then wash out. This is ideal for removing grease stains on delicate garments. Alternatively treat with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid or Stain Removal Spray, see above.

Pen and ink 

Generally effective removal with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid or Stain Removal Spray.

Milk, blood and egg-white stains 

Thoroughly rinse protein stains using cold water, then, if necessary, treat with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid. Hot water sets protein stains.

Coffee and tea stains 

Pre-treat the stain with lemon juice or Laundry Rinse, rinse thoroughly and then wash as normal. Light fabrics can be washed as normal with Bleach Complex and Stain Remover 50°C, without any pre-treatment.

Cocoa and chocolate stains 

Spray on Stain Removal Spray and leave on to be effective for 10 minutes, then rinse or put garment straight into the washing machine.

Wax stains 

Place blotting paper on the wax and carefully warm with a hair-dryer. Remove the remaining wax with a solvent. Be careful with using a hot iron as the wax liquefies too quickly and can become fixed to the fibres.

Rust and old blood stains

Place the stain in Laundry Rinse, rinse with cold water and then wash as normal using Bleach Complex and Stain Remover, if possible.

 

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9 Tips to Clean Your Kitchen Less Often

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and enjoy it way more

1. Of course you need to do a full on kitchen clean, pantry and pot cupboard tidy etc a couple of times a year, however we have 9 tips that will help you keep your kitchen cleaner on a daily basis with less work.

2. Ensure your sink is kept empty. Rinse and move items into the Dishwasher immediately.

3. When cooking, clean as you go. Nothing worse than trying to cook a meal and dodge things in your work area or a sink full of dishes. Or for that matter having the entire clean-up after a meal.

4. Keep your countertops as clear as possible, much quicker and easier to keep clean.

We recommend trigger action bottle of Sonett Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner for quick after meal cleaning. Love the residual aroma of organic lavender and lemongrass too! If you prefer extra grease cutting orange, then make up some diluted Orange Power Cleaner in an old trigger bottle instead. Alternatively dilute All-Purpose Cleanser in a trigger bottle. Both of these products are extremely economical as they’re used highly diluted.

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5. Clean your sink after washing the dishes as there’s no point cleaning dishes in a grubby sink.

Only takes a minute with Sonett Scouring Fluid. Alternatively, Sonett Scouring Powder is another favourite for this job, especially if you’re partial to pots of tea and have tea stains in the sink, it cuts through tea and any other stains in a jiffy. Containing no water it’s also highly concentrated and economical.

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6. For tea/coffee stains in cups, put 1/4 tsp Sonett Bleach Complex and Stain Remover into the cup, pour over boiling water, rinse out in the morning. Quick and easy and not just for laundry purposes!

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Bleach Complex is so helpful, we keep a tub in the Kitchen as well as the Laundry and refill from 5kg pack

7. If you have burnt on offerings in a pot or pan, rinse as much as you can, then pop in 1 tsp of Bleach Complex and Stain Remover, pour over boiling water and leave overnight. You’ll be amazed how quick it just all rinses out in the morning. That saves a lot of hard work and time scrubbing!

8. Keep your cleaning products close. You don’t need an array of cleaners in the kitchen, keep it down to the essentials and then store them neatly under the sink, or in some baskets/buckets.

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9. Bathroom Cleaner may be used wherever you need to remove limescale and greasy dirt at the same time. Removes limescale deposits in hard-to-reach places and simultaneously cleans fittings and stainless steel. In other words, a quick spray over taps, leave a while to do their work, then wipe.

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If there are frustrations such a pots and pans that need replacing or fixing, or not having the right tools for the job, sort it.

Because you’re preparing food in your kitchen we think it should be a place of cleanliness and free from clutter, with just a few things that bring you pleasure, a room that ensures you’re in a good frame of mind when preparing meals for yourself and those you love.

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7 TIPS for a happier home

1) Create a cosy home

Make sure your rooms are comfortable with everything around you being familiar or nostalgic. Create a relaxed atmosphere, a place for fun and giggles, create a sense of connection and belonging.

2) Declutter

Clearing clutter feels good, you’ll have more space, it’s easier to clean and an organised home goes a long way towards creating a calm home. When everything has its place there’s less likely to be drama looking for ‘lost’ items during a busy morning and getting out the door for the day ahead.

3) Enjoy your possessions

Things you love bring you joy, your camera/phone keeps hold of memories, your music is uplifting, a painting or print on the wall may remind you of a special holiday.

Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner with organic Lavender and Lemongrass. Good vibes.
4) Cleaning & Laundry

Cleaning and laundry is a never ending cycle. However, there’s ways to make it easier, for example complete a small task each day, which is better than spending your entire Saturday on the job or put together a roster to share the jobs around the family, so the load isn’t entirely on one person in the family. Perhaps create a playlist of uplifting music for cleaning.

Make it work for you and your family’s schedule, so the result is a clean, comfortable home with the least amount of stress.

Just a plug at this point for Sonett, as it’s much more pleasant cleaning with the calming and relaxing aromas of natural and organic essential oils or fragrance free sensitive/neutral range for the young or sensitive.

Sensitive range does not contain natural and organic essential oils for the young or sensitive.
5) Family connections

Put rules in place to foster your relationships, such as no phones at the dinner table, no television during your family meals either. Make it a time to share and connect in our busy lives.

6) Rituals and celebrations

Celebrate family achievements, light a beeswax candle. Connect with nature and the seasons with a table centrepiece of apples, and golden leaves in autumn, a vase of bare branches in winter, spring flowers and summer flowers and fruits.

7) Perfectionism

There’s no need for it.

 

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Floor Cleaning Tips

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Dirt from everywhere collects on your shoes and gets tracked into your house. Spills accumulate as well. And I didn’t even mention kids and pets!

Tips for keeping floor clean:

  • Use entrance mats to protect against grit and moisture, at front door, back door, deck and garage if internal access.
  • House rule – outside shoes to be left at the entrance, it’s going to save you a lot of work and damage to flooring.
  • Mop up spills as soon as possible to reduce the risk of staining.
  • For stubborn stains, spot clean with undiluted All-Purpose Cleanser
  • Regularly sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt or grit as these can cause fine scratches.
  • Avoid the use of harsh conventional household cleaners and bleach-based detergents.
  • Invest in a removable/washable cotton mop, don’t use a sponge mop for floor cleaning, these just spread the dirt around. Work your cotton mop in a figure 8 motion for optimal cleaning.

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Sonett Floor Mopping Fluid – protects floors with a natural wax film and without building up layers.

Petrochemical residues just attract more dirt. Clean with clean ingredients. 

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All-Purpose Cleanser or Floor Mopping Fluid for floor cleaning?

Floor Mopping Fluid

  • Protects waxed, oiled and varnished floors with a natural wax film and without building up layers.
  • It is suitable for tiles, stone, wood, cork, parquet flooring, laminate, linoleum and synthetic/vinyl flooring.
  • Even brings a shine to scratched wooden floors.
  • The natural waxes keep floor cleaner for longer, once a month Floor Mopping Fluid and a weekly vacuum should be all that’s needed.
  • Does not contain organic essential oil fragrance.
  • 100% rapidly biodegradable.

Application:
Add 5 ml of Floor Mopping Fluid to 5 litres of warm water using the attached measuring cup for dosage.

Please note: Floor Mopping Fluid should not be used undiluted. Shake well before use. It may darken untreated wood, please test on a suitable spot before use. Floors primed with hard oil or wax, do have to be professionally re-oiled or waxed at regular intervals.

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All-Purpose Cleanser

  • Excellent general purpose cleaner that’s not harsh or acidic.
  • Cleans and protects all floors and tiles.
  • The small amount of orange peel oil aids cleaning of grease and oils.
  • Kitchen/dining room floor needs cleaning more regularly, All-Purpose Cleanser is the one to use for this area to cut through any oils.
  • Fresh natural fragrance of organic orange and lemongrass essential oils.
  • Suitable for septic tanks and filtrations systems.
  • Easy for microorganisms to 100% decompose these surfactants.

Application: Fill your bucket with water, then add 5-10 ml of All-Purpose Cleanser per 10 litres of water, depending on the degree of soiling.

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In a nutshell:

Use All-Purpose Cleanser for your weekly floor clean in kitchen and dining room, 3x per month, for the extra oil/grease cutting power.

To gain the natural waxing benefits of Floor Mopping Fluid use on all hard floors once a month. The natural waxes keep floor cleaner for longer, a weekly vacuum should be all that’s needed, other than kitchen/dining area.

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Thoughts on little ones:

For those with babies in the home, crawling, then putting their fingers in their mouth, it goes without saying, you don’t want petrochemicals or any other nasty chemical residues on your floor.

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Unless your home has only one kind of floor throughout, you will have to deal with cleaning different kinds of hard-surface floors. The first step toward efficient floor cleaning is to know what your floor is made of.

Ceramic Tile Floors
Glazed/shiny ceramic tile is virtually stain-proof, but unglazed/matte ceramic tile is porous and must be sealed to resist stains. Never use harsh abrasive, acid cleaners that may harm the glaze.

Flagstone and Slate Floors
Flagstone and slate are natural stone flooring materials that have rough, porous surfaces and are set into grout. They must be sealed with a commercial sealer.

Linoleum Floors
To shine and resist foot traffic, linoleum should be waxed. Once it’s waxed, the only regular maintenance linoleum floors need is vacuuming and an occasional swipe with a damp mop. Solvent-based products can soften and damage linoleum. Scouring the floor, flooding it with water, or using very hot water is also a no-no for linoleum floors.

Marble Floors
Non-polished marble is very porous, stains easily, and therefore, must be sealed with a commercial sealer. Varnish or lacquer quickly peels off. Polished marble is less porous but can still stain; a commercial marble sealer is also recommended for this finish.

Vinyl Floors
A vinyl floor is a breeze to maintain. All you have to do is keep it clean. Do not flood with water. Water can seep into the seams and loosen the adhesives that hold the flooring down.

Wood Floors
The product used to seal a wood floor determines how it can be cared for. Varnish, oil, wax, shellac, polyurethane or lacquer are used to finish floors.

Non-polyurethane finish

  • Vacuum frequently to remove dust and dirt before they scratch and dull the surface, or wear away the floor. Make sure you use a soft bristled vacuum attachment that won’t scratch the floor.
  • Always keep water to an absolute minimum when cleaning  a non-polyurethaned finish. Water makes wood expand. Think moist, wrung out cloth, not wet cloth. If you spill food or drinks, wipe up immediately to prevent any permanent damage or staining.
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Floor Mopping Fluid – origin and properties of the ingredients:

The substances used for this gentle surface-protecting mopping fluid are carnauba wax, shellac, and Japanese wax. Carnauba wax is obtained from the leaves of the South American carnauba palm. Shellac is obtained using the secretions of the lac insects (Laccifer lacca). Japanese wax, obtained by decocting the berries of the Japanese wax tree, protects the surfaces from drying out. It is softer than carnauba and shellac wax. Sugar surfactants, obtained from starch and coconut oil, potash and corn-oil soap, serve to finely emulsify the waxes in the mopping fluid and to disperse them in the water.

Special product feature:
Free from petrochemical solvents, brighteners, emulsifiers and preservatives. Free from silicone oils. Completely biodegradable.

All-Purpose Cleanser – origin and properties of the ingredients:

Sugar surfactant and coconut oil alcohol sulphate, obtained from the raw materials sugar, starch, and coconut oil, are active cleaning substances, unaffected by hard water, which, next to soap, show the best degradation pattern. In this combination they possess outstanding grease- and dirt-dissolving properties. Orange-peel oil further improves and intensifies the fat-dissolving performance.
Special product feature:
The active washing substances used exhibit an exceptionally good skin tolerance. Like all our products, All-Purpose Cleanser is highly concentrated thus being outstandingly economical in its use.

 

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20 TIPS for longer lasting clothes

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1)  Fading colour is one of the first signs of wear, if possible hang your clothes to dry in the shade, away from harsh UV.
2)  Use colour protective Sonett Laundry Liquid Colour.
3)  Turn all clothes, especially jeans, inside out for washing, drying and ironing.
4)  Use good hangers that won’t snag fabrics and keep the shape of your garments.
5)  Store your clothes in a dark, cool place.
6)  Button up and zip up! You don’t want zips, buttons or velcro to snag on fabrics and damage other items in the wash load.
7)  Use a protective laundry bag for your lingerie, swimsuits and delicates.
8)  Front loaders are much more gentle on your clothes than agitators and use the delicate cycle plenty.
9)  Iron less as ironing is hard on clothes, another reason to use delicates cycle which won’t crease clothes as much and use hangers to dry.
10) Shop for quality and classics from brands that care about longevity and use quality fabrics. Disposable fashion won’t last, no matter how well you care for it.
11) Read the labels and follow care instructions.
12) Dry cleaning is harsh on clothes.
13) Remove stains as soon as possible. Sonett Stain Remover is effective yet very gentle to delicate fabrics. Spray, wait 10 minutes, then pop in the delicates wash or hand wash. For tough stains, particularly with an oil or grease content use Sonett Gall Liquid 120ml or 300ml or long lasting Gall Soap.
14) Sort your laundry, whites do stay whiter when washed without coloured items. If white need a fresh up use a Bleach Complex & Stain Remover 450g or 5kg and do an overnight soak before washing.
15) Change from your work clothes when you come home.
16) Always use an apron when cooking to protect your clothes.
17) Avoid dryer use.
18) Don’t overload your washing machine.
19) Fragrance free Sonett Laundry Rinse, revives the brightness of colours, rinses out any laundry liquid or powder residue and it smoothes fibres. Smooth fibres need less ironing and ironing is hard on clothes.
20) Use effective and gentle Sonett Laundry products, kind to your clothes, your skin and our environment.
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