8 Cleaning Resolutions for the New Year


For a positive impact!

1) Small jobs done regularly

Cut cleaning down to small jobs you can squeeze in here and there. These changes to your routine will keep help to keep your home clean and orderly throughout the year.
For example you’re spraying and wiping for after dinner clean up anyway, so also pop into the bathroom, spray, walk away to let the product do its work, then come back and wipe down surfaces (with your bathroom cloth) for a cleaner start to the morning.

2) Make beds every single morning

A made bed makes a bedroom look tidy, instantly and it doesn’t take much more than a minute to do. It’s much nicer to sleep in that night as well. Get the kids in the habit of making their beds every morning too.

Lavender Laundry Liquid is perfect for bed linen.

3) Put clothes/shoes away

Always put your clothes and shoes back in their place or in the laundry basket at the end of the day. It takes less time to do this than it does to deal with a mountain of clothes over a chair by the end of the week, or the time it takes to run around in the morning frantically trying to find a garment or the other sock to a pair. Not even mentioning unnecessary frustration.

4) Let your cleaning products do the work

Choose your cleaning products wisely. If you have a big job that involves cleaning grease, oil, soap fat in the shower – then use Orange Power Cleaner undiluted to take away the elbow grease or scrubbing.

5) Clean the bathroom weekly

Cleaning the bathroom weekly is much better than letting it become a daunting job. Regular cleaning means mould, bacteria, soap residue is kept under control.


6) Spray, walk away, then wipe

Some products need a little time to do their work for you, check the instructions. You’ll find those products more economical when being used correctly also. For instance Bathroom Cleaner needs a little time, walk away and do something else for a while, then come back to wiping.

Toilet Cleaner, with cedar and citronella, is particularly good at adhering to the loo bowl. Squeeze it under the rim and leave it to work overnight. Then just a quick scrub in the morning is all that’s required.

Use Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner, with lavender and lemongrass or diluted Orange Power Cleaner or diluted All Purpose Cleanser in a trigger bottle for a quick after dinner clean, remember to spray, walk away then come back and wipe, because you’re letting your products do the work.

7) Cleaning products you actually like to use

Cleaning is much more enjoyable when you use products that smell lovely when you’re using them and leave nature’s aromatics behind as well. Natural and organic essential oils, as opposed to synthetic chemical fragrances, which are just pollutants.

8) Begin the New Year organised

This is a great time of year to tackle rooms, one by one, and clear the clutter, which means it’s quicker and easier to clean during the year. Put your favourite music on and if there’s kids about get them involved too. Have 3 drop off points: rubbish, recycle, donate.


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12 TIPS to Detox Your Home


Indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, simply because of conventional common household fragrance and cleaning products, skin care, hair care and body care products. These are being found to have negative health effects on nervous, immune, reproductive, endocrine and respiratory systems.

Many conventional cleaning products are full of synthetic chemicals that aren’t even listed on the ingredients label, same with personal care products.


Here’s a few things you can do to reduce toxin exposure in your home

  1. Open windows and doors when you can and allow the fresh air in.
  2. No shoes in the house.
  3. Ditch conventional chemical cleaners, same with skin care, perfumes, body care, make-up and personal care. We recommend using high quality, rapidly 100% biodegradable, Sonett for household and laundry cleaning, Dr. Hauschka, NATRUE certified natural and organic (biodynamic and wild harvested) for premium skin care and make-up, SPEICK Men Care and Cosmos certified SPEICK MEN ACTIVE for superb natural shaving, skin, hair and body care, Less is More for organic haircare, and for babies and kids, Organic Babies.
  4. No conventional air fresheners, they’re just home pollutants, as are many fragrant candles, use natural beeswax candles and pure essential oils instead. Baking Soda neutralises odours. Place a small dish with a couple of teaspoons Baking Soda anywhere around the home, fridge, car, a sprinkle in the rubbish bin.
  5. Always use a moist cloth for dusting that you can put in the laundry afterwards. Dry dusting just moves dust particles around in the air.
  6. Be really stringent about cleaning where mould has a tendency to grow.
  7. Think about getting a shower filter and a tap filter.
  8. Use natural wool carpets instead of synthetic, and cotton rugs
  9. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. Typical indoor VOC sources include paint, cleaning products, sofas, beds, glues, permanent markers and printing equipment. Levels can be particularly high when there is limited ventilation. Use low VOC, low odour latex water based paint, think about latex and organic cotton mattresses, and check out alternatives for sofas.
  10. Be wary of plastics and avoid BPA plastics all together and microwaving food in plastic containers. Choose glass or BPA free plastic for baby bottles.
  11. Avoid non-stick cookware, use stainless steel or cast iron instead. Lodge, America’s oldest family-owned cookware manufacturer, refers to its cookware as ‘natural non-stick’. Cast iron is extremely durable and can be pre-heated to temperatures, on oven top or in the oven, well above what is considered safe for non-stick pans. Both are also extremely long lasting, as opposed to ending up in landfill very quickly.

Why I chose to avoid non stick cookware

What’s the deal with non-stick cookware? Is it safe?


12. Use plants to help detox your home. According to the NASA Clean Air Study some of the very best plants for air filtering are:

  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene, ammonia.
  • Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene.
  • English Ivy (Headera helix) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.
  • Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene, ammonia.
  • Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata) filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene & toluene.

All of the above are toxic to dogs and cats.

  • Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) filters formaldehyde, xylene & toluene.
  • Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
  • Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

The above are non-toxic to dogs and cats.


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FDA Bans Chemicals in Antibacterial Hand and Body Washes

The Food and Drug Administration has washed its hands of the antibacterial products, saying there is no scientific evidence that they are better than plain soap and water.


With a new ban on antibacterial soap, the US government is finally acknowledging that it’s not just ineffective, it’s also dangerous.

Plenty of marketing for antibacterial hand washes and body washes, however, the problem was there wasn’t ever really any science. For years, researchers have been trying to convince consumers that soap and water does just as good a job as antibacterial products when it comes to protecting you from disease. Worse, some of the antibacterial chemicals have proven ill effects: they contribute to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, cause health problems by destroying helpful bacteria that live on our bodies, and have the potential to disrupt our hormones and after they flow down our drains, they cause environmental damage to animals and plants.

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

All Sonett products are FREE from triclosan and triclocarban.

FDA Press Announcement

ABC News – FDA bans chemicals in antibacterial wash

Huffington Post – FDA Bans Antibacterial Chemicals From Consumer Soaps

The Guardian – Antibacterial soaps banned US FDA

The New York Times – FDA Bans Sale of Many Antibacterial Soaps, Saying Risks Outweigh Benefits

NZ Herald – Hand wash does more harm than good warn scientists
…As well as triclosan, the authors led by Erica Hartmann of the University of Oregon listed other common anti-bacterial chemicals including triclocarban, and methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and butylparaben.


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10 Ironing Tips

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1) Iron Temperature

Progress from garments needing the lowest temperature to those requiring the highest.

2) Ironing in the Bedroom

Ensures you’re handy to drawers, closet and hangers. Items on the bed helps with easy selection for lowest iron temperature garments to highest temperature garments.

Tip: Hang up or fold your garments immediately after ironing them.

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3) Clothing Care

Always read your clothing labels for care. Turn your garment inside out, if it isn’t already, because ideally they should be inside out for washing machine and line drying process. Iron fabrics inside out to protect them from becoming shiny.

4) Pressing Cloth

Iron delicate fabrics with a pressing cloth — a clean cotton cloth or pillowslip will do just as well.

5) Ironing Board Cover & Soleplate

Keep your ironing board cover/pad clean and in good condition. Damage to the pad may transfer to your garments. Ensure the soleplate is clean.

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6) Direction

Always iron in back and forth movement, not circular, which can stretch out clothes.

7) Regularly Clean Water Reservoir

Remove mineral deposits from the water reservoir when the steam action begins to decrease. In an unplugged cold iron pour 100ml Sonett Decalcifier into the water reservoir. Plug in the iron and heat, let it steam for about 15 minutes. Unplug the iron, and position it, soleplate down, on a small glass dish that has been placed in a larger shallow pan. Allow the water to drain from the vents for about an hour. Drain away any remaining solution, and flush the reservoir with filtered clear water before using the iron again.


  • Using filtered water in your water reservoir helps with less build up.
  • When you’re finished ironing, empty the water from your iron while the iron is hot. This will reduce the moisture that remains in the water compartment. Allow the iron to cool before you put it away.

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8) Cut your ironing time in half

Place, foil, shiny side up, under your ironing cover of your ironing board. The heat reflects, meaning while you’re ironing one side of the garment you shouldn’t need to iron the other side.

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9) Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid

Starches, smoothes, and cares for all textiles made from cotton, linen and fabric blends. It makes ironing easier, even with dry and crumpled laundry. Your garments stay free from creases, are dirt-repellent, and retain their shape for a longer period of time.

  • Organically grown Rose Geranium and Lavender – aromas that definitely help with the ironing job!
  • No need to use steam when using Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid.
  • Spray about 20cm away from clothing.
  • Don’t get spray on the floor or it may cause a slippery floor.
  • Unlike conventional ironing starches, Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid does not contain petrochemical silicone as friction-impeding ironing aid. We use purely plant ingredients, mostly from organic cultivation. Has to be a better choice for you, your family, your skin, the air you breathe and your clothes.
  • Also comes in economical 1 litre refill.

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10) Many garments can be hung on hangers to dry, especially those from a delicates wash and not require ironing at all.  Hang other items as soon as possible after bringing in the laundry anyway, it’s better than having items crumpling and creasing in the ironing pile, and making more work.

Use Sonett Laundry Rinse in the final rinse of the wash cycle, to make garments easier to iron, as it smoothes fibres and softens fabrics.

Sonett Laundry Rinse
Suitable for all types of fabrics and washing programmes. Add to the final rinsing water. Sonett Laundry Rinse helps to rinse out any laundry liquid or powder residue and neutralises the rinsing water (important for allergy-prone people). It brightens up colours, smoothes fibres and softens fabrics.

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Laundry Rinse also comes in bulk 10 litre.


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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist – Bathroom

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Step by Step – Bathroom Spring Clean

Toilet: Use Toilet Cleaner under the rim and leave. Spray the toilet seat, lid, rim, base and cistern with diluted Orange Power Cleaner in a trigger bottle and wipe with a paper towel.

Shower: Spray a liberal amount of Bathroom Cleaner and leave it for several minutes.

Bath, basin etc: Also spray with Bathroom Cleaner and leave for the time being. Bathroom Cleaner is particularly effective at removing dirt as well as limescale deposits.

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Walls: Use diluted All-Purpose Cleanser or diluted Orange Power Cleaner in a trigger bottle, mist and wipe.

Grout: Spray grout with water. Wearing gloves, make a paste using Bleach Complex and Stain Remover and water. Spread along the wet grout. If the grout seems particularly stained, mix the Bleach Complex with lemon juice instead of water. Leave for 30 minutes and remove with a wet microfibre cloth.

Shower Rose: Remove the rose, add approximately 100ml of Decalcifier to 500ml of boiling water from the kettle into a bowl, place the shower rose in the mixture, allowing it to act for 30 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly and return the shower rose.

Alternatively pour 1 cup white vinegar into a plastic bag, fasten around shower head with a rubber band and allow to sit overnight. Remove bag in the morning and rinse shower head.

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Shower curtain: Place in the washing machine with a large towel to aid cleaning and Lavender Liquid Laundry. Hang outdoors to dry.

Drawers and cabinets: Remove everything from the drawers, getting rid of outdated and/or empty product containers, re-organise.

Extractor fan: Clean vent fan covers at least once a year. Turn off power at the circuit breaker and remove the cover. Fill a small bucket with warm water and a few squirts of Dishwashing Liquid Lemon or Calendula and let the fan cover soak for 10 minutes. Scrub, rinse and air dry on a paper towel.

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Mirrors: Spray and wipe down your mirrors. For no streak mirrors clean with Multi Surface and Glass Cleaner and a clean microfibre cloth.

Back to the Toilet: Scrub with toilet brush.

Back to the Shower and wherever else you have used Bathroom Cleaner. Using a sturdy cloth wipe clean and rinse. Now go over any glass in the shower with Multi Surface and Glass Cleaner for a streak free finish.

Shower, Bath, Basin: If need be use Scouring Fluid or Scouring Powder, powder is the best choice for limescale deposits, in basin/bath.

Floors: Vacuum and then mop floors with diluted All-Purpose Cleanser or Floor Mopping Fluid.

We love Sonett’s range of Liquid Soaps, one for the shower as a body wash and one for the basin. Your choice of Rosemary, Rose, Citrus, Lavender, Neutral or Épure which is a combination of seven herbs for a special aromatic fragrance. Both kids and adults alike love Foam Soap Calendula.

Finish with a pretty vase of fresh flowers, freesias for their fabulous aroma or tulips are another favourite at this time of year.


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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist – Kitchen

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Start by preparing the night before…

Oven: See the Baking Soda Paste Overnight Recipe

Walls: Use either diluted Orange Power Cleaner or diluted All-Purpose Cleanser, working your way around, spray and immediately wipe with a microfibre cloth.

Windows: If you only have a small area of windows to clean we recommend using Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, for bigger areas use diluted Sonett All-Purpose Cleanser and wipe with a microfibre cloth that won’t leave lint for streak free clean.

Countertops and appliances: Spray all countertops and appliances, both large and small, with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, then wipe with a microfibre cloth.

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Rubbish bin: Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the bottom to neutralise smells and add a drop of Orange Power Cleaner. Add hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes, then swish it around and give it a scrub. Rinse with clean water. Use paper towels to dry or air dry upside down.

Dishwasher: To clean, remove any baskets and racks. Spray the interior of the dishwasher with diluted Orange Power Cleaner or diluted All-Purpose Cleanser. Wipe down door, sides and bottom using a clean cloth or sponge. For a thorough rinse, run the empty machine on its highest temperature setting with the addition of 1/2 C white vinegar.

Waste disposal: Clean by running about 12 ice cubes through it with cold running water. Next, cut a lemon into 4 and pop it into the disposal. To clean the underside of the rubber lip, wash with the scrubbing side of a white vinegar-soaked Eco Sponge.

Microwave: Place 1/2 C water and 1/2 C white vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for several minutes to a rolling boil. Allow microwave to cool, wipe away grime with paper towels.

Cabinets and drawers: Clear out cabinets and drawers one at a time, and clean with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner and paper towels or the sponge side of your Eco Sponge.

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Pantry: Remove all food from pantry, clean up and organise. Spray all surfaces, doors and shelves with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, wipe with a microfibre cloth or the sponge side of Eco Sponge.

Fridge: Clear shelves and drawers. Wipe shelves with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner. Wash drawers in lukewarm, soapy water with Dishwashing Liquid Lemon or Calendula. Rinse, dry with paper towels or air dry and return to fridge. Clean grooves, using Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner with an old toothbrush to remove stubborn particles. Wipe outside of door with damp microfibre cloth.

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Floors: Vacuum any rugs and then hang them out on the washing line for a dose of UV and fresh air. Mop the floors with diluted Floor Mopping Fluid or All-Purpose Cleanser.

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Finally, place fresh flowers in your beautiful, clean, fresh smelling, organised kitchen! 

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Using eco friendly, skin friendly, synthetic chemical free products in your kitchen is the best choice to ensure your kitchen environment is friendly. No unnecessary synthetic chemical residues is particularly important in food preparation areas.

What to do about limescale deposits?

Decalcifier is to be used wherever heavy limescale deposit is encountered on fittings, cookware, coffee makers, dishwashers etc.

Use undiluted: on fittings where the Decalcifier cannot be heated – allow it to act for a few minutes, depending on the thickness of the limescale, then thoroughly rinse off with clear water.

Use diluted: on cookware and for decalcifying machines – where Decalcifier may be heated and is therefore more effective rapidly.

Kettles: Add approx. 100 ml of Decalcifier to 500ml water, heat up to approx. 60 °C, allow it to act for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.

Coffeemakers: Fill 200ml of Decalcifier and 800ml of water into the water container and descale according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Afterwards run fresh water until the water is clear.

Dishwasher: Add 1 litre of Decalcifier to the main washing cycle of the longest programme (once the pre-washing cycle is finished!) – with or without dishes. Let the programme run until the end.

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