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Making the eco-friendly switch – why this is so important for you, your family AND the environment

When all else fails, look to nature.

What does Mother Earth do when Winter hits? She sheds her leaves, and makes way for the beautiful new foliage in Spring. She surrenders to the elements, allowing things to unfold naturally, and as they should, without forcing or resisting any change.

What does this have to do with how you clean your home, you might be asking?

Well, nature has been cleaning for billions of years. She has thrived without chemical intervention, flourishing forests and oceans and the animal kingdom surviving purely the way nature intended – alongside Mother Earth.

Think about it – every single thing we as humans need for survival, stems from nature: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the fruit and vegetables we eat.

Doesn’t it just make sense to be cleaning with her too?

The recent movement of anti-plastic becoming a mainstream choice (with Woolworths and Coles set to phase-out plastic bag usage as early as 2018) is a wonderful step in the right direction, supporting our planet and making the HEALTHY choice, not only for our environment, but our families as well.

Choosing to clean with natural products is the – well – natural next step, and should be taken JUST as seriously.

A quick glance at the list of ingredients on your mainstream cleaning product is enough to make you question how this is REALLY impacting not only your home, but your family and yourself! Cleaning with chemicals is not only dangerous for the environment (polluting our water systems), but for our own health. The stigma attached to natural alternatives (be it cleaning, makeup and the list goes on) is that it must be costly or ineffective – neither of which are the case.

The main challenge is in EDUCATING one another of the benefits of making the eco-friendly switch. You are voting with your dollar when you choose to clean with a product that supports the planet – telling the big corporates that we no longer want (or need) their chemical alternatives. That the way nature intended is far better – because we are no longer polluting the Earth, and we don’t have to stress about our babies being harmed by nasty chemicals.

This isn’t a plug for using our products. Of COURSE we believe they are the most effective, natural alternative on the market. Our products turn your homes into natural flourishing ecosystems, as opposed to clinical, sterile houses.

But this is much bigger than us selling bottles of cleaner to you – this is about protecting our planet, and the one you will love behind for your children. Surely that is worth something.

Make the eco-friendly switch. Because our Earth depends on it.

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The art of decluttering

 

Decluttering, and ‘minimalism’ is experiencing a real moment in the wellness community – and rightfully so.

There is significant research available to confirm that the cleaner your bedroom is, the more likely your headspace is also ‘clear’. In fact, this article on Psychology Today illustrates that your life satisfaction can likely be determined by whether you make your bed in the morning or not!

Here at Probiotic Solutions we are big believers that a little organisation and cleanliness can go a long way. Now that is not to say that your home need mimic an Ikea catalogue! We are realistic in recognising that young families are likely to experience peaks and troughs in the cleanliness experience – which is why decluttering is so effective. It is hard to have a messy home when you don’t have much to mess with!

We sat down and spoke with Declutter Coach Kate Jennings to understand more about the art of decluttering, and why we should consider it in our lives:

Why do you think decluttering is having such a ‘moment’?

It has been fascinating to watch the minimalism trend really unfold over the past 12 months and it is so amazing to see people getting excited about owning less! Decluttering goes in hand with minimalism as people reprioritise what they already own.

As consumers, we are much more conscious about where our products are made, how they are made and how they are recycled and repurposed. There is growing awareness of the environmental and social impacts of our belongings and this awareness is leading many people into owning less and in turn going through the process of decluttering.

What is your biggest declutter MUST do?

It can be so overwhelming to declutter, particularly if you are going at it alone. Regardless of whether you are decluttering on your own or with a declutter coach, I suggest making a schedule so that you can allocate time in your week to declutter, even if it is just an hour or an object at a time. Start with one room in the house, and go from there.

Kate chooses to use the following Probiotic Solutions products in her decluttering sessions:

“Unlike traditional household cleaning products, Probiotic Solutions products don’t contain chemicals and overpowering synthetic fragrances. They have a beautiful, subtle scent, meaning that they won’t upset any sensitive noses. Anywhere Anytime can literally be used on any surface and it’s great to only need one product!

 My favourite Probiotic Solutions scent is lemon myrtle, lemongrass, pink grapefruit and rosemary!”

We would love to see your declutter before/afters!

Share with us on social media using the hashtag #probioticsolutionsdeclutter and our favourite post will take home an Essentials Pack to help get you started on your decluttering journey.

 

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Let’s work together to keep Australia beautiful!

In response to Keep Australia Beautiful Week (21-27 August) the team at Probiotic Solutions have taken the pledge to pick up one piece of litter per day for the week.

While a simple act, consider the ripple effect this will have the more people who decide to make this choice, not just this week alone, but as a habit every single day.

Keep Australia Beautiful has measured that since last year, litter in Australia is down by 9%. This includes 35% less cigarette litter and 22% less plastic bag litter.

While a remarkable feat, we must remember that we have the ability to keep this momentum going.

We LOVE the idea of up cycling – re-using products that would once have been considered litter or recyclable materials – in different ways. Here are a few of our favourite up cycling tips:

Mason Jars

The hipsters are onto something! We keep all of our old glass jars and use them in multiple ways – not only do they make cute and quirky drinking glasses, but you can use them as vases or even storage in your bathroom. Toothbrush holder anyone?

Crates

Old wooden crates are an incredible storage solution – and the industrial look is totally in too! Paint them for a modern twist, or simply leave them as-is, and fill with your kiddies toys, towels or dirty laundry!

Linen Bags

 If you haven’t made the no-plastic switch yet, it’s time. Keep hold of any linen bags you are given on your next shopping spree, or at that next networking event, and use these as your new shopping bags. Keep a spare few in your car boot at all times so you are never without!

Probiotic Solutions Bottles

Our bottles can be reused in a number of ways – use our spray bottles to make your own hair detangle mix (simply mix water, your favourite conditioner and lavender essential oil, shake up and spray through) and fill our Fresh Feet bottle with cold water and a couple of drops of Peppermint oil, as a cool face mister for summer!

How will you support Keep Australia Beautiful Week?

Share with us your favourite up-cycling tip on social media and in the comments below!

 

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What’s the deal with probiotics anyway? (How does it all work, a little on gut health, and why it makes sense to clean with them)

Hang on a second, what do you mean CLEAN with probiotics?

We get that a lot.

It is wonderful that probiotic usage for gut health has become somewhat of a ‘mainstream’ idea, rather than a health ‘fad’. We understand that in order for our gut micro biome to be truly balanced and healthy, it needs to be thriving with healthy bacteria. That yes, there will be nasty bugs in there from time to time, but so long as the healthy bugs outweigh the bad ones, the ecosystem in our gut thrives – leaving us with a strong immune system, clear mind, better sleep and all-round optimal health.

Did you ever think about the bacteria in your home? And that, perhaps, we are washing away the ‘good guys’ as well, when we clean with the mainstream products we are used to?

Here’s the thing: commercial cleaners wipe out 99.9% of ALL bacteria. You know this. They celebrate it in their advertising!

But what does this mean, when you have cleaned your home and eradicated ALL traces of bacteria (both the good and the bad)?

Well, firstly, commercial cleaning products stop working once the surface is dry – so harmful bacteria (the bad guys) are able to regroup just as quickly as they were wiped away. Kind of defeats the purpose, right?

When you clean with a probiotic-based cleaner, you are cleaning with MILLIONS of good bugs from 13 strains of bacteria in every single bottle. This allows the bad bugs to be kept at bay, neutralising them and leaving a flourishing eco-system of good bugs throughout your home.

Because probiotic cleaning products are required to be 100% natural and plant-based (as the bacteria needs a healthy environment to live and thrive) you are guaranteed NO harmful chemicals, including zero colours, fragrance or allergens. So you can clean breathing a sigh of relief knowing your family is safe – including your children and pets.

Plus, the beautiful scents of lavender and lemon are derived entirely from essential oils – so your home is left sparkling clean and smelling beautiful, without the nasty headache that often comes with artificial fragrance.

The end result?

Your home is left naturally balanced – as nature intended – instead of acting like a chemical lab. Because probiotics are LIVING organisms, they continue cleaning long after they have been sprayed on the surface – allowing for a longer lasting clean.

So do you think it’s time you made the switch?

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