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Keep your home and conscience clean with sustainable products

Making your space sparkle is a satisfying and important part of cleaning the home, but finding the right product can be a frustrating experience.  

With today, 22 April, being Earth Day, choosing sustainable products that help keep your conscience and your house clean are just one way to contribute to a better future.

Melbourne-based cleaning brand, Resparkle, has reimagined traditional cleaning products, giving them a natural twist.

Founded in 2015, Resparkle is a 100% plant-powered home cleaning range that is ethically and sustainably produced, waste-free, toxin-free, and cruelty-free, providing a green solution to keeping a sparkling clean home.

Founder and CEO, Pearl Chan, said that using natural and sustainable cleaning is important for your family’s health as well as the health of the planet.

“After cleaning, the chemicals go somewhere,” Ms Chan said. “It either evaporates into the air and that causes pollution or into the water … it’s safer for you and for the planet to use sustainable products.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in the 2018-19 financial year, Australians generated 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste materials. Only 9% of the waste was sent for recycling.

Ms Chan said that people are looking for zero waste cleaning products because the only viable long-term solution to combat climate change is “to cut the use of plastic altogether”.

“People are looking for products that produce less waste rather than using more … a lot of natural cleaning brands are stretching into recyclable and compostable packaging such as packaging made of corn.”

Ms Chan said that when shopping for sustainable cleaning products, the main thing people need to remember is “it can work just as well as any other one with harsh chemicals”.

“Resparkle natural laundry powder and natural disinfectant concentrate are proven to kill 99.9% of germs with all-natural formulas … it performs on par with or better than other products.”

When using sustainable cleaning products for the first time, Ms Chan said the main thing people notice is the difference in smell.

Ms Chan said that if you miss the “fresh” smell of supermarket cleaning products you should place essential oils in strategic places around the home.

“For the laundry, people usually use fabric softeners that are heavily scented, but they are really bad for your skin,” she said.

“If you still want that smell, you can put a few drops of essential oils on a cloth and put it in a dryer. Dry your clothes as per normal and the heat will infuse the scent into your clothes.”

If price is a concern, Ms Chan recommends not looking at the price tag of the product, but instead think about the cost per clean.

“A lot of cleaning products are made of fillers like water,” said Ms Chan.

“In terms of health, there is no regulation in what goes into cleaning products like chemicals that are known to cause allergies. It’s not healthy to have that at home.

“There’s so many benefits of using sustainable cleaning products all round.”

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