Our homes are our safe havens away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Even more so over the past year, where many of us have found ourselves spending the majority of our time at home. It’s where we cook, eat, sleep, relax and get ready, so it’s important to keep everything in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, more often than not we bring the outside world into our homes with us in the form of germs. Homes can be a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, viruses and mould. Luckily, with the help of Albex™ cleaning supplies, there are easy and effective ways to disinfect the top germ hotspots and keep your home germ-free.
Identifying the hotspots for germs around your home is the first step in making sure your environment stays clean and protected. Check out these top spots and how to make sure they stay germ-free:
KITCHEN Besides the dishes, you want to make sure you are cleaning these lesser-known germ hotspots:
How? 1. Make a simple disinfecting solution by adding 1 cup of Albex™ bleach with 5 Litres of water 2. Clean the above-mentioned surfaces with the solution. Allow to sit for 30 seconds. 3. Rinse and allow to air dry.
TOYS Don’t forget about the little ones! Toys can easily pick up dirt and germs, and need regular cleaning to protect your children.
How? 1. Mix ½ cup of Albex™ Bleach into 5 litres of water. 2. Wipe the toys with the solution and allow them to sit for 5 minutes, or submerge the toys into the solution for a total of 5 minutes. 3. Rinse with water and allow to air dry.
BEDDING Believe it or not, your bedding can be packed with germs and bacteria too, and often simply washing it won’t always do the trick. To make sure your bedding stays germ-free, start with a bleachability test to determine whether it is bleach safe before bleaching entirely.
1. Mix 3 tsp Albex™ Bleach to ¼ cup water and apply a drop of this solution to a less visible part of the garment. Wait 1 minute and then blot dry. If there is no colour change it means you can safely bleach your bedding. 2. Wash the bedding on the hottest water recommended by the care label using detergent with 1 cup of Albex™ Bleach added. 3. Air dry for best results.
Make sure you cover every spot in your home with a free printable cleaning checklist from Albex™. Keep it on the fridge or your wall as a reminder of what needs to be done and where.
The average woman will use plus-minus 16 000 disposable sanitary products in her lifetime, which will take hundreds of years to biodegrade, if at all.
Vnita Pads are made out of 100% cotton outer layer (the part that touches your body) and inner layers are made out of a variation of high absorbency cotton towelling, bamboo fleece and breathable softshell fleece.
That said, you are reading this because you are still not 100% convinced. That’s okay. We get it! It’s a big change. You’ve been using disposable products for your period protection for your entire life and these reusable pads are a big change and a big investment.
A great reusable sanitary pad should be comfortable, affordable and well made. It should stay in place and absorb just as well, if not better than any disposable sanitary pad.
Many clients that use Vnita pads claim that they are more comfortable than disposables, they do not smell and they are far more affordable than buying disposables. An added bonus is that you are making the choice to use something that is less harmful to your health and the environment.
1 Vnita pad = 144 disposable pads over 2 years!
No matter your menstrual cycle needs, whether you have a heavy or light flow, you can find a reusable option.
Another benefit of reusable sanitary pads? They’re gorgeous!!! Choose from a range of colours, prints and styles that will put a smile on your face (even if no one else knows your secret).
The Kindbrush is a newly launched brand based in Cape Town which offers a range of environmentally friendly oral care products purposefully designed to contribute towards a plastic-free planet.
The Kindbrush range is sustainable, stylishly designed and was created by a dental hygienist. The toothbrush handle is made of ethically sourced bamboo and the floss is biodegradable, in refillable glass versus a plastic dispenser. The Lip balm is 100% natural, vegan-friendly and the packaging is waste-free.
Their philosophy is all about being kind and mindful about one’s own wellbeing, that of others and of the planet. Their business approach is rooted in the belief that bite-sized changes matter mightily.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
The Kindbrush was created by Chrismarié Barnardt, a Registered Dental Hygienist and nature lover who has been deeply concerned about the impact of traditional oral care products globally and the growing plastic pollution crisis.
“Think of it this way: plastic toothbrushes and floss dispensers can take more than 400 years to decompose. This means that the very first plastic toothbrush and floss dispenser ever produced, and every single one thereafter, still exist today. In 2020, during the height of the COVID19 crisis and after 14 years of working at various dental practices in and around Cape Town, South Africa, I felt that the time was right to create a competitive, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic oral care. Most people are born dentally healthy; the challenge is to keep it that way. This is why I wholeheartedly believe in preventive oral care achieved by good oral hygiene habits. I trust that the design, look and feel of this beautiful, natural, and sustainable range will inspire and motivate you to look forward to your daily oral care routine. And while you’re at it, why not simply use a product that’s also much kinder to our planet? If you cannot change everything, change one thing.
GIVING KIDS IN NEED A REASON TO SMILE
The Kindbrush happily supports Develop Dental, a registered NGO working to increase access to quality dental care and oral hygiene education among children in under-resourced communities in and around Cape Town, South Africa.
“For every online order, we donate R5 towards this worthy cause. This means that you as our customer get to help combat epidemic levels of dental decay and enable families to make healthier choices about nutrition, health, and personal development. Find out more at www.developdental.org
Just in time for endless summer days, Bloedlemoen Gin has added a new variant to their collection. Bloedlemoen Amber, now available nationwide at all good liquor stores, is made with the same ten botanicals as the Classic, along with an exclusive selection of locally forged fynbos and honeybush to create a perfectly-balanced, unique gin infusion.
Bloedlemoen Gin was conceptualised in 2015 by sommelier, Pierre Strydom, chef, Mike Jones and winemaker, Stefan Coetzee. The South African trio wanted to create a gin that is deliciously refreshing, while layered with the warmth of extraordinary spices. The answer came in developing a recipe that balances spices – Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Cassia bark, Nutmeg, Liquorice Root and Cardamom – with classic gin botanicals, Juniper and Angelica Root, and then adding local flavour, Tarocco Blood Orange and Orange Peel, as a unique twist.
Bloedlemoen is the first Blood Orange Gin in the world and the fruit is locally-sourced from growing partners in the Cape. It’s a contemporary, London Dry-style gin distilled using ten botanicals through a combination of maceration and vapour infusion. The result is a premium, small batch gin that cuts no corners when it comes to quality and consistency, despite its humble beginnings.
The founders spent the first two to three years selling their gin to friends and family off the back of the quintessential South African mode of transport: their bakkie. When Lions Head Beverage Company took a share in October 2017, Bloedlemoen began to rise above the myriad gins produced in our relatively young local market and took its rightful place as a quality South African gin to keep an eye on.
The award-winning Bloedlemoen Gin – including the brand-new festive variant, Bloedlemoen Amber – is the latest brand to be added to premium drinks company, Truman & Orange’s, portfolio of collectible gins. The beautiful packaging was created by internationally-renowned local miniatures artist, Lorraine Loots – its elegant simplicity is the perfect fit for a unique, delicious local gin that is set to do great things.
Founding owner of Truman & Orange, Rowan Leibbrandt explains the company’s decision to invest in Bloedlemoen Gin: “Truman & Orange has always been about offering South Africans choice and uncompromising quality. We’ve been watching the developing local gin scene closely as gin’s prominence continues to grow internationally. The South African gin category is one of the fastest-growing in the world. We believe that the Bloedlemoen brand and its quality liquid are on par with our range of hand-selected, premium, international brands. We are thrilled to be in a position to help grow this superior local gin to scale.”
Over the past two years, Truman & Orange has introduced a range of expertly-crafted gins to the South African market, from easy-drinking new western-style gins – like Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation American and the super-premium Brooklyn Gin, with its hand-cracked juniper berries – to expertly-crafted London Dry gins for traditionalists, like Hayman’s True English Gin. Their most recent offering, the curious and quirky Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder Gin, has helped to establish Truman & Orange as the South African drinks company that offers a gin for all South African gin lovers’ tastes.
Recommended Retail Price: R399 per bottle at all good bottle stores for both Bloedlemoen Original and Bloedlemoen Amber.
Bloedlemoen Amber Perfect Serve: Enjoy neat, on the rocks or with a cut of orange zest and tonic.
Bloedlemoen Amber Tasting Notes: Hints of warm, sweet, creamy caramel on the nose, a spicy almost woody palate that is full of complexity and flavour and a strong, earthy, nutty finish with a juniper aftertaste.
Bloedlemoen Classic Perfect Serve: 50ml Bloedlemoen Gin topped with premium tonic water poured over ice with a slice of orange (fresh or dried) and a cinnamon stick or a piece of cassia bark.
Bloedlemoen Classic Tasting notes: Expect citrus and juniper on the nose, nutmeg and cassia on the palate and a lingering blood orange aftertaste.
Bakeology Studio is a centre of excellence and a culinary school in patisserie, baking, and sugarcraft decoration based in Melrose, Johannesburg – Gauteng. They are a patisserie studio designed to facilitate and offer world-class baking programmes that many baking schools do not do.
“We keep baked products authentic and of high quality. We clearly understand that this practice introduced to our participants and affiliates, thereby effecting change in the way they bake and being better equipped to attend to client needs. We offer a range of programmes where you can learn to bake in a fully equipped studio, where each individual has their own bake station, equipment and ingredients. We are driven by passion, excellence and our love for patisserie,” says Sunaina Lalloo – Founder of Bakeology.
“We also supply freshly baked products on order through our sister subsidiary Freshly Bak’d. We understand the busy life of working moms and dads whom can definitely do with having freshly bake’d cookies, blondies, biscottis as well as pastries for the week. The best way to contact us is on Instagram or WhatsApp through Bakeology Studio, ” she says.
Bakeology’s key objectives are:
Instilling people with the skills, confidence and insights in baking and pastry
Building future entrepreneurs
Assisting the previously disadvantaged
Providing opportunities for any individual who has a disability.
Their baking and pastry programmes have no age limit. They have future young and talented junior chefs in the making, as well as senior individuals in their 60s still seeking to learn a new set of rose and pistachio cupcakes to spoil their grandchildren. At Bakeology, they love and fully embrace this diversity and always maintain a friendly environment within the studio that makes everyone feel warm, welcome, and a part of the team.
Bakeology Studio has a range of patisserie programmes that have been carefully designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and equipment required during the preparation, baking, and designing process of cakes, cookies, and baked items as well as a variety of pastries and dough products.
“We pride ourselves in maintaining a high level of cleanliness, safety, and professional etiquette in the entire baking and patisserie preparation process. We practice and share the key insights in safety and hygiene standards and requirements needed when working with cakes and baking products and believe this will enable all our participants and affiliates to practice the same in their kitchens and bakeries when preparing products for their clients. Our studio’s ambiance gives every individual the ideal baking experience to fully explore and indulge in creations,” says Sunaina.
Everyone loves chocolate! The great thing about chocolate is that it is an amazing platform for creativity allowing Nova the opportunity to wow its customers with great flavour combinations at the same time ensuring that the products remain healthy.
The health benefits and feel-good qualities of cocoa are also under-estimated and chocolate tends to be seen as unhealthy – a trend Nova aims to change!
NOVA Chocolate makes exquisite sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan cocoa products.
How does NOVA ensure that you get the best they have to offer?