Wouldn’t you though?
It’s not often I feel compelled to write about a cleaning product – in fact, it’s never happened before (I mean, what am I, Muddy Housekeeping?). But I’m going to have to put on my marigolds and practise my rictus grin for a moment, because I’ve just come across Mangle & Wringer, a superfunky cleaning brand that you’re going to love.
The brand was crowd-funded and it’s easy to see why – the cleaning products are all non-toxic, biodegradable and free from artificial fragrances, and hand-made based on traditional recipes handed down from Bette Smith, whose expertise became apparent to architect/interior designer Vanessa Willes, recovering from ME at home when Betty started helping her with some housework. Vanessa’s ME meant she couldn’t go back to her old job, but no matter – she saw a new, freshly scrubbed opportunity in front of her.
Cue Mangle & Wringer and it’s jaw-dropping success so far. At the heart of each product is the cold- processed soap using only 100% pure coconut oil, or coconut and sunflower oil, before leaving it to cure for a month, and then ingredients like citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, lemon oil or distilled white vinegar are added. All ingredients are labelled clearly and because most of the products are made using food ingredients they’re totally safe to leave on your kitchen worktop and use alongside cooking.
Having been a total convert to those squidgy washing machine pouches over the last two years, I’ve been a bit shocked at how much I love the Manger & Wringer washing powder. It seems to last for ages (even though I’m putting twice as much in as we’re in a hard water area) and it smells fantastic. And it actually, properly WORKS. Mind-blowing! I’m dying to try the Bathroom balm because it’s made with the same ingredients you’d have in a bath soak so you’ll never have to lie in a veneer of chemicals from the previous clean. Genius really and like all great ideas, incredibly simple.
There’s a whole range of cleaning products including natural bleach, glass cleaner, kitchen cleaner, surface spray and laundry powder, and the prices are very reasonable (£3.50 for bleach, £9.50 for laundry powder). Is it too precious of me to mention the super-elegant branding? Oops, too late. Check em out peeps, I think you’ll love what you see.