Where did the tradition of spring cleaning spring from?
In days gone by we used coal, oil and wood to heat our homes when it got colder. Add to this the fact that we lit the way using candles and you can imagine the amount of dust, dirt, and soot that built up over autumn and winter.
The arrival of spring was a sign to clean away the winter grime and welcome in a new cycle of life. When the first warm and sunny day arrived... folk got busy washing, cleaning, sweeping and wiping. And the tradition has stuck ever since.
We love a spring clean here at smol HQ but not before we've caught up with all the news... time for some smol talk.
let's take a smol trip down memory lane...
Theresa May was in Downing Street, Black Panther (Marvel film) had just earned $1 billion and the world's last male northern white rhino died in Kenya.
smol also burst onto the scene bringing a laundry revolution direct to your home in recycled plastic packs with a FREE TRIAL! 5 years later, we're still sending capsules to people who signed up in that very first week.
2019 saw our award-winning dishwasher tablets enter the frame. You loved the fact they were all in one with no need to buy salt, rinse aid or glass protector and their ingenious use around the home (like cleaning the oven) is an equally much-loved feature.
2020 also saw another world-first! A super concentrated animal fat-free fabric conditioner. Many of us were shocked to learn the big brands base their fabric softners on animal fat but just 4 pumps of smol's fabcon gives wonderfully soft and fragrant laundry without the need for our farmyard friends.
Not resting on our laurels we ALSO launched our refillable smol surface spray for 2020. No more single-use plastic spray bottles, we said YES to refill and NO to landfill.
The following year we launched fragrance-free laundry capsules, hand sanitiser PLUS with YOUR help we launched our Suds in Schools campaign to install free mini launderettes into schools that could help families who were struggling. The scheme is going from strength to strength... more on that soon!
Last year we added our super bleach-free stain gel to the smol family amongst many other items and we're continuing to expand for 2023. Our much-awaited washing up liquid is finally here and already taking sinks by storm. We've so many new products coming this year there's certainly no slowing down. So here's to the next 5 years, we LOVE having you along for the journey and remain incredibly grateful for all your loyal support.
Our tips for easier DIY.
- Wipe as much paint as you can from the brush onto a paper towel or old cloth.
- Next, mix 500ml of warm water with 12 pumps of smol fabric softener.
- Swirl your paintbrush in the solution, and the paint should wash off.
- Finally, rinse your paintbrush under cold water and dry it so you're ready to get painting!
can you give a brief description of your job?
My job is to manage the labelling of products on a daily basis. I distribute and control the workload and motivate the team so that orders are packed and shipped exactly as they need to be!
what’s your favourite smol product and why?
I really like the fabric conditioner, it has such a pleasant smell and it makes clothes wonderfully soft to the touch!
what’s the best bit about your job and working for smol?
I have been working at smol for over 2 years now and love how my role has grown as the company has grown. smol as a company is also providing me career development at every step.
what’s a handy eco-friendly tip you can share for household cleaning?
Olive oil! This is an amazing natural alternative to furniture polish. Any standard olive oil will do. You need to apply a little oil on a rag, gently wipe the surfaces and let them dry. For a fresh flavour, you can add a little lemon juice.
it’s the weekend... where will we find you and what are you doing?
On weekends it’s hard to find me at home, I really like to spend time with my husband and son getting to know new locations, we love to travel and that's what brings us a lot of happiness!
why choose a bottle for life?
For starters, actually producing our 37g recycled PET spray bottle only creates around 17g of carbon so you're already off to a good start. But THEN... that's it. No more bottles to buy because you have your smol bottle for life.
It's why swapping to a smol spray refill system is going to cut your spray cleaning carbon footprint by a gigantic 91%.***
So if you haven't taken advantage of our FREE TRIAL multi purpose spray... maybe now's the time? You'll be cutting carbon before you know it and have shining surfaces as well!
our MOST requested product is here!
Grab your gloves and snatch up your sponges because our most-requested product is here! A fab fruity, pink grapefruit washing up liquid in all its plant-based, biodegradable glory. It’s going to look sensational next to your sink. Your dishes will be spotless, the bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic AND you can return them for FREE for refill with our new returns scheme!
- Fill a bowl (or half of a split sink) with hot soapy water (if using smol washing up liquid, 2-3 pumps should be all that's needed). Then fill a second bowl (or half-sink) with clean hot water without any soap.
- Soak your dishes in the hot soapy water to loosen any debris. You’ll use less water and energy when the time comes to scrub them. Don’t hold them under a constantly running tap. Use the second bowl of clean hot water for rinsing.
- Leave items to air dry or use a tea-towel that can be washed and reused.
This method has been shown to reduce the costs as well as the energy and water consumption involved with washing up by hand which is good to know especially for those of us without a dishwasher or those of us who will not fill one on a regular basis.
** Recycled PET by GmbH in Wöllersdorf has a carbon footprint of 0.45 kg CO2 equivalent per kilogram of rPET.
*** Full LCA 2021 independent sustainability experts eLoop.