Item name: Antibacterial surface cleaner (coconut and lime)

Made by: Iron & Velvet

Bought from: Iron & Velvet

Description:

Iron & Velvet was launched in 2014, with the aim of “bringing high quality, luxury cleaning products to market”. In 2020, this had evolved to focus on “The War on Plastic Pollution”.

We tried Iron & Velvet’s antibacterial surface cleaner for use in kitchens and bathrooms, described as “able to penetrate dried foods and greases to leave your hard surfaces looking as clean as possible”, with an “incorporated an antibacterial agent”.

The surface cleaner comes in the form of a dissolvable sachet (priced at £4 or 5 for £10 and made from Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA), a water soluble, non-toxic synthetic polymer, delivered to your door. Simply place the sachet in an existing reusable spray bottle and top up with lukewarm water. Voila!

So, we’ve saved on a lot of plastic from the off, and the packaging was minimal, which is great (and the paper and cardboard packaging comes from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sources) but what’s on the inside? Iron & Velvet say that their products are made from “plant derived, sustainably sourced ingredients as well as pure essential oils wherever possible, meaning that up to 70% of our products are fully natural ingredients”. Iron & Velvet’s products are not tested on animals and are cruelty free.

We know the question that you’re about to ask and the answer is yes. Like similar competitors, Iron & Velvet’s products do contain an ingredient that is derived from Palm Oil, although it comes from an RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified supplier. And they are not completely free of chemicals, although they use significantly lower amounts than leading big brand alternatives.

The company is based in the West Midlands, where everything is also manufactured, and the products are delivered by Royal Mail rather than a courier, further helping to minimise Iron & Velvet’s carbon footprint.

Importantly, did the product do the trick? Delivery was easy and the sachets came quickly and well (and minimally) packaged. Creating the solution was easy, following the simple instructions supplied. When used, the spray felt less ‘chemically” than many and coconut and lime fragrance was pleasant enough and not too dominant. And the spray seemed to do a very good job of cleaning surfaces ranging from quartz worktops to stainless steel sinks, ceramic hobs to porcelain tiling.

It’s not a perfect solution but it’s a clever product and it isn’t easy to find a better bought solution at present. Iron & Velvet’s products are well thought out and made, and offer a more environmentally alternative to leading brands as their products use significantly less packaging and contain a far fewer chemicals. However, where possible we do always encourage you to make your own surface cleaners (using white vinegar, essential oils, baking soda, citrus peel and water) but it is worth noting that this homemade cleaner may not have genuine antibacterial properties so that may determine where and how you use it or don’t.

If Iron & Velvet can, over time, eliminate all chemicals and work towards producing products that are 100% naturally derived, we’d be able to award an even higher rating but the brand has already come a long way in its relatively short life time.

Iron & Velvet also sells a regular surface cleaner, an oven cleaner, a floor cleaner and a glass cleaner at www.ironandvelvet.co.uk.  

Pros:

+ Saves an estimated 90% packaging and plastic free
+ Water soluble sachets
+ 70% natural ingredients and fewer chemicals than leading brands
+ Made in the UK
+ Cruelty free
+ Affordable and easy to use
+ Save on storage space

Cons:

Uses a palm oil derived ingredient (although it is (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified as sustainable)
Not chemical free
Limited range of fragrances
Limited product range means a need to use a competitor for other household products

Rating: 8/10

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