Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Looking For Ways to Cope with Infant Eczema? Try Dri-Pak Soap Flakes and Soda Crystals

It’s upsetting to see a baby with severe eczema, which often occurs on the face, neck, arms and legs. Some cases are so bad that off-the-shelf moisturisers fail to tackle the problem and doctors have to prescribe topical steroids, which are in themselves harmful to the skin when used excessively.

Infant or baby eczema is an increasing problem and many cases are the result of harsh chemicals and perfumes found in the many laundry detergents and softeners we use today. A huge number of parents have found that after treating the existing eczema which may be dry and inflamed, switching to laundry formulas that don’t contain these irritants, prevents the condition from reoccurring.


Baby eczema support website lists washing detergents as one of the main factors in eczema flare-ups, saying “A very common eczema trigger seems to be detergents. Simply changing laundry products to non-bio formulations is often nowhere near enough.”

For a powerful wash with minimal risk to your baby’s skin, substitute your normal detergent for Dri-Pak Soap Flakes or Dri-Pak Liquid Soap Flakes, which are pure, allergen free and contain no perfumes. goes on to explain the difficulties in removing detergent build-up, which is also a factor in skin irritation, but one that can be easily remedied. They say, “Eczema caused by detergents is a difficult issue to try and resolve, because it’s also the residues left in clothes after washing that seem to be a trigger, and these residues can be very persistent and difficult to remove.”

They recommend the use of Soap Flakes and Soda Crystals together, for the gentlest and best result - “Old fashioned soap flakes are especially kind to skin and clean clothes well, but will still leave a residue and scum build-up (especially in hard water areas).  So they will take a bit more rinsing and possibly additions of washing soda crystals too.”

 Dri-Pak Soda Crystals work perfectly alongside our Soap Flakes. Not only do they help to remove and prevent further residue build-up in your laundry and machine, but they soften water, reduce the amount of soap needed for an effective wash and are a powerful stain removal agent; whilst being gentle enough to use with all your baby’s clothes and towels. Simply add half a cupful to your wash load.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Make A Splash With Dri-Pak When You Deep Clean Your Bathroom

A recent report in The Daily Mail highlighted some of the most germ-laden spots in the home. Unsurprisingly, the bathroom emerged as a hotbed of bacteria and according to Sarah Humphreys, executive editor at Real Simple magazine, who was interviewed for the article, she said, “When it comes to the bathroom the scariest invisible spot is the wall by the toilet.”

Picture this – “If you watch a toilet flush in slow motion, it looks like a fireworks display and microbes can go 20 feet.” - Disgusting don’t you think?

Walls and Tiles
So how do you go about giving your bathroom a thorough deep clean?
For a start, clean your wall and the tiles with a regular Soda Crystals solution, or use Liquid Soda Crystals to get them clean and sparkling.

If your grouting is looking dull and dingy, Liquid Soda Crystals are just the thing that will have it looking fresh and new. First, prep the area by wiping it down with a wet cloth. Spray on Liquid Soda Crystals and leave it to set for a few minutes before scrubbing with an old toothbrush. Then rinse well.

Flush some Soda Crystals down the bowl to clean and freshen it up, and to help prevent blockages. Soda Crystals can also be used to clean the toilet brush.

Baths, basins and showers
When it comes to the sanitaryware, Liquid Soda Crystals are your best bet. They’re great for cutting through grease, limescale and soap scum. Simply spray on leave to treat for a few minutes and then wipe down. This should leave the bath, basin and shower glistening brightly.

Shower head
Research in America suggests that the slime that builds up inside a shower head is a breeding ground for bugs linked to lots of diseases. The easiest and cheapest way to kill the bugs and get rid of limescale deposits is to soak your shower head in warmed White Vinegar for 20 minutes. Alternatively, you could pour a required amount of White Vinegar into a plastic bag, enough to fully submerge the shower head nozzle. Then tie the bag in place and leave it to soak overnight. Remove it in the morning and run the water to rinse.

To tackle the floor, try Liquid Soda Crystals. Ceramic or vinyl tiles will clean up beautifully but approach polished wooden or vinyl floors with caution as their coating can be removed with Soda Crystals.  

Sponges, flannels and combs
If you’ve used a sponge to carry out your cleaning tasks, rinse it after each use in a hot solution of Soda Crystals. Wring it out, and let it dry in a ventilated soap dish. Flannels and combs can be soaked in a regular hot solution of Soda Crystals which will help to refresh them.