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frequently asked questions

  • Are your products safe for use around babies and pets?
    Yes, all elmkind products are safe to use around babies and pets when they are used and diluted as instructed. We would only advise against using products around babies and pets that have known allergies or sensitivities. We are 100% transparent so all our ingredients can be found on the back of every bottle in plain English so you can make sure that what you are buying is right for you.
  • Are your products Antibacterial?
    All our current products we provide are not tested against killing bacteria which is why we do not make any claims for this. They have not been specifically designed to kill bacteria as we personally believe in a world where we do need bacteria, good and bad. It is all about a balance and microorganisms play a huge part in that and we would love to explain our beliefs on this. To explain our beliefs a bit more. It is like that of using pesticides on our farmland. It has been designed to kill off (what we as humans) see as pests that eat our crops. However, these pests play a vital role in the ecosystem providing food for other animals as well as working as natural pollinators. So, by applying pesticides to our fields, this in turn will then poison birds and other natural predators not to mention leaching and water runoff into our rivers and seas affecting our aquatic life as well. Resulting in diminishing species and upsetting the balance in the ecosystem. (We won’t run down the rabbit hole of the impacts and implications this can have (and is having) on the human body for those that are eating these animals such as fish from our rivers and seas as that is another topic) Our guts have good and bad bacteria, and these are kept in balance resulting in a good strong immune system. When we use anti-bacterial products, we are not just killing the bad bacteria but the good bacteria as well. This is not just on our surfaces from cleaning them, but this will also be transferred onto anything you put on our surfaces after, such as places and cutlery etc... which we then use to eat with, and this goes into our bodies. Our products have been specifically designed to clean surfaces, lifting any dirt, and wiping away. The surfactants in our cleaners (made from coconuts) are like that of how soap and water work to clean our hands. Which you will remember from COVID is the most effective way to get germs off your hands and wash them away keeping us safe. With regular cleaning we truly believe there should be no need for anti-bacterial products and this in turn will keep us healthier (despite what the advertising companies will tell you on TV. As at the end of the day they just want to sell you products and make money and sadly fear coupled with not enough information means you are not fully informed to make a decision that is right for you). All the above said. We do understand there are cases where anti-bacterial products are required. For instance, by law in eating establishments like restaurants and food preparation areas like Kitchens. With this we are developing an eco-friendly anti-bacterial product but wanting to make sure it is fully fit for purpose and the most sustainable product we can provide. However, we do still believe that a more natural world is a kinder and safer world so do still stand behind our non-anti-bacterial products as the best way to keep our homes clean and us safe :)
  • Do you use palm oil in any of your products?
    Nope! We are proud to say that every single ingredient we use has been thoroughly researched to make sure that there is no hidden palm oil in a single one of our products. It's a no from us.
  • Why do you use organic ingredients in your products?
    We decided to use only organic ingredients in our products where available, as we wanted to produce the very best, highest quality products that are truly ethical. It didn't seem right to us to be producing 'eco friendly' products and at the same time choosing to use essential oils and other ingredience that aren't organic in the making of them. The ingredience may be still be natural but if they're not organic then it means harmful chemicals could be used in the growing process, such as; pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically modified organisms. We did not want to be a part of this, adding unnecessary toxic chemicals into the ground, we see this as being part of the problem!
  • Why do you sell your products in aluminium bottles?
    We decided to use aluminium bottles for our products for many reasons, such as: - Aluminium is lightweight, strong and infinitely recyclable - Aluminium is widely recylable, meaning you can easily recycle it in your curbside recycling - 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in circulation today - Aluminium is lighter than glass so produces less CO2 essmissions when shipped around - Aluminium is durable and made to last
  • Are your products vegan friendly?
    Yes! Founders of elmkind are both vegan so it was extremely important that from the very start of the elmkind journey, everything from ingredients in the products, to the inks that print the business cards and flyers, must be 100% vegan and cruelty free!
  • Are your products tested on animals?
    Hell no! Products being tested on animals is something we strongly disagree with and will not support in any way, which is why we only buy ingredience that have not been tested on animals and also only work with crulety free suppliers whos ethics fall inline with our own.
  • Why don't you sell laundry liquid?
    We are only a small company and at present we have huge plans for the future with lots of products on our list to produce! Laundry liquid is something we are working on and will release as soon as it is ready and perfect!
  • How can I recycle my products?
    We have done extensive research into the packaging and materials we use to make sure they are as sustainable and kind to the planet as they could posibly be, which is why all of our packaging is either at home compostable (sugar starch chips, 5ltr jerrycan labels), curbside recyclable (aluminium bottles, all plastic spray heads, all delivery packaging, 5ltr jerrycans) or even better reusable (everything!), as reusing and repurposing is the best posible option for the environment!
  • When will I receive my products?
    We aim to dispatch orders within 1-2 working days. You will be notified when your order has been dispatched. The estimated delivery time is 1-5 working days from purchase.
  • Why do you use plastic spray heads?
    We have put a lot of time and effort into trying to find an alternative to the plastic spray head. Sadly, the technology and resources just aren't there yet and plastic spray heads are required at least for now. However, with that in mind we searched high and low to find the most sustainable plastic spray heads that we could find. Here's what makes ours so special: - Our spray heads are all plastic and don't contain metal springs which means they're actually recyclable. Most mixed spray heads, even if labelled a recyclable plastic, cannot be recycled due to the metal spring, as it is too time costly to remove the spring so most of the time they end up in landfill. - Our spray heads are made of white plastic which means they are at the start of the recycling chain and can be made back into any other colours. Avoid black plastic in any products as these can't be picked up on the scanners and end up straight in landfill even if advertised as recyclable! - It's built to last! Our spray heads are a mature product on the market meaning they are truly tried and tested to last a long time. If you ever have any issues with them spraying please check out our troubleshooting guide as it could be an airlock!
  • How does your refill system work?
    From the surface sprays to the washing up liquids, every ready to use elmkind cleaning product has it's own 500ml concentrated refill bottle. Once your original ready to use bottle is empty, measure out 100ml of the concentrate and 400ml of water and pour these into the empty bottle, replace the spray/lid and shake well for around 30 seconds and you're good to go. *Top tips | Add the water first and then the concentrate as this will reduce the foam in the bottle | Use purified water where possible for best results. Purified water can be achieved by boiling a kettle and allowing the water to cool |
  • Why don't you sell 'ready to use' refills?
    We decided to only sell concentrated refills and not large quantities of ready mixed product for many reasons, here are a few of them: - Reduces carbon emmisions as less product is required to be shipped around - Value for money. It saves the consumer money as you do not need to pay for overpriced water when you can add the water part yourself from your home tap - Less packaging is required. We can fit 5x 500ml bottles of ready to use product in just the one 500ml bottle of concentrate!
  • How much do you charge for delivery?
    We offer Free Delivery for orders over £45. We also offer a Free gift on all orders over £55. For orders under £45 we have the following options. UK Mainland - Standard Shipping: 3-5 Business Days 0g - 80g = £1 80g - 700g = £3 700g - 2kg = £3.50 2.01kg+ = £5 Ireland - Standard Shipping: 3-5 Business Days 0g - 80g = £1 80g - 700g = £3.50 700g - 2kg = £5 2.01kg+ = £7.99 *please note some items are considered as bulky items so are charged at higher shipping rates regardless of weight & prices may vary for Ireland depending on location
  • How can I stop my toilet cleaner coming out so quickly?
    We have sourced 100% stainless steel pourers that pair perfectly with our toilet cleaner. You can reduce the speed of the flow on these pourers by placing your finger over the small breather hole on the side of the pourer.
  • Why has my spray head stopped working?
    Sometimes the spray heads can get airlocked, and can stop spraying, if this has happened to you then consider us your spray head paramedics and we are going to talk you through spray head CPR! Please follow the steps below: 1. Remove the spray head and double check there is nothing blocking the inlet tube at the bottom, or if you can see anything in the pipe (it is a clear tube so any blockage would be visible from viewing this from the side) 2. While the spray head is removed from the bottle, make sure the nozzle selector is set to spray or jet function. Angle the spray head into a sink or bowl and action the trigger 20-40 times to clear any excess fluid in the chamber. 3. Fill your sink or bowl with fresh cold water from your tap and fully submerge the whole spray head (including head and tube) 4. Set the nozzle selector on the spray head to either the spray or jet position and make sure you angle the spray head into a sink or bowl safely away from your eyes. Action the trigger 20-40 times while the inlet pipe and spray head is fully submerged underwater. (This is to prime the spray mechanism and will hopefully clear any airlocks and liquid should start to flow through) 5. If you have still not had any liquid flowing through your spray head repeat step 4, 2-4 more times. If the above hasn't worked then try submerging the inlet tube only and place your finger firmly over the nozzle (we are attempting to stop the flow of water here to build pressure in the mechanism). Then action the trigger 20-40 times while the inlet pipe ONLY in underwater and your finger is firmly over the nozzle. If all of the above has failed to revive your poor injured spray head, then please get in touch and provide us with your feedback and we can certainly assist further.
  • Why doesn't my pourer seem to fit?
    Our pourers have been specifically chosen on their sustainability credentials. We searched high and wide for an alternative reusable dispensing solution for our products which did not include any plastic and one that was easy and convenient to use. Which is where our fabulous reusable stainless steel pourers come in :) We did have issues previously with some pourers being harder to fit than others . This discovered to be due to the cork insert on the inside of the pourer and some batches had a slightly larger cork insert than others. Resulting in the threads of your pourer not quite engaging fully or being slight off centre. Our Latest pourers (from 20/03/22) are now being sent out without the cork inserts as the design of the pourer on its own in conjunction with our premium aluminium bottles provide a good watertight seal and secure fit so the cork insert is not required. If you have purchased a pourer previous to the date specified above you can simply remover the cork insert on the inside of your pourer or follow the troubleshooting steps below to help centre your pourer onto your bottle. How to align a pourer with cork insert To fit your pourer with a cork insert, apply your pourer to your bottle and screw it to a light hand tight. Then if your pourer is slightly wonky you can use your index fingers either side of the base of the pourer to lightly manipulate this to an upright position (this compresses the cork insert slightly). Then a final double check that your pourer is at a light hand tight setting will result in a secure and fastened water tight seal to your bottle. Do not over tighten as this will result in the threads slipping and coincidently your pourer having a looser fitting. If you are having continual issues with your pourer please do get in touch via our contact page and we will be happy to assist further.
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