We’ve always been known for our cheese, our produce, our rich and delicious regional cuisine... But what people might not have known about was Paulette and her collection of 100% authentic antibacterial, degreasing and descaling cleaning products.
Here’s Paulette now, just coming back from one of her walks in the beautiful French countryside! I bet she’s thought up even more tips! If she’s in a bad mood, the dirt and grime better watch out! Let’s follow her !
Your typical French granny who looks like butter wouldn’t melt, Paulette can’t imagine living anywhere else but Franche-Comté, the region where she was born and bred. So if you want to uncover her secrets and are ready to become dirt’s worst enemy, you’d best head over to her house.
Here we are ! Now, take a seat and grab your mouse, we’re going to show bacteria its marching orders !
Chez la Paulette
Welcome to my home !
Come in, just don’t forget to wipe your feet !
This way, make yourself comfortable. I would offer you a coffee, but, I’ve work to do... Maybe you were expecting me to be more housework-shy than house-proud ?
Absolutely not ! There’s nothing I like more than housework ! Wiping, dusting, getting rid of bacteria and dust mites, polishing, CLEANING... SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB AND BANG! Farewell grease and grime !
Just look how clean and welcoming my home is, how soothing and relaxing the place feels, the sense of harmony throughout, the... Well, it always make me feel so happy ! You want to know how I do it ? It’s easy, absolutely easy peasy !
Do you want to know what my magical products contain ?
It’s simple: water + ingredients + fragrance
Cleaning vinegar disinfects and deodorizes, removes stains from rugs and carpets, makes mirrors, windows, chrome, porcelain, brass, copper and leather shine, replaces anti-scaling products, replaces fabric conditioner in the washing machine, and removes ink, coffee, rust and wine stains. It can also be used to descale taps, toilets and electric coffee machines. Not to mention it’s a natural disinfectant for tableware...
An antiseptic, legend has it that Antoine Maille stopped the Great Plague of 1720 in Marseille with his ‘four thieves vinegar’.
A favourite of our grandmothers, this product is packed with surprising uses and unexpected properties. Plentiful, low cost and natural, it’s a household essential and should become a regular in your store cupboard. Contrary to most cleaning products, it is not toxic so won’t cause any harm if it ends up in the hands of curious toddlers and its salty flavour will deter any little ones hunting for a snack.
Na2CO3 + H2O + CO2 → 2NaHCO3
The cause of the first ever argument between a man and a woman, the apple is France’s most popular fruit. Autumn is the ideal season to pick them: after ripening on the tree all summer long they are perfectly crisp and juicy enough to eat !
A good apple must be firm with a smooth skin
Loaded with benefits, traditional Marseille soap is a 100% natural product made exclusively from vegetable oils, is biodegradable and contains 72% oil. It is used for washing the body but it is also suitable for cleaning the whole house from floors, walls and the kitchen to the bathroom, tableware and more.
The term ‘Savon de Marseille’, to use its original name, does not have a protected designation of origin because it describes a manufacturing process and not the product itself.
It takes two weeks to make genuine Savon de Marseille, typically produced in 600g cubes.
In the 17th century, Marseille became the leading producer of soap in France.
Every year, koalas, those little marsupials native to Australia, devour tons of eucalyptus leaves! It’s an excellent insecticide, can disinfect a room, is a powerful antiseptic for respiratory tracts, and treats infections.
Paulette’s infusion recipe: Add 3 or 4 leaves to a glass of boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
The plant species originates from Australia and Tasmania.
There are two types of black soap: black soap suitable for the skin and black soap for cleaning the house.
In the home, multi-purpose and biodegradable liquid black soap degreases and removes marks from all types of surface: tiles, lino, ceramics, marble, concrete, paintwork, bathroom fittings, ovens, mosaics, windows (no need to rinse) and more.
It polishes and sanitizes, all without leaving any chemical traces in the home. And last but not least, black soap is an excellent deterrent for spiders, greenflies and other bugs.
Exfoliate dead cells with black soap and your skin will feel soft and hydrated.
Lemon has multiple applications in the kitchen and is well known for its antiseptic properties. It’s a popular ingredient in sore throat treatments and is used in cosmetics to lighten and even out skin tone. Lemon is also a powerful descaler in the dishwasher and adds a refreshing citrusy scent.
Detox the body every morning by drinking freshly-squeezed lemon juice in water!
This fruit is derived from a flower’s carpels which transform into semi-joined drupelets. Attached but not joined, the carpels are filled with a juicy pulp and a seed, similar in structure to a drupe. The outside of the berry is covered in microscopic hairs which lend the raspberry its velvety touch.
What the drupe does all that mean?! All you need to know is the raspberry is a delicious, appetizing and wonderfully fragrant fruit.
“A drupe is a stone fruit” “Owing to its shape, the raspberry has often been compared to a nipple”
Cleaning alcohol can be used to clean, degrease and disinfect rooms all over the house. Multi-purpose and multi-surface, it’s suitable for the kitchen (countertops, tables, fridges, etc.), the bathroom and fittings (sinks, toilets, shower cubicles, etc.) and lots of other everyday objects (bins, toys, phones, furniture, door handles, etc.). It can also be used to remove stains from rugs and carpets (wine, coffee, ink, etc.).
Leaving behind a pleasant scent after use, this one product can fulfil the function of several other traditional cleaning products making it particularly practical and economical.
Caution: Do not confuse cleaning alcohol with alcohol made from fermenting sugar-rich vegetables or by fermentation !