I am ever so glad that you stepped in to Grandma’s Garden! If you’re looking to buy plants and soil, you are at the wrong Garden! In this Garden we do clean, natural products, that are good for the Garden, the Earth, and for our Health.
I am Sheila Rose, the founder and CEO of Grandma‘s Garden Ltd. Eleven years ago I built this company with teachings from my Great Grandmother Rose and for love of Gardens, all around the world.
I’m excited to say that my firstborn will soon be 12 years old! When she was a wee little baby, I started to concern myself with the harsh chemicals in the laundry detergent that we were using. We used cloth diapers to save money and to have less impact on the environment. When you consider how many disposable diapers go into a landfill in just one year, from one baby… It sure makes you think of the incredible waste and harm that we are doing to the environment. That led me to wonder why my cloth diapers were smelling so... “yuck!”, washed with commercial detergents. And, why I would have to strip them with bleach in a harsh process every once in a while to get them properly clean again. What did my great grandmother use when there were no disposable diapers to be found. What did she consider to be efficient enough for cleaning her fold and pin diapers… that all nine of her babies used? What kept them clean for years and years?
I looked it up. I asked around. My great grandmother used the same recipe that has been known as the best cleaning agent for centuries. And I said, “that must be pretty good, I’m going to give that a try”. So “old” became the new, “new” for me. The truth was, my Great Grandmother Rose’s soap is a strong cleaning bar that she would use on everything from dishes to floors to laundry and even on her children with regular bathing. There was nothing fancy in those days. There was no added chemicals. And, there was no added fragrance.
So what I did, was I took her “Original Laundry Soap” and I turned it into a liquid. It’s formulated with the strong cleaning power of soap and natural boosters and is safe for conventional washing machines. It effectively removes dirt, grime, smells, and stains. (For optimal results, I recommend using the original bar as a stain pre-treater). Eventually, I got brave enough to turn the beloved Liquid Laundry Soap, which is sold in plastic bottles, into a “Powder” making it completely zero-waste, as it is packaged in biodegradable pouches! (check my blog for my brave Powder story).
Now, all this to say, we were fortunate that our children didn’t have skin irritations. But, within my research, I also learned that there are no regulations, absolutely nothing that regulates what companies put into their detergents. What? I thought this was absurd. Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body and that it can absorb near to 60% of the substances applied to it? I am not a scientist, nor do I claim to know everything. But, I know that wearing toxic chemicals all day long as they remain on our clothes from the washing systems, that we are doing harm to our bodies. Things such as asthma, eczema, itchy eyes, even hormonal problems have been related to some of these toxic chemicals used in commercial laundry detergent.
I am here to tell you that Grandma‘s Garden only creates and sells products that are safe for our skin and health and readily biodegradable. We list all of the ingredients clearly on every package/product that we sell. Nothing is hidden from the you, we are fully transparent. There’s a lot of movements right now to start avoiding certain foods that are not good for our bodies. I agree with that. The easiest change you can make towards a healthier you is simple. Going clean can start with your soap. Ditch the harsh chemicals and bring home something you can feel good about.
Happy Washing. Love, Sheila Rose