Well, its been a while and we’ve had the chance to test out the ‘Lean Mean Scrubbing Brushes‘ and the ‘Odour Free Kitchen Compost Collector‘. These innovative products are made by Full Circle, a company striving to offer sustainable alternatives to our everyday cleaning tools. When choosing a material that goes into Full Circle products two questions are asked; where does it come from and where will it go? As well as using biodegradable materials in their products, their factories have high environmental standards and fair, ethical working conditions.
So lets move on from the small talk and discuss the big issue – what is different about the scrubbing brush and what did we think of it?
The lean mean scrubbing brush contains a unique bristle blend using natural plant-based fibres, and recycled plastic bristles that are tough and durable. The design means that less material is used in the product, it is light and comfortable to use.
Emily used her brush for scrubbing potatoes. ‘Very easy to use – the bristles were soft and flexible and good for brushing potatoes even though this is probably not what they were designed for?!’. Compared to other brushes Emily said ‘its much better than other brushes I’ve used’. Would she buy it or recommend it to friends? ‘ yes – price dependent’.
Jo used her brush for scrubbing the pram which is covered in dropped food, mould and general debris from the kids. ‘The scrubbing brush was easy to use, was light and didn’t give you hand-ache from trying to grip onto it. The bristles managed to remove the dirt and mould, but did not damage the fabric of the pram, so it was ideal for this unpleasant (and long put-off) task’. Compared to other brushes ‘the bristles were strong yet soft, the brush design was sturdy and it looks like it will last. Much better than previous brushes I have used’. Would she buy it or recommend it to friends? ‘For those who are looking for a more sustainable product that works well, it is perfect – yes I have already recommended it’.
Cecelia used her scrubbing brush for heavy duty tasks including scrubbing external sandstone floor tiles and for the floor tiles in the laundry. ‘The handle does not have a good grip when wet, also I have arthritis in my thumbs and would prefer a “kinder” shape. I found I had to put my fingers right around the handle which meant my fingers were in the bristles’. Compared to other brushes ‘it has softer bristles so I found I could use it where a harsher bristle might do damage i.e remove grout etc. I could use it on more vulnerable surfaces because of this. I would be interested to know the longevity of the bristles’. Would she buy it or recommend it to friends? ‘I would buy it and recommend to friends if the handle/grip was improved, as I think is quite versatile because of it’s softness’.
Claire used her brush for scrubbing the wall tiles in the bathroom. ‘I was pleasantly surprised about how effective the brush was at cleaning the tiles and in particular the grout’. Compared to other brushes ‘It seemed very robust whilst being flexible enough to get the dirt trapped in some of the uneven spaces’. Would she buy it or recommend it to friends? ‘Yes I would definitely buy and recommend to others. I would welcome the opportunity to trial other products in this range’.
Chantal used her brush for giving the kitchen a good scrub. ‘I was impressed with the brush, it managed to remove dirt and grime, but didn’t scratch or damage the areas cleaned, particularly around the sink, grout areas and splashback’. Compared to other brushes ‘It was comfortable to use and perfect for the indoor tasks we used it for. It did a good job’. Would she buy it or recommend it to friends ‘yes, I think it has a unique design and it is sturdy and easy to hold’.
Nicola used her brush for general cleaning around the house. ‘I used the brush in lots of areas around the house to get off in-grained dirt. It did a great job, was easy to hold, and the bristles didn’t fall out or become out of shape’. Compared to other brushes ‘I had been on the lookout for a scrubbing brush for a while as mine is pretty beaten up. The supermarkets offer expensive but crap dainty looking ones, the Full Circle brush is a much better design than the ones I’ve seen’. Would she buy it or recommend it to friends ‘yes definitely’.
To find out what we thought of the odour free kitchen compost collector click here.