Featured Product – Kit Fresh

What Is Kit Fresh?

This weeks featured product is Kit Fresh.
Kit Fresh has been designed to eliminate the smell of sweat in shoes, sports equipment and clothing rather than masking it up like many other deodorisers. Kit Fresh eliminates the source of bad odours to leave behind a fresh mint smell and clean, odour free clothing. As there are no harsh chemicals in our products, they are environmentally friendly and safe for use around all humans and animals.

How Does Kit Fresh Work?

Containing task-specific bacteria and enzymes, Kit Fresh works by encapsulating the source of the odour and sealing it in. The bacteria then get to work to break down the proteins and lipids that create the odour. Once these have been broken down, the enzymes get to work to digest them completely.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

R East – Speedy delivery does what it says on the bottle! Great for ski boots

Marie – Good product that I’ve used for cleaning my horse riding hat and a few other various items. Smells quite pleasant and dries relatively quickly. Would purchase again.

A. P. Richardson – I use this to spray the inside of my motorcycle helmet and gloves (they can get pretty rank) and I have to say that it works perfectly – the smell just disappeared.

How to Get Sweat Smell Out of Clothes?

Cold wash features on washing machines are becoming more and more popular as people try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, whilst saving as much money as possible. However, this is one of the main reasons people find it hard to remove sweat odours from clothes, especially sports equipment. The low temperatures struggle to break down odour which is why your gym clothes don’t smell as fresh as other clothes after washing. Spraying your clothing with Kit Fresh after washing and drying will break down and eliminate any remaining odours.

Why Do Football Boots Smell?

Anybody that plays football or has kids that play football or any other sport will know that the kit and the boots in particular can, overtime become very pungent. The main reason for this is the care of the boots. They are worn in wet, muddy conditions and then just thrown in a bag until the following week. During this time, any moisture in the boots slowly dries and leaves behind a damp smell. This coupled with the sweat odour that has been left behind make for a very unpleasant smell. Take care of your boots, clean them properly, dry them properly and treat with Kit Fresh and you should have smell free boots that can last for years and years.

Does Newspaper Make Shoes Smell Better?

There is a common misconception that packing out your shoes with newspaper when you are not wearing them will make them smell better. Newspaper does have a use for shoes and could reduce certain smells slightly but it does not break down the odour. Newspaper absorbs the moisture in your shoes and as a result will remove any damp smells that you may have. However, it does not work for sweat. If you have wet football boots for example, we recommend you pack them out with newspaper after cleaning to absorb any moisture whilst they dry and to help them keep their shape. After the boots have dried, remove the newspaper and give the inside of the boots a spray with Kit Fresh to keep them smelling fresh and odour free.

What Is Sweat?

Sweat is a liquid that we all naturally produce from sweat glands located all over the body. This liquid is made up of substances such as water, proteins, salts and lipids. When our bodies get too hot, our nervous system stimulates the sweat glands in our skin to produce this liquid. There are two types of sweat glands, the eccrine glands are small and are the sweat glands that can be found all over your body. Meanwhile the apocrine glands are much larger and can be found in your armpits, apocrine glands are the most likely cause for body odour.

Why Do We Sweat?

Although sweat can be an annoyance to most, it’s main purpose is to cool our bodies down in a process called thermoregulation. As the sweat evaporates from our skin it cools down our body temperature and stops us from overheating. Throughout the day, your body can produce 10-14 litres of sweat. The only reason we sweat is to cool our body down, we sweat when we exercise because our heart rate has increased and our core temperature has increased, we sweat when we are anxious or nervous because our body releases adrenaline and we sweat when we eat spicy food because of a chemical found in spicy food called capsaicin that send signals to the brain similar to overheating signals.

Does Fresh Sweat Smell?

It is important to understand the difference between fresh and stale sweat and what causes the body odour smell. Fresh sweat, the liquid that you feel and see coming from your body does not smell and is not the cause for your body odour. The cause for your body odour is the bacteria that live in and around your armpit. These bacteria survive and grow in moist, humid, nutrient rich environments, making your armpits the perfect home. When the bacteria feed on the sweat, they break it down and create a by-product that has a very distinctive smell, body odour. Stale seat smells stronger because it has had longer to be broken down by bacteria.

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Featured Product – Winter Pond Treatment

What Is Winter Pond Treatment?

This weeks featured product is the Winter Pond Treatment.
Winter Pond Treatment is a revolutionary, biological pond treatment that has been designed to maintain a ponds condition during winter months. By keeping the bacteria levels topped up throughout winter, your pond will be in the best possible condition to fight off algae in the spring.

How Does Winter Pond Treatment Work?

Winter Pond is a natural, biological treatment that uses task-specific, low temperature patented bacteria to digest the organics that build up over winter. The bacteria used in the Winter Pond Treatment are exclusive to Envii and are capable of working as low as 4°C whereas other products stop working at 10°C.
The task-specific bacteria target the algae and begin to digest it. Once the algae has been digested, it travels through the pump and into the filtration system where it can be caught and washed away.

By keeping bacteria present throughout the winter months, they are ready to fight off algae in spring and stop water from turning green.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

David Cooper – Helped clear our pond of unwanted algae and slime. No problems with delivery.

John Freddy – Fantastic product it does exactly what it says on the box it cleared the pond in no time. Thank you

Stephen Squires – It clean the ponds with in 48hrs very impressed will buy again

Why Is My Pond Green in Winter?

If your water has turned green during the winter months, this is due to the same planktonic algae that turned your pond green in Spring and Summer. Pond algae can grow down to around 8°C so depending on where you are in the UK and how harsh your winters are, there is a possibility that these algae have continued growing through the winter months. Winter Pond Treatment was designed to tackle this issue whilst providing protection through winter so that come Spring, your pond is still crystal clear.

Does Pond Algae Die in Winter?

Depending on the type of algae and the temperature then yes, algae can still grow in the winter. Algae can grow in temperatures as low as 8°C if there is sunlight and nutrients. Whilst these algae are not dangerous to your fish, it would be good practice to treat it throughout winter before it gets out of hand in spring.

There are a couple of things that you can do to minimise the possibility of algae growing. Treat your pond during winter with Winter Pond Treatment and depending on the temperature, avoid feeding your fish as it is unlikely the fish will eat this food and it will just rot and feed the algae.

How to Stop Ponds Freezing in Winter?

This is not a common question that is usually asked in the UK but it is one that needs answering. Luckily the weather in the UK doesn’t usually get cold enough to freeze over our ponds but it does occasionally happen. Many people will think that a pond freezing over is natural and will just leave it to not disturb the fish. However, when your pond is frozen it is trapping in some of the natural gasses that usually escape your ponds, for example carbon dioxide. These gasses can affect your fish, plants and aerobic bacteria.

It is best to prevent your pond from freezing rather than having to deal with a frozen pond. You can buy pond heaters, that can be expensive, or you could try putting something that floats in your pond such as a part filled plastic bottle or tennis ball as this will leave a gap that can’t be frozen.

If your pond freezes, don’t smash the ice! This sends shock waves through the water and can seriously damage your fish. If you find your pond has frozen, sit a pan of boiling water on top of the ice and let it melt slowly.

Should You Feed Pond Fish in The Winter?

As the winter months draw in, fish go into a semi-dormant state and you will start to notice them staying towards the bottom of the pond. When the temperature drops below 8°C you should consider switching to a wheatgerm feed for your fish. Wheatgerm is designed to be easier for fish to digest and provide them with slow releasing energy. When the temperature drops below 4°C it is advisable to stop feeding your fish. They won’t eat it which will result in the food breaking down and providing excess nutrients for any algae.

Featured Product – Nitrate Klear

What Is Nitrate Klear?

This weeks featured product is Nitrate Klear.
Nitrate Klear is a natural & safe nitrate removal treatment designed for ponds and aquariums. High nitrate levels can be very dangerous to fish and can lead to death. By reducing the nitrate levels in your pond or aquarium you will reduce the risk of fish death, reduce the risk of blanket weed.

How Does Nitrate Klear Work?

Nitrate Klear uses nitrifying bacteria that have been chosen specifically to reduce the harmful levels of nitrates founds in ponds and aquariums. The bacteria are most effective in water temperatures above 8°C and we recommend using a nitrate test kit to monitor the nitrates to a safe level.
Continued treatment with Nitrate Klear will keep levels safe and reduce the risk of any infections occurring in fish.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Amazon Customer – Great weapon in the war on green algae.

Northern Girl – My pond looks amazing after 1 use!

Kevin McKinley – I have used this product before and it works very well. The Nitrate levels are back to good, the fish are feeding well again and I am happy.


What Should Nitrate Levels Be in A Pond?

Nitrate levels should be kept between 20ppm and 60ppm. Anything above this can cause irreversible damage to your fish, including their liver, spleen, nervous system and kidneys.

Nitrate levels are easy to neutralise and can be done so within hours, using Nitrate Klear.

What Is Nitrate in A Pond?

Nitrate is a by-product of the bacterial reduction of ammonia. Ammonia is released into your pond via fish waste, this is then converted into Nitrites by good bacteria and the final product is Nitrates.

Nitrates can be fatal to your fish if they are not kept in check. Providing your water parameters are stable and have been treated with Pond Equaliser, you should never have to worry about Nitrates but it is good practice to regularly test for them and if they are high, treat with Nitrate Klear to reduce them back to a normal level.

How to Reduce Nitrate in A Pond?

In addition to using Nitrate Klear there are a couple of things that you could do to try and reduce Nitrate levels in your pond. It may be necessary to do a 1/3 water change using tap water, if you do this, be sure to check your other levels as tap water contains heavy metals that such as copper that you don’t want in your pond. Increase the aeration of your pond when doing a water change.

However, the most likely cause for a spike in Nitrate levels is due to a lack of, or underdeveloped aerobic bacteria in your pond. Nitrate Klear will boost these bacteria levels to help digest the Nitrates

Effects of Nitrates in Water?

High Nitrate, Nitrite or Ammonia levels in your pond can lead to fatal consequences to your fish. Brown Blood Disease is the most common problem linked to high Nitrate levels. The Nitrates combine with the Haemoglobin, (the protein molecule in red blood cells that transports oxygen) and make the red blood cells incapable of transporting oxygen. This then starves the fish of oxygen, you may see them gasping for air at the surface of the water.

How To Clean Boxing Gloves

Boxing gloves can be an expensive piece of sports equipment when being used for a hobby and with some fetching over £300, if gloves are not maintained properly they can quickly deteriorate and will lead to you needing to spend more money. However, with very minimal effort you can maintain your boxing gloves appearance and prolong their lifespan.

In this article we are going to discuss the various methods for cleaning and preserving your boxing gloves to ensure you are not ‘that guy’ who’s gloves could clear the gym with their smell.

Why Do Boxing Gloves Smell?

Before we give you the best methods for cleaning your gloves, it is important to understand why they need cleaning and why they might smell.

Sweat!

Boxing is a very high intensity, fast paced, physical sport that will result in high levels of sweat being produced. It is not the sweat itself that smells but the protein, salts and lipids found in sweat being broken down by bacteria. When the bacteria breakdown the sweat they produce a by-product that has a very distinctive smell, BO or body odour! Whilst body odour is not dangerous and does not cause any health problems, it can be very embarrassing for some people and can lower self esteem.

Fresh sweat is odourless, stale sweat is not. By taking preventative measures, your gloves can remain sweat free forevermore.

Anti-Bacterial Spray

There are a large number of anti-bacterial products on the market that are easy to use and will eliminate the bad bacteria that cause the bad smell. Simply spray your gloves after using to eliminate bacteria before it has chance to break sweat down.
However, by using an anti-bacterial cleaner on your gloves, you will only be killing the bacteria that is currently there, not protecting them from new bacteria.

Freezer Method

One method that is mentioned a lot online is the freezer method. Depending on the strain of bacteria in your gloves, they are usually only active above temperatures of 5°C, a couple of degrees below this they will enter a state of dormancy and a couple of degrees lower again will result in the bacteria being killed. By putting your gloves in a plastic bag and then putting them in the freezer overnight, the cold temperature will kill the bad bacteria in your gloves before they can produce any bad smells.
However, depending on the material of your boxing gloves, this can be very detrimental to the gloves. The cold temperatures can cause leather and plastic to crack overtime. These cracks then provide the perfect home for bacteria to live in, not to mention they ruin the appearance of your gloves!

Saltwater Method

The saltwater method is another well-known way to clean things and kill bacteria. The saltwater acts as a saline solution to kill any bacteria in your gloves.
However as with the freezer method, this method can cause more damage as you will have submerged your gloves in water for a few hours. Non- only can this result in the cracking of materials, but if not dried properly, this method will have simply made the problem worse.

Activated Charcoal & Cedar Chips

There are products available on the market containing either activated charcoal or cedar chips that are designed to deodorise boxing gloves. The idea behind these products is to absorb any moisture from the gloves so that there is nothing for the bacteria to feed on. These products can work on new gloves when and on gloves that only have a small amount of sweat after each use. However, they can only absorb so much sweat before they are full and once they are full, they will start to give off the stale sweat smell. These deodorising pouches can only be used on new gloves as they have no effect on stale sweat smells.

Probiotic Deodoriser

Envii Kit Fresh uses anaerobic bacteria and enzymes to eliminate the bad bacteria that breakdown sweat. By eliminating the bad bacteria, there is nothing to break down the sweat smell and it can simply be wiped away. Kit Fresh can be used on old or new gloves to prevent new smells or eliminate old. Give the gives a light misting inside and out after use and leave them to sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the bacteria to start working. After this time, gives the gloves a wipe to clean away any sweat. Finally, spray the gloves inside and leave the Kit Fresh to dry naturally.

Additional Tips

  • Allow your gloves to dry completely before putting them back in your kit bag. Avoid drying them in direct sunlight or near a radiator as this can cause them to crack.
  • Wear hands wraps to reduce the amount of sweat left on your gloves but be sure to wash hand wraps after every use.
  • Clean them as soon as possible. Keep some wipes and some Kit Fresh in your gym bag so that you can prevent smells straight away.
  • Never put your gloves in the washing machine or tumble dryer as this will destroy them.

Featured Product – Septic Klear

What Is Septic Klear?

This weeks featured product is Septic Klear.
Septic Klear septic tank tablets are a unique mixture of fast-acting, task-specific bacteria with added nutrients for septic tank treatment and cleaning. Septic Klear is an effective, efficient way of maintaining a septic tanks performance whilst reducing the need to have your septic tank emptied. When used correctly and regularly, Septic Klear can eliminate the need to ever have your septic tank emptied again.

How Does Septic Klear Work?

Each Septic Klear tablet contains 75 billion task-specific bacteria that have been chosen specifically to digest and break down the organic matter that builds up in septic tanks between pump outs. Once the tablet has been flushed down the toilet, the bacteria come out of their “dormant” phase and begin to break down any organic matter in the septic tank. Once the bacteria have broken down the matter, the enzymes found in the tablets digest it completely to lower the amount of solids in your tank. If used regularly, Septic Klear will reduce smells coming from the septic tank, improve septic tank performance and reduce the need to have the septic tank emptied.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Alan West – Worked a treat within hours!!!

Linda B – These are very effective and easy to use

Janet – Bought these as the septic tank was being a bit whiffy from time to time. Haven’t detected any odours since using these and they are simple to use.

What Is a Septic Tank?

Septic tanks are part of a septic sewage system that is usually used in either isolated areas that are not connected to sewage lines or in areas that have soil that is suitable to absorb the drainage. Houses that have septic tanks tend to have them located at the bottom of the garden so that the waste drains away from the house. It is estimated that around 513,000 homes in the UK have Septic Tanks, that’s just over 2% of all UK homes. Read our blog on Septic Tanks for more information.

How Does a Septic Tank Work?

Usually located underground, a septic tank is a large plastic or concrete tank that is connected to your drainage system and collects the waste. When the waste enters the tank, it is held long enough for the solids to sink and to the bottom and form sludge, whilst the oils and grease float to the top to form scum. The wastewater that has now been separated from the solids and oils exits the tank into the drain field. One the water is in the drain field it percolates through the soil and rocks which act as a filter to remove any harmful bacteria, nutrients or viruses.

Why Is My Septic Tank Backing Up?

There are a few reasons why your septic tank could be backing up. Check your drain field, if the grass around there looks soaked or boggy, it could be a sign that your drain field is too shallow and is being overloaded. If this is dry, it could be that your septic tank is full and needs emptying, this can be costly. Use Septic Klear as a tank treatment throughout the year, this will keep the aerobic bacteria levels high and enable them to digest the organic matter found in the tank which will reduce the amount your tank needs emptying.

Cost of Emptying a Septic Tank?

It is recommended that your septic tank is emptied every twelve months. However, with the use of Septic Klear you can extend this much further, as it helps to digest the organic matter and reduce the level in your tank. If you do need to empty your septic tank it usually costs around £100-£200 depending on your area and the size of your tank.

Why Does My Septic Tank Smell?

Smells coming back up from your septic tank can not only be a nuisance but sometimes dangerous. The anaerobic digestion process that takes place in your tank creates methane, hydrogen sulfide and other gases, this is what you can smell. Septic tanks should be well ventilated so if you can smell your septic tank inside your home, it could be a sign that something is wrong. The most common cause for these smells is the lack of bacteria. If you use bleach, toilet blocks or cleaners in your toilet they kill off the good bacteria in your septic tank which leads to the organic waste building up and increasing smells. Using Septic Klear will increase the number of bacteria inside your tank and reduce the amount of organic waste which in turn will reduce the smells. If your tank continues to smell it may be because it needs emptying.

Featured Product – Sludge Klear

What Is Sludge Klear?

This weeks featured product is Sludge Klear.
Sludge Klear is biological pond water treatment that targets the build-up of sludge found at the bottom of ponds.
As well as being used directly in the water to target sludge, Sludge Klear can be used as a biological filter starter for ponds by helping create the perfect biological balance in your filter.

How Does Sludge Klear Work?

Each Sludge Klear tablet is packed with over 100 billion task-specific, beneficial bacteria that have been specifically chosen to target sludge. The bacteria break down the sludge that sticks to your pond, digesting and loosening it to enable the filter to catch it. Once this has been caught in the filter, it can physically be washed away using a hosepipe.
Sludge Klear contains patented, low temperature bacteria that is capable of working down to 4°C  and can be used all year round. This allows for treatment in winter to reduce the amount of sludge and the effect of green water in spring.

Sludge Klear can be used to solve sludge problems or as a regular treatment for protection and because it is safe for fish, it’s perfect for use in garden ponds, Koi ponds and natural ponds.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Alex Whittle – Simple to use and very effective treatment.

Lorraine Pratt – We discovered a neglected pond in our garden, overgrown and filled with sludge and…… It is now clear thanks to our hard work and your product.

Dlh – Absolutely great cleared our pond. Best thing we have tried AND we have tried lots

What Is Pond Sludge?

Pond sludge is the thick brown layer of muck and grime found at the bottom of your pond. This grime gives off the smell of rotten eggs or hydrogen sulphide when disturbed. It is formed from a build-up of sediment that sink to the bottom of the pond and begin to rot. This build-up can be made up of things like excess fish food, fish waste & debris such as leaves and twigs. For the most part, pond sludge is impenetrable to oxygen and as a result this sludge will begin smothering the good, aerobic bacteria and algae whilst producing bad, anaerobic bacteria.

Do Pond Sludge Removers Work?

There is regular debate around whether sludge removers work. This depends on the type of sludge remover in question. If you are looking at chemical sludge removers then yes, they may work, but your pond has millions of living organisms in there; whilst the chemicals might not be strong enough to harm your fish, they will certainly be harming the good bacteria and algae that your pond needs.

On the other hand, natural, bacterial pond sludge removers are completely safe for all living organisms found in your pond and produce safer, better results than chemicals. Bacterial sludge removers penetrate the sludge and break down the anaerobic bacteria which allows the sludge to pass through to your filters. Please be prepared to have to clean your filters every couple of days!

What Eats Pond Sludge?

Add some bottom feeding fish to your pond! You could try adding a couple of Tench or a few Gudgeon as these are both bottom feeders, but they don’t feed on the sludge itself. They might disturb the sludge when looking for food but they won’t intentionally eat the sludge.

The best thing for eating pond sludge is bacteria and enzymes. The bacteria found in Sludge Klear is designed to break down the sludge at the bottom of your pond and enable it to pass through your filter.

You could always attack it from both angles by introducing bottom feeding fish and bacteria. The fish will disturb the sludge, making it easier for the enzymes and bacteria to digest.

Is Pond Sludge Good for The Garden?

We have been asked on a couple of occasions if the sludge found at the bottom of your pond can be used as a compost in your garden. Short answer, yes it can. The sludge in your pond has absorbed many of the excess, useful nutrients in your pond and can be used to pass these on to your garden plants.

Ideally there shouldn’t be a thick enough layer of sludge in your pond to need to use it in the garden, so keep your sludge down with Sludge Klear.

If you only have a thin layer of sludge we would advise you to just use Sludge Klear and keep the layer thin. If your layer of sludge is thick, remove some by hand and place it in your compost bin. After removing some of the sludge by hand, we recommend using Sludge Klear to digest any of the remaining sludge and improve the condition of your pond. Be careful when removing the sludge if you have a pond liner as they can be very costly to replace or repair if you rip them.

Featured Product – Pond Klear

What Is Pond Klear?

This weeks featured product is Pond Klear.
Pond Klear is a biological, bacterial pond algae treatment product that is 100% safe for all fish, wildlife, pets and humans. Pond klear clears pond water, removes green algae and restores the biological balance back into a pond.

How Does Pond Klear Work?

By using beneficial bacteria, Pond Klear naturally breaks down the microscopic algae particles that cause green water. These particles are then clumped together, get pushed into the water column and get sucked through the pump and into the filter box, allowing you to physically wash away the algae from the filters.
Continued, frequent treatment will keep pond water clear all year and provide a healthy environment for fish and wildlife to live in.
Pond’s that have a pump and filtration system should expect to see results within two weeks whereas pond without will see results between 4-6 weeks.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Alan Epsom – I am very pleased with this I did notice a difference the following day thank you

Mrs H. – Only recently added to the pond but seems to be working ok

Johnny – Excellent product which cleared my pond within one day. I would certainly recommend Envil Pond Klear!!!

How to Keep Pond Water Clear?

To keep your pond water clear, you need to help it from day one. Dirty pond water can be caused by several things, from pond sludge, to pond algae, if these are not kept on top of, it is easy for your ponds water clarity to quickly deteriorate.

If you have a new pond, we recommend testing your water with a test kit and then if needed, an application of Pond Equaliser to balance your water parameters. When your water parameters are where they should be, treat your pond with Pond Klear and Sludge Klear to introduce the beneficial aerobic bacteria you need.

Providing you keep on top with your bacterial treatments, remove any debris from your pond, don’t overfeed your fish or overstock your pond with too many fish and ensure you filters are kept as clean as possible then your pond should be crystal clear throughout the year.

What Causes Pond Algae?

Unfortunately, pond algae or green water needs very little to thrive in your pond. Sun, nutrients and the lack of movement in the water provide the perfect growing conditions for algae. These algae are small single cell algae that multiple quickly and soon give your pond that “pea soup” look.

The algae that causes green water is almost microscopic and as a result can’t be filtered out of your pond.

When to Treat Pond Algae?

Most people believe pond algae begins growing in the summer as this is the time it becomes obviously present in your pond. However, the growth of the algae actually starts in spring. Fish start to become more active and start producing more waste as the temperature picks up. Although the sun is not very hot, the daylight hours have increased and are providing the algae with the perfect growing conditions.

Ideally you should be treating your pond throughout the year the keep algae at bay, but if you have missed the winter, make sure you start treating or preventing algae in Spring.

Can Pond Algae Kill Fish?

Although green water can look dangerous it is unlikely to harm your fish. Green water is caused by very small, single cell algae that multiply and eventually cause a green tint to your water. Unlike blanket weed that is very dense, the algae cells that cause green water are so small that they can pass through your finest filter. As they are so small they pose very little threat to your fish with regards to trapping them and don’t pose any health problems to your fish.

Whilst the algae cells may not be dangerous to your fish, the fact that you have green water suggests you have an imbalance in your pond which can be very dangerous to your fish. Use Pond Equaliser to stabilise your water parameters and then treat your green water with Pond Klear or Pond Klear Xtra depending on the size and condition of your pond.