About us

It all began with a moment of mindfulness at the kitchen sink and a simple question…”Why is my kitchen sponge yellow!?”

As a scientist by profession, with an appetite for creativity and innovation, I soon realised a career as a scientist, didn’t cater for my creativity and passion for design.

“I’ve had so many ideas over the years… it was time to step up to the challenge of not just coming up with an idea but actually making it happen”.

My passion for innovation stems back to my childhood. I remember experimenting on the kitchen bench at my parents home thinking that one day I will create a great product. Re-designing the kitchen sponge is just the beginning!

I look forward to the journey ahead and hope you enjoy the products!

Dr. Natasha Malkov.

The Mindful Kitchen

At BARKLY BASICS, we believe that even the simplest everyday tasks can be transformed into moments of joy and inspiration.

It all started with a moment of mindfulness at the kitchen sink, where a simple question sparked a lightbulb idea: "Why is my kitchen sponge yellow!?"

The idea of a designer kitchen sponge became a light bulb moment for me in 2018. I embarked on a journey to create a stylish-looking sponge that I no longer needed to hide under the sink.

But the path to success was not easy. It took over 12 months to develop a sponge prototype. Finding a manufacturer overseas proved to be a challenge, as they had never produced a black coloured sponge before. They thought I was a little bit crazy because they couldn't understand what was wrong with the yellow sponge 🙄 But I persisted.

What sets us apart is our commitment to sustainability and accessibility with style. 

We believe in making conscious choices that have a positive impact on the environment, our health and daily living. By choosing BARKLY BASICS, you are not only investing in high-quality cleaning products but also contributing to a greener and more accessible future.  

Join us on this journey to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Let's make every moment at the kitchen sink a moment of inspiration. Together, we can create a cleaner, more beautiful world, one sponge at a time.

We are excited at what the future holds and look forward to taking you on the journey with us 🖤

Dr Natasha Malkov.


When it comes to the home, Barkly Basics simplifies life’s choices. Our products are designed to blend in with your surrounds with minimal fuss.

Our life philosophy of “Keep it simple and everything will take care of itself” also applies to our products. We believe simplicity is the key to understated beauty and an organised life.


Our everyday products and consumables for the home are affordable, functional, stylish and eco to make everyday duties pleasurable.

Our aim is to ensure that our products meet our “triple R” standard of
REFILL, RE-USE and RECYCLE where possible.