I was reading a post at Apartment Therapy about avoiding chemicals in household cleaners, and I noticed a comment that I thought summed it up perfectly.
Back in the old days, folks used vinegar, lemons, baking soda, borax, soap and hot water to clean their homes until chemical companies convinced everyone that we had to have strange pink, blue and green liquids in plastic bottles…
…and it turns out that all we really ever needed was vinegar, lemons, baking soda, borax, soap and hot water.
I haven’t totally switched to all-natural products yet, but I am completely on board with using baking soda and vinegar.
My favorite simple spray cleaner is homemade, and it doesn’t leave me gasping for breath when I use it. I mix these 3 ingredients in a spray bottle:
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap
It works great on glass and countertops, especially with microfiber towels.
I like using baking soda to scrub my stove, sink and bathtub. It makes a really good carpet freshener too. Once or twice a year I sprinkle it over the carpet and use a broom to sweep it in. I let it sit overnight and then vacuum it up the next morning.
I also find the Shaklee products appealing, but even with all the recommendations I still haven’t tried any yet.
Really, when did “clean” start to be equated with toxic fumes and skin rashes?
Cleaning does not have to be so painful. I want better.