A couple years ago I went on a kick to rid my house of toxic chemicals. Once I started reading the labels on my household cleaners, and then researching more on the internet, the kick turned into a mission. We complain about pollution in the environment but don’t think twice about spraying toxic chemicals all over our homes under the pretense of cleaning. If you saw my post last week on All-Natural Soft Cleanser then you know that I have finally given up my dependence on Comet cleanser and with that my Cleaning Cabinet Makeover is finally complete. It’s taken a while to accomplish this goal but better late than never, right? Right.
Once I put all my old cleaners on the counter to get a picture for this post I found that I was both proud and shocked. Proud because I had scaled down from 14 toxic, chemical based cleaners to 7 non-toxic, all-natural cleaners and shocked because I had no idea I had so many toxic cleaners in my house to begin with. Based on the picture you’d assume my house was spotless. Since the store-bought cleaners don’t come with their own housekeeper, it wasn’t. It’s still not. But my house is one huge step closer to being chemical-free and now when my family cleans the house no one is afraid to breathe in.
So here’s the run-down on our new cleaners with the products they replaced in the background (click on the title to find the original post):
This was the first homemade cleaner I ever made. I ripped the recipe out of some magazine at the doctor’s office (shhh!) and was very proud of myself for “going green” even though I was years away from the cleaning cabinet makeover. It now has lots of competition, but this one was my first and is still my favorite.
All-Natural Room & Linen Spray
I kind of go crazy with this stuff and use it everywhere. I spray it in the air in every room, on fabric-covered furniture, curtains, area rugs, pet bedding, human bedding, musty closets, even stinky shoes belonging to certain teenagers. It kills odor-causing germs in the air and on fabrics and makes my whole house smell great.
All-Natural Glass Cleaner
I went all-natural with glass cleaner some time ago and have just been using vinegar and water (I reused the Windex bottle–you can even see the writing at the top of the label). But I wasn’t entirely happy with it, including the smell, so I started tinkering and came up with an even better version of the vinegar and water stand-by. It works much better on mirrors and glass and yes, you guessed it, it smells great too!
All-Natural Furniture Spray
This was the one cleaner I was skeptical about replacing. Maybe it’s because the Pledge aerosol canister seems so technical and intimidating. It had the power to destroy the earth’s ozone layer and wipe away dust at the same time for heaven’s sake! I wasn’t convinced that could be copied. Well, by golly, it can if you’re willing to forgo ozone obliteration. The earth and whatever is left of her ozone layer will thank you.
All-Natural Carpet Freshener
Nothing makes a room look cleaner than vacuuming and since my oldest son loves to vacuum I never have a problem getting it done. But he and I both agree that it is so much more fun when you get to sprinkle something great smelling all over the carpet first. Who am I to deprive him of a good time?
Goo-B-Gone is a product you don’t need very often but when you do, nothing else will work. I just wanted a version that is okay to touch, cheap and doesn’t smell like paint thinner. Is that asking too much? Not if you make your own.
All Natural Soft-Cleanser
This is the product that made an honest woman out of me. After I had replaced all the cleaners in my house with homemade versions I was still hiding my stash of Comet cleanser, convinced that nothing else could clean the dirtiest spot in my house…the kitchen sink. Oh please, it’s the dirtiest spot in your house too! Just ask Oprah. As it turns out Comet is one of the worst toxic offenders of all (joke’s on me) and not surprisingly this all-natural soft-cleanser works just as well if not better (joke’s on them). Oh and did I mention that it smells great?
So there you have it–my cleaning cabinet makeover. It’s such a little amount of effort for such a big feeling of accomplishment. Please leave a comment and let me know which all-natural cleaner is your favorite or feel free to share one of your own.
Update-–Several people have asked where to find the glass spray bottles. Here’s a good option on the Internet for a 16 oz. glass spray bottle. Most of the time I buy them at a place local to me called Aroma Tools and you can order from them online at aromatools.com. They come in different sizes with different style tops you buy separately. The 16 oz. ones I use for cleaning sprays plus a separate spray top will cost you less than $2.00 total which is the cheapest I’ve found anywhere by far.