Thursday, October 10, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 10

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along,  you can find all of my posts here.


Yesterday I talked about chemicals in our cleaning products.  But, if I don’t use a commercial cleaner, what do I use?  Well, I am glad you asked!  The main things that I use to clean are white vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and baking soda.  Imagine; all things that can be found in your kitchen, I use to clean my house.

I think a lot of people associate the smell of bleach and other cleaning agents as being “clean.”  I know that my husband certainly does – he is not a fan of the vinegar smell.  Unfortunately, a lot of those smells are the result of phthalates in the cleaning products.  Those phthalates have been widely acknowledged as endocrine disrupters.  Endocrine disrupters interfere with the hormone system in mammals.  These endocrine disrupters can cause birth defects as well as developmental disorders and even cancerous tumors. 

Now, instead of smelling those chemicals, we can change our thinking in what smells clean.  I know a lot of people will say that the smell of vinegar is not attractive when cleaning your house.  But, if it does the same job, wouldn’t you rather your house smell like salad for a bit rather than the alternative?

I think that the main issue is that people do not view things as clean if you are not using a commercial cleaner.  And perhaps it is not as clean.  But, I think that sometimes we feel we need to live in a sanitized environment, and that is not the case.  Obviously we want our homes to be clean, but to have them sterile is not realistic, and not healthy.  People should be aware of all the superbugs that are out there now, which are a direct result of trying to keep everything so sanitized.  Antibacterial cleaning agents, instead of killing all germs, have left some to become more resilient.

When I clean my kitchen, I like to use lemons.  Cleaning in the bathroom we mainly use baking soda, salt and vinegar.  The salt works wonderfully to scrub off soap scum or to polish up the sink.  And I think that every time I decide to clean the bathroom by sprinkling baking soda everywhere and then spraying distilled white vinegar to get that fun bubbling chemical reaction, my kids run in and want to help.  I also have a basic all purpose spray cleaner that I use – and you can find that recipe here.

And some other resources:

Cleaning with lemon juice
Cleaning with vinegar

What do you use to clean your house?  Have you thought about changing from commercial cleaners?  

1 comment:

  1. Great recipes and informative post, thank you! I agree with you - I'm much happier cleaning with my kids when I know homeade cleaner is involved. I'm all for the safe stuff - plus, I like the help!

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