15 July 2009

naturally clean

I have been a big fan of non-chemical cleaners for my home for a few years now. Staples at my house include vinegar, baking soda, lavender oil and borax. My friend Carolyn sent me the link to a Real Simple slide show that highlights these products and a few more and gives you a great list of uses for each.


I got some fabulous new tips from this article and I wanted to share it so that you too can harness to non-scary cleaning power of these inexpensive, everyday cleaning superheroes!

8 comments:

June said...

I needed this. Today. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I use the usual stuff, but lavender oil is going into the mix (and onto the roll of toilet paper NOW). Off to clean... Can you hear me humming?

The Hip Homemaker said...

June- I am going to shoot you an email about this too, but I wanted to post a reply.

Lavender oil is seriously God's gift to the healthy cleaner. It is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial. I use it in my all-purpose cleaner (1:1 vinegar and water) and in my diaper spray.(I use cloth diapers and wipes. using this spray on the covers after each use totally gets rid of odor and bacteria.)

It is also a stress reliever and a mosquito repellent. Seriously useful stuff!

paula said...

Had no idea lavender oil had so much goodness. I have been a big fan of mrs. meyers lavender cleaning products for awhile now.

Sarah said...

Hey there..
Have you heard of the book: Clean and Green? It is written by Annie Berthold-Bond.

I love this book and use it all the time. I just used it to polish a copper tea kettle.. by covering it in ketchup and setting it in the sun.. worked like a charm and no scrubbing.

Jess said...

Thanks for the tips! I will preface the meat of my comment with the statement that I've been keeping an eye out for just such an article for a little while now for my own cleaning purposes and I really appreciate your post.
OK, so I'm totally not trying to hate or flame, and thanks again for the post, but as a nerd it's a pet peeve of mine that people often call these cleaners "non-chemical." They are chemicals. I work in a lab, and borax, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are all represented in industrial-looking bottles on our shelves. Vinegar is a dilute solution of an acid that has seriously kicked my a$$ in past.
I bring this up repeatedly with people for two reasons. 1) The bad one first - "natural" does not necessarily mean "safe." Arsenic, prions, and ricin are perfectly natural. 2) And now the cool one: chemistry is everywhere and for everyone, not just labs and suspicious bottles of cleaning agent. Did you know that you can isolate DNA from bananas in your home? And then touch forgivably pure DNA? So cool! All with chemicals found in the average kitchen.
I don't enjoy inhaling the pungent fumes of commercial cleaners and I'm not suggesting that anyone use them. My point is that we should take a lesson from the word "organic" and really think about what we mean and know when we say "natural" and "safe" and "chemical-free."

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