Scrub a dub dub

Cleaning is up there on the list of things we don't want to do but have to do. There is a better way, at least for the environment. Since our mother's mother's mother was in charge of keeping her home tidy, the chemicals that have been used are terrible for our environment, our health and our families not to mention our wallets! Finding the perfect cleaning product for you is less about it has but more about what it doesn't. The two most important things to remember are that rags are key to eliminating waste and natural products are a must!

There are some toxic ingredients that you want to make sure and avoid.

Those include but are not limited to... APEs (Alkylphenol ethoxylates), Ammonia, Antibacterial, Chlorine, DEA (Diethanolamine), Disinfectant, Fragrances, MEA (Monoethanolamine), Petroleum Solvents, Phenol, Phosphates, Phthalates, TEA (triethanolamine), Triclosan, Sodium Hydroxide and especially any containers that have warnings such as danger, irritant, corrosive, hazardous or flammable.

Pretty consistently I have enjoyed Seventh Generation products if buying them in the store is your jam. I recently tried Grove and so far have been happy with their products as well. While shipping the products is not earth's favorite way of obtaining goods, you do get a wide variety and they have multiple solutions to avoid the single-use containers your cleaning supplies come in. The most Eco-friendly way to clean is by using your own products. I have started making my own laundry and dishwashing detergent. You are buying ingredients in bulk so the cost is less and you know exactly what is in your products.

Grove sells a beautiful glass bottle to use for its concentrated cleaners. They have a bathroom, glass and all-purpose cleaner that can be used for almost any room in your house. They also come in a variety of scents.

My favorite MYO...

I am still a big fan of the Murphy way ( of washing dishes, but in case you are in a hurry, or your husband (or children) do not share your enthusiasm for saving the planet, this is a great alternative to harsh detergents.

Dishwashing detergent: 1 cup Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda, 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of citric acid (you can buy this on Amazon) I mix this together in a container and make sure it's good and sealed so it won't get too hard. I put about a 1/4 a cup in the dispenser when I need to run the dishwasher. Warning: this cleaner will not scrub your dishes the same way as a well-known brand, so make sure your dishes are free of food.

Laundry Detergent: Grate a bar Pure Castile Soap, mix with a quart of water. Stir while you heat on the stove. In a separate bucket collect ~1.5 gallons of really hot tap water and add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda. Stir until the powder is completely dissolved. Then pour the soap mixture into the same container. Cover and let cool, this could take a while. Once its room temperature, stir until its smooth. You might have to remove the top layer of solid soap.

Happy cleaning!

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