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Do you use natural kitchen cleaners?

Posted May 20 2009 10:13am

Have you ever walked down the cleaning aisle at your grocery store or one of the big box stores and felt that you had to plug your nose or be asphyxiated?  I used to rush down that aisle, grab what I needed and then dash to catch a breath of clean air.  One day it occurred to me that I didn’t need to buy those highly chemicalized cleaners.  Duh! 

Now I either make my own natural cleaners (vinegar and water), baking soda, etc…..or I purchase natural cleaners from our whole foods store.

Through all the years of watching cleaning product commercials, we’ve been sold a bill of goods on what clean looks and smells like - it smells like lemon and a whole bunch of other strong chemicals.  And it looks like bubbles.  If either of these is missing, we worry that we’ll miss the clean. 

I used Dr. Bronner’s soap the other day to wash dishes and I had no idea if it was cleaning effectively because there were absolutely no bubbles and the water was milky.  Other dish detergents are souped up on chemicals that cause bubbles, smells, the squeaky clean feeling and all the rest.  My compromise is to go back to my biogradable all-purpose cleaner … until I think of a better solution. 

Your Turn:   Look under your kitchen sink and take an inventory of how many household cleaners you have.  Do you need all of them?  Are they natural cleaners…and do you care?

Do you ever make your own cleaners using natural ingredients? Would you share your recipes? If you buy natural cleaners, what brand names do like?

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