An Advice Series for Women of All Ages
I am so excited to bring you another installment of Dear Mrs. R. I was overwhelmed by the response I received to my first installment. I truly value all of my readers and your support has been amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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This week I have chosen a question from Shantel L. Shantel L. asks:
Dear Mrs. R, I have started eliminating toxic foods from my family’s diet based on a few of your recommendations. However, I now want to start using more eco-friendly cleaning products. I’m so sensitive to the regular cleaning products that I just can’t use them anymore. I have been pricing the green cleaning products in my local natural foods market and they are so expensive. I really can’t afford to pay more for my cleaning stuff because I’m on a fixed income. I have read about a few things online but I wanted to get your opinion on what you use. All that information can be so confusing.
Dear Shantel L.:
I completely understand what you mean about being sensitive to regular cleaning products, they affect me too! I can’t stand to use them. I’ll give you a breakdown of what I use and how I use it. My main cleaning products are white distilled vinegar, baking soda and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. On occasion, I will use Bon Ami Polishing Cleansing Powder. Here’s how I use them:
All Purpose Cleaner: I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. In a clean spray bottle (you can purchase new ones for $1 at Walmart, please don’t re-use your regular cleaning spray bottles, just throw them out and start fresh with new spray bottles) mix 4 parts water to 1 part Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Tilt bottle slightly back and forth to mix. Don’t shake it because you will get a ton of bubbles. I use this all over the house from the kitchen to the bathroom for quick cleanups. I also use it to clean my windows, wash my car and bathe my dogs … lol.
Bathroom Cleaners: I have stone tile in my bathroom and I can’t stand when it streaks. So for the Shower, I used White Distilled Vinegar. Just mix it in the same proportions as you would the All Purpose Cleaner, i.e. 4:1 ration. I add a few drops each of Dish Soap, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Essential Oils. Eucalyptus Oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic, anti-viral and fungicide properties. For the Tub, if it’s just my regular weekly cleaning day I will make a paste out of baking soda and water apply it all over the tub and give it a few minutes to work and then rinse. If it’s a particularly messy day in the tub I will use the Bon Ami as I think it takes a little less elbow grease to get out the grime. For the Toilet, I use a combination of White Distilled Vinegar and Baking Soda. First add some straight White Distilled Vinegar to the toilet bowl, then add a handful or so of baking soda. You will see a foaming action start to take place, just let it happen and let it sit for a few minutes before using the toilet brush. You can use the Vinegar mixture you made for the shower to clean around the rim of the bowl as well as the seat for a more disinfected cleanse.
Floors: I have laminated flooring throughout my house and stone tile in the bathroom. I use the same 4:1 ration of Vinegar and Water to mop both kind of floors. This is excellent at getting up the goop (usually left behind by my dogs) as well as disinfecting the floors a well. This mixture does not leave any sticky residue and dries very quickly so you don’t have to worry about your laminate.
Regular Dusting: I start by using a Swiffer Duster for the high places, i.e. light fixtures, moulding, around picture frames, etc. then I use a damp micor-fiber cloth for the furniture, knick-knacks and electronics. I have terrible allergies and this method is great for keeping the dust on the cloth and not swishing it through the air. If there is some gooey stuff on the coffee table I will give it a little spray with the All Purpose mixture to solve that problem.
Laundry: I have used quite a few All Natural Laundry Detergents but I haven’t found one that gets my cloths as clean as I like. I’ve tried making my own with the same results. So, I pretty much use a regular detergent with a large splash of vinegar in my HE washer. However, instead of using a fabric softener, which is what the vinegar is, I use my Heart Felt Wool Dryer Balls. They stop static cling and they shorten the drying time by quite a few minutes.
Shantel, I hope I have addressed all areas of your home you are concerned about. I’d love a little feedback from you should try my suggestions. Happy Cleaning!
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