Many people find January the perfect month for cleaning up. It's a fresh new year, and you want to rid yourself of the dust of last year and start with a nice clean slate. So, you break out the Windex, the Soft Scrub with bleach, the Oxyclean and go berzerk. Small problem. This is going to conflict with your other New Year's resolutions to become "greener", healthier, and less toxic.
So many cleaning products out there are totally toxic, and I want to save you from them.
How do you know if what you're using is deathpaste, anyway?
Glad you asked.
First, check to see if you've got some poison lurking in your home over at the EWG. The EWG is an independent organization that has a worthwhile mission - rid the planet of toxic chemicals. Their plan? An informed public. They have a database that you can look up your cleaning products (along with sunscreen, cosmetics, and other stuff you slather on your body, squirt in your air, and wipe all over your home). Here is their page on all of their databases: EWG consumer guides. They rate each product (grades A - F) and ingredient and show you different areas of concern (environment, reproductive health, cancer, respiratory, and skin allergies). This page is one of my top go-to's and is an amazing resource. Bookmark this baby and check back on it often.
If you've found that your household contains products that are killing you and your family (and if you're using stuff that is mass produced, you have a high chance that it is), move to step two: Go on over to Ms. Daisy's Norwex site. You'll find amazing solutions for cleaning your home in a non-toxic, and truly non-chemical way. How is this possible? Oh, I KNEW you wanted to know! If you haven't yet heard of Norwex, it is a company that makes silver-woven microfiber. You do know the benefits of silver, right? It kills baddies like nobody's beeswax so you can have a truly clean surface. This microfiber is used ONLY with WATER, so you don't get crazy endocrine disruptors, funky fake scents, and poisons on your hands, surfaces, up your nostrils and into your children's bloodstreams. Now when I say "microfiber", some of you are like, yeah, microfiber, whatevs. I can get microfiber at the dollar store. Yeah. You can. That's called the crap microfiber. Might I recommend the Mercedes? In order for anything to be classified as microfiber, the fibers must be 1/6 the size of a human hair. Norwex blows the lid off of that and goes to 1/200th of a human hair. I kid you not. Like I said, Mercedes.
Now, you're likely thinking a couple of things here. When I first heard of it, I turned my nose up at it and thought, "WhatEVER!! Like, so DUMB! I make my OWN cleaning stuff, and I am superior. Duh!!" So, a dear person sent me a couple of microfiber cloths in the mail for me to try and I have to tell you it shut me up in about two seconds. I cleaned my entire house top to bottom three days in a row while I stood back and drooled at the results. This leads to the second thing people think, which is, yeah, okay, but does it actually work? I am slightly OCD (read: as in the same way China is a slightly populated country) and I am rather particular about how my house looks. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am also particular about what I put in my house, so there are many things that won't pass the test in that arena. I will personally vouch for these things. They are ridiculous.
If you are someone who is more than happy with the results you are getting with vinegar and water, I applaud you. If you are using vinegar and water and it's not doing what you wish it was, check the Norwex out. If you are using anything you can buy in the store (Soft Scrub, Tilex, 409, Clorox wipes, Lysol stuff, etc.), I am putting this out there for you - begging you to take a look at it. Norwex will get you cleaner than that stuff without any toxic effects on your environment or destroying your children's reproductive organs. (I tend toward being dramatic, but in this, I assure you, I am being dead serious.)
I recommend all of the microfiber, the cleaning paste (giant tears of joy on this one - removes black permanent marker, hello?), and the mops (and since it is so easy to suck up the globs of dog hair, it makes me slightly more fond of my dog). If you are interested in the body stuff, email me first, because some products have ingredients that make me raise an eyebrow.
I put a link on the top of my page called Ms. Daisy's Natural Cleaning for those of you who get updates in your email but don't visit my page - so come on! Come visit me and check it out!
Happy non-toxic cleaning, my peeps!
Peace, love, and keep it clean,