Our Quest to be more Natural..

Ball-and-stick model of the hydrogen peroxide ...Image via Wikipedia Ivy, from Home-Ec101 posed an “Ask the Audience” question, last week, about Your favorite and least favorite cleaning products.

My Favorites take on many levels. I don’t use Pine Sol, since they discontinued “Rain” Scent. But, when I was a child, my great grandmother used to put Pine scented Pine-Sol on her Kirby Vacuum Bag. The smell of Pine Pine-Sol is a “Great Grandma Memory” and represents Cleaning day, in my mind.

I thought about this subject of favorites, for a while, as all of my cleaning products have taken a big change, in the last few years.

I can’t say, yet, that I’m very GREEN in this department. There are just some things I can’t “tolerate.”

 

My toleration level is both positive and negative, though.

I can’t tolerate chlorine bleach. It makes my head hurt.

I also, however, can not tolerate mold. It causes all sorts of allergy woes, for me.

I have eliminated many household chemicals, in my quest for less headaches. I use nothing that plugs-in, anymore.. no chemical smells roaming throughout my house, anymore.

I love vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and food grade hydrogen peroxide.

I love salt, lemons, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), super washing soda (sodium carbonate), and borax (sodium borate).

I love Bon Ami or Barkeeper’s Friend and Murphy’s Oil Soap.

I’m pretty intrigued by these ideas for cleaning with coke, too!

I make my own laundry soap and dishwasher soap. For my dishwasher, I mix an equal amount of borax and super washing soda. I then mix that amount with an equal amount of powdered Cascade. I know its not friendly. It simply works, for me. But, I’m investigating adding citric acid, instead.

I don’t do all the cleaning, in my home, anymore. I must some-what please the other “cleaners,” if I wish for them to do this work. With that said, I still buy bleach and Comet bathroom spray cleaner. I just make sure I’m not home when these are being used.. which isn’t always easy. Many times, I come home and suffer for a while, because of their uses in my home.

I can only think of one cleaning product that I absolutely hate.. and that’s Scrubbing Bubbles. I really find it a useless product. My mother swears by it and makes everyone clean her house, with it…

I only stock ammonia for breaking down venom in ant bites, though. Everyone should carry some in their glove boxes. Its important to put it on a fresh bite and almost immediately. If you can break down the proteins in the venom, rapidly, you can avoid all the future suffering of the ant bite. Really. (50/50 Bleach/Water works, for some, too. It doesn’t work as well, for me, though.) I don’t follow the 15 minutes rule, however. I only find help within about five minutes of a bite.

My family isn’t being very receptive to vinegar, in a second rinse cycle, in the washing machine, as a fabric softener. I just picked up a set of those blue spikey balls, for my dryer. They make a little noise, but over-all, I’m quite pleased with their effectiveness to prevent static cling.


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Our Quest to be more Natural..

Ball-and-stick model of the hydrogen peroxide ...Image via Wikipedia Ivy, from Home-Ec101 posed an “Ask the Audience” question, last week, about Your favorite and least favorite cleaning products.

My Favorites take on many levels. I don’t use Pine Sol, since they discontinued “Rain” Scent. But, when I was a child, my great grandmother used to put Pine scented Pine-Sol on her Kirby Vacuum Bag. The smell of Pine Pine-Sol is a “Great Grandma Memory” and represents Cleaning day, in my mind.

I thought about this subject of favorites, for a while, as all of my cleaning products have taken a big change, in the last few years.

I can’t say, yet, that I’m very GREEN in this department. There are just some things I can’t “tolerate.”

 

My toleration level is both positive and negative, though.

I can’t tolerate chlorine bleach. It makes my head hurt.

I also, however, can not tolerate mold. It causes all sorts of allergy woes, for me.

I have eliminated many household chemicals, in my quest for less headaches. I use nothing that plugs-in, anymore.. no chemical smells roaming throughout my house, anymore.

I love vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and food grade hydrogen peroxide.

I love salt, lemons, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), super washing soda (sodium carbonate), and borax (sodium borate).

I love Bon Ami or Barkeeper’s Friend and Murphy’s Oil Soap.

I’m pretty intrigued by these ideas for cleaning with coke, too!

I make my own laundry soap and dishwasher soap. For my dishwasher, I mix an equal amount of borax and super washing soda. I then mix that amount with an equal amount of powdered Cascade. I know its not friendly. It simply works, for me. But, I’m investigating adding citric acid, instead.

I don’t do all the cleaning, in my home, anymore. I must some-what please the other “cleaners,” if I wish for them to do this work. With that said, I still buy bleach and Comet bathroom spray cleaner. I just make sure I’m not home when these are being used.. which isn’t always easy. Many times, I come home and suffer for a while, because of their uses in my home.

I can only think of one cleaning product that I absolutely hate.. and that’s Scrubbing Bubbles. I really find it a useless product. My mother swears by it and makes everyone clean her house, with it…

I only stock ammonia for breaking down venom in ant bites, though. Everyone should carry some in their glove boxes. Its important to put it on a fresh bite and almost immediately. If you can break down the proteins in the venom, rapidly, you can avoid all the future suffering of the ant bite. Really. (50/50 Bleach/Water works, for some, too. It doesn’t work as well, for me, though.) I don’t follow the 15 minutes rule, however. I only find help within about five minutes of a bite.

My family isn’t being very receptive to vinegar, in a second rinse cycle, in the washing machine, as a fabric softener. I just picked up a set of those blue spikey balls, for my dryer. They make a little noise, but over-all, I’m quite pleased with their effectiveness to prevent static cling.


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