Friday Five: Natural Cleaning Products
Friday Five: my favorite natural cleaning products
My last Friday Five was about natural beauty products. Today I’d thought it might be fun to tell you about the products I use to keep my house beautiful. My house hasn’t been too beautiful lately due to a burst pipe, but we’re working on that on a day to day basis. For regular messes, these are my favorites!
When I say “natural” I know there isn’t a hard and fast definition for that. I suppose what I mean is a product that has a low impact on the environment and my family’s health. With a dog running around licking most things, I try to avoid some of the more toxic products that require you to open a window just to clean your counters. I know that sometimes those cleaners just work better, but these are just some products that I think work well and fit my standards of “natural.”
(clockwise from bottom)
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser – I used to be a big fan of Comet in a can and thought it was the only product out there that actually did the job well. On a whim, I bought a Mrs. Meyer’s clean day powder once and really liked it, but it can get pretty pricey. I decided to try Bon Ami. It works really well! It’s an old company (125 years old to be exact) and something I’m sure my grandmothers would recognize. I use it for toilets mostly and sometimes to scrub off stains from the bottoms of pots and pans. I also like it for a deep clean on my stainless sink.
Method Bathroom Cleaner and All Purpose Cleaner – I really like method products a lot. They’re reliable, low impact, and they have an Orla Kiely (my favorite handbag designer) product line at Target that I love. The bathroom cleaner was a big surprise. I was using some toxic-or-other cleaner that I had to vacate the bathroom to use. I used to spray down the shower, put on the fans, and leave the room until it had soaked in a little! This bathroom cleaner really does the trick without all the fumes. I’m seriously obsessed with this cleaner and want everyone to try it out. The All Purpose Cleaner is a nice find too. I love the lavender scent and think it does a really nice job on counters. When I use it on glass or on stainless, I wipe it with a dry rag to get a good streak-free shine. I still love Windex for really shiny surfaces, but this works as well with a little bit of extra elbow grease.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap – I really like this dish soap and the coordinating hand soap. I used to be a big Williams-Sonoma kitchen soap fan, but it started to get too pricey for my budget. I like Mrs. Meyer’s products because they smell so nice, do the job, and don’t contain Triclosan. (The FDA is currently investigating Triclosan for various reasons including its impact on individual health as well as its possible contribution to anti-biotic resistant germs.) This dish soap works just as well for me as Dawn or Palmolive. I also think the packaging is pretty cute and looks nice on the counter.
Heinz White Vinegar – Most natural living blogs give rave reviews to cleaning with vinegar because it’s non-toxic, low-impact, and all-natural. I think some of those claims are exaggerated and haven’t found it to be a wonder ingredient, but really like it for some applications. I like to use it to mop the floors from time to time to really make the hardwoods shine. I used it as a natural ant killer for awhile until I found my favorite pet-friendly ant killer Eco-Smart . I like that it’s a nice carrier for essential oils for cleaning. Mix water, your favorite essential oil with disinfecting properties, and vinegar and you have a pretty powerful cleaning product for not a lot of cash. I think that’s also one of the reasons it’s so popular: it’s nearly free. I got a coupon for this one and it was on sale so I spent a penny on it!
Those are just a few of my favorites. I like using these products because of my dog and think they would be great for a household with kids who also put everything into their mouths.
Do you have any favorite natural cleaning products? Do you have any essential oils you would recommend for cleaning? What’s your favorite cleaning tip?
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Note: We’re really blessed to be living under the new covenant. This sounds exhausting! Although it does sound like an all-natural cleaning method.
“If the mildew reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mildew has spread in the house, it is a destructive mildew; the house is unclean. It must be torn down–its stones, timbers and all the plaster–and taken out of the town to an unclean place. “Anyone who goes into the house while it is closed up will be unclean till evening. Anyone who sleeps or eats in the house must wash his clothes. “But if the priest comes to examine it and the mildew has not spread after the house has been plastered, he shall pronounce the house clean, because the mildew is gone. To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop. He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot. Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times. He shall purify the house with the bird’s blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn. Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean.“