There is so much information out there about how to clean your home without using crazy chemicals. In light of this, I’d rather not write a post about it and just point you to some of the good stuff out there.
Not only is it cheaper to clean with natural products, but it is also much better for you and your family. This is the first area that I went “green” in and I haven’t bought a cleaning product in almost 4 years. (Aside from the special situations I have mentioned previously.)
One little story for you before the links. :) Since we don’t frequently use chemical cleaners in our house, none of us are used to how strongly they are scented. It about knocks me over when I walk down the fabric softener aisle at the store now. (I’m looking for the oxygen bleach, if you are curious as to why I’m on that aisle.) Anyway, my mother-in-law took my daughter to the store with her last week. She was buying some fabric softener and asked my daughter to smell it. After smelling it, she proclaimed loudly,”Nonna, that stinks!” It made my little crunchy heart glad and my MIL and I both got a good laugh out of it. :) Let this serve as a warning: Your standards will change after going over to the
dark crunchy side!
Phot by elycefeliz
Let the natural spring cleaning links begin!
Green and Natural Household Cleaners — from Kitchen Stewardship — Suggestions for every area of your house.
Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaning and Homemade Soft Scrub Recipe — from Live Renewed — There is a whole spring cleaning series going on this month over at Live Renewed.
Green Cleaning – 10 Benefits — from Eco Novice — I like all of the 10 reasons, but my favorite is number 5 — Kids can clean with you. It’s so nice to be able to clean the bathroom while the kids are in the tub without worrying about the fumes from the cleaners. I also like that I don’t have to worry about any nasty chemical residue when I put them in the tub right after I’ve cleaned it. (Although, perhaps I should start researching if there is potential problems regarding exposure to soap scum. If there is, we might all be in trouble. :) )
Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home — from Keeper of the Home. I also really like this post about natural and homemade air fresheners.
Natural Housecleaning Carnival — from Passionate Homemaking — A couple years ago Lindsay hosted a little natural housecleaning party at her blog. There are lots of helpful links in this post, including a link about cleaning with soap nuts. I haven’t tried soap nuts, but I am curious about them and will probably try them in the future.