Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Cleaning Week: Non-Toxic Cleaning

I am a sucky housekeeper. I admit it. I do a much better job at keeping my grandmother's house clean, but she pays me to do it.... Hmm... I seem to need some tangible kind of motivation.

How about the smell of a clean house? I don't mean a fake pine forest smell, but a fresh, windows open kind of smell... How about not needing to get all gussied up in rubber gloves and a gas mask to get things clean?.. How about being able to let my eager-to-help four-year-old stick her hand into the cleaning bucket, without fear of her skin breaking out in a rash or her lungs burning from harsh chemicals?

Yeah... that should do it.

Simple Mom's list of the top non-toxic cleaning benefits fit the bill today. But, really, I already knew about that. She follows that list with another that tells you how to make the switch. This one includes a recipe for an all-purpose cleaner that you can customize with your favorite essential oils, and you know how much I love essential oils!

My task for today is to toss the few remaining cleaners I have that I never use. They're not toxic, but they are taking up valuable cabinet space. The one toxic cleaner I do still have is the toilet bowl cleaner. I don't want to name names, but it's bright blue liquid that you squirt around the bowl, then leave the room for 15 minutes before you brush and flush. Does anyone have a non-toxic toilet bowl cleaner idea?... Preferably, one that works. I would love to hear it!


  1. I have heard that soda - like coke or pepsi works well...

  2. I use Seventh Generation's toilet bowl cleaner. Works just as well as the blue stuff.

  3. We use baking soda and vinegar with a couple of drops of tea tree oil in the toilet. I let it sit for a while before I scrub. It seems like I have to clean the toilet a little more often, but it is non-toxic!