As I begin to work through my Spring Cleaning projects, I have been thinking more and more about all of the harsh chemicals that I use to clean with. It’s been on my mind lately as I’ve wanted have a safer spring cleaning experience for myself and the family. Over the past year or so, I have been slowly replacing all of the old cleaners that I’ve used forever with products that are safer for my family and our environment.
A few years ago, between Christmas and New Year, B and I were both off several days. He loves to take advantage of his time off with sleeping in but I’m a morning person no matter what. I got up early with the dogs and went about my morning routine only to discover that someone had managed to get into the sink cabinet in our kitchen and chew up a box of Decon.
Because I didn’t know who was the guilty culprit, we loaded all four dogs into car and went to the Emergency Vet Hospital. $1000 later and four puking dogs from the meds and charcoal, we discovered who our thief was and luckily everyone survived.
After that experience we of course were much more aware of making sure all cabinet doors are fully closed. We also took a good long look at the chemicals we are bringing into the house. While I’d love to someday try making some of my own cleaners, for now I’m sticking to things I can buy so today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite products for safer spring cleaning.
I’ll start by saying that this stuff has the most amazing smell! It’s almond, but it’s so warm and homey smelling. It kind of makes me happy.
I also really love how easy this is to use. I spray it down and wipe the floors clean. No need to drag around a bucket and mop. It cuts my cleaning time down and I never worry that I didn’t get the floor clean.
I’m fairly new to Mrs. Meyers products but I have to say that after I tried this cleaner, I was hooked! Mrs. Meyers products in general have unique smells that are fresh. This everyday cleaner in Lemon Verdana is an absolute favorite. I actually keep this out on my counter and use it every day both in the house and in the shop.
I love that I can use it on any hard surface which means that I don’t have to use 2 or three different products to clean up every day and as a designer, the labels make these products pretty to look at.
My grandmother always cut up old towels and t-shirts to use for cleaning and my mother-in-law still does that. I did the same until I tried microfiber clothes. With the abundance of dog hair in my world, I have found that these help pick up the hair and fuzz the dogs leave while giving my surfaces and good, streak-free finish when I clean.
I actually use these for everything from wiping down counters and tables to my floors and wet dog feet when they come in from outside. And the best part is that once used, I can throw them in the wash and they come out good as new.
Just like being more aware of the things I use to clean the surfaces in my home, I’ve also been more aware of the things I use to clean our clothes. I’ve been a Tide Pods fan for years and while I don’t have any complaints about them or how they work, I just really wanted to remove as many harsh chemicals from our home as possible and support brands that are doing what they can to help our environment.
While not as convenient as the pods, the Clean Day Laundry Detergent does it’s job and leaves our clothes smelling fresh and feeling clean.
Finally, while we are on the subject of laundry, I have also recently replaced my old stain remover with this. The Ecover Stain remover not only does an amazing job at fighting stains, it also doesn’t have the harsh chemical smell that my old stain fighter did. It seriously is a great product. The soft bristles help to really get the stuff into the stain so it can do its job.
Spring will soon be here
…and I’m excited to be cleaning and making the house feel fresh and new just in time for warmer weather. While spring cleaning is good, safer spring cleaning is better so if you’ve been wanting to try some less harsh ways to get your house ready for spring, I hope I’ve given you a good place to start.
Every little thing we can do to eliminate hard chemicals from our lives will not only make us healthier but we will be supporting companies that care about how we live and treat our environment.
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If you have some favorite cleaning products that I haven’t mentioned, I’d love to know what they are. Leave a comment below and share.
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