It really came down to the fog. The first bath after my husband scrubs the tub, I always notice a cloudiness to the water. It's the remains of the cleaner. Combine that with the fact that I CANNOT get Linus to stop drinking bath water, and you'll understand why I needed to find an alternative. It's not that I don't prefer a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. I do. We cloth diaper, shop with cloth bags, reuse jars for food storage, cancel junk mail and magazine subscriptions, drink tap water, purchase milk in returnable glass bottles, and recycle. And that's only some of it. It's just making my own cleaning products seemed complicated and yet another thing I had to do so I stuck with my semi-green cleaning.
I've given up bleach and used Method and Mrs. Meyer's products for quite a while but they really aren't that much better. Now, I'm trying to step it up even more and make a real switch. I'm, er... really my husband is scrubbing my tub with baking soda and Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (the peppermint scent is perfect this time of year). I'm using Charlie's Soap* for all the laundry not just diapers. (I LOVE it and it lasts FOREVER.) I'm using a surface spray made from the following recipe I found over at Young House Love... although I'm a bit worried about the toxicity of Borax. (Advice?)
- 16 oz spray bottle
- 2 tsp. borax
- ¼ tsp. liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
- hot water
It's not a complete switch yet but it's a start.
Now that I'm exploring all these natural cleaners, I'm curious what your favorite green products are for cleaning or otherwise? Do you dig on Burt's Bees*? Do you have a favorite Seventh Generation, Method, or Mrs. Meyer's product? Do you have a favorite green recipe? Spill it all so I can make the change with less trial and error and more success.
*Triple word score for me since these companies are local. Woot!