As I mentioned on Facebook earlier today, my morning workout routine was rudely interrupted by the fumes of toxic cleaning agents sprayed mercilessly all over the apartment complex workout room.
It started as a mild irritation in my throat, that led to fits of coughing and general ill-being. I really wanted to get through my leg exercises (since they enable me to keep running without hurting), but I simply couldn’t take it. So I left without a single leg lift.
I don’t know if my reaction was due to the fact that I’ve been cleaning with “green” cleaning supplies for almost three years now and my tolerance level has decreased even further, or if it was partially psychological.
Regardless, I thought it might be useful for those of you who are embarking on the simple living journey to get the lowdown on some of the green cleaning options out there. I did a fair amount of research when I started paying attention to what I poured down the drain, so hopefully this will save you some time.
Here is the list of products that I use:
- Seventh Generation Detergent
- Zum Clean Aromatherapy Laundry Soap (NOTE: I *love* the smell of this. My husband, not so much…)
- Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach
- Biokleen Fabric Spray (We generate lots of stinky workout clothes in our family)
- Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
- Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap
- Washable cleaning cloths for wipes and spills (picked ours up at the grocery store and can’t remember the brand…)
- Seventh Generation 100% Recycled Paper Towels (Try to use these as sparingly as possible)
- Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner
- Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes (I’m not a huge fan of the wastefulness of this type of product, but it’s practically the only way to get our 13-year-old to clean her bathroom)
- Clorox Green Works Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Seventh Generation Shower Cleaner
- SimplySafe Glass Cleaner (I also have a glass cleaning rag that doesn’t require cleaner at all – pretty nifty!)
Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Supplies
Now, please note that I am *not* a DIYer. This may be due to the fact that I have a full-time job and lots of side-projects (not related to making cleaning supplies). So I fork out the extra money to get the non-toxic stuff (it’s so sad that green has to be more expensive).
However, I hear that there are ways to make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies at a 10th of the cost. If you have some tried and true cleaning supplies recipes, please feel free to share them here.
I cannot tell you how much my life, and the life of my family, has improved from using green cleaning supplies. Now I don’t have to worry that the spray that can kill [otherwise indestructible] cockroaches on the spot will seep into my family’s food supply. And I don’t get that uncomfortable, scratchy feeling in my throat after cleaning the bathroom. But best of all, it’s better for our planet!
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