Creating a Minimalist Home: Day 13- Cleaning Products

Guess what.

You probably have too many cleaning products in your house. Whether stashed under the kitchen sink, in a closet, or a cupboard, these harsh products take up space, and are usually toxic to you and the environment.

Have you actually read the SDS sheet for some of the products you’re using? I bet you’d be surprised!

Take Windex for example.

The Environmental working group gave Windex Original a D-Rating (link) when it came to human health and the environment. As a teacher, I know that although a D is a pass, that SC Johnson has some serious work to do to raise their grade.

My report card comment for Windex may read something like this:

“SC Johnson’s Windex Original has the ability to clean windows and other glass surfaces without leaving streaks. Windex does not meet the household requirement for health or environmental safety due to the following ingredients: Ammonium Hydroxide, Hexoxyethanol, Fragrance. Windex would benefit from using natural ingredients in their product to protect consumers and the environment.”

You know what works just as well as Windex, and probably 90% of the other product you’re using to clean your place?

Distilled White Vinegar and Water!

(Check out Trash is for Tossers blog for mixing instructions). Be sure to add the acid (vinegar) to the water.

Like whattttt? I put vinegar on French fries, and I can use it to clean my house?  YUP! It’s great for cleaning glass, mirrors, tiles, bathroom sinks, etc. making them sparkly clean and it kicks bacteria’s butt! On other surfaces (like hardwood, natural stone countertops, etc.) use a mild dish soap and warm water, wiping up right away. For scrubbing power, baking soda and water totally do the trick! (careful not to mix baking soda with vinegar or you may have a 6th grade science fair project on your hands!…unless you’re using this combo to unclog your sink)

Okay, so we’ve covered surfaces, bathroom, countertops, glass, floors, with 4 ingredients, but what about laundry?

The Simply Co. makes a zero-waste laundry detergent that is safe for the environment and only includes 3-4 ingredients! AND, you only need to use 1-2 tablespoons of the product for a full load of laundry! Therefore a 32 oz. jar will do 60 loads of laundry!  (#notsponsored)

To summarize, in your house you can use the following natural products to clean almost everything, purchase with your health and the environment in mind, and potentially save money if you’re cutting down on the other products you’re using!

  1. Distilled White Vinegar
  2. Water
  3. Dish soap
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Natural Laundry Detergent

How many cleaning products can you cut out?

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