A Healthier Clean

I used to not really think about the cleaners I used in my home.  As long as the surfaces were clean and disinfected, it didn’t bother me what product I used to get them that way.  Then I had my first daughter.  She was crawling around on those floors cleaned with commercial hardwood floor cleaner.  She was sucking on surfaces washed with all kinds of chemicals.  She was in the bathroom with me while I scrubbed the toilet and was breathing in air filled with the smell of bleach.  Then she got to the age where she wanted to help me clean.  I became increasingly uncomfortable with her coming in contact with those products and realized I had to find some alternatives that were safer for all of us.

In my searching I found all kinds of ideas for cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.  I felt like I hit the jackpot though when I discovered the wonder of castile soap.  My favorite brand is Dr. Bronner’s, but really, any brand will do.

Those who use it are nodding their heads in agreement right now, and those that have never heard of it need to run to the store and pick some up!  This soap completely changed the way we clean almost EVERYTHING in our house.

Here are some of the ways I use it every day:

All-purpose spray: Put 2 tablespoons of it in a large spray bottle of water and use it in place of commercial all-purpose cleaners.

Bathroom Cleaner: Use that same bottle your created to be all-purpose spray and clean your tub, shower, sink, and toilet.

Floor Cleaner: This works for hardwood floors, tile, and linoleum.  Put a tablespoon in a bucket of warm water and mop away!

Hand Soap: Use a 1:10 ratio of soap to water in a foaming soap pump and you will never buy commercial hand soaps again.

Bath Soap: My husband and I use it as body wash and he uses it as shampoo as well.  It’s the only soap I ever use on the girls in the bathtub.  I just put a small squirt of it in their bath water and let them play for a while to get clean.

Wipes Solution:  I put two drops of it in a small bottle of water to wet down cloth wipes instead of using complicated homemade or expensive store bought wipes solutions.

I’ve also heard of people taking it camping with them because it can be used to wash bodies, dishes, clothes, and everything in between.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth enjoys life as a wife and stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, 3-year-old Evelyn and 1-year-old Annabelle. She is passionate about home birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, attachment parenting, alternative medicine, crafting, and healthy eating. She and her husband are in the process of a local trans-racial adoption.
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3 Responses to A Healthier Clean

  1. withLOVE says:

    I have heard about Dr. Bronner’s before!! Sounds like it is great stuff… I am curious if you can buy this at any grocery store, or would I need to look at a specialty store like Whole Foods? THANKS!

  2. Maggie says:

    THANK YOU for this post! Was looking for a natural, but easy cleaner. This fits the bill. @withLOVE I bought some last night at Target, it’s in the cosmetic department with the natural cleaners. Works awesome already!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Whole Foods does carry it, but I just learned that Bed, Bath, & Beyond carries it as well for a little cheaper. I haven’t seen it at most other grocery stores.