Cleaning the Rest of My Home
May 17, 2011 § 5 Comments
Here’s another question I get very, very often, and since I recently wrote an entry about my cleaning protocol for my bird items, I figured I’d address how I clean the rest of my home as well. I’m a big believer in keeping a chemical-free home. Not just because of the birds… in fact, this is something I’ve always believed in, but having birds and knowing about their sensitive respiratory tracts and the importance of clean air to them just reinforces my decision to keep my home chemical-free. That said I am also a neurotic neat freak and germophobe, so when I first made this decision, I was a little bit nervous that “all natural” cleaning products couldn’t possibly be as effective as chemical ones that killed anything and everything within a hundred foot radius. But I made the switch anyway, and couldn’t be happier. I actually think my home is far cleaner now without the lingering smell of harsh chemicals… in the bathroom especially! I no longer feel the need to wear rubber gloves for fear that any harsh cleaning product will dry out my skin, nor do I have to hold my breath when I scrub. And it’s not just me– I very frequently get comments from my guests about how remarkably clean and fresh my place seems.
I have tried a few brands, but so far my favorite by far is Seventh Generation. I really like that their products are 100% all natural and non-toxic, and they specify that they are not only safe for the environment, but also safe for families, children, and pets. What’s more? They work! Pictured above are some of the products I use to clean my bathrooms. It’s what you’d expect: a glass cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and a disinfecting bathroom cleaner. Although I always prefer unscented products, it seems like they are actually pretty difficult to come by in terms of bathroom cleaning products, even among all natural brands. I guess they assume most people want to cover up scents in the bathroom. After many different offensively scented other brand products, I’ve found that Seventh Generation’s tend to be the lightest and although they neutralize any existing odors, their scents don’t last very long, which is what I want. I also use disinfecting wipes, which are a BIG staple here, and I keep a canister in every bathroom and the kitchen as well.
Here are a few more that you’ll find around my home. I use the Seventh Generation laundry detergent and their dryer sheets (not pictured), both of which are unscented. Lola loves climbing all over me and hanging about from my clothes, and much to my dismay, chewing them. I’d never feel comfortable letting her do that with clothes washed in standard, petroleum-based laundry detergents or normal dryer sheets (which contain many carcinogens). I also use a Seventh Generation all purpose cleaner, as well as their Dish Liquid. Again, I do not use petroleum-based dish liquids, neither for the birds’ bowls nor my own dishes. And yes, it absolutely does cut through grease and gets my dishes squeaky clean!
Here’s a non-Seventh Generation product I love: Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-in-One Soap! These amazing soaps are not only made with organic oils, but they’re also fair trade. I use the Baby Mild one, which is unscented. It is incredibly versatile and can be used for just about everything, but I usually use it for all purpose cleaning (including dish washing!) and as a body wash as well. It lathers up REALLY well and leaves no scent at all whatsoever, which is important to me for any body wash, since I handle my birds a lot of course. Yes, all the rest of my personal products are also all natural and organic as well.
I’m missing a few products here, but hopefully you get the gist of it: chemical-free is the way to go! It’s so much safer, for you, for the birds, and for the environment too. Some of these products might seem more expensive, but the great thing about all of them is that a little truly goes a long way. I feel very much that I am getting great value from these products, all things considered.