So, with the impending baby, I’ve been looking for ways to cut stuff out of our budget, and pare down on what I have to spend. One of the things I’ve always hated was using chemical cleaners! After doing alot of research, I’ve uncovered more and more about what I DON’T like. Did you know that companies are only required to have 10% of a cleaner to be organic or natural to be able to label it as such. AND they are only required to put 10% of the ingredients on the label? Hmmm, sounds like they would most likely put the 10% natural ingredients on to hide the really bad stuff. So not only are you paying more for a ‘natural’ cleaner, but ultimately you are still cleaning with some really nasty stuff!
One of the investments I’ve made is a hand-held shark steam cleaner, and a shark floor mop. I LOVE these products! With just these two steamers, I’ve done away with 90% of my cleaners. True I had to spend some money to get them, but I’m no longer worried that the chemicals are harming my family and myself.
The other investment I’ve made is getting some of the Norwex System. I find that the envirocloths and the window cloths are the two most used items, but I’ve also gotten the dryer balls, magnet balls (to help with the hard water), and a few of the other items. True this was also an investment, but now I can clean my whole house in 2-3 hours (its a BIG house), and still feel like I can be indoors if needed afterwards. I got the laundry detergent, to try and see if it really would make a difference, and I can feel the difference in my fabrics, and they don’t smell of perfumes or scents (which I’m sensitive to). I also bought the toilet system, after seeing it at someone’s house, and the rave review that my mother-in-law gave it. It seems to work well with our hard water, so this is what I’m going to use from now on.
So now the only cleaners I have to buy are the dishwasher detergent, liquid dish soap, and thats it. 🙂 I think I’ll keep my bleach, as it comes in handy for those tough jobs… And now that I’ve made this transition, what do I do with all the partly used bottles of cleaner that I have here? Any ideas? I’m going to keep my Swiffer Handle, as I can put the envirocloths on the swiffer to wash walls and ceilings.
Oh and FYI, the shark (either of them) will kill mould and mildew. Our bathroom has a chronic issue with this problem because of how the ventilation works in there. One zap of the steam, and a scrub with an envirocloth, and I haven’t seen ANY mould or mildew in over 2 months.