One of the most common questions I get is, "What do you clean your house with?" I thought answering this question would be a great way to kick off my blog!
The best part about the list is that my two toddlers can help me clean. With the exception of the liquid All Purpose Charlie's Soap and Borax, the things I use to clean can all be left within reach of the kids (though I don't because of the kids' temptation to see how far they can make things squirt and splash). The boys love to help me clean, and I like knowing they're safe doing so!
* I keep the All Purpose Charlie's Soap and Borax out of the reach of children, because I buy them in undiluted quantities. Once mixed with water both the Charlie's and Borax are safe. *
Here Are Our Tasks and What We Use to Tackle Them:
- This cleans our counters, bathrooms, and floors
Hand Soap: 1 teaspoon of Dr. Bronner's liquid in a foaming pump of water. Fill foaming pump with water first, and then add the Dr. B.'s.
Laundry Detergent: Charlie's Soap (I have a front loader so I am able to use 1/2 T per load)
Heavy Duty Cleaner (Shower/Tub): Charlie's Soap or mix borax in spray bottle, spray it on, let it sit, and use scrub brush to clean.
Scouring Powder: Baking Soda
Windows and Mirrors: 50% White Vinegar/50% Water in a spray bottle
Toilet: Pour 2 cups of vinegar and 5-10 drops of tea tree oil in the water, and sprinkle baking soda in right before I scrub. Another solution is putting 1/2 of a cup of borax in your toilet.
* My husband cannot stand the smell of vinegar; however, once the vinegar is dry you cannot smell it. If I clean a few hours before he comes home he does not notice. *
A great resource for other cleaning products is Debra's List. This website consists of multiple lists of non-toxic products ranging from home and pet care to baby and body care. She also answers many questions about the safety of many questionable cleaning products such as borax.
Cost Breakdown (Generous Average):
Dr. Bronner's, (3) 32 oz bottles/year: $30
Charlie's Powdered Laundry Soap, 1 Gallon/year: $25
Charlie's Liquid Soap, 1/2 Gallon/year: $9
Tea Tree Oil, 1oz bottle/year: $6.50
Vinegar, 6 gallons/year: $18
Baking Soda, 3 large boxes/year: $10
Boroax, 1 box/year: $3
Cost/Month for Non-Toxic Cleaning: $8.60