Sunday, January 27, 2013
Natural VS. Chemical Cleaning Products
For today's installment of the Well and Cleanly Series, I'd like to ask you how you feel about natural cleaning products. I'll tell you how I feel about them: I have a schizophrenic relationship! Here is a list of cleaning products in my house right now: Natural laundry detergent, Snuggle Fabric Softener. Natural dish soap and dish-washing detergent, Anti-bacterial Windex as my multipurpose cleaner. Clorox toilet bowl cleaner, Tilex for the tub, Natural wipes to wipe down the bathroom sink. Pine-sol for the floors. Bleach to go in the washing machine with my whites.
So, what the heck? Why do I sometimes buy the natural stuff and sometimes buy the traditional, big corporate names that use chemicals to get stuff clean? I think cleanliness often harks back to childhood memories. I grew up in a house that was always clean (it could be messy with toys and things like that, but if our food fell on the floor, we could always eat it.) And my laundry and sheets always smelled the same when they were clean. Clean laundry is a favorite smell for almost anyone, don't you think? It's right up there with fresh cut grass, and chocolate chip cookies in the oven. It smells like home.
My parents never used, and still don't buy any of those "natural" products. But as I've started living on my own, and making my own choices, I like the idea behind natural. Not only is it better for the earth, but my money will go towards smaller companies that somehow seem less evil to me. Maybe this isn't entirely true, but that's the hippie in me. I'm not afraid that Windex is going to give me cancer, but I am afraid that it will contribute to pollution or global warming or something like that.
I have to admit though, that my toilet bowl just seems cleaner when I clean it with Clorox rather than with the natural stuff. Is it in my head? Is it true? I just don't know!
So, I thought I'd put this out there to see if anyone else is like this. Or do you always buy the same cleaning products every single time? Sometimes I'll have natural dish washing soap and the next time I need to buy more, I'll buy Dawn. I'm not brand loyal, like I said I'm all over the place with this kind of thing. Any thoughts on this? Can you convince me to always buy the same brands every time? Let's hear about products you swear by and why! And I'd love to hear if you are strongly for or against natural products.
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