July 5, 2012


I've had an idea for a while now but I'm having the hardest time acting on it. I want to break up with chemicals. Or no, that's not really realistic. I want to see other cleaners. I want some options when it comes to my cleaning routine.

I've said it in the past - I love chemicals cleaners. I love the way they smell. I love the way they look. I love buying a fresh bottle at the store. But I know it's not good. Good for me, for my family, for our pets or our environment. I get that. But it's hard because there's love involved here. I spent a great deal of my early years in a nursing home. The scent of Pine Sol immediately sends me down a spiral of happy childhood memories.

So for the month of July I am instituting a personal challenge. During the next few weeks I am going to phase out the chemical cleaners in my life. When I cleared out the cupboard under the sink this is what I collected.

Some of these were left in the house by the previous owner, some donated by my family and the rest is just a product of my mad love affair with the cleaner aisle. I won't pretend that this will be easy.

Along the way I'll be sharing recipes for some of my new favourite cleaning potions. I plan on using natural ingredients to make simple solutions. Most of the time it will be vinegar, baking soda, water - those sorts of things. I'll be adding in essential oils here and there to try and feed my need for scent but I have a feeling that once I get over that hump that I'll be cleaning away like my old self (meaning sporadically).

I'm looking forward to telling you more about this green (and very cost effective) challenge. Please feel free to join in too or even share recipes for your favourite cleaners. I'd love to hear all about it!