While trying to figure out what to write about today, I thought I might as well write about how I will be spending my time, and discuss its effects on our environment and pocket book. Every Wednesday I drive out to my mother’s to clean her house. Since I’ve been laid off, she has employed me once a week to keep her place tidy and help with whatever she needs. I pick up here and there, but spend most of my energy in the kitchen. Anyone who cooks knows kitchens can get greasy, grimy, and just plain yucky; cleaners are often needed, and I’ve tried a few.
Growing up, I used 409 or Mean Green. Both work remarkably well, but that Mean Green has a mean smell, and both are made from unfriendly chemicals. 409 contains chemicals used in dry cleaning, Mean Green it turns out is
“a unique blend of non-toxic, biodegradable detergents that form a powerful, non-flammable, extra heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser. “
I couldn’t find the actual ingredients though, so I don’t know how friendly those “non-toxic” chemicals are, but the EPA and USDA approve! Still smells terrible.
Once I started cleaning my mother’s house, I began using Seventh Generation. I like it. It works well, and smells nice. Seventh Generation was created as an eco-friendly alternative to the cleaners used during household spring cleanings. They use mostly citric acid and botanical oils.
When I ran out of spray-cleaner several months ago, I meant to replace it with what I had been using at my mother’s. I got confused in the Walmart aisle, and grabbed Clorox Greenworks, orange flavored. I don’t like it. It smells funny, doesn’t work well, and leaves a stickiness on the counters. My mother recently bought the green colored Greenworks, and though it smells better, it’s still sticky and unreliable. I can’t wait for my bottle to run out.
What will I replace it with? I’m leaning towards a vinegar and water solution. I know that water works to clean kitchens, as long as you include a bit of elbow grease, its all I used while in college because I was to poor, and lazy, to get spray cleaner. Vinegar lifts stains, cuts grease, and is completely natural. It does fall short in the smell category, though.