- Clorox bleach
- Dawn dish soap
- Dishwashing detergent (the kind in the little pack that dissolves in the hot water)
- Swiffer wet mop pads
- Clorox toilet bowl cleaner
- Lysol disinfecting wipes
- All laundry detergent
- Disposable sponges
The more I think about this, the more disgusted I am. First of all, I had to stop cleaning early because I was having tightness in my chest. Not good. Second, if I am having problems with all of these products, the environments is probably being affected too. Third, a lot of these products create a lot of trash - sponges that get smelly are thrown out, etc.
I will admit, I love my harsh, very effective cleaners. I love watching stains come up without any extra scrubbing or work. Cleaning the bath tub is oh-so-easy when I just fill it up with hot water and a little bleach, and mopping is almost stress-free when I can just throw the mop away afterwards. Oh, and the fun of the squishy dissolving pack, wrapped in some cool plastic that just melts away. However -
I don't think I'm being responsible when I use products that are made of mysterious chemicals. I'm certainly not doing my health any favors. And all of those chemicals either sit on my surfaces, disperse into the air, or go down the drain - none of which sound like a good plan. I don't want a side of bleach with my julienned veggies! I don't want to breathe in the toxic combinations of toilet cleaner and tile cleaner! I don't want to send these chemicals down to goodness knows where to interact with our water, plant life, and animal life.
As soon as possible, I'm heading over to Trader Joe's to check out some of their natural cleaning products. I might go to Harris Teeter, too, and look at the Seventh Generation cleaning line. Because, heck, I think it's time to be a little more responsible - for myself, for my fiance, and for this place we call home.