When it comes to natural housekeeping, I am a stickler for any hooey polluting the air of our home (especially since we live in a climate that requires keeping the windows tightly shut for a few months of the year), or leaving dangerous residues behind on counters or in our clothing.
It really doesn’t make sense to make such an effort to eat well, take the best supplements, get exercise, drink clean water…and then to wear clothes or eat from dishes washed in petrochemically-derived detergents, or to use neurotoxic insect sprays as a means of protecting the home from buggy invasions, or to spray all surfaces of our kitchens and bathrooms with harsh chemical combinations that require we wear gloves, that make our eyes smart and our nostrils burn.
And, thankfully, with each year that passes, there are more offerings on the market to make what we put in and around our homes and on our bodies safer for us and for the environment. In many respects, natural housekeeping is getting easier all the time.
Before the advent of the chemical revolution of the 20th Century, people managed well, taking care of their home environment by using what was available to them. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), vinegar, citrus oils and juices, hydrogen peroxide, water, soaps derived from animal or vegetable fats and old-fashioned elbow grease got the job done. By necessity, housekeeping, naturally, was the way of the day.
And we now have the opportunity to go to the market place (either online or at the grocery store), and choose between the glut of commercial offerings, full of chlorine bleach, ammonia, and artificial scents, marked with words such as “Warning” and “Danger,” and the number for Poison Control printed conspicuously in case of ingestion or should one be overcome with the fumes. Or, we can choose products derived from plants, based in water, vinegar, enzymes and scented with natural oils.
To be sure, there are a number of products that really aren’t as clean as they claim to be. Be a vigilant label reader, and if something seems unclear in the product list, call the company’s toll-free number, or check on their website—you’ll do one of two things, or possibly both, by doing so:
1) You will find out if a product is truly free of dangerous chemicals and unnatural scents so that you can make an educated choice as to purchase it or not.
2) You will be letting the company know that consumers are serious about the claims being made about a product being a truly safe and natural product—and if it’s not, by way of the company receiving enough feedback, they will hopefully reformulate to use only safe and natural ingredients.
Also, there is always the option of simply making your own cleaning supplies at home —that is mainly what we do. But I do like to add some products from the retails sector , as they may offer some ingredients that I don’t have ready access to, such as enzymes.
There are many ways to keep house, naturally. Find the ways that work for you and feel free to send me your favorite recipes and tricks—as always, there can be great synergy in our collective wisdom!
Natural Housekeeping Recipes