I keep reading and hearing the same advice: Start small. Don’t overdo it, because you will drive yourself crazy and give up. When clearing out closets, drawers, and old bins of whoknowswhat- I’ve decided it’s better in waves. That way I can get used to the idea – or completely forget about- the things I’ve banished to the garage to be donated and never seen again. Things don’t come back from the garage! Taking another cue from Healthy Child Healthy World, I’ve decided to go through all cleaning products and purge away.
I pulled everything out from under the kitchen sink, on shelves in the garage, and both bathrooms. Then I’d toss it in a box if it a.) wasn’t used in the last month b.) was starting to separate or leak (note the rusted aerosol can below) or was c.) toxic. I ended up with this box of un-needed products:
There is some wood varnish from early ’11 in there, some shoe polish from ’06, etc. One product I was unsure about putting in the box was a spray bottle of room re-freshener. You know, the type that kills the smelly particles and leaves the room fresh, while being pet and baby-safe. Those claims are labeled on the front of the bottle along with scented “clean.” Then I read the back of the label- “contains % of ethanol.” Huh. I’ve been spraying odor-killing, clean-scented ethanol on my couches, curtains, and pet beds?! Insanity.
I’ve now got two bio-friendly cleaning products under my kitchen sink and am surprised (delighted!) how well they clean up baby-kid-dog-cat-mom messes easily. No scary residue to worry about: Scotch-Brite botanical wipes, and Honest multi-surface cleaner.
Take a look at what/how you clean your home- especially if you have kids and/or pets. What do you use the most? Can you replace it with a more green friendly product? What can you do without? Start small.