Sunday, February 27, 2011

A simple baby-step

If you've begun the process of your own personal evolution, you've recognized change doesn't happen overnight.   Every lasting and effective change is usually just one simple baby step at a time that you can keep up and build on.
Gratitude didn't change my life immediately.  After filling an entire journal one thankful line item at a time, I realized my outlook had a definite slant up.  In the same way, we haven't become gluten-free, omelet-loving, Kombucha drinking alternative eaters overnight.  It's been a process, a weeding out of the undesirables like high fructose corn syrup, white sugar and white flour with better ingredients.  

So the weeding out of smelly, chemical-filled cleansers started with replacing my kitchen counter spray.  I realized I gotten incredibly careful about what food we put into our bodies, but was not paying enough attention to how I was cleaning up after the breakfast/lunch/dinner.  I was just overwhelmed by the though of doing one.more.thing, and it was honestly easier to buy whatever "green-ish" cleaner was on sale.

Thumbing through a magazine about a year and a half ago I found a recipe (which I've tweaked a bit) for all purpose kitchen cleanser.   I already had 2 of the three ingredients, so I knew this was the baby step I'd been looking for.  

You'll probably have to buy one box of washing soda, but it will last you more than a year and a half - even if you occasionally use it for the original purpose of laundry booster.

::All Purpose Cleaner::
makes one spray bottle
2 t washing soda - made by same people who make baking soda
3-5 drops of dish detergent
hot tap water to fill the bottle
peppermint or lavender essential oil (optional)

I re-purposed an empty spray bottle for this - one headed for the garbage.  Fill the bottle with the hottest tap water you've got - not quite to the top. Add the washing soda and jiggle to dissolve.  Then add a few drops of dish washing liquid and 1-2 drops of essential oil.  This whole process will take you about 1 minute. 

I told you it was a simple baby step.  

Linked here, there and yon: Jen, Frugal Rachel, Kristin, Laura, Alli Sara the saved quarter and Kelly Photobucket


shopannies said...

thanks for sharing love home made house cleaners

Judee said...

Eventhough we eat healty and live a healty lifestyle, this is one area I ususally forget about and boy toxic cleaners.. I will definitley be making this cleaner. Thanks for the recipe..

Cyndi@Walking in His Grace said...

I like that recipe but I use Mrs. Meyers cleaners and I think they're okay. Right?? :-)

City Share said...

Thanks for the great tip. I have never thought to use washing soda in the kitchen. I need to "green" up my cleaning routine too.

Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing! I totally understand what you mean about the thought of doing one.more.thing. :)

shoutingforha said...

I'm definitely going to give this a try! Thanks for the tip, and for stopping by my blog.

Danielle said...

This is such a good idea. I grew up in a soap-and-water-will-clean-anything home, so I've never even thought of having a separate kitchen cleaner. This is the way to go if you use one though! I also use washing soda to make my own laundry detergent (that was a big step for our house!) Love the baby steps idea as well.

The Saved Quarter said...

Thanks for joining in with The Saved Quarter Challenge! Making homemade cleaners can definitely help you to meet your savings goals. I hope to see you again this week!

Richella said...

I love baby steps! This cleaner sounds good--and I'm guessing that, with 4 boys, you've put it to the test! :)


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