Hello friends, Jenn here. Last time, I introduced my war on chemicals in my home, and there are a few loose ends to clean up (pun intended) in the household cleaning arena before moving to other aspects of life. First, I’d like to say that everything is a process. When I first started reading about how to simplify my life and all the things that I should or shouldn’t get rid of, it was very overwhelming. What I’ve learned is that no one changes their life in an instance. One of Adam’s favorite things to say recently is
no one wakes up and decides to be an environmentalist
And he’s right. Certainly our journey is several years in the making now. So that being said, don’t feel like you need to purge your house of chemicals instantly. It takes time to find simple, sustainable , and doable replacements for things you currently use. If you feel disgusted by the chemicals that surround you, use that as motivation to pursue clean alternatives. While I have given away some of our old cleaning products, I mostly content myself with using up what we have and NOT buying anything new. For instance, I still clean our hardwood floors with soap and bleach; once those are gone, I will find a suitable replacement, and I’m excited to share what that will be when the time comes.
Anyways, forward. Last time I discussed vinegar and baking soda, which I use for many, but not all of my cleaning. The other go-to that I have in my house is Norwex products. If you haven’t heard of Norwex, you should check them out here. Basically, they’re a company that specializes in cleaning products without chemicals. Huzzah! Adam and I have several of their envirocloths, which is a microfiber cloth.
We keep separate ones for the kitchen and bathroom, and these clothes are fantastic for cleaning up countertops, sinks, tables, and tubs. If the initial price seems scary, just know that you will never have to buy a replacement-these are quality clothes that get the job done. We also have their window cloth, and that helps clean any windows/mirrors in our home.
Outside of that, we don’t have a need for any other cleaning products. All our needs are met with these few cleaning habits, and as a bonus there is hardly any storage involved, which is nice when you’re trying to simplify and streamline your life.
Plus, all those chemicals you no longer purchase and send down the drain definitely make a difference for the plants, animals, and people living on the other side, which in turns makes you a better steward of our world. And that feels pretty darn good.