I never used to give household cleaners much thought. Having a kid changed that. I can't stand their lingering fumes, not to mention the hidden dangers. After cleaning the bathtub, for instance, I wonder if it's safe for a baby to be swimming in. It may be clean, but is it now toxic?
There are no rules governing what qualifies as "natural", any product
can say it's natural even if it's not. It's maddening that even "green,"
"organic," and "natural" brands can contain dangerous substances.
I really like my super cute Bon Ami cleaner but I wanted to test out an even more natural approach.
When I found out that my
sister-in-law Denise makes her own household cleaner, I pinged her right
away for her recipe. She told me she loves her homemade cleanser from One Good Thing. whose recipe I followed below.
With homegrown lemons and organic brown sugar, this cleaner is truly natural and organic!
verdict? I'm not used to the watery solution because I normally scour
the bath with a powder cleanser. And I did not find great success with
our bath tiles, but our textured tiles are challenging for any cleaner.
The great news is that the enzyme cleaner worked famously on the tub,
sink, and every other surface! If you've been thinking about making your own, I highly recommend it.
Since making this enzyme cleaner, I found more recipes. A great post with a multitude of more targeted cleaner recipes is on Young House Love. If you prefer something ready-made check out Branch Basics, which I learned about from I Am Not The Babysitter.