It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I hereby resolve: March Edition

Remember my New Year’s Resolution? I was going to post one change each month that I was going to implement to make my impact on the planet just a little lighter.

I had one all planned for this month. Since it involved an actual PURCHASE, I’d done my research. I’d looked at various types of the product, the pros and cons of each, the prospective price range. I’d chosen one, I’d found my source, and then, because I’m a walker/bus rider now, not a driver, I called ahead to make sure of my price and its availability.

Good thing.

Because what I’m after, see, is deemed a seasonal item, and won’t be available until… well, they weren’t sure when. But it sure wasn’t available in winter.

So much for that idea. It’s still on the agenda, it’s just not going to be this month’s item. I have yet another idea, but that, too, is seasonal, in that I need the snow to be gone.

I thought I was two months ahead. HA. Instead, I was floundering for this month’s idea. Floundering, that is, until I followed Zayna’s ping-back.

I am totally stealing her idea. Starting this month, I am going to stop using toxic cleaning products where possible, and less-toxic products where some degree of toxicity is unavoidable. (Cleaning the oven springs to mind…)

To that end, meet my friends: Baking Soda and Vinegar.
They are the core of my Clean Cleaning products. I already use vinegar and newspaper to clean my windows, just the way my grandmother taught me. In the past I’ve used baking soda, salt, and vinegar with a boiling water chaser to keep my drains running freely, but I’d lost the habit. Don’t know why.

So this month: Green Cleaning.

How about you?

March 3, 2009 - Posted by | health and safety | , , , , , ,


  1. Well there you go. Glad I could help. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Zayna | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. That is the biggest bucket of baking soda I’ve ever seen!

    I use vinegar a lot, not so much the baking soda, though I use it too.

    Comment by M&Co. | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. Yeah the biggest Baking Soda tub I’ve seen is about 100g in the baking section. That one you have is monstrous. But good for you – I think that baking soda is an unsung hero and curer of many ills.

    Comment by Wendy | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. My husband got on the vinegar bandwagon a few months ago. It does a great job, smells faintly like we’re having chips for dinner, and is incredibly cheap (and green). Love it!

    Comment by tuesy | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. What a GREAT idea! I’ve used non toxic products for a few years now. The family I work for is educated about chemicals and have decided to avoid them whenever possible when it comes to the kids. We use a 1 part lemon juice to three parts hot water with about a half cup baking soda (for about a half gallon of solution) on the countertops.

    I hope that makes sense, we make a bunch and store it in spray bottles. It works great and leaves the kitchen smelling GREAT!

    In my quest to conserve, I’m cutting out hot water when I wash dishes this month. The hot water seems to make the food slide off the dishes, but with just a bit more elbow grease I can save energy. Go me!

    Comment by Coley Moley!!! | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  6. Vinegar is the ONLY thing that removes that hard scaly buildup from my porcelain sinks and bath. I tried so many other things before that. Just spray it all down with vinegar before going to bed, wipe it clean in the morning. It’s really that easy.

    Comment by carrien (she laughs at the days) | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  7. what a coincidence, I’ve been using vinegar and soda to clean my drains this week but have run out of white vinegar, seems to be a national shortage, perhaps everyone is getting in on the act! If you use white vinegar you dont get the fish’n’chips smell!

    Comment by jenny | March 4, 2009 | Reply

  8. I just found out, first hand, the wonders of vinegar and baking soda on my drains, so YES! Yay for green cleaning!

    Comment by elisa | March 6, 2009 | Reply

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