April 20, 2010
All of the cleaning products I use at home are made by Seventh Generation. I use their Natural Citrus Cleaner & Degreaser, Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner, Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner, and Automatic Dishwasher Detergent – and I love them all. I am a Seventh Generation loyal household. That is, except for my Clorox Wipes.
Now I know better than to be using Clorox Wipes. I do. They are full of toxic chemicals. A friend of mine even calls them cancer wipes. So I know they’re not good for you. I know there are cleansers out there that are much less harsh, and just as effective. But they’re so convenient! You just pull one out of the container, the cleanser is already in the wipe, and you are ready to start scrubbing things down! I use them in my kitchen every night. They are perfect for wiping down the stove top and all the counters. I use them in the bathroom as well. Wipe down the counters, wipe down the toilet, and voila! All clean! Germs killed! They even kill 99.9% of the flu virus! And when you’re all done cleaning, you just throw them away! You just throw… them… away. After one use. Oink.
I did try for a while to not use them. I started using my Seventh Generation Cleaner & Degreaser to spray things down, and would then wipe it up with either a sponge or an old rag. And while yes – it did the job just as well, it just… wasn’t the same. Because all I could think of was if I use an old rag, that I have to wash when I’m done, then I’m just creating more laundry, and using more water. But if I use a sponge instead, then all the dirt and germs and flu virus’ are just living in my sponge. So I’m essentially just smearing stuff around, which is gross, and doesn’t exactly seem very clean. This switch didn’t last very long.
Plus to be honest, I just don’t like it as much. I know the more eco-friendly solution is to use my cleanser spray with a rag, that I throw in the wash after several uses, but I’m not ready to do that yet. I have changed a lot of things so far, and do want to make good choices for the health of my family and the environment, but do I really have to give up everything? I know I’m being a big baby about it, but I love the ease and convenience that comes with Clorox Wipes, and I’m not ready to drop them. Yet.
But in the meantime, I should at least be wearing gloves while I use them.