As much as we try to avoid it, somehow the dirt just keeps on building, and the house must eventually be cleaned. Floors, thanks to gravity, attract food, muck and dust bunnies like magnets. But there's zero need to resort to typical ozone-depleting, smog-inducing volatile organic chemicals that pollute our homes and the planet. Really, any old green all-purpose product could be used to mop the floors, but since the cleaners below say they're specially designed for the job, we're putting them to the test.
As for getting windows, mirrors and glass surfaces sparkly, be aware that you're inhaling a fine mist of lung irritant ammonia with every squeeze of the nozzle. Windex Multi-Task with Vinegar and its outdoor version don't actually contain ammonia, but all conventional window cleaners contain chemical detergents, surfactants and perfumes. (Don't be fooled by newer pseudo-natural "Lavenda" and orange types). Some window-cleaners, like Professional Windex Concentrate, even contain nerve-damaging butyl cellosolve.
Whatever you do, do not I repeat, do not buy the disposable window-cleaning wipes available these days. Talk about a waste of cloths and unrecyclable packaging. An old lint-free cotton T or reusable cloth works fine.
But how do environmentally squeaky clean health store varieties hold up? That's where our handy- dandy testers come in.
* (1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon natural detergent, 2 cups water in spray bottle)
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