By Andrea Tomkins
Gearing up to give your place a deep clean for spring? Here’s a list of five things that will help you get the job done!
As always, these cleaning products do not contain ingredients on our banned list (which you can view here), including phthalates, which is commonly disguised as 'fragrance' in cleaning products and is a known endocrine disruptor; and triclosan, which is often used as an antibacterial agent in cleaners and has harmful effects on people and our environment.
Visit the terra20 ecobar
terra20 friends and fans already know about the ecobar but it’s worth repeating because we think it’s so cool, for many reasons! Step one: Select your bottle size. The first purchase comes pre-filled but when you run out, you can come back for a refill. Step two: pick your product. Will it be bathroom cleanser, glass and window cleaner, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, multi-purpose spray, or floor cleaner? It’s an affordable way to stock up, and as an added bonus, you save $0.75 when you refill your ecobar bottle.
If you’re still on the fence about changing over to non-toxic cleaning products or can’t imagine switching everything at once, choose one product to start. By simply swapping out one item you’re already on your way to reducing toxins in your home. Not sure about committing to a full-sized product? No problem! Pick up a sample size and put it to the test.
This brand’s mission is to develop wonderful products that are safe for you, your family, and the environment. We couldn’t agree more, and we know our customers do too! In fact, we love this review of Attitude’s Daily Citrus Shower Cleaner a customer left on the terra20 website: “My shower, bath, and walls actually sparkle now that I'm using this cleaner. Friends and family who have seen it are amazed, and want to steal my bottle (no, no, no). It saves so much time when it comes to clean the bathroom. Love it!”
We love this shower cleaner too! Its citrus smell is a surprisingly effective way to wake up! It’s only one of many great household products by Attitude Cleaning. Folks with sensitive skin will definitely want to check them out.
Did you know that the secret of a perfect shine is just as much about the cloth as it is the product you’re using? Take for example, these window-cleaning cloths by E-cloth. Our customers rave about them. Honestly, you have to see it to believe it. All you need for a streak-free shine is water and an E-cloth. No more paper towels! Think of the money you’ll save. (The secret is in the fabric and in the weave!) Check out all of our other E-cloths here. Pair a cloth with the task and you’ve got yourself a solution to an age-old problem.
Air quality at home is an important consideration for many of our customers. Many prefer cleaning products that are unscented, lightly- or naturally-scented, and not so overpowering that it knocks them over when entering a room. Scent is also an important consideration for families with sensitivities. Eco-Max has developed products that smell great, and work just as well. Case in point: the Eco-Max Spearmint Bathroom Cleaner. This minty fresh cleaner contains ingredients derived from biodegradable, renewable and sustainable resources such as therapeutic grade, natural spearmint oil. It’s invigorating and energizing, and makes for an enjoyable cleaning experience. (Yes, we said enjoyable!)
Clean smarter with iQ! We keep a bottle of iQ All-Purpose Cleaner under the kitchen sink. This non-toxic cleaner is specially designed to cut through grease and grime and leaves no residue. Like the other items in the iQ line of cleaning products, it’s non-toxic and has a reduced environmental footprint. An added bonus: when the kids are on kitchen duty we don’t have to worry as much. They also love spraying stuff. (Go figure.) Durable plastic bottles and optional refills, keeps the plastic consumption to a minimum.
A final tip for your spring cleaning success!
If you’re about to venture into a deep clean for spring, consider going room by room instead taking on a whole house “I will clean all the things” approach. It means spreading it out over a longer period of time but you don't run a risk of Total Cleaning Burnout. Cleaning can’t be an “all or nothing” endeavor, so take it easy, be kind to yourself, to the earth, and everything will fall into place.