In the days of yore when I used chemical bathroom cleaners, typical soaps and shampoo’s from the grocery store, I constantly battled with ring around the bathtub, slimy tile walls and a discusting shower curtain. While I felt it was a never ending battle, I also struggled with how ill I felt after I cleaned because of noxious fumes from typical cleaning products, and how itchy I always felt by using pertroleum derived skin care. I seriously itched a good portion of my life.
Being able to clean green of course altered the chemical portion of that completely.
The most remarkable detail of using this powerful green trio is that I could spray, scour, sanitize and mix all of these things together, without fear of a chemical melt down. We all know that combining bleach and ammonia and other regular cleaning products is very very dangerous.
Mixing bleach and ammonia releases a gas so deadly it was once used as a chemical warfare agent. It can overwhelm a victim in less than a minute.
After I was introduced to green cleaning products I was then introduced to a non-soap bar, for everyday bathing. A positively delicious oatmeal, vitamin e, wheat germ oil product that was such a shift from the squeaky clean Ivory soap I grew up with, or the Irish spring soap my husband seemed to enjoy ( gosh I hated the smell of that stuff) I could hardly believe the difference this product made in my life. My new non-soap bar was lovely smelling, ph balanced, and non-stripping to the skin. It actually protects the skins acid mantle versus destroying it. I had horrific dry skin from using every day skin care products that were harsh, not ph balanced and derived from tallow ( animal fat ) and lye ( the same thing that oven cleaners are made up of ). I have introduced hundreds of people to this non-soap bar and they love it as much as I.
Soap products make soap scum – no other way to say it, soap leaves a horrific trail.
Use soap products you will have soap scum.
No soap scum and you virtually have a self cleaning bathtub. I have not had a bathtub ring since 1993!
Come over anytime and look in my bathtub.
With regard to the discusting plastic liners for your shower? Forget those. I stopped using them ions ago. I buy an all fabric cotton shower curtain – actually I buy 2 and wash one with the towels! No more plastic touching my body, not more outgassing and no more mold.
Karen Hanrahan ~ Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant/Blog Author
Websites: Nutrition Weight Loss, and Green Clean
How do you celebrate Earth Day?
If you’re not cleaning green – what’s stopping you?