The 3 G’s of Kitchen Cleaning
Good for You, Good for the Environment, Good (great) for Your Wallet
Growing up, I had what most would consider severe allergy issues. Everything made me sick and I couldn’t take majority of the medicines that would help me. Out of necessity, my mother joined an organic food co-op, got into herbalism, made all of my medicines and supplements, grew a lot of our own food (ordered what we couldn’t grow from local farmers), bought raw milk, and provided me with a chemical (toxin) free environment. As long as I stayed away from store bought food, fast food, dyes, chemicals, and most cosmetics, I was your typical healthy child.
Fast forward 35+ years and I drifted so far away from the way I was raised I was listed as an Antonym in the Thesaurus for healthy living.
Then the inevitable happened that happens to most people that abuse their bodies and take their health for granted, I was faced with cancer.
So my journey to better living began and I am happy to say I have come full circle.
Several years ago I was introduced to the notion that commercial cleaners had thousands of toxins that could leach into your body through your skin and cause serious health issues. As someone who owned a cleaning business in the past and had my hands in cleaners every day all day long for 365 days a year, this theory really intrigued me, so I began to research the information I was being told. After a long and extensive study into commercial cleaners, air fresheners, cosmetics, fragrances, and the like, I decided to ditch store bought products (unless organic). All of them, no exceptions.
Unfortunately, buying everything organic was expensive and we were paying double, even triple, what we were previously spending. It never occurred to me I could make my own until my mother mentioned why didn’t I use what my grandmother used? That’s when I had a V8 moment!
I began making and testing every DIY cleaner recipe I could get my hands on. We suffered through many DIY failures and not so pleasant smelling concoctions until I finally discovered a complete line of All Natural, Non-Toxic, Earth Friendly, DIY Household products. It was then that I started sharing my recipes with others, teaching people how to make their own products and developed the 3 G Principal.
My 3 G Principal
#1 G- Good for You
You may ask “why should a cleaner be good for you?” As long as it gets the job done, who cares—right?
Anything that goes onto your skin goes into your body. If you’re using store bought cleaners, the chances are you are exposing yourself to cancer triggering substances. In less than one minute of contact with your skin, trace elements of chemicals can be found in every organ of your body.
Many cleaners (if not all) have fragrances which are petrochemicals and have spurred several health related issues, from breathing complications to cancer. Even “unscented” products generally have added chemicals to mask their scent. Once something is absorbed into the body your system has to try to filter it out or make it usable. Some of these unknown substances can be stored in fatty tissues where they remain forever.
In order to meet my first G, a cleaner is required to, on no account, be a threat to human safety when used properly.
#2 G- Good for the Environment
As a nation, we are contaminating our water supply with the use (and manufacturing) of toxic chemicals. Many do not realize, but we are all drinking recycled water. The water we now consume is the same water that was around when dinosaurs roamed the earth ( I tell my kids all the time they drink dinosaur pee!). What we put on our; lawns, wash on our cars, flush down our toilets, and pour down our drains, eventually, will all end up in our drinking water supply. From prescription medicines to drain cleaners, they all end up in our drinking water supply. A large portion of chemicals are impossible to filter out of our water, and some can never be removed.
Whenever I speak in public I always ask “where does your water come from?” and “where does it go when you pour it down the drain?” I would guess that over 90% do not answer correctly. The problem lies in their answers, no one gives it a thought, we just turn the faucet on and water comes out, once we pour it down the drain it disappears. We (again, myself included) live without consequence or liability for the quality of our water supply.
Some answer me “I only drink from water bottles” and my answer to that statement is “that is one of the worst things you could do”. The water bottle industry is responsible for a major portion of our pollution problem. Of course, I can’t place all of the blame on them; if it wasn’t for the consumer they wouldn’t be able to pollute our lands and waters so we carry that blame as well. However, bottled water gives us the false sense of security. Their names and beautiful pictures of fresh streams of flowing crystal clear water allow us to believe that is what we are drinking, it’s not.
Here is a little tidbit of information about bottled water. It is not regulated by the EPA it is regulated by the FDA. It is not tested for quality or is required to meet the same safety regulations as your tap water. The FDA allows for certain amounts of fecal matter to be acceptable in bottled water and the EPA does not allow any amounts to be acceptable in tap water. Something to think about next time you reach for that overpriced bottle of plastic.
Be mindful of what you pour down your drains and what you flush down your toilet because eventually it will make its way into your drinking water supply.
To meet my second G’s requirements, a cleaner has to: pose no threat to the environment when used properly, be biodegradable, and have a natural origin.
#3 G- Great for Your Wallet
As a self-employed family of five, we have to be frugal. I would have never been able to convince my husband to support my decision, if going organic cost double what we were currently spending; we simply wouldn’t be able to afford it. Truth is, if you are going to buy organic, biodegradable, all-natural products, you will see a rise in your shopping bill. Although, if you made your own cleaning products you will see a 90% savings or more! Who wouldn’t love to save over 90%? A 2009 study showed the average family spends over $800 per year on household cleaning products; I am here to tell you that you can cut that bill by 90% by making your own products. Who doesn’t like to save 90% off?
While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of DIY cleaning products recipes on the internet, any recipe I share has to meet all three G’s. If I can’t afford to make it cheaper than I can buy it, I won’t.
Here is a price comparison example for the herbal antibacterial bathroom cleaner.
Lysol Antibacterial Cleaner $3.99 (on sale)
Seventh Generation Organic Cleaner $4.99
3 G Cleaner that you make $0.29
That is an incredible savings!