Thursday, April 2, 2009

Buddy Friday: I Got a 46!

We've all seen those quizzes and forwards. Take the quiz and post your score, forward it to everone you know and send it back to me! We've played along too, some of them are just fun and pass time. Now I have a question for you: How many bottles of cleaner do you have in your house? Me, I have a whopping 46 NOT including whatever is in my garage and my laundry detergents. If I assigned a basic cost of $4 per bottle, I have at least $250 in cleaning supplies in my house right now.

How did it get that way? I'm not sure. Something can be said for shopping without a list. Something can be said for wanting to try the latest and greatest product to hit the market. Apparently I'm a sucker for floor cleaners. I have mostly wood floors in my house and truthfully, the only thing that will "help" them at this point is a professional refinishing. But no, I get sucked into these products. Are they all "green"? Unfortunately, no, though some are. In an attempt to make cleaning faster, fun and a cooperative effort, the industry has inundated the market with a cleaner for each scenario when a lot of the time one multi-purpose cleaner will do. They have introduced wipes when a cloth or paper towel and spray would suffice. It is amazing and overwhelming to see so many products available and in the process I have made poor choices monitarily as well as environmentally.

I remember my mom cleaning with Pledge, Pinesol, Ivory Liquid and a vacuum cleaner. Our house was spotless. You could eat off the kitchen floor. In my attempt to clean better, I have aquired all the trappings that say they will help you clean better. The only thing that will help me clean better is me. From this point forward, I have placed a moratorium on buying any further cleaning supplies and make a commitment to use and dispose of the products I have in a safe manner. I will begin to look for recipes for further supplies once I run out or buy their green counterpart. I'd like to get back to cleaning simply and keeping as few supplies in the house as necessary. I'd like to get to green and stay that way. So what's your score?

5 comments:

LizBeth said...

Makes you wonder how the pioneer women survived! ----- I usually wind up buying more cleaning supplies when we move into a new place, but after I get things cleaned up I simplify that real quick. I think many of the so-called green products are just a way to take advantage of the market right now. They still come in plastic bottles produced in factories and hauled to the store in big trucks. I have a friend who cleans houses professionally. She thinks ammonia and vinegar are just about it. I've noticed that the companies like Don Aslett's really don't have very many products for commercial use. Most of their cleaners are designed to be used for many things. . . . . . . . . . Thanks for joining in the Buddy posts! Liz

artbystrongheart said...

After looking around, I am embarrassed to say I have 11. Most, however, I don't use and don't remember purchasing - so go figure.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I dare not say........however I will say I have a heck of a lot more, and they are all to move to the new house!! Makes you think though.........

Gill in Canada

a pot, a thought & a smidgen of dirt said...

Fabulous post!!! and yea we too ended up with a fear few bottles, think it is the advertising myself, refuses to watch anymore adds on tv!! When I did some looking around when I did my baking soda, I found so many house hold cleaning ideas for them, so many blogs with list longer than ya arm. Our idea in our house, is not to buy any made up ones. we already using washing soda etc for washing and dishwasher.

scrappy quilter said...

I'm not one for buying a lot of cleaning supplies. I love vinegar, Comet and good old hot water. I just didn't like paying the high prices for all the stuff they want us to buy.