Now, I moved into my now-husband's house on a part-time basis about four years after he'd been as a bachelor. And we'll just say that neither of us is really...an avid housekeeper. So, there was (is) plenty of cleaning to be done to get our townhouse into "show" condition. From wiping smudged windows, to scuffed doors, to the floor under the stair railing. And "regular" cleaning needs to be done more frequently, as potential buyers could come it AT ANY MOMENT.
As I've been doing most of this cleaning (while Kevin does things like build bathrooms and switch our motion-sensitive light switches back to regular ones), I've really noticed that I've been having a reaction to using all the different cleaners. I've gone green on most of the cleaners I use regularly, like laundry detergent, dish soap, and toilet bowl cleaner. But we have all of these old chemical cleaners, so to use them and do a thorough cleaning job, I've been cleaning with them. Here's a picture of all of the different cleaners I've used in the past week:
Do they look a little ominous? The more I've used them (paticularly the Lysol, Windex, and Orange Glo), the more I've had a little bit of a burning nose and headache. These all have ammonia in common, so it's possible that I have a sensitivity to that. The Kaboom works magically on our chronic soap-scum problem in the tub, but the smell of that kinda gets to me, too. I think about breathing this stuff in when/if I get pregnant, and it terrifies me. I think about leaving the cleaning to Kevin, and am not sure which terrifies me more.
So, I've decided to absolutely phase these things out of my cleaning repertoire, focusing primarily on the main offenders mentioned above. The Method is already made with natural ingredients, and is fine. I already use the Clorox Cleanup very limitedly. The Cerama Bryte works miracles on our ceramic cooktop, and hasn't bothered me, so it will probably stay unless someone has a better suggestion. Same with the Goo Gone. I'll be searching for replacements for the rest...slow by little.
My question at this point is not so much how to replace them. I read about non-toxic alternatives for cleaning products for years, and have Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home (silly woman, since you've sold me your book with your DIY cleaning remedies, I'll never have to buy your overpriced cleaning products). My question is how to get rid of the toxic products I have? I don't want to dump them because of 1. Wasting the product. 2. The pollution from dumping a large amount at once. Do I suck it up and use them? Freecycle them?