It's Easy Being Green - Homemade Cleaners

By: Angela Howard Email
By: Angela Howard Email

Meet Claire Williamson. This Tallahassee mom is the new face of Ecological Babies - a company designed to help families be more environmentally friendly.

She hasn't always been the all natural type, but when son Grant was born about three years ago, she decided to stay home with him which meant she and hubby Nathan had to pinch pennies where they could.

"A lot of these old-fashioned way of doing things are coming back around, like making your own soap, making your own cleaners, and cloth diapers," said Claire Williamson.

Some people go so far as to say they won't use 'any chemicals' in their home, but Williamson says that's really not possible. You just have to choose the chemical that's right for you.

"Vinegar and baking soda are chemicals, just, you say I want a chemical free home, but vinegar is a chemical, so it's this chemical versus this chemical and which one is going to eat my skin off and which one can I clean my son's high chair with," Williamson said.

Williamson's obvious choice is the latter, so she uses a simple mixture of vinegar and water and a little elbow grease to clean everything from the bedroom dressers to the bathroom walls.

For the tub, she uses baking soda and a sturdy scrub brush, and because her products are non-toxic, she can get her son Grant in on the cleaning too.

"You would never hand your two-year-old a bottle of Comet, but you can give them baking soda," she said.

Williamson also has a way to tackle tough grease in the kitchen.

"A trick, sounds crazy, but, cut a lemon in half and put some baking soda on half the lemon and rub on there. Works just like soft scrub."

Williamson does admit that her homemade cleaners may not be as strong as some of the store-bought brands, but she says a little extra scrubbing goes a long way.

"It's just a matter of time and what you're willing to trade for your dime."

So just how 'many' dimes are the Williamson's saving? A bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a bottle of scrubbing cleaner come to a grand total of 5.48. But a gallon of Vinegar, two pounds of Baking soda and a lemon only come to 5.23.

Yet at the end of the day, it's not the pennies but the peace of mind these natural cleaners bring.

"I like it mostly because it's safe and I don't have to worry about locking away yucky chemicals to keep out of my son's reach."

To contact Williamson or to check out Ecological Babies, scroll down to the Related Links section of this story and click on the link.

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