We were doing some under-the-kitchen-sink organizing for a client and saw this bottle of Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar cleaner. Which got me thinking about how we've gotten away from the DIY cleaners of days past and now are coming back around to them being a marketing gimmick (all that is old becomes new again....and I'm thinking about the *gasp* bell bottom jeans I just saw advertised in the Target flyer!).
A review on the Windex website states "I NEVER write reviews on manufacturers websites. But I'll make an exception for this cleaner. A No residue, remove grime, leave shine and fragrance acceptable cleaner. Even my husband raves about it and he fights cleaning anything....no other cleaner I have used comes close to the performance of this one".
Ummmm.....really? It's vinegar and water, peeps....and according to the Windex website, it also has two "wetting agents", several surfactants, lactic acid, and fragrance. None of which roll off my tongue easily when trying to pronounce! Yes, vinegar does have an odor to it, but it dissipates relatively quickly.
Okey dokey - here's the scoop - I do ALOT of cleaning. So much, in fact, that I tend to be very aware of costs and "green-ness" of products. Target sells this Windex product for around $3. The same amount of our DIY cleaner (which we make by the gallon and pour into reusable spray bottles) costs about 45 cents. We also know, and can pronounce the name of, every item in the DIY cleaner.
Do the math, think about the environment - what ARE we buying? What are we bringing into our homes and exposing our families to? I believe in moderation and understand that there are those certain jobs which require a bit more than we can always tackle ourselves, but we also need to consider what we can do as we spend money on cleaning supplies.
SO... do you make any of your own cleaning supplies? Why or why not? What are your favorites? I would love to hear from you!
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