Advertising in 1946 verses today
While helping a friend clean up a really old house that they had just purchased we removed a small section of dry wall. Behind the drywall we found someone had used old newspapers as insulation. One of the newspapers from 1946 had an ad stating “More doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette”! We were appalled but not surprised. Things like that happened back then. Oh wait, things like that still happen today.
I told my friend about some research I was doing for our blog about shower cleaners. While cleaning our shower not too long ago and I found myself coughing afterwards. That made me wonder if it could have been from the shower cleaner – a product I had been using for many years. After doing some searching I came across a website that rates cleaning products from A-F called EWG.
There it was – my beloved cleaner with an F rating! It had some nasty stuff in it. This is a product that the manufacturer is encouraging us to use every day! Every day, in a small, warm, enclosed area. A couple of my other cleaning products had some cancer causing ingredients in them. Nine, almost new bottles, went into the trash that day. Right then and there, I decided to stick with the dawn and vinegar cleaner or natural products, and to find some DIY shower cleaner recipes for my family.
Are we still being duped?
Here we are, it’s been some 70 years since those cigarette adverts and we are still being duped by manufacturers. They don’t care about our health – only about making a buck. That’s obvious.
It’s really up to us to take the bull by the horns and check the products we have in our cupboards, or better yet check EWG before we purchase them. I’m done supporting companies that don’t care about our health! How about you?
What can we use? Daily cleaner are still a favorite. But instead I went to work trying to find a product that won’t give me cancer, an asthma attack, or a rash. I found several that had an A on EWG.
Below are some recipes for making a homemade shower cleaner.
Dawn and Vinegar Cleaner
Try this tried and true recipe. The dawn and vinegar cleaner – 1 part dawn 2 parts vinegar. Keeping in mind that this dawn and vinegar cleaner has soap in it so it must be rinsed, otherwise it can cause a slipping hazard.
Vinegar as a glass cleaner1/4 cup white vinegar (apple cider vinegar will work as well)
1/4 cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
1 Tbsp cornstarch (the cornstarch reduces streaking — anyone know why?)
2 cups water
8-10 drops essential oil of choice (optional. Lemon, orange, or another citrus would be my choice here, but lavender or others would be nice as well. Go here to learn why I chose this company as having the best essential oils for the money.)
Other items that I find essential for keeping a tile shower clean:
- Rain X
- Cleaning clothes
- Non caustic tile cleaners
- Make your own Daily Cleaner
- Best glass cleaners
- Steam cleaner
- Use a scrubber for tough areas
After every shower make these things a habit and you’ll never have moldy grout or soap scum:
- Spray down walls and any area that gets hit with water with your daily shower cleaner – except the glass if applicable.
- Squeegee to clean the water off of your glass if you have it and then squeegee off water from all walls and floor from edges to drain.
- Apply the rain x once a month on your glass to keep the water spots down.
- Clean glass weekly.
- Every 6 months steam clean the grout.
- Every 6 months scrub tough to clean areas with scrubber and the dawn and vinegar cleaner.
Does it really matter?
People used to think nothing of smoking in the car with kids. Now, you will be fined a hefty fee if you’re caught doing so. Too bad so many people had to die from secondhand smoke before some regulations were set up. With the help of the internet and websites like EWG we don’t have to find out the hard way any more. Thank you, EWG for the work that you do and for the power of the information that you give consumers.
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