I have a confession. I love Bon Ami powder cleaner. It works so darn well. The Environmental Working Group gives it an “A” score, so it’s not the worst thing I could be using, but there’s a lot of waste with all those empty cans. I always put the empties in the recycling bin, but I’m not confident they’re recyclable. Denver doesn’t accept foil coated paper board. I have no idea if the gold paper covering the Bon Ami can is considered foil or not, but I would guess the metal caps aren’t recyclable. My guilt got the best of me and I finally made the change to a better cleaning powder.
I’m using plain old baking soda paired with vinegar. I put the baking soda in one of those cheese shakers that I picked up at the thrift store, but a jar with holes poked in the lid would work equally as well. I put straight vinegar in a spray bottle.
I sprinkle baking soda in my sinks, tubs, and toilets and spray with vinegar. What results is an eruption of bubbles. After the bubbles have settled I go in with a sponge and scrub until a satisfying clean shines through. By the way, I wouldn’t recommend using vinegar on grout, since its cement content dissolves when exposed to acids.
If additional scrubbing power is needed, I imagine one of my scrubby sponges would work wonders. If you’re looking for other cleaning solutions, I’d recommend my cleaning spray, which also can be made in bulk.
I’m not ambivalent to the fact that there is waste created from this solution as well. I get my vinegar in plastic gallon jugs rather than glass bottles, which are infinitely more recyclable. Vinegar packaged in glass isn’t cost effective for my family. I buy baking soda in giant plastic bags from Costco. It would be better to purchase it in a card board box, but again the bulk bags are more economical. Despite the plastic packaging, buying in bulk does result in less packaging, and I do re-purpose or recycle the empty jugs and bags. Sometimes it’s hard to determine the best, most ecological choice. I think this is it, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.