Will you cut the ties that bind you to your favourite big brands?

Ever been in a relationship with someone who doesn't believe in you?

Years ago, I got the sense that big household cleaner brands were telling me, "Don't you worry your pretty little head. We know exactly what you need to clean your home."

As if I was too dumb to figure it out.

But then I realized you can make effective cleaners — from liquid laundry soap to oven and drain cleaner! Not only are they simple and effective—they don't mimic estrogen, cause liver and kidney damage, or build up in the environment.

Believe in yourself! Join me and break up with some of the toxic brands you've become so dependent on:

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Dear Mr. Clean, Tide and Windex,

It's over! I'm breaking up with you.

It's you, not me.

I'm tired of your dirty secrets and I can do better.

It was a wild ride. Sheesh, we've practically grown up together. But I'm sick of your overpowering perfumes and your abrasive attitude.

You promised to bring a sparkle to my life, but I realize that's just not enough anymore. I want a home that's clean AND healthy.

Yours in non-toxic cleaning and proud of it,

Which brand will you break up with and why?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

May 1, 2012

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May 18, 2012
3:52 PM

Hi Lindsay,

I have recently made the switch to all homemade cleaners and did quite a bit of internet surfing before making my own. My Health and Safety Officer husband is concerned about the effectiveness and safety of my products on our dishes,counters etc for our kids. I did not save any of the sites I got the recipes off of so I am wondering if there is anywhere I can go to find information on all the ingredients I have used. I know most of the blogs have posted the products abilities and effectiveness but that would not satisfy my husband. He wants something official telling him it is ok. Thanks so much!

May 01, 2012
10:42 AM

The fact that some of these things are known to be toxic can be a selling point to people who don't realize it also means toxic to people, pets and wildlife, not just "household germs".

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