Dirty windows + able-bodied, orange hair, freckle face ginger sitting around watching tv = opportunity
We have a VIP arriving at our house this weekend and in anticipation of her visit, I wanted the windows in our family room clean. Ike began the chore but grabbed a can of aerosol window cleaner we received years ago when the room was constructed.
When I checked on Ike’s progress, the overwhelming smell of chemicals had filled the room. One look at the contents in the can, I was shocked to see the ingredients used. The first ingredient on the list 2-butoxyethanol (or ethylene glycol monobutyl ether). Also known as 2-BU, this widely-used cleaning solvent causes anemia by damaging red blood cells, creates air pollution that exceeds workplace limits, is linked to impaired fertility and reproductive and developmental toxicity. EPA even considers it a possible human carcinogen. Liquified petroleum gas for window cleaner? Come on! Ain’t nobody got time for that!
So I quickly
grabbed replaced the can of toxic ingredients with a spray bottle of water mixed with about a half teaspoon of Extreme 18X. This product has replaced at least 80% of my regular cleaning supplies so it just made good, healthy sense.
Extreme 18X is an ultra-concentrated soap berry liquid detergent and cleaner and now the good folks at NaturOli are giving a FREE BONUS GIFT of a mini or trial size” for every $25 in merchandise ordered!*
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Ike and Extreme 18X made a good team. The pictures I took were not filtered in any way, there was no need. My windows are sparkly, streak-free clean and that was done thanks to two things – an awesome son and a petro-chemical free, formaldehyde free product that I absolutely love.
Great timing on this post! I just posted about the soap nuts yesterday. 🙂 I did want to look into the cleaners next. 🙂
You will like Extreme 18X, lmk when you want to try it out! You’ll also like soap nut powder!
I like to use vinegar or lemon juice for my windows and glass. Combined with a damp microfibre cloth they come up a treat. I did have to use a stronger cleaner when we first moved in. I don’t think the previous occupiers cleaned the toilets or shower and while my methods worked on the toilets, the shower door had caked-on limescale (ugh). Still, I only used the strong stuff once and now I use vinegar to keep it like it 🙂
Thanks for sharing Sandy! I can’t even imagine someone leaving limescale on a shower door for future owners. I’d be too embarrassed! Natural cleaning methods are always worth trying first. Since I started using soap nuts and Extreme 18X, I have more room under my sinks because I don’t have a bunch of other products. Appreciate your suggestions!
Great post, Cindy! Here’s some little glass tests for anyone to try: Dilute EXTREME 18X at a ratio of approx. 16 – 20:1 (water to 18X). If too strong it will be too soapy. That’s okay for many purposes, but as a glass/stainless/auto type cleaner being TOO soapy will cause smears and streaks. After you’ve got that right and cleaned some windows, compare to ANY cleaner (natural or chemical). Try to clean some side-by-side west-facing doors or windows, so the late day sun shines directly through. TEST 1: With a standard cheap paper towel, glide it across both. It will glide like silk across the glass cleaned with 18X. It will actually stick and feel gritty on the other window. THAT tells you how much of a film actually remains with other cleaners. A surfactant is needed to cut through and remove that film. TEST 2: Compare the two near sundown when the sun is shining straight through. Brighter, better. You’ll be surprised. If you got the dilution ratio correct and did a thorough job, the 18X cleaned window will almost appear gone. Interesting…just try it. 😉