For years we have heard plenty about not using harsh chemical cleansers in our home. Vinegar and baking soda are supposed to be the magic cleaning agent in order to disinfect your home and keep your family healthy – and away from toxic fumes, carcinogens, and questionable ingredients.
Then Clorox paved the mainstream way of trying to convince us the make a truly “green” cleaning line, and names like Seventh Generation became everyday brands.
Living that middle ground as I do, I took several years and bought only Shaklee, Seventh Generation, Ecover, and the like. I spent bundles of Marc’s and my money toward these products, and often to find myself itchy, my dishes still dirty, and my bathtub still grimy.
This past with pricey alternative cleaners explains why I was at Wal-Mart (yes) this week buying Comet. Gimme that bleachy teal powder that would turn tar snowy white!
I grabbed the 2x Comet (twice the white and half the elbow grease!) when I saw it:
The cutest little bird, letting me know it was my “Good Friend”, or in french, “Bon Ami”. A powder cleanser, just like coment, but “America’s Original Natural Home Cleaner”.
“Cleans your home without dye, perfume or chlorine”.
“Sprinkle Scrub Rinse!”
“Before cleaning turned ‘chemical,’ there was Bon Ami.”
They say they have a simple purpose, “to return your home to a natural state of clean.”
Biodegradable, hypo-allergenic (and those commercial cleaners you buy are NOT), Bon Ami is made of “five simple ingredients”:
- Biodegradable Cleaning Agents (from coconut and corn)
- Soda Ash
- Baking Soda
Technically, would “biodegradable cleaning agents” not count as more than one ingredient? That reminds me of idiots on Pinterest who say their cake is only three ingredients… but one of them is a box of cake mix which has eight ingredients and multiple preservatives itself.
Anyhow, Bon Ami is still far less harsh and far more natural than what I showed up to buy. Plus, for less than a dollar, what do I have to lose?
I got both. No better way to test something out, right, than to have the tried-and-true on standby to make everything pearly if the natural product fails. I likely would have bought Bar Keepers Friend, which was between the two products, but it was sold out. I hear it is fantastic, too, though.
Any experience with this cute little chickadee?
PS. No, we still have no fridge. The old one is sitting in the middle of our kitchen floor, and we should have one by tomorrow night. Oh, I hope, because the random coolers and tote bins of food sitting on our porch is a little janky.