A clean freak I am not.
I tend to care more about order. For instance, I’m a little OCD about my books. They’re always neat, and organized by color. (I’ve tried other systems, but this one makes the most sense to me! It’s visually pleasing.)
I make sure the kitchen is always clean. It gets cleaned after every meal, with help from my 11 year old son. The sink and stove are nice and shiny before I go to bed. And the bathroom gets a once over by my 7 year old daughter every day. These are the most important areas to me because dirtiness here can impact our health.
That being said, I definitely like using cleaning products that make the whole cleaning experience a) easier and b) more pleasant.
Go ahead and strip me of my natural mom card, but I do not clean with vinegar!
I don’t like my home smelling like a pickle factory (and yes, I’ve tried mixing essential oils in with it, doesn’t work!), and I find that it just doesn’t clean things as well as I want it to.
Vinegar doesn’t make the chrome in my bathroom shine, and it doesn’t cut grease as well as soap does. (For most of my cleaning, I use a super simple mixture of 1 tablespoon castille soap in a spray bottle of water.)
The folks at Celadon Road sent me a selection of cleaning products. Their company aims to use organic and eco-friendly ingredients, and they have a home business opportunity because their products are marketed through direct sales. (Which is pretty cool and not smarmy like multi-level marketing.)
They gave me: Lavender Eucalyptus All Purpose Cleaner, Lemon Mint Glass Cleaner and Lavender Laundry Detergent.
First, the bad news.
I didn’t care for the Lemon Mint Glass Cleaner at all, because it was kinda streaky.
The ingredients were impressive though: Water, Club Soda, Lemon Juice, Peppermint Essential Oil, and Cornstarch.
Nothing questionable there.
It smelled lovely and worked just fine as a counter spray, but for glass and windows and my stove it left something to be desired.
I did really like the Lavender Laundry Detergent (it’s available in other scents too, like Cedarwood, shown to the right – which would be lovely on hubby’s things!).
It smelled wonderful (duh- lavender!) and cleaned extremely well, and it worked fine for cloth diapers too, at least in the short term – but because it contains essential oils, my suspicion would be that over time it would lead to problems. Essential oils leave a coating on the diapers that makes them repel water. Ditto for towels.
But my favorite product of the 3 by far was the Lavender Eucalyptus All Purpose Cleaner. I simply loved it. It smelled amazing – even my 11 year old son, who is sensitive to odors, asked me, “Mom! What is that wonderful smell?!” after I used it. It made the entire house smell amazing.
It was also very effective. It worked great as a counter spray, it cleaned my stove well, and it worked wonderfully on wood too. I didn’t use it to clean my bathroom, but the tea tree and eucalyptus oils would be good for killing mildew.
Celadon Road also offers home decor, stuff for pets and kids, jewelry, skin care, kitchen goodies and men’s stuff. Definitely worth checking out.
Have you tried any Celadon Road products? What were your thoughts?