My Wonder Cleaners

Okay, I still am trying to become a more organic and less chemically-based mom.  However, I am not chemical free. I am also trying to spend less and do more as a now Stay-At-Home Mom (SAHM).

I am making some advancements by going back to my roots.  My parents used Fels-Naptha soap for  pre-treating  laundry. It only costs around a dollar and is much easier to find now than when they used it. So, I started using it also.  One bar has lasted me months and works well.  (No, this is not a compensated endorsement…just what I do and my opinion).

My mother also used household ammonia.  I did not started using it because she used to though.  We bought and installed laminate flooring in our previous house’s kitchen.  I read the directions for cleaning that came with the laminate.  It said there were three products I could use with a natural sponge mop:

  • First, the  company’s product. It was expensive and, even though I worked outside of the house at the time, I was cheap.
  • Second, white vinegar.  It was relatively cheap and more Eco-friendly in my mind. I tried it and it did work but my floor looked streaky.
  • Third, household ammonia.  It was relatively cheap and the last alternative.  I tried it and it seemed to clean better and streak less, so I stuck with it despite the smell.

I’ve continued to use it after we moved into a house with half the floors having laminate. With a child, a cat, a dog and my husband, dry mopping only is just not an option.

I also discovered somewhere on line another use for the ammonia-to remove protein-based stains.  It is great on baby formula, blood, and actually many others including grease.

I still use white vinegar-just not on the floors.  It still works in the coffee pot, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and to set dyes in the laundry.

I still have a ways to go, but I do buy less and cheaper cleaners with better results.


  1. Paula–I really enjoyed reading your blog–I’ll bookmark it and read often! I too am experimenting with organics–mainly in the garden. Ideas for tomato blight? I love that you’re staying home with your little one, it will be rewarding and you’ll be blessed many times over!
    I enjoyed reading references to your family. It’s a wonderful bond that you and your sister share. I always admired your Mom’s family–they enjoyed close ties and had such a good time together. I miss those old times and my in-laws. I hope that our girls enjoy those close ties as they move into adulthood.
    Enough rambling–
    I haven’t blogged in awhile, but you can visit mine if you’d like, and also feel free to comment:)
    p.s. Where did you get the rock deodorant?

    • Thanks Sue! I just checked out your blog–I really enjoyed it also. I really liked all the pics too..I have been planning to add some…oh well, maybe sometime soon.

      Sorry to hear of the tomato blight. I was told the commercial growers in Ohio started using the plastic to cover the rows before planting in part to reduce blight. I have heard of people using mulch instead of plastic as a way of reducing the chances of getting it. After getting it, I don’t know of anything other than removing leaves on plants that are not totally infected being careful not to spread it by touching non-infected areas then spraying the plants. We used a mixture of baking soda, dish washing soap and water to spray the plants instead of a fungicide the last year we raised tomatoes at Mom and Dad’s. It seemed to work. I read that soaking cornmeal in water, straining it, and using the water to spray the plants also works.

      The mineral salt rock can be found in the deodorant section of a store like Whole Foods or even a drugstore. I actually saw it on clearance at the very bottom of the deodorant section of my local Walgreen’s. Many brands are in a standard looking deodorant type container.