For my husband and I, it's not just about the chemical hazards, but also about the environmental impact and the garbage we create by using a lot of disposable stuff (who needs dish soap wipes?! I've never had a problem with my scrubber that I run through the dishwasher every load...) and oodles of plastic bottles. We're on septic, Kailie my white dog is super sensitive, and our ferrets all have cancer-then you add my asthmatic mom who visits often, and I'm fairly limited in chemical usage anyway.
Our garbage company charges per can left out, so we want to create as little trash as possible. We currently generate more recyclables than trash, which is good because our recycle bin is twice the size of our trash bin! We have even gotten better about recycling in every room-not just the kitchen and office. We used to just throw away toilet paper rolls, toiletry packaging (toothpaste boxes etc), and other non-obvious recycleables. Now it all gets recycled.
We have a small compost bin in the kitchen which gets emptied into the big'un behind the garage when it needs it. We even compost our dryer lint! We don't use dryer sheets-we use the dryer balls to prevent static instead. We are using cloth diapers and wipes when the baby comes. The wipe solution is small hand made organic soap chunks that you add to water.
I use PetGanics floor cleaner to clean my laminate wood floors. Supposedly, you can spray it in your mouth and it's fine. If you don't dilute it well enough, it does leave a sticky residue. They also make tub and tile cleaner, an all surface cleaner and I think one more that I can't remember. I use my old Clorox clean up "mop" with the PetGanics in the bottle and an old rag on the wipey part. Then I throw the rag in the wash. No garbage until the PetGanics bottle is empty, and it's recycleable! I use a product called Anti-Icky Poo (a mutant strain of bacteria and enzymes that eat nasties) to clean up accidents in the house-it even works on male cat pee! It freaks my husband out that I spray mutant nasties to "clean up" normal nasties, but they smell better! I use it in critter laundry to control the animal funk too. I love that stuff!
I also dislike the fact that it can be very difficult to find non-antibacterial hand soap! I draw a weird line between germphobia and what I call germiness. I don't like to use bar soap or sponges because of the germs that sit on and in them procreating like no one's business. But I don't want antibacterial everything either. Hubby is the opposite...He prefers antibacterial bar soap because it's cheap and kills the nasties he encounters at work and I've caught him using the same sponge to clean everything.
You just can't clean the counter with the same sponge you cleaned to the toilet with! I don't use sponges at all when I clean. I use rags that then go into the wash. I'm not even sure where he gets the sponges he uses...I haven't bought any in more than 2 years...
Quick question: Anyone have a recipe for an effective MOLD killer? Living in the rain forest, our home's average humidity is around 85-90%, so we have a big issue with mold. We bought a dehumidifier last winter and are able to keep the humidity down around 70% in the room the unit is in (it rolls, so we move it around as needed). We are currently using bleach to kill existing funk, but I would like a friendlier alternative if anyone has one.