Air & Dust
Unfortunately today we even have to clean the air! The indoor air of our home is full of toxins – from formaldehyde being released from adhesive man-made woods like plywood or MDF cabinetry or furniture, to formaldehyde and other chemicals off gassing from carpeting, area rugs, paint, etc. And toxic dust particles from flame-retardants applied to electronics and in furniture and mattress foams floating around in the air, etc.
- Healthmate: $600
- Healthmate+: $715
They both have carbon/zeolite and true med HEPA filters, but the HealthMate+ is different in that the carbon/zeolite is impregnated with potassium iodide, which provides the additional formaldehyde filtering action.
- Both recommended for those with allergies, asthma, odors, gases & chemicals
- 5 year guarantee
- both units can cover 1,500 square feet
Vacuum – HEPA filtered, sealed system
A legit vacuum will be designed so that the canister or barrel, is sealed with a gasket. The gasket ensures that nothing is escaping the canister (releasing the dust back into your air), and any air being sucked into the canister is being forced to go through the filters.
- Home vacuum: Miele Compact C2 Electro+ for a home vacuum with HEPA
- Shop vacuum (wet/dry) Nilfisk Aero 21 (model# 107418440) or Aero 26 (model# 107419097) – make sure you get the models that include HEPA filters
- Get a drill shroud or bubble to capture dust when drilling holes into walls that might have layers of lead paint from Dustless Tools
Find more information about recommended items here.
- Scraper – made of wood by an Etsy seller/woodworker named SummerBeeWoodworks. Ask for them without the logo – they are amazing!!
- Scraper – made of metal: Dexter-Russel Mini Turner (2 x 2.5″)
- Bottle Brush – made of wood and plant Tampico fibers: Iris Hantverk Tampico Dishbrush, item#: 1102-03, or Curved Dish Brush 10.25″ or Curved Dish Brush 9.25″. I also recently tried a silicone bottle brush from Sur La Table. There are a few times when plastic can be the most effective, but let’s not ALWAYS go to plastic when there are better alternatives. I find spatulas and this bottle brush to be the few exceptions where plastic is really effective.
- Sink Brush – hard bristles – made of wood and plant Union fibers: Redecker/Burstenhaus 2.25″ diameter
- Pot Scrubber for tough spots – this one made of broomcorn by Little John of Plant-Based services gets tough spots out
- Baking soda – used for washing any stubborn bits of food on dishes, stovetop, table, floor, or anywhere!
- Washing Soda – see above. What is washing soda? How is washing soda made? Read a full explanation and report from Meliora here. You will find the cheapest prices for sodium carbonate at Walmart, Blaine’s Farm and Fleet, Ace Hardware, and Walgreens.
- Shaker for Baking Soda/Washing Soda – $7 w/ handle // or $8.80 without handle
- Hydrogen Peroxide for disinfecting counters after preparing meat. I put a spray bottle top in the brown bottle – keep peroxide in the brown bottle it comes in to preserve its action.
- Soap – Big Block French Kitchen Soap, made by Bee Alchemy of Milwaukee, WI, 3″ x 3″
- Dishcloths – this 100% hemp fabric – 10oz from http://www.OrganicCottonPlus.com works well for making dish cloths.
There are some DIY options, such as liquid soap made from horse chestnuts, as well as a powdered laundry wash made with castile soap and washing soda.
To brighten white and colors: sodium percarbonate with a little sodium carbonate (soda ash). Presoak garments or bedding in ROOM TEMPERATURE water for up to 24 hours — 2 T sodium percarbonate per gallon of water. Mix in a little washing soda (soda ash aka sodium carbonate). I already had these two ingredients around for use as brighteners for porcelain sinks, tubs and toilets. You will find the cheapest prices for sodium carbonate at Walmart, Blaine’s Farm and Fleet, Ace Hardware, and Walgreens.
For oil stains, keep a container of diatomaceous earth, cornstarch or arrowroot powder to soak up the oil on the garment.
I like the following idea for parents with kids…Hey, maybe even for myself! 😉