Pumpity pump pump (Day 23)…

EcoVert Windex

On the one hand, my mirrors have never been cleaner. On the other hand, I never knew I had so many freckles. The reason: I am enamoured with Ecover‘s glass and surface cleaner. Actually, it’s not even the cleaning solution itself — which is actually as good, if not better, than Windex — it’s the spray pump. This thing will make even the most passive pacifist trigger happy until their windows are invisible.

Seriously, it’s like firing a gun (and despite being Canadian, I know what that feels like — my family recently took a trip to Miami; ’nuff said). You just pull the handle gently, see, but then it suddenly takes off and kapow! A perfectly distributed mist wafts out, ready to be wiped off with the recycled paper towel or cloth rag of your choice.

From now on, though I may need to get more wrinkle cream, a couple face peels and some Clearasil, I’m sticking to a natural glass cleaner like this one — if only because it totally pumps me up.

13 Responses to Pumpity pump pump (Day 23)…

  1. David says:

    What about the good ol’ vinegar & water solution … with the used newspaper. It actually works great … except for the inked-up hands (which can be washed easily with some eco soap).

    In fact, in the case of some newspapers, this secondary use may be more valuable (as with lining the kitty litter box) than the original use.

  2. Emma says:

    That’s funny you should cover window cleaners today. Because yesterday I cleaned my windows 3 TIMES!…NEVER use Hero Cleaner. How expensive is this green cleaner? If it’s better than Windex I’m on it!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Haha, was that a not-so-subtle dig at my current place of employment, David? I suppose I could try that, but I hate the smell of vinegar. And I also like having a spray… but perhaps I could try refilling this container with some vinegar and water when I’m done with it.

  4. Vanessa says:

    You’d be surprised at these green cleaners, Em — they’re usually not much more expensive than the others brands, nor are they less effective (except for maybe that Seventh Generation dishwashing detergent). If you go to Whole Foods you can find the Ecover stuff there, or even better — if you’re at OCAD, just walk up to Baldwin Street and go to Baldwin Naturals, they’ll for sure have it.

  5. stephen says:

    i would be interested to see how much your household budget increases – or maybe decreases – which the switch to ecover and seventh generation products over store brands. that is a stumbling block for me – paying the premium for environmental awareness. i know, in the long run, it is worth it, and serves as an investment in the environment. but day to day it can seriously impact the cash flow.

  6. Morgan says:

    You can actually reduce the amount you spend on house hold cleaners by buying only a couple things, instead of the usual products that seem to be marketed for one specific purpose…which usually translates to most households having loads of brutal chemicals sitting around. Go buy one all purpose cleaner, one dish soap and a window cleaner. That’s pretty much all you need!

    If you want to make a good all purpose/glass cleaner, boil some lavender for about 5 minutes and then let it cool off…fill up an old spray bottle with a bit of room left over for about 1/4 cup of vinegar and your good to go!

    Lavender is a natural disinfectant and vinegar is a good cleaning agent, as well it helps to evaporate the liquid…and it smells groovy too!

  7. Morgan says:

    ..some people actually add Borax to that solution for extra cleaning power…I’ve never done it!

    Cheers dude…

  8. Morgan says:

    Remember everyone…it’s national shut down day tomorrow (March 24, 2007). Be sure to go do something else, like fix something, go kayaking, take your date out for an organic lunch…but don’t turn your computer on.

    Vanessa…I’m sure the people won’t mind if you turn your’s on for a few minutes to post your daily greenjection!

    http://www.shutdownday.org

    Cheers…

  9. gettinggreen says:

    I just saw that on TreeHugger, Morgan — I don’t know, though. This is supposed to be a daily blog. But I might try and post tomorrow’s entry at 11:59 p.m. tonight and then try not to touch my computer for 24 hours after that.

    Regarding the prices of these green products, I have to admit to not being that familiar with what the costs of the brand-name products usually are, but I have yet to look at a price tag and think, “Wow, that’s outrageous!” Also, this store in Toronto called Grassroots has tons of eco products in these bulk bins, so you can actually bring in your empty container and refill it with laundry detergent, dishwashing powder, etc. for less.

  10. Morgan says:

    Like I said…I think we’d all forgive you!!!

    Cheers and have a great weekend!

  11. Goldberry says:

    Have you heard of Shaklee? They have green cleaners that are very effective, and much cheaper too, because they come concentrated and you dilute them yourself. You can find them online. Borax is toxic- that’s what they use in ant poison…

  12. gettinggreen says:

    Hmm — didn’t think of the concentrated angle, thanks Goldberry! That makes sense.

  13. Morgan says:

    yeah…that’s the reason why I’ve never used Borax…but many people do!

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