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What Kind of Cleaning Products do you Use?

A MALE Patch editor wonders whether the ingredient list or the price tag determines what moms buy at the supermarket.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches, in which local parents are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues.

Each week our Moms Council members will discuss a different issue. Join the conversation by weighing in on a topic or asking questions.  

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey, of Upper Milford Township, is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and long time member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew, of Emmaus, is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17-years experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston, of Emmaus, has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling.  She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother to a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, N.J. in January.
  • Lisa Merk, of Lower Macungie, is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.    

Introducing Zoila Bonilla Paul

The newest member of our Moms Council, Ziola lives in Bethlehem, and is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a five year old and a 14 month old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.” 

For this week’s Moms Talk question, we are going to broaden our horizons and pose a question asked by, gulp, a man. 

Josh Popichak, Editor, Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch, who is neither a mom nor a woman, is, in his own words, “curious about moms and what they think, so that counts for something, I guess.” 

Here’s what Josh is thinking about: 

There are a lot more “natural” cleaning products on the supermarket shelves these days, which made Josh wonder if today’s parents are more concerned about exposing their kids to chemicals the effects such chemicals might have on their children years down the road than parents have been in the past. Or, he ponders, in today’s economy does saving money and the price tag determine what is being purchased? 

What kind of cleaning products do you use in your home? Specifically do you use "organic" or "all natural" cleaners rather than the more traditional, chemical, and potentially toxic brands? Does you make your own cleaning liquids at home? (You can find recipes online.) What factors are you considering when buying household cleaners?

Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. 

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Mary Anne Looby May 25, 2011 at 03:28 AM
I have been told the same thing about Murphys Oil soap. I have not used it in 30 years. My whole house is hardwood, I use a terry mop head and spray with vinegar and water. You should never get you wood floor really wet becuase they will warp. I have also been told not to wet mop them. I dust vacum, then dustmop, and then I spray the vinegar water mix on the terry mop head and go over the floors with it. I will clean spots and pick up any risidual dirt. 23 years, four kids and their friends, plus tons of dogs and my floors look as good as new.
Erin T May 27, 2011 at 03:57 PM
I also love Myers Clean Day products...my favorite is the Lemon Verbena (dish soap, hand soap, all purpose cleaner and laundry detergent)! Vinegar and bleech are always in the cleaning bag also!
Pamela Porter May 28, 2011 at 01:15 PM
How odd. Maybe it's the newer composition wood floors that are the problem; I have "real" hardwood floors in my place and they really look fabulous after a go-around with Murphy's Oil Soap. I use a firmly wrung-out terry mop and the squirt "pre-mixed" version of MOS, and have never had an issue.
Mary Anne Looby May 28, 2011 at 01:26 PM
My floors are also real hardwood. I would think that the engineered floors would be impervious to almost anything. Not that I think she is the be all and end all of homekeeping, but MS feels the same way about Murphys. She supports the very dry damp mop manner with vinegar. I think part of the controversy with Murphys is the buildup. Who knows? Bottom line is use what works for you and your floors.
Deanne Hoenscheid May 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM
My name is Deanne Hoenscheid, and I am an independent consultant for a company called Chartreuse. (www.hip2bgreenpa.com) This company offers earth-friendly products and lists the ingredients for all of their products right on their labels, in their catalog, and on the website. I felt compelled to comment on this article as I spend much of my time as a Chartreuse consultant informing consumers about reading labels on products (ingredients to avoid) and to be aware of marketing tactics. There is no government regulation over our home keeping products or ingredients, and many are terrible for our health. Many cleaning products do not even list the ingredients. Our company's newsletter had included an article regarding Spring cleaning tips that I wanted to share with you below. I hope this information is helpful. http://www.imakenews.com/chartreuse/e_article002082804_13.cfm?x=bjpmmSd,bmPfvs5B

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