Have you ever asked a question that as soon as it comes out of your mouth you realize how stupid it is?
I had that moment a few months ago. As I even think about telling you all what it was about I want to kick myself in the butt. What a silly question. Okay, so this is what I asked someone… “I can’t seem to find an environmentally friendly leather cleaner to clean my faux-leather ottoman anywhere…(insert question mark face)?”. The question answers itself. Fake leather is plastic and therefore should be able to be cleaned with basic cleaners like castile soap. (Of course don’t go trying it without a test patch first. I”m not a cleaning expert. I don’t want you mad at me.) But the question I asked made me question many other cleaning products. Only a few years ago people would clean just about everything with an all-purpose soap. Now there are aisles in the grocery store with a million and one cleaners for any possible type of grime.In the past I would have bought a leather specific cleaner for my faux-leather ottoman. Yup. It probably would have been pre-moistened wipes that were destined for the garbage.I now know that just about everything in the house can be cleaned with just a few ingredients. Some things I love using are vinegar, baking soda and castile soap.So to clean my fake leather I started using a mix of castile soap and water. And guess what! Our ottoman is just as clean (if not cleaner because of the, ummm, less chemical thing) as when we used task-specific, expensive, cleaner.We will probably never buy anything made out of fake leather again. I realize now that real is better. Plastic is future garbage. We will need to replace this ottoman soon but until then it will be clean, shiny and a little greener
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.
“You should never accept what can be offered to you if you feel it can be improved.” – Martha Stewart
My new motto is: When you’re through changing, you’re through. – Martha Stewart
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete – Buckminster Fuller, philospher, futurist and global thinker (1895 – 1983)
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