Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Eco and Vintage Cleaning Power Get Married, The True Story .
A bit of history "Bon Ami was originally developed as a gentle alternative to the gritty quartz-based scouring powders on store shelves in the 1880s. An enterprising young man noticed that the tools used to separate the unused feldspar mineral from the harder quartz were as shiny as silver. Bon Ami was born taking that waste product — feldspar — and mixing it with soap to make a cleanser that polished away dirt and stains without scratching. These days we call that “zero waste.” Back then it was a thrifty way to make a better cleanser " .
Today I tried Bon Ami to clean my house. I first tried it on the kitchen sink, the first picture is of the dirty sink. First thing I noticed was no strong bleach smell, this is good . The powder limestone and feldspar work as scrubbing agents that dig deep and remove dirt. Since there are no harsh chemical you'll have to use a bit more elbow grease and work out those biceps muscles of yours. Think of the extra work as a small work out, the benefit of keeping the earth toxic free.
I found Bon Ami worked just as well as other cleaning powders, the only difference is Bon Ami cleaning powder has no bleach. The bleach is nice for stains but was not missed, I used another cleaning powder on one side of the sink to see a difference and there was not much of a change. The two grey marks on the side are shadows of the faucet, the sink came out sparkling clean.
The Verdict; Bon Ami wins Urban Buddha approval, a bit more scrubbing work but overall a good product that has no harsh chemical smell ( I hate a strong bleach smell) and safe to have around pets too. Bon Ami also comes in dish soap and liquid cleaners in tangerine thyme scent.
Bon Ami web site