A funny thing happened when I moved into my own apartment: I started caring about things like dish washing liquid and hand soap. Martha Stewart, I am not but my kitchen became a source of pride and I began stocking it with products that made me happy to use. Goodbye generic suds, hello natural, aromatic formulas. I’m a big fan of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, which makes products that are biodegradable and paraben-free, and Caldrea, which swaps out harsh chemicals for essential oils and other natural ingredients. Both lines are slightly more expensive than your usual products but (in my experience) actually last much longer. The scents alone are worth the minor splurge: right now, I’m using Caldrea’s delicious Pineapple Cardamom and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Orange Clove Liquid Hand Soap. It’s a small switch but makes a world of difference.
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