which we edited out. Natural Life’s pol-
tte icy is not to mention specific companies
in our editorial pages, preferring to
leave that to our advertisers. As the soap
nut enthusiast in the previous letter sug-
gested, an Internet search will locate a
variety of cleaning cloth products and we
leave it to our readers to compare their
From Our Readers merits.
Beefs About Beef
We welcome your comments, criticisms and suggestions. I had some time to stop at the local li-
brary and read your issue with the cow
on the cover (November/December
Cleaner Cleansers your reply, and that has certainly made 2008). I am not a disinterested observer
me think…! on the topic of grass-fed beef: I am a for-
Great mix of articles in Natural Life’s
Regarding your article on cleaners in mer USDA-certified organic dairy
January/February 2008 issue!
the same issue: You make no mention of farmer who also produced grass fed/fin-
Regarding the “Ask Natural Life”
products requiring only water to clean. ished beef as well as chicken – both meat
column in that issue on household
(What could be greener than that?) A and eggs out on pasture. We also raised a
cleansers, you recommend making your
product we find excellent is a micro fiber few pigs and veal calves on “waste”
own by using Borax and washing soda,
cleaning cloth. I have a background in milk. I am originally trained as a syn-
which I don’t think is a great idea. Both
chemistry and when first introduced to thetic organic or medicinal chemist and
are known mucus membrane irritants.
cleaning cloths, I was somewhat cynical only backed into farming, and not terri-
Borax is toxic in other ways if ingested
when told how water alone would re- bly successful as a farmer. Even though I
so, with toddlers in my home, I prefer not
move grease. I asked for a demonstra- might not have been a good business per-
to use it.
tion: To my colleague’s horror, I opened son, I learned a few things about farming
I’d advise your readers to instead
a liberally buttered jam sandwich I had and food and the food system of the U.S.
wash their clothes with soap nuts (also
brought for lunch and smeared it all over I agree with some of the author’s con-
called soapberry). Soap nuts are the fruit
the glass pane in my office door. She clusions but disagree with others.
of a tropical tree and contain saponin,
sprayed water over it and used a “win- Slaughtering animals is messy.
which is a natural detergent that’s also
dow cloth” to have it sparkling clean and Agreed. But saying that raising vegeta-
microbial. You just place a few nuts in a
streak-free in no time at all. I was bles, particularly fields of beans, isn’t
cotton drawstring bag and toss them in
amazed, and started researching the “messy” is disingenuous at best. Actu-
with a wash loa