If you ever intend to sell a property, please try to remember my friendly advice coming from the buyer’s side: do not leave any chemicals laying around, however orderly and seemingly protected. Us buyers, especially those of us with children, really don’t appreciate finding them and we definitely do mind being the ones who have to properly dispose of them. This probably makes the worst kind of clutter. An unethical one to burden your well-intentioned and unwary customer with. Let alone if your customer knowingly pursues ecological living principles.
Best is if you don’t even buy and use such products as Bayer’s Decis the arrogantly named powerful pesticide or the other, no less telling insecticide product on the market around here (Transcentral Europe), Chemotox. But if so it happened, that you fell for their marketing gimmick at some point, again, please make sure you previously remove all chemical products from your household for sale. I hope you would agree, they make no good heirloom items to pass down to the next generation of homeowners.
At this point in time we are proud to claim, that over six years in our homesteading experience, the only chemical products to be found at our place are a bottle of copper-sulfate solution permitted in organic farming as a very basic mineral fungicide, that has been unopened since we bought it good five years ago and will stay unopened until we donate it to someone, two small tubes of vulcanizing glue for bike inner tubes and two small squirt-bottles of machine oil we purchased and were given for lubricating moving parts in Cheryl’s sewing machine and spinning wheels.
The latter ones, aromatic petrochemical products have been hanging in the garage untouched for at least the past one year and we will not use them again. In fact next time I go to town I will donate it to a sewing machine repair shop. As replacement, we will make the conscious effort to seek out and buy hemp oil for mechanical usage. (If you wonder what we use – seldom – for lubricating our bike chains, it’s sunflower cooking oil.)
As far as vulcanizing, we are just now considering to outsource the job to a bike repair shop in town, which would save us from storing this harsh chemical in our “waste depository” garage as well.
Other than these, we only have a 100% biodegradable liquid soap in the entire household, from the German manufacturer, Sonett.
Were we soon going to sell our property – which we are not even considering, of course -, it would only take throwing the bottle of dish soap in use into a basket and leaving. No remorse there.
We wish the same to you, dear reader!
As of September 12th – when my daughter and I went on our first trip to town without Mommy, by the way – we rid our household of the two little bottles of petroleum-based mechanical lubricating oil. And we did so responsibly: donated them to a sewing machine repair shop. The store owner might have thought of as a strange request, but he didn’t go back on his word (as I had previously asked for his consent) and took them.
As far as the copper-sulfate fungicide solution is concerned, shortly after I wrote the original post above we realized, that we had given it away a long time ago to a family in the village that gardens conventionally.
So, folks, we are down to those two tubes of vulcanizing adhesive for bicycles – these are all the chemicals left in the household!!! I am going to offer a deal to a bike shop where we have shopped several times – see what they say. I’ll tell you later about it…