A hot new As Seen on TV product, Dutch Glow Amish Wood Milk, is being pitched as a natural alternative to traditional wood polishing products, and one that’s even more effective. The “all natural” element has us wondering: Do the Amish use only organic, all-natural products today?
“Finally, there’s a pure and simple product from a pure and simple people.”
The pitch for Dutch Glow speaks of “crafty chemical companies” that have “deceived” us for years. “Finally, there’s a pure and simple product from a pure and simple people,” says a voiceover as we see an Amish buggy sauntering down a wooded lane.
The polish claims to be based on a century-old formula invented by an Amish woodworker, and promises to break down years of wax buildup to reveal wood’s natural shine. With all this “natural” talk, where do the Amish actually stand today?
“Most Amish farms are not organic, and most Amish farmers use a variety of pesticides and fertilizers.”
According to AmishAmerica.com, the perception of the Amish as being organic stewards of the land is not all that accurate: “Most Amish farms are not organic, and most Amish farmers use a variety of pesticides and fertilizers.” For decades, says the site, the Amish have been using artificial methods to boost crop yields alongside their non-Amish agricultural counterparts. There’s been a move in recent years by some Amish farmers, though, to produce certified-organic foods.
Despite this misperception, all of us could use fewer chemicals in our daily lives and less waxy buildup on our furniture. Dutch Glow Amish Wood Milk could prove to be a “pure and simple” (and effective) addition to your home’s cleaning arsenal.