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Safe Cleaning

I dramatically changed my cleaning regimine about a year and half ago.  My family had already made radical changes to the foods we were eating so changing the chemicals we put on our bodies and in our home was really just the next step.  What pushed us to finally jump in with both feet was the diagnosis that my husband recieved, that he had leukemia.  Now it has been over a year since his report of remission but our philosphy about the chemicals we bring into our home remains the same.

1. We do not use air fresheners or other products that have fragrance.  That beautiful smell you have grown used to smelling could be toxic to you – there is nothing natural about it. So, we just say no to scented electrical air fresheners, canned air fresheners, scented candles, and scented wax burners.  If I want to make the house smell good I bake something or boil some water with cinnamon and orange peels. (:

2.Speaking of fragrance, I also kicked the scented laundry detergent and fabric softener.  I only use fragrance free laundry detergent.  And, actually, there are only a few brands that I really trust and like the price:  Seventh Generation, Earth Fare’s house brand, and ECOS.

3. I use only a few cleaners that I either make myself or purchase.  I have really dwindled down the amount of products that I use.  That was actually the first step I took to kicking the chemicals in my home.  I realized I had a whole cabinet full of toxic chemicals that I used on my home and furniture on a regular basis.  I then realized I could do the same cleaning with just a few products.

4. I purchase or make my own natural cleaners including multi-surface cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, floor cleaner, and glass cleaner.  I use vinegar water for “floor cleaner,” and I use a mixture of water and castile soap for my toilet bowl with a sprinkle of baking soda. I like to purchase an all purpose/multi-surface cleaner like Seventh Generation’s because I know it disinfects and kills 99.99% of germs with only plant ingredients. I can use it safely on my kitchen counters, bathroom counters and other surfaces.

With a baby and a toddler at home it is important to me to use products that are safe and non-toxic while making my home clean enough for a baby who likes to put EVERYTHING in her mouth.  I don’t need to smell my cleaners and they don’t need to burn my nose hairs for me to know my home is clean.  On the contrary, I want cleaners that won’t cause an asthma attack!

After a swift run through the house to pick up and clean the bathrooms and kitchen (and attack that mountain-sized pile of laundry) I make a little time to do an art project, read a book, or play choo-choos with my son.  He is good to help me pick up and help me carry the laundry and it feels good to end the day doing something HE wants to do.  He has absolutely LOVED the story of the Lorax since SEventh Generation sent it for us to enjoy.  He has asked me to read it daily (sometimes more than once) for the past two weeks.  I really like the story too, the rhyme and rhythm is good for his preschool brain and I like that it teaches him about taking care of our Earth and using our resources wisely.  He is the perfect age to begin learning about how to not waste things and to clean up after himself “just like the Lorax tells us too.” (:

*Disclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. This post is sponsored by Walmart. Walmart has provided me with product and/or compensation in exchange for my time and efforts in creating this post. My participation is voluntary. As always, my opinion is my own.

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  1. I’m thinking about trying a natural laundry detergent or making my own but have been hesitant. I have two boys who play sports and one who finds every mud hole possible and I use products that I have found to work that gets the really tough stains out. I’m willing to try more natural products. So in your opinion, how do the natural laundry products compare to the other products?

  2. We use just Borax and Washing soda to do laundry. (I mix 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup mixed together) That is it. I think my laundry is just as clean as it used to be when I used Tide. I use washing soda and Borax to clean the bathroom too. I use it in the kitchen too. It is working very well for our family.

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