Green Cleaning

 This year we were inspired to get that fabulous, sparkly clean look, yet still “go green.” What does it mean to clean green?  Well, to us it meant finding some natural ways to clean our home to protect our children and ourselves from harsh chemicals. So we took to the beloved Pinterest for some really great natural cleaning recipes. Here are a few we tried:

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(Amanda): This is a great carpet cleaner that is equal parts borax and baking soda. I recycled an old parmesan cheese shaker to put my concoction in. Like any carpet cleaner, little balls can form when you shake it on the carpet, so be sure to clean up every little piece. You don’t want curious little babies to pick up a piece and stick it in their mouth!  

(Grace): Another product everyone uses is glass cleaner. “Spray some windex on it!” Now that Jolie mobile it is hard to keep her from giving the windows kisses. I wasn’t too happy about spraying chemicals where her mouth will soon be, so I i googled natural homemade window cleaner and found a few recipes to work with. This recipe was what I used:

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 to 3 drops Dish Soap
  • Empty Spray Bottle

20130522-220616.jpgOne more that is really helpful to have as a mom is shower spray. I had used some Method Daily Shower Spray before and still had the bottle, so I added my own ingredients which were about the same as the glass cleaner. Equal parts of water and vinegar with a squirt of dish soap. I spray after each shower and not feel as bad about putting off cleaning to play with my baby.

There are so many different products to make at home, and using natural ingredients is cheap and safe. If you aren’t able to make your own cleaning products, here are some great brands we also love!

1. Seventh Generation: All cleaning, baby, and personal care without harsh chemicals. Some of our favorites are the Botanical disinfecting wipes.

2. The Honest Company: Honest products aren’t sold in many stores, but they have a flat shipping rate and you can get monthly bundles of family essentials or diapers for a great price! (Sign up for the free trial here!)

3. Dr. Bronner’s Soap: “Wash with a clean conscience.”

4. Method: “When it comes down to it, we’re here to make products that work, for you and for the planet, ones that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the nose. it’s a tall order but we wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

What are your favorite non-toxic cleaning products? Have you made any yourself? Let us know in the comments! 

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