Rachel Myers- www.greenhugs.net
Pregnant Nesters Must-Have List!
As a green mama on a budget, I strive to teach people that often what we think we can’t live without are actually products that we should never be living with. Chemicals, plastics and toxins in our everyday products are unfortunate obstacles that we need to learn to navigate. Compiled with love of family and a disdain for chemicals, here is a list of cleaning must-have’s that will keep your family safe and your nest sparkling!
Clean Well: As far as hand sanitizing spray, foaming hand soap and wipes go, they are a staple at changing stations and in diaper bags everywhere! Unfortunately most anti-bacterials contain Triclosan, a nasty biocide.
Earthworm Family Safe Cleaning Products: Earthworm uses natural, enzyme based sprays that break down organic materials. It leaves your home safely clean and deodorized.
Biokleen Laundry Detergent: Phosphate and Chlorine-free, Biokleen excels at keeping clothes clean and soft without the use of harsh chemicals. It is cloth-diaper safe. They also carry, Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator, which is a great pre-treatment for cloth diapers.
Ecover Dishwasher Tablets: Ecover dishwasher tablets are phosphate-free.
Do-It-Yourself: The following are tips and recipes to make your own clean, green cleaning products. The ratio for using vinegar to clean is usually 1 cup of vinegar to two cups of water. For heavier cleaning, I would use straight vinegar. The strong vinegar smell will dissipate when it dries. Use a glass spray bottle when mixing your own spray cleaners.
There are four main components to cleaning:
Bleaching: Baking Soda or Lemon
Killing Germs: Lemon or essential oils like Tea Tree Oil
Conditioning wood or leather: Olive Oil
Add vinegar and baking soda to your toilet bowl. Watch it bubble up, don’t flush and leave overnight.
1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces.
All Purpose Green and Clean Spray:
Mix 1 teaspoon Castile soap or plant-based liquid soap and 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and shake.
Get your natural ingredients or your store bought green finds and bring love and good intention to cleaning your nest.
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