Did you know that children get most of their pesticide exposure from chemicals within the home?
That’s why one of my goals was to clear our house of all of the toxic cleaners and only clean with green, non-toxic products. Over the last few months, I have been doing research and have slowly transitioned us away from using toxic cleaning chemicals.
In fact, I now use little more than white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and Borax for cleaning our home (we still use standard “green” dish soap). I really never imagined what a powerful cleaner white vinegar is!
I keep a spray bottle of it on my counter in the kitchen and use it to wipe down the counters, stove and Kaylee’s high chair regularly. I clean the bathrooms with it. I even clean the tile floors with it. It’s awesome!
I actually think it cleans better than any commercial cleaner I have used. What got me on this kick is the book Green Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck. I bought it a couple years back but never opened it until a few months ago.
It’s an amazing resource for green cleaning. It has answers on how to clean anything and everything I could imagine safely and naturally.
The couch cushion (without a removable cover) that Zoë’s pull-up leaked on? No problem.
Tough soap scum in the shower? No problem.
Blood on clothes? No problem.
Seriously, I’ve yet to have a situation arise that Green Housekeeping doesn’t have a solution for. And the solutions are simple, cost-effective solutions.
So, not only have I significantly reduced the amount of toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, I have reduced the amount of money we spend on cleaning our home, and even reduced the amount of time I spend on cleaning. It really doesn’t get much better than that in my book!
If you are looking for simple solutions to help you reduce the amount of toxins in your home, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Green Housekeeping. It will be money well spent.