When you’re pregnant, life doesn’t stop. Which means, especially when nesting…you have to clean.
A lot of the chemical cleaners out there just aren’t very safe. Really, they’re not very safe for anyone, but especially for pregnant women. You don’t need to be exposed to toxic fumes while you are carrying a baby.
But not cleaning isn’t really an option. Instead, let’s look at some safe, non-toxic cleaners that you can use!
The absolute best all-purpose cleaner is diluted white vinegar. Simply use about 1 part vinegar to 3 – 4 parts water in a spray bottle and go to town. This works great on windows and mirrors, but also other surfaces. I even used it on the walls, oven and fridge doors, cabinets, the floor, I don’t even remember what else.
Bonus? Kids can help! I don’t have to worry about my daughter carrying this around…even if she does spray herself or my son! In fact, they wanted me to spray them last time I was cleaning! I was so grateful for something totally non-toxic.
Baking soda is another excellent cleaner. Mix it with water or with plain castile soap to form a paste. It shines sinks and faucets very well. It also get soap scum and other “junk” off tubs and showers. I’ve used this many times to clean my shower and I’m so happy I’m not sitting in an enclosed space with toxic fumes! And actually, I started using it when I couldn’t get any toxic chemicals to clean my shower. I flooded it with warm water and sprinkled baking soda all over, then came back 30 minutes later and wiped everything away — it was so easy! I think I may have been pregnant with my son then….
I really don’t use anything else on a regular basis, honestly. However, here’s a quick list of what to have in your cleaning “arsenal” to make cleaning easier:
- Vinegar (diluted and regular-strength)
- Baking soda
- Castile soap
- Lemon juice
- Essential oils (lavender, tea tree, and lemon are good)
- Spray bottles
- Toothbrush (to scrub small spaces)
- Microfiber cloths
I don’t even use all of this on a regular basis. Most commonly I use vinegar, baking soda, and microfiber cloths to clean. I have so many cloths that I give each of my kids one and let them follow me around and “wipe” their own spots as I clean. Here’s to hoping they keep that motivation when they’re older.
The only place I use chemicals is the toilet, and I’m careful and do it when I am alone. I’ve tried non-toxic ways to clean toilets but it just doesn’t cut it. And in one place that, ah, definitely sees a lot of germs…I’ll just go with the chemicals and be careful! Make sure if you use chemicals here that you apply carefully (no splashing), allow it to sit, brush gently, and flush with the lid closed. Flushing throws small particles into the air if you don’t. Better yet…get your husband to do that job. Failing that, just be careful.
What do you use to clean safely and effectively?
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