Green Cleaning With Your ToddlerEmily McClements
We’ve been talking all about different ways to go green with your toddler at home, and I wanted to take the opportunity to dive into some of these topics a little bit more. Last week we talked about choosing safe and natural bath products for our toddlers, and this week I wanted to cover green cleaning for your home.
Conventional cleaning products are made from toxic chemicals that get into our bodies, either by absorbing them through our skin, inhaling them from the air, or even through our mouth, especially for little ones who touch everything and then put their fingers in their mouth or even pick stuff up off the floor and eat it – my toddler’s not the only one who does that, right?
There are over 17,000 petrochemicals that are available for in home use in cleaning products, and 70% of those chemicals have not been tested for safety for human health or environmental exposure!
The other problem is that so many conventional cleaners don’t even list the ingredients on the package. They may list the active/cleaning agent, but the rest of the concoction remains a mystery and yet you are spraying and using it all around your home. Take a look at a bottle of conventional cleaner and you’ll probably see a WARNING or CAUTION label – hazardous to humans and animals. That is not something I want to be using around my kids!
But, we still want to have clean homes to keep our kids healthy and safe. Fortunately there are tons of options out there for green, safe and natural cleaning. First I want to cover some of the best green cleaning products and brands that you can find at health food stores, online, and increasingly at big box retailers too. Then tomorrow I’ll share the best ingredients for making your own homemade non-toxic cleaners.
Biokleen Bac-Out Floor Cleaner 1 of 10Safe for all different types of floors including hardwood, laminate and tile, this cleaner has a great citrus scent.
Bon Ami Cleaning Powder 2 of 10One of the original natural cleaners, before "green" was popular, this scouring powder contains just five simple and natural ingredients.
Earth Friendly Products Toilet Cleaner 3 of 10Cedar oil and citric acid make this a natural yet effective toilet bowl cleaner without the harsh chemicals and smell of conventional toilet cleaners.
EcoStore Cream Cleanser 4 of 10Plant based ingredients makes this cream cleanser safe for surfaces from the bathroom to the kitchen.
Ecover All-Purpose Cleaner 5 of 10A great, concentrated all-purpose cleaner for all around the house, diluted with water, a bottle will last a long time!
Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner 6 of 10An easy to find plant based cleaner with a fresh scent, keep this multi-purpose cleaner in your "green" cleaning caddy.
Mrs. Meyers Bathroom Cleaner 7 of 10Mrs. Meyers has some of the best smelling natural cleaners out there, with scents like lemon verbena, geranium, honeysuckle, apple and basil, and they clean even better than they smell!
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes 8 of 10A great alternative to brand name disinfecting wipes, these kill 99.99% of household germs naturally. I only wish they were also biodegradable.
Shaklee Cleaning Products 9 of 10This company boasts products with great cleaning power in concentrated formulas that last forever. The one drawback, they are a home marketing company (think Mary Kay) and must be purchased through a Shaklee representative.
Simple Green Carpet Cleaner 10 of 10Originally formulated over 30 years ago for industrial cleaning, this brand offers so many options for specialty cleaning needs.
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Top photo: newlivinghouston/Flickr
2. Bon Ami
4. Ecostore USA
10. Simple Green