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Having my little ones has definitely changed the way I think about cleaning products. Before I had kids, to be honest, I only really cared about how effective something was…I know, shame on me. After getting pregnant with my first, I started to worry about what I was breathing in and what was getting into my skin while I was cleaning. I was also then beginning to worry about what would be in the air and on surfaces once my bundle of joy came home. Since then, I have started swapping out the heavy chemical-laden ones for safer alternatives. Free of substances known to negatively impact development or potentially cause cancer. The good news is that even safe products can work really well.
Why are certain chemicals especially harmful to children?
Since children are still developing and their immune systems are not ramped up fully like an adults, they are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of harsh chemicals. Many of these chemicals are harmful to you as an adult too, but your body is better equipped to handle the exposure, so the effects may not be as severe. Exposure to chemicals in these early critical developmental stages can have serious negative impacts on a child that last throughout their life.
To top it off, children put everything in their mouths. You as an adult (hopefully) are not very likely to lick to floor or chew on a toy that has just been cleaned or splash in toilet water. Your baby or toddler; however, will probably do all of that at some point in their lives. Again increasing their exposure to the chemicals on these surfaces.
What chemicals should I avoid?
Some of the key players to avoid are: Phthalates, Triclosan, 2-Butoxyethanol, Ammonia, Chlorine, Sodium Hydroxide, acetone and formaldehyde
Here are some of my favorite nontoxic natural cleaners:
I use this cleaner everywhere! For cleaning my kitchen, our bathrooms, the dining room table, and my children’s rooms.It has a fresh and clean citrus smell that isn’t overpowering, and it has powerful degreasing agents that tackle the toughest of messes (trust me, my toddler puts this to the test on the reg). It is also is free of phosphates, dyes, chlorine, triclosan, SLS/SLES and NPEs, so it’s better for your home and the environment too. It’s even deemed gray-water safe!
We have tons of hard wood floor throughout our home. This cleaner uses plant-based enzymes to remove dirt and grime without leaving behind a filmy residue. It’s safe for all kinds of floors: from hardwoods to laminates to marble and tile. This cleaner is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and does not contain bleach or chlorine. The ingredients are 95 Percent organic. It’s easily handled our dirty floors even after my daughter dumps her whole dinner on them.
This stuff is worth it for the smell alone. I seriously could smell it all day, but it doesn’t linger in the air for too long after using. It leaves an awesome sheen to your wood surfaces, but it doesn’t leave that greasy buildup we all hate. It removes dirt and grime, and leaves behind no greasy residue or film streaks. Give this stuff a try, and I promise you won’t regret it!
Another killer product from Modere. This dish wash cuts through grease and grime with a fresh clementine scent. You only need a small amount to tackle even a big job! I’ve also found this leaves my hands softer and less dried out than other dish soaps (even the natural ones). And of course, it’s non-toxic, derived from plants, and gray-water safe.
The method bathroom cleaner is awesome at tackling the tough soap scum without harsh chemicals. I do find I have to use a bit more elbow grease than with some of the heavy duty harsh cleaners, but this one doesn’t leave you coughing and choking because of the fumes in the air. It also leaves behind a nice mild fresh scent. I love this one and feel safe using it on my kid’s tub too!
This laundry detergent has a wonderful fresh jasmine scent and does a killer job at removing stains and getting clothes clean. It is gentle on your clothes and also leaves them super soft! As always, it is gray water safe and nontoxic. It works with High efficiency (HE) and standard machines.
For those tough stains that detergent alone isn’t enough to tackle (like those blowouts courtesy of your adorable bundle of joy) you can feel safe reaching for this all plant based natural stain remover. It really does work and removes even tough set in stains. I was really impressed the first time using this after having stuck to a harsher alternative for years (convinced that none of the natural stain removers worked that well). Boy was I wrong about this one!
It’s reassuring to not see that bright blue color when squirting this out for cleaning (it’s a clear color), and there is no overwhelming bleach scent either! It’s highly rated for the clean ingredients and the cleaning power. You do have to squirt this into the bowl and allow it to sit before scrubbing, but for being free of harsh chemicals, the wait is totally worth it!
With kids and two dogs, we are no stranger to unsavory odors. I love that this is non-toxic so that I dont feel guilty about what we are spraying in the air, and the scent is awesome. The soft water lily scent is a fresh and positive mood-enhancing scent that instantly puts you at ease. Great for using at home, the car or on smelly gym bags!
Did I miss any of your favorite natural cleaning products? If so, drop a comment below with your favorite so that I can check it out.
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