Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new. On that note, I've been on a cleaning rampage.
What you might not know is that many "safe" common household cleaners can actually be toxic even when used as directed. That's because of things like repeated use, ventilation and the size of a room, and because there are some chemicals whose toxicity isn't fully understood (or regulated). One study found that using spray cleaners could increase the risk of developing asthma by nearly 50 percent. Another study found that breast cancer was twice as prevalent in women who used the highest amounts of cleaning products, compared to women who used the lowest.
Because of things like that, I'm very careful with the cleaning products we have in our home. Until more research is done, I'm gonna stick with the greener cleaning products. Below are the ones I love that are better for the enviornment, our kids, and ourselves.
Best All-Purpose Wipes
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes - I love these! I wipe anything I can think of with them. They're great at getting oils off the counter tops.
Best All-Purpose Cleaner
Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner - Non-toxic and works without creating harsh fumes.
Best Laundry Detergents
Seventh Generation Baby - for the first 6 months
Seventh Generation Free and Clear - for the whole family
Best Fabric Softener
Seventh Generation Free and Clear Fabric Softener Sheets - I usually throw 2 in with each load.
Best Stain Remover
BabyGanics Stain Remover - There is no better stain remover. Not just for your kids clothes but everyones.
Best Dish Liquids
Seventh Generation Free and Clear Dish Liquid - Made with plant-derived ingredients.
Best Dishwasher Liquid
Ecover Automatic Dishwashing Tablets - I've tried every eco-friendly product and this is the only one that didn't leave a horrible residue.
Best Stainless Steel Cleaner
Wow! Stainless Steel Cleaner & Protectant - Finally one that doesn't leave streaks.
Best Tub and Tile Cleaner
BabyGanics Scrub-a-Tub Unscented Tub and Tile Cleaner - Gets the scum in your kid's tub.
Best Hand Soap for Bathrooms
Cleanwell All Natural Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap - All natural and triclosan-free. Obsessed with the orange vanilla one.
Best Hand Sanitizers
CleanWell Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray - Made of essential oils and alcohol free.
Best Vacuum Cleaners
Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister Vacuum Cleaner - Lightweight, quiet, and the best for hardwood floors. It uses 33% less energy and is made with 55% recycled plastic.
Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner - There is no greater feeling then seeing all the dust and dirt through the clear container.
Dyson DC14 Toy Vacuum - My son got this as a gift for his first birthday and 2 years later it is still his favorite toy. It really picks up small things so he can actually vacuum.
Best Air Fresheners for Bathrooms
Citrus Magic Air Freshener - 100% natural and made from the peel oil of citrus fruit.
Best Spray for Baby's Room
California Baby Overtired & Cranky Aromatherapy Spritzer - I love the smell of these pure essential oils. I don't think it ever made my son less cranky or tired but it certainly worked for me!
Maura Peters French Cut candles - The longest lasting candles! I've had one for over 2 years that I light all the time and it still smells amazing. She has a variety of scents but the key lime fig and vanilla grapefruit are my favorites!
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