"Nesting is a ritual performed by pregnant women in ridding the house, the “nest”, from anything potentially harmful to the soon to be born child."
Interesting! I have been coming across more and more articles and stories about the toxins we are exposed to in our own homes from cleaning products. It's truly overwhelming and often I've felt paralyzed to change. I've gone through phases where I've purchased more expensive supposedly "natural" cleaning products and times when I buy whatever is on sale or what I have a coupon for. I'm ready to just settle it once and for all, especially before Reese is born. The problem is, how do you really, truly know what is safe when companies are not required to list all of the ingredients on their labels?! Furthermore, the stuff that is supposedly safe and "green" is significantly more expensive than the regular cleaners and not something we can afford on a regular basis and certainly not for all our home maintenance needs. What's a girl to do?
Make your own cleaners! Completely. From scratch. Bye, bye clorox! It can be done. I have chosen to give this route a shot for 2 reasons. One, I know, without a doubt what is in my cleaners. Everything I'm using is completely safe and non-toxic. Second, it's way more economical. A win-win!
Here's a picture of some products I chucked. Literally, I threw them away. They are toxic!
Here's what you need to make your own cleaners: Castile Soap, Baking Soda, Vinegar. That's it! It's really that simple.
So far I have cleaned the bathrooms using my "new" method and I've been pleased. I don't miss the "smell" of the cleaners as they really do smell chemically. Another big bonus is being able to clean with Parks right there not having to worry about him around the cleaners. Plus, the products are so simple, you don't need a million different bottles. These three ingredients can handle virtually all of your cleaning needs.
I have a few more green initiatives to share but I don't want to overload you so I'll do it one at a time. Stay tuned for more green & frugal posts!