Green Cleaning Around Baby
By Leslie Reichert • October 25th, 2010 • 7526 Views
Great Grandmother which has four simple ingredients – baking soda, washing soda, soap flakes and Borax. This recipe washes totally out of the clothes so there won’t be any residual detergent in the mattress cover to aggravate the baby’s skin. If you don’t want to make your own, there is a good natural soap called Charlie’s Soap that moms love for baby clothes and diapers.
Changing table – Keep a bottle of anti-bacterial spray (natural) right by the table for accidents. I also would use paper towels here – so you can throw it away right after cleaning. I know this isn’t a green solution- but it is safer than reusing a rag or cloth. The linens should be cleaned in a gentle laundry soap.
Stroller – Keep a microfiber cloth and a small spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner in the bottom of the stroller. Cleaning right when an accident happens is much easier that waiting until you get home. A simple spill will harden in the hot car, and will be 10x worse to remove. Also, a simple spot remover for spills on the fabric would be good to keep with you as well. You can make a spot wipe with vinegar and club soda with some lemon essential oil to keep handy. Just soak the mixture in paper towels and store in a zip lock bag.
Three recipes for DIY cleaners that are safe for babies and young children. They all are from The Joy of Green Cleaning.
Great Grandma’s Laundry Soap
2 cups Soap Flakes1-cup baking soda
1-cup washing soda
(Essential oil for scent 6-8 drops)
Mix and store in an airtight container. Use 2 tablespoons for a front loader – 1/2 cups for a top loader.
Daily All-Purpose Cleaner (disinfectant)
1-cup white vinegar
1-cup seltzer water
8 drops tea tree oil
1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide (will only disinfect for short time – you can add more each time you want to use the cleaner. Hydrogen peroxide is very volatile and turns to water quickly)
1/4-cup club soda
8 drops essential oil – for scent
Combine all these ingredients and soak 20 heavy-duty paper towels in the mixture. Squeeze out the excess and store in a zip lock bag. Use for spots and spills as needed.
Location: Boston, US
Leslie Reichert, "The Cleaning Coach", is a nationally-recognized green homekeeping expert dedicated to educating people on keeping their homes, schools and work areas "green".
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