Being a mom makes you see the world in a new light. We want to make the world a better place for our children. And often that starts with the home. Many of us don’t realize that the very chemicals we use to clean our homes can actually harm us. In fact, many chemicals have been linked to asthma and other developmental diseases. Luckily, you can keep your home just as clean, and probably for less money.
- To clean windows, mix 2 Tbl. White vinegar with a gallon of water in a spray bottle. Add some lemon juice if you don’t like the smell.
- Baking soda is great for cleaning counters, sinks and stove tops.
- Lemon juice can be added to your rinse cycle to replace bleach.
- Hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning toilets and shower walls.
Even if you don’t want to go homemade, there are great non toxic product lines available. Find brands such as Seventh Generation that you know you can trust to be “green”. Look for non toxic cleaners that don’t contain chlorine, alcohols, ammonia or phosphates. You even want to make sure that your sponge is non toxic. Most are treated with triclosan or other synthetic disinfectants.
You are not alone. Find professionals and organizations such as Dr. Alan Greene, Healthy Child, Healthy World and Pregnancy Awareness Month who support your desire to raise healthy children in a healthy world.
Share your favorite homemade cleaning solutions on our blog!
Get Dr. Greene's Wellness Recommendations
Sign up now for a delightful weekly email with insights for the whole family.