Alexander loves to help me when I am cleaning the house. I was concerned about the household cleaners I used and the effects they had on his health. Conventional cleaners are full of toxic ingredients that release noxious gases into the air and leave behind harsh chemical residues. These toxic chemicals are easily absorbed into the skin and can cause skin and respiratory irritations, circulatory, and cardiac damage.
Believe it or not, your kitchen probably contains all the baby safe cleaners necessary to keep your home clean, safe, and healthy.
I remember my mother cleaning windows, mirrors, and any other glass in our home with vinegar and water. Vinegar is not only a great all natural glass cleaner, it can deodorize and disinfect most surfaces in your home. Use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a clean spray bottle on most areas of your home. Make sure to dilute it properly, undiluted vinegar can damage grout and is not safe to use on marble. I use it to clean all surfaces in my kitchen and bathroom. Don't worry about the smell, it disappears after the surface dries.
Another great natural cleaner is baking soda. It makes an effective odor absorber in the refrigerator, freezer, or anywhere that needs deodorizing. It can also be used as a scrub for sinks, pans, etc. Mix with a little bit of lemon juice to make a paste and you have an effective abrasive cleaner.
Lemon juice is a great natural cleaner for most surfaces. It leaves a pleasant smell and has several uses. Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with a cup of olive oil to make furniture polish that will leave your hardwood furniture shining and smelling great. Use undiluted lemon juice or a solution of lemon juice and water or vinegar in the bathroom to dissolve soap scum and hard water stains. If you have shower doors lemon juice works great to keep them clean. First remove any soap scum and hard water stains with a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice. Dry the doors thoroughly. With a dry, soft towel apply a thin coating of the lemon oil furniture polish to the doors and rub into surface. Then just maintain it once a week by applying the oil. It repels the water and keeps hard water stains from building up.
Salt is a great alternative natural cleaner for spills in your oven then conventional oven cleaners that are extremely toxic. If you take care of spills as they happen it is easier to maintain a clean oven. Pour salt on the spill and let the oven cool, then scrape up the dried salt and spill.
Most household cleaning needs can be taken care of with a good scrubbing sponge, water, and the ingredients listed above. If you still prefer to use commercial cleaners that state exactly what they clean use non-toxic, natural cleaners that won't harm your environment. Several companies such as Seventh-Generation, Bio-Kleen, and BabyGanics offer baby safe cleaners in most health food stores, major grocery stores, and specialized department stores such as Babies "R" Us, and several Internet retailers.
I was very skeptical at first, but I know if you try natural, organic cleaners just once you won't want to go back to conventional cleaners again.