I should preface this post by saying that you certainly don’t have to have a baby to make your home a safe place. 🙂 I began my process of using only safe products for cleaning and for personal care before I was even pregnant. We have access to SO many toxic products today, and most of us don’t even know it. Everyday products that we use in our home and on our bodies can really harm us because of how unregulated the industry is. Anyways, today’s blog post is not just about me going into how I feel about toxic products – instead, I’m sharing three specific ways I’m making our home a safe place for our little girl. These are only three of many I’ve been implementing, so look for me to share more in the future!
I pull out this book a lot when I need to know how to clean something without buying special cleaners for it. The methods outlined in here are so easy – most of them incorporate basic household products, such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice. I actually just pulled this book out yesterday after dumping my smoothie on the carpet so I could find out how to spot clean carpet (FYI – it’s 2 cups of warm water + 1 teaspoon of dish soap + 1 teaspoon of vinegar).
2. Baby Oil
I have used very minimal products on our little one thus far, as her skin really hasn’t needed many, she’s just had a little dryness from time to time. I like to rub this oil on her hands and feet when they get dry. It goes on easily and doesn’t leave her skin feeling greasy or oily. Plus, it doesn’t have any fragrance in it and is also free of any dyes – things I don’t ever want for my baby! Additionally, per my pediatrician’s recommendation, I rub it into her scalp and then gently brush her hair afterwards. It helps with cradle cap A LOT.
I “stumbled” upon this safe brand a couple of years ago after a friend (who was a busy mama!) asked me to run to the store for her to get bananas and this dish soap. I remember being surprised at how reasonable the price was for a safe, natural dish soap – and have been hooked ever since! I think it’s very effective for hand washing dishes and have liked both the unscented and scented versions I’ve tried. Actually, this was one of the first and easiest places that I switched to safer products in our home – little did I know it was just the beginning!