As soon as the birds start chirping – I just heard them this morning! – I start itching to clean, open windows, breath fresh air, and de-stash and de-clutter.
Now that we have a wild, on-the-move, one-year-old son in our house, I am so so worried and careful about the products I use to clean my home. I don’t want to put chemicals into the air and onto the surfaces in my house that could potentially be harmful to my family.
If you’re like me and you want to clean up your home cleaning routine and make it more natural and safe for your family, keep reading! (And if you want to add healthy baby care products to your list, I’ve got you covered on those, too!)
Make Your Own Cleaners If You Can
For some products and cleaning solutions, making your own versions at-home may be your best option. If you make your own, you know and control exactly what is going into it. Plus it is more cost effective, because you are controlling it and making it in bulk.
Some examples of products that you can make at home include: laundry detergent, glass cleaner, and countertop/multipurpose spray.
To make countertop/multipurpose spray: mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces and wipe down with a reusable sponge or microfiber cloth. Tip: Add a little lemon juice if the smell is too vinegar-y for you.
Use Simple Cleaning Hacks Instead of Expensive Cleaners
To remove permanent marker or scuff marks on floors and countertops, wipe with white vinegar, let sit for a minute, and then use a cotton ball to polish and remove marks.
To clean glass stove tops, sprinkle liberally with baking soda and use a damp sponge to scrub clean.
Buy Products That Are Safe for Your Family – Do Your Research!
Avoid these dangerous and toxic chemicals in your cleaning products: phthalates (often found in the fragrance of products); ammonia (found in a lot of multipurpose/glass cleaners); bleach, and parabens.
You can find many better, more-natural options at stores than you could even 5 years ago. When companies first started releasing ‘natural’ products, they often didn’t work very well, which turned people off of them. Now, though, there are so many safe, natural products for your family, they work well, and they’re becoming more and more affordable.
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Some of my favorite brands include: Babyganics, Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, Burt’s Bees, and Method. But still read labels, because while most of their products are safe, some still have some questionable ingredients. You can check the EWG’s guide to see ratings of your favorite natural products and then use your judgement to make a call.
Clean with the Windows Open as Often as You Can
No matter what cleaning products you’re using, open the windows if you can! That’s what great about spring – the weather starts warming up and you can let fresh air into the house. Letting the air circulate while you clean helps keep cleaners (even the most all-natural ones) from settling on your skin and in your throat (and your kids’ skin and throats!).
Change Your Routine – One Product at a Time
Switching your cleaning products to all-natural ones can be a time-consuming process. And we all know when you’ve got a family, time is a hot commodity. To make it easier, make a plan to switch out products on some sort of consistent schedule. You could switch out one product a month, or you could make a plan to switch out each product as you empty the bottle of the other one that you were using. You don’t have to do it all at once – every small change makes a big difference. I still have products that I am researching and trying out or that I haven’t switched out, just because I haven’t had the time or I haven’t been able to find something that I like and that works.
Use this Spring Cleaning Product Checklist to track your cleaning products and your changes – add it to your planner/bullet journal/whatever tracker-keeping method you use!
Use these tips to get started on your spring cleaning detox journey – and make sure to follow my blog to get more tips and tricks to make your home a happy, healthy place for you and your family!
CHIME IN: What are some ways you’ve detoxed your home cleaning routine? Share in the comments below!
This post is part of the Spring Into Healthy Living blog series. Check the other posts:
- Spring Into Healthy Living by Turning Everyday Activities Into a Workout, With the Huddlestons
- Spring Into Healthy Relationships with Your Kids, Celebrate Moms Forever
- Spring Clean Your Mental Health, Heather LeGuilloux Blog
- and more!
Lisa Bonny is a 30 year old, Midwestern wife and mama to one-year-old, Camden. She blogs about parenting, baby and toddler life, mom life, and family friendly recipes over at Biscuits and Grading. Aside from blogging, she loves going for walks, drinking all the coffee, organizing eveything, and reading every book she can get her hands on!