Inside Peek: Keeping our children and the spaces they occupy clean and safe is one of our most important jobs as moms. It’s gotta’ get clean. At a minimum, all traces of stickiness must disappear. But how safe are traditional cleaners? The answer may surprise you. If you’ve thought about trying green cleaning products, I bet this is the big questions. Do eco-friendly cleaning products really work? The answer is a definite – YES! With natural cleaning products, you know that when your little ones lick, suck, breathe in, stick something in their mouths, or feed items in their room to the family pet, you won’t be racing to the emergency room.
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What Are Green Cleaning Products?
“Green cleaning products clean your home naturally, without the unpleasant chemical residue that can harm your family and your pets. Eco-friendly cleaning products are made using sustainable manufacturing practices and naturally-derived, safe, nontoxic, and biodegradable ingredients that don’t negatively impact the environment or your family’s health.”
Until I had children, I would think things like, “why can’t she keep that child clean??? I bet that child’s room is a big hot mess! My child will NEVER be messy. She must not have taught her child to wipe her mouth, nose, hands…insert any other body part name here. Or maybe she never cleans her?”
It’s clear I had no concept how MESSY and DIRTY children can be…just because they are children!!!!
And then I had two boys who love the outdoors! They are dirty and messy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So now I recognize how important it is to make the effort to switch over to green cleaning products. It’s important for our health.
Why Search Out Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products?
As a child, my mother kept our house SPOT. LESS. I also remember what it took for her to keep it that way. She would stumble out of my bathroom gagging from the toxic fumes she created by mixing bleach and powdered cleansers. She couldn’t consider it clean until she had completely lost the ability to breathe. Seriously. And even then she still went back in. For my family, I prefer to know it’s clean without almost loosing consciousness.
There is no federal regulation of chemicals in household cleaning products. And manufacturers aren’t required to list the ingredients that are in their products.
You read that right – none. So how can you know what is safe for your family? I bet one or more of eight hidden toxins may be somewhere in your house right now.
So, today, I want to share one way to clean the kids rooms with green cleaning products that truly work!
How can you get their rooms sparkling clean and smelling fresh without adding to your family’s toxic load? You’ll feel safe enough about each of these cleaning recipes, that you can get them to help!
Switching To Natural Cleaning Products
Replacing my toxic cleaning products has been pretty easy and inexpensive with simple ingredients I already had around the house plus my favorite essential oils. A couple times a year, I make some serious cleaning inroads. I will cross the threshold of this terrifying mess my son calls a room and take you with me, step by step, to get it done!
First things first! OPEN THE WINDOWS! Let some fresh air in. Mother Nature is one of my favorite “green cleaning products!” I love keeping all the doors and windows open in the spring. We worked hard all winter to keep the warm air in that the air has gotten stale and stagnant. The fresh air and breezes feel great!
I like some great tunes and to diffuse a little something, maybe Joy, to lift my spirits. And an impromptu dance party with the kids lifts everyone’s spirits! On second thought: maybe diffuse Valor if I need a little courage after I see what’s in the room 🙂
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Green Cleaning Products for “Smelly” Things
My boys have smelly feet and shoes. There’s no way around it. (Anyone who tells you they inherited smelly feet from me is a liar. Plain and simple.) For each shoe that’s not smelling it’s best, I put a drop of Young Living Purification essential oil blend on a cotton ball and put one cotton ball in each shoe. This is especially needed for shoes that they wear without socks – fleece or sheepskin lined boots or slip ons.
My kids aren’t yet old enough to have gym bags, but when they are, the bags will be easy enough to freshen up – just put a couple of drops of Purification, Lemon, Lavender, or Peppermint on a cotton ball and throw it in there.
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Green Cleaning “Kid” Messes
I love using natural consequences when my guys make a mistake. And I also love that if their mistake involves a mess – I am confident that they can safely help clean the mess because I’m using natural, green cleaning products.
Hypothetically speaking, if I found a crayon Picasso on the back wall of the closet, I would use a couple of drops of Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball. Be sure to test an inconspicuous area (like a closet wall behind some clothes, for example) first. Bonus – the closet is now smelling super great! #happenedtoafriend
Just in case you find anything sticky…a left over, half sucked piece of hard candy, for example… One to two drops of Lemon essential oil works perfectly as super inexpensive Goo Be Gone.
Every once in a while, the boys forget that they aren’t allowed to have food upstairs. Boys with food can mean only one thing: crumbs. Especially in the south, food crumbs can mean only one thing: bugs. Just yuck.
Fortunately, your essential oils can help. Lavender does a great job of repelling moths and other insects. Peppermint is also a wonderful pest repellent. I would choose depending on where I thought the critters might be attracted: a dresser drawer would call for Lavender and anywhere else, I would likely choose Peppermint. But it’s up to you! Again, just a drop or two on a cotton ball and put the cotton ball where you need it.
DIY Natural Carpet Cleaning
And now for the floors! We have carpet in our bedrooms, so when I vacuum, I sprinkle baking soda on the carpet to help pull out whatever odors are lurking. But since I’ve found essential oils, it’s seriously stepped my game up a notch.
Add any scent you would like to a cup of baking soda to add a really sparkling, fresh, naturally clean scent. I love Lemon, Orange, Purification, or – especially in a bedroom – Lavender. I like a nicely scented room, so I use about 15-20 drops of oil to one cup of baking soda. You can use less oil – it’s completely your preference! Just mix the oil into the baking soda in a bowl and sprinkle onto your carpet. A good tip – a good old fashioned flour sifter will give you a nice even sprinkling across the room. Let sit for 30 minutes or so and vacuum as usual.
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How You Can You Get Started?
So, there you have it! Your little munchkins now have both a clean and safe place to return to. Aren’t you the mama bomb today?? Pat yourself on the back! If you haven’t started your journey with essential oils, now is the perfect time.
With the exception of Orange and Pine, all of the oils that I use regularly to clean my home – plus the Joy and Valor for diffusing, are in a fabulously curated starter kit! Are you ready to get rid of the toxic chemicals in your home? To start green cleaning? everything you would want to start green cleaning and to bring vibrant wellness to your family all in one beautiful package. If you want to care for your family naturally, with a clean home that is toxin free, get started as soon as you’d like.
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