Green Cleaning Products That Work & Are Safe For Kids and Pets!

Karen Patten

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.

Green cleaning products use natural, plant-based ingredients like baking soda, essential oils, vinegar, castile soap, or hydrogen peroxide. They are simple, eco-friendly products for your home that are non-toxic for both your family and the environment. Green cleaning practices also save me money, and I love knowing that they are healthy for my whole family. #greencleaningproducts #ecofriendly #essentialoils #cleaning #naturalliving www.intentionalfamilylife.com

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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.

Green cleaning products use natural, plant-based ingredients like baking soda, essential oils, vinegar, castile soap, or hydrogen peroxide. They are simple, eco-friendly products for your home that are non-toxic for both your family and the environment. Green cleaning practices also save me money, and I love knowing that they are healthy for my whole family. #greencleaningproducts #ecofriendly #essentialoils #cleaning #naturalliving www.intentionalfamilylife.com

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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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Green cleaning products use natural, plant-based ingredients like baking soda, essential oils, vinegar, castile soap, or hydrogen peroxide. They are simple, eco-friendly products for your home that are non-toxic for both your family and the environment. Green cleaning practices also save me money, and I love knowing that they are healthy for my whole family. #greencleaningproducts #ecofriendly #essentialoils #cleaning #naturalliving www.intentionalfamilylife.com

30 Comments

  1. Devin on April 11, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I hadn’t thought of using essential oils on a cotton ball to keep the stink out of my shoes. My tennis shoes are usually good, but boy do my flats get ripe. I’ve tried using the special powders in them but they never seem to work. I’ll definitely have to try the cotton ball trick.



    • Karen Patten on April 12, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Such an easy fix! My son’s UGGs can be, well, Ugg. 🙂



  2. vicki @ Five Spot Green Living on April 13, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I love my oils! Thank you for sharing each way to clean the kids rooms with the oils. My kids love the smell and get so excited when I pull them out!



    • Karen Patten on April 14, 2015 at 12:44 am

      You’re welcome – we love them too!



  3. Cindy on April 24, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Wow! I can’t believe you just use essential oils to keep your house clean. I also haven’t thought about using oils with cotton balls into the shoe to keep the smell away. I didn’t realize tea tree oil can also help eliminate or prevent mold. Thank you for the tips!



  4. Kita on April 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Essential oils? Hmmm, I use bleach and more bleach but I know those chemicals are not good I may switch over and try this. My kids bathrooms are the worse my son has his own bathroom and I have made him start to clean.



  5. Shirley wood on April 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I know that essential oils are a really big deal right now. I used to dampen a cotton ball with lavender oil and place them around the house behind furniture for a nice fragrance. My youngest daughter loves to use tea tree oil for various things, it’s pretty strong though so you have to really like it to use it.



  6. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle on April 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    That’s pretty amazing. I love essential oils in a diffuser or a bath, but I’ve never thought of cleaning with them before. I guess there really isn’t anything you can’t do with essential oils!



    • Karen Patten on April 25, 2015 at 4:38 am

      They are so amazing to clean with and can be truly cost effective because the rate of dilution is so high!



  7. christina on April 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I just bookmarked this page so I can look at the other posts on essential oils, thank you!
    I love the idea of using less toxic cleaners, but do they disinfect the same way as cleaners?
    Great tips here, I will definitely be back!!



    • Karen Patten on April 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

      I’m so glad you liked the suggestions! Many of the essential oils actually disinfect better than toxic cleaners! I’d love for you to get back to me and let me know what you enjoyed using!



  8. Julie (xfallenmoon) on April 25, 2015 at 2:48 am

    This is a great article, I’m pinning it for later. I have been looking for ways to detox my home from all these toxic chemicals. You know what though? How much do we REALLY need to clean? I mean, yes, if there’s germs going around and someone’s sick, you kick it up a notch. But in general, do we really need to be cleaning every. single. day? I don’t know, I usually just pass a wet cloth every day and once a week or so disinfect (depending on the room obv). I will definitely gives the essential oils a try. I have a whole bunch that have rarely been used!

    http://www.xfallenmoon.com/



  9. Tammy @ creativekkids on April 25, 2015 at 3:49 am

    What an informative post. I have somehow gotten pantry moths. I kill everyone we find, and there are a lot less–maybe 1 a day. But we didn’t want to spray that area with insecticides. I’ll have to try the lavendar on the cottonball trick. I have some, so it will be easy :).



    • Karen Patten on April 25, 2015 at 4:34 am

      Pantry moths are THE WORST! I got them twice them last year – I wish I’d had my oils then! Good luck – I’d love for you to let me know how it goes!



  10. Kira T on April 26, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I’m a huge fan of essential oils. I just recently started using them in our home. I love the tip about smell shoes. My son has smelly feet (I’m sure most boys do lol). Thanks for sharing all these tips.



    • Karen Patten on April 26, 2015 at 3:29 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the tips! I’m also always glad to hear about one more family benefitting from essential oils!



  11. Michelle H on April 28, 2015 at 5:34 am

    such great tips-we use oils all the time, but haven’t branched out much into using them for cleaning yet. We just ran out of floor cleaner so I guess now is the time to start!



  12. Fi Ní Neachtáin on April 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I’ve never thought of using essential oils for cleaning before but now I want to start. I love the sound of lemon essential oil because I really like the scent of lemon around my home. I need to try these things.



  13. […] I didn’t clean house today – yay for me! But, when I do need to do some cleaning, essential oils have been wonderful helping me to replace the toxic commercial cleaning products from our home with safe, naturally […]



  14. Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com on June 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    So many people are embracing the oils trend right now, these are great ideas!



    • Karen Patten on June 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks! They’ve been so great for us!



  15. Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt on June 1, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    This is so great to know! Thank you for sharing!



  16. Laura Martin on July 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I JUST started using Young Living and am pinning this – I KNOW I will be referring back to it frequently. Great information!



    • Karen Patten on July 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      There are so many amazing things you can do with essential oils to achieve and maintain vibrant health as well as to rid your home of toxins in cleaners, beauty products and so much more!



  17. Kristin on July 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    What a terrific post! I cannot stand chemicals in our house since my daughter was born. I am always looking for more natural products but never feel totally happy. I cannot wait to try this!



    • Karen Patten on July 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      I started looking to remove the toxins from our house when my first son was born. It just makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Enjoy!



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