We all want the best for our littles, am I right? We try to feed them the best food, buy them stimulating toys and make sure they are properly clothed. The goal is to raise happy and healthy kids. Keyword in that sentence being healthy. While we look for the best in most of the products for our kids, I find one area that tends to get overlooked is the cleaning products we use around them.
Today’s leading cleaning supplies might do wonders cutting through grease and eliminating soap scum but what residual chemicals get left behind? Below I’ve listed the best of the best so the next time your kid is licking that window you can rest a little bit easier. (Kids are such little weirdos!)
I can’t say enough about the Dr. Bronner’s brand. When I first started using Dr. Bronner’s, I got hooked on their Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap. Once I found out about the Sal Suds cleaner I knew I had to try it. You can use this all-purpose cleaner on literally everything. Dishes, laundry, carpets, any surface that you can imagine (although I wouldn’t use it on electronics). It’s completely natural and certified organic and vegan. It’s super concentrated and believe me when I say it will last you 5 to 10x longer than most of the cleaning products on the market. If they ever discontinue this product I’ll probably cry and then proceed to buy up every last bottle I can find on eBay.
Borax is a classic natural cleaner. Did your grandmother use it? Mine did and I’ll tell you there is a good reason why. This cleaner is amazing at lifting stains out of clothes. Borax actually softens water by raising the pH level closer to neutral. It can be used as a multipurpose cleaner and for insect control in the summer. You can also use it for rainy day projects with the Littles. I’m sure I’ll do a post on it eventually but you can make some really cool slime putty with Borax.
If scent is important to you, you have to try the Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender line. It’s made from all plant derived ingredients and works great on all non porous surfaces. I love using this cleaner in my bathroom on the counters and in the toilet before guests come over. I get a lot of complements on the fragrance. It really freshens everything up and the scent lingers for almost an entire day.
The bath is one area that I feel that parents should absolutely use non-toxic cleaners. There is nothing worse than watching your kid drink bath water and thinking about all the chemicals that they could be ingesting. This tub and tile cleaner cuts through soap scum, mold, rust and mildew like butter. It smells really fresh and it is completely natural! (I have a hard time finding this one in stores but Amazon always comes through with the win.)
If you’re looking for an all natural dish soap, look no further than this Puracy Natural Liquid Dish Soap. This soap is great if you have hard water and tend to get water spots. I think what I love the most about this soap is the scent. Apparently, I am not alone on that. This brand has been quietly building up a cult following. I’m not surprised though. It essentially doubles as a moisturizing hand treatment every time you do the dishes.
If you’re the type of person that is short on time and craves convenience then I would recommend these multi-surface wipes. These wipes are actually pretty interesting. Did you know that thyme disinfect? Neither did I. But they claim that they kill 99.99% of all viruses and germs on non porous surfaces including…
- Influenza A viruses including H1N1
- Rhinovirus (type 37, the Common Cold virus)
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Salmonella enterica
- Escherichia coli
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
I know that I won’t be letting myself run out of these wipes now that cold season is on the way!
I know that I’ve already listed a bathroom cleaner, but I couldn’t leave this one off of the list. I am a huge fan of the Method cleaning products but this one is my absolute favorite. The scent of this cleaner is out of this world and it dries with no chemical residue. I like to use this cleaner in between showers as a maintainance clean in between major cleans. I spray it on, wipe it off and it lets me go longer in between massive scrub downs. Also check out Method’s wood for good Wood Polish. It is seriously a magic cleaner.
While I am always a huge fan of just using vinegar and water on my windows, glass and stainless steel, this glass cleaner is a total win in the all natural/non toxic department. It has a completely plant derived formula and is fragrance free, chemical free and hypoallergenic. So if the smell of vinegar is a turn off for you, I’d look into picking this stuff up.
The last item on this list is a huge staple in my home (mainly because I am allergic to bleach). A little hint on using these, unlike traditional bleach use these pods in warm water with whites. Trust me, they work just as well as bleach. You can even pop the pods open and use the contents to spot treat. These pods work on whites and colors and work in high efficiency washers. I personally like to use the fragrance free version but they do offer a variety of fun scents if you fancy a little aromatherapy with your laundry. They’re hypoallergenic and completely safe to use around your Littles.
Going all natural is great for our families! Have you come across any natural cleaning products that you love? Make sure to let us all know in the comments and keep this list going! Until next time Kangas! Stay strong, radiate positivity and love fiercely!