Now that you’ve brought your baby home, you know keeping it clean is extremely important. But how you keep it clean can have just as much of an effect on your family’s overall health.
Choosing eco-friendly products ensure that your clean home is safe for you, your baby, and the environment. After all, the toxic chemicals (like ammonia or chlorine) found in many traditional cleaning products can be toxic to your family’s health. Babies, young children, and pets can be particularly affected by dangerous cleaning supplies because they have a higher exposure level.
Many ingredients in traditional cleaners are carcinogens and they are the second most common poison exposure for children.
If you want to reduce the risk of toxicity and accidental poisoning in your home while helping the environment at the same time, we have rounded up our top picks for eco-friendly and family-friendly cleaning products.
Seventh Generation has been a leader in green cleaning products for the past 25 years. They use plant-based products to help you keep your home clean without all the harsh chemicals.
This all-purpose cleaner is made with biodegradable and non-toxic ingredients. The bottles are made with 100% plastic and are fully recyclable, not to mention they never test on animals.
Mrs. Meyers is another company dedicated to helping you get a good clean but without all the harsh chemical smells. The products are made with essential oils to keep it smelling great while also working hard against the grime and dirt.
The plant-based cleaners are made with responsible and renewable materials like coconut or olives and essential oils like lavender, lilac, and lemon verbena.
This tub and tile cleaner uses Lactic Acid and Citrus Aurantium, natural acids that help modify the pH and clean the entire bathroom efficiently. They never use bleach, ammonia, parabens, or phthalates to keep your home free from toxicity.
Dapple was created by two moms dedicated to finding healthy cleaning products for all those unique baby messes. Their products are made without parabens, synthetic dyes, or formaldehyde to keep them baby and family friendly.
They create products with plant-based ingredients to keep their cleaning formulas pure. They know that many of their products get into contact with your baby’s skin, so they use clinical evaluation to ensure their products are safe for your baby’s sensitive skin.
These cleaning wipes are great for toys or for wiping away those grimy fingerprints from countertops or high chairs.
Method’s products are made from natural ingredients that are safe for your family and pets. The company wanted to create products that get rid of the dirt without using the harsh chemicals that make you hold your breath.
The all-purpose cleaner uses biodegradable cleaners like coconut and corn to break down the dirt and to clean the grease around your home.
This multinational company began with the purpose of making effective products while using high-quality and naturally derived ingredients.
Their Lemon Toilet Bowl Cleanser is made with sustainable ingredients. They claim that it is “one of the least acidic or caustic cleaners on the market.” The citric acid and glycolic acid work to clean the hard water stains and calcification on your tubs, toilets, and tile.
DIY Vinegar and Water
If you’re feeling in a do-it-yourself mood, use vinegar and water to create a disinfecting spray. Vinegar is a natural cleaner that reduces microbial contamination. It helps dissolve dirt and cuts through residue, making it a great green alternative for cleaning all those baby toys.
Simply add 1 part distilled water to 1 part distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, add essential oils like lavender or lemon to get that clean smell.