Before I became a mother, I had never given a lot of thought to the whole green movement (aside from basic recycling). But once I started bathing, dressing, and feeding a tiny newborn, I started faintly worrying about exposing him to toxins that could contribute to health problems later in life.
So while I am still no expert, I have slowly switched out a few products over the last four years. When I run out of something, I just do a little research and buy a less toxin friendly alternative. :)
In case you need any product recommendations, here are the green products I swear by:
For General Cleaning
Shaklee’s Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate - with Shaklee’s Get Clean Spray Bottles. You simple fill the bottles with water and then read on each bottle how much of the concentrate to add to make all-purpose cleaner in one bottle, degreaser in another, and glass cleaner in the last. I’ve been using this for most of my household cleaning (minus bathrooms) since February 1, 2011, and it’s less than halfway gone. So I’d say one bottle of this will last me about three years! The product has no scent, but it makes my cleaning a breeze.
Charlie’s Soap has 454 reviews on amazon, with 4 1/2 stars. It costs $12.99 for 80 loads’ worth of powder, and I believe each jar lasts me about three months. This is another product that has no scent, but don’t worry, laundry still comes out smelling clean (just not flowery). Head over to those abundant reviews to learn more!
For Dish Washing
Grab Green Automatic Dishwashing Detergent – I could be wrong, but going green with dishwasher detergent seems to be a little more expensive than it is with general cleaning and laundry detergent. But I do really like this product, mainly because my dishes are always sparkling and I’m a bit obsessed with the “thyme with fig leaf” scent. I have the “60 loads” size in my favorite scent delivered to me every two months for $17.38 via amazon prime (which, by the way, I am a big fan of).
My real-life friend Betsy has a blog that is a fantastic resource for moms who want to “go green gradually” (her tagline). What I love about her is that I knew her for an entire year before I learned what an expert she is on going green. She doesn’t wear it like a badge or judge you when you put something in the wrong recycling bin. :) Check out her great ideas on how to begin and her 10 easy ways to reduce toxins in your home.
There are a million more things that I could be doing, and I always have a little list of products I want to switch out eventually. (Next up—soap!) But I’m content taking it slowly.
Where are you at with the whole green movement? Do you have any products you swear by? I’d love to hear about them!
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