How do you find safe house cleaning products with little ones in the house?

Dawn - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Home cleaning products tend to be so toxic - and natural ones at the health food store so expensive. Has anyone found some quality products that are safe for little ones?

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Vinegar, bi-carb soda and lemon juice...in that order!! i use it on everything and have never looked back, i have chemically induced eczema so this works wonders. I use dettol (or any good brand name antibacterial solution...please don't use generic for this it wont work and baby oil in a spray bottle shake it before use and spray it on you and your LO will keep the mosquitoes at bay and if they do get bitten the antibacterial solution will stop the swelling. I also use white vinegar in my washing instead of fabric softener, works just as well, is cheaper and leaves no smell. when i vaccum the carpet i sprinkle on some bi-carb soda and leave it for 30 seconds and vaccum as usual. to mop add in some vinegar bi-carb and lemon juice into boiling hot water will remove anything on the floor and your home will be lemony fresh. to remove mould use white vinegar...works better than any anti mould product!!

Denise - posted on 11/29/2010

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I have been using Melaleuca products for the past 2 1/2 years and find them to be the best I have tried and the best value for your money. I tried Method, Green works, Seventh Generation and a few others that I can't remember their names. I found none of the others I tried actually worked or some weren't even truely natural. I love the Melaleuca products and will recommend them to anyone to try. They also allow you to try their products for 60 days with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Once I removed the harsh chemicals from my home and started using these products, my 6 year olds eczema is completely gone and he no longer has a chronic runny nose. I also invested in a steam mop which I highly recommend. No more products on my floors. If you want more info on Melaleuca I can help.

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Kathy - posted on 03/18/2013

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I should also have mentioned we have slight eczema and asthma we fight in our house too and this has helped.

Kathy - posted on 03/18/2013

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I have found a whole online store that I shop at now. It is all green, safe products that are not any more expensive then what you find in the local stores. I had no idea until I started doing research when pregnant how some of the so called "green" products are not good either. I have no idea how to post it here or if I can? I have been a customer now over 4 years and loving their products. They are green plus they work! The stain spray is my favorite. Never had throw out any of my sons clothes for staining (even all those "organic stains").

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2010

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I really like the Method brand....you can get it at Target. They are 2.99 here for Lavender scented multi purpose cleaner!!!!

Alice - posted on 12/01/2010

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Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
The only manufactured chemical we use is Simple Green (you buy it in concentrate and it's inexpensive, the $7 bottle lasts like 18 months). It is a mild stomach irritant, but not deadly. We switched to cleaning the toilets with that when we got our first dog (he would lift the toilet lid to get a drink even though his water bowl was right in the kitchen!) and have pretty much stopped everything else. :)

Nicole - posted on 12/01/2010

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Well I have been using Green Works for some time now, and I love it. It cleans great and has a light smell nothing over powering. Everyone one has thier preferances to what they like and use. Basically you should choose what you feel will work for your family. My kids are 10 and 3 and I have never had any problems.

Kimberly - posted on 12/01/2010

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I'd look for household cleansers bearing the new Natural Products Association Certified seal. It means that at least 95% of the ingredients (excluding water) are natural and that the other 5% have no natural alternatives or known health risks.

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Thank you Denise. I only use it, for the toilet, when I see the ring starting to come back...so not very often! When I'm not using it, it's stored in a safe place.

Denise - posted on 11/30/2010

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Be careful with bleach. It is extremely harmful to our health. It kills our T cells which in turn compromises our immune system and it has been shown to raise hormone levels in women. I know somone who was a fanatic about using bleach on anything and her hormones are all messed up. Another of my friend's dog goes into an epileptic seisure when she uses bleach in the home. ESPECIALLY do not mix it with any other cleaner. This can be fatal with in minutes!

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I use white vinegar mixed with water (half and half) for everything except the toilets. For the toilets I use clorox bleach. Vinegar disinfects just as well as bleach, but the bleach gets rid of the ring in the toilet so much better than the vinegar. The best part...it's so cheap! I can get 2 gallons of vinegar at Sam's for $4 and it lasts for months.

Nicole - posted on 11/30/2010

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Melaleuca products are great. They have over 300+ products. My kids love the kids shampoo and soap. Let me know if you want to try them. It's a great way to use non toxic products, save and make money. If you want to work it as a business. It's a great business for mom's to get into.

Weiwei - posted on 11/29/2010

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I felt the same way when my boy was little. When my boy was about 2 years old, a friend of mine who is a PHD of chemistry introduced me SNAP. I started using disinfectant cleaner and all purpose natural concentrate to clean his toys and his bath tub and mop the floor and other areas. I used to using Pine Sol to clean the floor, and my hands got drier afterwards; my hands are fine after touching these two products. I felt these products should be safer than other products I bought from local grocery stores. I still have them two years late because they are highly concentrated. There is the link, www.marketamerica.com/gohealthier, you will be able to find more information about them. Also, you get up to 35% cash back when shopping on the website!

Debra - posted on 11/29/2010

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Melaleuca products are great for eczema suffers too. If they last longer than org. products, that mean you are saving money. Right? I am also a user of Melaleuca's awesome products. Do you or anyone else want to be a user of the products too? I can help!!!

Mandy - posted on 11/29/2010

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Meleuca Products are great! I've been using them for a yr and they last longer than org. cleaning products! All these products are safe for kids with allergies/asthma. They are 6 times concentrated and smell great too! Hope this helps!

Debra - posted on 11/29/2010

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I highly recommend Melaleuca products also, I have been a user of the products for seven years. I have found none other to compare with Melaleuca. There are a host of other benefits offered by Melaleuca. Want to know more? I can Help!!!!!

Carolina - posted on 11/28/2010

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There is a good range I have heard which are 100% natural in its ingredients as opposed to some on the market shelves which specify Green but only have some minor green ingredients. This company is called WowGreen.

Debra - posted on 11/28/2010

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I can help!!! I am partnered with a Wellness Company that manufactures eco-friendly products and specializes in helping parents create a healthy home- I would love to show you how this would help you save and benefit your family. Products are delivers directly to your door. For more info. send me a message or email debraluster@hotmail.com

www.saferforyourhome.com

Thanks,

Jenny - posted on 11/28/2010

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Vinegar. It smells bad but it gets rid of the germs. Also lemons and baking soda work great. Lemons work on hard water stains. A cap full of vinegar in a squirt bottle filled with water works better than Windex. Black and white newspapers also work better than paper towels for wiping windows/ mirrors. Baking soda works great with a brush on cast iron sinks.

Candy - posted on 11/28/2010

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vinegar is a natural antibacterial.Lemon is a natural disinfectent. Baking soda is great for cleaning the bathrooms. If you use a funnel and pour some baking soda down the drain then add vinegar is will clean out your drains. Look up on line natural cleaning and these things will come up. I use them everyday. Use baking soda and salt to scrub your sinks.

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Norwex. My mom just gave me these great cloths. Each child has a washcloth....they are naturally antibacterial and you just add water. You can use them multiple times and then just wash them (no bleach or fabric softener...which we don't use anyway.) I also have one for dusting and one that is used for stain removal. If you spill coffee or salad oil on your clothes, you just wet the cloth and rub out the stain. They are great! Since they were a gift, I am not sure how expensive they were. But you can check them out and see. Other than that, we use a lot of vinegar in this house!

SONJA - posted on 11/28/2010

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LOOK FOR A "LEGACY OF CLEAN" AGENT NEAR YOU OR ONLINE. THEIR PRODUCTS ARE ALL NATURAL AND THEY WORK EXTREMELY WELL! THE BEST I HAVE SEEN ON THE MARKET. WE WERE INTRODUCED TO THEM BY OUR LANDLORD (HE SELLS THEM AND LET US SAMLE SOME) AND WOW! WE WONT USE ANYTHING ELSE NOW! THE SMELL IS AMAZING!! AND IT CLEANS SO GREAT WITH VERY LITTLE AMOUNTS! A PACKAGE COSTS A LIL MORE THAN THE AVERAGE CLEANING SOLUTION BUT SINCE YOU NEED SO LITTLE- IT IS WELL WORTH IT! PLUS IT COMES WITH A CLEANING GUIDE FOR EVERY STAIN IMAGINABLE! WHICH IS A MUST IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, PETS, A WHITE HOUSE (OR LIGHT COLORED HOUSE), OR A SLOPPY EATER IN THE FAMILY. ;-) WE ORDERED OUR KIT FOR AROUND $40 BUT IT INCLUDED EVERY CLEANING PRODUCT YOU WILL EVER NEED FOR YOUR HOUSE, LAUNDRY AND DISHES- AND THE LAUNDRY SOAP IS EXTREMELY GENTLE SO ANYONE CAN USE IT. PLUS IT INCLUDES AN AMAZING LAUNDRY BOOSTER WHICH EXTENDS THE LIFE AND VIBRANCY OF YOUR CLOTHES-PLUS IS AN ULTIMATE STAIN RTEMOVER! BUT JUST IN CASE THERE ARE STAINS THAT NEED PRE-TREATED- THE KIT ALSO CAME WITH A STAIN REMOVER (COMPARED TO BUT WORKS WAY BETTER THAN SHOUT OR OXYCLEAN OR OTHER STAIN PRETREATING PRODUCTS-I'VE TRIED THEM ALL-MY HUSBAND USED TO BE A DIARY FARMER SO I KNOW STAINS.LOL) ALSO IT COMES WITH DISINFECTANT WIPES (LIKE LYSOL WIPES BUT THEIR ALL NATURAL AWESOME PRODUCTS) IT REALLY IS THE WHOLE PACKAGE! AND LASTS A SUPER LONG TIME BC A LIL GOES A REALLY LONG WAY WITH THESE PRODUCTS! I JUST LOVE THEM!- oi vai- i think i just sounded like an infomercial- sry everyone. i just really love these products :-)

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