10 April 2014

Making Your Home Green for a New Baby

Many women go through what is known as the “nesting stage” just before baby is born, I did, going into a cleaning frenzy before each baby. The best way to travel through this phase of cleaning and preparing for baby is to do it the all-natural way.

There are so many homemade cleaning products that you can use on your home, that going green for a healthy baby is a wise choice indeed. Not only is it good for your newborn it is also great for you and your unborn baby to clean with all-natural ingredients.

You can use many ingredients in your home for cleaning.

· Vinegar
· Lemon Juice
· Bicarbonate Soda
· Borax
· Microfibre cloths instead of paper towels
· Laundry soap
· Washing Soda

I've left essential oils off that list because not all essential oils are safe for pregnant women or newborns. Check with your doctor before you use any essential oils, for cleaning or any other purpose while pregnant.

Before AJ was born our family doctor told me I'd have to lower my standards and let the house get a little dusty and the baby crawl on the floor and play in the dirt or he'd never build up immunity to common germs.  He suggested I start by ditching the bleaches and disinfectants I used in cleaning.

One of the best ways to green your home is to use good old-fashioned common sense. Hot water and soap does wonders for hand washing, cleaning dishes, benches, baths, tables, highchairs and even floors. It is not necessary to sterilize your hands with antibacterial soaps and liquids. Some of these contain many unnecessary ingredients that you do not want to handle your baby with after using.

Laundry detergents that contain many fragrances do smell nice, but can have added chemicals that are not good for baby. Making your own is a great way to get clothes clean and keep baby safe while going green.

Make sure to stay away from chemical-laden cleaners. You may think you are doing the right thing, but more chemicals are not better. Buy all natural if you don't want to make your own.

And lastly, look at the heating and cooling system in your home. It is always a good idea to have your vents and ducts cleaned, but it is even more important to have them done before baby is born. Dirty vents and ducts can allow toxins into the air.

Making sure that your heating system is up and running and that your flue is cleaned out and working properly are essential to keeping your heating system running effectively, saving energy, but possibly also saving lives.

By switching a few chemical based cleaners for safer, green cleaners you can ensure that you have a green home for your new little baby.

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