(Closed) Making the switch to natural cleaning products preconception?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Have you made the switch to natural cleaning products?
    Yes, I use Seventh Generation, Murphy's Oil Soap, or another line of all-natural products : (13 votes)
    35 %
    Yes, but I mix my own cleansers from vinegar, bar soap, etc. : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Not yet, but I plan to before we conceive : (4 votes)
    11 %
    I'm not using natural cleaning products and don't plan to switch : (16 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    Whether you are are TTC or not, the fewer chemicals in your life the better. Think of it this way. Do you want your kid to eat it or breath it? Then you shoudln’t.

    There are natural anti bacterial oils like orange. why use bleach?

    Post # 5
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I happen to love the smell of vinegar (for me, that’s what clean smells like), so I’m all for natural cleaners.  I’ve used the 7th Gen cleaners with good success, love their diaper lines (for future reference), and have also used the natural cleaners from Target and Lysol.  Really, my #1 cleaning tool is a Magic Eraser, so you can do 95% of the cleaning around the house with the eraser and then just touch up with spray cleaner.  Also, I know you’re not buying baby wipes yet, but never underestimate the cleaning power of a wipe!  Brilliant for small spills on the carpet, wiping down cabinets, stove tops, counters, etc.  When my son was still on formula, I’d use the time when his bottle was warming to grab a baby wipe and clean as much of the kitchen/bathroom/living room/etc as I could!  Sometimes, that’s all the time you get 🙂

    Post # 6
    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I like seventh generation. Actually I’ve been happy with all the green products I’ve tried. You can find a variety at most stores now and they pretty reasonably priced.

    Simple mixtures of vinegar, baking soda and water are good too. Those and a little elbow grease are all you need for most home cleaning.

    Here’s a good link “10 Green Home Cleaning Tips

    Good luck with the switch. It’s definitely a positive one. 🙂

    Post # 7
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @inspiredcreationsbyhaley   I hate to break the news about the magic eraser, but it has fromaldahide in it.  Very toxic. Saw it on a TV show about cancer.


    Edit: whoa, I just googled it and it seems that it is actually not toxic.  The TV show I saw it on seemed so reputable, but they must have made a mistake…..OR the company is really good at hiding it.  Sigh. 

    Either way, this is a great post to get me thinking about chemicals in my home.  Honestly I hadn’t considered all of that as a risk.  How about nailpolish? Now I’m thinking that I should cut out the nail polish. Good food for thought. Thanks all.

    Post # 8
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’ve used natural cleaning products for a few years now. I either use 7th generation or Method (the Target brand). Both were rated highly for all natural chemical free ratings. A lot of times I’ll just clean with a wet rag as well.

    Post # 9
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I started using natural cleaning products before I got pregnant due to migraines. I could never clean before due to the chemical smell, and since I didn’t work and my husband does I felt like I should be doing the cleaning. I love it, and I feel comfortable using them while pregnant.

    I didn’t use the low VOC paint, but I did make sure to stay out of the house until the paint smells were gone.

    Post # 10
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    “There are natural anti bacterial oils like orange. why use bleach?”

    As a microbiologist, this really makes me cringe. For serious germs, the orange (really the citric acid, not the orange) is not terribly effective. There’s a reason why hospitals use bleach. For general cleaning, the all-natural milder stuff is great (I use my own vinegar mixture and love it). But for bathrooms and kitchens (and disinfecting toys, etc) you really should be using a dilute bleach. I would actually recommend a NON-clorox brand, as clorox has mercury and others don’t.

    Post # 12
    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    @MrsEdamame: I took one biology class in college and we did a lab one week comparing germs (our own) by using various soaps, gels, etc. Most (close to all) of the results showed NO difference between regular soap & warm water and the antibacterial soap (or lotion). I found that interesting. I just use regular soap!

    Post # 13
    1766 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I use method, vinegar, and baking soda for cleaning.  I wash with unscented, uncolored laundry detergent. But I also use bleach sometimes when I neet to desinfect something.

    If you are concerned about chemicals in the air, you should also stay away from air fresheners, diffusers and scented candles.

    Post # 14
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am so happy to see this thread – I was researching this just this weekend! I am definitely concerned about a lot of chemicals effect on our health, our fertility and our future children’s health. That goes for household products as well as cosmetics and food. Right now, I am taking the approach that each time something runs out, I will get a safer replacement. So right now I’m nearly out of shampoo, so I am looking into better options for that. I think the household products will be a harder sell for my husband because he does most of the household cleaning and he is a total chemical junkie!

    Anyway, I am going to keep a close eye on this thread so I can use everyone’s suggestions! And what book is it that you’re reading, MissEdamame?

    Post # 15
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    When I took microbiology a few years ago, our instructor told us the best disinfectant for nearly all common bacteria was plain old hydrogen peroxide. He said it’s simple, harmless to people, pretty much odorless and most importantly, kills bacteria! It’s what he had us use to disinfect our lab benches after making slides and cultures with any bacteria (including e.coli and others). I went and bought some (it’s like a dollar) and put it in a spray bottle and it’s what i use to disinfect in my kitchen and bathroom. He also said bleach works, but it’s obviously more dangerous and smells bad. Just thought I’d pass along the info.

    Post # 16
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I know that natural stuff is a big concern, and I completely understand that, but natural cleaning products aren’t always that effective. Like crayfish said. 

    It is good to be aware, but bleach should not be eliminated. Lets say you go out to eat, the dishes are washed, and they have to be rinsed in diluted bleach after that. 

    There is cleaning something, then there is disinfecting something. I think if you use like vinegar and baking soda and what not here and there, that is great, but you will still need to use something like bleach once in a while too. Like use it less, but don’t cut it out completely. 

    Sometimes I just wonder, you protect your kids from all sorts of things, but you can’t completely protect them and cleaning products is not the thing I would avoid because germs are way worse. The things I would change is the way I eat, like completely cutting out processed/store bought foods. But that is my 2 cents, I guess my moms super cleaning-ness rubbed off on me. 

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