Post # 1
I have started reading a pre-conception book, as we’re currently 2-3 years out from TTC. I know the basics (taking folic acid daily, increasing calcium intake, not drinking, etc.), but I am interested in also cutting down environmental toxins as much as possible before we begin trying to get pregnant. According to the book I’m currently reading, it is really important to consider all of the chemicals present in the air and surfaces in the home from bleach- and ammonia-based cleaners.
So I wanted to know if anyone out there has tried Seventh Generation products, or if anyone mixes their own cleaning products from vinegar, bar soap, etc. I’m wanting to make the switch soon, so that we’re can find something we like and start using it far in advance of our first pregnancy :).
Also, has anyone tried low VOC indoor housepaint? Just wondering, as we’ll eventually be looking for safer options when painting a nursery.
All of this is very new to me, as I’ve been a “Clorox and Tide girl” since college. But I figure if this switch is better for our health, the health of future children, and is better for the water supply and environment, it can’t hurt, right? So any advice or opinions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
Post # 3
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 # 4
I completely agree!! It just seems that bleach and other chemicals are extremely common in Western culture now, and anyone who strays away from their use is going against the norm. It just seems that since there is a connection with fetal development and environmental toxins, it makes sense to cut out as many of the toxins in our home as possible!
Post # 5
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
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
@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
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
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
“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 # 11
@crayfish: I didn’t know I’d get a microbiologist to weigh in too! 🙂
I do have a question though.. Is the use of bleach also contributing to issues with MRSA and other resistant strains of illness? I know the alcohol in hand rubs (sanitizers) are often pointed to as the culprit, but I thought I had also heard something about bleach in that debate too?
And I may be off on this assumption, but I was once told by my general doctor that there really isn’t a need for “anti-bacterial” handsoaps, that plain Dial and other regular soaps kill an adequate amount of bacteria when mixed with warm water? I could be comparing apples and oranges here, but I was just curious.
Post # 12
@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
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
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
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
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.