We’ve all read and heard about the tragedies that have occurred when babies and toddlers get into commercial cleaning products, so it’s really nice to find out about baby safe alternatives that can work just as well. Plus, I’ll admit it; I’m cheap. So if I don’t have to buy a commercial cleaning product, I won’t. I’d rather use what I have at home that’s cheaper to buy because it’s not specifically for cleaning.
I’ve been reading up about cleaning products that are safe to have around kids, or at least safer, and thought I’d share a few here.
I think we’ve all heard of this one, and maybe you already use it instead of Windex. Vinegar! Just mix some vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and voila. I use about 50/50 but you can change up the ratio a bit to your liking. Then I use newspaper to wipe. A tip that I read was that if your windows streak with the vinegar, wipe them first with rubbing alcohol to remove any wax residue from previously using commercial cleaners; then the vinegar should work just fine.
You can use the same 50/50 ratio of vinegar and water to clean your bathroom; it disinfects and even breaks down soap scum. Just spray, wipe, then rinse with water. For soap scum, use undiluted vinegar then scrub with baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth.
Pour undiluted vinegar into the toilet, let sit for a few minutes, scrub then flush to clean the potty.
One major way to help keep your kitchen drain flowing well is to never pour grease down it. Pour your grease into a large jar, like an empty pickle jar, then when it’s full just throw it in the trash.
Pouring boiling water directly into the drain often can help too. You probably do this anyways when you strain your pasta.
If your drain is starting to get a bit slow, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then about 1 cup of vinegar. You can heat the vinegar first in the microwave too if you want. Put the plug in the drain until the fizzing stops, or stop it with a cloth, then rinse well with hot or boiling water.
If your drain is stopped up, you can try pouring in hydrogen peroxide, letting it sit for a bit, then plunging.
Another one that many of you have probably heard of and quite probably do; keep an open box of baking soda in your fridge to keep the odours down. I also sprinkle some baking soda into the bag each time i change the diaper pail bag.
That’s it for now!