Happy Earth Day, Mamas! While we can't all be as industrious Giselle Bundchen and her cute kids today, we can make small changes within our homes to provide a better future for our family and planet.
Here are three favorite homemade cleaner recipes we always have on hand.
All-Purpose Vinegar Cleaner:
Vinegar is fantastic at killing germs, and best of all, it's cheap and toxin-free! Essential oil helps cut the vinegar smell, while adding antibacterial properties to this natural cleaner. Pour everything in a spray bottle, shake, spray and wipe!
- 1 part distilled white vinegar
- 1 part water
- 20+ drops of essential oil
Lemon Oven Cleaner:
Baking soda makes this natural cleaner abrasive enough to tackle tough oven stains. This formula creates a spreadable cleaning paste that's even safe for pregnant Mamas to use. Mix the following ingredients together, wipe with sponge and allow to sit for several minutes. Scrub, then wipe down with a damp rag.
- 1/2 cup all-natural liquid soap
- 1-1/4 cup baking soda
- 2/8 cup distilled white vinegar
- a few drops of lemon essential oil
Safe "Happy Hour" Glass & Window Cleaner:
Last week, we learned how 2-butoxyethanol -- a popular ingredient that can lead to sore throats and liver damage -- is a toxin found in many window cleaners. Instead, here's a toxin-free, pregnancy safe cleaner that you can feel good about. Just combine in a spray bottle, and get cleaning!
- 1 cup vodka (yes, vodka!)
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon all-natural liquid soap
Remember, long-term exposure to toxins can affect your family’s health -- and our planet -- in the long run. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, give your baby a head start with toxin-free pregnancy skin care and household cleaners whenever possible!