Child Safe Cleaning Tips

I have recently done my research on how to make more natural based cleaning products around the house.  With a toddler you will see that they are constantly kissing, licking, and touching anything and everything they can reach.  With that in mind I didn’t want my daughter to be digesting any of the harsh chemicals that may reside from chemical based cleaning products.  So below are some reciepes that you can make that is easy on your wallet and safe around your child.

 

Window Cleaner:

You will need:

¼ cup rubbing alcohol

¼ cups white vinegar

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 cups warm water

                                        Empty spray bottle

                             Newspaper

 

Combine everything, expect newspaper, in your empty spray bottle and shake vigorously.  Shake before spraying on window and then wipe dry with the newspaper.  I know it sounds weird to use the newspaper, but I tested it out and used a paper towel, cloth towel, and newspaper; it was a clear winner that the newspaper did not leave streaks.  You do have to use a bit more elbow grease but it is totally worth it. 

Break down in cost:

¼ cup rubbing alcohol – about $ .20

¼ cups white vinegar– about $ .25

1 Tablespoon cornstarch– about $ .03

2 cups warm water - virtually free, except for the water bill, for the sake of agreement let’s say $0.000001

Empty spray bottle– about $ 1.00

Total cost – about $1.48 for the first bottle and $ .48 per refill

 

Dusting Spray:

 

You will need:

1 cup water

¼ cups white vinegar

2 teaspoons olive oil

10 -  15 drops of Lemon essential oil*

Empty spray bottle

Clean and dry cloth

*optional this will make your home smell fresh and clean, other essential oil options are grapefruit, wild orange, tangerine, or bergamot.

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake well to mix.  Since oil and water don’t mix well together, be sure to shake before each use to help distribute all the ingredients.  Spray directly on your furniture and buff it off with your cloth.

Breakdown in cost:

2 teaspoons olive oil – about $ .08

¼ cups white vinegar– about $ .25

10 – 15 drops of essential oil of choice– about $ 3.00

1 cup water - virtually free, except for the water bill, for the sake of agreement let’s say $0.0000005

Empty spray bottle– about $ 1.00

Total Cost:

With essential oil - $4.35 for the first bottle and $3.35 per refill

Without essential oil - $1.35 for the first bottle and $. 35 per refill

 

Washing Clothes:

There are many different formulas for making your own laundry detergent out there.  I can not tell you which one to use since I have not tried to make any myself.  I want to be honest with my readers.  This is how I clean my family’s clothes.  Yes this is safe for baby/toddler clothes too.  I don’t just wash our clothes this way I wash linens and the occasional stuffed toy.

What you will need:

½ C Vinegar

¼ C Baking Soda

Capful* All Free and Clear Detergent

 *I use capfuls if you feel more comfortable using a measuring cup please do so
 

When using vinegar in your wash it is important to make sure to first turn on your water first to make sure the vinegar doesn’t just soak up into one item of clothing.

*** I learned this by trial and error; luckily if you do forget and you get that one shirt that smells of vinegar goodness you can just run the whole load through the washing process one more time with just water to dilute the shirt and spread the vinegar to the other garments. ***

Once you have your water is in the machine and you have poured your vinegar in go ahead and place the baking soda and All in as well.  Then add your clothes and that’s it.

Vinegar – using the vinegar will help deodorize your cloths and it also will work as your fabric softener.  So when you dry your clothes you do not need to use a dryer sheet.  Especially if you are going to use this to wash your baby/toddler clothes it is best not to use anything that can irritate their sensitive skin.

Baking Soda – using the baking soda is to help alleviate the stains.

All Free and Clear – I personally use this because it’s free or harmful dyes for my daughter.  Also you can get this detergent really cheap with coupons and deals.  I don’t spend more than $1.99 per bottle.   

Please note that if you are using this to clean cloth diapers, it is still advised to dry everything outside by the sun. 

If I could I would dry everything outside, the sun is a natural whitener and the breeze makes your clothes smell so fresh.  But atlas my HOA doesn’t allow cloth lines in our back yard.  So I just dry my cloth diapers out there on our folding chairs.  (I know it’s not ideal but I need to make sure they are stain free)

 

Toilet bowl Cleaner:

You will need:

Scouring Stick

Elbow Grease

 

You can find Scouring Stick at your local grocery store.  I get mine at Wal-Mart they are normally under $2.00.  It’s pretty easy to use, you just take the stick and start scrubbing until you see the color of your toilet again.  You will need to use some elbow grease to make sure you got everything.  I normally flush the toilet when the water turns gray from the stick and then keep going until the ring (from our water) is gone. 

 

Thank you for reading, please feel free to share any easy cleaning recipes that you use.  If you should need more detail or have any questions please feel free to e-mail me thegoodthebadandthepoopy@outlook.com.

 

 

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