Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Best Friends

After being a little timid to get out the clorox, pine sole and 409 around baby Samuel I started looking for alternatives. I have always hated the way my hands smell after cleaning the house with these things. It also drives me nuts when I feel like I can't get the taste out of my mouth from spraying it. It just didn't seem good to have an infant around this stuff either. At first I was always scrubbing as soon as he went to sleep and then opening doors and windows to air out before he woke up. I soon came across the possibilities of cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing with what I already had in the house.(and it's so cheap) With white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and a little dish liquid soap I can do everything I did before and more! They are all great cleaners and by spraying vinegar and then hydrogen peroxide studies show it sanitizes better than bleach! So much safer to santize toys this way because he chews on everyone of them. Baking soda has been amazing at cleaning yucky pans. A half cup of vinegar in a spray bottle of water is great all purpose cleaner, for glass too. There are so many other uses of course, but these are the ones I use daily. I definitely recommend it.


Amy M. said...

I like it. I cleaned with Soft Scrub the other day and my paws smelled like bleach and I worried that my baby might be absorbing it.
I mop my floors with white vinegar. My kids' feet smell like vinegar afterward, but it's safer and works great.
I never knew about spraying with hydrogen peroxide after. Good tip.

LisaRD said...

What great ideas--I sometimes clean my kitchen sink with lemon juice and baking soda and it seems to do the trick without leaving stinky hands. Thanks for sharing such good ideas!

Also, vinegar is great to add to a load of laundry if you have stinky mildewy smell (seems to be common with kitchen rags/cloths). Just add a cup to each load and the smell disappears.