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The Most Effective DIY Cleaners That Are Safe For You And Baby

You have received the wonderful news that you are expecting. You are experiencing many feelings as many thoughts go through your head. You may be wondering what the gender of the baby is, who is going to plan baby shower details, what prenatal vitamins you need to take, what schools your child will attend, and possibly what they will be when they grow up.

As you get closer to giving birth, or perhaps when the baby is born and when they start crawling and walking that you start considering how to baby-proof your home. Locking drawers and cupboards, and blocking entrances to stairs and danger zones, are commonly how parents will baby-proof first.

However, what may not have been the first thing to cross your mind is how you will baby-proof your cleaning products. Cleaning products do a great job at eliminating bacteria and making your home spotless. So, what’s the problem? Most of the cleaning products out there are able to be tough on stains and take out 99.9% of bacteria because they use harsh chemicals to do so.

There are many products and brands that claim to be free of harmful substances. The truth of the matter is, there are still chemicals being used in those cleaners. The rule of thumb is, if you don’t know the ingredients on the label, it is most likely not safe for you and your baby. This article will provide you with a list of the most effective DIY cleaners that are safe for you and your baby.

7 Bathroom Cleaner

Cleaners have a tendency to leave behind residue. The residue can be picked up by your baby by seeping into your baby’s skin, or by being ingested through contact. Even if your baby isn’t the one making primary contact with bathroom surfaces, or any household items, they will come into contact with the residue through you.

It is not only important that your baby items are being safely cleaned, but everything else in the home as well. This section will show you the ingredients you need to make the most effective cleaner for your bathroom. You can use this cleaner to clean your bathtub, tiles, and sink. It is even gentle enough to use on your baby’s tub.

Here are the ingredients you need to make your bathroom cleaner:

All of these ingredients are best combined in a spray bottle. If you need something a little tougher to scrape off grime, you can add kosher salt to the mix. The grains of the salt will help scrub off caked-on dirt. For tougher stains, leave the mixture on the soiled areas longer – approximately 10 minutes.

The best part about the mixture is that it will keep well on the shelf. Check the expiry date on your baking soda to see how long it will keep. That will give you a general idea of the shelf life. If you have larger areas in your bathroom to clean, simply double or triple the recipe according to the space you are trying to cover. 

6 Floor Cleaner

Many of us have opted for hardwood floors instead of carpet. It’s more hypoallergenic and easier to clean. Having a safe and clean floor is important as your baby will be the number one person that comes into contact with it. They will be crawling, walking, and then putting their hands in their mouths – the hands that have been exploring the floor all day.

Not only will having a DIY cleaner for your floor be safe for your baby, but it will be useful if you have a pet as well. If you have a dog, it may tend to want to lick your baby. The dog’s mouth has more likely than not been exploring the floors as well. Plus, the DIY cleaning solutions will be a lot better for their health.

Here are the few, simple ingredients that you need to clean your hardwood floors:

  • Hot water (1 gallon)
  • Olive oil (3/4 cup)
  • Lemon Juice (1/2 cup)

This formula is great because it acts as a cleaner and a polisher. It will do well to shine your hardwood floors. You also don’t have to worry about rinsing after mopping. The olive oil will dry with a natural, shiny finish. If you are worried about your baby slipping and falling, provide them with slippers that have grip at the bottom. You can also create grip on their existing socks by using fabric paint to create little dots at the bottom of their socks. 

5 Dish Soap

Retail dish soaps are another substance to look out for. Dish soaps also leave behind residue. The ones that you find in stores are high in phosphates, chlorine, and artificial perfumes. Traces of these chemicals are left behind on your dishes and cups, which end up in your bloodstream and can lead to illnesses.

When washing your baby’s bottles, spoons, bowls, and dishes, it is important that you choose your dish soap wisely. However, most dish soaps out there that claim to be safe will still have traces of harmful substances. You may as well have fun and make your own dish soap. It will end up being safer for your baby and more cost effective in the long run.

Here are the ingredients you need to make your own dish soap:

  • Borax ( 2 tablespoons)
  • Washing Soda (2 tablespoons)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Sal Suds (3/4 cup)
  • Peppermint essential oil, or any scent you like (15 drops)

Click here for where to find these ingredients and for the full recipe.

For all your baby items, you can go the extra mile to sanitize them. After cleaning the bottles, unscrew the lid and remove the teats. Put everything in a large saucepan and add enough water so that all your items are covered in water.

Take a second look to make sure that there are no air bubbles. Bring the water to a boil and leave items in the boiling water for five minutes. Remove the saucepan from the burner and remove items carefully with tongs. Let the items air dry, or dry with a clean cloth. 

4 Detergent

Your brand new baby has sensitive skin that needs protecting. Conventional detergent includes harsh chemicals that can irritate sensitive, adult skin. Imagine the overall damage it can do to your baby’s skin. Using a DIY detergent for your clothes will ensure that your baby’s skin doesn’t become irritated.

When washing your baby’s clothes, use warm water to help soften the threads. It isn’t necessary to use a lot of detergent on your baby’s clothes as newborn garments don’t tend to get overly soiled. But, when they do become terribly soiled, add more detergent using your discretion.

It may also be a good idea to wash your baby’s clothing separately. You may find that this recipe for detergent may not be able to clean off dirt, mud, and extremely soiled clothing. But, it will do a good job of washing away baby stains, like milk, baby food, and minor bathroom accidents.

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Washing soda
  • Borax
  • Vegetable oil-based bar soap (non-scented)

Click here for full recipe and where to get these items.

The added benefit of using these DIY detergents is that it is better for the environment. There are no harsh substances going back into the water cycle. When you dry your baby’s clothing, be sure to not use fabric sheets either. Fabric sheets contain a of lot perfumes that can irritate your baby’s skin. 

3 All-purpose Cleaner

Everyone needs a good all-purpose cleaner. An all-purpose cleaner is, as the name suggests, a cleaner that can effectively clean all hard surfaces. With the new addition to your family, you will encounter spills of all sorts. For a quick fix and a quick clean, you will need to resort to all-purpose cleaners.

Like most of the products that are listed here, a DIY version is the safest route to take. DIY cleaners allow you to choose what go in them. There are a lot of healthy options for all-purpose cleaners that can be used daily without harmful side effects.

Here are a few recipes for the most effective everyday, multi-purpose cleaners:

All-purpose cleaner #1:

In a spray bottle, combine the following ingredients:

  • White vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • Lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
  • Water (1/2 cup)

All-purpose cleaner #2:

In a spray bottle, combine the following ingredients:

  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Baking soda (2 tablespoons)
  • Lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

All-purpose cleaner #3:

In a spray bottle, combine the following ingredients:

  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Club soda (2 tablespoons)
  • Lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
  • White vinegar (1/2 cup)

2 Shampoo

Shampoo isn’t a household cleaner, but a cleaner nonetheless. It is a rather important cleaner as it directly comes into contact with you and your baby. Shampoo is used to wash your baby’s hair and scalp. As mentioned before, your baby has sensitive skin. The best products to use on your baby are the ones that do not contain chemicals and dyes.

For this DIY shampoo, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Unscented liquid castile soap (1 oz.)
  • Filtered water (4 oz.)
  • Essential oil – any scent ( 3 drops)

Mix all ingredients in a pump bottle or squeeze bottle for easy access.

You can use this recipe on your own hair as well. If you find that you have build-up in your hair from hair products, or oily scalp, you can add baking soda to the mix to help as a clarifier. This DIY shampoo doesn’t have any perfumes in it that may dry out your hair. 

1 Soap

Just like shampoo, soap is not a household cleaner. Soap is referring to the substance used to clean your baby’s skin with during a bath. Soap is a cleaner that comes into direct contact with yours and your baby’s skin. Your skin is your biggest organ, so you want to do well to take great care of it.

Conventional soaps have sulfates that can irritate and dry out your skin. These chemicals are also found in baby soap as well. As babies are more susceptible to receiving the consequences of these soaps, using a natural soap is the best way to go. DIY soaps are fun and easy to make. They are healthier for your skin and great for the environment as well.

Here are the ingredients you need to make your homemade soap:

  • Coconut oil (2 drops)
  • Jojoba oil (2 drops)
  • Castile soap (1/4 cup)
  • Distilled water (3/4 cup)

All you have to do is mix the ingredients in a foam dispenser bottle. If you want, you can leave out the coconut oil and jojoba oil for your baby.

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