Posted By: Stephanie
I've always liked the thought of cleaning with non-toxic cleaners but didn't act on it until I was pregnant with Little Lou. At that time I decided it was time to find some great non-toxic cleaners so that I was able to keep our family safe from harmful toxins that are found in many cleaners out there while still getting our house fresh and clean. I was not paid or perked to write about these cleaning products, I just wanted to share my findings with you.
I love the Mr Clean Magic Erasers for the tough stuff that just wont scrub off with anything else. Seriously, these are magic. Kristi posted how she was able to get 30 "Magic Erasers" for $8.49 on Amazon. Now that is a great deal!
Of course I still have my love for vinegar which I posted about here. I go through this stuff like it's going out of style. I haven't been one to contribute to the shortage of bacon, but if there was a shortage going on with vinegar I would be guilty. = )
Next up are my favorite cleaners that I use on everything from bathrooms, including toilets to mirrors, counters, kitchen sink, microwave (although there is a super awesome tip that Kristi posted on and easy way to clean your microwave I still like to use some cleaner in it when I'm finished) and even Lou's highchair. I use the product Biokleen which is non-toxic, cleans great and smells good too! This All Purpose Cleaner has been great on my glass, I just use a microfiber towel (sorry don't have a picture of those but I get a huge pack of them from Costco and they last forever) and this cleaner and I don't end up with any streaks. Love it!
For the toilets and the area around them (walls and floor) I use Bac-Out which is a stain and odor remover. Even if I don't smell anything I'm sure there's some nasty stuff there that needs a little extra powerful stuff to clean it.
Next up is what I use on my floors. This stuff is awesome, it cleans the floor well and leaves it seriously sparkling clean. I was actually on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor last week with this stuff and that's what made me think I should really share with all of you how great it is and what other cleaning products I love. This particular cleaner is for stone, tile and laminate floors by Bona.
We only have a couple area rugs in our house, the rest are all either laminate, pergo or hardwood. This is the hardwood cleaner I use and to be honest, I should really clean my hardwoods more often with this stuff. How often do you clean your hardwood floors?
Now a few tips on how to keep your house looking somewhat decent and ready for random people showing up at your door, that is without doing the 30-60 second clean up that leaves you sweating like you just ran a marathon when you greet your guests.
1. Never leave a room empty handed. If you are leaving a room grab at least one thing that needs to be put away.
2. If you have kids have them clean up toys as they are finished with them and move onto something else. If nothing else clean up toys with help of your little one (all of them even though they are just going to come out again) before nap and before bed. That way you will have two times a day that everything is picked up and you don't have to wake up to a mess.
3. Always rinse your dish and put it in the dishwasher as you use them to prevent a sink pile up.
4. In between cleaning the bathrooms water and toothpaste splatters on the counter/sink. Keep baby wipes (again they are non-toxic and you aren't disinfecting just cleaning up) under the sink to quickly wipe down the counter and sink to keep a nice looking appearance.
5. Clean up dishes in the kitchen as you cook. For example, while one thing is cooking wash the pot/pan that you are finished with.
6. When you wipe down your kitchen counters open the microwave and always wipe it out too even if it doesn't look dirty. This will prevent you from having to use the tip linked to above. It doesn't take but an extra couple seconds but it keeps you from more work later. Seriously, who wants a guest to come over and you end up heating something for them in a nasty microwave while trying to hide it from them, no thank you.
5. Fold laundry as it comes out of the dryer to prevent piles of laundry. I have to admit that this is something that I normally do, however since we've had Lelo 6 weeks ago I've kept up on folding towels and burp cloths but the clean clothes are in a heaping pile because I've only actually folded laundry twice since then. Oh well, I'll get back into the groove. At least we have clean laundry right? * The correct answer to that would be yes, you don't want to make me feel bad, do you? = ) *
What are your favorite non-toxic cleaners? I would love to know if there's something that works great that I should try!