You want to feel good about what surrounds your baby. Although you are willing to try "green" cleaning products, the price tag on some may make you hesitate.
Good news: Home cleaners that you can make yourself not only reduce your family's exposure to chemicals but can save you money as well.
"Depending on the product you are making, and the concentrations of the various ingredients, you might find the cost to be a tenth of what the comparable product would sell for in a retail store," says Ben Seaman, one of the partners of Wisconsin-based Eartheasy (www.eartheasy.com).
According to Eartheasy, a family-owned company that provides information on sustainable living, you can use the following items—many of which you may already have in your home—for natural cleaning:
To learn how to make other low-cost home cleaners, visit the following Eartheasy website: http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm.
Remember: Keep all cleaning products out of reach of children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children ages 1 to 3 years—who are naturally curious and like to put things into their mouths—accounted for 72 percent of the 267,269 household cleaning-product injuries to children from 1990 to 2006.
The AAP suggests storing poisonous substances in locked cabinets out of sight and reach of children, as well as buying products that have child-resistant packaging, keeping products in their original containers, and properly disposing of leftover or unused products.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Household Cleaning Product-Related Injuries Treated in US Emergency Departments in 1990-2006, August 2, 2010. http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/aug0210studies.htm
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