The Quest for Greener Cleaning Products | Getting Ready for the Baby

As a parent-to-be, I care about providing a safe environment for my baby. This includes my house but also the world I live in. I remember last year when a girlfriend M. adopted the most adorable Vietnamese little girl. Just before her trip to Vietnam to bring her home, M. had her home professionally cleaned by a team who only use green products. It made me think about how harmful regular cleaning products could be for our health and nature.

A few years ago, I switched to a biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner to clean my floor, to do the rough part of cleaning the windows, and to remove dust and dirt around the house. But old habits die hard. I stuck to my regular bathroom cleaners and glass cleaner because they work well. When I got pregnant, I became worried about the fumes produced by the chemicals in the products I used. This told me that it was time to explore what are the more natural alternatives at the stores.

It’s funny how having a baby changes your perspective in all aspects of our life. I think that it forces us to take better care of ourselves, to eat better and to reevaluate how we run our household. As parents-to-be and parents, we want to do the best for our kids.

About our Sponsor: Green Works

A division of Clorox, Green Works describes their line as a range of naturally derived cleaning products. They are made from at least 95% natural ingredients. Green Works make two all-purpose cleaners, one bathroom cleaner, one toilet bowl cleaner, two glass cleaners, laundry products and a dishwashing liquid available in four scents. You will be happy that they contain no phosphorous, no ammonia nor bleach.

Using natural or green products does not mean that you can relax on how you store your household cleaning products. As written on the labels, you still have to keep them out of reach of children.

Notice: Green Works asked us if they could sponsor a post in our “Getting Ready for the Baby” series. In return for their sponsorship, we simply mentioned them as the sponsor and wrote a brief description of their product line at the end of the post.

  • Lorena Rossi
    October 27, 2010 at 13:28

    I love using baking soda. It’s inexpensive and non-toxic. Check out this site. http://bit.ly/9suxoC

  • Lisa
    October 28, 2010 at 10:46

    I think it’s great that you are using Green products in your home when you are expecting. I really love Greenworks products as well. I definitely don’t think that baking soda would do the trick the way that the Greenworks products would! It’s so messy!

  • Marisa
    October 28, 2010 at 12:47

    I’ve been using Greenworks All Purpose Cleanser for a while now and I love it. It does a great job cleaning and it doesn’t leave my house with that harsh cleanser smell. The most toxic day in your house is actually cleaning day – breathing in all those harsh smells may seem nice and fresh, but it’s actually really unhealthy to be breathing in all those chemicals. Especially now that it is winter and most people keep their windows closed all the times, it’s important to use green products to minimize the toxins and chemicals we breathe in.

  • Sandra Cheung
    October 29, 2010 at 10:46

    Finally! Cleaning products with natural ingredients!

    Mom always told me to use less dishwashing soap because the chemical ingredients are toxic to our skin and the environment. Now I don’t have to worry!