Cleaning naturally

Since Ava was born I’ve been starting to make and use some natural cleaning products for our home. I’d never really thought much about it before Ava, but it just doesn’t seem safe to me to have a bunch of chemical-laden products in the house anymore. I don’t want to worry about her accidently getting into something, not to mention that I don’t want her ingesting the cleaners’ residue or breathing the fumes either. God knows she’ll be exposed to enough polutants in this world without me using them all over our home.

My first natural cleaning creation was an all-purpose scrub made from baking soda, water, dish soap and a few drops of an essential oil (for fragrance). I’ve been using that for cleaning the bathrooms for a while now, but I realized that I need other products for windows, wood, etc.

It so happens that I recently ran out of Windex, so instead of buying a new bottle I made a mixture of water and vinegar to which I added a couple drops of blue food coloring (all in the Windex bottle) and voila – natural window cleaner! It takes a little more elbow grease to get all of the streaks out, but it works. And I don’t have to worry about what Ava is getting in her mouth when she licks the sliding glass door, something she seems to enjoy doing. ;)

Then I made a wood polish using vegetable oil and lemon juice and polished my coffee and end tables, as well as the kitchen table and hutch. It worked really well and I feel a lot better about using it, especially on the coffee table where (again) Ava is often putting her mouth. How long does this oral phase last anyway? :oP

I found those two “recipes” on this website which has a ton of safer alternatives to hazardous household cleaners, as well as natural ways to kill ants or garden pests. It’s amazing how many uses there are for things like vinegar and baking soda or borax! Guess it’s good that I bought that 10 lb. bag of baking soda from Costco a while back!

I think I’m going to freecycle most or all of our regular household cleaners to get them out of the house. Then I won’t have to worry about locking them up or putting them on a high shelf, etc.

Now if only there was a simple, natural way to clear all the clutter from my house, I’d be all set. ;)

Good times, good times

We got back from our trip on Monday, a day later than planned, due to a snow storm in Denver on Sunday. But that was ok by me. It allowed us to spend an extra day with my friend Jennifer. :)

The trip went really, really well. All the babies traveled well and were quite adaptable despite the change to their daily routines. Ava was great on the plane – both ways – and nursed to sleep for most of the flights. When she wasn’t sleeping, she enjoyed flirting with other passengers or looking out the window. ;)

The only real bummer of the trip was that Clare, Jen’s daughter, caught the flu so she stayed home with daddy and wasn’t able to come out with all of us.

It was interesting having 3 little ones in a hotel, and they all spent a lot of time roaming/crawling around on the floor. Thankfully I’m way over my germophobe phase with Ava, or I’m sure I would’ve been freaking out! I mean, I still thought it was kinda yucky, but what could I do? The girl wanted to explore. hehe.

We all went out to eat a few times (had great BBQ one night at Jen’s place) and spent some time walking around downtown Kansas City. I had no idea it was such a pretty and neat little city! It was really green and all of the flowers were in bloom. :)

We’re thinking about trying to do a little get-together like this once a year, maybe out this way near Denver next year. :) I was thinking it would be awesome to rent a big house on a beach, in the woods or somewhere one year. We’ll see. It was good to see my friends – Jen, Tracy, Janelle and Jeanne – and their babies – Clare, Eddy and Nicole – and I hope we can do it again.