Greening Your House for Baby

Your baby is coming. You have moved beyond puke and heartburn, cravings and swollen ankles…you are big as a house and you’re ready for that baby to make her grand entrance…

EXCEPT! Your house is a sty.  A total and complete mess.  How is it that you have lived the past 9.999 months without seeing this?

Strap on your wings, Mama, you’re nesting.  And when it’s time to declutter and dust, reorganize and scrub, purge and purify, nix those nasty chemicals and go green.  The choices for safe, non-toxic cleaning are doubling daily it seems. Here are three of my new favorite green companies to get you and your house spic and span and ready for baby!

The Eco Store

The Eco Store – This New Zealand based company’s motto is “No Nasty Chemicals.” Which I love, because chemicals give me the willies and hand mange. But before you blow a gasket about shipping costs, let me say right off the bat they offer free shipping in the U.S. for orders over $25 bucks. Yup. So read on. Their plant-based cleaning products were created in an “eco village” in New Zealand.  I have no idea what an eco village is but I think I totally want to retire there.  They are dedicated to making safe products that work as effectively as those with yucky stuff in them, and they were kind enough to send me their lovely Lemon Cream Cleanser (good for bath, basin, white goods, stainless steel, chrome, tiled and laminate surfaces).  I just used it on my counter and gas stove (while unbeknownst to me the baby made a long distance call to Aunt Gretchen and chatted for about seven minutes), and it works beautifully.  Need to remove the caked peanut butter from the microwave before your inlaws come to stay with the new baby? Check out the fantastic household (and pet and baby and bath) products from Eco Store!

Green Works

Clorox Green Works – So here’s the thing about Clorox Green Works. Your husband will be able to find it in the grocery store. Need proof? Mine did.  We were on vacation for the 4th of July weekend and needed some dish soap to wash the baby’s bottles and sippy cups in the hotel bathroom. The fine folks at Clorox had given me some of their Water Lily Natural Dishwashing Liquid to try and it’s divine. Effective. Not overly scented. Really lovely. So hubs went off to pick up Chinese and a few staples while I stayed in the room with the babe (who is also in a crazy clingly Mama phase…is this what it means to be two?). Now clever as hubs is, he couldn’t find a health food store if it smacked him in the face with a slab of tofurkey. But he is clever enough to choose the green option when it is right there on the shelf at the supermarket.  And the wide availability of Greenworks  is one of the big things it’s got going for it. That and the fact that it works. I have also tried the spot cleaner (yeah, I dripped frappuchino on my new khaki shorts the first time I wore them). It works too. Yup, Greenworks is coming out with laundry products including detergent and spot cleaner too! Washing those new BPA free bottles? Cleaning and putting away the brand new nursing bras and tanks? Send hubs to the store. Tell him to get Greenworks. He may actually find it.

Earth Baby OrganicsEarth Baby Organics –  Because you’re not just gonna be cleaning your house for baby…you’re gonna be cleaning your baby! I’ve profiled a lot of mom created and run businesses…this one was started by a Grandma!  Who’s a chemist! Love it.  This clever Granny is using cutting edge technology to create natural and organic products for babies that are good for the Earth as well.  If technology’s your thing, read all about it in a very accessible description here.  Earth Baby Organics was kind enough to send us their Forget Me Knot Hair Detangler and we really like it.  It’s got a delicious vanilla scent, went on smoothly and lightly, and made that post-bath hair brush a calming and soothing bedtime experience.  Stocking up for baby? Looking for a lovely shower or baby gift? Look no further than Earth Baby Organics for a really nice selection of baby care products that you can feel good about giving and using.


3 Responses so far »

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    Cheryl said,

    July 7, 2009 @ 5:57 am

    Great review! I LOVE my Eco Store products-coconut soap, citrus spray, wool wash-all great. I’ve only tried one Green Works product, I wasn’t terribly impressed but I’m reserving judgement until I try the others. I’ve never tried Earth Baby but I hear they’re really good.

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    clueless mama said,

    July 8, 2009 @ 1:18 am

    You did a great review on all of the products. I have only tried Green Works, but you make the others sound so good that I will have to give them a try :) Great Job!

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    Susan said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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