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Green Moms: Kid-Safe Cleaners

Posted May 09 2012 8:19pm

Cleaning products

Green moms, you inspire us. This Mother's Day , we've got cost- and earth-saving tips just for you.

Tip #4: Use kid-safe cleaning products.

Expectant mothers should limit their exposure to harmful chemicals, and replacing household cleaning products with DIY or organic,  non-toxic  options benefits children both before and after birth.

According to  Inhabitots , the Environmental Working Group warns that the following toxins should be avoided in baby products: 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-DIOL (or Bronopol), BHA, DMDM Hydantoin, Oxybenzone, Triclosan, Boric Acid and Sodium Borate, Dibutyl Pthalate and Toleune. Those are a lot of ingredients.  

A safer list?   Make your own cleaners with baking soda, table salt, white vinegar, olive oil, natural soap, lemons,  organic essential oils , spray bottles, and natural sponges. Check out our ingredient lists for natural stain removers , silverware polish , and even shoe deodorizers !

Bonus: We've got Mother's Day covered! Send your mom an e-card , browse gift ideas , and check out our Mothers in Nature slideshow.

--Image from iStock/Sadeugra

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