"People who love to eat are always the best people" -Julia Child
This is an ode to The Boy, who makes me chicken pot pie when I am being cranky. He does love to eat, and he is my favorite person.
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Before having a baby, new parents learn that their house is a death trap, and one of the scariest aspects of it are the nasty and destructive chemicals that live under all of our sinks. Right now, our cleaning stuff is up in a high shelf so my son can't get near them. But then why do I want that stuff coating all our surfaces and furniture? There is a better way, and you start to notice if a company cares to not make their product toxic (for your home, waste, and water), then they probably are a lot more thoughtful about other aspects of its making as well.
This is a combination of the information I got from the presentation at our preschool and articles I found online- this one from O.com and Good Housekeeping, so we aren't talking about anything way out of the mainstream here. Just a few small changes can make your house healthier and better for the world around it.
All Surface Cleaner- Bill by Eco Me All-Purpose Cleaner is made of all food-grade products, so your counters will literally be lickable when you finish cleaning. Perfect if, like me, you live with someone who loves to lick everything. One you can buy in bulk as well! We were gifted this Method lavender all-purpose cleaner by the speaker coming to inform us about removing unsafe chemicals from our home. That says volumes to me, and we are still finishing our other cleaner, but I will let you know how it works once I get there.
Bathroom Cleaner- The expert I spoke to swore by Bon Ami for cleaning bathrooms, and almost all of the lists and information I read agreed. Most say they expected much more elbow grease needed because of the healthier ingredients, but they were pleasantly surprised. You can do the old-fashioned powder or the liquid version, which comes in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle! My dream soap!
Carpet Stain Remover- GreenWorks Oxi Stain Remover has glowing reviews and gently, but effectively gets stains out of the carpets. Plus, you can buy it in bulk and probably never need to get it again! Yay!
Dish Soap- Method Dishwasher Detergent Tabs get high marks. Method has great (maybe too catchy?) ads, but they also are well-loved by environmentalists and chemical-concerned homes alike. I also love that they have refill bags for many of their products, so you don't have to buy quite as many plastic bottles which is always GOOD.
Glass Cleaner- This one really makes me think about why we use the products we use. In our case, we pick something out once, or we pick the thing that sounds familiar/ our moms used, and we stick with it, because it seems to work fine. But Windex has ammonia in it, so we all might be better off with something like Mrs. Meyer's glass cleaner; you can read about it's much milder contents (better for your house and better to send off into the world in your garbage or green waste).
Laundry Soap- You can get wonderful laundry soap on Etsy that feels like a splurge, but it turns out to be pretty affordable. You can find them in all sorts of areas of the US, so you can get it really local. This avoids the excessive plastic waste, and you can know exactly what you are putting into your clothes. If that isn't your deal, Greenworks laundry soap has great reviews.
When in doubt, I also love almost everything made by Seventh Generation. Not only do they care about the environment, but they make their products here in the US and have a great reputation for how they treat their workers. If you aren't sure, you can always start here.
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