Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cleaning With Natural Products (You Probably Already Have Them!)-Guest Post from Katie Moore {Delightfully Nesting}

Today's post is brought to you by Katie Moore of Moore From Katie. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. 

I am excited to have Katie guest posting today about cleaning with natural products, specifically during pregnancy, but her tips are great for anyone wanting to try natural cleaning. 

I have to confess, I still love my Lysol Wipes and Swiffer, but I like trying natural cleaning like this because it is cheaper, fairly easy, and it can't hurt to lessen our exposure to harsh chemicals.

Every expecting mom wants her baby to be born as healthy as possible. It’s known that overexposure clean with natural products. If you've got a few clean spay bottles, you can easily substitute chemical-laden cleaning products with natural ones!
to chemicals in the environment can jeopardize an unborn baby’s health. One way to reduce the amount of toxins in your living space while you are pregnant is to

When I was pregnant, I knew that a natural pregnancy was the best way to give my baby the best chance for good health. Not only did I eat natural foods, I stopped using store bought cleaning products and started whipping up my own. I did some research and found plenty of neat ways to use the stuff I already had in my cabinet to clean every room in my house.

Counters, Sinks and Glass
The counter tops, sinks, mirrors and windows always need cleaning. Baking soda, vinegar and fresh lemons go a long way to make these surfaces glisten. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean glass, counter tops and sinks. Simply spray the mixture on dirty surfaces, let it sit for a few seconds, and then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Instead of using cloth on the windows, opt for paper towels. Cloth towels can leave streaks and lint residue behind.

If your sink needs a good scrubbing, spray it with the vinegar and water solution, and sprinkle a little baking soda inside of it. Use a cloth to rub the mixture in a circular motion. After you scrub the sink, rinse it thoroughly to remove the baking soda residue.

Your counters are not sentenced to a lifetime of stains just because you choose to use natural cleaning products. Simply take a fresh lemon, cut it in half, and rub one half of the lemon over the stain. Let the lemon juice sit for a minute and then wipe it off with a damp towel.

Wooden Surfaces

You can easily clean wooden surfaces with a damp cloth. Don’t drench the cloth with water as this can cause warping and other damage. If you want to polish your coffee or end tables, put a dab of olive oil on a clean, soft cloth and wipe it across the wood. If the surface is too oily, use a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

Bathrooms

When you are pregnant, the last thing you want to see is a scummy bathroom. Cleaning the surfaces of your bathroom with white vinegar to kill germs and give it an amazing shine. To clean the inside of the toilet, pour some baking soda and vinegar inside the toilet bowl and scrub it with a toilet brush.

Chemicals are dangerous to your unborn baby’s immature immune and nervous systems. Since chemicals are everywhere, there is no way to escape them all. You can, however, control the concentration of these toxins in your home and satisfy your nesting needs by using natural cleaning products throughout your pregnancy. 

There are many other ways to embrace a natural lifestyle during pregnancy. Be sure to speak to your doctor before making any big changes in terms of diet and exercise. I discussed all my options from cord blood banking to cloth diapers with my doctor and felt energetic and excited leading up to my delivery day. Today, my family continues with out natural habits to stay happy and healthy!

To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26
 

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