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I will admit it, I really do not like cleaning, I don’t like doing laundry and I don’t really enjoy doing dishes, either. But what I do like is a clean house, clean clothes and clean dishes. In my dreams, I have a maid who does all of this for me at no cost, but in reality, housework is completed by yours truly.
While I could get away with bi-weekly cleaning before, becoming a mom quickly changed my tune! Five years into motherhood, I now take pride my household chores, regardless of how much I detest actually doing them. But I am conscious about the products I use, even more so since I gave birth. It is easy to disregard my own health (Why is that so easy?), but I cannot risk the health of my child or the health of our planet, and hence I have become very eco-friendly in my choices for cleaning products.
There are a lot of great products on the market. I try to look for products that are (on top of being efficient, of course):
- Natural (plant-based)
Here are a few companies I’ve found that meet this criteria.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has amazing products that smell like a garden. They are plant-based and infused with essential oils. The materials are mostly from renewable sources and can be re-used or recycled. I love their tub and tile cleaner; it really gets our frequently-used bathtub clean. Their floor cleaner makes my whole house smell like a field of flowers. All products are biodegradable.
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Honest is a great company founded by superstar mom Jessica Alba and a non-profit experienced dad (Christopher Gavigan) who were concerned about the lack of safe products for their respective offspring. Their products range from baby needs, such as diapers and feeding, and personal care products to cleaning supplies. Their products are all eco-friendly, but their focus is more on children, leading them to make all products non-toxic and natural. Honest offers mail order auto-ship service and can be a wonderful bundled deal. But for me (living in Hawaii), the shipping and handling makes the price sky-rocket. I really do like their products, especially the multi-surface cleaner, stain remover and 4-in-1 laundry packs, as well as their commitment to the betterment of our planet. Some of their products are available through retailers, such as Whole Foods and Target, which is fantastic if you live outside of the contiguous 48 states like I do.
When it comes to laundry detergent and dish liquid, I adore Seventh Generation! This is another company greatly committed to their environmental responsibility. Their products are also plant-based and formulated to be gentle to both the surface and the person using it, while maintaining a high level of efficiency. The name Seventh Generation comes from their mission statement, which they borrowed from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy: “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
One more note-worthy company with environmentally kind products is Ecover. Ecover strives to use only natural processes which limits greenhouse gas emissions, and all products are natural and plant-based. I especially enjoy the floor cleaner; its scent takes me right back to my childhood to my grandmother’s newly mopped floor.
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Keeping a clean house is important to the wellbeing of the people living in it (both big and small), and keeping your cleaning green is essential to this planet and its inhabitants — us, you, me and our children, their children and all future generations. If your cleaning makes the environment dirty, then cleaning kind of defeats its purpose. Plant-based cleaners can be just as effective as their chemical counterparts, minus all the negative side effects and nasty by-products. Housekeeping is often a mother’s job, fair or not, which gives us a great opportunity to make a difference with the products we buy and use. As mothers, we care a little extra about the next generation, so for their sake, and yours, be kind to clean green.
>> While you’re cleaning green, try exercising too! Check out Resident Mom Treenah’s 5 exercises to do while cleaning!