Anabella, loving her carob flavored yogurt
Are you ready for Spring Cleaning? Does the thought of dusting off the windowsills make you run for cover or are you itching to bust out the rags and buckets? Some people clean more when kids are on the scene. Some clean less. But it’s pretty certain we all clean differently. I move between categories but usually camp out in “I think about cleaning more, but don’t actually do it.” I should probably give a little disclosure. For many years, I didn’t really clean much at all, because I was so afraid of all the toxic chemicals in modern cleaning supplies. I found a few “green” cleaners, but they didn’t work well. Finally, I learned to make my own, and had quite a bit of fun. The book The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning
was key in helping me find recipes that worked. However, my days of making cleaning supplies have been put on hold while I chase Anabella around and work on The Other Baby Book
. So what to do? I know most cleaners are poisonous if ingested, and can be dangerous if inhaled or touched. According to the U.S. Poison Control Center, toxic exposures from cleaning products accounted for 206,636 calls in 2005. More than half involved children under six. Now that I have a mobile baby experimenting with throwing food on the floor and mashing it into her hair, it’s not exactly practical to ignore the mess. Enter: Simple Green. Simple Green’s website touts their Naturals line:
“Simple Green Naturals are 100% naturally derived, with ingredients originating from nature: chicory, coconut, corn, palm, naturally occurring minerals, salt and sugar, and water. Nothing else.”
We sampled the whole line, from floor to glass to bath. Things are now a little less sticky, and I don’t worry about Anabella touching even a clean surface, since none of the ingredients are toxic. When I spray one of their products, I appreciate that there is no nasty chemical or fake flowery scent. Even the bathroom cleaner smells like rosemary and mint. It takes just a few seconds to pump a few sprays of the cleaner in the tub, and I love knowing it’s not leaving any yucky residues that will linger when Anabella takes her bath! Guess what – Simple Green has offered a complete line of Naturals Cleaners to one lucky Other Baby Book fan. You’ll get a bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, hand soap, carpet care, multi-surface cleaner, dish washing liquid, and floor care. But you may want to think twice about entering. You’ll have no excuses not to clean if you win.
Please remember to leave separate comments for each entry. There are a total of six possible entries. 1. The contest ends on Thursday, April 7th at 11:59pm. 2. Mandatory: Take a peek at Simple Green’s site and then leave a comment below with your least favorite place to clean. 3. One extra entry: “Like” us on
Facebook and leave a comment below. (If you already like us, just let us know in a separate comment!) 4. One extra entry: Share this link as your Facebook status. 5. One extra entry: Follow us on Twitter, @otherbabybook and tweet this post. 6. One extra entry: Subscribe to The Other Baby Blog. Happy Cleaning!