Friday, May 29, 2009

Kid Friendly Friday - Cleaning

Welcome to Kid Friendly Friday where we share anything that is kid related.

Anyone with kids knows the dangers of chemicals around the house. I'm sharing two things that seriously limit the cleaning products you need to have around.

The book Organic Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck is a great resource for non-toxic cleaning. I was able to find it at my library. I'm sure most of you already know that vinegar is one serious all purpose cleaner. I have used it in the past but needed the reminder. I have used an already prepared spray to clean my fruits and veggies but this stuff can be expensive. Instead, spray the food with vinegar and then with hydrogen peroxide. Two spray bottles and a bottle of each vinegar and hydrogen peroxide is less than one bottle of the prepared spray. Plus, you can use your vinegar to clean pretty much everything. Did you know that instead if Jet Dry, you can pour vinegar into the rinse dispenser in your dish washer for sparkly dishes? Lots of other quick, easy, and non-toxic tips in this book! Less chemicals = happier me.

Last week I gathered up all my Bed Bath and Beyond gift cards and bought a steam cleaner. I had seen them on many blogs lately - product giveaways do work, and no, I am not getting anything for this plug of their product :) I have mostly tile floors in the house and a crawling baby. I need these floors clean but don't want baby crawling all over harsh chemicals either!
The beauty of the steam cleaner is
1. You are using only water, no cleaners
2. The steam is hot enough to disinfect
3. The pads that are used get thrown in the washing machine - so no waste!
4. Easy, quick and does the job fantastically
Sherry at A Little Fun With Me and Lu is starting a Kids in the Kitchen carnival on Thursdays starting in a few weeks. She cooks a dessert with her daughter every Wednesday (go see) and has inspired me to cook with my girls more often. Start getting those little aprons out!

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  1. I so want one of those steam mops my sister (Brandy @ adventures of a flake) told me about it a couple wks ago, I checked it out and now I'm hooked, I just have to muster up spending so much on a mop LOL! Thank you so much for your link to my page!!!

  2. I have all wood floors in my downstairs and I bought a steam mop about a year ago and love it. The only thing I don't like is the pads do get really gross and they don't come as clean as you want them to. Other than that I love, love, love using my steam mop. Hope you end up liking yours.

  3. We only have area rugs, but I wonder if that would work on those......I love the fact that it only uses water and no harsh chemicals!

    thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I'll have to check out that book. Thanks!

  5. We don't have wood but we have lots of tile. I've thought about one of these.....I'll keep checking it out. Thanks for the post! Have a great weekend!

  6. Wow that is a neat find. Have a great weekend.

  7. Thanks for the recommendation on the book. I have it on hold at the library. As for the mop, I have been hearing alot about them. We have real hardwood floors (not the laminate kind). I am wondering, can you use the mop on real wood??? I will have to do some research to see. Thanks for the tips!!!