It's week two for our virtual baby shower! Things are all abuzz with babies here as we're expecting our third. With all of that buzzing we're talking about things like what to use on her skin as a newborn and what to use on my skin pre/post par-tum. We've also talked about Nursing Bras 101 and giving away a gift certificate to boot!
We haven't talked a whole lot about preparation and all of those other chemicals you bring into your home and onto your skin. Have you thought about that in awhile? Sometimes we get into the motions of every day life, and pick up whatever cleaner is easiest, premade and ready to be sprayed and scrubbed without thinking about the harmful effects on our bodies. Today, I hope to change that thinking a bit and give you some options.
I've touted the wonderful resource that is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database before and I can't recommend it enough to you again if you're expecting. This is a great place to start when researching the chemicals that are in every day products, even name brand baby wash that is full of nasty things.
When preparing for a new baby, I like to make sure everything is as clean as possible in my home. It doesn't mean it is going to be perfect, but I like to try to make sure bathrooms, kitchen, counters and things are clean and fresh. It helps me to relax and not worry about the dirt when I'm home trying to concentrate on the important first week of bonding and nursing the baby. I was truly excited to team up with Dr. Bronner's to review some of their products for you and to see if they "really worked".
Up first for my review was Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds or what I like to call my "everything" cleaner. First there are No Preservatives, No Added Color and complete ingredient disclosure so I can be confident that even my children can use it.
Other wonderful facts about Sal Suds:
- Only 1-1/2 teaspoons per gallon of water will clean your whole house. While I haven't tried this, I have used it to clean just about every surface in our home and I love it. It is a very mild smell for cleaning, but pleasant enough to enjoy that clean home smell.
- Mix with baking soda and you have yourself an awesome foaming, scrubbing soap wonderful for bathtubs, ovens, and any tough grime. A little elbow grease and a sponge and you've got yourself a deal!
- I love that you can clean all day with Sal Suds and your skin isn't damaged, burning and dry and crackling from harsh chemicals.
From Dr. Bronner's Website "Sal Suds is a balanced formulation of naturally derived surfactants with pure fir and spruce essential oils: it cleans and rinses with exceptional power yet is mild and gentle on the skin. Sal Suds is not soap-based and is formulated especially for all-purpose hard-surface cleaning. Available in 32 oz. bottle. Perfect for general household cleaning: dishes floors laundry etc. Equally effective in hard or soft water rinsing freely hot or cold. Concentrated and self-preserving: no hidden preservatives or ingredients. No synthetic dyes or fragrances: all ingredients fully disclosed and described. Biodegrades rapidly after doing its job. Pure high-quality fir and spruce essential oils: no cheap harsh pine stump oil. No animal testing: Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics certified."
I have found I like to use Sal Suds to do a sink full of dishes. It does the job, cuts grease and is effective. After all, easy cleaning is what we all want right?
I hope you enjoyed this review from Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds and I hope you'll start thinking more about the chemicals your bringing into your home.
Want to know how all of this pertains to our Virtual Baby Shower?
Stay tuned later today for an awesome giveaway from Dr. Bronner's! Perfect for anyone!
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