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May 10, 2012

Green Moms: Kid-Safe Cleaners

Cleaning products

Green moms, you inspire us. This Mother's Day, we've got cost- and earth-saving tips just for you.

Tip #4: Use kid-safe cleaning products.

Expectant mothers should limit their exposure to harmful chemicals, and replacing household cleaning products with DIY or organic, non-toxic options benefits children both before and after birth.

According to Inhabitots, the Environmental Working Group warns that the following toxins should be avoided in baby products: 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-DIOL (or Bronopol), BHA, DMDM Hydantoin, Oxybenzone, Triclosan, Boric Acid and Sodium Borate, Dibutyl Pthalate and Toleune. Those are a lot of ingredients.  

A safer list?  Make your own cleaners with baking soda, table salt, white vinegar, olive oil, natural soap, lemons, organic essential oils, spray bottles, and natural sponges. Check out our ingredient lists for natural stain removers, silverware polish, and even shoe deodorizers!

Bonus: We've got Mother's Day covered! Send your mom an e-card, browse gift ideas, and check out our Mothers in Nature slideshow.

--Image from iStock/Sadeugra

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