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Nursery Cleaning Products

Does anyone have a recommendation for cleaning products safe to use in the nursery? My daughter's crib gets really dusty but I don't want to use any harsh cleaners on it since she sleeps there and teethes on the bars. We have a humidifier in her room so I know some of the white build-up on the furniture is from the hard water and not all dust. Thanks for any advice!

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I converted all my household products because of my son's (now almost 3) safety & asthma/allergies. They are environmentally & health friendly, as well as more cost-efficient since most are concentrated & diluted/mixed w/water for use throughout the house (kitchen, bath, laundry, disinfectant, dusting, even to the industrial strength for my husband's repair shop). If you want more info, let me know. I'm a preferred customer (annual membership similar to Sam's or Costco, $29 for 1st year & $12 each year after that) & do all my shopping online.

Meyers. They have cleaning wipes and a whole line for baby. Using them myself, should be able to find in a health food store or maybe Target

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S.,
Hi there. Good question. It depends on what your view of "safe" is. With society taking a new look at our products and making advancements towards going "Green", different people have different views of what "safe" can mean. I am excited to see that the world is beginning to listen to all of the mothers and others that are demanding "Organic" products that are free of harm to us. I consider "safe" to mean "free of anything that will harm me." If it harms me, then it harms my babies too and I can not allow that.
Method products are some good product. But, not all of the ingredients are Organic. They are actually essential oil based products. Some of the products do contain dies and perfumes, so... you need to ready the lables carefully to any of your products. We use a host of their products and it helps save on the budget.
Young Living also makes a line of essential oil based products. Then there is Melaleuca. WE use the Laundry line. But, we stay away from a host of their products since they are Petroleum based and contain Parabens and carcinogens. Just a preference for us.
I will address one more thing before I close this post... We use a humidifier in our daughter’s room. Her health demands that her room stay at 65% humidity. The dust that some humidifiers can be dangerous to your child. Even though it is the sedatives and minerals in the water... your child is breathing in that dust. You need to look into a humidifier that reduces that. We happened to find one at Costco ($65), but the filters do need to be replaced every couple of months. There are ones on the market that say they are dust free. We have not tried them yet... Just tried to work with what our budget will allow.
Finally, I conclude with some ingredients for some cleaning products. They are SAFE and inexpensive and easy to make it you are interested in going that way as well. They clean great! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like anymore input. Email me, and I will be happy to give you my personal email and MSN information. I love talking to new people and meeting new people. I love the doors that this website has opened for all of us. Communication is such a way of life, and the internet and words make it easier for all of us.

All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

Furniture Polish
1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.
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Meyers. They have cleaning wipes and a whole line for baby. Using them myself, should be able to find in a health food store or maybe Target

I use Shaklee products (www.shaklee.com) and love them. The Basic H2 is a concentrate to which you add water. It seems expensive, but I have yet to have to purchase a new bottle. I have been very happy with their products.

Try clorox anywhere and just make sure it dries all the way before putting her back in (it doesn't take that long).

Try using baby wipes you know they arte safe and Ihave found they clean just about anything.

S.,

I recommend Melaleuca products. You can view their products over the web at www.melaleuca.com. Melaleuca is a wellness company which sells products ranging from household cleaners to vitamins. The cleaning products are environmentally friendly and safe to use around all family members. I've heard many stories about people (children and adults) who had asthma induced reactions to store-brand cleaning products. Melaleuca products will not cause asthma induced reactions to anyone that I am aware of. If you lived in my area (Street, MD) I would give you a sampling to try. If you want more information email me. ____@____.com

I've found a great line of products at Target called Method. They are 100% organic, non-toxic. They are very reasonably priced and come in a full line of cleaning products for the whole house. I use the Method Naked all purpose spray in the kids rooms and everywhere else. It's all plant based cleaners. GIve them a try.
Hope that helps!
Amy

Hi S.,

I opened an account through a friend to buy our cleaning products from Melaleuca online. They offer very green, safe options. I think a link to order must be created for you but try going to their website to preview and see what you think. I found that they are also lees expensive because they are direct. I also spoke with a Leesburg man the other day that represents Eco Quest, an air and water filtration company. I can track his email or number down if you would like.

S. S.

Hi. I was in Buy Buy Baby ( Rockville) recently and Dreft makes a nursery cleaner. It is supposed to be safe. yet effective in cleaning nursery mishaps etc. Oxyclean also makes a nursery cleaner. Hope this helps!

You specifically mentioned dust - I use babywipes for dusting surfaces, and they work just fine. For other cleaning needs, you might want to consider some of the other products already mentioned by others. I personally like the Method products. Good luck in finding something you like.

Hi S. -

I second the Method cleaning products, they are great. Wegman's also carry's there products. Also at whole foods and in the whole foods section of other stores there is a line called Ecover that is really good. There are a number of green products out there at the moment. Also I use baby wipes in between dusting to wipe everythingn down including toys. They work really well and obviously are non toxic. Good luck.

Cheers,
M.

Use reverse osmosis or distilled water in the humidifier.

Hi S.!

I absolutely know of some safer, healthier products you can use! I have been using them for 2 years now and we have seen a dramatic improvement in our health by doing so. My company does NOT use any harsh chemicals or toxins so they are safe to use around your child.

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I saw on the Sara Snow show, organic type show, she says the best cleaner is good ol vinegar and water. I would try that it will be bitter to taste but it won't harm the baby if she bites on the crib and it is a good sanitizer!

I use the diaper wipes b/c my kids also used to teethe on the bars.

Hi,
I am personally very sensitive to most chemical cleaners and run a daycare at home so I have to disinfect. I use a steamcleaner (Euroshark) that cleans without any soap or chemicals, cleaner then anything else I tried . The steam is hot enough to disinfect and does not leave any harmfull residues. I have used it for 2 years and all headaches and itchy eyes and hurting sinuses due to cleaners are gone.

P.

Check out the products at Melaleuca.com. or phone 1-800-282-3000. The people that answer the phone are always incredibly friendly. It's generally a membership deal, but they will let non-member people order at their normal prices. Everything is usually concentrated so if you buy, e.g. Tough and Tender and the corresponding spray bottle (which has the label on it) it will last quite a long time. Talk to them about your specific need, and ask for their catalog to see if you'd be interested in anything. Generally, all the products are safe and environmentally friendly, but I haven't actually vetted them for a nursery. I use their cleaning products exclusively in my house.

I use just basic dish soap and water or vinegar diluted in water...cheap and safe.

I use a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water for anything that might get into the kids' system (toys, bath items, etc.). Mix it in a spray bottle, spray it on a rag and then wipe (don't over-do it or it might ruin your wood items). I use this on kitchen counters too. It sanitizes (vinegar is anti-bacterial) without dangerous chemicals and is inexpensive.

7th Generation products found at Whole Foods (or most healthy grocery stores).

You've gotten lots of answers for the cleaning products, so I'll skip the same (Method brand) - but I wanted to let you know, when we had this problem with our humidifier, it was mostly due to lime in the water. Won't harm you, but a PITA to have to dust every other day. One thing that makes a HUGE difference is to use bottled water in the humidifier - distilled is best, you can get the store brand in the gallon jugs pretty cheap.
If you can try this, you'll cut down your needing to dust everything back to normal time.
HTH!

whole foods has a great line of safe cleaning products.

I work with a company that has safer, less expensive products that you can use in your daughter's room. contact me if you want more information

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