It was so fantastic to have Katie Moore of Moore from Katie offer to post for me while I am soaking up the sun in Myrtle Beach this week!
When I found out I was pregnant; I began researching everything from pregnancy symptoms to natural living. What I found in my research is that many of my everyday products were filled with chemicals that I didn’t want exposure to. Did you know that many of the items in everyday household cleaners are toxic? For example, many cleaners and detergents contain chemicals that disrupt hormones in the human body.
In my research, I found that homemade cleaners are very simple to make. For example, I found a great recipe from Wellness Mama for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner. This cleaner is simple to make. The ingredients are inexpensive, so I save money using this all-natural cleaner as well!
1 t. borax
½ t. washing soda
1 tsp liquid castile soap
Essential oils for scent (optional)
2 cups warm, distilled water
Pour ingredients into a spray bottle. Cover bottle. Shake well. Use as needed.
Toxins are also found in disposable diapers. For this reason, I have decided to use cloth. Using cloth diapers means I will be doing more laundry. Many women who use cloth diapers employ a diaper service. Diaper services exchange clean cloth diapers for dirty cloth diapers. For busy moms, this service is valuable. I am more interested in saving money than saving time, so I am opting to launder my own cloth diapers. I recently started making my own laundry detergent using a recipe from diyNatural. This detergent works as well as the detergent I used to buy, and it costs pennies per load!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 4.5 oz bar soap, shaved
Mix ingredients together. Use 1 T. of mixture per load of laundry.
I want to be the perfect mom, but I know I will make mistakes. As with anything throughout your pregnancy, make sure to double check with your doctor. My doctor was able to give me information about natural living, birthing options, cord blood banking and so much more! Preventing my baby from being exposed to the toxins in commercial household cleaners and disposable diapers is one thing I can do to keep us healthy. Using all natural, homemade products is much more inexpensive than using traditional cleaners. I plan on putting the savings to good use!
Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26