Rockin' Green LLC
10730 Potranco Suite 122-209
San Antonio, TX 78251
Cleaning Up My Act
As a newish parent, I read and hear about parents saying their path to green started with their first pregnancy. Like, all the time. I can't lie; I had started to green up my house and lifestyle before I had kids, but adding a couple kiddos to the house definitely accelerated the process. But my green journey really began with my dogs and cats.
One of the first places that I cleaned up my act (pardon the pun) was in the household cleaning. Before I had kids, I had pets (lots of them), and as I read more and more about conventional cleaning chemicals, the more I didn't want my dogs and cats traipsing around on floors that I was cleaning with ammonia, among other things. My fur babies (and my husband and I) didn't need to be exposed to so many chemicals, so I started cleaning my hard surface floors and bathrooms with vinegar and water instead.
After having our first baby, I began feeling really bad about all of the disposable diapers that we were throwing away each week in our exploding trash cans. We made the switch to cloth diapers, and never looked back. One of the "rules" of cloth diapering is that the diapers require laundering with a detergent free of additives and other yucky chemicals.
Prior to this, we were using a mainstream detergent that, while cleaning our clothes marvelously, also gave the baby a rash if I accidentally used it instead of a special baby detergent. The natural, diaper-safe detergents we started using had a major bonus for our pet-filled household: I found that these detergents, which were not only safer for our critters, also removed pet odor better than anything else we had tried. Which makes sense, when you think about what the detergents were designed to clean.
Branching out from washing the dog bed covers, cat beds, collars and dog toys with these detergents (my hands-down favorite has been one called Rockin' Green, which has different formulations for different water types), I also experimented with using the detergent as a household cleaning agent after reading about its different uses in some blogs. I now use a small amount of the detergent to clean our toilet bowls, which unfortunately also occasionally double as dog water bowls. I also started (very successfully) replacing the standard carpet cleaning solution for our carpet shampooer with a mix of diluted detergent and an enzyme cleaner called Bac Out after one of our cats was having incontinence issues.
At our old house, we had replaced all of our allergen-trapping carpet with hard surface flooring. When we moved, our new house came with lots of carpet, which was nice and padded for our new crawlers and walkers, but trapped pet odor and hair like nobody's business. And while I love my pets, I absolutely cannot have my house smelling like a crazy cat-lady's house. I started sprinkling the carpets with baking soda a couple hours before vacuuming every couple weeks, which combined with frequent vacuuming (very frequent vacuuming at my house) keeps our house smelling fresh and clean.
So there you have it. My family is not as crunchy as some, but we are a lot more eco-friendly than we used to be. We have all our babies, both four- and two-legged, to thank for making our house a little safer every year.
Bio: Im a working mom to two hungry boys and a very hungry husband. I love cooking, gardening, reading, and running in my ever-decreasing amount of spare time. Follow my cooking adventures at cookwithalittleofthis.blogspot.com.