Most people have a cleaning cupboard full of many different products with most of them containing kind of toxic ingredients. Especially, when some ingredients are known for being carcinogens or endocrine disruptors, you might want to swap out mainstream cleaners for natural alternatives.
You could replace all the different products with eco-products and pay sometimes double or triple the price... Or you can do what I do and have a minimalist collection of simple ingredients that you can use on pretty much anything.
I basically clean everything with vinegar.
The acidic nature of vinegar can dissolve mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and grime and kill bacteria. It does smell like vinegar but the smell disappears not long after cleaning. It's really cheap and super accessible being found in every supermarket. There are a few things you should use Bi-carb on though like hardwood...
Each person's lifestyle can either have a beneficial or detrimental impact on the environment. The environmental impact most babies have, before they are even at an age where they can consent to their lifestyle, is enormous. I started 'Sort it Out Sustainably' to empower, encourage and guide new mothers to live in a home that is simple and joyful, while being as sustainable as she can so the next generation can grow up in a better world. So let's bust some ideas around what we should be using for our babies and talk about some less wasteful substitutes to use instead.
Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way. 3.7 billion nappies go into landfill each year within Australia and New Zealand alone. This makes up about 5% of the total landfill mass... Even though we only wear nappies for 2 years of our lives! Traditional disposable nappies are made from plastics and synthetic materials that take HUNDREDS of years to break down.
The Alternative to disposables is ...