Posted by Lorna.Doone on 29. December 2009 16:13
When most people have kids, their houses get messier. In my case, it was the opposite. My darling daughter wanted to be held constantly. Unlike other babies, though, rocking in the glider didn't offer enough stimulation for her. No, she wanted to be upright and moving all the time. I was over the moon when some friends introduced me to the Baby Bjorn, so at least I could give my arms a rest while toting her from room to room. But, what was there to do in a small house in the dead of winter when sitting down isn't an option? It turns out that cleaning gave me something to do and seemed to satisfy her need to constantly be on the move.
Of course, having a baby in close proximity to chemical cleaners was not something I was keen to do. So, I was really, really happy when I discovered a local company that produces all natural cleaners. (No, I don't work for them, I just really like their products and green approach.)
It started out when I hired the Maid Naturally team to come in and give my house a good cleaning before my mother-in-law came to visit. There are some things, after all, that just can't be done with a baby strapped to you. After years of cleaning with little more than vinegar and baking soda, I was shocked to discover how *clean* things looked when they were done. My electronics were shiny again, the wood in my house gleamed, and I couldn't get over how great everything smelled.
It turns out that the Maid Naturally folks have their own line of all-natural cleaning products, and I ran right out an bought them. I've been using them for over a year now, and I love the fact that not only do things look, feel, and smell cleaner, but that I don't have to worry about how they're affecting my toddler.
After all that time "helping" mama clean, she seems to have gotten a bit of a bug for it, too. I feel good about the fact that I can spray some cleaner on the table and let her go to town washing the table with her own cloth. A cleaner house, a healthy kid, and no dangerous chemical leeching into the aquifer below. Yeah, that works for me!