Living “green” and exploring ways we as individuals can protect the environment from pollution and degradation, and protect ourselves from environmental hazards, have become more common priorities for families around the country. And while some may still entertain the cliché image of a hippie or treehugger when they think of someone who lives green, the reality is that families from all backgrounds are doing their part.
To some, it's surprising that I am a self-proclaimed “greenie” who is also a physician practicing modern Western medicine. In fact, I find that my goals as a pediatrician — ensuring a healthy childhood and adulthood for my patients — are perfectly compatible with my environmentally conscious values.
Many parents who want to live a more natural lifestyle ask me about safe and effective nontoxic cleaners they can use in their homes.
As a mother, I also have concerns about using potentially toxic cleaning chemicals in my house, knowing my baby spends a lot of time scooting (and doing face plants) on the floor and putting everything in her mouth.
In my own home, I use nonchemical, common household items to create my own cleaners, and recommend these to my patients as well.
These are some of the safest and most inexpensive options for cleaning your home: