5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies

Many parents don't start looking for environmentally friendly options in their lives until after they have babies.  We want only the most natural of items to touch those precious little babies and all of their baby parts.  We clean their clothes in gentle detergent.  We wash their skin in sensitive soaps.  We put the softest diapers on their little bums.  Here are a few ways you can use that little yellow box of Baking Soda - for your baby! 5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies Stain remover - add 1/2 cup of baking soda with your favorite detergent to remove those pesky baby stains (like spit up on your favorite shirt or brand new onesie). Clean toys - make a solution of 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water and rub down your favorite baby toys.  Follow with a quick rinse and their toys will be squeaky clean. Diaper pail stinkies?  Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in your diaper pail or wet bag to help keep the odors away.  This trick works for both disposable and cloth ... [ Read More ]

Why I Can’t Totally Go “No Poo”

Since the other day when I first told you about my issues with going "No Poo" I have learned a few things.  The first thing I've learned is that I can go several days without shampoo and my hair still looks ok.  Honestly though I've always known this because as any mom knows there are many days when you are lucky if you have time to take a shower!  I work at home so the only place I regularly visit is day care and the Elementary school car loop.  Seriously - why should I bother looking good for the car loop? All joking aside I have learned a lot from the links that you have all shared with me and from my friend Jenny at Conscientious Confusion. She actually did all the hard work on this one for me (thanks Jenny).  It seems that we both have color treated hair and we were both having the same (or at least similar) problems with excessive dryness.  I'll let you read Jenny's post about "No poo color treated hair and hair cuts" for the full explanation.  I know the real question is "Why ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diaper Laundry Do’s and Don’ts – Part 2: Whitener’s

Day 16: What about alternate whiteners?  Lemon juice, baking soda, Borax, hydrogen peroxide, and all those other more natural alternates.  Are they safe to use on cloth diapers?  For starters let's ask ourselves why we want to use whiteners.  Is it for stains, stinkies, or to kill germs?  Germs:  Hot water can kill all of the germs and bacteria that may be present in your diapers.  Most hot water heaters are set at 120 degrees (F) and that temperature will kill anything that may be living including yeast.  So essentially bleach and bleach alternatives aren't necessary for killing germs are they?  Stains:  Why are you having stains I wonder.  I'm going to give you my one tip that has kept our stash (almost) stain free - I rinse all my poopy diapers in the sink as soon as I can after they happen.  I have a diaper sprayer, I use flushable inserts (almost all the time), and I still rinse as much of the poop off the diaper as soon as I can.  This isn't something that I did in the ... [ Read More ]