Must.clean.bottles… argh!

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So… I have a bit of an OCD problem: I like (understand: I need) my house to be clean. Of course, everyone does. But for me it’s to the point that I cannot do anything productive (like work) if our place, especially the kitchen, is not clean.

Since baby boy has come around, and even while I was pregnant, my germophobia has gotten worse. I disinfect everything every night after I put him to sleep, I keep all his things extra clean, especially the things he puts in his mouth… which is really anything and everything these days.

But how? What can I use to clean without having harsh chemicals around him? Short answer: white vinegar and baking soda. It’s natural and gets the job done.

For his bottles, I boil some water pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2cup of baking soda. It will fizz up and I let it sit for about 30min. I then give them a good brush and rinse in hot water without using detergent. Then I let it air dry. Vinegar is great for cleaning anything and the beauty of it is that it evaporates. So any residue will disappear on its own.

In an effort to use alternative cleaning solutions to rid our house of chemicals, I started researching natural ways to clean and vinegar and baking soda are among the top 2 hits for that. I also made a “spray” all purpose cleaner with the same base (water, vinegar & baking soda) that I use to wipe down our counter tops and my son’s toys. It’s awesome.

You can also try this: take a glass jar, fill it with citrus peels (lemon & orange for example), fill with white vinegar and let sit for 2 weeks. The peels will give the vinegar a citrus smell so it doesn’t smell so “vinegar-y” when you spray it! And don’t worry about the color it gives the vinegar, it does not stain 🙂

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