Product Giveaway for Your Toxic Cleanser Confessions

The Green Baby Guide is teaming up with Green and Clean Mom for our first ever product giveaway! Sommer, the founder and resident blogger at Green and Clean Mom, began worrying about the effects of her conventional cleaners when she had children. “I’ve always wondered if the chemicals I’ve used to clean my bathroom were being rinsed down the drain when my three year old was in the tub,” she states on her website. “I worried about the germs on the counters but feared the chemical I was spraying just as much.” When she saw that there was an eco-friendly, family-friendly alternative to mainstream products on the market, she went for it. Sommer got rid of all the toxic cleaners in her house and began using Shaklee products, eventually becoming a Shaklee distributor.

You may be feeling a bit leery about your own household cleaners. Many of them may not be safe for your family and can have harmful effects on the environment. To see for yourself which cleaners are the most dangerous, go to this list of harmful everyday products. You can check off the ones you have under your sink and learn more about them by following that link.

Natural nontoxic disinfecting wipes

If you have realized that you have a biohazard in your cleaning closet, fear not! You can actually use those items to help you score some healthier cleaners by entering our contest. Let us know what toxic products you have in your home that you’re considering replacing and we’ll enter you in our giveaway. Here’s what you could win just by spilling the contents of your cupboards (simply post a comment and you will be entered to win):

Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes

Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste

We’ll choose a winner (don’t forget to post your comment!) by next Tuesday, April 1, and send these prizes your way. (U.S. Nontoxic oven cleaneraddresses only, please.) If you don’t want to wait for the contest results to make a change, try making your own homemade cleaners with recipes that use eco-friendly ingredients. Joy wrote about safe cleaners last month and her post includes a link to several simple recipes you can try.

Okay, I’ll start with my own “toxic confessions.” I have to admit I haven’t converted to all-organic-natural-non-toxic cleaners. I use plain old white vinegar on everything from the kitchen floor to mirrors and windows, but if you check under my sink you’ll find some bright yellow generic “all purpose cleaner” I’ve had for at least four years now. I promise to replace it with something better for our health and the environment once it’s empty!

Now leave your own toxic confession and you’ll be entered to win our wonderful Shaklee prizes!

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  1. I’m excited to help you with your first giveaway! Using Shaklee is the right fit for my family but going green is the right fit for the environment. Is everyone supposed to leave a comment to register for the giveaway?

    Now that I reregistered I can comment. I used my hotmail account and never got a password emailed to me! I enjoy your blog and love the honesty, ideas and networking. Keep up the good work!

  2. I used Tide laundry detergent for a long time before considering its environmental impact. Also, I have a bottle of carpet cleaner under my kitchen sink right now! I don’t want to use it, but throwing it away seems wasteful too. It has been there for about three years now so maybe it’s time to dump it!

  3. Recently, out of curiosity and laziness, I bought one of those round tablets of bleach that you put in the tank of your toilet. Sorry. Although it totally works!

    Aside from that, I don’t buy too much cleaning stuff. I’ve been using dish soap a lot on countertops and floors. Oh, and those disposable wipes, which, I know, are totally awful.

  4. The truth is that I grew up using bleach to clean and a small part of me still enjoys that horrid chemical smell. I’m thinking of switching to a non-chlorinated bleach but I haven’t done it yet!

  5. Jetiya, I am totally with you. I love the smell of bleach!

    I confess I am partial to the Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner, even though I think tagging things with the term of “antibacterial” is a marketing gimmick if not a bit of overkill.

  6. OMG- I’ve been trying to get through all day!! I’m so glad it finally allowed me in…hooray! Okay, toxic confessions…I have Lysol toilet bowl cleaner- clorox all purpose cleaner, and Ajax that I’m currently stowing away. I’m scared to use them with my baby around (11 mos.). I’ve been cleaning naturally since pre-pregnancy but have not been able to purchase any Shaklee products. If Oprah must have these products…then they’ve gotta be good…LOL!! We’re really trying to minimize the toxic overload in the household as much as we can without going broke! We really need something for the tub too, right now!! I would so love to win!! Count me in.

  7. P.S.
    I wanted to invite you over to my site- I too am hosting a giveaway!!!
    Hope to eco-chat soon!
    Thanks!!! 🙂

  8. Joy,

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I am happy to find your site!

    I have been wanting to make the switch to non-toxic cleaners, especially now that we have a toddler. I’ve been putting it off because we’re preparing to move in a couple months (which is when I plan to get rid of all the yukky stuff).

    I confess that those Clorox wipes are just too handy for quick clean-ups. I’m also stuck on Ajax for cleaning the bathtub. I’m going to click over to look at your post on cleaning better! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I just noticed the username doesn’t link to my blog:

    carrie @ with all that I’ve been given

  10. The majority of the products under my sink and in my laundry room are Mrs. Meyers. They are a little pricey but not when you collect 20% off coupons for Bed, Bath & Beyond like I do. To be honest, I buy them because they smell wonderful (Verbena and Geranium are my favorite but the lavender is a bit too spicy for my nose) and I haven’t found anything that compares to the great scents.

    Any way, according to O Magazine (in a Laurie David article), the Mrs. Meyers products are green. Bonus! They make a great abrasive that rivals ajax and I love using them on laundry. They even make wipes (which I admit to using).

    Of course, I have some old Method products mixed in, too. They claim to be safe enough to eat off of, but I’m skeptical. I have a full bottle of window cleaner and tile spray left over.

    And (just like Joy!) there’s a bottle of carpet cleaner under the sink. I just pulled up the last of the carpet in my house, but I have pets and rugs so I’ll probably keep it around forever.

    One cleaner I’ve used since college is Simple Green. It claims to be non-toxic and biodegradable and now comes with the Good Housekeeping seal. Does anyone know more about this stuff? It’s been around forever but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as green as the new products. I’d like to know for sure.

  11. i’d love to try out some of the scouring paste because (here’s my dirty little secret) i still use comet for cleaning the toilet. i know, i know, it’s awful! i think that’s the only non-green cleaner i still use, but i haven’t been able to give it up yet.

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  13. So while “living green” has been around for quite awhile now I must admit to not giving it too much thought, that is until my son was born the beginning of January. Having the toxic cleaning products around the house does worry me, but I can’t justify wasting the money of throwing them out just to buy non-toxic (especially when my husband just lost his job). But when one runs out, it will be replaced with an eco-friendly alternative. But as for confessions…..I have….

    Clorox toilet bowl cleaner
    Scrubbing bubbles wipes and spray
    Swiffer floor wipes
    Clorox anywhere hard surface sanitizer
    Lysol food surface sanitizer
    and more…..

    So enter me into your contest, hopefully I will get an new green product that I will fall in love with and will be converted!

  14. I made it just in time! It’s not April 1st, yet! I’d like to be entered into the contest… even though I don’t have a baby. I’m trying to live greener Most of my cleaning supplies are pretty environmentally friendly… well about 50%!!!

  15. I still have lots of “bad” cleaners in my house as I’m just starting to move over to greener cleaners. My hubby’s favorite “bad” cleaner is Scrubbing Bubbles and I’d say mine are Lysol disinfecting spray and Clorox wipes.

    I’d love to win some greaner cleaners!

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