Mothering Forum banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
305 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I want to disinfect some things in preparation for the baby, and typically I would use Clorax Disinfectant wipes, but I dont think this is very safe for baby. Is Clorax okay to use on baby items, or can someone suggest an alternative?<br><br>
I would need something I can put on wipes/are wipes since I will need to use them outside the house as well.<br><br>
Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,542 Posts
Hi, since I'mr real sensitive to any cleaner this is what I use for pretty much everything. 3/4 water, 1/4 vinigar and add about 10 drops of tea tree oil (natural antibiotic), plus if you don't like the smell you can add a few drops of whatever nice smelling essential oil you like. The tea tree is not that bad though. That combo of water/vin is actually a general cleaner that's been around forever it seems. I also use a product called bon ami. It's right next to the can of comet, but this one has no smell and is earth friendly. I use that to srcub ths bathrooms and kitchen every few weeks and the other cleaner daily.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,256 Posts
I'd go with vinegar wash too. I don't have bleach products in the house because of my own allergies.<br><br>
I mix up about 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and then a little essential oil. My favorite is lemongrass, because it's very clean and spring-smelling. But at holiday time I've also been known to use peppermint EO...helps everything seem more festive.<br><br>
Vinegar is a great disinfectant and is not only safer to us humans, it's much, much kinder to the environment. Bleach that washes into the water supply wrecks havoc on the rivers and such. Those ecosystems are devastated by many of the cleaning product residue that goes down our drains.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
305 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the replies - which essential oils would be safe to use around a newborn? I want to be able to disinfect airplane bassinets, tables, etc., before lil baby (yes I need to travel with a newborn) so would love to find something safe and portable to disinfect things before baby touches them.<br><br>
Thanks so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,615 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>bbrandonsmom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/6460052"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">add about 10 drops of tea tree oil (natural antibiotic), .</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
it's an anti-bacterial...not an antibiotic. ETA: I suppose it can somewhat be an antibiotic since it does kill topical infections.<br><br>
OP...you can also use straight vodka. Just a cheap vodka will do. Food grade alcohol kills the bad germs and bacteria and leaves no residue or scent.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,962 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>bbrandonsmom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/6460052"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi, since I'mr real sensitive to any cleaner this is what I use for pretty much everything. 3/4 water, 1/4 vinigar and add about 10 drops of tea tree oil (natural antibiotic), plus if you don't like the smell you can add a few drops of whatever nice smelling essential oil you like. The tea tree is not that bad though. That combo of water/vin is actually a general cleaner that's been around forever it seems. I also use a product called bon ami. It's right next to the can of comet, but this one has no smell and is earth friendly. I use that to srcub ths bathrooms and kitchen every few weeks and the other cleaner daily.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Coming in to say the SAME thing also wanted to add that Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic Not antibiotic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
533 Posts
I would never use bleach for a great number of reasons, but especially items the baby may gum/mouth. You're better off cleaning with a vinegar solution. The other option is rubbing alcohol.<br><br>
And for outside the home, I use wipes with rubbing alcohol. you can make your own using paper towels or clean cloths and carry them in ziploc bags. Or you can purchase some - Purell used to make some, but I'm not sure they are around anymore.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
305 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Great - thanks so much for the replies. Would it be safe to use the tea tree and eucalyptus oils around a newborn, especially if there is a chance the newborn might chew/gum on the item we are cleaning?<br><br>
Thanks again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top