Eco Cleaning Recipes For Your Baby’s Equipment

From Amber Cross

Guest Post by Amber Cross

If you are a new mom and have decided to change your ways because you are worried about your child’s health and well being, start with the cleaning tasks. If you are new to green cleaning this article will help you learn more about it and will give you recipes and directions about what to do. It is not hard at all, in fact this will save you money and will be good for your baby and entire family’s health.

 

 

Cleaning the baby gear is very important especially during the baby’s first year, because you should be careful to let as little bacteria as possible close to your child. And of course every parent knows that, but most of them use store-bought cleaning products to do so. Of course there are some specifically made for babies’ equipment, but those still have some chemicals in them. If you want to keep your child away from chemicals for as long as possible, here you can find some simple, cheap and easy to make cleaning products to clean your baby’s equipment with.

The most essential ingredients are: baking powder, distilled white vinegar, lemons, essential oils and water. Depending on what you want to clean there are a few very simple recipes provided by Super Tenancy Cleaners Ealing to make that can be used to clean many things.

For example, a stroller, if it has gotten dirty when you were outside, or your child has eaten something in the stroller and made a mess, you can clean it all, with a very simple cleaning solution.

  • Mix equal parts water and white vinegar and you have yourself a great cleaner. Get a sponge or a cloth, and clean your stroller. You can use this cleaning solution for pretty much all kinds of surfaces and materials. It will work on the upholstery and on the metal part of the stroller.

This can be used to wipe down its crib or bed. The mixture can also be used to wash your baby’s sippy cups and bottles. If you do are worried about them smelling like vinegar, you could use baking soda instead of vinegar. Put a sprinkle or two in the bottle, add warm water and shake it. This way your baby’s bottles and sippy cups will be cleaned and deodorized. The smell of milk or formula will be gone.

If there are some tough to remove stains and food remains on your baby’s high chair, you could make yourself the following cleaning abrasive:

  • Mix baking powder and some water, you could add some lemon juice if you want to, to make a mild abrasive paste. Use a sponge to scrub the food remains from the chair. The baking soda is guaranteed to clean and deodorize the chair.

This can be used to scrub any kind of stains on different surfaces. No matter if the problem is the car chair, stroller or on the baby’s clothes.

Something else you could do is – mix lemon juice and water and use it to sanitise your child’s equipment. With a cloth soaked in this solution wipe down everything your baby touches – chair, seat, seatbelt, stroller, sippy cups, toys. The lemon juice has disinfecting properties and is a natural way to keep the baby equipment clean.

Additionally you can add a few drops of essential oil to any of three recipes of your choice. They will not only add a nice smell to the cleaning solution, but several types of essential oils will even help the cleaning and disinfecting, like tea tree or eucalyptus.

These are just simple, cheap and eco friendly cleaning recipes you can make at home and be sure that your baby is safe and away from chemicals. When your child’s health is at stake you should always take extra care. These cleaning products will clean and disinfect your baby’s equipment perfectly and will not be harmful to his health whatsoever.

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A Lenten Lunch: Garlic Buttered Chicken and Vegetables

A Lenten Lunch: Garlic Buttered Chicken and Veggies

I rarely have time to cook meals. In fact, there are days that I cannot even cook a dish so we opt to buy food on cafeterias or fast food chains (eek!). Having no yaya is really a distress specially on busier days in the office. There was one day that my husband told me to cook vegetable-based dishes so we are at least eating healthy once in a while. Gabriel, on the other hand, is always eating vegetables at my in-laws’ home while we’re away from work. Good for him! Thanks to his Mamsie and Papsie! 🙂

As an attempt to cook a healthy meal at home, I cooked Garlic Buttered Chicken and Veggies for our lunch earlier. It is an easy-to-prepare meal for the family plus it’s budget friendly! This dish can be just garlic buttered vegetables alone, but I put on chicken breast for an added taste to the meal. I personally love chicken specially the breast part as it is loaded with protein and more nutritious than any other chicken parts. Good for those who are on a diet, too! (We’re not on a diet! We’re an always hungry family, lol!)
Nothing’s too fancy with this dish as I am not a chef at all. You may even put additional vegetables to the dish if you wish to. But cabbage, potatoes and carrots are all I have in the vegetable compartment of our fridge and I feel too lazy to go to the wet and dry market, so you know. 😛

Without further ado, here’s my simple recipe of the Garlic Buttered Chicken and Vegetables.

Garlic Buttered Chicken and Vegetables

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 kilo Chicken Breast, cleaned and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Cabbage, sliced
  • 1 Carrot, diced
  • 1-2 Potatoes, diced
  • 4-6 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1- 1 1/2 tbsp of Butter – I used Anchor since it’s what we have in our fridge
  • Golden Flaxseed Meal, optional (I had this as a gift and since I am not yet into baking, I use it as addition to almost every meal that I cook. Even in oatmeals and eggs!)
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Procedure:

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan or wok with vegetable oil.
  2. Throw in 1/4 of the minced garlic and set aside the left over for a while. Put in the minced onion next.
  3. Toss in the chicken cubes, and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of water, the carrots and potatoes. Cover and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. ** In my case, since the chicken breast is already pre-cooked and kept in the freezer over the weekend, simmering process doesn’t have to take too long. I just make the carrots and potatoes soft enough so my baby can chew it with ease.
  5. When water is almost already subsiding put in the sliced cabbage and stir so it will be cooked along side with the carrots and potatoes. Cover for another 5 minutes. TIP: Avoid overcooking the cabbage! It will have a stinky smell if you do so.
  6. When the vegetables are soft enough, put in the butter and remaining garlic and stir to coat the chicken and veggies evenly. By this time you may already add salt and pepper to add some flavor – depends on your preference on how much you will put.
  7. Cover for another 2 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with Golden Flaxseed Meal on top – to your preference.
  9. Serve with hot brown rice. Enjoy!

 

Garlic Buttered Chicken and Vegetables

It might look as though not so delish, but I promise it is! I think I have to work on my food presentations skills and food photography. LOL. But my husband said that he can eat it without rice if he wishes to do so. #explainPaMore! Hahaha!

NOTE: My 10-month old baby is already eating table food so he eats whatever I cook for myself and my husband. But I don’t want him having too much butter and seasonings so I set aside his portion before doing steps 6-7. 🙂 Just thought I should explain that part as a mother. Hihi

 

 

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