Earnest Mom’s Crunchy Journey. Clean Cleaning.

Recently in the news, the Consumer Reports brought some much needed attention to laundry pods; trendy, colorful, gel filled, gooey bundles of toxic chemicals that are easy enough to just pop in the washing machine and forget about it.  According to npr.org, “Through June, 6,046 incidents involving pods and kids younger than 6 have been reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The exposures, as the AAPCC calls them, include ingestion, inhalation and contact with eyes and skin. Health problems after exposure include wheezing, gasping, extreme sleepiness, vomiting and corneal abrasions.”  Due to the danger of these pods, Consumer’s Reports says that the pods are “too risky to recommend” and “households with children younger than 6 should avoid them all together.”

Okay, so I had heard around the web over the past few years, chatter about the danger these pods are to children and pets.  So I cannot say that I would disagree with the risk factor, of course parents need to be safe too right?  I saw a lot of backfire on parents after this announcement, please I am not looking for that here.  I am looking for a call to march, to get toxins out of our home, especially the ones that look like candy.  How can we get toxins out?  Start choosing more non-toxic cleaners.  As you know I am an earnest supporter of The Honest Company who really works hard at making our homes cleaner, greener and more safe.

Most of the chemicals in our homes are brought in by us. Chemicals, cleaners, bleaches, all kinds of things that make our homes all kinds of unsafe.  Okay, so what do we do?  Well, like mentioned earlier there are brands out there that are working on making our homes safer, companies like The Honest Company, Seventh Generation, Method and Babyganics.  However, buying a whole new slew of cleaners may not be the most affordable right now, maybe try a Do-It-Yourself cleaning recipe. (Keep in mind that all cleaners, even DIY ones should be kept out of reach of children.

A glass and window cleaner that is tried and true, and totally chemical free only involves two very common ingredients.  Water and vinegar.  Reuse one of the blue, chemical laden glass cleaners’ bottles that you have recently dumped (because it contains toxins like ammonium hydroxide that is known to cause damage to vision and skin, despite its praised use in a popular Greek wedding film) and fill that spray bottle with a solution that is one part water and one part vinegar.  This clean and green solution will leave your windows sparkling.  For super streak free windows reuse yesterday’s newspaper and your windows will have your neighbors asking “what do they use?” **Be sure to only use black and white newsprint and not colored**

A great recipe that I found on Wellness Mama, is an All Purpose cleaner that has minimal chemicals and minimal cost.  Place one teaspoon of Borax, one teaspoon liquid castile soap (we love Dr. Bronner), one half teaspoon of washing soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the bottom of a spray bottle.  Pour warm water into bottle and shake lightly to combine the solution (do not fill the bottle straight from the tap but from another bottle because the oxidized water from tap will cause to solution to become too sudsy to fill bottle properly).  This cleaner works great in bathrooms and in the kitchen. NOTE: Borax and washing soda, both being more natural alternatives are still caustic and as I mentioned earlier all cleaners should be kept our of reach of children and pets and even locked up.

Many more recipes are out in the world wide web, just search DIY cleaners and make your own safer and more natural cleaners to your heart’s content.  And if you are on the fence about making your own cleaners or do not want to spend on natural alternative cleaners, check out the current cleaners in your cupboard on the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning where they have worked hard giving cleaners a grade (from A to F) according to their safety and toxicity.  See where yours rate today!  Also, if any earnest followers have any recipes for cleaners that we need in our life today, please head over to Earnest Mom’s Facebook Page and post your DIY cleaning recipes on the blog’s post.

Enjoy your clean cleaning earnest followers and be sure to let us know how it is going on your own crunchy journeys.


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Host Your Own Healthy Baby Home Party. Earnest Mom Invites You to Apply!

If We Can Get Monsters Out of Closets, Bring Toys Back to Life, and Heal Scrapes with a Kiss, We Can Get Toxins Out of Our Kids.

Many of you have recently attended a great party (hosted by yours truly) with a GREAT conversation, Healthy babies and Healthy homes!  Our peer connections, support and advice during that party for me was priceless.  Well, I have GREAT news!  Seventh Generation is currently taking applications for YOU to host your own Healthy Baby Home Party in your community.  This is your opportunity, if you are selected, to be that friend that earnest mom is to you.  Let’s make that change!


Earnest Mom Goes to Gearapalooza. It. Was. AWESOME!

If there are any earnest followers that are expecting, planning or recently had a baby (or know anyone that fit these three), you NEED to know about Gearapalooza!

 Photo Courtesy of Bumb Club and Beyond

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Gearapalooza in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I cannot believe that I have not heard of Gearapalooza until this past year!  Gearapalooza is brought to us by the Bump Club and Beyond and features the amazing and talented, Jamie Grayson aka The BabyGuy NYC and of recent fame #babyguybox which is promising to be HUGE! (**UPDATE** it was huge, sold out in like 3 minutes and I heard it almost broke the interweb). Gearapalooza (click on link to see future locations) tours Canada and the United States featuring the newest and best of the baby gear world, and promises to be the ultimate baby registry and baby gear event – a promise in my mind they absolutely surpassed.

When we arrived (I scored a VIP ticket for me and a General Admission for a Bestie) we were welcomed warmly with our raffle ticket and event information, following that was a lot of delicious food!  After enjoying some yummy eats the real event began.  On our raffle tickets the name of every vendor was listed – for every vendor we visited we received a star and once our ticket was filled we got to hand it in for an awesome raffle.  The prizes, oh my – from Dr. Smith’s bum cream to a Naturapedic organic mattress to an Orbit travelling system.  The prizes given away that day must have retailed over $4,000!  I digress because the real feature of that day (not to down play the vendors AT ALL because, the giveaways were so awesome) was the one, the only BabyGuy, Jamie Grayson.  If you care at all about the products being used for your precious little bean you WILL follow him on ALL social media ASAP! He is the one you want to hear from when it comes to any baby gear – I think he has magical “BabyGear” powers that connect him to all things baby gear because he is literally the baby gear king!  He is funny, smart, clever and a joy to interact with, his knowledge cannot be surpassed.  The presentation was about one hour long but myself (being a mother of two) had my eyes opened to safety, new products and proper usage of items I own, in ways I did not know existed.

Another bonus to this day was of course the SWAG BAG! I am a sucker for free stuff (well free with a purchased ticket), these bags from Gearapalooza by The Bump Club and Beyond did not dissapoint.  Mine is pictured here (the VIP bag, which also included a BECO Soleil not pictured as it was being mailed after the event).

Seriously though, look at all those goodies!  I was also lucky enough to win a Dr. Smith Diaper Cream Prize pack that included the brand new Diaper Rash Spray!  What a blast and I earnestly encourage all my earnest followers out there, if you have a Gearapalooza coming up near you…GO! It is SO worth it.  I am so glad I attended and earnestly hope that I will have another chance in the future.  I.  Love.  Gearapalooza!


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