Dr. Bain of Healthy Kids Pediatrics Shares Natural Cleaning Tips

Switching to natural cleaning options can save time, money, and reduce chemical exposure.Thieves Household Cleaner

Here at Healthy Kids Pediatrics we use Young Living's Thieves Cleaner in non-patient areas.  It is a mixture of Clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus and rosemary.  We share the solution proportions below.Remember to always keep your cleaning solutions, even natural ones, out of reach of children and pets because some mixtures could become toxic if taken internally or an irritant to the skin.

In the mean-time we asked our patients on Facebook for their tips for easy, natural cleaning.

General Household CleanersCastile Soap

Dr. Bronner's peppermint Castile liquid soap, lemon essential oil and oregano essential oil all mixed in water and a glass spray bottle

Vinegar and water with essential oils (different kinds depending on mood and purpose) in a spray bottle.

Thieves household cleaner (By Young Living).

Vinegar & hot water in a spray bottle & baking soda!

Also diffusing Young Living Essential Oil, Thieves to clean the AIR of germs and viruses!!! IPurification and Thieves are two that work wonderfully.

Straight vinegar for kitchen and bath.

Baking soda and peroxide for bleaching ceramic sink.

Laundry

Laundry detergent is Borax, baking soda, Castile soap and essential oil.

Baking soda added to laundry for a boost of cleaning power.

Mopping Solution
Borax (about a cup), a little bit of dish soap, hot water and about 5 drops of essential oil (lemon, cinnamon or thieves).

Carpet

Baking soda with essential oils as carpet freshener before vacuuming.

Dishwasher

To clean your dishwasher effortlessly, fill a dishwasher safe bowl or jar with 2 cups of vinegar and set on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run through on a hot cycle with no other dishes in the dishwasher to clean and remove the musty odor.

As mentioned above, here at Healthy Kids Pediatrics, we use Young Living's Thieves Cleaner in non-patient areas.

The solution is 30:1Thieves Household Cleaner

NOTE: 30 to 1 means 30 parts water and 1 part Thieves Cleaner. Always test a hidden area on fabrics, upholstery or carpets.

Hand Cleaner: (1 to 1) 1/2 cup cleaner to 1/2 cup water

Floors: 1 capful cleaner to 6.25 cups water

Fabrics, Carpet spotting: 1 capful cleaner to 2 cups water - Test a small hidden area to test for colorfastness before using.

Carpet: 1 capful cleaner to 6.25 cups water - Test a small hidden area to test for colorfastness before using.

Glass: 1 capful cleaner to 5 quarts water

Proportions don't have to be exact. Use more or less as needed.

Do you have any other natural cleaning tips?  We'd love for you to share them in the comments!

Written by Lori at 01:00

Dr. Bain's Top 4 Health Books for Healthy Families

Dr. Bain of Healthy Kids Peditrics in Frisco, TX recommends the following books for healthy eating and healthy living.Eat Healthy Feel Great

  1. Eat Healthy, Feel Great By William Sears, MD, Martha Sears, RN From the creators of the acclaimed Sears Parenting Library comes a handbook that gives kids the tools to make their own wise food choices. Includes quick and easy recipes.
  2. Let's Get Real About Eating By Laura Kopec, ND, MHNE, CNC  Finally, a book that Let 's Get Real About Eatingbreaks down everything we've heard and gets straight to the fundamentals of what we eat and how we feel. This book will not only open your eyes to what we eat, how it is grown, manufactured, and packaged but also the impact it has on our health, and then goes one step further and actually tells us what we can do about it. Whether you're ready to take baby steps or make major changes, this book tells you how- plain and simple.
  3. Eat Like a Dinosaur by Paleo Parents Don't be fooled by the ever-increasing volume of processed gluten-free goodies on your grocery store shelf! In a world of mass manufactured food proEat Like A Dinosaurducts, getting back to basics and cooking real food with and for your children is the most important thing you can do for your family's health and well-being. It can be overwhelming when thinking about where to begin, but with tasty kid-approved recipes, lunch boxes and projects that will steer your child toward meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats, Eat Like a Dinosaurwill help you make this positive shift.

  4. Special Needs Kids Eat Right by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD Any parent of a child with autism, Asperger's, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or other developmental disabilities knows that special-needs kids often have food sensitivities and canSpecial Needs Kids Eat Right Judy Converse , MPH, RD, LD be very fussy eaters. Plus, they've been told to avoid such common ingredients as gluten and casein, making it even harder to give them the balanced, healthy meals all children need.

    Now, Judy Converse, a registered, licensed dietitian, offers new advice and guidance on how to use food as an essential tool for development.
Written by Lori at 02:00

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