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How does everyone manage cleaning? I had a goal to clean the entire two bedroom, two bathroom condo today and only did half! I was sooo worried about the chemicals that I had every fan possible turned on and every window and door open to air out the fumes. It had to be done, though! I also got tired very quickly and ended up with a sore back and hips. This is the main reason I stopped and decided to finish the rest tomorrow. I didn't want to over do it and cause any issues! It's the first time I've actually cleaned from top to bottom since being pregnant. Does anyone else worry about the chemicals and over doing it while cleaning? Does anyone use any specific cleaners that are safer for pregnant women and children? Tips?

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there are all natural cleaners that you can use if they make you feel better. They're all "green". I pretty much do anything but bleach, but that's because I don't like handling bleach.

As for the labour part of cleaning, I just do what feels okay. If I get tired or sore I sit down for a minute then get back at it. At this point I'm pretty easy going. But I know as I get farther along I'm going to tire more easily, so when that happens I'll just take more breaks. Maybe do one room a day, instead of a few.

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I'm with you on the chemicals... it's kind of funny that you don't think twice about the things that you use that can seem into your skin until suddenly you're carrying a baby... I was scrubbing the shower on Thursday night and all of the sudden I freaked out a little about the chemicals.

I do know that you can clean pretty much ANYTHING with vinegar, baking soda, water, or a combination of them. I think I'm going to be using much more of those from now on.

As for cleaning the whole house at once - I don't even try any more. I usually can get through a room or two before I am just physically done. Luckily, my DH is really great and has really taken on more of the cleaning around here, as have my older girls. Smile

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I'm bad, I do the cleaning and use the chemicals. I rarely use bleach unless it's super dirty. I was concerned at the beginning with DS1, but quickly learned that my bathroom would soon look like something out of a Hoarders episode if I wasn't the one to clean it. I use Lysol wipes, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner and windex for the mirrors once or twice a week. I don't typically use chemicals on the rest of the house though so it's not so bad, maybe some Mr. clean for the countertops. I really think it's the 1st trimester that you have to worry more. If you have a cat though, DO NOT change the litter box, get someone else to do it, huh, wish it were the same rule with changing diapers LOL.

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I use hot water and vinegar on almost everything in my house. There is only one thing of bleach in my house and it's used to clean the toilet bowl. I'm an all natural cleaning products girl. The smells make me sick and the chemicals scare me. As for how to get it all done, yeah, I have no idea. My house is a disaster but we're in the middle of a remodel as well so I'm just going to blame the house disaster on the remodel for a while LOL

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"azin_may" wrote:

there are all natural cleaners that you can use if they make you feel better. They're all "green". I pretty much do anything but bleach, but that's because I don't like handling bleach.

As for the labour part of cleaning, I just do what feels okay. If I get tired or sore I sit down for a minute then get back at it. At this point I'm pretty easy going. But I know as I get farther along I'm going to tire more easily, so when that happens I'll just take more breaks. Maybe do one room a day, instead of a few.

Does anyone use these natural cleaners? If so, what are some brands that are available? I've heard of Green Works (or something like that); but, I was already told not too long ago that those products are actually not as "natural" as they claim!

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