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I’ve been on a nesting kick, which is common during the last trimester.  I’m trying to make sure everything in the condo is environmentally friendly including my deodorant, toothpaste, air fresheners and baby products.  I mean babies come into this world all fresh and new and deserve the very best and why start them off with chemicals.  It’s incredible what you find once you start reading the ingredients on cleaners.

I started with a trip to The Sweet Potato in the Junction Toronto to visit a friend who works there and stock up on natural products for baby and household.  I thought I’d start simple by getting rid of all aerosol sprays and making my own out of essential oils.  It’s going to be a pretty stinky place, an open concept condo with two cats who share a litter box, a compost box in the kitchen and now a diaper pail near the bedroom, yikes! And I’m told the first couple months is all about diapers and throwing up for baby, so we gotta be ready!  I got most of my baby items second hand but I drew the line at the diaper pail, a used poop dispenser, I think not.  So I went online to research, wow, there’s a lot of options out there with prices ranging from $40-$200, jeez.  I found myself in a Toys R Us baffled by the options of these cylinder containers and going online for reviews.  

Here are 2017’s Top 5 Diaper Pails – according to BestReviews.Com

. Munchkin Step Diaper Pail
2. Dekor Hands-Free Diaper Pail
3. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail
4. Safety First Easy Saver Diaper Pail
5. Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe

I didn’t want to get stuck buying and tying those special bags for the diapers, I had a traumatic experience with a Diaper Genie while helping raise my nephew, so I found the Bubula Jr. Steel Diaper Pail.  It was really a review on YouTube by Midget MOMMA that did it for me, she has three kids and knows what she’s talking about, it also got 4.1 stars on Amazon so that takes care of the “business end” get it haha

Next up was making a room spray and what I like to call a butt spray.  We’re using disposable diapers, I know, I know, not environmentally friendly, but we have a garbage / recycling / organics chute right outside our door and  diapers are included in the accepted items for Toronto Green Bins, so we’ll see what we can do.  Wipes are a whole other thing, if you use cloth diapers but disposable wipes, aren’t you just doing the same thing to the environment!? We were gifted several (at least X20) itty-bitty clothes for the baby which I’m not sure what to do with and it occurred to me, we could use these for easy clean up’s and the disposable ones for messier clean up’s and clean up’s on the go.  I looked online and found a great site called Zany Zebra Designs with homemade baby sprays and wipe solutions.  I’m opting to make a spray so that the clothes aren’t left in the solution too long.  I’ll probably start with something very simple like the ‘Easy Peasy’ with just three simple ingredients…2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons baby wash, 1 ½ cups water.

For the room spray, I found some great recipes at The Prairie Homestead that are awesome because:

a) They are all-natural and allow you to experience the health benefits of essential oils at the same time.

b) They don’t smell fake like commercial air fresheners do.

c) It’s cheap to mix them up.

d) You can play around with scents and find what you like the best.

e) Do I really need to give you more reasons? Just go make some DIY air fresheners already!

All you really need is: water, rubbing alcohol and an essential oil combination  I love lavender and orange so I started with those.  I just used dollar store plastic bottles but if I like it I’ll upgrade to glass bottles in the future.

Happy nesting!