While I think conventional cleaners definitely have their time and place, I try to buy – or make – natural cleaners for use in our home, especially when I know that the kids or the animals will be coming into contact with the surface.  One of my favorite websites is the Environmental Working Group, which rates thousands of beauty and cleaning products on a scale of A-F for “greenness.” I’ve learned from the EWG that so many products are “green washed,” or made to sound natural and healthy when they’re really not.


One of my favorite examples of this is the Babyganics product line.  First of all – you’d think Babyganics is organic… but it’s not.  And most of the products are rated C or below by EWG.  I was once asked to do a blog review of the Babyganics highchair wash, but when I looked it up on EWG, I was appalled to find that certain ingredients in the wash were considered skin irritants, known to cause allergic reactions, and toxic to aquatic life.  Eww.  No, thank you!  I do not want to wash down Claire’s highchair with something like that.


Luckily… it’s super easy (and cheaper) to make your own highchair wash


And goodness knows I need a good highchair wash!  Hah.


I use this on Claire’s highchair after every meal, and since it’s made with only two completely safe ingredients – water and white vinegar (which is a natural disinfectant).  I feel good about using it on a surface that Claire eats from.


This wash is also great as a multi-purpose rinse around the home.  I use it to clean countertops and the bathroom (especially those little toddler potties – which are a hotbed of germs!).  And I use this solution to make my own Swiffer pads <— cool post!


Highchair Wash + Multi-Purpose Rinse


  • 1/4 distilled white vinegar
  • 3/4 water


Combine in a spray bottle, shake well, spray on surface, let stand for a moment, and wipe away.  The vinegar smell will dissipate as it dries.  I don’t add essential oils to Claire’s high chair wash, but I do for my countertop rinse.  I love using citrus oils or lavender – makes the kitchen smell extra nice!


On the subject of going green, I have a fun Instagram giveaway for you! 

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you may know that I’m a huge fan of menstrual cups.  In fact, Green Your Period is one of my most popular posts EVER.  In it, I talk about the WHYs and HOWs of menstrual cups (if you’re like, “What the eff is a menstrual cup?” it’s a reusable, flexible, medical-grade silicon cup that you insert into your vagina during your period; the cup collects the blood (instead of absorbing it like a tampon would). 


While there is a bit of a learning curve with menstrual cups, there are many advantages: you can wear them for 12 straight hours, it’s a one-time cost that saves you money over time, you aren’t inserting or putting a chemical-laden product against your body, and you don’t create a ton of trash.   Seriously, if you have never tried a menstrual cup, they are totally revolutionary.


Over the last year or so, I’ve been chatting with the women at LENA as they worked hard to bring their  new menstrual cup to market.  I’ve only ever personally used the Diva Cup (my period still hasn’t returned post-pregnancy), but LENA seems like a great option.  The design is more compact yet holds more blood than other brands.  In addition to the unique bell-shaped design, it has a super flexible rim and pronounced body grips for easier insertion and removal.  It’s also made in California.


I’m excited to be giving away TWO LENA cups (in whatever size you need) on my Instagram page.  Simply head over to this Instagram post and leave a comment!  <—Enter by clicking that link.



  • Jen G. July 8, 2015, 8:18 am

    I struggled with the Diva Cup, but would love an opportunity to try another one — I just think it was a poor fit for my body.

  • Sagan July 8, 2015, 8:28 am

    Vinegar & baking soda are my go-to cleaning products 🙂 Safe, natural, inexpensive, and they do a GREAT job of cleaning just about anything!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 8, 2015, 9:16 am

    I only tried my diva cup once and it did not go well… I’ve been avoiding it ever since. I need to give it another chance, I know there’s a learning curve :/

    • Caitlin July 8, 2015, 9:47 am

      You gotta give yourself a couple of cycles to adjust. There is a big learning curve!

  • Casey July 8, 2015, 9:28 am

    I enjoy the Diva cup but find it doesn’t hold the seal after about 9-12 months use. I’m interested in checking out the LENA cup to see the differences!

  • Laura July 8, 2015, 9:47 am

    I tried the large size Diva Cup, but things are still a bit “loose” down there nearly three years postpartum, and it tends to slide out so I don’t use it. Do you know if the Lena cup is less likely to slide since it’s a bell shape? I looked on the website, but didn’t see any info specifically about this challenge.

    • Caitlin July 8, 2015, 10:03 am

      I think the width of the rims is similar. Have you tried a MeLuna? I have heard that one comes in XL and has a pretty wide rim.

  • Katie D. July 8, 2015, 9:49 am

    Is it 3/4 Water (not white)? Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin July 8, 2015, 9:59 am

      duuur yes. LOL

  • Adrienne July 8, 2015, 10:05 am

    Thanks to you I’ve used the Diva Cup for years now. BEST thing ever.

  • Mary July 8, 2015, 11:02 am

    Oh, thanks for tip about Babyganics! Yikes, looking into that now.

  • Danielle @ The Soul Simple Life July 8, 2015, 12:27 pm

    So crazy to hear about the ingredients in Babyganics – Thanks for sharing! I use some of their products, I guess I should do some more research. I love the high chair cleaner recipe too!

  • Dominique July 8, 2015, 12:54 pm

    I loved the Diva cup when I used it but I had to stop when I started using an IUD for birth control. Also, I’m super jealous that your period hasn’t returned. I was breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months and still got regular periods starting at 4 months postpartum.

  • kira July 8, 2015, 1:32 pm

    there is a new invention out. period panties!! I have been wanting to buy since last month when I saw it.. they have a large pair for heavy days, a bikini pair, and a thong for light days. It absorbs the blood and then you just wash it out. its from

    if anyone has tried it please let me know!

  • Amanda July 8, 2015, 2:09 pm

    So there’s really no… leakage with these! I work in a very professional office and that’s my only fear!

    • Ali July 9, 2015, 9:22 am

      Never had a leak in the 15 years I’ve been using the Divacup.

  • kwithme July 8, 2015, 2:36 pm

    I tried the Diva Cup after you reviewed it a couple of years ago. After purchasing, I read the small print that says not to use it if you have TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). So even though it has all the benefits that you mentioned, please let your readers know that it is not advised if you have TSS.

  • Ali July 9, 2015, 9:18 am

    Another essential oil tip: A few drops on your home’s air filter is a super easy and natural air freshener – the scented air blows all through your home. Mint is our current fave.

  • Laura July 9, 2015, 4:11 pm

    I have several babyganics body care products so I freaked out and went on the website. Just to be clear- the body care products scored 1-2 (low hazard) and some of the scented stuff scored a 3 (moderate hazard). The babyganics house hold cleaners are the ones that didn’t score very well. Check it out:
    I am now checking all my healthcare products on here- thanks Caitlin! I would love a post on what other body care products you use that are safe!

  • Kristin s July 9, 2015, 8:55 pm

    Hi I read your post earlier about you purchasing the new highchair because its easier to clean. I’m having the same issue with my current one of food getting trapped in crevices. I was wondering if the straps remove easily on the Ikea one and if the tray is detachable so they can sit at the table like the $15 version? Thanks for your help!

    • Caitlin July 10, 2015, 7:10 am

      I would say the straps are moderately easy to clean. certainly easier than my old chair! The tag is detachable but it’s really hard to get it off so it’s not something you would want to do regularly.

  • anagha July 12, 2015, 12:14 pm

    So I don’t have an Instagram, but I do have a divacup and have loved it! Its just the perfect device – I’d love to try the Lena and compare the two!

  • Janelle July 15, 2015, 10:37 am

    I haven’t tried a diva or lena cup, but I’m obsessed with these cloth pads: They are a million times more comfortable and less bulky than normal pads, washable / reusable and thereby more environmentally friendly, come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns, they are handmade in WI, and the company is owned by two sisters. Clearly, I’m a fan! They provide one free sample pad per household if anyone wants to try one!

  • L July 31, 2015, 9:54 am

    I wanted to give a shout out to the Babyganics sunscreen–it has a good EWG rating, is moderately priced, and is relatively non-greasy and easy to apply!

    • Amaliya September 9, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Thank you for promoting and letting women out there know about the great use of menstrual cups. We would love to also contribute by giving our cup away for some of your awesome readers. Please contact us at the email above and let us be part of journey to helping women make better and smarter choices for themselves 🙂

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