Cleaning With Green Products To Keep Your Baby Safe
With a new baby around, you’re sure to start spotting dirt and crumbs hiding in places you never noticed before or even thought about. This is largely down to babies crawling around and wanting to put anything and everything in their mouths. Cleaning messes is important to protect your baby, but it’s essential to think about what you’re using to clean with. Many commercial cleaning products are harmful to adult health, making them especially bad for vulnerable babies who are still developing.
How green are your cleaning products?
Green and eco-friendly cleaning products are becoming more popular than ever as people are now more aware of the harm traditional products can cause. Green cleaning products are formulated with ingredients that are mainly natural, making them environmentally friendly and less damaging to human and pet health. However, many of these can still contain harmful and toxic ingredients, particularly when it comes to babies, as stricter guidelines are still needed for what can be classed as eco-friendly. Even when a product is labelled 'organic,' this might not mean that all of its ingredients are indeed natural and safe. The good news is that you can ditch store-bought products altogether and switch to homemade cleaners that are just as good, inexpensive, and completely safe.
The power of vinegar, lemon, and baking soda
White vinegar, baking soda, and lemons are common ingredients that most people will already have in their kitchens. They're a traditional way of cleaning that is completely safe to use around your baby and will clean almost anything. Baking soda will react with vinegar, which results in a powerful cleaning foam that is mildly abrasive, making it great for things like removing hard water marks in bathrooms and kitchens, cleaning toilets, and tackling tough stains. Baking soda also acts as a mild disinfectant and deodorizer as it absorbs dirt and smells, rather than masking them as most cleaning products do. One good use of this is to clean carpets and upholstery, as it will pull stains out of fabrics. Lemon not only adds a nice scent but is acidic so it works with baking soda and vinegar for a deeper clean.
Clean when your baby is sleeping
If you do end up using commercial cleaning products, even eco-friendly ones in small amounts, ventilation is key. Clean while your baby is in another room, such as when they’re sleeping, so that they’re not exposed to anything that could affect their health and there’s no chance of them crawling into the room. Make sure windows are open while you’re cleaning to get fresh air in and improve the indoor air quality. This will make a huge difference to your baby and the rest of your family, even when they’re napping.
Having a baby will make you think about and change a lot of things you were doing before, including your cleaning routine. Switching to eco-friendly and non-toxic products is one of the best things you can do for your baby and the rest of your family and gives you one less thing to worry about.