So you’ve child-proofed the house with a safety gate, child locks, choking hazards and electrical sockets. But one important safety measure that is often forgotten is child-proofing the everyday household chemicals we use.
I’m sure you’ve noticed your baby will lick and suck anything they can put their mouth to, from the necklace you’re wearing to the floor they walk on. And because as they grow into toddlers they will spend so much of their time on that floor, its important to know which products you use to clean them are safe, and which to steer clear of.
I have put together a list of floor cleaners that have proven to be safe for your little one.
Baking soda and vinegar: If for some reason you only use these ingredients for cooking, prepare to have your life changed. A basic recipe for a cleaning solution is to find and empty spray bottle, and fill it with 1/2 cup of water, 1 2/3 cups baking soda, and two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Shake until dissolved. You can also use this cleaner on mirrors, tables, and even in removing carpet stains.
Babyganics Floor Cleaner: If you are uncomfortable with creating your own cleaning solution, this is an excellent alternative. I have friends with babies who swear by their products. The best part of this floor cleaner is that it can be used on any kind of surface, be it vinyl, tile, wood, or carpet. Some other brands that are safe to use include Biokleen, Ecos, Ecover, Frosch, GrabGreenHome,
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day (my personal favorite), and Seventh Generation.
Steam Floor Cleaner: If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash and don’t want to use any chemicals at all, a steam cleaner is the right option for you. It works by heating up water inside a reservoir and releasing steam through a mop head. The heat can remove even the toughest of stains. Most steamers include different attachments that can be used to clean even small things, like a wedding ring, which I use regularly. It has many pros compared to regular household cleaners, but it does require more maintenance. Be sure that your baby is not around when you’re using it, since the heat can burn skin easily.
A few things to avoid: Any chemicals (and this goes for anything that your child can inhale or ingest by accident): things that contain bleach, phosphates, ammonia, phthalates, sulfates, or artificial fragrances or dyes.
If you aren’t sure, it doesn’t hurt to check the ingredients lists on the bottle:
- There is a trend going around of adding essential oils diluted in water bottles or to existing cleaning products because of their supposed health benefits. However, not enough scientific evidence supports these benefits, and ingestion of most essential oils is toxic to children under 10
- Just because something is labeled as “organic” or “eco-friendly” does not mean it is necessarily safe. Check the ingredients or do a quick google search on the product before you buy it.
These are just a few of your options for having a clean, shiny, and safe playground for your all of your baby’s adventures. Whether you want to be your own chemist, buy a steamer, or take the normal route of a regular mop and cleaner, you can be sure that there are options for your house to look spic and span while keeping you and your child safe and happy.