It is also important to keep in mind that as you clean your home, the chemicals you use can have an adverse effect on your child’s health and well-being. For this reason, many parents are moving towards eco-friendly or “green” cleaning solutions which are good for your home and health and great for the Earth as well.
Just because a cleaner is non-toxic does not mean that it is good for the environment. Non-toxic only means that it won’t cause immediate harm if you ingest or are exposed to it directly.
Likewise, biodegradable substances will break down in a landfill, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leech chemicals into the ground when they do so.
When it comes to being environmentally friendly, be sure to use cleaners that are approved and certified by Green Seal or other environmental watch groups. These cleaners are healthy for the environment and won’t cause cancer or other ailments.
Check for cleaners that contain full lists of ingredients which are all natural. Avoid cleaners with fragrances or other synthetic chemicals. The word “fragrance,” even if it is followed by a phrase such as “essential oils,” is a red flag.
An even better approach to using ecologically friendly cleaners is to make them yourself. Everything from countertops to windows to laundry can be handled with natural materials you can find in your own kitchen. Common items found in the home as baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar are all excellent cleaners that are 100% safe for the environment.
Just be sure to do your research before mixing up cleaning solutions. Vinegar and baking soda can be somewhat volatile if you’re not careful (mixing them in a bottle is not recommended), but using this combination to clean your bathtub is highly effective.
Take Care with Plastic
Even if you are making an effort to buy environmentally-friendly products, take care with the kind of containers your products ae sold in. Plastic is a convenient and common material, but containers made from it can contain chemicals which might leach into the contents. Some of these chemicals, like BPA, can be toxic and cause health problems over long-term exposure.
When picking up your eco-friendly cleaners, or containers in which to store your homemade ones, be sure that they are BPA free. Check the label for a recycling code. If the code is “7,” then avoid using that container, as it contains BPA.
Following a few simple best practices will ensure that you are able to keep your home a clean and healthy environment for your growing child. It will also make sure that you are doing your part to help maintain a healthy planet, and that’s always a good thing.
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