Believe it or not, some of the most well-known cleaning brands may put you and your newborn’s health at risk. The good news is that there are myriad products and solutions out there that can help you create a clean, safe and environmentally stable home for your baby. Here are some things to consider:
– Choose to “go green.” You’ll do anything to keep your baby safe and happy. That should also extend to your cleaning habits. By using organic products whenever and wherever possible, you can make certain that the air your children breathe will be clean. While some of today’s “green” cleaning products may be a bit pricey, it’s an investment worth making. Newborns have sensitive eyes and skin that requires extra attention. Just as you search for the best kind of lotion for your baby’s dry skin, you’ll want to apply the same amount of dedication toward researching cleaning supplies that promise to keep your family healthy and safe.
– Always read the labels. Per a 2012 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit focused on environment and public health, just seven percent of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents. In their study, the EWG found that 53 percent of the cleaning products they reviewed contained lung-harming ingredients, as well as carcinogens. Don’t be fooled by the marketing language found on popular products and supplies. Do your research and check all labels to avoid any health hazards.
– Go all-natural. Babies are extremely sensitive to their surroundings, which is why you’ll want to take extra precaution before using ingredients in areas where your children will crawl or play. If you’d prefer to take a more natural route, consider using such household items as lemon, cooking oil, baking soda and vinegar, all of which can serve as multi-purpose cleaners. Not only are they cost-effective, but you’re guaranteed to have a home devoid of toxins and harmful chemicals.
Parents want what’s best for their newborns. That also extends to cleaning their home. By investing in 100% green products, getting in the habit of reading all product labels and repurposing household items to conduct your chores, you will be making a significant investment in the health of your baby and all whom you love. Here are some other tips to consider from Parenting.com:
– Buy “green” cleaners, specifically ones endorsed by a third-party group, such as Green Seal (greenseal.org), which certifies household cleaners that meet certain health and eco standards. “Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients,” says Taggart. Green Seal-certified cleaners cannot contain ingredients known to cause cancer or skin sensitivity; they cannot include phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates); and the manufacturer must disclose the use of added fragrances.
– See how your favorite cleaning product fares by visiting Green Seal’s website. Does it provide a full ingredient list? Yes? Good sign! Scan for the word “fragrance.” Synthetic fragrance indicates it may contain phthalates, chemicals added to make scents linger longer. Safer cleaners are scented, if they’re scented, with essential oils, which should be listed by name (e.g., rosemary oil). A phrase like “fragrance containing essential oils” does not count. The manufacturer should also give detailed information about ingredients’ safety. Are you comfortable with what you see? Great! If not, consider a new cleaner. Good cleaners to try: Simple Green Naturals, Seventh Generation, Method or Clorox Green Works.
– Make your own cleaners. “I have a white porcelain sink, which stains easily, but it’s no match for baking soda and lemon,” says Katherine Scoleri, mother of two in Peachtree City, Georgia, and founder/editor of safemama.com. Scoleri also uses a combination of baking soda and white vinegar to remove soap scum from the tub. (These mixtures will clean surfaces but don’t necessarily kill bacteria. When you want something stronger, try hydrogen peroxide.)
Committed to keeping your newborns safe and your home clean, Green Maids only use USDA-certified organic products, so you know you’re in good hands. Learn more about our cleaning products and services, and book your appointment today!