Safe Home Cleaners For Your Baby
By Sara Butler
You want a home that is clean and healthy for your bundle of joy, but how do you know which cleaners are safe to use at home? It can be confusing. Federal regulations don’t require companies to list all of their ingredients on their products, so there could be things in them you have no clue about! Here’s how you can make your home sparkle while keeping your family safe.
All Purpose Cleaners
When it comes to all-purpose cleaners you don’t need much to get the job done. There are many natural products you probably already have lying around that can do the work you need safely and effectively.
Plain baking soda is your biggest ally. You can sprinkle it directly on dirty surfaces and wipe away with a damp sponge or you can dissolve some in water, spray on desired areas, and wipe away. If you’ve got particularly tough stains or grease you need to get rid of, then simply mix salt and vinegar together with a little bit of water to form a paste. Vinegar works to cut the grease while the salt works to lightly scrub the surface. Apply to the area, rub it around, and then wipe away with a damp sponge.
You can also use castile soap – a plant-based soap that is gentle and safe. Mix a tablespoon of castile soap with warm water and use it to wipe down every surface in your kitchen. Do another wipe down with plain water and voila! Sparkling surfaces safe for your baby to touch, lick – whatever!
You can use castile soap as an effective floor cleaner too. It works on wood and linoleum floors. One-quarter cup of castile soap with two gallons of warm water should do the trick. To amp up its grease-cutting power, simply add a half-cup of vinegar to it. If you don’t want to use castile soap, plain white vinegar will work well too.
For carpet, baking soda makes a great deodorizer and will keep your carpets looking fresh, too. All you have to do is sprinkle some over it, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. When it comes to carpet stains, club soda is a great item to have in your arsenal and it’s safe for little ones, too. Just pour some on the stain and blot it with a dry, clean cloth – repeating until the stain has faded.
Keeping your family safe is a priority, so know what you're using to clean your home by making cleaning products yourself!
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