The Basics of Family Friendly Cleaning
For every parent, our kids’ health is a top priority.
Everyone wants their children to be happy and healthy, but many don’t realize that they’re bringing products into their homes that can hinder their child’s cognitive development, exacerbate or create new allergies, or weaken their immune systems.
The scary fact is, most standard household cleaners have a slew of toxic chemicals that can have any number of side effects that impact your child’s current health and their future well being.
But it can be hard to tell the difference between the products that are hurting your kids health and the ones that are safe for everyone in your family.
That’s why we put together this guide for everything you need to know about baby-safe, kid-friendly cleaning.
Think of this as your cleaning-with-kids syllabus.
Part one, reading materials:
1) Why Green Cleaning is So Important for Babies and Kids
No matter which side of the nature vs. nurture fence you sit on, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that what we put into our bodies affects how we operate.
If you don’t believe us, don’t eat before your next night out with your friends and don’t drink any water (we’re kidding - PLEASE eat and drink water).
What we put into our bodies when we’re young can have a long-lasting effect on the rest of our lives. For example, doctors recommend using antibiotics as sparingly as possible when we’re small because it can reduce the effectiveness of lifesaving drugs when we’re older.
That’s why most people are shocked to learn that some of the same chemicals that are used in hardcore antibiotics are found in standard household cleaners.
Every time you use a cleaning product with one of those chemicals, the effect is the same as taking the drugs: you and your children will eventually build up an immunity to that chemical and the medicine won’t work as it should if you ever need to take it.
Choosing cleaning products that are made without toxic chemicals is so important because it is the only way you can guarantee that when you clean, you aren’t dirtying your little one’s immune systems.
2) 5 Top Tips to Reduce Chemicals, Dust, and Toxins at Home
We can’t think of one single positive thing about dust.
Dust makes your home look dirty, it annoys you when you see it, and it causes sniffles, especially for our little ones.
But sometimes it can feel like the war against dust never 👏 ends 👏.
Thankfully, there are some simple tricks like opening your windows, replacing vinyl shower curtains, and tossing out your plastic wrap that can keep the dust at bay and get toxic chemicals out of your home.
3) 5 Great Ways to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids
Just like high school and bad internet hot takes, chores never end.
You will always have to wash the dishes (unless you stop cooking forever), you will always have to vacuum (unless you’re cool with living in a sandbox), and you will always have to wipe out the fridge (unless, well, we think you can see where this one is going...).
One of the best ways to make your chore list just a bit shorter? Enlist (tiny) helping hands.
The trick here is getting those little hands to help out consistently, which can be very difficult.
That’s why we came up with five ways to make cleaning fun for your kids.
Didn’t you know that the floor is lava and any toys left on it overnight will melt?
We all want the best for our little ones, and the best way to guarantee them a happy, healthy future is to take the toxins out of their lives.
Switching to green, non-toxic cleaners is one of the best ways to promote your kiddos health. So take an inventory of your cleaning cupboard, replace what needs replacing, and pat yourself on the back for being the best possible parent you can be.