If you have a family, you’re constantly cleaning, whether that means wiping up toothpaste from the sink or picking up towels off the floor. Depending on the mess, you could spend minutes to an hour scrubbing the toilet and tub. And because you have small kids, their safety is also your number one priority. Stay tuned as we break down the best kid-friendly bathroom cleaning products on the market.
Be Aware of Labels
All cleaning products have label warnings to keep you and your family safe, as well as your pets, but sometimes, they are stuck in the small print. The buzzwords you want to pay attention to include toxic, danger, fire hazard, warning, and the like. These products contain chemicals that could cause negative reactions and even dangerous ones. If a child accidentally gets it on their skin, it could cause a reaction, such as a chemical burn.
Chemicals can also affect a child’s breathing or sting their eyes. Not only that, but babies and toddlers may smell something like citrus or floral aromas. They may see a colorful bottle with a nozzle and think about tasting it; if cleaning products aren’t put up or non-toxic products used, this could result in curious minds checking it out, not knowing the dangers.
Popular Chemicals in Bathroom Cleaning Products
Adults can usually take fumes better than kids can, especially when they can identify the smells; however, to ensure their safety, consider investing in green products that are good for the environment and for your kids. Here are the three most popular chemicals people use in cleaning products that could be affecting your kids:
- Ammonia – this nasty chemical has a pungent smell, which you’d think would keep kids away, but if it’s not the main ingredient and an enticing fragrance is stronger, kids won’t have the ability to detect it. Even a small taste from a spray bottle can cause detrimental effects.
- Chlorine – If your kids have ever been to the public pool, most likely they’ve smelled chlorine and may have even been affected by it, especially if they’re water babies and love to swim. Granted, chlorine isn’t used nearly as much as it used to be, but again, you don’t smell it if companies use a scent to mask it. Chlorine can make eyes sting, and those with tolerances or allergies, cause reactions such as rashes and breathing problems. If ingested, it could kill a small child.
- Formaldehyde – Believe it or not, this chemical is in many things, such as new furniture, clothes, and in cleaning products. Formaldehyde is fatal if ingested – even in small amounts. Avoid any cleaning product with formaldehyde as one of its ingredients.
You can add many other chemicals to this list, but these are the top three you will see in cleaning products and ones to avoid.
Go All Natural
Cleaning products don’t need to contain dangerous chemicals. In fact, you can find many ingredients in your kitchen pantry. These include;
- Baking soda
- Essential oils
- Olive oil
Keep in mind, most of these natural ingredients can be mixed with each other to form pastes or sprays that still do the trick but keep your family and pets safe.