Cleaning products are usually toxic. This is no surprise to anyone, but what impact does it have to your children? Does it truly hurt them as much as it says on the warning labels on the bottles, and if it does, what options can you can take in order to keep your loved ones safe? Let’s cover these issues and find out more.
The Issue With Cleaning Products
In the US alone in 2000, Poison Control Centres received over 200,000 calls and 126,000 of these involved children under the age of six years old. Issues that involve things such as eye, lung, heart and nose problems, issues that could lead to permanent damage and, in some cases, death. Not to mention irritation in skin and eye caused by the dangerous chemicals in most cleaning detergents which could annoy your infant child, and they wouldn’t be able to tell you what is wrong with them.
Do the Warning Labels Really Help?
Warnings on cleaning product bottles are usually perceived as so natural that people often don’t even care enough to read them. Strangely enough, children who are barely able to read are supposed to know exactly what the labels say and know what to do if their skin comes in contact with the dangerous chemicals. The general tip that people will give you is that you are supposed to keep it placed where your children can’t reach. But being children, accidents are prone to happen and it’s not always a case of bad parenting that leads to incidents with cleaning products. So what alternatives are there for keeping cleaning products away from your children, but close enough to be convenient for your sake?
The Alternatives to Toxic Cleaners
Generally, using a non-toxic cleaner would help you in situations where you are a busy parent with a lot on their mind. With a non-toxic cleaner, you are able to keep it close to the child without needing to care about them getting anything on their skin. You would also be able to keep it in their room stored for when they get older so that they would learn to clean up their room every now and then. You could also attempt at making your own natural cleaners by mixing water, white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Most detergents that you buy from stores will be filled with warning labels and scary chemicals that are most likely not very safe for a young child, making natural cleaners a fantastic alternative.
Some Final Words
In conclusion, what is there that you can do in order to childproof your home when it comes to cleaning products? You can lock the chemicals away and teach your child that it’s nothing but bad for them (at least until they’re older) or you can simply introduce cleaning products that are not toxic to them. This way, they can gain some sort of familiarity with it as you assign them chores to help around the house. Raising a child is hard, so being able to take every shortcut possible to make it easier on you is completely respectable and definitely expected.