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​Tips for Child-Safe Cleaning

​Tips for Child-Safe Cleaning

child safe cleaningThere are lots of good ways to practice child-safe cleaning. Keeping your child in good health and your home clean doesn’t mean you need to go crazy scrubbing every doorknob, says Neeta Ogden. Here are a few tips.

*Choose safer household cleaners. Experts say that you should look for household cleaners that are less caustic and friendlier to both the environment and the body. Look for “green” and “nontoxic” cleaners, or products that say, “petroleum-free,” “biodegradable,” “phosphate-free,” “VOC-free,” or “solvent-free.”

*Less is more. Many household cleaners can be diluted with water and clean quite effectively, says Ogden. Diluting a cleaner is an easy way of making it less harsh and better for child-safe cleaning.

*People often assume that better household cleaners will cost more. Here’s where diluting a cleaner has another benefit. “If you’re diluting a cleaning product and using less of it each time, you could really save money,” Lunder tells WebMD.

*Skip the antibacterial soap. Despite the popularity of antibacterial soaps, plain old soap and water will get the germs off just as well. Antibacterial soap not only contains chemicals you don’t need, but in the long term it may increase the risk of creating tougher, resistant bacteria.
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