HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BABY TOYS SAFELY
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The Importance of Toxin-Free Cleaning of Baby Toys
Toys are an important part of childhood. Babies get their very first toys the day they are born, and some of those items become their proverbial best friends for a long time. With germs, bacteria, and other seemingly harmful substances crawling around, parents can’t help but wonder how to protect their youngsters from catching various diseases, as they put their favorite toys in their mouth. Naturally, they come to the conclusion that cleaning everything that touches the ground is the best solution.
But what are the best baby-safe cleaning items and methods that won’t harm the child?
Analyze your Cleaning Product for Toxins
Nowadays, we have access to the most powerful and efficient cleaning products that even smell good. Not only do they terminate stains in a blink of an eye, but some of them also leave a protective layer on the surface to prevent new germs from re-attaching. All of these properties sound very appealing when watching a commercial, but have you ever wondered how cleaning products affect your baby's health?
Recent data indicates that annually around 1,000,000 young children swallow poison, which originates from cleaning products. This is often an unintended mishap the parents omit to foresee; however, it is definitely worth taking into consideration as some cases have been reported to be fatal.
Furthermore, asthma, allergies, and eczema are a few additional points to consider. As some of the cleaning products are over-effective, they will likely kill the good bacteria that was actually meant to boost the baby’s immune system. However, due to their absence, the child is more likely to develop allergies. Also, certain chemicals found in store-bought products act as irritants on the baby’s skin and may cause a rash and eczema.
Healthy Cleaning Alternatives
The good news is, there are many household items that can be used to clean toys on a regular basis. Some of the most common ones include natural lemon juice, vinegar mixed with water, and even rubbing alcohol. Vinegar, as well as citric acid found in lemon juice is an effective substance with mild sanitizing properties, while alcohol is a strong germ killer that evaporates within seconds, so you won’t have to worry about the unpleasant smell.
Making sure to use mild yet effective cleaning products is paramount to ensure your baby’s present, as well as future health. Additionally, these safe cleaning alternatives are not exclusive to toys; you can also use these to wipe the floors, kitchen counters, and other surfaces your baby might have access to.