How To Clean Your Home In A Baby And Pet-Friendly Way
If you have young children or even a pet, you may feel like you need to clean your house much more often than you did before.
Babies are curious creatures, especially once they start crawling. Before you know it, they’re stuffing their mouths with dust bunnies, dead insects and God knows what else. Add to that your pet’s tendency to carry in all sorts of dirt and assorted germs from outdoors, and you’d be excused to start feeling like your house needs cleaning twenty-four hours a day.
The thing is, at the same time, some cleaning products may cause allergies, irritations or even poisoning.
It’s a vicious cycle isn’t it?
So what’s a responsible parent and pet owner to do?
How do you keep your home clean in a manner that’s safe for both your baby and your furry friends?
It’s All About PH
The ph scale determines how acidic or alkaline a cleaning product is.
The scale runs from zero to fourteen, with zero being the most acidic, fourteen being the most alkaline and seven being somewhere in the middle (better known as ph neutral).
Cleaning chemicals need to be acidic or alkaline in order to be effective at what they do. Acidic products, are great at cutting dirt and grease, whilst alkaline products are the best if you’re looking to remove rust, limescale and other types of protein buildup.
Unfortunately, acidic and alkaline products can also be harmful to babies and pets, especially if they get in contact with sensitive areas like the skin and eyes.
So what’s one to do?
Treating Cleaning Products With Respect
It may sound like a cliché, but an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.
While you cannot avoid using cleaning products if you want to sanitize your home effectively, the first step in doing so safely is to treat them with the respect they deserve. You should always keep your cleaning products on a high shelf, way out of reach of inquisitive babies and pets. Also be sure to close the lids tightly and, if at all possible, keep your cleaning cabinet locked.
More importantly, follow the product’s instructions to the letter. Dilute them with water as advised and always try to keep your children and pets out of the way while they are in use.
Do not, under any circumstances, mix cleaning products together. Even though you might think this will enhance their cleaning properties, it’s actually a terrible idea. Chemicals can react in negative ways, becoming more corrosive or even releasing fumes that can be harmful to your health.
Rinse Thoroughly After You’re Done
Rinsing thoroughly once you’re done is extremely important.
You should keep rinsing the area until the water runs clear. This will ensure that there’s no harmful chemical residue left behind.
And if a stain or spot of dirt is too tough to remove, just call in the cleaning professionals. Not only do they have access to stronger products and the proper know-how, they’ll also ensure that your surfaces are ph neutral – and completely baby and pet safe.
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