Are Cleaning Products Safe For Children?

By: The Cleancult Team

November 15, 2019


When you have children everything tends to get dirty constantly and cleaning becomes a daily chore that can’t be ignored. While your kids play around you definitely want to create a good environment for them free of hazards and harsh chemicals, but have you wondered what it is you’re using for cleanup time? It might not be as clean as it seems.

Parents usually try to sterilize everything around their babies and children but those harsh disinfectants and cleaners may cause a number of drawbacks that can affect your children, rather than protect them. It’s hard to find a balance between your children’s health and the strong cleaners you’ve always loved, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s something for everyone, and yes you can find cleaning products that are safe for your children.

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What makes a cleaning product bad for children anyways? Glad you asked. Start by reading the labels of your cleaners, don’t see the ingredients specified? Red flag. Watch out for brands that hide what their products are made of and start looking for brands that show you what they use. Avoid cleaners that have warnings on their labels such as: “Caution” “Danger” “Toxic”. Why clean up a surface you and your children will be touching if it’s a hazard to humans? Most these cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that can irritate your kid's skin and eyes and can actually be extremely toxic. Here’s a couple chemicals you should avoid:

  • Bleach
  • Phthalates
  • Phosphates
  • Petroleum Solvents
  • Triclosan

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Now that you know what’s bad with conventional cleaners out there, what can you do about it? Your best bet is to DIY your products so you know exactly what goes in it, but seriously most parents have a lot on their plate as it is and taking time to create a stash of cleaners seems impossible. Don’t worry there’s brands out there who have done that hard work for you.

You can find cleaner cleaners online or at your local health store. When reading these labels, a good rule of thumb is to find cleaning products with descriptions like “natural” “hypoallergenic” “children safe” “USDA certified organic” and similar wording. Make sure you read everything before you buy and you will find brands that align with your ethics and goals. Cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated.