We all want our children safe and healthy, and we all want to keep a clean home. The two go together, but there are some important hazards you may not have considered. You know to keep small items and sharp objects away from little kids. You know to have kids wash their hands, and to keep food properly stored so you can stop the spread of germs and bacteria. The secret dangers lie in these precautions. The containers and cleaning products you use to keep your house clean can pose a serious threat to the safety and health of children.
Your common household containers could contain toxic chemicals. Prior to 2011, many baby bottles, sippy cups, and baby formula containers were made with Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical used to harden plastics. Research on the effects of BPA exposure in children is alarming. There is a correlation between behavior and brain issues in babies and BPA exposure. Your basic countertop cleaner could also be loaded with dangerous toxins. Harmful components such as ammonia, chlorine, and sodium hydroxide are found in many products you likely use to clean up. Fortunately, you can replace these common cleaners with safer, homemade ones.
The air you breathe inside your home is also a potential threat to children. You need to do more than dust to keep the air quality at a safe level. Avoid using scented hand soap, as it triggers asthma attacks in young children. You should also make sure your heating and air conditioning units receive proper maintenance as well as changing the filter. This infographic provides all the information you need to keep your kids safe and healthy at home.
Hopefully following these tips and replacing some of your regular everyday household items will help keep your home kid-friendly and healthy.