Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

This house won’t clean itself! 5 tips to keep your home clean and safe

Happy grandmother and pregnant granddaughterCleaning with vinegar and baking soda just sounds so old-fashioned.  It reminds me of my grandmother who solved every ailment by gargling with salt and water.  The truth is, what you use to clean your home is important, especially when you are pregnant or have small children.

Many cleaning products that are used for kitchens, bathrooms and floors contain chemicals that can interfere with a growing baby.  These chemicals can be taken into the body when eating or drinking, when you touch things, and even when you breathe.

The more exposure you have to certain substances, the more they can impact your reproductive health and fertility.

A pregnant woman’s body is the first environment for the baby

5 quick tips to keep your home clean and safe:

  • Use a wet rag instead of aerosol sprays to remove dust. Wash the rags separately from the rest of your laundry.
  • Choose “green” cleaning products that have non-toxic ingredients.
  • If you must use commercial cleaning products, use the smallest amount possible, wear gloves and keeps windows and doors open to ventilate the room.
  • Vinegar is a known natural, all purpose cleaner.  It can be used as a disinfectant, degreaser and deodorizer.
  • Create a paste with baking soda and water to use as a scrub for sinks and bathtubs.  More ideas can be found here

Our grandmothers really did know what they were talking about!

Comment below and share how your family keeps your home “green”.

Check out our website for more tips to stay healthy during pregnancy or chat with a Public Health Nurse at (416) 338-7600.

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