When cleaning your baby’s toys, clothes, and the areas they crawl around and explore, you want to know they are safe. Any mother or father wants this. There is a balance too between clean and too clean, but right now the thing to consider the most is – is it really safe to use all those chemicals on their toys and on other surfaces?
Think about it. There’s antiseptic sprays, bleach, liquid soaps, liquids for washing floors, and so on. A lot of them contain some pretty nasty chemicals with some bad side effects. For example, artificial cleaning products like bleach contain chemicals banned in some countries like the EU, but which can poison our children, give them allergies and eczema, damage their eyes, and more if touched, rubbed into the body or swallowed. As babies explore the world by biting, touching, and feeling things, it’s natural to be worried.
There are Baby Safe Alternatives
Luckily, there are some wholly natural ways you can clean these items without having to resort to such chemicals. For example, you can use vinegar mixed with water as an alternative to bleach or make a surface cleaner by mixing lemon juice with water. Both are edible, maybe not the tastiest things in the world to a baby, but will do them no harm. And normal soaps are just fine so no need to pollute the environment with microbeads from liquid soaps.
It is possible to clean grime off fabric toys by putting them in the wash. Wool toys should be hand washed while felt can be machine cleaned if put inside a pillowcase to protect it. If the toy looks clean but you want to make sure it’s bug free, stick it in a plastic zip bag and freeze it for 2-3 hours. For white fabrics, it is possible to return them to their original white by leaving them in the sunshine for a while. This also works on cloths and other fabrics if they look clean but you want to air them for a bit.