We all worry about keeping our house safe for our children but did you know that small changes can lead to major improvements in your family’s health, and make your home a less toxic, more child-friendly environment? One chemical that has come under suspicion in recent years is BPA, the substance that hardens plastic you eat and drink from. It is now believed that the substance can cause health problems, especially in infants and small children. Not all plastic contains BPA; check and make sure your plasticware is marked 1, 2, or 5, or simply switch to using glass.
Cleaning products are another hidden danger to children’s health due to the chemicals they contain. For everyday cleaning, switch to products you can find in your pantry, such as baking soda and vinegar. Borax is also a safe option for dishwashing powder and other uses; mixing directions can be found on the infographic. While you are in your pantry, consider using up your remaining canned fruits and vegetables and switching to fresh or frozen produce for healthier, less chemical-laden nutrition.
Changing air filters every one to three months should be a priority for homes with young children due to toxins and allergens that accumulate indoors. While they may smell great, avoid conventional air fresheners since they’re full of harmful chemicals. Opt for an essential oil warmer for a low-fume alternative. Keep in mind other potentially hazardous fragrances like perfumes, colognes, and scented soaps, especially if someone in your family has allergies or asthma. For more tips on how to keep your home environment safe for the entire family, check out the below infographic.
Are you concerned about toxins in your house? Have you made any of the switches above to make your home a safer place for your children? Do share in a comment below. And if you’re concerned about home safety in general why not check out this post about how to keep your home safe while you go on holiday.
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