Natural Cleaning Solutions:
7 Ways To Keep Your Nursery Clean Without Toxic Chemicals
It’s one of the laws of nature…curious babies and toddlers are like magnets, magically drawn to the grossest messes. Doing things like playing in the dog’s water dish, grabbing the kitty litter or investigating the diaper pail are all in a day’s work for our little ones. With all the cleaning up we do around them, it can be a huge challenge to keep our little explorers safe from toxic chemicals. Another problem is that products labeled “natural” aren’t necessarily safe cleaning products.
“Natural” Doesn’t Mean It’s A Safe Cleaning Product
Even cleaning products called “natural” can be filled with toxic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, allergens & irritants. In fact, while they can be safer than conventional cleaners, many so-called “natural” cleaners from top brands contain toxic chemicals. That’s because there are no federal regulations that dictate standards for cleaning products labeled as “natural”. Many of these products contain botanical-based ingredients like thymol that sound safe but that are actually known allergens. Another example is methylisothiazolinone, a preservative very common in “natural” cleaning products. This chemical is associated with skin allergies & rashes, inhalation toxicity, organ toxicity & neurotoxicity.
Fragrance chemicals should also give you a reason to re-think your cleaning products. Fragrance chemicals can pass through the skin and enter the blood stream. They are manufactured from petroleum and coal tar and are classified as carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, skin and respiratory irritants. The fragrance industry is self-regulated, and the one word “fragrance” on a label can actually hide a cocktail of toxic ingredients. Most fragrances contain phthalates, which are not listed on labels, to make the scent last longer. Phthalates are associated with endocrine-disruption, cancer, reproductive & developmental toxicity and respiratory problems. And you can’t assume natural fragrances are any safer than the synthetic ones.
Another chemical to watch out for is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This one gives you the foaming or sudsing action that gives you the perception that the cleaner is working better. We think you’ll probably agree it’s worth skipping the suds when you know SLS is an eye, skin & lung irritant and is associated with developmental, endocrine and reproductive risks.
Luckily, there is a safer option. Force of Nature is a small appliance that turns salt, water & vinegar into a cleaner that’s as effective as bleach but with zero toxic chemicals. It’s a completely safe cleaning product that you can feel comfortable using around your baby and on all the surfaces in your nursery. The hero cleaning substance that Force of Nature produces is so safe it’s commonly used in wound, eye & veterinary care products. Here are some ways it can help you keep your nursery clean:
1. Bottles and sippy cups
Liquid can easily become trapped in the nooks and crannies of a sippy cup and valve, and boy are they hard to clean! Spray on Force of Nature, shake, wipe or scrub like you normally do, then in 30 seconds it’s clean.
You’ve seen that parent. The one whose baby drops a pacifier on the ground and then the parent “cleans” it in their own mouths before popping it back in the baby’s mouth. Martyrs, we have a better solution for you! Spray Force of Nature onto the pacifier and then wait 30 seconds. Force of Nature is so safe that you can then put back in your baby’s mouth without rinsing.
In 2014, a college professor decided to find out how dirty kid toys really were. What she discovered was eye-opening. One toddler’s plastic giraffe, which doubled as a teething toy, had 450 colonies of bacteria! Toddlers are also notorious for making everything sticky. Use Force of Nature to spray your child’s toys as needed—especially after playdates – to keep them clean.
4. Highchair trays
Highchair trays can be tough to clean with all their nooks and crannies, not to mention that they’re always too big for the sink! Because Force of Nature is a completely safe cleaning product, you can clean off the highchair tray without rinsing. It’s so safe you don’t have to worry about cleaning the tray while your baby is in the highchair. Spray, wipe and your little one can eat directly off the tray.
5. Changing areas
The changing area: it’s Central Command for odors. You have to be cautious about the cleaning products you use here because babies love to grab onto anything while you’re trying to clean them up. Plus, babies can have sensitive skin and noses, so it’s best to steer clear of toxic irritants, allergens, fragrances and dyes. Force of Nature is the non toxic way to eliminate those nasty changing area odors.
6. Diaper pails
You spray it down with deodorizers and frequently empty the bags – but that pail still reeks! Force of Nature stops odors as effectively as bleach and is completely non toxic.
7. Humidifiers and Vaporizers
Humidifiers or vaporizers are so hard to clean! Empty the humidifier, spray in Force of Nature and shake it around after each use. Also great to spray on the components that you can’t remove to clean.
Want to know more?
Force of Nature lets you turn salt, water & vinegar into a nontoxic, all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer that’s as effective as bleach, yet completely safe for all the surfaces your baby touches. To learn more, hop on over here.