Getting kids involved in cleaning and chores is a great way to help them to become responsible adults. However many cleaning products, even the green ones, have chemicals in them that we do not want our children to be playing with. How can we teach them to clean safely and effectively? Here are three kid safe green cleaners that your family can use:
- Baking Soda – To scrub up tough stains and whiten whites, baking soda is the way to go. The gentle scrubbing power of this every day cleaner is safe to use on almost any surface. Baking soda also works to remove smells and is a great carpet powder. Add to laundry to soften clothes, get in the cracks between tiles to whiten grout, or take the stench out of garbage cans by sprinkling some in the bottom.
- White Vinegar – Vinegar is a safe way to sanitize and remove smells. Although it can be very strong smelling itself, once it has been rinsed it is known to remove many bad smells and deter pests. Clean all kinds of floors with vinegar to remove build up and get them shiny clean. Wash fruits and vegetables with a weakened vinegar solution to prevent rot and remove bacteria. Combine vinegar with baking soda to remove tough stains just like brand name cleaners.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – While hydrogen peroxide should be used carefully as it can bleach some fabrics, it is a great anti-bacterial agent and whitener for many cleaning purposes. A safe way to clean and whiten without risk of toxic fumes or burnt skin, peroxide is a great alternative to bleach when cleaning. It can do almost everything that bleach does. It whitens, kills bacteria, and is safe to use on a variety of surfaces.
Helping kids to form healthy cleaning habits from a young age is a great way to turn them into clean and mindful adults. These easy to use green cleaning agents are both effective and safe for children. Enjoy helping your children learn to clean in a risk-free way with these three green cleaners.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for 4nannies. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.