Most of us think of our homes as being a safe places for our families. We go to great lengths to baby and kid-proof using common checklists like covering electrical outlets, securing baby gates on stairs, and putting safety latches on kitchen cabinets. But even in the most safety-minded homes, serious #Health hazards for children can be lurking. According to the Center for Injury Research, household cleaners were the cause of injury to almost 300,000 children over a 16-year period. The Children’s Environmental Health Network found that by reducing [a child’s] exposure to harmful chemicals, you help prevent illnesses and conditions like asthma, developmental disorders, and even some forms of cancer.

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Even though we cannot see these invisible chemicals, they are putting our families’ health in danger.

Indoor air pollution

Household cleaning products can add to indoor air pollution in many ways. When they are sprayed, they send toxins out into the air and residue can be left on surfaces like tables, countertops and floors. Even when they are stored, they slowly send toxins out into the home.

The strong chemicals in cleaning products may cause even more cleaning power than what is needed. Many people think that if a product is dangerous, it would be labeled with a hazard symbol but unfortunately those warnings are only used for the most dangerous ingredients in cleaners. This false assumption creates hidden health hazards to babies and children for the following reasons:

  • There are many more chemicals are used in household cleaning that that aren't deadly but can still make you sick
  • Some cleaners may be dangerous to unborn babies
  • Most household products haven't been fully tested for safety (for long-term, low-level, and multiple-exposures)
  • Some may be harmful to children at different stages of development.

Factors affecting children's exposure

The Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and #Environment (CPCHE) found multiple factors that enhance a child's opportunity for chemical exposure to household cleaners including:

  • Children have a higher metabolic rate meaning that they breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food per pound of body weight than do adults. This results in greater exposures to any contaminants in the air, water, or food, compared to adults.
  • An infant’s respiratory rate is more than twice the rate of an adult’s.
  • Infants and young children have an increased surface area-to-body mass ratio causing a higher risk of chemical dermal exposure and absorption.
  • Newborn skin is more permeable which allows toxins to penetrate the skin more easily
  • Since children are smaller in stature, they live and play closer to ground where many contaminants are found
  • Babies and children engage in hand-mouth behaviors
  • Infants and babies are often immobile and cannot remove themselves from chemical exposure
  • Babies and children spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors

A safe cleaning alternative

Baby Care by e-cloth eliminates harmful toxins in your home by allowing you to clean with just water and a cloth! This technology takes the worry out of cleaning your home and removes 99% of bacteria from all hard surfaces.

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Not only will you have a sparkling clean home but can also maintain a chemical-free environment for your family. Baby Care by e-cloth offers a full line of specialized cloths, mops and floor dusters that can tackle tough messes, dirt, dust and grim quickly and effectively while keeping you family safe.