The moment we know we are parents-to-be, the world around us changes completely. We make sure that we provide the best for our baby – right from the receiving blanket, feeding bottle to the nursery, and what not!.
While all expecting parents take care of these major needs before the arrival of the baby, home care is one segment that is often ignored.
Today in this post, we will talk about the 5 home care products you need to alter when you are all set for the new parenthood phase. Along with easy DIYs, this article also introduces the brand PUER range of products which includes Home Care products, Personal Care products and Baby Care products.
Household Products and Health Risks
We use a lot of products in cleaning and maintaining the household. Floor cleaners, laundry detergents, dish wash liquids, carpet cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants etc are common examples of household products we use on a daily basis.
The harmful chemicals used in household products can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea etc in adults. So how about its effects on a newborn?
Here are the common chemicals used in various home cleaning/care products along with their health risks.
- Laundry detergents – cationic enzymes – vomiting, nausea, convulsions
- All-purpose cleaners – ammonia, ethylene glycol monobutyl acetate, sodium hypochlorite and/or trisodium phosphate – skin/eye irritations
- Dishwasher detergent – phosphates – skin irritation
- Anti-bacterial cleaner – quaternary ammonium or phenolic chemicals – Skin/throat irritation
- Glass cleaners – ammonia and isopropanol – eyes, skin, nose, and throat irritation
- Toilet cleaner – sodium hypochlorite or hydrochloric acid, or bleach – Eye/skin irritation
These household products are reasonably safe when used as per the directions given along with the product. However, the toxicity levels of the home care products are entirely dependent on the suggested dose and exposure to those products.
5 Home Care products to be switched up for better alternatives
Here are the 5 basic household products you might need to replace with a suitable alternative.
- Laundry Detergents
Most often detergents get in the fold of clothes while washing, hence causing irritation to the newborn baby/ child. The strong smell cause also leads to asthma and other allergic reactions in many.
You can opt for natural alternatives like soapnuts or choose ECOCERT-certified brands.
PUER Advance Care Liquid Detergent has an extraordinary blend of ECOCERT and COSMOS ingredients. It has a unique formulation of 6 powerful bio enzymes that clean clothes from the deepest layers. The dirt softening agents get rid of the tough stains and dirt. It also has the Anti Re-deposition Technology which ensures that the removed dirt, does not settle down on clothes again.
- Dish Wash
Dish washes usually cause skin irritations and burns. If swallowed, it could be poisonous too. Hence it is very important to look for dish washes with natural ingredients.
Always check the label of ingredients in the dish wash liquid and select one which does not contain lye.
- Floor Cleaner
Commercial floor cleaners have SLS and Methylisothiazolinone, both to be avoided around children.
You can make a DIY floor cleaner using vinegar, distilled water and orange peel extracts. This homemade floor cleaner smells amazing, cleans the floor effectively and disinfects too.
What more can you ask for?
- Fabric Conditioner
Methylisothiazolinone is one of the preservatives found in fabric softeners. It is often known as a potent skin allergen.
You may completely give up the usage of fabric conditioners for baby clothes. Or else choose for alternatives like vinegar, Epsom salt with baking soda etc.
- All-purpose Cleaners
An all-purpose cleaner takes care of almost everything – swiping away dirt and stains from kitchen counters, mirrors, refrigerators, tabletops etc.
You can make a DIY multi-purpose cleaner using distilled water, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, essential oils and vinegar. If this sounds tedious for you, we suggest the PUER All-Purpose Cleaner apt for both porous and nonporous surfaces guaranteeing 99.99% germ-kill.
With the amazing fragrance of lush lavender, PUER all-purpose cleaner smells amazing too.
Hope this article on the home care products to be switched up was informative.
Did you alter any home care products with the arrival of your baby?
Were/are you aware of the potential risks associated with commercial home cleaning products?
Let me know in the comments.