Green House Cleaning With Kids

Meet the challenge of cleaning safely around children with these green tips.

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Chemical Cleaners Should Be Used Cautiously Around Children DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

  • Avoid aerosols. Fine mist emitted by aerosol products is easily absorbed in the lungs—and aerosol propellants can be highly irritating. Use pump sprayers instead.
  • Skip the scents. Commercial cleaning products with added fragrance offer a double dose of potentially harmful chemicals. Often, fragrances are more toxic than the cleaner they're intended to mask! Opt for unscented to reduce chemical levels at home.
  • Home in on homemade. Cleaning recipes from the pantry offer cleaning power without harsh chemicals and are safe, inexpensive, and green alternatives to commercial cleaners.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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