What is one thing that small children love to do? They play and crawl on the floors. The exercise is great for them and keeps them moving and in shape, but for the health of your children, you want them to move on surfaces in your home that are clean and toxic free. Here are some tips for keeping the floor clean for small children.
To clean your hard floors, dust and clean your surfaces with natural ingredients.
One of the most common ways to clean hard floors, whether they be linoleum kitchen floors, hardwood floors, etc., is with solutions that contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals are designed to disinfect as well as clean. However, the surfaces may smell fresh and look clean after they’ve been washed, but when your little ones are playing on the floor, they can breathe in these chemicals. They can also absorb them into their skin and their mouths when they touch the floors and then put their fingers into their mouths. To get around this you can…
Dust your floors rather than sweep them.
When you use a broom on your floors, you’re picking up some of the dirt with the dustpan, but a lot of the dirt and germs are just moved around on the floor without you realizing it. This may be fine if you don’t have a little one crawling around, but when you do, sweeping is probably not sufficient. Dust your floors instead with a nontoxic antibacterial microfiber reusable pad. Have enough of them so that you can dust your floors once every day. Then at the end of the week, simple wash the pads and use them again. This is better than throwaway pads that contribute to polluting the environment.
Mop your floors.
Mop your floors with a reusable, nontoxic pad soaked in vinegar and water. Do this at least twice a week. For hardwood floors, mop them naturally with a mixture such as lemon juice, olive oil, and hot water. (Using vinegar on hardwood floors is not a good idea due to the natural acid in vinegar. It will eventually break down the texture of your hardwood floors.) A robotic mop can help with both of these jobs giving you a little more time for other things.
Vacuum your carpets regularly and wash them with natural products.
Another surface that your little ones may be playing on is carpeted surfaces. Just like hard floors, these surfaces need to stay clean as well to protect your children. Dirty carpets are a health hazard not only for your children but for everyone in the household. It’s easy for a dirty carpet to hold not only dirt but allergens and bacteria. These elements include dead skin cells, pet hair, mites, molds, insect feces, and more. It’s hard to see many of these with the naked eye, but on a dirty carpet, many of them are there.
When your home has dirty carpets, it can affect you and your children’s immune systems. A weakened immune system is susceptible to various diseases, such as respiratory diseases like asthma or flu-like symptoms as well as nose and eye irritation. Dirty carpets can trigger skin conditions in you and your children and are especially harmful if your child has a cut or an open wound.
Vacuum your carpet at least twice a week, but more frequently if needed.
You should be sure to vacuum your carpets at least once a week. However, if your carpets receive a lot of traffic, you should vacuum them more than that. If that is too time consuming check out some of the best robot vacuums for carpets which can be scheduled to clean automatically at a time that suits you.
Get your carpets professionally cleaned with nontoxic ingredients.
You should get your carpets professionally cleaned twice a year. However, it’s important that you work with a professional carpet cleaner who does not use toxic chemicals. This will take research on your part. Look for a carpet cleaner who uses “green-certified” cleaners. As far as spot cleaning between deep cleans, use natural ingredients such as club soda, or hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar and water.
Other tips for keeping the floor clean for small children.
Make your house a “no shoes” house.
Not wearing shoes in the house is one of the best ways to keep your floors clean. Designate an area by the door you use to enter the house as a place to put shoes as soon as you come in. A basket works well for this, as well. Let your guests know of your “no shoes” policy. Most people won’t complain if you explain why you prefer no shoes.
Have designated play zones.
Not every area in your house has to be a place where your kids can play. Designate areas in the home as play zones, and keep the children’s play activity limited to those areas. This gives you an opportunity to focus on specific areas, rather than worrying about all the floors in the house, particularly if you have a large home.
Get outside as much as possible.
These days, too many children are in inside on computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. Encourage outdoor play as much as possible. In the old days, children would play outdoors all day long because there were few things indoors to distract them.
Finances permitting, hire cleaning help for your floors. This way you can focus on spending more time with your children rather than cleaning your floors and other areas of your home. Ensure that the cleaning products your hired help uses are only natural and not toxic.
Keeping your floors clean for your children, whether they be kitchen floors, hardwood floors, carpets, etc., is essential for your children’s health and well-being. It’s not difficult to keep your floors safe if you clean them regularly and stick to only non-toxic products. Furthermore, by using only safe, non-toxic products you will save money on buying the more expensive and toxic popular brands. Vinegar and water, for example, is a DIY combination that is not only good for floors but good for other surfaces in your home as well. You can purchase a large bottle of vinegar for as little as $2 in stores.