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What if I told you that the piney goodness you clean your floors with is hurting your family. If you use a cleaning solution or bleach wipe to disinfect and de-sticky your floors then your little ones are most likely ingesting toxic chemicals. Over 90% of accidental chemical ingestion happens in the home. This was reason enough to get me to change my ways.
Until recently, I never in a million years thought there was any other way to get a clean house. That was before I knew about e-cloth and I jumped at the opportunity to try the Baby Care by e-cloth floor care products, mops so good you ONLY CLEAN WITH WATER! Our 18-month-old constantly touches our floors, plays on them, constantly has his hands in his mouth, and yes…he’s even eaten a few crumbs off of them (mom of the year award right here). That means he’s ingesting everything I use to clean. YIKES!
On top of that, with two dogs and a husband who runs heavy equipment at his job, I can’t even imagine the the germs that are on our floors. The thought of Levi playing with toys off of the floor or even drinking out of a sippy cup that gets dropped used to make me sick to my stomach. How would I protect him from all of those nasty germs without using harsh chemicals that were possibly worse than the germs? The Deep Clean Mop (removes over 99% of bacteria!) and Flexi-Edge Floor Duster are my two favorites for the daily floor wipe down. We have laminate floors in part of our home, and have to be really careful what we use on them so they don’t get scratched or damaged. These mops clean any mess on any hard floor surface – my dream!
I’ve learned 3 tips that help me keep our floors clean with kids at home:
Dust Your Floors.
Yep, I said dust your floors. I know, it sounds weird. I used to sweep them a lot, but really- you can’t clean a broom. It just pushes the dirt and germs around, only giving you the illusion of a clean floor. The Flexi-Edge Floor Duster is a great alternative to the traditional broom and is my best friend for keeping the dog fur at bay. I run this through our house at least once a day and it has kept our floors so much cleaner! You can even use it to remove cobwebs from your ceilings! When you’re finished, throw it in your washer and it’s ready for another use.
Mop at Least 2 times a Week.
I am not going to lie, I used to dread mopping. Almost as much as I dreaded dusting. Drag a bucket and mop out, push dirty water around, let your floors dry…it was an endless cycle and our floors never really felt clean. Now, I use our Deep Cleaning Mop with just water, yep…JUST water to clean our floors. The crazy part? They are even cleaner than they were when I used to use harsh chemicals. If I want to give them an even deeper clean, I mix a bit of essential oils with water in a spray bottle and spritz the floors before mopping. (Make sure that you check with your floor’s manufacturer before using any sort of essential oils on them to ensure it won’t damage the finish).
Teach Your Toddler To Help.
Levi is still a bit too small to mop our floors, but he likes to help by pushing his “popper” toy across the floor while I am mopping. I encourage him to help pick up his toys and to pick up things out of the floor if he drops them. Now that he’s starting to mimic my behavior when I am cleaning lets me know that he is learning to help. Of course I won’t make him mop our floors anytime soon, but teaching your little ones to keep the floor picked up goes a long way in helping to keep your home cleaner.
What cleaning tips do you have for toddler moms?