When you first see the pink lines on a pregnancy test, there are lots of things going through your mind. One of the first things to think about is safety, for most women. While most people agree, using products in moderation can be considered mostly safe- as long as you're in a well-ventilated area and use protective gear like gloves, hospital grade medical mask and make sure you don't breath in the fumes directly, there are still some cleaning agents safer to use than others. There are lots of chemicals and chores to stay away from, especially in the first trimester. As you get further along, some are safer to return to but others are just as hazardous to the developing baby. As the baby gets close, women go through the nesting phase to get the house ready for baby's arrival, there are now tons of products listed as natural, but which ones are truly safe for baby and which are just trying to jump into the niche?
Top Five Safest Natural (or Not) cleaners to Use
- Baking soda- we had to start this list with one of the more versatile cleaners. It's used in baking so it's non-toxic and it works well for a variety of tasks. It has a low alkali and can aid in dissolving dirt. It also works well for neutralizing odors.
- Borax- can be added to laundry or used in combination with baking soda and other items to DIY cleaners.
- Vinegar- another great DIY cleaner. It's cheap and can be used for many different cleaning projects.
- Seventh Generation Cleaners- You can find these cleaners at places like Kroger or even Walmart. They are cheaper than a lot of other options.
- Dawn (or most other) dish soaps- they work well for a large variety of things other than just dishes. They can come with antibacterial additives and be used to clean countertops, stovetops, walls and anything else.
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Top Five Worst Cleaners and Chores
- Bleach- occasionally using it in a well-ventilated area can be considered safe (with a mask over your nose and mouth) but if you're in a position where you use it on a regular basis, you may want to skip it.
- Oven Cleaner- similar to bleach. This is one to actually fully avoid. Even in a well-vented area, you will still likely have to breathe fumes due to the size of your oven.
- Litter Boxes- not a cleaner, but there is a parasite, Toxoplasma gondii that can be caught from cat scratches and feces. It is normally advised to give litter duty to another family member during pregnancy. If you have to do it, wear gloves and make sure to wash up well after.
- Pesticides- even though you likely won't be exposed to enough to cause harm, it's recommended to avoid spraying them straight into the air- they still can cause damage to the baby's nervous system and brain.
- Dust cloths- you don't need to avoid dusting, use a wet mop or wet rag instead but dusting using a dust cloth can spread irritants and stuff like pesticides into the air.
Most importantly, pay attention to your body while cleaning to make sure that there are no harmful side effects of any products, and speak with your doctor to determine the best items to use.