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How to use cleaning products safely

Read on for a safety checklist and guidelines for cleaning when pregnant – there's no better time to ensure you're using cleaning products correctly!


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key steps

  1. Read the packaging before use.
  2. Test on a small area first.
  3. Ventilate your home while cleaning.

In general, using cleaning products is straightforward: read the label, use as directed, store in a cool, dry place. Easy, right? Even so, many people get so comfortable using these chemicals that they either become lazy about safety or forget entirely. Fear not! The Cleanipedia team is here to whip you back into safe-usage shape – even if your shape is currently a bit round in the middle! Cleaning when pregnant is totally possible with a few extra considerations, so read on to update your prenatal cleaning skills.

General safety tips always apply whenever you’re using a cleaning product, no matter how familiar you are with a product. With the added concern of pregnancy, just add a bit more ventilation and protection!

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How to: Use cleaning products safely

Before we get into the specifics of cleaning when pregnant, we will have a refresher course on general safety guidelines. This article on cleaning product storage will tell you all about the importance of storing things safely. Now, a simple checklist:

  • Follow directions: the information on the back of the bottle has the information you need to use the product responsibly in your home and the environment.
  • Never mix products: Cleaning products do NOT play nicely and mixing them can create harsh gasses or chemical reactions you don’t want (even if you are a chemist).
  • Keep in original container: maybe that neon orange isn’t the prettiest shade for the laundry room, but the colour and type of plastic it’s in serves a purpose!
  • Use protection: gloves, goggles, and mask. If you want, you can even pretend you’re in science lab again – go crazy.
  • Store according to the most vulnerable member of your family: baby? Dog? Keep products in a cool, dry location, out of reach from little ones.
  • Consider keeping stored cleaning products behind lock and key for added assurance.

Special concerns for using cleaning products while pregnant

If you are reading this article, you are probably wondering where it is safe for you to be using cleaning products while pregnant. The answer is yes, absolutely, because the products you have in your home are safe for use when the directions are followed and normal precautions are taken! See the above list of general tips, and then consider these additional measures to keep you (and baby) healthy when you’re cleaning while pregnant:

  • Ensure there is plenty of ventilation. The more moving air, the less you will breathe in.
  • Wear gloves and long sleeves to keep any products from splashing or misting onto your skin and into your system.
  • If you’re focusing on a bathroom or particularly damp area, prioritise getting rid of mould quickly to maintain clean, pure air in your home. Fortunately, mould is a common problem, so it has some quick and easy solutions. We like the bleach spray from Domestos. You may be thinking, “can you use bleach while pregnant?!” The answer is yes; the above recommendations also apply to bleach.
  • Avoid wearing shoes around the house – shoes track countless germs into your home, even with your best cleaning efforts. It’s easy enough to leave them at the entryway and avoid bringing in any unwelcome entities.

A clean home is a life-long task, but there is no time more important than during pregnancy to review safety guidelines and protect you and your mini-me from unnecessary exposure. Once you welcome the new member of your family, be sure to check out some of our articles on cleaning baby toys, bottles, and clothes. Happy waddling and swaddling!

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