It’s only natural to feel a bit cautious about the safety of cleaning products when you’re pregnant as many different products have harmful chemicals in them.
Is Bleach Safe To Use When Pregnant?
Though it’s a common myth that you shouldn’t use bleach when you’re pregnant, you actually can. Just ensure you’re keeping the room well-ventilated, wear gloves and long-sleeved shirts/pants. Avoid trying to clean things that aren’t well-ventilated like the oven or microwave.
Are Laundry Detergents Safe When Pregnant?
Again, it’s only natural to feel leery about certain products when you’re pregnant, so switching to a natural or hypoallergenic laundry detergent may ease your nerves!
Laundry detergents can be full of artificial dyes and strong fragrances. A nice, simple, inexpensive detergent is Method or Honest. Comfort Pure is a gentle fabric softener to use afterward and is great for people with sensitive skin.
You can also easily make your own fabric softeners with baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils. Wool dryer balls are also a good alternative.
Pregnancy-Safe Wood Cleaning Products
If you have wood floors, tables or chairs that need a good cleaning, homemade wood cleaners are easy to make and use.
All you’ll need is a spray bottle, one cup of water, one cup of vinegar, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Shake before using as the oil will separate. You can also add lemon juice too which acts as a disinfectant and removes greasy spots!
Another wood cleaning recipe that works well for getting rid of dust is one cup of water mixed with half a cup of vinegar and two teaspoons of either coconut oil or mineral oil.
Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner
Grab Green or Honest products make all-natural all-purpose cleaners that are safe to use both while you’re pregnant, and around babies and children. Their recipes offer refreshing citrus or floral scents, but they also sell non-scented products. But, if you have the following ingredients at home, you can easily make your own homemade all-purpose cleaner.
Homemade All-purpose Cleaner Ingredients
- Spray bottle
- 1 teaspoon borax
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Method or Honest castile soap)
- 4 drops essential oils (lavender or lemon make for great cleaners)
Cleaning Ingredients To Avoid
- Glycol ethers
Also, make sure you’re not trying to move heavy furniture yourself as you’re cleaning and if you spot mold, it’s time to call in a professional.
Being exposed to mold even when you’re not pregnant can pose health issues and have been linked to causing birth defects in animals.