The second most common cause of poisoning in small children is from chemical cleaning products. While there are plenty of great natural cleaning solutions you can buy, you can get a safe and cost effective result from making a few of your own products from what you probably already have lying around in your house.

Make your own all purpose cleaner with either equal parts lemon juice to distilled water, or 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle filled to the top with distilled water. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, try adding a couple drops of peppermint or tea tree oil. You can it to clean the highchair, stroller, car seat, changing table, crib, and baby bathtub. Be sure and refrigerate unused product and label properly. In a hurry? Sprinkle some baking soda on a wet cloth to wipe down surfaces. It is also an effective sanitizer and deodorizer.

Instead of bleach, use hydrogen peroxide to sanitize toys. Soak plastic toys in a solution of ¼ cup of peroxide per gallon of water for about 10 minutes, then rinse clean. For stuffed toys, either spray down with the all purpose, or for a deep clean, put in the washer on the delicate cycle with ½ cup of peroxide, then air dry.

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