I found this interesting article in THE SUN today. It's worth reading and something that we can ponder too.
The Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE) listed down 5 recommendations to ensure that our home can be a kid-friendly home.
HERE THE TOP 5 RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. Dust and Vacuum regularly.
Every week we need to vacuum or wet mopping the floor. If we have a crawling child, it's better to do the cleaning twice a week. Skip dry dusting since it circulates the dust back into the air. Storing the toys in closed containers can also help to reduce the dust level.
My response: I've tried to vacuum and dusting the living room, bedrooms and also kitchen. But mopping is a thing that I do every alternate weekend. So, I have to be more hardworking now. :P
2. Use non-toxic cleaners.
Switch to simple, non-toxic cleaners that we can find in the kitchen cabinet like Baking Soda and Vinegar. Baking Soda can be used to scrub sinks and tubs. Mix vinegar and water to clean windows and floors.
My response: Sometimes I still use JIF to clean my bathroom but the mixture of vinegar and water can really help to have shiny windows and floors.
3. Renovate right.
Seal off renovation areas from the rest of the house with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Choose paints that are toxin-free.
My response: I would rather do any kind of renovation while we haven't moving in yet unless we have to.
4. Choose your plastic wisely.
Never use plastic containers or plastic wraps even those claim to be "microwave safe" in the microwave. Opt for glass or ceramic containers. Eat fresh or frozen food over canned goods. Avoid buying items that contain PVC.
My response: I've read about the dangerous effects of using plastic wrap or plastic containers in a microwave few years ago. Since there are quite a number of findings about this matter, I reckon we really need to take this seriously.
5. Minimise mercury.
Choose fish that is low in mercury,, a substance tat is toxic to the brain. Go for the Atlantic mackerel, herring, rainbow trout, wild or canned salmon and tilapia.
My response: Well, we seldom eat fish since it can be quite expensive here. I'm not sure about our local fish if they are safe from mercury. I shall check out from other sources about this.
SO, IS YOUR HOME A KID-FRIENDLY HOME? DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR OPINION REGARDING THE TOP 5 RECOMMENDATIONS?