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What is a safe way to clean floors in the house so that the baby can crawl on them?
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Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Natural cleaners
Virtually all commercial cleaners contain chemicals that are toxic.
Vinegar (white, distilled), diluted 1:1 with water, makes a great general purpose cleaner. It cuts soap scum, removes mildew. Note that it can also dissolve tile grout or discolor some materials, so try it out first on an inconspicuous area. Search "better living through less chemistry" for more.

In brief: Natural cleaners
Virtually all commercial cleaners contain chemicals that are toxic.
Vinegar (white, distilled), diluted 1:1 with water, makes a great general purpose cleaner. It cuts soap scum, removes mildew. Note that it can also dissolve tile grout or discolor some materials, so try it out first on an inconspicuous area. Search "better living through less chemistry" for more.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Use baby's-eye-view
Before a baby crawls at home, a parent can crawl around to look for baby hazards or chokable items.
Be sure all hanging things (such as tablecloths, electrical cords, drapery cords, etc.) are secured up high. Be sure the furniture has no sharp points that can poke a baby going underneath furniture.

In brief: Use baby's-eye-view
Before a baby crawls at home, a parent can crawl around to look for baby hazards or chokable items.
Be sure all hanging things (such as tablecloths, electrical cords, drapery cords, etc.) are secured up high. Be sure the furniture has no sharp points that can poke a baby going underneath furniture.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Green cleaning
You can always use water and soap, or even add some lemon juice and/or baking soda for added cleaning help.
Additionally, there are numerous green cleaners now available that avoid toxic chemicals and are safer for crawling babies.

In brief: Green cleaning
You can always use water and soap, or even add some lemon juice and/or baking soda for added cleaning help.
Additionally, there are numerous green cleaners now available that avoid toxic chemicals and are safer for crawling babies.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics
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In brief: Dust mop
Depending on how dirty your floors get (with three kids, mine are usually filthy within minutes of cleaning), a dust mop or broom should be fine for everyday cleaning.
For sticky spots, there are lots of organic cleaners on the market or just use hot water and elbow grease. For carpeted floors vacuuming without a special cleanser is fine.

In brief: Dust mop
Depending on how dirty your floors get (with three kids, mine are usually filthy within minutes of cleaning), a dust mop or broom should be fine for everyday cleaning.
For sticky spots, there are lots of organic cleaners on the market or just use hot water and elbow grease. For carpeted floors vacuuming without a special cleanser is fine.
Dr. Becky White
Dr. Becky White
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
In brief: Soap and water
Any commercially available floor soap and water will be fine.

In brief: Soap and water
Any commercially available floor soap and water will be fine.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
In brief: Natural cleaners
Agree that vinegar and water is actually a very good cleaner and sterilizer. Works as a great carpet cleaner too.
Also, there are plenty of natural cleaning products -i use babyganics (no personal or financial connection for me) at my house for everything from floors to hands to pacy cleaning - but they are expensive. Soap and water plain works great too and is the original anti-biotic cleaner.

In brief: Natural cleaners
Agree that vinegar and water is actually a very good cleaner and sterilizer. Works as a great carpet cleaner too.
Also, there are plenty of natural cleaning products -i use babyganics (no personal or financial connection for me) at my house for everything from floors to hands to pacy cleaning - but they are expensive. Soap and water plain works great too and is the original anti-biotic cleaner.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Syed Masood
Pediatrics
In brief: Dry floor
Any regular household cleaners should be fine as long as floors are dry when the baby is on the floor. Make sure to lock your cleaners so the baby could not get to them.

In brief: Dry floor
Any regular household cleaners should be fine as long as floors are dry when the baby is on the floor. Make sure to lock your cleaners so the baby could not get to them.
Dr. Syed Masood
Dr. Syed Masood
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