Child Safe Kitchen Cleaning Guide | Easyway Maid Service

by easywaymaids - May 11, 2022

Child-safe kitchen cleaning is a top priority for anyone with kids. As a parent, you’re probably all too aware of the maintenance required to keep your kitchen in order. There are some things that need to be done every day, like dishwashing and wiping down counter tops. That said, you should also do a once a week “deep clean” that will keep your kitchen in a perpetually clean state.

Luckily, this takes 30 minutes or less a week. The more times you do it, the easier it will get. Eventually you can shave your kitchen cleaning time down to a mere 10 minutes, unless you’re cleaning the oven that day.

While there is an abundance of kitchen cleaning guides on the internet, there are few that address child and pet safety, specifically.

Take it from a professional cleaning service, there are plenty of ways to clean your kitchen with chemicals that won’t endanger your children. In this guide, we will outline the best products and safety practices to keep your kids and pets safe while cleaning.

Child-safe kitchen cleaning guide

Child-Safe Kitchen Cleaning For Parents

 

In case of accidents, save the number for Poison Control in your phone. Just to be safe:

POISON CONTROL HOTLINE: (800) 222-1222

 

General Safety Tips

Don’t allow your children in the kitchen while you’re cleaning. Especially if you have little ones crawling on the floor, keep them in another area secure by a baby gate or closed door. Better safe than sorry.

Oven Cleaner

This is #1 on the list and needs to be handled with caution: oven cleaner.

Oven cleaner is powerful, effective, and really the only good option for deep cleaning ovens. It is, however, somewhat toxic to kids and pets. It is not child safe at all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it safely:

To use oven cleaner properly, you need to first heat the oven to 100-200 degrees Fahrenheit (follow the instructions on the can). Next, you turn off the oven, and immediately spray down a thorough coat over all surfaces inside the oven. Hold your breath (or avoid taking deep breaths) while you do this, and close the oven door as soon as you’re done spraying.

You will notice right away that the fumes are highly unpleasant. The heated surface will cause the cleaner to evaporate and waft right into your face. The good news is that oven cleaner is mostly caustic, and only somewhat toxic. This means the real risk of oven cleaner is getting it on your skin and forgetting to wash it off, not inhaling it.

Any time you’re handling this cleaning product, wear gloves and wash your hands and forearms thoroughly with soap and water when you’re done. Unless you’re cleaning your oven every day, inhaling a little isn’t going to harm most people.

However, even if you are fast and shut the oven door quickly, your whole kitchen is likely to fill with a chemical smell. Even if it’s not dangerous for everyone, it might be for your child. It’s also highly unpleasant. You must open multiple windows (or better, doors) to get a draft going through your home to clear out the fumes. We recommend having your kids leave the house while you’re doing this.

While it’s safe for most people, children with asthma could be affected. If anyone in the household experiences skin irritating or respiratory problems, call poison control for further instructions at (800) 222-1222.

If this seems scary, it shouldn’t be. At Easyway Maid Service we take safety seriously, so we’re being overly cautious with our advice. Oven cleaner is a fantastic tool, just use it responsibly. While it’s not strictly child-safe, you can still use it to clean your kitchen.

Oven cleaner is only for use inside ovens, it can damage other surfaces like granite.

In review: when using oven cleaner, it’s extremely important to allow significant ventilation, wear a mask, and avoid taking deep breaths while spraying. Oven cleaners are absolutely incredible when it comes to efficiency, but are toxic in large amounts and should never be mixed with any other chemicals. 

 

Bleach

You don’t need to use bleach or bleach-based products in the kitchen. Save it for the bathrooms. It’s totally unnecessary for the kitchen. Bleach is safe for bathrooms because you aren’t eating off the surfaces. Not to mention showers and baths can be thoroughly rinsed with ease, unlike a stove or countertop.

Bleach is probably the most hazardous product to children and pets. It’s toxic when ingested, and can severely irritate the skin – even in very small quantities – when left on there for a long time. Keep bleach far away from your kids, it’s certainly not child-safe.

 

Barkeepers Friend

Here’s our first “definitely child-safe” product.

For child-safe cleaning, use Barkeepers friend and water to scrub the counters. Barkeeper’s has a great safety profile and is the go-to product for kitchen cleaning. In fact, it’s registered with NSF International as being safe to use on food surfaces.

It comes in both powdered and semi-liquid form. If using powder, mix quite a bit of water into it with a sponge. It’s the perfect product for everything from sinks and faucets, rangetops, and stainless steel fridges. It’s totally safe, as long as you take care to thoroughly wash it off surfaces.

Barkeeper’s Friend is 100% water soluble, meaning it will completely wash off with water alone.

Please not that this is NOT the same as Comet and other alkaline cleaners. Barkeepers is much more child-safe and risk free.

Look Up Safety Data for Any Cleaning Product

Take child-safe cleaning into your own hands. Unfortunately, resources where you can search for safety info by product names are hard to find. 

The one’s that do exist aren’t perfect (in that they don’t contain info about every household cleaning chemical), we we highly recommend searching here:

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Cleaning Product Database

 

You can search for cleaning products (listed by company name) here on the NSF website. They have exhaustive details on just about any registered product. Be very wary of any product not listed on their website. Do your own research.

On the NSF website, you have to search by company or brand.

Other tips:

  • Looking up Safety Data Sheets for any product
  • All purpose cleaners
  • Wiping and drying off surfaces
  • Using non toxic floor products
  • Child proof locks when storing products under sink

Check out the recent Redfin article we were featured in:

Kitchen Cleaning 101: Experts Share Their Favorite Tips

“Of all the rooms in a house, kitchens usually require the most cleaning. Messes build
up after every meal, dishes are left in a pile, and your compost fills up faster than you
can take it out.

Cleaning can seem like a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to
be. With the right know-how, you can take simple, everyday steps to keep your
kitchen clean and fresh without any complicated tools”