If you use Bleach in your daycare please read

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Registered: 12-12-2011
If you use Bleach in your daycare please read
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Mon, 12-12-2011 - 12:55pm

I got this information off the epa.gov website

Did you know that a pesticide is added to your washing machine to help keep your white clothes white? This pesticide is also found in many household cleaning products that contain a "disinfectant" to kill germs. And it is found in household products used to clean mold and mildew from your shower or tub. Can you guess what this pesticide is? Chlorine Bleach!

Every 13 seconds, U.S. Poison Control Centers receive a call about someone being exposed to a poison. Forty percent of those cases involve a child under three years of age. According to the American Association of Poison Centers, more than 50 percent of over two million exposure incidents each year involve children under six years of age. What’s more, poison center data reported over 70,000 calls made to poison centers with concerns about exposure to common household pesticides. These figures show the need for everyone to lock up pesticides and household chemicals out of children’s reach – preferably in a high cabinet.

So if it is dangerous then what can we do?

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 10:59pm

JMHO this is just another reason why parents should contract with properly licensed childcare providers.

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Registered: 12-12-2011
Tue, 12-13-2011 - 7:24am
But if they are not stored properly there are accidents. I prefer to use all natural cleaning products for everything in my house to clean with. Because children are curious, and if you forget just one time to lock that cupboard the kids get into it because they are curious what is locked away. I know that i would not want my children to be in a house even if the chemicals are stored properly because of the out-gassing. It is being proved to cause cancer and other health problems. Not only bleach but all the chemicals that you can by in a general grocery store have out-gassing and your indoor air quality is the most important to any home and daycare. Better to be safe than sorry..
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Registered: 11-03-2011
Sun, 12-18-2011 - 4:52pm

Sorry, but it appears to me you're on a mission to promote a product. Bleach has been used for many, many years as disinfectant and I will continue to use it. I'm safe in how it is handled and stored and see no reason it should be a problem. Bleach is in the disinfectants used in doctor's offices and hospitals, I'm sure if it was such a hazard that they would be the first to know and have to use something else. Just my personal opinion, but one I stick by.

I'd never, ever even for a second 'forget' to store it properly...even without kids present. I'm sure there are those who aren't as cautious, and for them, maybe an alternative is better.

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Tue, 12-27-2011 - 5:55pm

I have no idea how to say this sound it doesn't sound snarky....

but enjoy your time in all cotton everything

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Registered: 12-12-2011
Tue, 12-27-2011 - 9:42pm
judge what you want, i am just saying to be careful.. and yes i did find everything for a house to clean that is safe for children, adults everyone... and yes there is stuff out in the air, outside that is poisonous i know this but when you are home at least take care of yourself and your indoor air quality... i know that stuff happens.... i had my 2 cents i just wanted to maybe help others if they wanted to hear... i can see that no one wants to hear... so that is fine i know my children i care for have a better environment that they are in 5 days a week... any time in a healthier environment is better than nothing.... also if you are not willing to gather all the facts then please do not judge because without the facts there is no possible way to make an educated decision... thank you all for reading this as for me i am done posting... i am not trying to sound snotty, i just don't want to defend the best things i have found and is also safe... blessings to all other daycare providers and anyone who reads this....
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Registered: 04-19-2004
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 5:03pm

You are right - alternate products are awesome. I look forward to seeing you change the way states requires childcare providers through your own research and activism.