If you are expecting a baby, you have to be extremely cautious what air fresheners and car upholstery cleaning products you use. Too frequent use of detergents and scents during pregnancy and postpartum can harm the health of the baby. This is stated in a new study published in the European Journal of Pneumology.
To reach these conclusions, scientists conducted surveys in which more than seven thousand children and their mothers took part. Mothers had to fill in a questionnaire on the frequency of use of different preparations in their home and vehicles - disinfectants, carpet cleaners, air fresheners, stain cleaners, etc.
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Children have been tested for skin allergies and their lung condition has been checked.
The results show that children whose mothers often used chemical products to clean while pregnant are more likely to have problems with their lungs than other children.
It is not yet clear which ingredients in detergents are causing problems, but specialists give a few tips on how to protect yourself and your family from potential problems.
- Always follow the instructions for use printed on the product itself and use protective gloves.
- Aromatize your car with orange or lemon peels, and essential oils, not with artificial substitutes.
- Replace, wherever possible, the chemical preparations with tested homemade recipes for cleaning. You know that sometimes they are more effective.
- Always keep the car window open while using detergents and do not breathe fumes.
Sensitivity to fragrances is becoming more and more common and more people have a reaction to them. Air fresheners can cause reactions in children and adults with asthma, allergies and other fragrance sensations. Strong odors can lead to asthma attacks. Other symptoms of sensitivity include headache, irritation in the eyes, nose, throat, or nausea.
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Air Fresheners and Asthmatics
Asthmatic symptoms are exacerbated by odors and sprays. If you have a family asthma, do not use air fresheners, bought from the store. You can make your own natural air purifier so easy! Fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 drops of rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, pine, orange, lemon oil. Use it for refreshing the air inside the car. For sure, you will be perfectly satisfied by the results!
If you need to cope with offensive smell inside the car, first you have to find out where it is coming from. For that reason you have to empty your car from everything useless – cloths and shoes you store in the car, old blanket, empty packages of snacks, etc. Once you have done this, turn on the vacuum cleaner and clean every inch of your saloon. You can use an old toothbrush to clean the areas between the seats. After that, use the most powerful tool for car upholstery cleaning – baking soda. Spread several boxes of soda on the seats and leave them for several hours to act. Baking soda will absorb unpleasant odors and will remove stubborn stains. Your cloth upholstery will be transformed!
Many women use baking soda as a cleaning product during pregnancy because it is odorless and can be applied on various surfaces. Baking soda can be used for cleaning the fridge, the oven, the carpet, and of course – the car seats. In fact, you can place an opened box of baking soda in your car to absorb unpleasant smells.
White vinegar is another safe tool for car upholstery cleaning. Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water and pour the solution in a spray bottle. You can use this solution for cleaning the old stains on the seats and for windows cleaning.
If you need to cope with offensive odor inside the car, don’t forget to clean the car ceiling as well. Pay attention what products you use in order not to damage it.
You can clean old stains with glass cleaner, as well. Open the windows before applying the product on the stain. Also, remember you have to test the cleaner on a small, out of sight spot, before applying it on the affected area.
Really car upholstery cleaning procedure may take 2-3 hours and it is too tiring process, especially for pregnant women. You can find reliable cleaning company in your area, and use its services while you are pregnant. Pay attention what products the company uses for car upholstery cleaning. They have to be safe for pregnant women, preferably with no strong odor.