Spring Cleaning: Kid Safe Cleaning Products

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As a parent, there's no greater feeling than when your little ones offer to lend a helping hand around the house. After all, getting children to participate in household chores can be one of the greatest challenges of parenthood. While you may be anxious to get your children involved in day-to-day clean up, it's important to keep a few things in mind so that your children are safe and you aren't sorry. For starters, many household cleaners are loaded with chemicals and have been linked to childhood illnesses ranging from asthma to cancer. We're talking about glass cleaner, laundry detergent, furniture polish, carpet shampoo and more. It's bad enough that our children are exposed to these chemicals - so we want to minimize their exposure to these products as much as possible. A study printed in the 2010 issue of Pediatrics found that an estimated 267,269 children were treated for illnesses or injuries relating to household cleaning products between 1990 and 2006.