Safe Finish For Small Children

Beeswax and Mineral Oil Recipe for Wooden cutting board and Wooden spoon care and maintenance. Stain (if you want to) with food safe stains in bright colors or wood tones made with food coloring – red, yellow, and black can make a myriad of wood tones for this purpose, and the stain is cheap. With a clear list of all the good and bad points, I sincerely hope that my reviews will help you pick a safe, organic, chemical free, eco-friendly and non-toxic crib option for your little angel.

Healthy Child Healthy World is a CA-based nonprofit that works to raise consumer awareness and influence legislative reform. Manufacturers can give suggestions on the right age but you know your child best and are ultimately the one to decide if the toy is right. So add oil to your wood cutting boards and wooden utensils as frequently as you can to keep them looking great.

While I didn’t find anyone making a direct link between chewing on a rubber teether and a child later developing a latex allergy, I did find at least one mom who felt the risk was enough for her to avoid rubber teethers for her baby. Even though hardwoods are more expensive they are the better choice in creating lasting and safe toys. You would have to eat a heck of a lot of cured finish to get even a small amount of contaminent into your system (typically, driers are added in amounts below 1%).

You can use a water-based polyurethane over an oil-based poly as long as the old finish has completely cured (two to three weeks). In the hangline approach, wood items being finished are hung by carriers or hangers that are attached to a conveyor system that moves the items overhead or above the floor space. If it’s a wood composite, it may work OK (probably better than paint or other deck sealers). A food safe finish will wear off as you use your item but will be safe for you. The options for finishing wood are endless but not all are a good choice for toys and all but a few exceptions have to be tested for lead content.

They can help the wood stay flexible, soften its appearance and scratches, and make the surface look brand new. Oil-based polyurethane is the most durable finish that you can apply by hand, while catalyzed lacquers and varnishes are the best for spray application. Yes, the non-drying finishes like mineral oil are safe enough, but that one is a strong laxative! If they truly believe they are selling a safe product, they will have such data and be happy to share it with you.

If not, your next best option is to look specifically for formaldehyde-free glues — look for PureBond glue or a water-based glue certified by GREENGUARD or Green Seal.” If you already have a problematic hand-me-down crib, consider sealing it with a non-toxic sealant such as AFM Safecoat Safe Seal. They have a clear coat, Ceramithane (specialty), which is an acrylic-urethane which crosslinks, making it durable.

Natural wood itself emits a bit of formaldehyde, so it might even be the case that, once the citrus solvent evaporates, the total formaldehyde emission would be less than with naked wood. When a scratch has penetrated so deeply that a color difference is visible, you must fill the scratch and color the wood with one of many available products: oil stains, stain pens, or touch-up sticks. Some kinds of finish cure by evaporation of their solvent, and some cure by reacting with oxygen.

Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by:-) The next time I finish furniture, I plan to use a pure Tung Oil like this product I plan to follow the seller’s instructions and use the Citrus Solvent product they recommend with it. They have many recommendations that I think will help you. I would never consider a metal crib or bed for my child simply because metal can amplify (antenna effect) electromagnetic fields (EMFs), the dangers of which this site discusses pretty thoroughly. Some stains are made from modified natural oils and resins like TimberSoy , a natural wood stain.

Minwax® offers a variety of easy-to-use products to help clean and repair wood that is chipped, cracked, scratched, even decayed, to its original beauty. This is supposed to be non-toxic once cured but I personally think that it seems a little heavy on the chemicals to make it really safe for toys. When you are ready to reuse, simple slather it on the wood as a paste, or if you prefer working with it in the liquid form, heat it in the micro wax just until it is melted. First, the finish must be made from among the raw materials listed on nine double-columned pages (additional ingredients can be added by a petition method).