Home Cleaning Safety Tips

Home Cleaning Safety Tips

Have you ever stopped to think about what’s in the products you use to clean your dishes, clothes, windows, countertops, floors and other parts of your home? Although “heavy-duty” and “antibacterial” cleaners sound like they would do a better job at cleansing your home than milder products, this is not necessarily the case. Moreover, harsh, petroleum-based chemicals can be toxic to your family’s health. Consider the following tips regarding household cleaning products.

Use green cleaning products. Try to choose products that are free of ammonia, bleach and other harsh chemicals. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a lot of money on fancy cleansers. You can use cheap, natural, household items like vinegar, baking soda and lemon -- or old-fashioned soap and water -- to handle many of your cleaning jobs.

Avoid antibacterial products. Antimicrobial and antibacterial cleansers do not actually work any better than regular soap and water. Even worse, bacteria becomes resistant to antibacterial agents over time, potentially resulting in the growth of dangerous superbugs.

Properly dispose of toxic cleaners. So, you’ve stopped using harsh chemical cleaners in your home. That’s great. But that doesn’t mean you can just toss the bottles of the old stuff in the trash or pour those toxic products down the drain. If you don’t dispose of toxic cleaners properly, they harm the environment and can even enter the drinking water supply. Find the facility in your community that handles these toxic chemicals and safely dispose of them there.

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Home is Where the Health Is is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling