Cleaning your home is vital to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Using chemical cleaning supplies incorrectly can cause poisoning, headaches, chemical burns or skin irritations if you do not follow the directions on the label. Rubber gloves and safety goggles are sometimes necessary when using chemical cleaning supplies. Cleaning supplies are often a mixture of corrosive materials. It is vital that you read label directions on the usage of any cleaners.
- Use the least amount of chemical cleaners in your home. Keeping the different types to a minimum reduces the risk of allergic reactions for those who are sensitive to such cleaning products. All-purpose cleaners have many uses and often come in concentrated forms.
- Dilute the cleaning product according to the package directions. Some people think that if a little works well than more of the product or a stronger dilution causes it to work better. This may be harmful to your family or the counter top or other surface you use the product on. It also wastes the product and your money
- Use the cleaning product for its intended purpose. Bleach is an effective cleaner and disinfectant but it can damage or discolor some surfaces.
- Teach your small children about the dangers of chemical cleaning supplies. Label the bottles so that they can easily identify it as dangerous. Keep the products in a locked or high cabinets out of the reach of children or pets.
- Store flammable, corrosive or poisonous chemicals separately. Never remove them from the original containers and put them inside something that was originally intended for food use. This prevents family members from mistaking them for a beverage or other item.