If cleanliness is next to godliness, then we’re pretty sure that you work really hard to keep things tidy, right? But in your quest to make your home shine bright like a diamond, you may be inadvertently introducing new hazards to yourself and the rest of your family. Here, we offer 9 tips to help you make sure that your cleaning ambitions don’t lead to disaster for your family.
Avoid using old food containers to store cleaning products. This could confuse young children into consuming toxic chemicals.
Store cleaning products up high out of the reach of children; avoid keeping dishwashing liquids under the sink.
Use safety latches on all cabinets containing cleaning products.
As you’re tidying up, make sure to never leave chemicals unattended if you have small children in your home.
Follow any safety precautions listed on household cleaners, and if you experience any discomfort such as irritation to your eyes, nose or throat, discontinue use immediately.
When using chemical cleaners of any kind, proper ventilation of your home is key to preventing headaches, dizziness and other, more serious ailments. Always open several windows to ensure that the gases emitted by cleaners are able to escape your home.
Wearing rubber or latex gloves while you’re cleaning can protect your hands from harsh products that may irritate your skin and cause rashes or itching.
Mold, mildew and other bacteria accumulate and multiply on cleaning implements, so it’s ideal to switch out your rags and sponges every two to three uses, depending on what you’ve cleaned with them.
For some, cleaning is therapeutic and relaxing. For others, it’s a regular chore. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, keep our tips in mind to ensure that you and everyone in your family is protected and safe at all times.