Housecleaning isn't everyone's favorite activity, but it's one that needs to be done on a regular basis to keep your family members safe and healthy and your home in tip-top shape. But before you go scrubbing your floors, wiping your mirrors and cleaning your toilets, there are a few cleaning safety tips you should consider. Here are some of the most important safety measures to use when you're giving your home a good scrub down.
Don't mix chemicals
It might be tempting to mix a couple different cleaning agents together to make what you'd think would be a stronger cleaning agent, but this isn't a good idea without proper research, as some reactions could be dangerous. You should even use caution when mixing common cleaning agents
like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar and salt, as these could also have adverse reactions.
Keep it well-ventilated
No matter what kind of cleaning agents you're using, you should always make sure that the area is well-ventilated to avoid breathing in fumes that could be toxic. Open a window, turn on a fan or consider using a safety mask if you're in a confined area.
It's always better to wear gloves when you're handling chemical cleaners, as they could be harmful to your skin and cause irritation. Even natural cleaners you make yourself might sting your hands if you have a small cut or scrape, so use gloves for protection.
Read the instructions
You don't want to risk ruining the things you're cleaning, staining your clothes or creating other problems by using cleaners incorrectly. Before you start spraying or pouring, thoroughly read the instructions on the bottle to be sure you're using it on the right kind of surface in the correct way.
Use caution on wet surfaces
When you're mopping the floors, you should always be careful to avoid slipping and falling on the slick surfaces. Wear a pair of non-skid shoes and make sure that everyone else in your home is aware that the floors are wet before they walk through.
Be careful in food-prep areas
You should use caution when cleaning areas like countertops, sinks and cutting boards that are used during food preparation. Some cleaners can be toxic if they come in contact with food, so you may want to use a safe natural product or one that's been tested for safety.