Safer Cleaning Supplies for Your Home

February 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Our homes aren’t safe and clean if the air inside is polluted with chemicals from household cleaners. Follow these simple tips to protect you and your family’s health while cleaning your home:

  •  Less is More. Dilute your cleaning supplies according to instructions.
  • Use Gloves and Other Precautions. Cleaning chemicals may harm or penetrate skin and eyes – check warning labels.
  • Keep Kids Away. Children are more vulnerable to toxic chemicals. If they like to help, let them clean with soap and water, not toxic cleaners.
  • Avoid “Antibacterial” Products. If your family is generally healthy, there’s no need to use potentially toxic “antibacterial” products, according to the American Medical Association. Wash your hands with plain soap and water.
  • Never Mix Bleach with Ammonia, Vinegar or Other Acids. These combinations can produce deadly gases.
  • Don’t Be Fooled by Labels – Buy Certified Green Products. Label claims aren’t always true. Cleaning supplies certified by Green Seal or EcoLogo meet green standards.
  • Try Natural Alternatives. Experiment with non-toxic options like vinegar, lemon and baking soda.
  • Skip the Biggest Hazards. Avoid air fresheners, use a baking soda and water paste to clean the oven and tackle toilet stains, and use a mechanical snake to unclog the drain.

Source: The Environmental Working Group

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