Household Cleaning Agents

Written by Linda Alexander
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Many household cleaning agents used for spring cleaning create serious health hazards. These products are not always safe to use and can endanger the health of others around you. There are alternatives to toxic household cleaning agents, but if you choose not to use them, be careful with the chemical cleaners.

Be sure to store all cleaning products out of the reach of children and pets. Always keep them in the original containers they came in, and never reuse the empty containers. Discard the empty product containers in the trash or recycle them. Don't pour leftovers down the drain--they are literally toxic waste. Instead, take them to a hazardous waste collector.

Precautions to Take with Household Cleaning Agents

When using chemical household cleaning agents, always work in a well ventilated area. Open the windows to allow the fumes to dissipate. Also, remember not to mix products together, such as bleach and ammonia. If there is a chance you could spill the cleaners in your eyes or on your skin, wear protective goggles and rubber gloves.

Even if the bottles do not have a poison warning on them, educate your children about the dangers that exist with these cleaners. Although you will keep them out of reach of children and pets, accidents do happen. Make sure your children know to stay away from chemical cleaners unless you are supervising them.


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