If you’ve ever sneezed, coughed or gone to bed with a migraine after a long day of cleaning, you won’t be surprised that many household products contain toxic chemicals. You’ll find them in cleansers and disinfectants, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, air fresheners – and lots of other sources we use on a daily basis.
Product labels will give you “safe handling” procedures, and you would be wise to follow any precautions they give you. Also, wear plastic gloves to protect your skin and allow for plenty of fresh air (open a window or door) while you’re using them, and by all means keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Better yet, many cleaning chores can be performed with simple and safe products. For example:
•Baking soda can be used to clean and polish aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel and tin; deodorize refrigerators, carpets and drains; extinguish grease fires; soften fabrics; and remove stains.
•Cornstarch can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs and starch clothes.
•Lemon juice can be used to clean glass and remove stains from aluminum, clothes and porcelain.
•Vinegar can dissolve mineral deposits and grease; remove traces of soap, mildew or wax buildup; clean brick or stone; polish some metals; shine windows without streaking; clean coffee pots; and deodorize.
•Borax can deodorize, inhibit the growth of mildew, boost the cleaning power of soap or detergent, remove stains and can be used with attractants such as sugar to kill cockroaches.
•Isopropyl alcohol serves as a good disinfectant.
Using fewer cleaning chemicals is one way to help prevent indoor air pollution. Give us a call to perform a free indoor air quality inspection and we’ll show you other preventions and how filtration and other new innovations can protect the air your family breathes.