Household Cleaning Chemicals – How to Keep Your Family Safe

When you think of poisons, it’s likely that you envision a menacing bottle with a skull and crossbones featured prominently, not the cleaning products you store under your kitchen sink. However, the cleaners and solvents that you use in your home are just as dangerous to your family as the bottle you pictured in your imagination. We’ve got some useful tips to keep your family safe from the everyday household cleaning chemicals that are found in every home.

Store Household Cleaning Chemicals with Care

The average American household spends roughly $500 per year on cleaning supplies; with this in mind, where do we put them? It’s important that you consider the storage of your household cleaning chemicals with care— don’t simply put them wherever there’s a clear space. Some chemicals shouldn’t be stored next to each other, while others should be kept far from heat or flame.

Of course, you need to keep them out of the reach of children and pets. If you do plan to store them in an accessible place, invest in a child-proof cabinet lock to prevent small children from grabbing them. It’s also important to educate your children about the dangers of poison and keep the phone numbers for emergency services, including poison control, in a prominent place, just in case.

Use Household Cleaning Chemicals with Caution

Not every cleaning chemical is the same, so it’s vital that you carefully read the label prior to using one. Whether it’s furniture polish or an all-purpose cleaner, it’s got very specific instructions for its use that you should understand before you start to wipe down your wood furniture or your counter tops.  The label offers information about the proper use as well as what to do if the chemical should get into your eyes or touch your skin.

When certain chemicals come into contact with each other, it can result in a dangerous reaction.  Mixing ammonia and chlorine, which is found in bleach, will result in a poisonous gas; take care to keep these items far from each other.

Green Doesn’t  Mean 100% Safe

Many households are moving toward more environmentally friendly cleaning practices, making it a point to purchase products that reflect their commitment to cleaning in a manner that’s safer for their families as well as for the earth.

Unfortunately, just because a cleaning product is labeled green, it doesn’t mean that it’s definitively safe for the people in your household. There’s no governmental regulation decreeing what should or shouldn’t be in environmentally friendly cleaning products, so there’s no way to guarantee that the product you’ve purchased is absolutely safe. However, a green product is often safer than most household cleaning chemicals, so it doesn’t hurt to adopt them for your home; just be sure that you exercise caution.

In Case of Emergency

Should the worst occur, it’s important to be properly prepared. Here are the symptoms of toxic poisoning:

  • Dizziness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Breathing  difficulty
  • Headache
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cramps or diarrhea
  • Irritation of skin, eyes, or throat

If you or anyone in your family is experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact the national poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

If you’d prefer to leave the cleaning to the professionals, contact us today! We’d be happy to discuss your specific cleaning needs and determine which of our services would best suit your household.