As soon as the calendar flips to April, the topic of spring cleaning takes over. Deals on products for organizing and cleaning are everywhere. Printable lists to keep you on-track are available from most of your favorite magazines, and favorite products are thoroughly covered by bloggers, media outlets, and social media personalities.
Cleaning your house, top to bottom is a good idea. Especially after keeping the house sealed up during the winter months. But it also means people are using many cleaning products for many days.
Cleaning products are responsible for about 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers.
10 quick tips that will help reduce your exposure to chemicals while cleaning your house this Spring.
- Wear gloves. Skin is very absorbent, using gloves helps eliminate contact between cleaning chemicals and your skin.
- Increase ventilation before you start cleaning. Open windows and turn on the fan.
- Avoid inhaling airborne chemicals. Spray cleaning products directly into a rag or sponge. This helps reduce the number of airborne chemicals for you to inhale.
- Choose better cleaning products. Generally, products rated with a 7 or higher by GoodGuide’s science team are good choices.
- Avoid products with synthetic fragrances.
- If you prefer scents in your home, choose products that disclose 100% of the fragrance ingredients.
- Less is better. Try to use as few cleaning products as possible.
- Spring cleaning is a great time to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Invest in your tools. Reusable microfiber cloths can do the heavy lifting of scrubbing and dusting, instead of a chemical cleaning product. A stiff brush will come in handy when scrubbing power is needed for jobs like cleaning grout.
- Clean when the kids aren’t around. Pound for pound, kids breathe more air which exposes their small bodies to more indoor air pollution.