20+ House Cleaning Safety Tips to Follow While Cleaning Your Home!
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House cleaning is an essential chore for maintaining a hygienic and germ-free environment in a home. But thorough cleaning is not that easy: it comes with the risks like dealing with dangerous and harmful cleaning solution, task of heavy lifting, use of ladders, moving on wet floors, and many more. Are you aware that unintentional slip-offs are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries? While cleaning, there are plenty of chances of getting injured, and therefore ensuring safety while cleaning is important. We must learn how to stay safe while cleaning. Many times our carelessness may cause an accident. As prevention is better than cure, let’s learn here some house cleaning safety tips to stay safe at the time of cleaning your sweet home.
House Cleaning Safety Tips
Tip 1: Protect Children While Cleaning Home
Children are naturally curious and don’t understand the dangers of touching the cleaning chemicals. So keep your cleaning kit locked, and check that all cleaning products remain out of the reach of kids and pets. Do not leave children and pets alone with the cleaning products, if you are interrupted by an unexpected telephone call or the buzz of doorbell. If you are using a bucketful of water for cleaning, remember that it can be dangerous for your kids if left unattended. Ensure that buckets are empty, and it is stored upside down when you have done your work. Or you may leave the bucket in bathroom or kitchen and lock the key from outside for the time being.
Tip 2: Read the Labels of Cleaning Product Carefully
If you use any chemical cleaning products, then your first duty is to read the label on the cleaning products. Do read the instruction to ensure that you use the disinfectant for their intended purpose and in the manner specified.
Read the labels carefully containing the words “caution,” “warning”, “poisonous”& “use as instructed”. Such terms are more specific in nature for letting you know the clauses of prevention to be practiced. Always read direction and warnings written on a cleaning product before you use it.
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Tip 3: Clearly Label the Items if You Have Home Made Cleaning Solution
Tip 4: Avoid Mixing Cleaning Chemicals while House Cleaning!
Never mix any two chemicals together. Some chemicals adversely react when combined.
Here are some combinations that should never be mixed:
Vinegar & Bleach: This mixture will create toxic chlorine gas.
Ammonia & Bleach: This mixture will produce chloramines vapours.
Rubbing Alcohol & Bleach: This mixture will produce chloroform.
Vinegar & Hydrogen Peroxide: You should use them separately on the same surface, but mixing them in one container will produce peracetic acid, which is harmful for health.
Tip 5: Do your Research & Educate Yourself before You Start Cleaning Your Home
The risk of Chemical allergies and the tight rope of budget have encouraged many people to clean their homes with inexpensive household materials such as baking soda, salt, lemons, soap, bleach, and white vinegar. Before you make a new cleaning mixture it is important to do your own research.
Tip 6: Beware of Fumes when Using Readymade Products in House Cleaning
Keep windows and doors open while cleaning home (if possible) to provide sufficient ventilation. By keeping them open, you can avoid may bean open flame or toxic fume, which may occur due to chemical reactions.
Tip 7: Be Careful when Walking on Wet Surface/Floor
Everybody knows how common it is to slip your stepson a wet floor. Always make sure that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from sudden falling. Always, make sure that everyone in the house, including kids, are warned to stay away from the wet floor. You may need to restrict small kid’s access to wet floors because they just don’t realize how risky it is to move on a wet floor.
Tip 8: Wear Proper Protective Clothing while House Cleaning
Wear protective clothes at the time of home cleaning and these preventive dress will protect your skin from the abrasion of cleaning chemicals. This is mandatory even if you are using natural cleaning solutions. Just because something is naturally-derived doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Protect yourself from chemical burns, rashes, and irritation. Protective clothes include long-sleeved shirts, pants, goggles, masks, gloves, and maybe more. It is important to wear rubber gloves and protecting cloth if you are using strong household cleaners. Wear mask while cleaning dusty areas and items. Avoid direct contact with skin, eyes, and clothes when you are using bleach or ammonia or any other cleaning products.
Tip 9: Proper Ventilation is Must to Ensure Safety during House Cleaning
Always use chemical cleaners in a well-ventilated area. Open the door and windows or turn on a fan to circulate the air, and it will remove as much odour as possible.
While using chemical cleaners of any type, adequate ventilation is the key for avoiding dizziness, headache, and other more serious health issues. Always keep your home’s windows open to ensure that the gases released by cleaners can safely escape from your house.
Tip 10: Use Cautions during Cleaning of High Places of Your Home!
Be extra careful while using ladders and stools. When cleaning some items in your home, such as washing windows, where you need to step on ladder, be extremely cautious. Do not lean too far on the other side. As a rule of thumb, your belly button must not go beyond the sides of the ladder. Also, always have someone at your side to keep the ladder stable for you, and make sure that the rungs are not slippery. Don’t forget to wear non-skid shoes before you step on them.
Tip 11: Stairway Safety
Cleaning requires taking things from one floor to another. Do not carry many things atone go while transporting these items up and down on stairs. Try and keep a hand free to hold onto the railing of stair. Take necessary time, and take a few more trips if needed for carrying safe.
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Tip 12: Use Safe Products
Using oxygen and sulfites-based cleaners is safer option and these cleaners are more environment friendly than ammonia and chlorine bleach based products. You can easily find out the name “oxide”, or “sulfites” on the labels of products at the time of purchase.
Tip 13: Use Mild Cleaning Solution for House Cleaning
Most of the hard surfaces can be cleaned with mild cleaners or natural green cleaner, such as baking soda, vinegar. Use bleach and ammonia for tough jobs where they are badly needed and soft cleaners cannot work properly.
Tip 14: Special Care of Food Preparation Are as while Cleaning
You should take special care and extra safety when you are cleaning food preparation area with cleaning solutions. It is of utmost importance to use non-toxic cleaning chemical for your food preparation areas or surfaces. Also cover the area with old clothes or plastics.
Tip 15: Never Leave Containers Open at the Time of Household Cleaning
Always close cleaning chemical containers securely to prevent fumes from escaping or spills.
Tip 16: Never Use Gasoline for Cleaning of Your Home
Gasoline is highly flammable, and can be easily ignited. For this reason, gasoline should never be stored inside the home.
Tip 17: Ensure Extra Safety while Operating Electrical Cleaning Tools
Tip 18: If you Use more than One Type of Cleaner in a Room
If you use more than one type of cleaner in a room, wait until the first cleaner has fully done its job. Remove all residue of the cleaner and allow the area to dry before you start to clean the place with another cleaner.
Tip 19: Clean up after Cleaning is Important
Always wash and clean your hand as well as your full body after using the cleaning chemicals.
Tip 20: Store your Cleaning Solution Safely
Keep all cleaning materials in their original containers, so that you know what they are and their expiry dates. Always use clean & new containers for storing homemade cleaning solution. Your household cleaning kit should be away from the food storage areas. Place them in a cool and dry place.
Tip 21: Properly Dispose of Home Cleaning Products
It is important that you dispose of the cleaning materials and by-products safely and carefully after you have finished your work with cleaning chemicals. Many cleaning products demand specific rules for disposal. Empty bottles and containers should be put into a closed garbage bag, instead of placing them in an open waste basket in your home.
Tip 22: Keep away all your Cleaning Supplies When Cleaning is Done
Once you are finally done with your cleaning work for the day, keep all the cleaning supplies away at a safe place. Cleaning supplies can be a hazard for both children and pets, something that can be fatal with severe risk of health hazard and life risk. Put the cleaning products away in a childproof cabinet for your kid’s safety and well-being as soon as you are done with them.
Tip 23: Handle Weight Carefully
During cleaning, you may have to move heavy furniture or other objects or may have to lift heavy objects. Do it carefully. Never handle more weight than what you can easily do. Over enthusiasm, overconfidence, or shortcuts may injure your back. So be careful.
Hence, please gets your house cleaning work very carefully done when you are using any specific cleaning product. Cleaning is necessary, but safety should be your first priority as well. Follow these house cleaning safety tips to enjoy a safe and productive cleaning!
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