How to defend your skin
Times are changing. The days when lead paint and microwave ovens were acceptable have long passed; we are entering a new world of chemical paranoia. New plastic products and harsh cleaning supplies have been shown to cause numerous health problems including stunted growth, asthma, and a variety of other health issues. Your family’s health is important. There’s no need to succumb to the anxiety and uncertainty around the products you use to clean your home. Rather, educate yourself regarding the dangers and risks of household cleaning products that we inevitably use to keep our homes tidy.
These simple safety tips will allow you to avoid those uncertainties and build reassurance that you’re doing your part to remain safe:
1. Don Those Yellow Gloves
Okay, they don’t have to be yellow. But you should wear gloves anytime you use cleaning products. Chemicals like bleach and furniture polish can cause skin irritation, even with infrequent use. Anytime you handle chemicals, especially if you’ve never used that product before, you should protect your hands. You can avoid having a negative reaction to a cleaning product altogether by following this simple step.
2. Dress for Success
And by success, we mean overall protection. When using chemicals like lawn-care products or chlorine, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your whole body from toxic particles floating in the air. You can also use clothes to defend against UV rays. While some vitamin D is good for us, try to cover up when you know you’re going to be in the sun for extended amounts of time, like when gardening or going on a hike.
3. A Sight for Sore Eyes
Wearing safety goggles isn’t always necessary when cleaning, but certain chemicals in carpet cleaners or ammonia in bleach, for example, can be very dangerous for your eyes. When you’re doing a deep clean, throw on a pair of goggles to keep sore eyes at bay.
4. Knowledge is Power
The best way to protect yourself from toxins is to keep dangerous chemicals out of your home in the first place. Before you buy any cleaning products, do your research. Know what chemicals you shouldn’t bring into your home, and check the label to make sure your favorite cleaning products aren’t secret killers. When possible, shop for organic and fragrance-free products; They are much safer to have in your home. When using any cleaning or chemical product, even body soap and cosmetics (12 Toxic and Carcinogenic Compounds Found in Beauty and Skin Care Products), read usage instructions before inserting the product into your everyday routine.
5. Breathe Easy
Carpet cleaners, paints, and anything with a strong smell should only be used in rooms with good ventilation. Inhaling cleaning and products can be dangerous, causing respiratory diseases or harming your skin cells. Open windows and use fans when using these products. Also, consider getting rid of fragrant air fresheners and laundry detergents all together. They’ve been known to cause a variety of illnesses and there are plenty of natural alternatives, like essential oils, to keep your home’s aroma fresh and clean.
6. Take Out the Trash
If you’re cleansing your home of toxins or getting rid of empty bottles, the dumpster might not be the right place to dispose of those containers. Read the label and check your city’s government website to find out how to properly dispose of chemical bottles, paint cans, and batteries. Improper disposal can result in those toxins polluting the air and water supply in your town, so protect yourself by learning the rules and share what you learn with your neighbors.
7. Lock It Up
Make sure you store household chemicals away from where children and pets can reach them. Use a high closet shelf or locked cabinets to ensure that your loved ones don’t get into cleaning products when you’re not around.
Pests, bacteria, and viruses are concerns every homeowner has, but don’t let your anxiety about these invaders cloud your judgment. Read product instructions and use common sense when pulling out those heavy-duty cleaners.
Remember, you can always look for natural alternatives to everyday chemicals for cleaner living.
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