How to keep your family safe around household chemicals

Many common household cleaning and gardening products contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family if you ingest them or breathe them in for too long. You may feel light-headed, experience headaches or nausea, or have even more severe reactions.

In this article, we look at how to choose, store, and use chemicals and cleaning products to ensure you keep your family safe.

Buying cleaning products and chemicals

Read labels carefully and understand what ingredients are in the products you buy, and how they need to be safely stored and used.

When choosing products for cleaning your home, consider if you need to use harsh, dangerous chemicals. A good rule to follow is that if there are different products available for a particular job, always choose the one that’s least dangerous.

There are plenty of all-natural options available on Living Green. These products aren’t as toxic, are gentler on clothing and surfaces, better value for money, and better for the environment.

Storing chemicals in your home

When storing chemicals, it’s most important to ensure they’re safe from children or pets, up high or in cupboards / drawers with child-safe locks. Even all-natural products can be bad for your health if a large amount is ingested.

Store your cleaning products in the containers you purchased them in, upright, and in a cool, dark place. Keep flammable liquids away from any potential heat source, and that acids and alkalis are stored away from each other.

Check your storage regularly to ensure containers aren’t leaking and the lids are sealed tight.

Using chemicals and cleaning products

You’re most likely to inhale unhealthy doses of chemicals when you are cleaning. To avoid this, use all-natural products that don’t give off fumes, or follow these tips:

  • Read the instructions carefully and follow them every time.
  • Don’t allow children to play with or touch chemicals.
  • Don’t mix chemicals / products or add water unless directed to in the instructions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and hot water after using chemicals.
  • Avoid eating, drinking, or smoking while using chemicals.

Are you looking to get away from using these types of bad chemicals in your home? Check out the range from Living Green and enjoy the benefits of all-natural cleaning products – a healthier home and family.

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