Housekeeping . . . tips good for you and nature, part 3

Remember Tip 3 “Breathe In, Breathe Out.” When it comes to any housekeeping chores, Tip 3 is always a general rule to keep your home free of unnecessary inhalants and highly toxic products. At least, we should lock up these inhalants and other toxic products, safe from children’s curiosity and any leaks or out-gassing.

What are some of these products? Although every household have their own preferences on products, there are some basic cleaning items and products that most homes have around. You will have dusting, mopping, polishing supplies, and a vacuum. You will have storage items for your trash, maybe even some baking soda to absorb odors, and hopefully recycling containers.

You will undoubtedly have all purpose cleaners, sponges, towels, scrubbers, and gloves for the kitchen and bathrooms. You will probably have a variety of specialized cleaners for glass, stone, wood, upholstery/leather furniture, appliances, and laundry. And let us not forget that within the portals of your garage, there are some of the more odoriferous and potentially toxic products.

I can’t stress more the importance of reading the labels for ingredients, use, and storage to insure you are properly using any products or item and keeping your family safe and healthy. I would also highly recommend you choose the least toxic cleaners available free from perfumes and other nonessential ingredients.

How do we then store them? Simple Home Organization resource offers ten helps for storing these items in your home (10 Tips for Safely Storing Cleaning Supplies at Home, http://simplehomeorganization.com).

#1: Always place cleaning supplies far out of reach of children by placing the containers in storage cabinets mounted high above the floor, even dishwashing liquids.
#2: Install child-safety locks and child-proof latches.
#3: Store all cleaning supplies in their original containers.
#4: Keep flammable cleaning supplies in a cool dry location in your house, and never near a flame, an electrical ignition source, or in sunlight.
#5: Acids and bases are substances that are totally incompatible with each other.
#6: Use cleaning supplies only in a place that has proper ventilation. Make sure the storage space you are using to store your cleaning supplies is also ventilated.
#7: Never ever leave a bottle or container of cleaning supplies open and unattended while you’re doing your cleaning.
#8: Do not ignore any warning that says you should use such protective gear such as gloves or goggles.
#9: Properly dispose of the materials that touched the cleaning chemicals.
#10: Keep nearby a first-aid kit that includes any emergency-wash liquids.

You are encouraged to read their helps in detail online to insure you and your family can safely breathe in and breathe out.
I close out this month’s lifeskill, Housekeeping, with two other tips. Tip 4 is “Recycle everything possible!” And Tip 5 is “Get the whole family involved.” Happy and Healthy Housekeeping this Summer!