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Moving Tips: What to know about cleaning agents

It is important to know what your are doing with cleaning products.

It is important to know what your are doing with cleaning products.

If you are moving into a new home for the first time, there are some things that you should be aware of before using cleaning agents in your home. While many of your cleaners will explain how to use them, there are things that all homeowners must know in order to keep themselves and their family safe.

Avoid contact with cleaning agents

It is extremely important to know what you are doing when you clean. While much of it is very straightforward, there are always little issues that can easily get you sick or hurt. When dealing with bleach, you should never mix it with any substance other than water. Some cleaners will have ammonia in them, and this can have dangerous consequences. The two substances have a chemical reaction that emits a toxic vapor of chlorine gas that can seriously injure someone. The best advice is to avoid mixing any cleaner with another, unless you are absolutely sure it is safe to do.

Many cleaning agents can hurt you in other ways, as well. While no one should ever ingest these items - and you should have all cleaners locked away if children are around - it is necessary to protect your skin with many of them. Using rubber gloves will help keep you protected in these situations, while goggles are also a good idea.

Take precautions when washing commonly used areas

When washing your home with an abrasive cleaning agent, it is necessary to keep the airflow in the home at a safe level. If you need to bleach a floor, make sure there are windows open around that level of the home so air can take the vapors outside. This will help prevent you from getting sick, and is far healthier.

Additionally, if you have children or pets, it may be a good idea to avoid abrasive agents when cleaning areas they touch. There are more environmentally-safe options that could be safer for them. However, if this is not possible, make sure the area is dry and clean before they make contact with it.

Finally, don't let harmful chemicals go down the drain, if you can help it. Taking this precaution will help cut the chances of polluting the environment, and is also a responsible thing for a homeowner to do.