We all like a clean home, and spring is synonymous with cleaning. But what about the products we use? Are they cleaning the home but harming our health? Here are some ideas to consider when getting ready to spring clean:
- Ammonia and bleach are two common ingredients in household cleaners. They do the job, eliminating mold and bacteria from surfaces. However, they are irritating to the respiratory system and skin. More seriously, mixing the two together can create a toxic gas that can be fatal.
- Vinegar kills bacteria and eliminates mold and mildew and is environmentally friendly. Create a household cleaner with a 50-50 combination of vinegar and water. Baking soda will safely remove stains from sinks, bathtubs, and is great for cleaning greasy pots, pans, and baking sheets. Create a paste with water or vinegar to use as a cleanser. Use baking soda to remove pet odors from carpets and upholstery by lightly sprinkling, wait 15, minutes, and then vacuum.
- Hydrogen peroxide can be used as another alternative to bleach to whiten grout and clean the toilet bowl. A 50-50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water will work to soak out the stink from kitchen sponges!
- You can create your own "air freshener" by mixing together water, vinegar, and your favorite fruits and spices in a spray bottle. Try adding the peel from a lemon or orange.
- Olive oil mixed with vinegar can be used as a natural leather cleaner and rejuvenator. Be sure to test all cleaning solutions on a small area first. What are you waiting for? Throw open the windows, de-clutter, and give a healthier spring clean a try.
This article was published in the April 2017 edition of the Healthy U @ Work newsletter from WorkingWell. Courtesy of Complete Wellness Solutions. WorkingWell is a network of occupational health services and part of Franciscan Health. With locations in Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis, WorkingWell's team of professionals provide high-quality medical care to business and industry, with a primary goal to work closely with employers to ensure employees are "working well."