Give your home a healthy spring cleaning this year

by | May 31, 2024 | Feature, Health and Wellness

The goal of spring cleaning might be to ensure you have a healthy home, but sometimes cleaning can expose you to chemicals and pollutants that could pose a risk to your health.

Here are some tips to ensure your next home cleaning is as healthy as possible.

  1. Dust with a wet cloth

    Dust and dust mites can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Using a damp cloth or mop to remove dust and dirt wipes it up without spreading it around in the air for you to breathe in. Vacuuming regularly – weekly if you can – can reduce the amount of dust you have to deal with and make your space more comfortable. If possible, choose a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air filter to capture the smallest particles.

  1. Ventilate

    Household cleaning products like bleach or toilet cleaners can off-gas chemicals into the air, some of which can cause breathing problems, headaches, and irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. They don’t always have a smell. Open windows and run the exhaust fan when cleaning your bathroom or kitchen with chemical products to keep your indoor air healthy.

  1. Read and be aware

    You should always read the labels on your cleaning supplies to check for any special handling instructions, such as wearing gloves or a mask. Always wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done. Don’t mix cleaning products, either, as some combinations, such as bleach and ammonia, can produce harmful gasses.

  1. Store safely

    When you’re done using a particular product, always close the lid securely and put it away promptly. Store your cleaning products locked away out of sight and out of reach of children and pets. Kids and pets can be endlessly curious, and the littlest ones are often putting things in their mouths.

Keep products in their original packaging, even if you just have a little bit left to save. This helps avoid mishaps and ensures you have all the correct details on hand about how to safely use and dispose of them.

Find more information at canada.ca/healthy-home

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