1. Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate your work area when using strong cleaning products.
2. Keep kids away from the work area and from contact with cleaning products.
3. Read the manufacturer's label for warnings and directions before using products.
4. Don't ever mix ammonia and bleach, nor any other strong cleaners together.
5. Remember that the labels of strong commercial products may not list all hazardous chemical ingredients.
6. Call the manufacturer for a Material Safety Data Sheet to find information about product ingredients and safety issues.
7. Reseal opened chemical products tightly.
8. Remember that soap and water usually do the job, and antibacterial products are not usually necessary in the home.
9. Vinegar has many gentle but effective cleaning properties.
10. Save money by making your own cleaning products
- Before mixing any recipes, be careful to store your products in well labeled containers, and never store your cleaners in empty food or drink containers lest they be mistaken as edible or potable.
- Also keep the products stored well away from children.
- Do not assume from the natural cleaning recipes that just any cleaning agent can be mixed together. Mixing together strong commercial products like ammonia and bleach can release poisonous gases. Specifically, never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach, toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, or oven cleaners. And never mix household bleach containing sodium hypochlorite with acidic products like vinegar, toilet bowl cleaners, or liquid dishwasher detergent.