Home Cleaning

Creating a safer home environment requires both safer products and safer practices.

Safer products
Use all-in-one or all-purpose cleaner
  • Reduce the number of cleaning products you use
  • Separate products to clean windows, countertops, floors, bathrooms and kitchens are often unnecessary
  • Reduce potential hazards associated with multiple products
  • Can save you money

Use less

  • Dilute cleaning products according to instructions
  • Follow label directions and only use what is needed to effectively clean
Ventilate the space you clean
  • Be sure to ventilate the space you clean by opening doors and windows
  • Chemical cleaning products can generate vapors as well as vacuuming and dusting can generate settled dust into your breathing zone
Use microfibers cloths
  • Remove 98-99% of all dirt with just water
  • No need for chemicals, effectively cleans without chemical cleaning products
  • Can reuse microfiber cloth repeatedly
  • Works safely on nearly any surface, specific cloths for specific surfaces

Use vacuums that have "high efficiency particulate air" HEPA filters

  • Can trap large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners re-circulate back in the air
  • Trap at least 99.97 percent of particles of .3 microns

Use doormats at all entryways

  • Having large enough doormats at all entryways reduces the amount of soil and dirt tract in from the outside
  • Less soil results in less frequent cleaning is needed

Wear protective equipment

  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin
  • Dust mask
  • Wash your hands regularly when handling chemicals

Read labels and follow directions

  • Be aware of ingredients, warnings and first aid
  • Never mix two cleaning products, especially those containing ammonia, chlorine, bleach or other acids

Avoid using antibacterial and anti-microbial cleaning products

  • Do not demonstrate extra health benefits
  • Can contribute to allergies and super germs

Properly store and dispose of products

  • Certain cleaning products require specialized storage such as temperature range, away from any moisture and away from a heat source.
  • All cleaning products should always be kept out of reach from children.
  • Dispose of extra cleaning product at the Hazardous Waste Facility or set up a pick-up appointment.

Additional Information for Home Cleaning

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