Cleaning products should be used with adequate ventilation by having the bathroom window open and exhaust fan running during and for a time after cleaning is finished. If a certain product causes respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheeze, dizziness, nausea, an allergic reaction, or eye, skin, or throat irritation), stop using the product immediately. Get some fresh air by going outside or away from the bathroom for awhile.
- Make your own non-toxic cleaners. Mix three parts baking soda with one part water to create a paste which can be applied to clean surface stains found in the bathroom (bathtubs, sinks and toilets).
- Vinegar is an effective cleaning product. Pour vinegar into the toilet and let stand overnight and flush in the morning. When combined with baking soda, it keeps your drains clean. Also, you can use vinegar to clean the grout between bathroom tiles. If you or a family member is sensitive to vinegar fumes, avoid using vinegar for this purpose.
- Use a microfiber cloth and water for simple cleaning of surface materials such as bathroom countertops and mirrors.
- For more information, read our fact sheet on Air Friendly Household Products.
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