Whenever you open a cleaning product, irritating chemicals can be released. Even closed containers can leak chemicals - you can tell this is happening if you notice odours each time you open the cupboard door where the products are stored.
- Buy non-toxic household products (e.g. cleaners), or make your own:
- Baking soda and water can be used to clean your oven or kitchen surfaces. For the oven, mix baking soda and water together to create a mixture. Apply the mixture to your oven, wait a while, and then wipe off with a damp cloth. For cleaning surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth, wipe, and rinse with clean water.
- Vinegar safely cleans your automatic coffee maker. Run white vinegar through the cycle, followed by one or two rinses with fresh water. The steam from boiling acids can be a respiratory irritant, so make sure you do this under a working exhaust fan, or open the window and temporarily leave the kitchen while this is happening.
- If you have potentially hazardous household products, use them and store them according to manufacturers' instructions (and safely away from children). If possible, store them outside the living areas of your home.