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Are your home cleaning products possibly harming your health?
The Doctors discuss how to cut down your exposure to harsh chemicals while cleaning and suggest using natural-based cleaning agents. They suggest using products, or ones you make yourself, that contain:
- Distilled vinegar
- Baking soda
They also note that most stores have natural cleaning product options. ER physician expert Dr. Travis Stork also encourages consumers to be mindful of the ingredients in the products you are using and says it is not ideal if the cleaning product contains a list of chemicals you have never heard of.
We also suggest referring to the EPA's Safer Choice list, which rates chemicals ingredients and deems which are safe and which may be hazardous to your health.
Another method that can help to reduce your exposure to harsh chemicals is using a liquid cleaner instead of spray, in order to cut down on inhaling the vapors. Also, if you do need to use a spray, first apply it to a paper towel or cloth and avoid spraying it while in a small enclosed room.
Dr. Travis also suggests only breaking out the heavy-duty cleaning products when there is a serious illness or infection in your home, like the flu or a diarrheal illness.