While your family’s collection of household chemical products like cleansers, deodorants, toiletries, and the like are extremely effective at ridding a home of dangerous germs, they’re also quite dangerous when not used, handled or stored correctly. It can be hard for a family to take all of the safety precautions necessary as it reduces the convivence of having these products lying around the house ready to use at all times. The truth is, these products deserve more consideration, especially after they’ve been used and are ready to be stored. This post will breakdown the ways in which your family should properly use, store and reduce the waste of these products in the home.
Now, you shouldn’t feel like all of these products need to be protected under lock and key. Most products, assuming parents have educated their children about them, are generally safe to be stored in the most accessible places. Kitchen cleaning products such as dish soaps or garbage disposal tablets are safe to be stored under the sink. Disinfectant wipes or toilet cleaner are safe to be stored in a hallway closet nearest the bathroom. The products that deserve more attention to storing are those that get less use than the products mentioned previously. Products such as bleach, drain cleaner, or paint thinner are the types of products you’ll need to create a designated space for. These are the products that are most hazardous if they end up in the wrong hands.
Being able to discern which of these products does deserve particular attention is what will keep your family the safest. This is why it’s so important to take the time to read the label for each of the cleaning products used in your home. Making the mistake of considering a dangerous product safe can be the catalyst for a member of your family finding themselves in serious harm. Each product will have a detailed label including a list of the chemicals used to create the product, in addition to directions for the use of the product. These labels will also include suggestions regarding age restrictions, which can give parents a sense of guidance when they decide whether or not their child is ready to use or be around the product. Taking the time to read these labels thoroughly is what saves lives.
Finally, to be sure these products aren’t falling into the wrong hands, it is best to reduce the amount of hazardous cleaning products in the home. Rather than having excess laying around the house unmonitored, elect to purchase only the essentials and use these products frugally. Consider creating a specialized storage bin that would hold all of these hazardous products in a designated safe space away from children and pets. In addition to this, prioritize educating your children regarding the hazards of certain products in the home so they’re aware they should be avoiding them.
While every family may believe they’re taking the best steps in keeping their home safe from the dangers of these products, there’s always more to be done. To learn more about the ways your family can safely use, store and rid the home of these products after they’ve been exhausted, be sure to continue reading on to the infographic featured alongside this post.
Author bio: Lynn Place is Vice President of Marketing for SolvChem Custom Packaging Division. She has 30 years of professional experience in the manufacturing industry and specializes in consumer packaged goods, new product development and strategic planning.