Cleaning chemicals have been designed to make the removal of dirt easier. They are also formulated to reduce bacteria and germs that can make people sick. We are so knowledgeable when it comes to germ theory now but it is really just 100 years old. People used to just throw things in the street and leave food out having no idea this is what was making them sick. The development of proper cleaning chemicals has made the world safer and easier to survive but beware of what you are getting into. Food Concerns When you are working with dishes or in and around area where food is prepared, it is important to fully kill the germs but also important to rinse things thoroughly. You don’t want cleaning chemical residue to be ingested as it can make you quite sick. In addition, things as simple as soap can have a laxative effect that is rather unpleasant and can lead to dehydration. Ventillation When you are using cleaning chemicals, take the time to open a window. Making sure the fumes can escape is very important so that you don’t have a build up of the fumes that can make you ill. Headaches, lightheadedness and burning lungs or eyes are all signs that you need more fresh air. Don’t use the chemicals in enclosed spaces or if you have to, take many breaks for fresh air. Cleaning chemicals have stopped the spread of disease and germs. They are incredibly useful when properly stored and utilized. Take the time to learn about the chemicals in your daily life so you can be a safer consumer. It will also help keep bad chemicals out of the reach of children and pets. A little bit of safety goes a long way. Dangers of Cleaning Chemicals Cleaning chemicals can be very dangerous not just to young children and pets, but also to adults, mostly because of their properties. As a first line of defence, you should always keep your cleaning chemicals locked up in a cupboard away from child or pet access. This is needed in every household as a basic precaution, because the results of child or pet curiosity can often be catastrophic. Oxidising and Corrosive Chemicals Many chemicals are corrosive or oxidising to the touch. Basically, this means that if any human flesh gets in contact with the chemical, it will cause a severe burn by eating away at the skin, muscle and in extreme emergencies even down to the bone. It is very important to wear thick, corrosion and oxidisation-immune gloves when working with chemicals such as this. Eye goggles are also necessary to prevent anything getting in your eyes and in some cases it may even be advisable to wear full protective gear or to be extremely careful for splashing. Flammable Chemicals Cleaning chemicals that are highly flammable or volatile should be kept far away from any source of heat. Be aware of the internal temperature of any cupboard or cabinet that you are storing chemicals in. A very hot and humid environment has the potential to cause cans and bottles to explode or crack, creating disastrous and sometimes extremely dangerous results. Keep chemicals in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If there are sources of heat and flame, then never use chemicals. Working With Fresh Air One of the principles of working with any cleaning chemicals is to open as many doors and windows as possible in your home beforehand. This will allow fresh air to circulate, removing harmful chemicals as well as stale air from your indoors environment. In the long term, this will promote healthy breathing and eliminate respiratory problems from your family.