Cleaning houses maybe a ubiquitous task and you may think that there is less danger in this everyday chore than any other job. However, when you establish your own residential cleaning service, you will be exposed to so many different cleaning tools and equipment that it may prove harder to maintain your personal safety in the process. Sometimes, when you are feeling exhausted, you may become careless and may eventually put yourself in jeopardy.

When cleaning houses, it is important to keep some of the following tips in mind.

1. Although all cleaning products are said to be safe to use they are only safe if you follow label directions carefully. That is why it is of utmost importance that you read and follow directions for use, storage, and disposal of any product that you will be using.

2. The next one is a no-brainer but can actually be easily neglected; always keep your cleaning solutions away from any food stuff and any area that can easily be reached by children.

3. As much as possible, keep all of your cleaning solutions in their original containers with the labels intact. If you have to transfer cleaning agents to other bottles as you have bought bigger bottles to save a few dollars (smart, yes), make a copy of the original label and tape it securely to the new container.

4. Remember that labels are very important not only because it contains the directions for use, but because it also has the precautions and first aid instructions in case of accidental ingestion or contact with skin.

5. Never forget to put the lid back on any cleaning agents and chemicals. It is very easy to knock bottles over and the spill may produce fumes harmful to you and to other persons that may come in contact with it.

6. Never mix and match cleaning products. Keep in mind that every cleaning solution has its own set of ingredients. If you mix cleaning agents, one of the chemical ingredients in one product may adversely react with an active ingredient in the other. You may not see fireworks, but the fumes chemical reactions can produce are very dangerous to you.

7. Throw away all empty bottles and containers and never dream of reusing any. Aside from the fact that we have mentioned in the previous tip, you might use the container for a different type of chemical solution that needs an entirely different label and instructions. It is not impossible for you to forget that you have poured a different cleaning solution to an old bottle when you are already tired. Aside from that, you might have other cleaners that will mistake the contents of the bottle for the original solution.

8. Always wear safety gear when doing your cleaning tasks. Never assume that any solution is safe to the skin. Don long-sleeved shirts, long gloves meant for cleaning purposes, goggles to protect your eyes from splashes, and a face mask to protect you from hazardous gases that cleaning solutions may emit.

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