Spring is definitely in the air: the days are getting warmer; the birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to bloom. Spring is also the time of the year to get down and dirty with some spring cleaning. However, spring cleaning doesn’t come without some hazards. Here are some dangers for you to steer clear of during spring cleaning.
This is probably one of the most common dangers associated with spring cleaning. Injuries, mainly back injuries, are the result of not lifting the furniture using the correct techniques or lifting furniture that is too heavy for one person to lift.
Falls from ladders is also a common danger with spring cleaning. It is easy to slip and fall while using a ladder to wash windows or clean rain gutters.
Slipping on floors
Slipping on a freshly mopped floor can cause an array of injuries, from nerve damage to back injuries to knee injuries. Be sure that floors are dried completely before attempting to walk across them.
Waste from household pests such as rats, mice, cockroaches, flies and spiders can cause allergy flare-ups. When cleaning areas with pest waste, always use rubber gloves.
While many people use bleach as part of their spring cleaning regimen, bleach is very toxic. If large amounts of bleach get inhaled, it can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, and asthma. Mixing bleach with other household products like ammonia, causes bleach to become even more toxic, and may result in symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, watery eyes and nausea. Instead of bleach, use natural cleaning products, which are as powerful as bleach, but don’t cause health issues.
Formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer and this chemical is found in many household cleaning products. Be sure to check the labels of your cleaning products for not only formaldehyde but also formalin, a chemical solution of formaldehyde and methanol. Instead, use cleaning products that are formaldehyde-free like Earth Friendly and Mrs. Meyers.