Heading out to a public place? Don’t forget your mask! Today’s health guidelines indicate that properly wearing and handling a face mask can help protect yourself and others from harmful germs. This infographic gives steps for what to do before putting the mask on, how to wear it correctly, and how to safely discard it.

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People are often surprised to find that many of the old-fashioned home remedies and natural approaches to cleaning that their parents and grandparents used are as effective as they ever were. Most of these substances are environmentally safe and make excellent alternatives to modern-day cleaning products with toxic components. Many of the latter products, although popular, contain ammonia, chlorine, sodium hydroxide and other toxins. Additionally, many (if not all) of these products are currently hard to find due to an increased demand of keeping the home free of germs.

A movement aimed at emphasizing environmentally friendly cleaning substances has given rise to many green alternatives, and encouraged people concerned with the residual, long-term effects of toxins to employ their own home-grown solutions. If you can’t find the cleaning products you’re looking for at the store and wish to try more natural alternatives that are safer and healthier for you and the environment, read on. 

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When we get ready to put a load of laundry in the wash, the last thing we realize is that we’re soaking our laundry in toxic chemicals that can damage our health and well-being. For example, dioxane, a likely carcinogenic chemical, can be found in surprisingly high levels in various cleaning products including detergents. 

 

Want to get your clothes clean and keep your family safe from harmful chemicals? Try out these 6 tips for keeping your colors vibrant and whites bright without toxic chemicals. Bonus: These tips will help you save money!

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Whether you just bought a home or you’re moving to a new apartment, you want everything to be spick and span before settling in. Cleaning before move-in creates a healthier environment, ensures your new place has a fresh feel and makes ongoing upkeep easier. Unfortunately, most of us are short on money and time after a big move. So how can you get your new place move-in ready without spending a fortune or sacrificing tons of time? This speedy, budget-friendly and eco-friendly cleaning checklist is how!

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You want your home safe and clean, but that doesn’t mean you have to coat your home with chemicals or toxins. Many cleaning products are filled with ingredients that, despite tackling grease and dirt, actually increase the health risks in your home. Why add that extra layer of fear and concern about your family’s health and safety?

Thanks to recent events, more people now realize that we need to be attuned with nature, while also prioritizing cleanliness. What better way to explore that unique relationship with Mother Earth than by using homemade, all-natural DIY cleaning products?

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Grocery store shelves that once held cleaning supplies, toiletries and personal hygiene products now stand bare. We’ve all experienced the frustration of needing something that is now out of stock because of the COVID-19 crisis. People are stockpiling products that they fear might run out—and that has caused the very thing they are afraid of.

If you can’t find your favorite detergent, disinfectant or hand sanitizer, don’t worry. Here are five easy recipes for your favorite products that you can make yourself at home.

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There are far too many stories about kids being poisoned by common household cleaning products. According to the National Capital Poison Center (NCPC), children younger than six years old make up nearly half of all poison exposures, and 99.4% of them are unintentional. Cleaning substances are the second-leading cause of poison exposures in kids under six.

Parents do their best to protect their children from the hazards of traditional cleaning products; yet, Live Healthy Every Day claims, “Every day, parents unknowingly expose their kids to at least one of 49 potentially toxic chemicals in the home.” Kids are more vulnerable to toxins than adults, and they can be exposed to them in unique ways including breathing and through the skin. With the danger impacting kids of all ages, parents must understand the hazards of traditional cleaning products and how to go green to protect their kids on a daily basis.

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Seniors should be wary of household cleaners labeled with the words “poison,” “toxic,” and “hazardous,” because these products contain chemicals that put their health at risk. The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) advises seniors to be cautious when handling or using household cleaners because chemicals more quickly penetrate the thin skin that is common in older adults.

PRC also warns that certain health conditions also make seniors more susceptible to the hazards of toxic cleaning products: seniors who use oxygen “should be aware that oxygen does not mix well with many household chemicals,” some seniors “have poor nutrition and/or may not drink enough water to sustain a buffer needed to minimize the effects of instantaneous poisonings,” older people with impaired vision may use products improperly, and medications may affect seniors’ “cognitive, sensory, and physical ability to safely use or manage hazardous products.”

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The Essential Guide to Green Cleaning for Pet Owners

As we learn more about the hazards associated with traditional household cleaners, we need to remembe

r they pose dangers to our animals, too. According to Pet Health Network, some cleaning products are especially dangerous for cats and dogs, including drain cleaners, pool chemicals, concentrated dishwashing chemicals, lime-removal products, oven cleaners, and concentrated toilet cleaners.

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