The safest cleaning ingredients come from your kitchen.

Think vinegar (floors and countertops), baking soda and warm water (ovens, tubs, and toilets),  and liquid soap, says Norman H. Edelman, M.D., senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), released by many commercial cleaners, can irritate your airways, reduce lung function, and trigger breathing problems. Look out especially for added fragrances (e.g., “citrus,” “pine”) and aerosol sprays. And avoid ammonia and chlorine bleach. Open windows for better ventilation while cleaning, and find safer commercial cleaning products at epa.gov/saferchoice.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health June 2018

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