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Are Your Cleaning Habits Dangerous to Your Health?

July 6, 2021

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These Small Changes Could Save Your Life!

Did you know that adhesives, disinfectants, deodorizers, insecticides, paints and other products you use spew pollutants into your home and damage the quality of your indoor air? It’s true! And the longer you let your family inhale these pollutants, the worse it will be for your health.

At Timo’s, we’re here to help you protect the health of you and your family with our full menu of indoor air quality solutions in Palm Desert, CA, and beyond. These IAQ systems will effectively eradicate chemical vapors, pet dander, allergens, bacteria and other airborne contaminants so you can rest easy knowing you’re breathing nothing but the freshest, cleanest and healthiest air inside of your home!

Here’s where you can do your part: In order to maintain fresher indoor air quality, you need to reduce those indoor pollutants. Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting products are major contributors to poor IAQ and can release harmful pollutants into your home’s air. To avoid these unhealthy contaminants, try embracing more eco-friendly cleaning practices.

To help you get started, give these tips a try!

Switch to Natural Cleaners—Or Replace Them With Vinegar

Opt for the environmentally friendly version of cleaning products when possible.

Don’t have time to research the most environmentally friendly cleaners? Not willing to pay more for these products? We have the answer: vinegar. Vinegar can replace many of your household cleaners. It has the power to clean glass, mirrors and even act as a rinse agent in your dishwasher. You can also mix equal parts vinegar and water to create an all-purpose mopping solution.

Replace Air Fresheners With Stovetop Potpourri

Clean isn’t a smell! While air fresheners may make your home smell clean, these concentrated sources of indoor air pollutants are actually doing the complete opposite. That’s why you should substitute air fresheners with stovetop potpourri and avoid using fragranced or scented products in your home.

Befriend Baking Soda

Baking soda is best known for making breads, cakes and other baked goods rise. But this versatile product can be used for so much more, including:

  • Removing stubborn mold and mildew
  • Super-charging your dish soap to scrub away baked-on residue
  • Eliminating odors
  • Keeping carpets fresh
  • … And so much more!

Rinse Surfaces With Water After Cleaning or Disinfecting Them

Dried cleaning products will either stay on surfaces and continue to react with any ozone that’s present or they’ll flake off, adding to the harmful particles in your home’s air. You can stop this from happening by wetting a rag with water and wiping surfaces off after they’ve been cleaned or disinfected.

If It Says Pine, It’s NOT Fine!

If a cleaning product is advertised as “pine-scented,” “lemon-scented” or “citrus-scented,” don’t buy it! Products promoted as such contain terpenes, which are known to react with smog to produce formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals.

Pay Attention to the Label

Even if you’ve been using a cleaning product for years, take a moment to review the directions on the label. Many products have specific warnings or requirements you may not be following, such as only using the product in a well-ventilated area.

Cleaner, Healthier Air Is Only a Call Away!

Panicking about the quality of your home’s air? Don’t. Instead, take a deep breath and call Timo’s!

Our HVAC company in Palm Springs, CA, will help you regain control of your home from indoor air pollutants and other harmful airborne contaminants. Give us a call at 760.475.9542 or fill out our online form today!

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