5 Common Household Products that Can be Dangerous

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Keeping a clean home is a priority for most people. These days, there is no limit to the number of cleaning products, home improvement products and kitchen essentials on the shelves to choose from. However, some of these products may be more harmful than they are good.

  1. Extension Cords: You will find at least one extension cord in just about every home in America. They are a great resource when working outdoors or if you’re nowhere near an electrical outlet, but in need of electricity. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these high-voltage cords are a huge fire hazard. Additionally, most people don’t replace their cords often so they tend to wear out, which makes them even more dangerous. Check your cords regularly for frays and try to minimize unsupervised use indoors.
  2. Flaking Paint: Older homes, even those built as late as the 70s, may have been painted using lead-based paints, which are extremely hazardous when they begin to flake. In fact, inhaling these particles can result in lead poisoning. It’s important to get paint tested for lead if you plan to repaint an older home.
  3. Mothballs: Although a common household item, these balls contain naphthalene that has been proven to destroy red blood cells and cause cancers in animals. Unfortunately, no evidence has been provided that this causes cancers in humans as well, so these products remain on the counter.
  4. Non-Stick Cookware: Non-stick pots and pans are convenient and allow for a mess-free cooking experience. However, these products contain polytetrafluoroethylene, which had been linked to cancer and other harmful health effects in humans.
  5. Toilet Bowl Cleaners: While a great way to keep toilets clean, toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive ingredients that can burn the skin and eyes. They are also very dangerous if mixed with other types of cleaners.

If you have concerns a product in your home has caused you or your family harm, it’s a good idea to talk with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available, so you will be back on your way in no time.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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Your Master Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring is a time for fresh starts. Flowers are in bloom, the weather is finally warming up again and it’s the perfect time for a good deep clean of your home. Spring cleaning allows you to get rid of things you no longer need or want and organize everything you plan to keep – all while dusting in places you haven’t thought about since last spring.

Below are a few suggestions to make sure you get the most out of your spring cleaning.

Wash window treatments

Wooden blinds can collect serious dust throughout the year and should be wiped with a damp cloth. Draperies and curtains, which also notoriously collect dust, should be cleaned either in the washing machine or taken to the dry cleaner. Be sure to check labels to clean properly.

Clean ceilings

Although it seems unusual, ceilings and walls need to be cleaned also. Use a vacuum to remove dust first, then move onto a solvent-free degreaser if necessary as surface grime can be difficult to remove with just soap and water.

Deep clean rugs

While rugs without backings require professional cleaning, synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be cleaned using a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Be sure rugs are completely dry before stepping on them again.

Polish hardware

Often overlooked, window hardware and doorknobs collect plenty of fingerprints and grime over time. Use a liquid polish for mildly-tarnished surfaces; however, heavier work may require a paste or cream.

Dust everywhere

All of those hard-to-reach places that are avoided throughout the year should be addressed during spring cleaning. Be sure to dust the tops of ceiling fans and window cases, as well as molding that is often ignored.

Clean air ducts

Air ducts should be cleaned at least once a year. Also, this is a good time to make sure your air filters have recently been replaced. It is suggested filters are changed every month or so.

When dusting and scrubbing, be sure to use solid surfaces to stand on. If you require any medical attention while spring cleaning, contact Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available to offer you a quick and efficient experience.

 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.