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Can the chemicals I use to clean my home damage my skin? Anything I should do to protect myself?

Answer by:
Debra Jaliman, MD


There are a lot of toxic chemicals found in household cleaning agents. Ammonia is found in glass cleaners and floor cleaners. Lye is found in oven and drain cleaners. Always wear gloves when you use these chemicals or others. And open your windows so fresh air can come in while you're cleaning. If any of these chemicals get on your skin, wash immediately. You can also try green household cleaners to see if they're less irritating to you.