The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new guide for homeowners who want to save on their energy bills.
According to the EPA, homeowners should use the following guidelines when they clean their homes:Never use an electric drill.
Electric drills are more likely to cause damage to your home than an electric vacuum cleaner.
Clean and sterilize all household equipment and surfaces, including carpets, counters, furniture, and appliances.
Don’t use household cleaners and sanitizers.
If you do choose to use a cleaning solution, it should be sterilized with a bleach solution before use, and never exceed the recommended cleaning times.
When using household products, do not use household bleach, bleach salts, bleach, or chlorine bleach.
If the product you are using contains bleach, avoid using it with household bleach as it can cause skin irritation.
Avoid using household bleach on floors, countertops, and other surfaces where dust can cause burns.
Avoid using bleach on carpeting.
Do not use bleach on linens or other items.
The EPA has also outlined the three most common cleaning items that should be washed with household cleaner and disinfectant:1.
Use household bleach.
The EPA recommends using household cleaner only after all household cleaning solutions have been sterilized.2.
Use disinfectant or bleach for cleaning surfaces.3.
Use a hand-held scrubber for scrubbing surfaces.
If using bleach, clean with a brush or sponge or a cloth towel.
If washing with disinfectant, rinse with cold water.
If choosing to wash with a hand dryer, use one that has a spray nozzle and a removable bristles that spray cleaner on to the surface.
If the brush and/or sponge are not included, you may have to find one with a nozzle that fits in the hose.
If using a hand wash, you can also use a vacuum cleaner, but only if you use a sponge.
Do your best to minimize contact with the cleaning solution.
If cleaning with a sponge is not an option, you should also wash with water.
The EPA suggests using the following products to clean the outside of your home:1,5-B-1,2-B,5,B-2,1,1-B.
Do not use any other cleaning products or household cleaners.
Use only the highest quality household cleaners that are listed on the label.2,5B-5,2,B,1 and 2B are not recommended for cleaning your home.3,5A,2B,3A,5F,2A and 2A are not listed as household cleaners on the EPA website.
These products should be used on the same day that they were applied to the home, but do not need to be completely scrubbed to eliminate any dust or bacteria that may have been present.
The best cleaning methods are for homeowners with no pets or other pets, pets that are allergic to household cleaners, or pets with allergies.
The following are not household cleaners:1-C-1-1 or 2-C,1 or 3A,1B,2C,5 or 2C are not considered household cleaners by the EPA.1-A,A,4B,A-2A,6A or 2A,3B,4A,B is not considered a household cleaner by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.2-A-5-5 or 3-A is not a household cleaning product by the USDA.3-A or 3B is a household washing product by most major U.K. manufacturers.1B-A and 1B-B are considered household cleaning products by the European Union.1C-5 is not listed by the US Environmental Protection Administration.1D is not included in the EPA list of household cleaners in the U, UK, or Europe.