Safety tips for using all-purpose cleaners

We use them on windows, kitchen counters and bathroom tile. Chances are you have several all-purpose cleaners in your house.

Sue Perry with Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine reminds us these products need to be used carefully.

"Make sure that you check the warning labels, open windows and doors and keep kids and pets faraway from where you are cleaning because they can be effected by the fumes," Perry said. "Always wear gloves to protect your skin. I know a lot of us don't, we squirt the stuff out and it touches our skin. That's not a good idea."

You can save a lot of money by making your own household cleaners, but any time you mix chemicals together, you need to be very careful.

"Never ever mix bleach with ammonia, vinegar or other acids because these combinations can produce deadly gasses," Perry said. "You don't want to do that."

It's critical to store all of your cleaning supplies safely, to keep them away from the kids or household pets who could get into them. And make sure you label the home-made products, so you know exactly what it is.

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