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Toilet Cleaners:

toilet bowl cleaner

What is it?

Toilet cleaners clean and disinfect, or kill germs, in toilets. You probably wouldn't think these cleaners have pesticides in them, but they do. The pesticide is the disinfectant. This type of pesticide is known as an antimicrobial pesticide.

If cleaning the bathroom is one of the chores you do around your house, you may be using toilet cleaners to do the job. If so, you need to be sure to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly use these products and for safety information. Also, be sure your parents know what household products you are using. They can make sure you use them safely.

What's in it?

The pesticide chemicals usually found in toilet cleaners are sodium hypochlorite or bleach.

What health and safety things do you need to think about when using toilet cleaners?

Toilet bowl cleaners also have other chemicals in them too, like hydrochloric acid. Never mix a toilet bowl cleaner with any other household or cleaning products. Doing so can result in poisonous gasses being released and cause very serious breathing problems. Always be sure when cleaning your bathrooms that the room has plenty of ventilation. Leave the door open and use the exhaust fan, if you have one.

Most disinfectant cleaners are very irritating to your eyes and skin and will burn your throat. It's a good idea to wear latex dishwashing gloves to help protect your skin from splashes when using toilet cleaners. If you splash some on your skin wash it off immediately. Because toilet cleaners can be harmful, your exposure to them is important to know.

What do you do if you or someone you're with has an accident with household products?

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