Self-care is often caught up in the vanity debate, but housekeeping helf-care is a health and safety concern.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Minimally Viable Housekeeping, says “Housekeeping self-care is not indulgent – when you’re in contact with harmful chemicals it’s essential.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for housekeeping self-care:
- Remember: Self-Care is the amateur cleaners version of occupational health and safety. It’s not optional, but a must have.
- Always read the instructions: your tried and true cleaning prodcts change their formulations frequently, so always read, and follow the instructions.
- Stock a range of gloves: different tasks require different gloves; to protect agaist chemicals, to improve grip, for washing and so on.
- Consider masks: Many chemicals require open, well-ventilated environments, so if you can’t achieve that, consider apprproate masks.
- Manicures as maintenance: Taking care of your hands and nails allows you to continue using them. Well maintained hands are more resilient, less prone to injury and infection, and offer an element of stress reduction.
Alexandria’s tips for housekeeping self-care offer some simple ways of taking care of yourself while you work.
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