The USA Poison Control Centers reported that domestic cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures during 2000, a figure forecast to increase drastically over the years to come. Of the 206,636 calls received by the centers, 120,434 involved children under the age of 6. The health hazard imposed by conventional cleaning products vary from item to item with some causing immediate and acute hazards such as respiratory irritation and chemical burns while others are concomitant to chronic conditions such as cancer.
It has become habitual for us as consumers to reach for the nearest tub or bottle of conventional cleaning aids, not taking into account the dubious yet copious environmental and health repercussions that may transpire due to numerous uneducated purchasing decisions. We have declared a war on germs and dirt decades ago without considering the consequences of our actions. Luckily we live in an age where there are alternatives available that will enable us to clean our homes and protect the environment simultaneously.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
As the environmental risks associated with conventional cleaning products become more widely comprehended the market is seeing an increase in healthy, eco-friendly cleaning products. You are no longer forced to purchase an environmentally perilous product due to lack of options. You can opt for a store-bought non-toxic, biodegradable product or make your own green cleaning aids at home. Baking soda is one option. Learn the many uses of baking soda.
Steer clear of commercial air fresheners
You will be surprised at what amazing all-natural air fresheners you have at your disposal within your own home. By boiling a selection of your favorite herbs or spices such as cinnamon, cloves or basil , you will leave your house smelling divine without impacting your health or the environment negatively in any way. There is also nothing quite like the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of coffee or a batch of biscuits to leave your home smelling great.
Employ an eco-friendly cleaning service
Our busy lives sometimes necessitate the use of a cleaning service in our offices and homes. Luckily there are a number of eco-friendly cleaning methods available that will get the job done without causing environmental destruction. If you don’t know of such a service off-hand phone around or search on the internet until you find one that you are completely satisfied with.
Dispose of toxic cleaners with great care
You cannot simply discard your old cleaners by throwing them in the trash or flushing it down the toilet. The same damage that can be done inside your home will simply be amplified once these chemicals reach the water system or landfill site. Enquire within your community about thedisposal options available in your specific area.
The preservation of our environment as well as the maintenance of our own health and that of our loved ones can greatly be influenced by what may seem to be trivial decisions. Choosing eco-friendly options over conventional items where available should become a naturally acquired habit for the forward-thinking individual. By taking care of ourselves and our environment we ensure a habitable world for generations to come.
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