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Aerosols & Household Items

Updated on May 17, 2013

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Aerosols & Household Items

Aerosols & Home Products

Volume 2, Issue 5, May 16, 2013

Sprays and aerosols are a contributing factor in increased carbon emissions because aerosols are made of microscopic liquids, gas, and solid particles that are very tiny by nature and are found over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice sheets, and in every ecosystem on earth. They drift into the stratosphere and cause a variety of chemical reactions in the air we breathe. The aerosol components impact our environment and go far and wide and can produce viruses and climate change in the environment.

If you really want to see how much of an impact that these particles have on our environment all you have to do is look at the atmosphere in Shenzen, China where the toxins could be readily seen in photographs. The compositions or components contain sulfates, organic carbon, black carbon, soot, smoke, nitrates, and dust. When mixed together they could produce a formidable deadly and highly toxic chemical. This chemical component does not exclude sulfur dioxide or carbon dioxide or even other gases like oxygen that can be reactive in the atmosphere and could kick up more reactions when mixed with dust and sea salt when the winds pick up or there are storms (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Aerosols/).

In the 1930’s many products were produced using chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners, and aerosol cans. At the time, they did not know that the chemicals were causing a depletion in the ozone layer. What is important is that the depletion of the ozone layer lets in more radiation into our atmosphere that has ultraviolet rays, which in turn is bad for our skin and our health. It also lead to more global warming and cause the ice sheets and glaciers to melt more than they should naturally. So after the United States found that it caused these issues to rise and increase, the chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) were banned from use in sprays, aerosols, and refrigeration.

Many of the chemicals that are used in household items like household cleaners, motor oil, paints, oven cleaners, sprays, aerosols, and solvents are toxic to the atmosphere and contain an average of fifteen pounds of hazardous products. The alternative use of organic or non-toxic cleaners and solvents around the home could greatly reduce the emissions in the air. Another issue is not letting it run through storm drains or in sinks.


Some of the ways to maintain a safe and healthy household environment is by using simple products like white vinegar to clean pipes, wash out rust, wash clothing with, and as a cleaning agent for floors. Maintaining your pipes and using white vinegar will remove rust and soils that might block and as an added measure rinse with steaming hot water.

The use of aerosols could be reduced in the home also reducing the emissions of carbons and toxins in the air. Instead hair gels or organic aerosols could be used instead. Some products are naturally non toxic check to see what products are non-toxic and degrade readily.

Solvents used for cars should be packaged and taken to a car garage for dumping instead of trash disposal. Your municipality for Waste would know the proper procedures for disposal.

Water usage should be kept to a minimum and using gallons to water will keep costs down and the water run off from flowing into storm drains.



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