5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Fresh and Clean - Without Chemicals
Today we live in a world that bombards us with pollution, but whilst we are all aware of those found in the wider environment such as car fumes and industrial emissions, how many of us stop to consider how we may be exposing ourselves unnecessarily to pollutants closer to home?
The frightening truth is that the majority of household cleaning products are ladened with chemicals that can affect our health in many ways. Asthma and Dermatitis have long been linked to chemical exposure but there is growing evidence that some of the substances we unwittingly bring into our homes are responsible in part for rising cancer rates and other health problems.
5 Ways You Can Lessen Your Family's Exposure
- Keep your air fresh naturally. Any product that contains 'fragrance' is bad news for our health and if there is one unnecessary product you should ditch immediately it's that spray can of air freshener! Instead, open the windows whenever possible and use pure essential oils in a burner or a diffuser to fragrance your home. If you need to remove bad odours then use baking soda. It can be sprinkled onto carpets and them vacuumed up, or left in a bowl in a corner of a room to absorb offensive odours. Placing a small bowl of baking soda in your refrigerator will help keep it smelling fresh.
- Ditch that multi surface spray and replace with a spray bottle of white vinegar. You can add a few drops of essential oil if you wish. Try adding a few drops of Tea Tree oil which is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.
- Keep plugholes fresh with baking soda and vinegar. Simply shake half a cup of baking soda down the plughole and pour 1/4 of a litre of vinegar on top. Leave to fizz and do it's job for 15 minutes and then flush with a kettle of boiling water. Doing this once a week should keep your sinks smelling fresh and will mean you don't have to inhale toxic fumes from commercial plughole treatments.
- Ditch the liquid soap. Admittedly it is more convenient and less messy (think toddler fingers after a painting session) to use a liquid soap but a basic, fragrance free bar of soap will prevent exposure to a whole host of chemical nasties that are present in virtually all liquid soaps. The same goes for shower gel.
- Take steps to prevent damp and mould in the first place and lessen the need for highly toxic mould killers. Swab the edges of window frames with Tea Tree oil which is anti-fungal, once every couple of months to help keep mould caused by condensation at bay.
Just following these five tips will help reduce your family's exposure to harmful chemicals within the home considerably.