Chemical-Free Households

We all view our homes as the safest places in the world. But are they really? In most cases they are not. However, it is not the nearby factory or traffic that is making them potentially dangerous for human health but home owners themselves by introducing various chemicals into their homes. But the most worrying thing about household chemicals is the fact that they have become so widespread that most people do not even think about them as potentially hazardous substances.

Water Various chemical cleaning agents account for most household chemicals. They may not be directly hazardous if handled according to the instructions of the manufacturer, however, their long-term effects on human health are highly questionable. They are typically washed off surfaces with clean water but they release a number of toxic fumes during their use. And these fumes can irritate the airways, while some have even been shown to be carcinogen. As a result, millions of home owners are unknowingly exposing themselves and their families to toxic fumes every time they are cleaning their homes using chemical cleaning agents.

Air fresheners are another common household chemical. They are used to deodorize indoor air but unfortunately, the pleasant smell they create can be dangerous for human health. Just like cleaning agents, air fresheners release various hazardous fumes some of which have been identified as carcinogen as well.

Other sources of potentially hazardous chemicals in households include various paints, starches, dyes, drain cleaners, laundry detergents and even personal hygiene and cosmetic products. All those pleasantly smelling shampoos and shower gels, and creams that make your skin heavenly soft are made almost exclusively from chemical ingredients. And this counts for products labelled as natural too. But what it worrying the most is that the majority of beauty and cosmetic products which are used by millions of people every day in homes and spas are classified as hazardous which means that they must not be thrown into ordinary waste containers.

Household chemicals do not only jeopardise human health but are also extremely toxic to the environment. Unfortunately, many of them end up in the nature in one form or another most often via drains and landfills posing a constant risk of soil and groundwater contamination.

Clean Homes should of course be kept clean and germ-free, however, your home can be kept just as clean and germ-free without the use of all those hazardous chemicals. Many eco friendly holidays companies have introduced chemical free cleaning. As simple kitchen ingredients as vinegar and baking soda for instance can be used to clean just about everything and disinfect hard surfaces at the same time. In addition, the supermarkets have started offering green cleaning products too in addition to the chemical ones.

As much as chemical air fresheners are concerned, there are plenty of safe and environmentally friendly alternatives such as essential oil burners, house plants and of course, frequent ventilation if using a multi fuel stove. For more information and guides see advice on wood burning stoves. Green alternatives for other household chemicals are available as well including hygiene and beauty products, dyes, paints, laundry detergents, etc. which means that your household can be completely chemical-free.