Studies have shown that the pollution inside your home may be as much as 3 times worse than the pollution outside of your home, and that much of this pollution comes from the fumes from chemicals that can be found in the home.
New homes are the worst offenders, since the chemicals used in the paint, cabinetry, flooring, carpeting, and other materials used to build the homes, are more likely to leak into the air, than with older homes whose building materials have long ago given off most of their chemical fumes.
In addition, both owners of old and newer homes are constantly introducing new chemicals into the home environment through food, clothing, bedding, and simply cleaning their house. In fact, household chemicals found in cleaning products can significantly decrease the air quality in your home.
These chemicals give off fumes that fill the air, and can cause minor symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, and a general feeling of illness. However, in the case of the very old and very young, these chemical fumes may result in the need for medical treatment, hospitalization, and in the most severe cases, even death, especially among those who have issues with breathing.
While most people cannot simply pick up and move to a home that is older and gives off less chemical fumes from building materials, there are things you can do to remove the fumes from your home, and provide a safer environment for you and family.
These things include keeping your home well ventilated especially during hot muggy weather, purchasing an air filtration system, buying organic bedding and clothing, and choosing to use organic or natural cleaning supplies.
In fact, simply choosing to use organic or natural cleaning supplies in your home can make a huge difference in your indoor air quality.
Think Of All The Chemicals In Your Current Cleaning Supplies
Just stop to consider all the different cleaning supplies you use and all the chemicals these supplies contain. If you are like most households, you constantly use laundry detergent, dish soap, kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners, and even toilet tissue and paper towels that all contain chemicals that can fill your home and your lungs with all kinds of unhealthy fumes and chemicals.
And the more you clean, the more chemicals you are letting loose into the atmosphere of your home. Even those air fresheners you use are often filled with chemicals and synthetic fragrances!
Constant exposure to many of these chemicals can effect your lungs, your eyes, and your overall health, which is why purchasing organic and natural cleaners that contain no harmful chemicals can reduce the chemical fumes in your home, and leave you with a clean home and clean air.
In addition, non chemical natural or organic cleaners are better for the environment as well.
What are Organic or Natural Cleaners?
Organic cleaners are those cleaners whose ingredients are plant-based rather than synthetic-based. Such cleaners often use citrus oils, and natural cleaning agents found in trees and other plants. Natural cleansers are any cleaning products that do not contain chemicals, man-made fragrances or synthetic ingredients.
For example, steam cleaning and cleaning stones are examples of natural cleaning products or processes.
Do Organic and Natural Cleaning Products Work?
Modern consumers have been raised with the idea that if a household cleaner does not contain strong chemicals then it doesn’t really clean. However, this is simply not the case. Think back to your Mom or Grandmother using vinegar to clean the windows in her home, and how they sparkled, or how that box of baking soda removes those odours from that refrigerator or kitchen drain.
It was only a few generations ago that women would squeeze the juice of lemons on their stoves, kitchen cabinets, and into their mop buckets to remove stains, dirt, grime and grease, and their homes sparkled with cleanliness!
Today, cleaning with organic or natural cleaning products is much easier, as these products come already mixed and ready for use. A high functioning steam cleaner not only gets surfaces as well as tubs, toilets, and showers clean, but the hot steam kills germs, mold, and bacterial, better than most chemical cleaners, and it doesn’t leave behind chemicals on those kitchen counter tops that can effect the taste or the safety of your food.
Cleaning stones can gently rub off even the most burnt on food, and remove that bathroom ring in minutes, without leaving behind a trace of chemical that can burn sensitive skin or ruin the surface of your bathroom or sink.
There are furniture polishes made from natural waxes and citrus oils such as lemons or oranges, that leave your wood panelling or wood furniture glowing, without adding any chemical smell to the surface of the wood. Organic laundry detergents remove dirt and stains and leaves your clothes without any detectable odour so that all you smell is the “clean.”
Of course, there are some organic and natural cleaners that don’t clean as good as those chemical cleaners, but there are also those that clean just as well or better and leave your entire home completely odour free! It’s simply a matter of finding those organic and natural cleaning products that work.
The right organic and natural cleaning supplies can leave your homes looking cleaner, smelling better, and a little bit safer than you ever dreamed possible.
Are you allergic to some of your current cleaning products? Do you find it hard to breathe when using certain cleaning products? Have you tried natural or organic alternatives?