The typical household is filled with chemical products, materials, and solutions. Unfortunately, while our chemical classes taught us how to make glue and how a solution of hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide shoots out a fun column of foam – google it if you don’t believe it, it’s called the elephant toothpaste –, teachers forgot to warn us about the risk of constant exposure to chemicals. Indeed, your body reacts to the chemical products in your surroundings. Gradually, you can develop respiratory discomfort, skin rashes, and even headaches. More importantly, certain chemicals can also lead to molecular transformations at a cell level, which can lead to a variety of nasty conditions from autoimmune diseases to cancerous growth.
Additionally, it’s fair to say that if chemicals can affect your health, they can also affect the health of other living creatures, from the friendly frogs in your garden to the trees in the forest. Our over-reliance on chemical products puts the environment at risk by transforming bio-systems, natural areas, and animals within them.
In the face of danger, we need to change our approach to chemicals, starting with the household.
Find alternatives you can trust
Chemical products are the typical go-to cleaning products to keep your house spotless and fresh. But the de-greasing spray and the bleach you love so much release toxins in the air, which are unhealthy. You can achieve remarkable results using safe ingredients which are available in your household. If you want a window cleaner that works but that doesn’t any impact on your health, you can make the most of the acidic qualities of vinegar. A quarter of a cup of white vinegar mixed with cornstarch and warm water leave a streak-free result! Similarly, instead of using bleach to clean your toilet, you can use white vinegar again with baking soda, tea tree oil, and lavender essentials oils to remove the limescale stains from the bowl and leave it smelling fresh.
Know when to ask professionals
Even though going green seems to imply a more DIY approach, you need to be realistic about your skills. Keeping chemicals out of your house sometimes require professional know-how and techniques. For instance, if you’re struggling with a rodent invasion, you might want to get in touch with an organic pest control team to help you claim your home back without relying on the trusted rat poison – which is the preferred DIY solution for most homeowners. Professional sourced material can also ensure your house structure and furniture stays as chemical-free as possible, from the use of sheep wool as an insulation process to the use of reclaimed wood for custom-made items.
Buy less, grow more
Last, but not least, growing your own vegetables – regardless of your space, you can build a garden anywhere – can help to bring healthy and organic food to your plate. You have full control over the growth of your plants, meaning that you can keep chemical products at bay. Additionally, homegrown vegetables are a fantastic alternative to processed meals!
Chemicals have become a natural part of modern day life. However, you can find effective alternatives that help you to do good for the environment and your household.
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