Let’s face it: you’d never cross the street without looking both ways, walk alone down a dark alley alone in the early hours of the morn or tell your child to accept lifts from strangers. So why let hazardous, toxic, and even carcinogenic chemicals into your home everyday? Alas, there’s a figurative dark alley lurking in our homes, and it’s comes in a not-so-spooky guise. Surprisingly these items are found in your everyday household items. JF Group has listed five products you should use less of, or better yet, ban completely from your home.
1. Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles are notorious for leaching chemicals, especially when you add the heat of the sun (think about bottles left in your car), or the microwave. Bottles themselves are spawning grounds for bacteria and are a source of needless waste. The better option is to choose a reusable, stainless steel or glass bottle instead. You can buy one at your local supermarket or one of the many local household stores.
2. Chemical Insecticides
Since the purpose of these products is to kill pests, you can bet that many of them have ingredients in them which are also harmful to humans. For instance, cypermethrin, one of the active ingredients in the popular ant and cockroach-killer, is a known eye, skin and respiratory irritant and has negative effects on the central nervous system. That can’t be good! Instead, try opting for natural and odourless pest-control products.
3. Chemical Fertilizers
These are notorious for causing damage to our water supply and are a known major contributor to algal blooms. Whenever it rains, or a garden is watered, the runoff goes straight into storm-drains, and untreated water is dumped into the sea. This causes an imbalance in delicate water ecosystems, killing fish and degrading water quality. So, if you have a front or back garden, choose organic fertilizers rather than chemical ones.
As another alternative to harsh chemicals, consider starting a compost pile to create nutrient-rich soil for your flower beds and trees. You’ll be creating your own inexpensive fertilizer just by letting food scrap trimmings sit. And, think about the added benefit: it’ll also help divert waste from landfills! So you’re not only practising resourcefulness but environmental friendliness – how about that!
4. Air fresheners
These can be incredibly toxic and can worsen respiratory problems like asthma. Even those labelled “pure” and “natural” have been found to contain phthalates, chemicals that are detrimental to our health. Why not try simmering cinnamon and cloves to give your home an “I’ve-spent-the-whole-day-baking” scent? Leave a few windows open to let in fresh air. You might also want to boil a pot of water on the stove with a few drops of your favourite essential oil or use an essential oil burner.
5. Plastic Shopping Bags
Like diamonds, plastics are forever. Recent increasing local awareness has brought to light how we should be more mindful about usage of plastic. We’re better able to understand how plastic bags need to be greatly decreased especially because of the damaging effects it has on the environment and marine life.
The good news is, we can easily decrease our plastic bags use. Take your own reusable cloth bags when shopping. Or keep them in a place by the door where you’re most likely to remember them on your way out. As for garbage bags, be sure to choose the 100% bio-degradable.
And, there you have it! 5 household products which should be greatly reduced of completely eliminated. And remember, improving your lifestyle and helping the environment also means keeping your surroundings clean. So, contact JF Cleaning – our team will surely leave your domestic or commercial premises fresh and clean!
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