Reducing Chemical Use In The HomePosted by: | Posted on: February 12, 2014
One of the most important ways to reduce your exposure to chemicals is to reduce them to a minimum in the home. You would be surprised how many products contain harmful stuff that we use for our whole family on a daily basis.
Cleaning products are by far the most common sources of chemicals, but you do need to be conscious about what they contain. The more bacteria a cleaning product promises to kill, the more chemicals are likely to be in the bottle. The first thing you should consider is switching to more natural based cleaning products. Something we have done in my house is buy a cheap and simple steam cleaning mop. The steam kills off as much germs as any common cleaning product.
Shampoos, shower gels and many cosmetic products will also be full of chemical compounds that can have a twofold impact. Either they can directly irritate our body, or they accumulate in the waterways and make it up the food chain and are ingested. Either way, the more you switch to more natural products the better.
Many people have started to make significant upgrades to their homes by improving energy efficiency. This greatly helps with the reduction of household carbon foot prints, but there are some things to keep in mind. One of the most common ways to improve energy efficiency is through blown in insulation, as it is a quick and relatively simple DIY job.
But what many people don’t keep in mind is the type of insulation material used, and its potential for adding to air pollution in the home. Once they have performed a blown insulation calculation, they simply go ahead and buy material at the nearest hardware store. But not all insulation materials are equal. Some of the best types you can use are natural and organic in origin.
Cellulose and wool are two of the most commonly used environmentally friendly materials. But in order to use it safely as an insulation material it does have to be treated with a fire resistant chemical. Before you choose an insulation material, make sure that you check with the maker what chemical treatment was used and whether it is known to become airborne once installed in the home.
Being surrounded by material that was intended to help make you more environmentally friendly should not result in you being exposed to harmful airborne materials. You should be able to enjoy lower energy bills, higher levels of comfort and the knowledge that you are actively making a positive impact on global warming, without exposing yourself and your family to harm.
As mentioned above, make sure you know how the insulation material was treated before you install it. Once you see all the benefits of improving your home in an environmentally friendly way make sure you tell all your friends and family about it. Show them your lower energy bills and invite them in on a cold or hot day to see how much of an impact it has made. The more people that opt for such home improvements and the more people understand what they are getting the more of an impact small communities can have.