Keeping toxins out of your home is important to the safety and well being of everyone in your household. While you may at times feel like you need to expose your home to toxins yourself when engaging in cleaning and home improvement tasks, you should be aware that there is always a safe, more natural alternative.
The following are five examples of toxins in your home that homeowners tend to bring into their homes themselves when engaging cleaning or engaging in do-it-yourself home repairs. We also provide you with natural alternatives for getting similar jobs done that will keep toxins out of your home.
Chemical pesticides that kill weeds and bugs can expose your yard and household to chemicals that have been linked to the development of some forms of cancer and brain damage in children.
Instead of synthetic pesticides, you can find natural ways to keep bugs and weeds at bay. In the house, be more vigilant about cleaning up crumbs to avoid attracting insects. In the yard, consider weeding by hand, using organic methods of weed control, or cultivating plants that are native to your area and naturally fight weed growth.
There are many synthetic fragrances used in products like laundry detergent, fabric softener, disinfectants, deodorizers, and more. It’s important to note that fragrances could be made from chemicals that are known carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, and more. Whenever you can, buy unscented products that don’t contain these potentially harmful fragrances.
Antibacterial soaps contain a chemical known as triclosan, which is known to hinder proper thyroid function. Old-fashioned soap has been shown to kill as many germs as antibacterial soap without the addition of harmful chemicals.
Coal-tar based driveway sealants are known to contain PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Studies have shown that these chemical compounds may be toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic. Having a gravel driveway is a much safer and more natural alternative, because you won’t have to apply sealant to it.
For more ideas on getting rid of toxins in your home, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.