Organic Home Products – the Safe, Effective and Healthy alternative
Many of us unknowingly bring toxic chemicals into our homes. Organic home products are devoid of these toxins. According to Greenpeace babies are born with toxic chemicals already contaminating their bodies. Many are of a high concern that could be detrimental to our health.
The disturbing fact is that many chemicals we use daily in our homes have a safer alternative. Through purchasing organic home products, we as consumers can influence the decisions of manufacturers to look after our health and environment.
Some examples of indoor pollutants we can normally find in our homes are:
- Personal Care Products
- Cleaning Products
- Garden Fertilizers and Pesticides
- Paints and Varnishes
- Bedding and Linen
- Pet Care Products
- An assortment of products stored in the garage, e.g. turpentine, methylated spirits
The toxic chemicals found in the above products can contribute to many health problems.
Another interesting fact from the
shows the average home having levels of certain chemicals that are 2-5 times higher than the same chemicals outdoors. Many homes have certain chemicals that are 70 times higher than the same chemicals tested outdoors.
The EPA also reported that nearly 30 cancer causing chemicals are detectable in the fat tissues of literally every American today, and the average home contains more than 1,000 different chemicals.
How to Create a Healthy Home
When you next go shopping for household products try and remember the following:
- Choose organic home products if you have the choice as you know exactly what you are getting
- Read all labels carefully. If the ingredients read like a chemistry book then try to avoid. (Especially avoid ingredients such as fragrance, phosphates, bleach, nitrates)
- Seek out organic labels and minimal packaging
- When looking to purchase non-toxic paint, read the labels and ensure you are buying a low allergy, non poisonous, solvent free paint made with natural preservatives and color pigments
- Refer to these
for great ideas to reduce your waste
- Try and make some of your own natural cleaning products from the pantry in your own home
TIP: A small bottle of organic essential oil such as lavender can be used in a variety of ways as organic home products. Use it in the bath (1 drop for baby bath), to deter insects such as moths, to freshen the air as a room spray or use it to clean with.
Another favourite of mine is to add to massage base oil and massage the body with, or burn it in an oil burner to aid in relaxation and combat sleeplessness. You can add a few drops to a cold compress or place a few drops in boiling water for headaches and migraines.
Maybe try adding a drop of lavender oil to your organic bedding for fragrance and to assist with sleep. Add a few drops to your organic laundry detergent for lovely fresh smelling clothes. The list is endless!
Remember, always ensure your home is well ventilated and your windows are open to allow plenty of fresh air to circulate freely.
There are also some wonderful indoor plants that can be placed in the home to assist with removing contaminants from indoor air. (examples include the well known Peace Lily and Chinese Evergreen).
FACT: Installing a quality air purification system into your home may be peace of mind which ensures you are breathing in clean, healthy, chemical-free air.
Please visit this page often as I will be continually adding more information, tips and advice. Here you will discover everything you need to know about organic home products to enable you to create a chemical-free home.
"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort". Jane Austen
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