The task of preventing chemicals in the home should not be as complicated or problematic as in the case of pollution prevention on a large and global scale. After all, we have full control over the products we buy and the intelligence we use to protect out homes.
Although chemicals in the home only start out with exposing your family and household to simple infections and problems such as nasal congestion, serious allergies and health problems may also be triggered. There are chemicals and pollutants in everything from the water we drink to canned foods, perfumes and shower curtains. Removing all these harmful agents can be a great way to not only increase your health short term, but also adopt healthier long term lifestyle changes.
Toxins and VOC
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are chemicals that can be found in paint, plywood, carpets and even cigarettes or air fresheners. Minimizing these substances will not only improve your overall health and prevent the aforementioned problems, but also act as a viable preventive measure for the future.
To get rid of VOC substances before they even become a problem, you can start working on improving the ventilation in your home, get solid wood furniture instead of pressed wood, avoid high humidity levels by using a reliable dehumidifier, and keep your doors and windows open more often. You can even reduce VOCs by simply avoiding smoking inside the house.
There are other toxins you have to work on eliminating as well. Some of these are not just present in your home, but also in your garden. They can be often transported inside the house by children and pets playing outside or even by grownups with a green thumb.
To avoid these issues, talk to your lawn service, and make sure the fertilizing products and pesticides they use are as harmless as possible, containing fewer chemicals.
Keeping Your Water Clean
The water you use inside your home can contain some of the most harmful compounds, including E. coli, chlorine, lead and other substances that you definitely don’t want in your house. These contaminants can even be present when the water quality is overall good, so taking a few precautions and filtering your drinking water can be extremely important for your health and the health of your family.
The first step is to choose natural cleaning solutions such as lemon and vinegar, as well as baking soda. It’s also essential to avoid the use of products that contain harsh chemicals and can not only cause infections and other health issues, but also contaminate local rivers and lakes when you wash them down the drain.
Microfiber cloths, chemical-free laundry detergent and environmentally friendly cleaning products for cleaning your home and floors can also assist you in preventing chemicals in the home and keeping everyone in your household healthy, while keeping pollution at bay as well.