What Are The Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals?

Why Is Spring Cleaning so Important?Toxic chemicals can be found in an array of consumer products we regularly use. Our daily behaviors affect their concentration. In fact, toxins are so commonly present that sometimes, it can be difficult to avoid them. There are alternatives, however.

Unfortunately, many times, toxic products that perform the same function often replace toxic chemicals. So, it’s careful to use safe alternatives such as ones that follow a more “green” approach. The following are some ways you can replace toxic chemicals.

Change the Way You Shop

Pay close attention to the ingredients used in the cleaning products you purchase. Indoor pollution is one of the highest forms of toxicity exposure, which is why lowering the level of harmful chemicals in your home is crucial. There is a large market for non-toxic home goods.

Whenever you read a product label with pointer terms such as “warning,” “caution” or “poison,” be aware that most toxic chemicals will be labeled under “poison.” By comparing and contrasting products, you can choose the one that’s the least hazardous among the rest on the shelf.

  • Choose plant-based products. Go for household products that are mostly made from plant-based materials. For instance, when selecting shampoos, soaps, and oils, you should go for those that come from citrus, vegetable or other natural ingredients. These products tend to be less toxic since they are biodegradable.
  • Use unbleached paper products. Products that contain less or no bleach at all are usually less toxic. You can ask for items bleached with oxygen or even hydrogen peroxide, instead.
  • Don’t use anti-bacterial soaps. You should certainly use soap to wash your hands and keep off bacteria, but sometimes using anti-bacterial soap can decrease your immunity to certain bacteria. The chemicals in these soaps cause bacteria to change into strains that are more resistant to drugs.
  • Buy mercury-free products. Mercury can be very toxic and many fever thermometers that contain it can be harmful by increasing its levels in your household. Even when you discard such products that contain mercury, the harmful chemical is still released into the environment. You should also opt for eye solutions and nasal sprays that don’t contain mercury preservatives or thimerosal.

Be a Clean(er) Freak

Just as you should choose safer personal care products, you should also apply similar rules when keeping your house spotless. If you don’t do so already, start off with taking your shoes off when you get into your house. Your shoes can contain a load of harmful chemicals including pesticides. It’s also wise to regularly vacuum your carpets as well as your floors.

When toxins get captured into/onto your flooring, it can be more harmful than getting exposed to those chemicals outside. Using a HEPA filter in your vacuum will help you easily capture toxic chemicals and remove them, rather than releasing the captured dust back into the air. You can also replace cleaning detergents with:

  • Soap and water. The good old-fashioned soap and water can be used to keep all types of surfaces clear of bacteria.
  • Baking soda. For an extra touch, use baking soda to clean surfaces like sinks, toilets, and even drains.
  • Vinegar. A cleaning miracle-worker, vinegar can be used to effectively mop floors as well keep mirrors and chrome products spotless. Just add it to some water and spray away. You can even use it with a rag to wash your windows.
  • Veggie oil. Mix veggie oil with some lemon juice and you’ll be good to go with shining wooden accents and furniture.

Keep in mind that using products without chlorine beach for cleaning will greatly reduce the level of toxins in your home. This applies to dishwasher detergents, too, which should be free of, or have a low concentration of phosphates.

Another great tip when using aerosol, in particular, is to use pump sprays rather than aerosol sprays since the former doesn’t generally release a mist as fine as aerosol sprays do. Seeing as how aerosol mists can be inhaled more easily, they can cause more damage. It’s preferable to use bathroom products that don’t contain aerosol.

Block Out Pests

Pesticides release more than a handful of toxins (figuratively speaking). So being able to reduce the use of pesticides your yard will alternatively decrease the amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment. Pests can also exist indoors, so it’s important to seal your jars as well as your trash bags properly so that the pests won’t have an area to grow in. Similar to humans, they need food and water to survive, too.

  • Indoors

You should also make sure your window screens are well-maintained to keep pests out. Moreover, you should ascertain that the cracks and spaces in our house are blocked in order to stop peats from entering.

 

Using alternatives to insect repellants is also a great way to keep toxins out of your home.  Constantly spraying chemical repellents or using tools like strips that keep away pests can be harmful to you and your pets, since they contain hazardous pesticides. There are options that are non-toxic to pets, as well.

  • Outdoors

Pests are most commonly found outdoors. If you have your own home garden, you might be using pesticides on your fresh produce, or contrarily, you might be purchasing products cultivated with the use of such chemicals. Shop for organic fruits and vegetables as a substitute, and don’t forget to efficiently rinse all your fruits and veggies to remove unwanted chemical residue.

When it comes to your own home yard, you should allow your grass to be at least 3.5 inches tall. With a longer grass length, the shade created will lower the chances of the growth of weeds, which will in turn result in not having to use chemicals to remove them.

If you do happen to spot weeds, rather than using chemicals, you can just remove them from damp soil with the use of a weeder. For soil, you can perform a test to determine how much fertilizer your soil really needs. So you won’t have to overdo the use of toxic chemicals.

Talk to the Experts

Cleaning professionals can help you find the right alternatives for toxic chemicals at home or anywhere else. If you’re in New York and need professional help, call 1st Class Cleaning today to clean your space using safe products. You won’t have to worry about toxins invading your environment again.

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