In case you missed yesterday's blog...
Taking A Closer Look At 6 Toxic Products
You Very Likely Have In Your Home...
This week, I’m going to continue to write you short, powerful blogs exploring why I never bring any of these 6 items into my home - and why my clients don’t any more either - and I’ll give you my favourite healthy alternatives.
We've already covered:
- Energy Saving Light Bulbs
- Fabric Softeners
Some of these items might seem quite random and quite harmless to you, but many contain substances which have not been tested for safety, so we're going to dig deeper into the health consequences of having them in your home, and after this week you may think twice about buying them again too.
The products now available to make your house smell 'fresh' have gone crazy in the last few years. There's everything from fragranced sprays, reed diffusers, candles, pot pourri, gels, automatic battery operated sprays and plug ins.
Just like all the other seemingly innocuous household products I've written about this week, there can be a serious cost to our health by choosing to have them in our homes.
"In 2013, after a study of more than 2,000 pregnant women, the International Journal of Public Health reported that women who used air fresheners in their homes were significantly more likely to have babies that suffered from wheezing and lung infections. One study that followed 14,000 children from before and after birth found they had higher levels of diarrhea and earache, while their mothers had raised risks of headaches and depression, all linked to the frequent use of air fresheners and aerosols during pregnancy and early childhood.
A 2007 study also found that using air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of asthma in adults. The same report found that the risk of developing asthma was up to 50 percent higher in people who had been exposed to air-freshener sprays."
4 Reasons To Reconsider Using Air Fresheners
- Doesn't always deal with the real issue - Beware of just masking unpleasant smells. Most air fresheners just offer a temporary fix.
- Allergy causing - they can be particularly harmful to those with respiratory problems, like asthma.
- Environmentally damaging - Commercial air fresheners are full of toxic chemicals. If you have kids or pets then they're more delicate, susceptible bodies are going to take the brunt.
- Contain hormone disruptors - Pthalates are a chemical present in many air fresheners. Phthalates are a scary chemical that affects fertility, particularly in growing children along with a whole host of other hormonal health problems.
7 Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Odours Make Your Home Smell Great
- Simple, low cost and effective: open windows and regularly air rooms. This is really important to do, even on cold days. 20 minutes of fresh air circulating in your home everyday is great for your health.
- Clean your home regularly, particularly areas that are prone to bad smells, bacteria and mould, e.g. toilets, bins, pet bedding & bathrooms
- Add a few drops of essential oil to your vacuum cleaner for a natural added sweet smelling aroma. If you have allergy sufferers and/or pets choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. A HEPA filter also deals with house dust mite that is very often contaminated with toxic household chemicals.
- Try chemical free room fresheners like the 'Moso' air purifying bag, listed as one of Oprah's favorite eco products.
- D.I.Y. room fresheners are a great safe option, my favourite are essential oil burners. They are a great way to add nice smells too. Lavendar is antibacterial and citronella is great for dealing with mould.
- If you're going to choose scented candles, be sure to avoid paraffin wax (which most are), as it gives off toxic fumes of benzene and toluene, the same as diesel fumes. Beeswax candles are my preferred choice.
- Plants are also a great way to detox your home. The best ones are Peace Lily, Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, English Ivy, Spider Plant and Weeping Fig.
So there you have it. My tips and tricks on improving the air you breath without compromising your health.