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Protect Your Home Air from Chemical Dangers in Common Household Products

June 29, 2016

The usage and storage of chemical cleaners and commonly used household products poses a threat to your home air quality. Exposure to the harsh chemicals in these commercially available products may be making you ill. Take time to go through the products you use and store inside of your home and determine whether or not you want to keep them around.

Follow these tips to protect the quality of your home air from chemical dangers:

Tip #1 Use natural household cleaners. Instead of purchasing commercially available household cleaners that contain dangerous chemicals, use natural cleaning alternatives. Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice can provide you with the same results as commercial cleansers without exposing yourself to the toxic chemicals most commercial products contain.

Tip #2 Get into the habit of reading product labels. Learn more about the chemicals in common household products and the health risks they pose. You may be surprised to find out the number of dangerous chemicals found in common household products such as air fresheners, detergents, cleaning, and beauty products. Research the chemicals found in the products you use regularly and determine whether or not you want to continue buying them.

Tip #3 Look for natural alternatives to pest control products you purchase regularly containing chemical ingredients. Use the internet to search for natural alternatives to chemical products. You can find safer alternatives to chemical pesticides, herbicides, insect repellants, and fertilizers that will provide you with the same results without relying upon toxic chemical ingredients.

Tip #4 Do not store paints, varnishes, pool chemicals, fertilizers, degreasers, pesticides, adhesives, or auto products inside of your home. An outdoor storage shed is the best location for products containing hazardous materials. Store hazardous materials in their original containers and make sure they are sealed properly. If you have to purchase products containing hazardous chemicals, buy only the amount that you need to reduce the amount of chemicals you need to store. Do not store chemical products in your basement or an attached garage. Should a container leak, your ventilation system will circulate the fumes from the product throughout your house contaminating your home air. If you must store chemical products, purchase an outdoor storage shed and keep it locked at all times.