Rejoicing at the achievements of the chemical industry, do not forget about the reverse side of the coin. No matter how good your clothes smell from the laundry detergent or you from your personal care items, the products may harm your health, since manufacturers do not always write on the label easily what chemicals are in the product. But they that can cause an allergic reaction that brings irritation to the skin or nasal congestion. Sounds like aiming for a Eco home needs some exploring. Today ClearLife covers five seemingly safe things in your space that you should take a closer look at and perhaps throw them away by replacing them with green ones to accomplish a more Eco home.
Nail polish remover
Almost every girl who watches her nails and manicure has this remedy. And we believe that it’s not a secret for anyone that a chemical with such an intense odor is to some extent dangerous. Even abandoning liquids containing flammable acetone, which is as strong in dissolving plastic as nail polish, you will probably come across other toxic substances: formaldehyde, isopropyl acetate, toluene and phthalates (plasticizing ingredients). They can cause problems like cancer, asthma, and even problems with the reproductive system. Alas, even acetone-free products can be very harmful to health. Fortunately, nowadays you can find nail products with a minimum content of elements from the periodic table, so just carefully study the labels for the presence of hazardous substances in the product. Moreover, for thin varnish coatings, you can use a product prepared by yourself : from apple cider vinegar, citrus essential oils and alcohol. This is a big one to replace to achieve a more Eco home.
Cookware with non-stick coating
What could be tastier than rosy pancakes or a golden air omelette cooked with a minimum amount of oil and never stick to a frying pan? Appeared in the 1930s, Teflon (short for “polytetrafluoroethylene”) – a synthetic chemical substance consisting of carbon and fluorine atoms – has become indispensable in the kitchen. The Teflon coating of kitchen utensils is easy to clean, provides quick heating of food and prevents food from “pestering” even with a small amount of oil. Teflon is also used in the manufacture of coatings for pipes and cables, waterproof fabrics for outerwear.
But at the end of the twentieth century, the safety of Teflon products began to raise doubts. First, when heated to 300 degrees, the Teflon coating breaks down, releasing toxic chemicals , which can lead to polymer fever (Teflon flu), which causes inhalation of toxic fumes. This, however, refers to cheap equipment , while high-quality coating on expensive pans even a fork does not matter.
And secondly, until 2013, perfluorooctanoic acid, which causes thyroid disorders, chronic kidney disease , liver disease, cancer, infertility and abnormalities in the womb , was used in the manufacture of non-stick cookware .
Look for dishes made of other materials in stores. Today, the selection of beautiful and practical utensils made of cast iron, steel, ceramics is simply huge. But if you still want a frying pan with a non-stick coating, then it is better to buy expensive dishes from a trusted brand for your Eco home goals.
We are used to using a wide range of cleaning, bleaching, disinfecting, detergents for our bathrooms, sinks, windows, mirrors and more. We enjoy the sense of security that we experience after a general cleansing campaign against germs at home. But, having fenced off from the latter, we expose ourselves to the danger posed by cleaning products
Corrosive chemicals with sodium hydroxide, which we use to clean cookers, hoods, greasy surfaces, can cause severe burns and injuries to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Disinfectants for bathrooms contain sulfates, chlorine bleach and ammonia, fumes of which are also harmful to the respiratory tract of healthy people and dangerous to people with heart and lung diseases. Fragrances of washing powders and concentrates can cause allergic reactions, however, the chemical composition of aromas is a trade secret of any of the manufacturers, which allows them not to indicate the full composition of the product on the label.
We recommend that you replace products labeled “dangerous” or “poison” with less toxic, if not organic, products that have the labels “solvent free”, “phosphate free”, or “vegetable” on their labels. Although these products will be more expensive, you can protect yourself from chemicals. And we recommend recalling the old-fashioned cleaning methods: soda, vinegar and citric acid perfectly clean greasy surfaces.
In pursuit of “sterility”, having seen enough of an advertisement about an incredible soap that gives a “shield” against infectious microorganisms, in the summer season we buy everything that promises to protect us from germs and bugs. However, antiseptic gels, soap, toothpaste, liquids for oral hygiene, cosmetics and household chemicals, even antiviral textiles can adversely affect a person’s health and ones environment. So, the frequent toxic ingredient of the above triclosan, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent used since 1960, can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant microbes . Moreover, the effectiveness of this substance or its harm is not fully understood.. The abundance of antibacterial agents prevents the “acquaintance” of the body with new microorganisms, which complicates the effective functioning of the immune system, especially in children. In general, we advise you to abandon the funds advertised today in favor of washing hands with soap – it has never let anyone down and is much safer.
Cling plastic film wrap
Today, there are a huge number of polymer films for packaging the goods of the pharmaceutical, light, chemical industries, including for food. For example, you can buy a plastic wrap at home for the convenience of packaging products. Like most plastic products, the film is made from relatively harmless polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can be recycled. It still risks ending up at some point in the landfills or the ocean. But to give it the necessary physical properties, such as flexibility and softness, plasticizers are added to the composition, which are mostly harmful. So, the stretch film contains elements that are prone to decomposition on contact with fat-containing food under the influence of microwave waves. Or phthalates, the negative impact of which on human health is supported by research year after year. These substances can mimic the body’s natural hormones and thereby cause problems. Recently, the effect of phthalates on an increase in body mass index has been proven , that is, a relationship between phthalates and obesity has been found. In general, we recommend abandoning food wrap, as well as plastic bags. Vegetables and fruits in the store can be packed in paper bags (many stores now provide this opportunity), and it is better to use parchment to store food in the refrigerator. And we all know now, we can simply bring our own reusable cotton bags for all aspects of our grocery shop.
Of course, these are not all non-ecological objects and means to make our ideal Eco house, about the harm of which we do not even think about. We continue our research and in the near future we will surely prepare another review of what should be taken out of the house in the trash (or put into recycling), making your place a Eco home – friendly and safe for health.
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