Easy Swaps for Eco-Friendly Home
1. AIR FRESHENERS ( vs Essential oils )
Air fresheners emit harmful compounds – including fragrance formaldehyde, benezene, limonene and tolulene.
As exposed , we experience eye and skin irritations, respiratory issues or headaches, can also affect nervous system, hormones, and hearts . The particulates in range of PM2.5 & PM10 are so small they may reach depp into the body, and can cause major damage in a slow rate.
Air fresheners actually make things look ‘fresh’ or clean – they hide odour. Its better to eliminate the cause of the foul smell and remove the cause before it can become house of germs & infections. However, if you enjoy mild scented environment, try using essential oils in a plug-in aromatherapy diffuser & create a SPA resonating enviroment at home. Depending on what scent you choose, essential oils are powerful and can help you relax, aid with sleep, improve your mood and even repel insets – but it’s extra important that you use oils that are top quality.
2. PAPER TOWELS ( Vs Washable Dish Towels and Rags Made of used clothes )
Paper towels are an energy drain on the environment because they require water, energy and trees to be produced – and then we throw them in the trash. Even recycled paper towels use water and energy. According to one survey, 95% of American households use paper towels. Its time to try alternatives
To mop up kitchen spills, dust or clean your home, try using cut-up used clothes. They are absorbent, re-usable, & can be cleaned in normal washing machines at regular frequency too.
3. TOXIC HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS ( Vs DIY Home Cleaners )
Conventional household cleaners contain volatile organic compounds that negatively impact our health, and many of them are considered toxic. There are a multitude of amazing DIY home cleaning recipes for every room in your house!
4. CONVENTIONAL MOISTURIZER ( Vs Coconut Oil )
Coconut oil works as amazing moisturizer, That’s why it’s often included as an ingredient in beauty products, but you can use it on its own. Plus, it’s anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, and smells great!
5. PLASTIC CONTAINERS OR PLASTIC/FOIL WRAP ( Vs Glass Containers or Beeswax Wraps )
Plastics have a double-barreled impact: the environment on one hand, and our health on the other.
Instead of plastic, use glass or steel containers to store your food. Mason jars are inexpensive and you can find them at your local hardware store. Swap the plastic wrap for reusable food wraps (they’re often made of beeswax) or, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could even make your own fabric covers for bowls and plates.