7. Household Cleaning Products
Cleanliness may be next to godliness. However, the American Lung Association warns that the chemicals in many household cleaning products may be hurting your health. Many commercial cleaning products contain VOCs or other noxious substances such as ammonia or bleach. There are safe alternatives to harsh chemical cleaning products. You can clean the mirror over your dresser with a solution of vinegar and water. Freshen your carpet by sprinkling it with baking soda before vacuuming. Use a paste of baking soda and water to scrub away stains. Skip the furniture polish and use a microfiber cloth to dust your bedroom furniture.
6. Laundry Products
The chemicals in laundry products can remain in your clothing, bed linens, and towels. Laundry detergents may contain bleach, phthalates, formaldehyde, and ammonium sulfate. If you are sensitive to chemicals and fragrances in laundry detergents, seek out products with fewer chemical ingredients. Seventh Generation makes a laundry detergent from plant-based ingredients. This lavender-scented product has no dyes, optical brighteners, or synthetic fragrances.
Do people still use mothballs? In the past, mothballs were used to keep pesky insects from damaging clothing. Unfortunately, the strong odor of mothballs could take over the house. Furthermore, it clung to clothing beyond the confines of the closet. Naphthalene is the active component of mothballs. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, naphthalene may cause kidney damage, liver damage, hemolytic anemia, and cancer. If moths are a problem in your area, you can try natural alternatives to repelling these pests. Cedar chips, lavender sachets, and cinnamon sticks are natural items that may help to repel pesky insects.