Giving Up Chemicals

Chemicals

Green lifestyle bases on reduction of human impact on the environment which means that it also foresees avoidance of chemicals which are harmful to both the environment and human health. Although most people think that they are not using any harmful substances, many of them do almost on a daily basis without being even aware of it.

Commercial cleaning products account for most of the harmful chemicals which are used in everyday life. They make the cleaning job a lot easier, however, most of them are severely toxic to the environment as well as human health. They may make you home smell good but that smell are toxic fumes which can irritate the airways, while some have been even shown to be carcinogenic. But how you are supposed to keep your home clean without all those cleaning agents you keep in your kitchen or/and bathroom cabinet? Well, it is a lot easier to make your home shiny and good smelling as well as kill all the germs all naturally than it may seem at a first glance. You can easily replace them with organic cleaning agents which are easily found in most groceries or make green cleaning products by yourself because you probably have all the necessary ingredients in your kitchen such as white vinegar, lemon, baking soda, etc. A mixture of water and vinegar (1:1) is one of the easiest and most effective home made cleaners which can be used to clean just about everything. Even better idea is to buy a quality steam cleaner which will virtually eliminate the need for all the chemicals because the heat breaks up the dirt and kills all those germs you do not want in your home. Like vinegar cleaner, steam cleaner can be used to clean just about everything including fabric such as carpets, curtains, sofas, etc.

Chemicals

In addition to chemicals inside your home, you should also give up the use of chemicals outside your home including your garden. It is impossible to keep all the pests out of your garden but just because you have noticed a few curled leaves and aphids underneath that does not necessarily mean that you have to use chemical pesticides to save your plants. Aphids and other common garden pests can cause a serious damage to your garden but those harsh chemicals which are used to control pests are even more harmful to both your health and the environment. Pesticide exposure has been linked to a number of health problems including cancer and birth defects, while these chemicals do not kill just the pests but other wildlife species too. Some are even toxic enough to kill small mammals and birds, not to mention a number of beneficial insects which help control the pests. Rather than using chemical pesticides, choose organic pesticides which are just as effective against the pests as the chemical ones but are not harmful to the environment nor your health because they are made of exclusively natural ingredients, most often plant material. Also, take care of pest preventive measures by providing your garden plants optimal conditions for growth and creating a habitat for wildlife species which help keep the pests in “safe“ amounts.