When it comes to our house, we are doing everything in our power to keep it clean and prevent bacteria to nest. That’s why we use more detergent and cleaning products. Yet these same products that are supposed to protect us put our lives in danger. Beware of these silent killers that we all have at home!
While the air pollution caused by cars is at the heart of the controversy, air pollution inside of the houses is totally neglected. Indeed, to clean and perfume our homes we use many products such as air fresheners, scented candles, diffusers, etc., which contain a high concentration of chemicals harmful to our health. Suffice to say that we are no less exposed to pollution at home then outside!
According to a recent study by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health these conventional products used by all households have been the cause of many deaths not only in Britain, but also in different countries around the world. Insecticides, air fresheners, cleaning products, all greatly impact the quality of the air inside our homes.
According to the same study, indoor air pollution affects the health of all ages, but especially children and the elderly. It can hinder fetal development and more specifically its lungs, and increase the rate of cardiovascular and cerebral seizures in adults.
Indoor pollution is also linked to various respiratory problems, including asthma, but also to obesity, cancer and dementia.
Thus, it is important to educate people about the dangers of products that promote indoor pollution. This is also the objective of this study conducted by researchers at two major institutions of England, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.
How dangerous are these products?
This discovery could indeed change our habits! Household cleaning products contain chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds. The latter, which are generally in liquid form, evaporate easily into the air and have a direct impact on the health. Among them, there is a limonene typically found in deodorants and scented candles. This substance represents a real health hazard, since it can turn into carcinogenic formaldehyde when mixed with other elements.
According to the same study, the air pollution inside the houses is the cause of 99.000 deaths per year in Europe alone.
The dangers of cleaning products
Used daily to have a clean house, cleaning products have serious effects on the health. A study by the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, corroborates this fact. Indeed, 54 cleaners were tested; including creams, wipes, powders, and 91% produced formaldehyde, substances classified as carcinogenic.
Bleach, a popular detergent for its effectiveness, is not the exception! Inhaled, this can affect the health of the lungs and weaken the immune system in children.
To summarize, the outdoor air pollution is not the only responsible for the deterioration of our health. The air circulating in our homes can be just as dangerous. Our health depends primarily on the choices we make. It is very important to opt for more natural alternatives to preserve the health and prevent the onset of many diseases.
Here is a recipe that uses natural products to make your own house cleaning products:
- ½ cup baking soda
- 20 drops of antibacterial essential oil of your choice (lemon or tea tree, for example)
- ½ cup salt
In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Just add a little water and your cleaner is ready to use!
Benefits of the ingredients:
Baking soda has cleaning and antibacterial capabilities. It can be the basis for various natural cleaning products.
The antibacterial and degreasing properties of the salt are effective against tough grease and stains. Salt also helps absorb odors.
Most essential oils are known for their antibacterial effect. They help get rid of bad odors and bacteria.