Friday, August 17, 2012

Chemical-free cleaning made easy

Chemical cleaners can cause eye irritation
and other health problems.
A clean house can be a source of pride – but it can also mean poor indoor air quality, especially if it was cleaned with commonly available commercial cleaning products.

Popular cleaning agents lining the supermarket and big box store shelves are loaded with hazardous and often toxic chemicals. From chlorine to ammonia to a whole bunch of unknown chemicals in fragrances and scented cleaners, these products can leave behind dangerous fumes.

According to the American Lung Association, exposure to these cleaning agents can cause irritation to the eyes or the throat, headaches or other health problems. Studies have linked exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances include:
  • Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Detergent and dishwashing liquid
  • Dry cleaning chemicals
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners
  • Furniture and floor polish
  • Oven cleaners

Experts warn users to never mix cleaning products and to follow directions. Avoid air freshening products, which contain volatile organic compounds.

To make the home cleaning process greener and healthier, use reusable cleaning cloths and make your own cleaning products from non-toxic ingredients.

Some of the ingredients that can be used in all-purpose cleaners include white distilled vinegar, water and a few drops of essential oil such as tea tree oil, rosemary or lavender. Baking soda and vinegar can be used in the bathroom and as a toilet bowl cleaner. In many situations, warm water and soap will be more than enough to clean up messes, experts say.

Source (and recipes for cleaning alternatives):  Gloucester Township Patch

Air purifiers for cleaner and healthier air

A large activated carbon filter
can remove chemicals, odors
and volatile organic compounds.
Using non-toxic cleaners will help nix one common source of indoor air pollutants, but there are plenty of other ways that indoor spaces may be contaminated, including building materials and paint fumes, personal care products, mold, chemicals from furniture, treated fabrics and electronic equipment, and more.

An air purifier with activated carbon and HEPA can tackle these pollutants and remove them quickly and efficiently.

AllerAir has developed serious air purifiers for the home and office that feature the largest activated carbon filters, the most features and specialized options to provide the best air filtration system for virtually any IAQ concern.

Find the best customized air purifier for your needs – contact one of AllerAir’s IAQ experts today: 888-852-8247.
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