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The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home – Part 2

July 1st, 2012

Here are some simple cleaning recipes that you can use to get rid of pungent odours.

 

Cigarette smokes

To get rid of the unpleasant odour from cigarette smoke, put ½ cup of white vinegar in each of several containers and place them around the house.

If someone in your home smokes, you can put baking soda or cat litter in the bottom of ashtrays to help absorb the odour. The best option is to have a smoke-free home.

To remove cigarette smoke in a car, soak two towels in white vinegar and put each into a bowl. Put these near the ashtray and the back seat and leave overnight.

 

Smelly carpets

To remove smells from carpets, sprinkle liberally baking soda on dry carpets and leave for 15 minutes before you vacuum it up. Repeat if necessary.

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The Shocking Truth About Air Fresheners

June 24th, 2012

Do you know that air fresheners with synthetic fragrances do not add natural aromas or “purify” the air? They work by interfering with your ability to smell so you don’t smell anything! They also produce toxic off-gassing from synthetic chemicals to ‘mask’ or ‘overpower’ the odours.

 

They drown out the offensive smell by releasing chemical such as methoxychlor which coats your nasal passages with a film of oil or by deadening the olfactory nerves (which transmit signals from your nose to the brain and help you to identify smell).

 

Air fresheners come in many forms such as aerosol sprays, scented or aromatherapy candles, fragrance impregnated gels, plug-in deodorisers, atomisers, wick and reed diffusers and many more.

 

Some of the toxic chemicals that can be found in air fresheners:

  • benzene – has been associated with cancer and aplastic anaemia. According to WHO, no safe level of exposure can be recommended.
  • formaldehyde – a carcinogen (causes cancer), can also cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, asthma, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
  • methoxychlor – a toxic pesticide that bioaccumulates in fat cells and persists in the environment. Its use as a pesticide is banned in Australia and other countries.
  • paradichlorobenzene – also known as 1, 4-dichlorobenzene, or 1,4-DCB has been shown to cause cancer in mice. Its vapour is toxic and can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache, irritation to skin, eyes, nasal passages and lungs. 
  • phenol – a highly flammable and corrosive substance that causes serious skin reaction.
  • phthalates – synthetic fragrances which are hormone disruptors. They are particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Long term exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities.
  • styrene – suspected to be a hormone disruptor, possibly contributing to thyroid problems and reproductive system dysfunction.
  • and many, many more toxic chemicals…..

 

Aerosol sprays used to contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) until they were banned because of the effects on the ozone layer. CFC’s had been replaced with volatile hydrocarbons such as methylene chloride, propane, n-butane and isobutene which are all flammable petrochemicals.

 

Scented and aromatherapy candles are usually made of paraffin waxes (petrochemical) and synthetic fragrance oils which release toxic fumes when the candles are burnt.

 

Most of these chemicals have not been tested for their long term and cumulative effects on human health. But it is safe to say that these chemicals represent a real risk especially to those who use them regularly and continuously, young children, pregnant women and those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

 

 

The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home – Part 1

 

A clean home really shouldn’t smell like anything. Clever marketing campaigns have programmed us to believe that a clean home should have the fragrance produced by synthetic chemicals found in conventional air fresheners such ‘pine oil’, ‘lavender’, ‘clove’, ‘jasmine’, ‘lemon’, etc.

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Your Easy Starter Guide to using Natural Cleaning Products

June 4th, 2012

Making natural cleaning products is easy once you have got all your ingredients and equipment ready. We have prepared a simple guide to get you started.

 

List of Ingredients:

Most of these ingredients have been used for hundreds of years. You can find most of these ingredients in your local supermarket. However, you will save money if you can source them directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler and buy them in bulk.

 

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

Water is the best cleaner in the world

 

1)   Water

  • most bacteria are killed by hot, soapy water
  • soaking is one of the most effective ways of removing dirt
  • in hard water area, add a small handful of baking soda as a water softener

 

2)    Baking soda

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

Baking soda

  • is a common baking ingredient
  • is a naturally occurring mineral known as sodium bicarbonate with many great cleaning properties
  • cuts through grease because it reacts with fatty acids to form mild detergents
  • softens water, removes stains and acts as a whitening agent, therefore great for the laundry
  • its abrasive quality serves as a gentle scouring powder without scratching your kitchen or tile surfaces
  • place a bowl of baking soda in the fridge to neutralise the odour

 

 

3)    Fresh lemon

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

  • one of the best way to save money on your cleaning products is to grow a lemon tree in your backyard
  • fresh lemon juice contains citric acid that can deodorize, remove stains, brighten whites in the laundry or kitchen, clean glass, inhibit mould, disinfect toilets, cleans bath edges and showers plus grouting on tiles
  • when used neat (full strength), it will remove grime at the base of taps
  • it’s fresh smelling fragrance makes it an excellent air freshener, just cut a lemon in half and leave it on the bench

» Read more: Your Easy Starter Guide to using Natural Cleaning Products