Environmental Issues That Can Exist in Your Home

by Editor on August 26, 2013

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As people are becoming more conscious of the environment and the things that they can do to make it a healthier place for people, pets and plant life, one topic that continues to be an important one is targeting the environmental issues that are within the home and then discovering the various ways to treat them.

If that is something you are interested in learning more about, then you’ve come to the right article because below, we’re going to share with you what we feel are the Top Five environmental issues that are oftentimes found in people’s houses along with ways to treat and/or prevent them from being a problem in your own.

Poisonous gases. Two big gas concerns are radon and carbon monoxide. The reason why is because if you inhale too much of either one, they can lead to some pretty serious health problems. Reportedly, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and carbon monoxide inhibits your blood’s ability to carry the oxygen that you need to your organs. Because they both are odorless, the best way to spot them is to purchase radon detector kits. You can purchase both for less than $75.

Mold and mildew. Two fungi that can lead to dizziness, headaches, nausea and respiratory infections are mold and mildew. These two things thrive most in areas where there tends to be a lot of humidity or moisture. So, if you happen to see fuzzy white, green or black spots on your floors or walls, white vinegar, tea tree oil or baking soda are all things that can remove them quickly and effectively. (Then get a dehumidifier to keep moisture down in those places.)

Dander. If you have a pet, dander naturally comes with it. However, if you have a pet allergy or the dander is not regularly removed, it can lead to sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing and even asthma attacks. Some of the best ways to remove dander from your home is to keep your pet clean (if it’s a dog, this would include keeping their hair trimmed), vacuum every other day and keep your windows open in the evening for good air ventilation.

Cleaning chemicals. Something else that can put toxins into the air are the chemicals that are found in many commercial cleaning products. And while¬†central air conditioning, ceiling fans or opening up your windows can help some, due to the fact that many of their fumes are so strong, many people are still prefer to use eco-friendly cleaning brands that are found on websites like RainCollection.com, PlanetPeople.Alice.com or Ecos.com or even to make their own. You can find many recipes for homemade cleaning products by going to your favorite search engine and putting “homemade cleaning products” in the search field.

Pesticides. When you’re shopping in the produce section at your local grocery store, there’s a pretty good chance that your favorite fruits and vegetables were sprayed with a pesticide for the purpose of preserving them longer. This is also considered to be a household environmental issue. So, before you eat them, make sure to wash them well with a solution that contains a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of white vinegar and one cup of water. Let it sit on your foods for 10 minutes, rinse and the pesticides should be removed and you’ll have one less environmental issue to worry about inside of your house.

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