We all want our kids to grow up in a safe, loving and healthy home. But what if your home environment isn’t as safe as you think?
The Environment Protection Authority believes our indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment. In extreme cases, air measurements indoors have been found to be 100 times more polluted than outdoors.
Some of the key culprits adding to the toxicity of our homes are the very products we’re buying to clean them. The average home contains about 10 gallons of synthetic chemical products alone.
By switching toxic mainstream household products for cleaner alternatives, you’re a huge step closer to creating a toxin-free home that nurtures your family and better supports the environment.
Do we all want a cleaner and greener planet for our kids? Hell yes!
Here are 5 reasons to make the switch today…
1. Chemical overload
We’ve all been led to believe the strongest ‘kill those germs’ cleaners are best for our families.
But research by the US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that more than 150 chemicals commonly used in our homes are associated with allergies, cancer, psychological disorders and birth defects. Do we want these products in our homes? Nuh uh!
Some of the major culprits are: Phthalates, Parabens, Sulphates, Triclosan, Ammonia, Chlorine and Sodium Hydroxide. These are all found in our common household cleaning and skincare products.
Check out your own products at home and see how many of these nasties you can find. You’ll be amazed at where they’re hiding!
2. Invisible toxins
We all know how much time we spend at home with our little ones, especially when they’re newborns. But what are we really exposing them to?
The average person receives 72% of their toxic chemical exposure at home, and indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.
And with many Australians spending as much as 90% of their time indoors, the chemicals you are using at home and at work have a massive impact on you, and your family’s health.
3. Poison control
We all know how curious our little ones can be. They will open, touch and play with just about anything.
Kidsafe NSW says common household cleaners and chemicals are causing 95% of childhood poisoning incidents.
Thankfully, there are a ton of suppliers now making toxin-free household cleaning products that not only do the job, but are lick-able, and don’t harm if ingested.
Is this the safe option for you and your family? Totally! Make the switch to those chemical-free, natural cleaning products and you’re one step closer to creating a toxin-free home.
4. Sneaky smells
We all love the smell of a clean home. But more than 95% of the chemicals in Synthetic Fragrances are derived from Petrochemicals, including Benzene Derivatives, Aldehydes and Phthalates.
Petrochemicals are found in most household items, from cleaning products to skincare and cosmetics; not to mention all those plastic bottles and containers we use every day.
The US Environmental Working Group found more than 75% of all products with the ingredient ‘fragrance’ are tested to contain Phthalates. These have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, and diabetes. Yikes!
Next time you go shopping, opt for chemical-free, naturally-fragranced alternatives and essential oils to create sweet smells not sneaky smells.
5. Environmental impact
Not all pollutants are filtered out of our waste water before it enters our waterways.
A study by Environment Canada found that an incredible 400 chemicals found in commercial use across Canada and the US are not broken down and will accumulate in fish and wildlife.
Our product choices really do make a difference, not just at home, but further down the line.
Did you know?
If every household in Australia replaced just one 800ml bottle of Petroleum-based cleaner with a plant-based one, it would save enough barrels of oil to heat around 500 homes. As well as reducing exposure to non-renewable-petroleum ingredients (which have been linked to cancer and other health risks). That’s an incredible impact and one each household can easily achieve. Small changes can mean big, positive impacts for the health of your family and the planet on which they’re growing up. We each have the power to help make the world we leave behind for our children a safer one to live in. It really is a win!