Keeping Your Home Clean Safely

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In any given home there are at least 6 toxic detergents that are used to clean the kitchen or the bathrooms.   Used per the directions and in a safe manner it is possible to use them without endangering the lives or health of your family or pets.   The term “healthing” has come to mean airing out the house in order to get chemical smells from cleaners out of your home.  This would especially be necessary when cleaning, and I mean deep cleaning, your carpets, area rugs or upholstery.  Since carpet typically covers a large area of your home the potential for harsh cleaning chemical fumes staying in your home is more likely if you don’t have the opportunity to air out the area soon after cleaning.

A better alternative would be to find a carpet cleaning solution that is green or even organic.  The last thing you want to do is expose your family to chemical fumes that could cause irritation or damage to your mucous membranes or even cause distress and damage to your eyes and lungs and induce nausea.  Using a carpet cleaning solution that is organic will ensure that your home is not only clean down to the deepest fibers but that your family stays as healthy as possible.  If hiring a service look for one that advertises that they have “Green” or “Organic” options.  If still unsure of the safety of the cleaners they use ask for a list of ingredients to be sure they are free from the most noxious of cleaning chemical components –

Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether (EGBE): Also known as 2-Butoxyethanol, this chemical may cause respiratory tract, skin and eye irritation and even burns if handled improperly. It can also emit harmful fumes that are hazardous when inhaled and may result in adverse effects to the nervous system. Naphthalene: Also referred to as naphthalin or antimite, this chemical is a result from the distillation of coal tar and is best known as the primary ingredient in mothballs. The EPA has deemed Naphthalene harmful to the central nervous system of humans as well as a potential cancer agent. Perchloroethylene (also called PERC): A colorless, non-flammable liquid used throughout the cleaning industry, this dangerous solvent may trigger nausea, dizziness and fatigue if inhaled or ingested. According to the CDC (The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it has also been linked to liver and kidney damage. source: Green Choice

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